Sardine Factory

4.5
2945 reviews
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Every city has that one can’t miss restaurant, where celebrities feel at home and every other guest feels like a celebrity. Since October 2, 1968, The Sardine Factory’s cachet has made dining in our historic Cannery Row setting a tradition for world leaders, sports heroes and entertainment icons. Our award-winning chefs prepare delectable creations of fresh, sustainable seafood and USDA Prime Aged Beef; winner of Restaurant Hospitality Magazine’s "Best Wine List in America" award. The Lounge’s live entertainment, Happy Hour and affordable menu are a casual alternative to our other dining rooms. Celebrating over 50 years under the same ownership and management! Voted "Best Restaurant in Monterey" by Monterey County Herald readers.

Specials

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Celebrate Valentine's Day at Monterey's most romantic restaurant! Featuring a four course prix fixe menu with appetizer, soup, your choice of entree and dessert. $79 per person. We will also be offering a limited a la carte menu. Visit http://sardinefactory.com/valentines-day for menu details.

Thursday, February 14, 2019

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TA
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

As usual the food was excellent and service elegant. The place is really a throwback to elegant dining of years past with warmth and beauty of the Victorian era. I have enjoyed dinner here over the past four decades and never been disappointed. My only problem on this visit was a noisy party of 12 people in an intimate dining room with a cozy fire which made conversation difficult. As I left I noticed a private dining room where they could have carried on without disturbing us or the other guests and I wondered why it wasn’t offered to them.

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OT
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary dinner. Def not the usual expenditure for regular occasions. Food was delicious and the staff was very attentive and welcoming. The Conservatory room was very beautiful as always. Love the lounge music and after dinner drinks at the bar.

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AR
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a most wonderful time. The food,staff and service were outstanding. We got a double treat when Bert can over to say hello. He is a true treasure. Go to this restaurant. You will not be disappointed or forget your experience.

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t
Houston
22 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Interesting menu. A bit pricey.

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B
San Francisco
55 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We really enjoyed our dinner in the Conservatory room. It was very romantic and the service was great. We did try the Abalone Bisque which was supposed to be award winning, but we were disappointed as the nicked pieces of abalone were crunchy and not tender. All the other dishes that we had were delicious. We would recommend this place for special occasions when you are in the Monterey area.

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S
Las Vegas
9 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It's always fabulous and Sunday night was no different! Just wonderful food, my mouth is watering just remembering my dinner!

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

Server was very good. Food average for the price unfortunately according to all of our party

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w
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such an amazing place for dinner. The atrium is so classy with an old school feel. The food was great.

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P
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Our dinner was good, just a little too "saucy". My glass of Chardonay I asked to be served with my entree was not delivered until 1/2 way done with my meal. : (

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ER
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great spot! Food was amazing and the wine selection was top notch with 1000+ options. My wife and I will be revisiting in the near future.

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LL
Monterrey
4 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another fabulous experience. We went there for their wonderful Friday and Saturday prime rib special. Chef only makes a limit number of servings. Get their early if prime rib is your desired selection. Another plus is their spacious valet parking. Big plus for canary row. Overall we had a great meal. Highly recommended for local or visitor.

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RC
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Very good but not great and quite expensive. There are other places just as good (or better) that represent a better experience in Monterey.

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RB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect for special occasions. Wonderful atmosphere.

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RS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our table was great!Music was outstanding. Owner dropped by - very friendly great sense of humor. Food was exactly as ordered and served perfectly. Wait staff were all super friendly. A little on the pricey side but well worth it for any kind of up-scale celebration!

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LU
Sacramento
3 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

NYE...Very good service, food was okay. Nothing exceptional but a very nice time for the four of us.

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T
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

New Years Eve so very busy and crowded. Service was fair. Seated with lots of traffic behind me. Table for two next to us was crammed with 5 people. Salad served before soup. Soup and entree were warm not hot. Entree, lobster, disappointing. A tail over cooked asparagus and some corn.

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BS
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I go to Sardine Factory almost every year for New Years as that day is our Anniversary. We love it.
Food, drink, and service is the best. The atomosphere in the back atrium is unmatched anywhere.
Great Place

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

New Year’s Eve celebration

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MJ
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

Disappointed for our 4th time there. I think the mistake we made was going on a fixed menu night (1/31:18). Our steaks were way over cooked & our shared lobster was cold. We sheepishly returned our entree. The steaks came back better but the lobster was the same - cold. We cancelled the lobster. Wine was 5 star. Only recommend here on a non-fixed menu.

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great way lace to spend New Year’s Eve...was surprised that there were small children there...hopes it doesn’t happen on Valentines day

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 1

I was not happy with our time at the Sardine Factory. Our waitor placed my us in between to roudy groups that had too much to drink. Instead of a quiet romantic dinner with my wife, we had so speak over people to have a conversation. The wait time for a meal was well over 25 minutes. The whole experience was not what I imagined from a high caliber restaurant.

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F
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

This Monterey institution has been going for 50+ years and still has some dishes from their 1968 menu. Service is excellent but at times it borders on obsequious. Food is good enough, but not really a great value for the price. Encyclopedic wine list and a sommelier to go with it. The Conservatory has great ambiance. When we came there was a singer playing at the piano by the bar. Good for a special occasion but you might want to get better value elsewhere.

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h
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

nice place to see, service was good atmosphere was great.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good dinner with spectacular service definitely will be back

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MH
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

was my husbands B day, we had pizza appetizers, I had white wine and I had sand dabs, my husband had braised beef dinner, warm rolls every thing was so good. Service bus boys waiter on point.

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N
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it. Waitress was very nice. Every in general was nice. The beverage guy never let out water get under half before he came running to refill it.

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SN
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This has become a birthday tradition for me, this is about the third time we've been; it is always a beautiful experience, both in ambiance, food wine, everything. I had forgotten to request to sit in the Conservatory for my b-day, called a few hours ahead of time and they were able to accommodate. We will be back!

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JK
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for our anniversary and the staff was amazing and each service member wished us a happy anniversary. Don’t let the decor fool you when you first walk in. The food is delicious, the wait staff professional and friendly. And the decor ended up creating a wonderful ambience that I will have fond memories of. Don’t forget to check out the wine list.

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CM
San Joaquin
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place to go for delicious food and great service. Wonderful ambiance and everyone was very friendly. I had a wonderful birthday dinner there!

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D
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The minute we walked through the door it was an amazing dining experience. Food outstanding, service great. Definitely will be going back!

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LO
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything I want in a fine dining experience......innovative food, intelligent, attentive service, beautiful surroundings, and creative drinks.

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BK
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

I was disappointed with the food. It was good but nothing special. Because of that, I think the restaurant is overprice.

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b
Los Angeles
47 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sardines was great! Food was tasty. Also, the part of the restaurant we ate was scenic and cozy. We will definitely go back to Sardine Factory when we go to Monterey!

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R
Sacramento
9 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great staff and excellent food. We'll be back again.

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TI
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We traveled from Clovis,Ca. just to have an anniversary dinner at the Sardine Factory. We are always
treated special and appreciate the welcoming attitude of the people at this wonderful restaurant . We'll be back next month.

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OT
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great dinner ...Great service

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing experience around Christmas time!

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KG
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Overall great experience. It wasn't as fancy as we were expecting. Happy hour at the bar was really crowded, which made it hard to access the restroom. Food was delicious, wine menu was extensive.

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LC
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary with dinner, drinks & goid music. Wonderful evening. Highly recommend!

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CC
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

On Dec. 10, 1978 my wife and I celebrate being newly married in the Captains Room. 40 Years later we sat in the same room, same location again in the Captains Room. . . .we'll be back

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