The Whaling Station Steakhouse

4.6
938 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Steakhouse
The internationally acclaimed Whaling Station Steakhouse, perched just above Steinbeck’s Cannery Row has been Monterey County’s #1 Steak House for over 49 years, The Whaling Station takes the term “Steakhouse” seriously... Select your USDA Prime cut of the USA’s finest beef from a silver tray or enjoy our slow-roasted USDA Prime, Prime Rib, and your Caesar Salad, tossed tableside. An award-winning wine list and full spirits bar compliment your dining experience. Serving Dinner and cocktails from 5pm daily. The Bar at The Whaling Station Steakhouse has its own menu and its own local following, with drink specials and lively conversation served nightly. Parking in our private lot.
A private, 50-seat banquet room is also available.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Steakhouse, Seafood, Prime Rib
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm -10:00pm
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Phone number
(831) 373-3778
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
David Stember - 36 years
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Private party facilities
The Whaling Station offers private and semi private dining areas for groups of 8 to 50. Having a birthday, special event or party please contact us directly to reserve an appropriate area or get additional information.
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Private party contact
The Whaling Station Staff: (831) 373-3778
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Neighborhood
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Parking details
Enjoy free parking in our private lot. Valet parking available on Friday and Saturday.
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 938 People Are Saying
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1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

From the time we walked in the door we were greated by the hostess and throughout the meal the wait staff was excellent.

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KH
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

We were really looking forward to our dinner due to a previous dinner that was very good. We were very disappointed with the Caesar Salad which was NOT prepared tableside and was so full of garlic we could not eat it. Steak and Salmon were good. We felt very rushed by the staff. Very pricey and we left not certain if we would go back.

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C
Sacramento
4 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Paul and Alfredo are the best. Very professional and very friendly.

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N
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 1

In spite of our reservation of 3 weeks, we were seated in the back of the restaurant next to a group of 20 that was very loud, walking around mingling, etc. They clearly needed a private room or the management should have kept other out of that space.

The Cesar salad was nice to have prepared at the table, but was too heavy on the dressing.

The salmon was okay but uninspired.

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OT
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food excellent service!!

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LJ
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I loved how they made me feel special and unique. The food was amazing. I never had to wait for water refills or drink refills. The atmosphere was relaxed and yet dark and elegant. I can't say anything bad.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Family gathering

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DA
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service was so good we went again the next day. The best abalone we have ever tasted. Everything in this restaurant is handcrafted in house including the spicy olives. The New York steak was amazing with a perfectly grilled outside. The portions are large. The appetizers are inventive and tasty also ample size.
This is our new favorite place in Monterey.
The bar is also great the drinks were tasty and well crafted.

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TR
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was the first time I had been here. The service from the moment we walked in was pleasant. Everyone was so friendly and our server did a great job. I took my boyfriend here and we both loved it. The food from the salad to the steak was outstanding.

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JH
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place to celebrate 10th wedding anniversary. Food was outstanding. Much preferred over the Sardine Factory next door in food and atmosphere. Only disappointing part of the night was that none of the staff looked at the notes for the reservation and acknowledged we were celebrating our 10th anniversary. It was noted as the reason for the visit but neither the host or waiter mentioned it or asked if we were celebrating anything. Other then that we will definitely visit again.

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DF
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time there and a great experience. Will go back next time we are in town.

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JM
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent experience....! Menu was amazing and our waiter was awesome. Food was cooked perfectly and super delicious. Drinks were perfectly crafted. Ambience was nice and the atmosphere was inviting. Would definitely come back.

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M
Central Coast
5 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A great steak house that is as good any in the USA

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JC
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

We're from out of the area and were looking for a place to bring my mother for her 84th birthday. Whaling Station was recommended as she wanted prime rib. Well run restaurant with very inviting staff who seated us immediately. The meal was very good, not over the top excellent but no complaints. What stood out was the service, especially from our waiter Paul. He went over and beyond to make us feel comfortable. I would return without hesitation if we return to the area.

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RP
Sacramento
3 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

The worst steakhouse I have been to. The steak was served almost cold and after telling them they just threw it back on the grill so instead of getting my rib eye medium rare it was served a second time as medium well. Service was equivalent to a Denny’s. I will never go back go this place. And I’m usually good at giving a place a second chance but this was just rediculous especially after seeing the ratings for the restaurant being so high prior to going. Their French onion soup was really good and unfortunately the only positive thing I can say about this place. Maybe they just had an off night but either way I will go to the restaurant right next door...

If you want an amazing steak go to the Sardine Factory (that was our reservation the next night), and I ordered their rib eye and it was one of the best if not the best I have ever had. Not to mention service was upscale and what you would expect from a nice restaurant and what I expected to receive the night before at the Whaling Station.

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S
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

The clam chowder stated corn and bacon as ingredients. There was no corn or bacon and it tasted liked canned clam chowder. Very few "ground" pieces of clam. The lobster pasta dish had little flavor. Service was good and Servers were very nice. They did offer to replace the clam chowder and did not charge me for it.

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OT
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best steak houses we have eaten at, ranks up there with Tom colicchio's craft steak, from the service to the food. From the moment you set down they are so attentive and friendly. Couldn’t have had a better evening!

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OT
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and amazing food.

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DN
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Anniversary dinner - awesome as usual. Best steak house in Monterey County.

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SR
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time customers and it was exceptional! Our waitor was great and very energetic and funny. Very different experience than the usual, definitely recommend for a special occasion or date nite❤️

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DD
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I recommend the Beef Wellington, a good old-fashioned favorite.

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JH
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We go every time we visit Pebble Beach. Food & service always good.

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Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I would highly recommend The Whaling Station! The food is fantastic, service is impeccable and just an all round wonderful experience! It's expensive but well worth every penny! No disappointments!

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M
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed he ambiance and the food, particularly the filet’s to be outstanding. Bar served excellent drinks before dinner and the wine selections were superb and priced reasonably.

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DG
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

It was a good experience
I wish my jumbo prawn pasta had more sauce

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JD
Central Coast
5 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

We enjoyed our dinner there. The service was wonderful.

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KP
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The owner greeted us at the door. Very personable man. Valet parking was worth it in Monterey. Highly recommend for any occasion.

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m
Central Coast
7 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was great.
The food was excellent.
We were greeted in a friendly manner and our server took interest in making aware of the different choices that we have for our beef and how they recommend it should cooked. The selection of wines was good and quite reasonable.

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M
Charleston
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our food was great and the service impeccable! They were really attentive. Jum, our server, was great!

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JG
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an amazing dinner, service was exceptional, location was romantic and just cozy. Our server was a sweetheart, brought a dessert out for our anniversary :)

Steaks are delicious! They bring out their steaks and explain the quality, flavor and exactly what you are getting

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Phoenix
9 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Service was good. View of marina was fabulous from our window table. Food was marginal overall. Worst was poached pear on my salad was hard as a rock with no flavor. Obviously not ripe and not poached. Waiter apologized and brought me a new one which was significantly better. What the heck is wrong with the chef? Too many other restaurants in area to go back to this one.

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JH
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 5

We have been eating sporadically at TWS for 30 years. Never again. The wedge salad had none of the accompaniments the menu announced (and that we remembered) and the ribeye was thin, apparently not dry aged, and was not charred rare as ordered. It was small and cooked medium throughout. My Makers rocks was thimble sized. For what we got the prices were outrageous. Service and ambience were good but they should have been: the place was empty.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great steaks and table side ceasar

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Tahoe
14 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Whaling Station is always excellent food, service, and overall lovely atmosphere.
A treat for special occasions.

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CM
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great first time, had a wonderful evening. looking forward to returning soon.

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g
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our date night dinner was wonderful! The host and waiter were lovely. The recommendations made by the waiter for our meal turned out great; steak and halibut. We also opted for dessert. The pavlova was amazing!

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JB
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It was our first time so we went fairly simply. I had the rib eye and she the petite filet with Australian lobster tail. Both steaks were medium rare and seared on the outside with warm pink interiors. We started with half a dozen oysters on the half shell, a mixed green salad and French onion soup. All was fresh and delicious. Bread was brought to the table and my wife said it was good but too soft to really excite. They brought a cannoli with a candle for her birthday and we shared a decadent chocolate cake and a couple of coffees. A bit pricey for us but it was her birthday so no regrets.

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JK
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2018
Overall 3food 1service 4ambience 4

The best part of our meal was the mashed potatoes. The steak and lobster were burnt and really dry. Definitely not worth the price. Killed the mood of the evening as well. I recommend a better chef.

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L
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great location with Valet parking. Food was wonderful. Service very quick.

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B
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Always good food, but a bit on the pricey side. The steak is cooked to perfection.

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