Sardine Factory

4.5
3889 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 3889 people are saying
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vipLaurieW
Sacramento
36 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience. Very friendly staff. Drinks and apps were delicious. Entire staff was 5 star. Thank you for a special Monterey experience.

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vipSARAT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a uch a lovely time! Very fun rooms and decor and the food was just delicious. Will love to return one day.

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OpenTable Diner
Tahoe
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

As usual the service is top notch

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vipSflalus
Central Coast
34 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service the food was awesome and the ambiance and atmosphere was beautiful. The waiters provided exceptional service and made our anniversary special although we dined with a toddler they were very accommodating and we left satisfied! Five stars under the prettiest dome. I ordered the crusted steak calamari and my husband had the rib eye entree

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christinao
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

For the ambience, professionalism, experience and large food portions the $$ price tag is worth it! Prime rib au jus is delicious!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing ambience, delicious drinks and food. We had the mushrooms, the abalone chowder, the vinegar tomato salad, the surf n turf, and the Italian trio for desert. Great wait staff too! Pretty pricey but well worth it! The wine list is huge (biggest I’ve seen) but we didn’t partake. We will be back!

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peter1
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

EXCELLENT. The abalone medallions are incredible.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food2service5ambience3

Service was amazing. Good was fair. Would be AMAZING, if they didn’t OVER SALT the food/sauce.

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vipLisaD
Phoenix
6 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and atmosphere was superb. Our food was delicious and the music in the bar after dinner was great. Would definitely recommend this restaurant and would definitely go back!!!

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vipJosephO
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

part of a three day celebration of my husband’s birthday (today is his actual birthday) we decided on dinner at the Sardine Factory.

We had dinner in the atrium and there was a beautiful ambiance. We had a great and attentive server Mauro assisted by Miguel.

My husband ordered a dirty martini along with a dozen oysters to start. I ordered a cup of the abalone chowder and a glass of sparkling wine to start. The martini did need to be a little dirtier; but the waiter fixed it up right away. The abalone chowder was fabulous.

My husband’s entree was grilled abalone over mushroom risotto accompanied by fresh asparagus. It was delicious as well as yummy looking. I ordered the lobster ravioli. It did not disappoint! There were delicious hot sourdough rolls and crisp bread sticks to enhance the meal.

At the end of the meal and to celebrate my husband’s birthday, the waiter brought a complimentary piece of Sachertorte. What a perfect ending!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved everything about it! Service! Food! Drinks! Presentation! I’ll be coming back :)

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vipElyseV
Las Vegas
17 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food in a really unique building!

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ErwinR
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an excellent meal at the Sardine Factory,the fish was very fresh,the service was terrific.it was a perfect way to celebrate our Anniversary.the waiter was aware of the occasion and provided a special dessert that was a great ending to the meal

Sardine Factory
Responded 7 days ago

Dear ErwinR, Thank you for choosing The Sardine Factory to celebrate your special occasion and for your review. We are delighted to hear you enjoyed your visit. Thank you for your patronage and we look forward to serving you again!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was outstanding! A great place to come back to every time we are in town

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AngieA
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were great. Yes, it's a bit pricey, but it's so, so good.

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mark, our waiter, was very nice and personable. He had good recommendations for the food and drinks. Food was absolutely delicious and the service all around was amazing.

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vipquinnc
Sacramento
16 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience5

So so much fun. This is a total destination place. Loved the abalone chowder. Great service

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LyndaP
Nashville
2 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Happy to say this fabulous restaurant hasn't changed (and that's a good thing!) in the 29 years we've been visiting. We were greeted warmly at the front and enjoyed a cocktail before dinner. The menu was overflowing with great choices. The Surf & Turf was outstanding as was the Shrimp Scampi. Pleasantly surprising was the burrata/tomato salad which could definitely be shared. The tomatoes, balsamic and burrata served atop a mixed green salad was phenomenal. Service was above and beyond, thank you, Donovan!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wedding night and the owner greeted us and treated us special

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louc
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the top restaurants I have eaten at.Great place for any occasion

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vipWellman
Los Angeles
5 reviews