Sardine Factory

4.5
3831 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 3831 people are saying
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4.6
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipLizzieann
Kansas City
26 reviews
Dined 21 hours ago
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Beautiful room the service was slow and the food was good but not good enough for the price!

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MiguelQ1
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined 21 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fanstastic food but most importantly fantastic service

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary

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TammyW
San Joaquin
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our Anniversary. We had ex

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EugeneL
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

The place has tradition ambience. Maybe it was trying to give you a relaxed atmosphere and allow you to spend time leisurely we didn't get our bread and water at least 15 minutes after sitting down then after another ten minutes to get the menu. But the food was good. Because our reservation was at 7:00pm and was in the atrium, we can see the light from outside going from bright to dark and lighting was replaced by the inside light. The atmosphere is good. Too bad I don't drink, therefore I could not touch their wine offerings. Overall was good.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Anniversary Dinner, great service and the food was amazing!!

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vipBobbiB
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience3

I could give this place a minus 20, I would. We are locals and decided to come back after many years. We wish we hadn't This experience was beyond bad on a every level. First, the service was awful--because they had two servers for the entire dome area where is where we were. More importantly, the kitchen was backed up and the bar was backed up. Our server did her best. But, to make up for it, she gave us free chowder. We turned it down because we were so disgusted. AND SHE GAVE IT TO THE NEXT TABLE. Really?? My appetizer was mediocre, but that could have been a matter of taste. However, my main course--Calimari steak- was so salty and disgusting-- and it was recommended by our server as one of the very best dishes. If this is the best, the worst must make you gag. If you want to come to this restaurant because of the Clint Eastwood movie, just order a drink and hamburger and have very, very LOW expectations.

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RonW
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

After 30 years, still an outstanding experience. Highly recommended.

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Paulb
Sacramento
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dining experience. Would highly recommend!!!

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vipchrisC
Orlando
204 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall2food1service2ambience3

Probably the worst Caesar salad I’ve ever had. It was $14.00 and made up of all the yellow innards of the head of lettuce. No outside green leaves. You know, those spiny yellow ones you wouldn’t give your rabbit? I had an Italian pasta dish that was $30.00 that should have been $15.00? Our server didn’t make contact with us near enough times. I’ve been there before. Won’t go back..

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vipMegG
New England
4 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food4service3ambience4

When we arrived for 5:30 reservations we had to wait 10 minutes for our table. Took at least 10 more minutes to ask if we wanted a drink. Had to ask for the early bird menu (order before 6:00). Overall, overpriced and SLOW service.

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ShaneF
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall2food2service2ambience3

We came with high expectations since the restaurant was Michelin rated, but they left us completely disappointed and unsatisfied. The food was mediocre at best. It came to Luke warm and under seasoned. The waiter was lackluster and not very helpful with ordering or checking in on us while we were eating. After we were done eating we ask for a to go container for my teen daughter and they just left it for her to do it herself. She ended up spilling the leftover food in her lap. I I’ve never been to a fine dining restaurant that doesn’t take care of packaging the left overs. For $190 for 3 what a joke, take your money somewhere else.

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vipEarlW
Charleston
5 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience3

Service and food quality left a lot to be desired. Inflated prices left a bad taste. Limited knowledge of wait staff was an additional detriment to what was supposed to be a wonderful special occasion.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and service. Seats were close together.

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ToshaMonterey
Central Coast
12 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

This is a special occasion place to eat in Monterey, pricy but a fine dining spot. The menu is varied, has seafood, pasta, steaks, all are amazing. Our meal consisted of , abalone soup, Caesar salad, and we chose to split a steak, all the food was delicious. The wine we ordered was not our favorite, so that was a little disappointing. The conservatory room is lovely, and most popular room. The servers were having a difficult time reaching our table due to both how close the other table was to us and a huge potted tree in the room. Maybe they need to get a smaller plant and space the tables further apart to help the servers. Since this was our first time coming back from Covid shutdown it was great to be back inside. This is a call for a reservation at least a week ahead of time to get a time slot you desire.

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vipPomologist
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Splurged on the Abalone. Was fabulous but ouch $85.00. Service excellent. Would recommend

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RickyR
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wife and I went for our Anniversary. Amazing service and one of a kind food. Overall excellent dining experience.

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DonD
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pleasant atmosphere. Great food. Recommend early dinner menu

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vipSuZieQ
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Food was delicious service was great. Observatory is beautiful.
Prices are very steep. Memorable location and food.

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DanielM
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

A classic Monterey eatery with excellent food and a great menu. The portions are generous and the quality is first rate. It is a bit pricey but it is worth it.

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Micarda
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Returning after 30 years and still very enjoyable