Sardine Factory

4.6
3917 Reviews
$31 to $50
Seafood
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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 3917 people are saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.7
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4.7
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guyl
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food4service4ambience5

25th anny celebration and it was amazing - I would recommend to sit in the main dining place

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NataliaT
Orange County
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excelente restaurante. Tiene varias zonas y nosotros estuvimos en la mas elegante y silenciosa. Había otra estancia redonda muy bonita con espejos y plantas pero mas ruidosa. El steak de calamar con scalops y el lenguado estaban riquisimos

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LissmarP
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love it ! Thank you ✨. Recommend if you’re in Monterrey area.

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Dhk4
San Antonio
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb food and top-notch dining experience! My wife and I had been hearing about this place for years so we decided to try it on my birthday--it didn't disappoint! I had the famous abalone bisque and grilled salmon--both were great. I'd go there again in a heart beat!

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JosephG
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Our waiter was awesome, unfortunately I forgot his name.

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YelenaB
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice place. Great food and service. We'll come again.

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JamesF
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service was really superb. We'll be back!

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ChrisE
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience4

Amazing food. Great vibe. Service was very poor.

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DeborahT
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Highly recommended; beautiful inside especially in the greenhouse.

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MicVelo
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great as always! Last time we dined here, we ate in the outdoor tent and it was still great!

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MimiV
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Ambiance was super cool, old school but upscale and very unique. We sat in the Pavilion Room, which was the best section. Filet mignon and short rib were both good. Where we had issue was with the Indulgence Seafood Platter. I would not recommend based on the hefty price tag as the lobster tails were grey in color and lukewarm to the touch, the oysters were not shucked properly (which we brought up to management and was promptly addressed) and the bay shrimp was nothing special since they have large cocktail shrimp but it seems they need something to fill out the boat. A better alternative would be to have some type of crab on there. Definitely a disappointment as we were looking forward to have great quality seafood.

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RICK
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Service excellet, until requesting early bird menu...then all changed to: "who are you?", by the entire staff! If you are not interested in the dinner menu, you are a non entity.

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vipRichardA
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fine dining at it’s best. Perfect ending to a weekend visit from out of state friends.

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BruceS
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

In the calamari - scallops - shrimp entree everything was perfect except for the shrimp, which were overcooked and as a result tough and rubbery. Otherwise, again, everything was perfect.

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

They made our anniversary dinner so special. We sat in one of the rooms alone and the staff was very attentive.

The food was exceptional and wish we could have eaten there the entire time while in Monterey.

Also the decor is so different and makes you feel like you’re in a different time. We would highly recommend you give it a try.

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PatriciaW
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great as always. Great service! Didn’t like the scalloped potatoes but the lobster was mind blowing!

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Lovenortherncalifornia
San Francisco
51 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

WAY too expensive! $55 for halibut- really? Quality of food and drinks excellent. Loved our bartender Kris.

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MarianneR
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely everything about our dining experience was perfect. Making reservations was easy. Plenty of free parking. Excellent service and delicious food. We highly recommend

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LovePG
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, great romantic atmosphere, and friendly waiters.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambien