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Sardine Factory

4.6
4.6
3987 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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Booked 39 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 3,987 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • California Central Coast

    Seafood

  • Monterey / Carmel

    Notable Wine List

  • Monterey / Carmel

    Seafood

  • Monterey / Carmel

    Most Booked

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  1. TS

    TastySteak

    New York Area

    40 reviews

    4.0

    40 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Very good steak, although a little more variety on the choice of cuts would have been nice. Service was a bit slow, probably due to understaffing, but friendly. We were in the back, glass-enclosed room, which was very pretty. However, the domed shape carried sound, and we could hear the conversation at the table on the other side of the room.

  2. l

    larisam

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The Sardine Factory has always been an outstanding experience!

  3. GB

    GerlindeB

    Las Vegas

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Wonderful meal and service as always.

  4. SO

    SaraO

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    When we are in Monterey, a visit to The Sardine Factory is a must. Delicious food, fantastic service and charming ambiance…every time.

  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Joaquin

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food! Great service! Beautiful dining! What more could you ask for? Worth every penny! Recommend the Abalone Soup

  6. PV

    PilarV

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The restaurant is so nice. The food exquisite, the drinks number 1, the service very good. I recommend this place. I’ll be back with my friends.

  7. JD

    JohnD

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience5

    We truly had a blast. Thank you so much. Hope to see you next year on our anniversary.

  8. CL

    ClemL

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience5

    We love the Sardine Factory and we go every time we visit Monterey or PG - only three or four times a year, but every time. During our last visit the food was of poor quality but everything else was great, so we didn’t abandon ship; we came back. The food redeemed itself and was wonderful. Our server, however, pretty much forgot about us at the end when a large party came in. She never returned for our dessert order and we had to pay the check through another employee. She stopped even looking our way. Too bad, I guess, but it put a cloud over what had been a really nice dinner. One thing, your sommelier is the best! Maybe all the pieces will work next time.

  9. MW

    MikeW

    Central Coast

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent service from Rachel. The food was fantastic. Restaurants like this thrive so long because of excellence.

  10. v

    view

    Los Angeles

    67 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    67 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    A unique old school vibe with all services including some for wine selection. Price is high to go along with service and food options. The famous abalone soup reputation is well deserved made famous by Reagan along with Jelly Belly. My stuffed shrimp more resembled a type of lobster in texture but the crab stuffing was so fine it became paste like lacking real flavor.. iverall a unique dining experience these days.

  11. R

    Rick

    Los Angeles

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4

    Surf and turf beat we’ve had in quite some time. Love sitting in the lounge area. Had piano music which we enjoyed.

  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlantic City

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall2food1service4ambience3

    Food was not good. Not very

  13. PP

    PattiP

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We have been going to the Sardine Factory for over 50 years. Some of our dear old servers, bartenders, etc. are long gone but the service remains the same. We have been fortunate enough to go to many fabulous restaurants around the world, but our favorite remains the same, the closest to your home, The Sardine Factory.

  14. JB

    JamesB

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Lots of good restaurants in the Monterey area. We have never been to most of them, and decided to try Sardine Factory. We walked from our Cannery Row hotel, not realizing that the two blocks were all uphill...and then there were lots of steps to get to the front door. Once we got inside, we were seated in the Atrium, which was beautiful. The staff were very attentive, and drinks were very good (margaritas). Our food soon arrived...my wife and I both had the abalone bisque. Absolutely the best soup we have ever had! Her entrée was lobster ravioli which were great. I had the medallions of abalone which were very good, but not the best abalone I've had. All in all, this was the best meal that we've ever had, and the service was outstanding!

  15. RR

    RobertR

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    This place has a wonderful classic vibe!! Service was beyond amazing thanks to Jennifer and Javier!! Great suggestion from their sommelier too!!

  16. E

    Ette

    Sacramento

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Returned after many years and the experience was fantastic.

  17. KM

    KristaM

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    My best friend and I went to my Moms favorite restaurant for a Celebration of life dinner. We had scattered her ashes that morning in the Monterey Bay. The Sardine Factory did not disappoint. Our server Rachel was professional and kind. She brought us a delicious dessert so celebrate Mom. Everything was lovely and added to my memories. My Mom would have been so happy.

  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food and service were excellent. The ambience and attention to detail (I’ve never had my salad fork chilled before) made for a memorable experience. And our server, Marissa, was incredibly friendly and in top of everything. Thanks Sardine Factory for one of our best dinners while driving along along the CA coast.

  19. TB

    TeresaB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent food, excellent service, and beautiful setting. Usually I would not give all excellence, because there is always room to improve, but I would not change one thing about our experience. That dinner was worth every penny!

  20. MM

    MikeM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    It was wonderful, beautiful place, incredible service, perfect for our 50th anniversary.

  21. d

    ddaly

    San Francisco

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on June 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food, sevcice, ambience outstanding. No such thing as a bad meal or experience at the Sardine Factory.

  22. LT

    LauraT

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 1, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    The bread and salad were good. The seafood was excellent. The steak was excellent. The garden room was beautiful and conducive to conversation.

  23. AB

    AndersB

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 31, 2022

    overall2food1service4ambience3

    Over priced. Food was not at the standard expected.

  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Friends getting together

  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 30, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    Great experience!

  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We went here for a birthday dinner and had an amazing experience! We loved our service and everyone that worked there went above and beyond with being polite and helpful. Can’t wait to plan our next time. 10/10

  27. BF

    BrFe

    San Francisco

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great place to celebrate special event with fine dining.

  28. JP

    JustinP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Our time at the Sardine Factory was such a wonderful experience. Brandon, our server, was very knowledgeable and kind when it came to providing recommendations for dishes to try. The ambiance was very beautiful and it is a great place to try, especially if you are celebrating a special occasion. We hope to come back soon!

  29. S

    Scotchmo

    San Francisco

    184 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    184 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience5

    I’m a long time fan. The bisque to the abalone are always the go to faves. This time a few things felt off. The burruta starter was massive with tasteless tomatoes and the cheese was neutral at best. The abalone wasn’t flattened enough, felt chewy not tender, and was covered in panko hiding the nuance flavor; and was also under seasoned (just a dash salt guys please). The surprise bday dessert was a dense fudge like chocolate that tasted of being in the Pre made fridge too long. I love these guys; the servers are friendly; but the food just took two steps backwards.

  30. r

    rareandunusual

    Central Coast

    7 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    We've been going to the S.F. for years. We love it. Since COVID nothing is really the same so be a little forgiving. My steak was superb as always. My wife ordered the Chef's special dinner and it was at best, fair. Large prawns stuffed with crab sounded fantastic but was a bit bland and boring. She wanted the Diver scallops but we were told the chef had taken them off the menu. A big mistake in my opinion since they are still on your online menu. We hope things get back to semi normal soon. T.H.

  31. CD

    CharlesD

    Sacramento

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Our 3rd time here, always a special occasion. A bit pricey for the average Joe but if you got a spare $300 you should go.

  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We try to come here every year for our anniversary and it never disappoints. Thank you

  33. H

    Hjr2

    Los Angeles

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent food and service

  34. G

    Ggwjmw

    Sacramento

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on May 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Every time we visit the Monterey area, we dine at the Sardine Factory. My husband had short ribs and I had salmon. We usually have the abalone bisque but tried the clam chowder instead. Everything was delicious and the service, as always, was exemplary! Thank you, Sardine Factory, for the 20% discount for my husband’s birthday. We will definitely return on our next trip.

  35. LD

    LissaD

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4

    Sardine Factory is always great! It is our favorite place!

  36. LG

    LorraineG

    Central Coast

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We arrived 40 minutes early for our reservation and we were seated immediately . The service was very prompt and the atmosphere so enjoyable. The food was beyond good!

  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Pretty tasty! We had just appetizers which was lovely to share so many delicious items

  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3

    Bartender doesn’t know how to make an Old Fashioned. Other than that, we had a fabulous time. Food was delicious!

  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on May 19, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Amazing.. absolutely perfect experience. We came in for a small nibble to celebrate my mom's birthday. EVERYTHING was perfect. The delicious Manhattans. Our waiter Kris. The atmosphere. Our food. The birthday surprise... We can't wait to come back again soon. They went above and beyond to make Tonight so special for her...

  40. AB

    AdamB

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Our server was awesome and really nice. Somm helped us pick out a great bottle of wine. Food was excellent.

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 3987 OpenTable diners.

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

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Booked 39 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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