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Sardine Factory

4.6
4.6
4187 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.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 18 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, Steak

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:30 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm Happy Hour Daily 5:00 pm–6:00 pm Daily 9:30 pm–10:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (831) 373-3775

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Chef David T. Abella

  • Private party facilities

    For over 50 years the Sardine Factory restaurant has been creating distinctive and memorable private events for discriminating customers. Whether a family gathering or corporate event, our professional and warmly attentive staff assists in coordinating each detail, eliminating stress and ensuring th

  • Private party contact

    Dawn Rodriguez: (844) 796-2515

  • Neighborhood

    Monterey

  • Cross street

    Prescott

  • Parking details

    Enter off of Wave Street ascending the driveway. Self park Sunday through Thursday with self park or valet service available Fridays and Saturdays. ADA Wheelchair entrance from parking lot.

  • Public transit

    MST stop less than 2 blocks away on the corner of Wave St. & David.

  • Entertainment

    David Conley at the Piano Tuesday through Saturday. David has been a professional musician since the age of 17. He has played in numerous bands, opening for various acts such as Steppenwolf, Black Oak Arkansas, Rick Derringer, Crash Test Dummies and more. Versatile and accommodating David takes and plays requests from Led Zeppelin to Elvis Presley to the Everly Brothers.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 4,187 people are saying

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4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • California Central Coast

    Great for fine wines

  • California Central Coast

    Romantic

  • California Central Coast

    Good for special occasions

  • California Central Coast

    Seafood

  • Monterey / Carmel

    Great for fine wines

  • Monterey / Carmel

    Romantic

  • Monterey / Carmel

    Good for special occasions

  • Monterey / Carmel

    Lively

  • Monterey / Carmel

    Seafood

  • Monterey / Carmel

    Most Booked

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  1. KM

    KingMe

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The ambience, quality of food, and staffing services were phenomenal. A lovely time was had by all!
  2. C

    Claire

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Undercooked / almost raw scallops. The quality of the filet mignon was subpar and too cooked. The vegetables were frozen food (not fresh). The service was fair. Overall, I would not recommend to anyone this restaurant.
  3. d

    davidy

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    We went shortly after Thanksgiving and the place was empty (very unusual). Very good food and excellent service
  4. NC

    NChan

    Sacramento

    62 reviews

    5.0

    62 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    We had a great get together and birthday celebration with relatives. Our service was excellent and our meals and desserts were delicious.
  5. MK

    MattK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    - We had a 7:30 reservation and ended up being 30 mins early. They were able to accommodate and lead us directly to our table. We used OpenTable to book our reservation noting that it was our (20yr) anniversary. Everyone, from the maître d' to our server addressed us by name and wished us a happy anniversary. - The service was outstanding. Marissa interacted with us a much as we desired but gave us ample opportunity to enjoy the meal and each other's company. She was knowledgeable about the ingredients in out meals helping us to navigate the menu to a meal we would definitely enjoy. - The food was delicious. We had the sole and the rack of lamb. Each was prepared as described / requested. The sides on plate were a perfect blend of flavors with the main protein on the plate. - We will definitely return.

    Sardine FactoryResponded 7 days agoDear Matt, Congratulations again on your anniversary, we're glad you spent it with us! We are delighted to hear you enjoyed your visit and thank you for your review. Your patronage is appreciated and we look forward to serving you again very soon! The rack of lamb is a great choice. It's always excellent.

  6. DP

    DanaP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had dinner there last night! Fantastic! Our servers were very attentive but didn't hover, the food was AMAZING! Highly recommend it!

    Sardine FactoryResponded 7 days agoDear Dana, We are delighted to hear you enjoyed dinner and service at our restaurant. And thank you for taking the time to leave this review. Your patronage is appreciated and we look forward to serving you again very soon!

  7. h

    haybaler

    Central Coast

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My son took me to celebrate my birthday, and I left so happily! The service all around was just fabulous. Jen was our waitress and she was terrific! Friendly, efficient, and a wonderful personality!! Matthew, her helper was on top of everything and we sure did appreciate him as well. I always recommend the Sardine Factory when dining in Monterey. Thanks for another wonderful experience!

    Sardine FactoryResponded 7 days agoDear Haybaler, Happy Birthday! We are delighted to hear you enjoyed your visit with your son, and thank you for your review. Your patronage is appreciated and we look forward to serving you again very soon!

  8. NB

    NoreenB

    San Francisco

    40 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on November 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Thanksgiving dinner was excellent Great service from Jennifer

    Sardine FactoryResponded 7 days agoDear Noreen, We are delighted to hear you enjoyed your visit and thank you for your review. Your patronage is appreciated and we look forward to serving you again very soon!

  9. TZ

    TeriZ

    Central Coast

    13 reviews

    3.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on November 25, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience1
    For whatever reason, one inexplicable to me, my husband and I were placed at a corner table at the end of the dining room. There were a number of other tables available. We’d already begun our meal when I discovered that not only were we placed at the worst table in the room, but it was next to the route to the ladies room. It was the ultimate insult, in my opinion and I will never go back. To the person who decided where to place us, you should be ashamed of yourself. I’ve been mad at myself since I accepted the table. It ruined what promised to be a lovely Thanksgiving day. By the way, we are a middle aged couple, we were nicely dressed, and polite. Perhaps a bit too passive, it seems. There are many other places to eat on the peninsula. I don’t need to go back to a place that made me feel unwelcome.

    Sardine FactoryResponded 7 days agoDear Teri, Thank you for taking the time to review our restaurant. We’re sorry to hear you were disappointed with your experience at The Sardine Factory, and that the table wasn't what you would have liked. We will pass your comments on to the Management and Owners. We sincerely hope you will allow us to serve you again in the future.

  10. AF

    AliciaF

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Great Thanksgiving feast. Waitress was a bit snooty, but the rest of the wait staff and experience were excellent.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food and service! Everything was perfect!
  12. F

    Foodie123

    Las Vegas

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on November 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We have great family experience at this restaurant and plan to keep coming back

    Sardine FactoryResponded on November 23, 2022Dear Foodie123, Thank you for choosing The Sardine Factory with your family. We are delighted to hear you had a great experience. We appreciate your patronage and look forward to serving you again!

  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    So so wonderful to visit a nostalgic dining establishment that has true authentic character, class, hospitality through the roof, classic entertainment and food that reminds you of the way things use to be when everything you ordered was delicious, old favorites and new twists. Natalie our server was first class along with her buser (unfortunately didn’t catch name) . Bert the owner comes through the dining room with a warm smile, handshake and a true “host with the most”personality. We booked again for tomorrow! If we lived here we’d never leave! Thank you Sardine factory for a very memorable experience!
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely phenomenal across the board.
  15. CG

    CaptG

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We haven't been to the Sardine Factory in many years, not because of a bad experience but just didn't think about it. Celebrated my wife's birthday and it was great. We both had the lobster special which was very nicely prepared. I was pleasantly surprised at the price of wine, which has an extensive list. It's not jacked up to ridiculous level of pricing. Met the Owner, who is a great Monterey native with stories of the old canneries and history of his restaurant. It's not cheap, but in our opinion a great value, particularly for a special occasion. We won't let our visit take so long.

    Sardine FactoryResponded on November 23, 2022Dear CaptG, Thank you for coming back to The Sardine Factory recently to celebrate your wife's birthday. We are delighted to hear you enjoyed your food, service and were able to meet the owner. We appreciate your patronage and look forward to serving you again!

  16. AT

    AnneT

    San Francisco

    78 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    78 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We always enjoy dining at this historic Monterey restaurant. The service is excellent and friendly. The steaks and seafood are delicious. The atmosphere is great with photos of old Cannery Row and stars like Clint Eastwood who have dined there. Every night Dave Conley plays piano at the bar and sings whatever we request. It’s a good time for all!

    Sardine FactoryResponded on November 23, 2022Dear Anne, Thank you for choosing The Sardine Factory recently. We are delighted to hear you enjoyed spending time listening to Dave Conley, the great service and memorable atmosphere. We appreciate your patronage and look forward to serving you again!

  17. AM

    AlanM

    Sacramento

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Sardine Factory never disappoints. The food, service, ambiance is excellent every time. Can’t wait to make our next reservation.

    Sardine FactoryResponded on November 23, 2022Dear Alan, Thank you for your recent visit and for taking the time to review our restaurant. We are delighted to hear you enjoyed the food, service, and ambiance. We appreciate your patronage and look forward to your next visit.

  18. TM

    ToshaMonterey

    Central Coast

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service and food. The wine list is a book and amazing. Overall a great experience
  19. JC

    JoanC

    Central Coast

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My husband and I were celebrating our 23rd wedding anniversary. We live in Carmel-by-the-Sea and believe it or , I had never been to the Sardine Factory before. Everything was top notch from beginning to end. The Prime Rib was prepared perfectly. Don’t miss the Chocolate Decadence cake !! But what was most impressive… Our server Jennifer ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️So polished and professional! I’ve believe the assistant managers name was Spencer ? He was very helpful as well. We will be back 👍

    Sardine FactoryResponded on November 23, 2022Dear Joan, Thank you for choosing The Sardine Factory to celebrate your 23rd wedding anniversary. We are delighted to hear you enjoyed your delicious food, great service with Jennifer and memorable atmosphere. We appreciate your patronage and look forward to serving you again!

  20. BW

    BillW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely an awesome dining experience as I have experienced for years whenever I was coming to Monterey, a stop at the Sardine Factory is a Top Treat !! Spencer, Stephen and Lawrence all made our dinner for our 50th Wedding Anniversary totally a Memorable Experience! Bill Wood , Jr Hi Bert !

    Sardine FactoryResponded on November 23, 2022Dear Bill, We are delighted to hear you enjoyed your visit to celebrate your 50th wedding anniversary and congratulations. Your patronage is appreciated and we look forward to serving you again very soon! We'll let Bert know you said hello!

  21. SP

    SueP

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    We took advantage of their lobster tail special. Served out of shell with drawn butter, on a bed of farro and butternut squash, and broccolini. Choice of soup or salad. I had the salad -- nice baby greens with their delicious house sweet garlic dressing. Server made a recommendation of a Burgundy-style Chardonnay -- crisp and bright, perfect with the lobster. Sweet, attentive service, seated in the "conservatory" - an airy space with lots of plants and sculptures -- 70's elegance vibe. Tourist prices but a very nice meal and good for special occasions.

    Sardine FactoryResponded on November 23, 2022Dear Sue, We are delighted to hear you enjoyed your visit and thank you for your review. Your patronage is appreciated and we look forward to serving you again very soon!

  22. PH

    PaulH

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience5
    The ambiance was great food was substandard ordered the cold seafood Sampler 110 dollars price doesn’t matter no cold clam small oysters Would like a response

    Sardine FactoryResponded on November 23, 2022Dear Paul, Thank you for taking the time to review our restaurant. We’re sorry to hear you were disappointed with your food at The Sardine Factory, and that the oysters fell short of your expectations. We will pass your comments on to the Management and Owners. We sincerely hope you will allow us to serve you again in the future.

  23. LG

    LorraineG

    Central Coast

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We celebrated 2 birthdays with long time friends that were visiting from Arizona . We had a lovely evening.
  24. RT

    RicknTaniaP

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food, excellent service, great opportunity to introduce our teen boys to a classic fine dining experience. Also, an excellent way to celebrate my husband setting a personal record running the Monterey Bay Half Marathon, while showing our boys where their dad and I celebrated our first anniversary (in the conservatory, in 2001). Thank you so much!

    Sardine FactoryResponded on November 16, 2022Dear Tania, Thank you for your recent visit and for taking the time to review our restaurant. We are delighted to hear you enjoyed your food and service. We appreciate your patronage and hope you will visit us again very soon. And please send our congratulations to your husband for his personal record in the half marathon.

  25. CH

    CathyH

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Sardine Factory is an excellent place to dine whether you are celebrating a special occasion, as we were, or for an enjoyable any day dinner. From the Abalone Bisque to our entrees and then dessert - everything was wonderful.

    Sardine FactoryResponded on November 16, 2022Dear Cathy: Thank you for your lovely review and enjoying your 'any day dinner' with us. We look forward to seeing you again soon.

  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience4
    The waiter brought somebody else’s food to us twice in a row. It took forever for them to even get our order in then to even get our order took longer. Service was horrible. The food was horrible. Beautiful atmosphere but horrible food and service.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Enjoyed celebrating our 50 wedding anniversary there.
  28. DH

    DianeH

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Great, historical place to go for a special occasion. The service was awesome!
  29. RS

    RogerS

    Central Coast

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was outstanding in every respect. The help in selecting a wine was most professional and useful.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service and food was great as usual. Natalie was awesome!
  31. RO

    RetiredOldSalt

    Central Coast

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous anniversary dinner!!! Executive Chef Robert Mancuso prepared an amazing meal from the appetizers to the dessert...never a one to disappoint, he delivered his best efforts for this old couple out on their date night! The staff was also very attentive and a special shout out to to Marissa!
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    115 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    115 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience3
    Just too touristy for my take. I understand it works for them, but not for me.

    Sardine FactoryResponded on November 9, 2022Thank you for taking the time to review our restaurant. We’re sorry to hear you thought The Sardine Factory is a little too touristy. We will pass your comments on to the Management and Owners. We sincerely hope you will allow us to serve you again in the future.

  33. NC

    NatalieC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall5food3service5ambience5
    Lovely restaurant. Prime Rib was good. Service excellent. Risotto not too good this time.

    Sardine FactoryResponded on November 9, 2022Dear Natalie: Thank you for your review. We're glad you liked the Prime Rib and the service. Can you tell us what you didn't like about the Risotto? Thanks again, and we hope to see you again soon.

  34. b

    barb

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    You guys made our anniversary extra special, It was kind of the manager and staff to so attentive and worked so hard to make everything a five star experience. Yhsnk you!
  35. CD

    CarolynD

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Wine by the glass selection was disappointing. Everything else was wonderful!

    Sardine FactoryResponded on November 9, 2022Hi Carolyn, thank you for your review and recent visit. Sorry the wine by the glass selection didn't meet your expectations, but we're glad you thought everything else was wonderful.

  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food is always fabulous and the service was top notch
  37. RJ

    RonJ

    Central Coast

    26 reviews

    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Birthday celebration. Excellent service and food.

    Sardine FactoryResponded on November 9, 2022Thank you Ron, we appreciate your review. Happy Birthday!

  38. NB

    NoreenB

    San Francisco

    41 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    41 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We are never disappointed at the Sardine factory. Lobster was perfectly prepared and the side dish, farro with butternut squash, was a wonderful surprise to me.
  39. BB

    BuckBurgers

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We ate here to celebrate our 10th anniversary and had a great evening. Their sommelier helped us navigate their immense wine list, the food was incredible and it was all topped off with the smokin' ice cream bonbons for dessert!

    Sardine FactoryResponded on November 16, 2022Dear Buck, thank you for celebrating your 10th anniversary with us. Congratulations. We hope to serve you again soon.

  40. CD

    CraigD

    Seattle

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on November 1, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    My wife and I enjoy fine dining and this met the mark. Beautiful dining setting. Our sommelier definitely knew his wines and the restaurant’s extensive list. We both had the abalone bisque to start, a must have. The calamari steaks were tender and seasoned just right. The scallops were lightly seared and cooked perfectly inside. My only critique would be the shrimp being overcooked by maybe 30 seconds! Our wait staff were friendly and attentive. This was a meal to linger over and enjoy and not for people who rush through their meals. Our first time to this area but not our last. Sardine Factory will be a required dining spot for us in the future

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

FAQs

Sardine Factory is rated 4.6 stars by 4187 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 18 times today
Google Map for Sardine Factory

701 Wave Street, Monterey, CA 93940

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Prescott

  • Neighborhood

    Monterey

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:30 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm Happy Hour Daily 5:00 pm–6:00 pm Daily 9:30 pm–10:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, Steak

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Enter off of Wave Street ascending the driveway. Self park Sunday through Thursday with self park or valet service available Fridays and Saturdays. ADA Wheelchair entrance from parking lot.

  • Public transit

    MST stop less than 2 blocks away on the corner of Wave St. & David.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Chef David T. Abella

  • Entertainment

    David Conley at the Piano Tuesday through Saturday. David has been a professional musician since the age of 17. He has played in numerous bands, opening for various acts such as Steppenwolf, Black Oak Arkansas, Rick Derringer, Crash Test Dummies and more. Versatile and accommodating David takes and plays requests from Led Zeppelin to Elvis Presley to the Everly Brothers.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (831) 373-3775

  • Private party facilities

    For over 50 years the Sardine Factory restaurant has been creating distinctive and memorable private events for discriminating customers. Whether a family gathering or corporate event, our professional and warmly attentive staff assists in coordinating each detail, eliminating stress and ensuring th

  • Private party contact

    Dawn Rodriguez: (844) 796-2515

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