Cafe Fina

4.4
255 Reviews
$30 and under
Seafood
We personally welcome you to Café Fina. My family and I have been serving diners on Monterey’s Fisherman’s Wharf since 1989. We specialize in Italian cuisine, make our pastas and raviolis in house, grow our own seasonal organic home-grown vegetables, and serve a variety of only the freshest seafood from the Monterey Bay. Our wood-burning oven prepares excellent pizza, and the quaint Italian decor and ocean views make dining at Cafe Fina a memorable experience.


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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Beachgirl
New England
12 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience2

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.

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JessicaW
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Classic Monterey restaurant! Food and service were fabulous and we enjoyed watching the sea otters splashing around, too.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service. Definitely will return!

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SusanB
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Authentic Italian in iconic setting owned by one of the Peninsulas best.

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jetlag64
Monterrey
16 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Best Italian food I have had. Good service, generous cocktails. In house wine.

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Mocadre
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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!

Cafe Fina
Responded on March 16, 2021

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!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great!!!!!!!

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vipMarc
San Francisco
34 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience3

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.

Cafe Fina
Responded on March 16, 2021

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!

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VincentC
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Good food for a good price - great cocktails and nice dessert selection.

Cafe Fina
Responded on March 11, 2021

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!

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Madison
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

Cafe Fina
Responded on February 19, 2021

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.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved the location and food.,

Cafe Fina
Responded on March 11, 2021

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!

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RoyP
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best place on the pier. I will go here always

Cafe Fina
Responded on February 19, 2021

Hi Roy, wonderful hearing that your a regular and enjoy dining with us! We look forward to your next visit at Café Fina!

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vipDMChamp
San Francisco
38 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

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.

Cafe Fina
Responded on February 19, 2021

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!

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gjh14030
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, was early for reservation and was seated immediately. Fast, friendly service.

Cafe Fina
Responded on February 19, 2021

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.

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chriscm
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

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

Cafe Fina
Responded on February 19, 2021

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!

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vipLizC
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

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.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience4

Food was ok for the price. Definitely a tourist trap.

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RonaldP
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Clam Chowder was outstanding. So far the best on the wharf!

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, good food. Need more heating lamps for outdoor dining.

Cafe Fina
Responded on February 19, 2021

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!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

friendly staff, great service

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vipMac54
San Francisco
90 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The calamari and the sand dabs are right out the bay. Wonderfully fresh and tasty!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience2

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.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were wonderful. Enjoyed speaking to the owner. Happy we could give out business to them.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Roxanne was the best. My partner and I had an incredible anniversary dinner at Cafe Fina. I plan on visiting again.

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OpenTable Diner
San Joaquin
3 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an excellent private dinner experience despite covid. Delicious entrees, appetizers, and dessert. I highly recommend this establishment.

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OpenTable Diner
Sacramento
9 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

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.

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PaulC
Hawaii
22 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

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.

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vipRestaurantRadar
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best seafood around. Try the sandabs local caught.
Reasonably priced wine list. These people care for their guests.
I would go back anytime!!!

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DavidS
Orange County
14 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Cafe Fina is a go to place for us. The staff is outstanding and the food is always good. Fun place also.

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vipfresnofoodie
Central Coast
25 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Traveling with our dogs. Our dogs got to sit with us. The staff was so good to our dogs. We had a great time.

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Lingo
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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.

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marciab
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

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.

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gigi
Sacramento
3 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

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.

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dmdblmnt
San Francisco
29 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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).

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OpenTable Diner
11 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

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

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JoaoM
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Good services in overall but a little bit noisy...

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Waitress was absolutely super friendly and made us welcomed. Food came out fast and was very fresh and delicious.

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VJRavi
New England
2 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect dinner, great service and knowledgeable staff. The owner welcomed us at the hosting table. The seafood and pasta were amazing.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Great food. Roxanne was a great server. Perfect clam chowder and paella!

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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.