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Sardine Factory

4.5
4.5
4116 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 34 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 4,116 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • California Central Coast

    Seafood

  • Monterey / Carmel

    Notable Wine List

  • Monterey / Carmel

    Romantic

  • Monterey / Carmel

    Special Occasion

  • Monterey / Carmel

    Seafood

  • Monterey / Carmel

    Most Booked

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  1. RC

    RussC

    Los Angeles

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server was Rachel, and she was fantastic. She was friendly, and knowledgeable about the menu. She was friendly and attentive. This was our first visit, and we had a great experience. The wine list was comprehensive, and covered all of the regions, and had wines I don't usually see on restaurant wine lists. The sommelier (unfortunately I did not get his name) was very helpful with selection of wine (I am very happy to see that there was a selection from Herman Story Winery).
  2. t

    thegoose

    New York Area

    13 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    13 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall2food2service2ambience4
    Very overpriced for food and service quality. Really AVoID this place if you like an excellent restaurant
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food2service5ambience5
    Service was outstanding as always. Extremely friendly staff very professional. Unfortunately the food was not great. This is the second time I have been disappointed with the food. I have been coming here for 20+ years. Pasta was overcooked, abalone was missing salt and the risotto which is normally excellent again was overcooked. Abalone soup not as great as usual. Vegetables cooked very well and condimented correctly. Nee chef maybe? Winelist always top notch and a go to destination just for that. Looks like next time I may need to order something different because I love this place and wont let this detract me from an otherwise great evening. I’ll put it down ti bad luck :)
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Oklahoma City

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food3service4ambience5
    The restaurant is very cool. The sommelier was fantastic and helped us pick a great bottle of wine. We got the sole and the prime rib. The sole was very good the prime rib was not and we ended up sending it back. A redeeming quality was how great the staff and manager was about the whole thing. Overall I would recommend.
  5. RE

    RobertE

    Central Coast

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food5service1ambience5
    Mauro our waiter was very slow, not very attentive our requests. It was very hard to get his attention. He constantly ignoring us. Matthew on other hand very attentive and constantly check on us and making sure we were taken care of. Robert Ehlers
  6. TP

    TammieP

    San Francisco

    19 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    19 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall3food2service5ambience4
    My go-to are the lobster tails which have always been delicious. Last night, they were dry/mushy with no flavor. Not sure what happened but extremely disappointed. Our server was fantastic!
  7. JR

    JRP1

    Central Coast

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Conservatory was a very elegant setting. Food and service were outstanding. Looking forward to our next visit.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Portland

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Overall was good. Service was not as attentive as other higher class places but still good. A tad overpriced for the amount received but not outrageous.
  9. JM

    JohnM

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Sardine Factory claims to be the best restaurant in Monterey and it is. I don’t live in Monterey are but have eaten here a number of times over the years. I have not eaten here for 10 years but it was as good as I remembered.
  10. D

    Debbie

    Central Coast

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was excellent. Staff was attentive & friendly. Would absolutely recommend.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Mauro and Raven were wonderful
  12. a

    asher

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and Service were all that you would expect. A bit pricey, but that is to be expected with top notch service and food.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, excellent service
  14. PM

    PeggyM

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 12, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience5
    Decor was beautiful. Loved all the different rooms. The food was good but servers rushed to get orders and left before the whole table had finished with drinks and entrees.
  15. JA

    JenniferA

    Denver

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 12, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Great location and wonderful service. As someone who has a shellfish allergy but loves other fresh seafood and doesn’t get it very often, options are very limited.
  16. p

    patch1103

    Chicago

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    After 34 years of both visiting and living (twice) on the Monterey Peninsula, I finally got a chance to visit this iconic restaurant. It did not disappoint. Loved the ambiance and the food was fantastic. We sat in the conservatory and it was beautiful. Would definitely recommend this place for the the food, service, ambiance, and history. Oh, and loved the piano player in the lounge while we were waiting for our table to be prepared. I also highly recommend the Mr. Sardine cocktail!
  17. MW

    MatthewW

    Sacramento

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall3food1service5ambience5
    Excellent service Jeremiah and Brandon were excellent. I’ve been here numerous times I finally tried the prime rib it was terrible. Great atmosphere impeccable service great cocktails unfortunately my entrée was subpar.
  18. D

    Dante

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful wonderful wonderful. A perfect evening.
  19. MD

    MelD

    Yorkshire

    100 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    100 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Still one of our go-to restaurants in Monterey. Highly recommended.
  20. TG

    TurkishGem

    Miami

    45 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    45 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and super attentive and knowledgeable service. Outstanding upscale experience. Worth it.
  21. MA

    MANDY

    San Joaquin

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 8, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    Nice restaurant, excellent customer service; however, the food quality compared to the price paid is not justified.
  22. ML

    MickeyLikesIt

    Chicago

    44 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    44 reviews

    Dined on September 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very impressive menu with lots of things that you don't often find like abalone and really good grilled calamari steak
  23. L

    Lola

    Tahoe

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 8, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Beautiful room with all glass dome. To our servers..Thanks for helping our Anniversary memorable!
  24. TW

    TammyW

    San Joaquin

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on September 6, 2022

    overall5food3service5ambience5
    The service was amazing as always. My hubby ordered the stale special and it was disappointing but they in their Sardine Factory way took care of it. We love this restaurant and will continue being loyal customer for a long, long time!!
  25. PN

    PhilipN

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding! The setting was gorgeous. The wait staff was superb (excellent recommendations on pairings). The food was exquisite. This establishment deserves and exceeds the praise that it receives. A superb experience.
  26. HL

    HumbertoL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was really good and the ambiance was as well, we just had a family with young children come in so it was a bit louder than necessary.

    Sardine FactoryResponded on September 7, 2022Dear HumbertoL, Thank you for your recent visit and for taking the time to review our restaurant. We are delighted to hear you enjoyed the food and ambiance. We appreciate your patronage and hope you will visit us again very soon.

  27. TM

    ToshaMonterey

    Central Coast

    20 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    We decided to order a nice bottle of wine to celebrate, so Steven helped us pick out a Pinot Noir. The Caesar salad had a tangy dressing, and fresh Parmesan cheese, yummy. Our dinners came out a bit too fast for our wanting a leisurely meal, but they were good…. Prime rib cooked medium rare, and Pasta with Prawns, a huge portion. The Captains room was a quieter place to enjoy a more intimate meal. Prices have gone up a lot, like everything else so this is a special occasion place for us.
  28. MD

    MaryD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was wonderful. My husband took me there when we were dating back in 1981/1982. He passed away last year. I brought my friend Alice with me to celebrate my wedding anniversary (September 1st, 38 years). The food and service (Mauro) were as expected.... Excellent !! Hopefully we will return soon.
  29. RD

    RonD

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding! Top to bottom the best. Diego was a fantastic waiter and attended our every need Thank you
  30. AM

    AnthonyM

    Phoenix

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on August 30, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    I’d say that overall it was very good… But we were expecting over the top and we really never got that… Steak was outstanding as was the burger which was a surprise awesome as were the HOT exquisite fries…But the service just wasn’t quite what we expected… it could be that we were competing with a table of VIPs whom we shared a server with or the large group that came in but that’s just speculation…. also I was quite dismayed at how casual many many of the customers were I was expecting it to be much more upscale than it was… Also there were small children in the restaurant which was quite a surprise for me because we were told that this was a high end restaurant which typically means it’s not oriented towards families….(we don’t hate kids having four children and 9 great grandchildren)…once again very good but not 5 stars for us
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 29, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Anniversary
  32. D

    Donna

    Sacramento

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Date with my husband on our mini vacation. I’ve heard about this place, but never visited. It was truly amazing!! Great food and great ambiance!! We ate in the outside patio and it was truly fabulous!!
  33. AG

    AmeliaG

    Tampa

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on August 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Another delicious evening.
  34. M

    Mickey

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great service, great food, this visit was 36 years in the making. So very glad to finally make it.
  35. AG

    AmeliaG

    Tampa

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely wonderful. The conservatory was an unexpected beautiful greenhouse. Amazing chandelier and statue in the center of the room. Everything was delicious.
  36. ES

    EricaS

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was outstanding, from start to finish! Service, ambiance and every dish is exceptional.
  37. a

    alans

    San Francisco

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    50th anniversary dinner. Great evening.
  38. C

    Chick

    Tahoe

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Excellent service and service
  39. SN

    SusanN

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was our first visit to the Sardine Factory and we loved it! The food was delicious! and the service was above and beyond. We had 40 minutes to eat so we could make a concert in town and the waiter and chef made that happen. The food arrived with plenty of time for us to enjoy, and we made the concert with time to spare. We also loved the glass roof and total ambiance. It is so beautiful! We highly recommend the Sardine Factory.
  40. KR

    KarinR

    Naples

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We decided to sit at the bar (in Clint Eastwood's spot) for dinner but this did not deter us from enjoying our meal thoroughly! The inaugural abalone chowder and the calamari steak dinner were delicious! Next time the Conservatory will be our choice for an extra special occasion.

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 4.5 stars by 4116 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 34 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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