Sardine Factory

4.5
3828 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 3828 people are saying
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Paulb
Sacramento
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dining experience. Would highly recommend!!!

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vipchrisC
Orlando
204 reviews
Dined a day 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 a day 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 a day 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 2 days ago
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 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and service. Seats were close together.

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ToshaMonterey
Central Coast
12 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
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 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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RickyR
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
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 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pleasant atmosphere. Great food. Recommend early dinner menu

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vipSuZieQ
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience5

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

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Micarda
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Returning after 30 years and still very enjoyable

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was recommended from the InterContinental for the early menu specials. The food, service, and drinks meet our expectations. The atmosphere was classy and elegant. I will definitely recommend going forward.

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PeterB
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Good vibe for lounge dinning and drinks. Did not eat in main restaurant but looks beautiful. Lots of variety in multiple menus.

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ElaineQ
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Overall it was a great experience, the decor and atmosphere are exceptional. Food was enjoyable. The only offset was the wait time for food, we had to wait over 1 hour for our entree to arrive.

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MichelleA
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday dinner! Was really good and the restaurant so pretty!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience4

Having our honeymoon in California. Decided to try the sardine factory. Ordered calamari appetizer (the fritters could have been fried longer and calamari breading a bit soft and falling off), crab cake (it’s one crab cake and it’s just ok for the price), the bisque (no visible amount of seafood and not very flavorful), and Caesar salad (romaine red in the stems). Disappointed as I was expecting amazing food and it was just ok but very very expensive and so many items on the menu not even local. The ambiance is very nice and service was great.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent!!!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing place. Great vibe, service and the food was delicious.

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TimT
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a fabulous birthday dinner, great wine BOOK and yummy dessert 🍷

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5