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About Sardine Factory

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 Dry 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 49 years under the same ownership and management! Voted "Best Restaurant in Monterey" by Monterey County Herald and Carmel Pine Cone readers.

701 Wave Street
Monterey, CA 93940
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
Seafood, Steak

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Sunday 5 PM to 10 PM Friday & Saturday 5 PM to 11 PM Monday through Thursday 5 PM to 10:30 PM.

Cross Street:
Prescott

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

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

Phone Number:
(831) 373-3775

Website:
http://www.sardinefactory.com/

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.

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.

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

Private Party Facilities:
For over 49 years the Sardine Factory restaurant has been creating distinctive and memorable private events for discriminating customers. Whether a family gathering or corporate event, each private party receives our full attention and commitment.

Private Party Contact:
Dawn Rodriguez: (831) 373-6625

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Sardine Factory Ratings and Reviews

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4.4

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.5

ambience

4.4

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

87% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (60)
Good for a Date (48)
Good for Anniversaries (45)
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Notable Wine List (44)
Romantic (44)
Good for Birthdays (33)
Worth the Drive (31)
Fit for Foodies (30)
Creative Cuisine (24)
Local Ingredients (20)
Quiet Conversation (20)
Good for Groups (17)
Bar Seating (17)
Cozy (16)
Business Meals (15)
Handcrafted Cocktails (15)
Neighborhood Gem (15)
Authentic (13)
Live Music (13)
Vibrant Bar Scene (12)
Casual (10)
Happy Hour (10)
People Watching (9)
Fun (7)
Seasonal (7)
Hot Spot (6)
Scenic View (6)
Sunday Lunch (5)
Kid-friendly (4)
Comfort Food (4)
Healthy (4)
Late-night Find (4)
Pre/post Theatre (4)
Waterfront (4)
Great for Brunch (3)
Great for Lunch (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Afternoon Tea (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Live Sports (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Spicy (1)
Vegan (1)
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 (Central Coast)·Dined 2 days ago

We wanted a special place for our 56th wedding anniversary. This was it!

Tags: Special Occasion, Notable Wine List
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 3 days ago

Great service in a very appealing atmosphere. Food was great also. All in all, a memorable anniversary dinner.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 3 days ago

While there was a mix up in the kitchen with our order and it took and extremely long time to get our meal, all was well in the end. Food was delicious, wine was fabulous and service was good

Tags: Late-night Find, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Good for a Date, Cozy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 3 days ago

A great evenin! Service was impeccable, food selections outstanding. The sommelier was expert and accommodating resulting in excellent selections.

Tags: Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, People Watching, Authentic, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Romantic
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·Dined 3 days ago

Completely blown away... the steak was phenomenal.. the service was impeccable.. the ambience was amazing and to meet the proprietor was simply a pleasant encounter. I'm certainly looking forward to coming back to the sardine factory. Oh by the way our server named Aaron made it an amazing experience.

Tags: Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Live Music, Worth the Drive, Casual, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined 3 days ago

Great restaurant, place was packed so Service was slow but everything was great including chilled fork for the salad. Say hello to Ted the owner

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined 3 days ago

I went there for dinner with my mother. I would have expected more for that price. I ordered lobster, which is too oily for me.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 4 days ago

Sardine Factory is great for special occasions! They treat you like royalty if they know what you are celebrating. A very unique place!

Tags: Good for Groups, Happy Hour, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined 4 days ago

Simply an outstanding experience. We were sat immediately when we checked in for our reservation, and everything was flawless. Amazing food (the scallop main dish was truly fantastic!), service and ambience. Make sure to visit when you're in Monterey!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List
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·Dined 4 days ago

We went to the Sardine Factory to celebrate my mother's 80th Birthday. The hosts welcomed us by wishing my mom a happy birthday and then proceeded to tell us that they had a special table reserved for such an occasion. We sat in an atrium that was so beautiful it took our breath away. We were treated like Queens for the evening by the wait staff. It was a magical evening with the best food and conversation. It was an evening that we will never forget. Thank you for helping us make the best birthday memory for my mother!!!!

Tags: Late-night Find, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Bar Seating, Seasonal, Good for Groups, Cozy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 4 days ago

Omg. Every thing about this place surpass my expectation. Food & service were excellent.

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 (Central Coast)·Dined 5 days ago

Having seen Rick Stein’s visit to this restaurant on BBC TV we were expecting a treat but unfortunately it fell short of our expectations . A disinterested , offhand waiter didn’t start proceedings off well . Food was OK but I have to say we dined better at some of Monterey’s less famous eateries . Disappointing but probably it was just one of those unfortunate nights . Wine waiter was cheerful & friendly .

Tags: Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List, People Watching, Local Ingredients
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 (Central Coast)·Dined 6 days ago

This was a lovely way to spend Valentines Dinner. The Lemon Drop was great!

Tags: People Watching, Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 6 days ago

My wife and I spent Valentine's Day at Factory. My wife dinner was cold and service was horrible. The Wine Stewart was late with the wine. I NEVER go back there AGAIN!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 6 days ago

Had their Valentines Day dinner. Shrimp, for the shrimp cocktail, was a little over cooked. Wonderful Cream of Asparagus soup. Not thickened with too much starch. Good flavor. Great beef filet. A real quality value.
Sardine Factory is still a Monterey classic.

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 (Central Coast)·Dined 6 days ago

I took my wife for Valentine’s Day and there special menu. Service was slow and very poor.
My wife’s salmon dish was served cold. Warm to the touch cold on the inside. Wa sent it back. No apologies from management or the chef himself. Felt like we were rushed in and rushed out. When we asked server what was the sauce for the salmon special that evening he did not now. It was written right on the menu. It was obvious he had not even read the menu that they were serving that evening. Extremely poor preparation.
He stood there and read off the menu what type of sauce what is being served that evening with the salmon. My wife and I looked in each other and thought to ourselves you’ve got to be kidding me. Certainly not what you would not expect at this restaurant. We will chalk this up to maybe him being a new server or lack of preparation on your management team to train people prior to serving clients. Definitely will not recommend to friends or clients.

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 (Central Coast)·Dined 6 days ago

This was the first time my wife and I have ever been here and I must say it was amazing. The decor was beyond amazing and the food was cooked to perfection, we will be back for sure many more times.

Tags: Good for a Date, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Tasting Menu, Casual, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Comfort Food, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Hot Spot, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Waterfront
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on February 13, 2018

We had a reservation & I requested the atrium, where they sat us. Food was excellent! Yummy bread was brought out first. We had the abalone bisque & that was delicious! I had the diver scallops, so tender & cooked to perfection! My husband had the veal & lobster tail. That was delicious as well. I had the late harvest Riesling wine. Oh my goodness, absolutely delicious!! I love late harvest wine! Great dinner! Will definitely go again.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 13, 2018

Outstanding meal and service. Bradley was an excellent server.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on February 13, 2018

Everything was great! We arrived about twenty minutes earlier then our reservation, we were greeted in a very friendly manner, we felt very welcome and were seated right away. The meal and wine selections were wonderful! We enjoyed our evening, our second visit and we will certainly return. Thank you so much!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Healthy, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Orange County)·Dined on February 12, 2018

We have been to the Sardine Factory many many times over the years and was always a favorite, but hadn’t been in quite some time. On a recent trip to Monterey, we looked forward to dining there again and met old friends who also loved the restaurant. Sitting in the Atrium didn’t disappoint and our server was great, however the food was nothing to write home about. I ordered the linguine with clams and it was dry and flavorless. The salad was horrible and fishy tasting. One person had the special sword fish and loved it, but the other had the bone in rib eye and he said it was horrible. To make things worse, the wine steward had an attitude and wasn’t helpful at all. Totally different experience from the past. We won’t be back.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Food was excellent, along with the service. There were a lot of tourists in casual clothes which was disappointing to us as we had dressed nice for a special occasion.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Was definitely a busy night for the restaurant. Food was fabulous but service was a bit slow.

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on February 10, 2018

We were seated in the greenhouse section - lovely setting. The food and service were outstanding. It's not inexpensive to dine here, but a great experience.

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 (Sacramento)·Dined on February 8, 2018

Great great service. Food was wonderful but a bit high.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 4, 2018

We go to Monterey each year for our anniversary and we eat at Sardine Factory. Always a nice meal and good service in a pretty restaurant. (Since our wedding in Monterey 40 years ago). This time, however, not so much. The service was marginal, the food was simply not good and the value for what ordered was very bad. I ordered the special. A small filet with a jumbo shrimp. The steak was over cooked and of poor quality. The shrimp was ok, but no big deal. Then the bill revealed a $56 price tag for the steak and shrimp. Ridiculous price for a marginal entree. Not so sure next year we will make the effort or spend the money to go to the restaurant again. Can get better food for less money in restaurants all over Monterey and Carmel.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 3, 2018

this was one of the nicest dining experiences we have had. We chatted with the owner and everyone was exceptional. The food and wine were top notch. We will try to come back often.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 1, 2018

the abalone was the best I ever had and the basket of calamari was the was cook perfect ,

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on January 27, 2018

One of the best meals I have ever eaten. Fish done perfectly. Wine list outstanding.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Our servers, Felix and a gentleman whose name I regretfully cannot recall, went above and beyond. Their service made for a wonderful date night at a restaurant my husband has been dying to take me to for years. The food was good, and while spendy, it did not lack in quantity or quality. If I’m ever in Monterey again I’m sure we will be back.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 26, 2018

This was honestly the best meal I’ve had in years. Everything was perfect.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Vegan, Disabled Access, Good for Groups, Local Ingredients, Happy Hour, Quiet Conversation, Live Music, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Bar Seating, Worth the Drive, Comfort Food, Cozy
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on January 25, 2018

We had the prix fixe menu, offered between 5 and 6 pm. Wonderful selection. Great food and service. Beautiful restaurant.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 23, 2018

This is one of my favorite “go to” places when in Monterey and it did not disappoint. From the reception to appetizers to main course everything was impeccable. Had the seafood special this night - Corbina sea bass over a bed of risotto absolutely delicious paired with a terrific Chardonnay. Nothing better

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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on January 22, 2018

Five of us from the Midwest had a fabulous dinner at Sardine Factory. The service was efficient and professional, but very welcoming. The food was so flavorful and attractive that we plan to return again at the end of the week - the only restaurant in the area where we chose to visit a second time.

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vip
 (Atlanta)·Dined on January 21, 2018

It's been several years since we were here. It remains outstanding---exceptional food, service and ambience.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Worth the Drive
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 21, 2018

The abalone was ok, but very thin; not really worth it

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 (Cornwall)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Great oysters. Best I’ve ever had. Friendly service although wine waiter forgot we had 2/3 of a bottle of wine left and brought it out when we had after dinner drinks.

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 (Sacramento)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Try to eat here every time we are in Monterey NO better place to eat and staff and Food is always amazing

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Vibrant Bar Scene, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Orange County)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Food was fantastic. The only thing we did not like was the Wine Steward was not to friendly

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 18, 2018

The Sardine Factory always delights! The food is superb and the wine list extensive and fairly priced. My husband enjoyed talking about wines with the sommelier. The Servers are professional and very helpful.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating
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