Sardine Factory

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$31 to $50
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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.

Specials

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Join us for the New Year with a very special four-course prix fixe dinner featuring Lobster Bisque, Holiday Salad, Your Choice of Entree and Dessert. $85 per person. Served New Year's Eve and New Year's Day. We will also be offering a limited a la carte menu. Reservations are recommended.

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

What 3353 People Are Saying
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OT
Central Coast
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was awesome.

G
San Francisco
34 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The dining room with the fireplace was lovely. It was very quiet the evening we were there. The sommelier was very helpful and knowledgeable about her craft. Our food was delicious. The ahi was particularly tasty. Daniel, our server, was also very professional.

PF
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous on all accounts. Food was fresh, flavorful, well prepared, and beautifully presented. Could not have asked for better service. I had asked for a special table since it was my birthday and I sat facing the kitchen, which was disappointing. However, they made it up by providing me with a fabulous dessert. We will be back.

Sardine Factory
Responded 3 days ago

Hi PegF, We are delighted to hear you enjoyed your visit and thank you for your review. We appreciate your patronage and look forward to serving you again!

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OT
Detroit
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Beautiful ambiance. Different in every room. The wine menu is 55 pages!

MB
Yosemite
2 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was fabulous!!!

OT
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thanksgiving

MG
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Special Thanksgiving Prix fixe. Some of the food was excellent (soup & salad), some so-so (turkey & potatoes), some a little below par (stuffing). Similarly, some of the service was excellent, while some so-so or even below par (how many times do you need to ask for water?). However, everyone was very welcoming and the price was very good compared to others for the day.

MR
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service! A must do in Monterey. The valet service was exceptional as well

t
Central Coast
6 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Thanksgiving dinner was a let down when the most memorable dish was the soup. The whole experience was saved by outstanding service by Rachel.

t
Chicago
81 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Sardine Factory was not the highlight of our stay in Monterey. The food was average and overpriced.

W
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The most amazing dinner ever ! The only thing that would have made it even better was we had previously signed up to be on the mailing list and should have received a a 20% off coupon for our anniversary we never received it. Maybe we will get it next year, We will be back !

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall1food1service3ambience2

SALTY! SALTY! SALTY Way over priced.

OT
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was exceedingly well and the food was extraordinarily well prepared.

JO
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were celebrating my wife's retirement and we the decided to go to a special restaurant for this occasion. We chose the Sardine Factory. What an experience! As soon we got there the host ask us if we were celebrating something special, we told her the reason. She found us a seat in one of the beautiful rooms that restaurant has. Our attendant, Daniel, make our night very special. At the end of the dinner, Daniel brought to my wife, in an ice sculpted swan, two spoons of ice cream (we are on a Keto Diet). He make fill her very special. It was a very beautiful night. We thanks all the staff that makes this restaurant so special.

Sardine Factory
Responded 3 days ago

Hi JOSEA, Thank you for choosing the Sardine Factory to celebrate your special occasion and for your review. We are delighted you enjoyed your delicious food and great service. We appreciate your patronage and look forward to serving you again!

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OT
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic. History Ambiance Food and Service

ML
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely dinner at The Sardine Factory! We were celebrating our anniversary and they treated us very kindly. The service from entering and checking in to ordering was top notch. Everyone was so welcoming and wonderful. The food was seriously some of the best we’ve ever had. The abalone bisque, olive/hummus/butter with the bread, and the sache torte were top stars from our meal, while our main course of seafood pasta and scallops were also very notable. They seated us in the Conservatory which provided an excellent setting to a romantic, high class dinner. Overall, our experience at the Sardine Factory was really memorable and one for the books! We hope to come back for another time we’re in Monterey.

OT
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was an amazing experience. Great service and food. Came for my birthday with a few friends and had a delicious chocolate cake for dessert. Will definitely be back!

OT
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and atmosphere in the conservatory room. At our table we had steak, seafood, pasta etc. It was all excellent! Great restaurant.

J
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best place to eat in Monterey! It was our anniversary, and they made everything special.

k
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

food was wonderful. had the stuffed shrimp and the surf and turf special. and mark the Maitre D found the cab that my cell phone was dropped. amazing. thanks for the good time.

j
New Orleans
6 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Still my favorite place in Monterey!!!! We love to bring friends here but also a romantic date night. We have been coming here since the 80s and every time has been wonderful. Great cocktails, funky fun bar, staff who totally knows the menu, delish food so fun to bring friends here for a first time and to eat in the conservatory- my fave place. Everyone so warm and kind. Loves? Try sardines, Caesar salad, oh and the sand dabs you can’t find them anywhere now a days and they cook them perfect. Wine beautiful wine list ask the sommelier for help wine was wonderful. Do try

Sardine Factory
Responded on November 23, 2019

Hi jand, We are delighted to hear you enjoyed your visit and thank you for your five-star review. We appreciate your loyal patronage and look forward to serving you again!

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I
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I have to the Sardine Factory before on a few occasions, but this time it seemed a bit different. The noise level was way too high. We had a hard time hearing each other while chatting. The quality of the food was good but felt the service was a bit rushed. I would go back again but might request a quieter spot to sit..

B
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great food. Excellent service. Little bit of a weird atmosphere. But over all, pretty nice!

p
San Francisco
2 reviews