Café Fina is a full-service fine dining restaurant, serving lunch and dinner. In addition to our award winning food,we also feature a wide variety of wines, including the best of our local wines, the finest wines that Napa valley has to offer, and a fine selection of Italian wines. Dominic’s cooking has enabled Café Fina to be the sole caterer for John Madden’s induction ceremony into the Football Hall of Fame in 2006 and has earned him visits from Rachel Ray and other TV stars.
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Clams, mussels, prawns, calamari and crab with sweet peppers, peas, fresh tomato with saffron rice
Fish and Chips
Alaskan Cod beer battered and served with french fries
Fish & Chips
Alaskan cod beer battered and served with french fries
Overall restaurant was good but not what I expected. I was looking for a more intimate atmosphere to celebrate Easter. This restaurant is on Fisherman's wharf with lots of people walking by. (With Covid we wanted to eat outside). Food was good but not great. I got the fish & chips that tasted fresh & was well cooked. My husband the pasta with homemade sausage. Pasta was cooked al dented & sausage was well seasoned and tasted homemade. I was hoping it would be more upscale- my bad for not realizing.
Classic Monterey restaurant! Food and service were fabulous and we enjoyed watching the sea otters splashing around, too.
Amazing service. Definitely will return!
Authentic Italian in iconic setting owned by one of the Peninsulas best.
Best Italian food I have had. Good service, generous cocktails. In house wine.
We spent out anniversary dinner at Cafe Fina and it was fantastic. Our food was delicious and our waiter was great! We even got complimentary spumoni to celebrate our special day. We will be back!
Hi Mocadre, Thank you for your wonderful review, we are pleased to hear that you had such a great experience with our staff and enjoyed your food so much! We are glad to hear that you will be coming back, hopefully sometime soon!
The service was excellent. Very friendly staff. The pizza was good, but the pasta was just fair. It's a tourist place and the prices reflect that.
Hi Marc, we take pride in our excellent service, so we are glad to hear your positive feedback on our Café Fina team! Also glad to hear that you enjoyed our delicious pizza! Our prices are high as they reflect the quality of food that we serve, which is fresh and sustainable. We hope you join us again soon!
Good food for a good price - great cocktails and nice dessert selection.
Hi Vincent, we are pleased to hear that you had a great experience and enjoyed our desert and cocktail selection! We look forward forward to your future visits to Café Fina!
My partner and I arrived early to our reservation time and were seated immediately. The outdoor seating is very cozy, they have wind breakers around the patio and outdoor heaters! Our waiter, Jorge, was attentive and very friendly! The calamari and seafood paella was delicious. We will definitely be coming back next time we visit Monterey!
Hi Madison, thank you for your wonderful review! We are glad to hear that you were able to stay warm and felt cozy throughout your meal, and enjoyed having Jorge as your server. Its wonderful knowing that you enjoyed the calamari and Paella, we look forward to you dining with us again soon.
We loved the location and food.,
Hi, Thank you for your review! We are glad to hear that you enjoyed our delicious food, and hope you return to dine with us again soon!
The best place on the pier. I will go here always
Hi Roy, wonderful hearing that your a regular and enjoy dining with us! We look forward to your next visit at Café Fina!
My husband and I had a fabulous dinner at Cafe Fina on 2/13/21. We were unsure about booking a place for dinner on the wharf because of how cold it is. We were happy when we were seated next to a clear plastic wall which blocked the wind. The service was exceptional and the food was delicious. I had lobster that was cooked perfectly and my husband had a tasty NY steak. Our meals came with orza and fresh vegetables. We were very pleased with our dinner and the outstanding service. We will definitely come back to eat here when we are in Monterey. Jorge was an exceptional waiter.
Hi DMChamp, We are glad to hear that you and your husband had such a wonderful dinner at Café Fina. We have tried our best through our plastic screens and heaters to create a warm and comfortable dining environment, and appreciate you noticing that. So wonderful to hear that you enjoyed your lobster and your husband his NY steak. We hope you join us again next time your in town!
Great food, was early for reservation and was seated immediately. Fast, friendly service.
Hi gjh14030, we are glad to hear that you enjoyed your time hear and meal! We try our hardest to give every costumer the very best customer service possible, and appreciate you noticing you that. We hope you come dine with us again soon.
We were allowed to book a table for this restaurant last Wednesday for lunch.
The restaurant was not open on Wednesday AND
no restaurant in Monterey County is open for outside dining.
We ordered take out from another restaurant of the Wharf
Hi Chis, our apologies for Open Table allowing your reservation. Every day we have had to shut off Open Table but it has never worked. we have tried contacting them about this issue but they never stopped the reservations. We hope you dine with us some day in the future!
The restaurant has some tables out front to allow for Covid restrictions. They have heaters, too, but it’s tough to have any real ambiance or to be warm enough in the middle of winter on Fisherman’s Wharf. The service was excellent - our waitress was very attentive and friendly. Our food was generally pretty good. It’s hard to get steamed crab wrong but the other meals were plenty good. Just overpriced, IMO, but one must realize they are going to pay extra when eating in such a touristy spot.
Food was ok for the price. Definitely a tourist trap.
Clam Chowder was outstanding. So far the best on the wharf!
Great service, good food. Need more heating lamps for outdoor dining.
Hi, we are pleased to hear that you enjoyed our food and friendly service. Were sorry for any inconvenience caused if you were cold during your meal, and hope that we will be passed to seat indoors again soon. We welcome you back and look forward to you dining with us again!
friendly staff, great service
The calamari and the sand dabs are right out the bay. Wonderfully fresh and tasty!
I remembered this place as a lovely restaurant on the pier with white table clothes. Now it’s mainly pizza and a few fish dishes. We left after an appetizer. Perhaps a victim of Covid.
Food and service were wonderful. Enjoyed speaking to the owner. Happy we could give out business to them.
Roxanne was the best. My partner and I had an incredible anniversary dinner at Cafe Fina. I plan on visiting again.
We had an excellent private dinner experience despite covid. Delicious entrees, appetizers, and dessert. I highly recommend this establishment.
We were outside due to COVID so I'm sure an indoor experience would be nicer. The food and service were great and we will be back again.
This was our first time back to Cafe Fina in 10 years, and it is as good as we remember. The only hiccup in an otherwise perfect evening was the creme brulee. When torching the sugar on the top, the chef over-burned it to the point that it had a charcoal taste. Someone tried to cover up this misstep by piling a huge mound of whipped cream on the top. Awful. The custard itself was perfection, so they should have just pulled the burnt sugar layer off and re-torched it.
Best seafood around. Try the sandabs local caught.
Reasonably priced wine list. These people care for their guests.
I would go back anytime!!!
Cafe Fina is a go to place for us. The staff is outstanding and the food is always good. Fun place also.
Traveling with our dogs. Our dogs got to sit with us. The staff was so good to our dogs. We had a great time.
Nice little restaurant in a high traffic tourist area.
Very good food and excellent service.
Seafood paella: clams, mussels, prawns and crab all very fresh and tasty, plenty of saffron with the rice.
My wife loved the sand dab.
Food is really good. Fresh and tasty. Our waitress was excellent. She was so nice and very efficient. The only thing I didn’t like too much was the table in front of us , was very loud. 5 guys were drunk and very noise.
Very accommodating. Doing the best they can with the outdoor patio set up. I like that they had a barrier around the space. Food is always excellent! My favorite place in Monterey.
We really enjoyed it. They didn’t have a high chair for our son but were accommodating with the stroller. The food was great just a lot of people but to be expected on a three day weekend. I would definitely return.
Considering all the preparations they put in place to avoid Covid 19, they did a fine job. Service was terrific and the food was very good. It's a fine place to watch visitors to the wharf walk by. Wife enjoyed a smoked salmon pizza; I had the mussels (great broth and exceptionally large mussels).
Online vs in person, not what was expected. It was a very good for a casual wharf eatery. It just was not what was expected after reviewing the menu, making a reservation & then walking in to find par baked pizza in the kitchen window
Good services in overall but a little bit noisy...
Waitress was absolutely super friendly and made us welcomed. Food came out fast and was very fresh and delicious.
Perfect dinner, great service and knowledgeable staff. The owner welcomed us at the hosting table. The seafood and pasta were amazing.
Great food. Roxanne was a great server. Perfect clam chowder and paella!
Cafe Fina is rated 4.4 stars by 255 OpenTable diners.
Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.