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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!

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

Specials

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Specials

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Details

Join us this Thanksgiving for a delicious 4-course prix fixe dinner featuring Butternut Squash Bisque, Salad, Fresh Roasted Diestel Turkey, Potato Gratin and Vegetables and your choice of three desserts! Only $50.95 per person. A la Carte and Children's menu available. Reservations are recommended.

Sardine Factory Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.5

ambience

4.6

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

90% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (73)
Good for Anniversaries (64)
Romantic (60)
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Good for a Date (56)
Notable Wine List (46)
Good for Birthdays (46)
Creative Cuisine (35)
Worth the Drive (35)
Fit for Foodies (31)
Quiet Conversation (31)
Cozy (27)
Good for Groups (26)
Local Ingredients (26)
Business Meals (22)
Fun (21)
Neighborhood Gem (18)
Authentic (17)
Handcrafted Cocktails (17)
Bar Seating (14)
Live Music (12)
People Watching (9)
Comfort Food (8)
Hot Spot (8)
Sunday Lunch (8)
Vibrant Bar Scene (8)
Healthy (7)
Scenic View (7)
Casual (6)
Kid-friendly (5)
Happy Hour (5)
Great for Lunch (5)
Tasting Menu (5)
Gluten Free Options (4)
Late-night Find (4)
Pre/post Theatre (4)
Disabled Access (3)
Live Sports (3)
Paleo Friendly (3)
Waterfront (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Great Beer (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Great for Brunch (1)
Seasonal (1)
Spicy (1)
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 (Central Coast)·Dined 2 days ago

Excellent rack of lamb, but needed a sauce like a wine reduction. Great scallops, shrimp, and calamari combo. Wine steward did excellent job picking out our wine. Excellent service all the way around!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List
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 (Central Coast)·Dined 2 days ago

The prime rib was tough. The diver scallops were excellent. The service was outstanding. The prices are really high. This is the type of famous restaurant that provides excellent service, but not always the food to match the prices.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List
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food3
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 4 days ago

Went with some friends who had never been. We we treated royally by entire staff. Tomatoes salad was amazing, sweet ripe tomatoes. Abalone was a bit disappointing. Breaded and fried overpowered tenderness of the abalone.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Seafood and service was excellent as always. I really prefer the Conservatory.

Tags: Special Occasion
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·Dined on November 11, 2017

Has been a few years since we were last there since then they have remodeled . It's much brighter and fresh inside, you also have dinning room options but must ask for the different diningroom choices. The service was on point and the food was excellent and fresh. We will continue to visit the Sardine Factory when in Monterey.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on November 5, 2017

We went to the Sardine Factory to celebrate a birthday and wedding anniversary. It was a wonderful evening of great food and service. The entire team truly made us feel like we were the "most important people in the world". I look forward to our next visit!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Live Music, Romantic
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 (Dallas)·Dined on November 4, 2017

We ate in the Captain's room which vey nice and quiet. The food was excellent and the variety of dishes was outstanding. All of the food items ordered by the four of us was extremely delicious. We will definitely return to this fabulous jewel within Cannery Row.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on October 31, 2017

This is an amazing restaurant - beautiful decor, gorgeous food and great service. Extremely elegant and cosy environment - great for special occasions as it’s reasonably pricey, but worth every penny.

Tags: Romantic, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive
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 (Orange County)·Dined on October 31, 2017

Always the best dinning experience great food but even better service. We try to eat here when we are in Monetary and it never disappoints. The only other restaurant that I know with this quality of service is the Hobit in the OC. The wine list is quite extensive, but don't worry Steven will help you make a selection for your taste. My only regret is we live so far away.

Tags: Good for a Date, Kid-friendly, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Romantic, Notable Wine List
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 30, 2017

The food is fabulous! The presentation of the food was excellent and the staff very friendly and knowledgeable.

Tags: Business Meals, Spicy, Good for a Date, Paleo Friendly, People Watching, Good Vegetarian Options, Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, Casual, Live Sports, Comfort Food, Sunday Lunch
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·Dined on October 28, 2017

Too pleased with itself - feels like iris living off passedglories.
Why ask if it is a special occasion if you ignore it.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 28, 2017

We came for the wine list and stayed for the piano man. We ate our way through Monterey and had to take in the Sardine Factory experience. We were seated in the Conservatory, which is pure magic, and presented with perfect service. The wine list is everything they said it would be, and the food was delicious. The oysters Rockefeller we so rich and scrumptious!

Tags: Fun, Special Occasion, People Watching, Pre/post Theatre, Vibrant Bar Scene, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Kid-friendly, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Local Ingredients, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Vacationing in Monterey and had our 10 year wedding anniversary here. The staff went above and beyond. We sat in the conservatory room which was quiet and romantic. Started off with the cheesy bread (which we should have skipped because I could not finish my dinner). Husband had prime rib and said it was the best he ever had. I had a pasta dish with shrimp which was delicious but filling. After dinner we sat in the lounge/bar area with the piano man. Had so much fun!!

Tags: Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Scenic View
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·Dined on October 28, 2017

Amazing! Worth every penny.

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·Dined on October 26, 2017

Great waiter. Wonderful food &
ambience. Had a great time!

Tags: Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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 (Detroit)·Dined on October 23, 2017

We had a delightful evening, starting with the sommelier, who took us to their "catacombs" to see their wine cellar. The wine list is spectacular, and the food is wonderful. Would definitely go here again!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on October 22, 2017

Will come back again!

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·Dined on October 22, 2017

We had dinner with friends celebrating their 35th anniversary. The seating in the conservatory was sparkling and beautiful. The Restaraunt gifted our friends with a serving of chocolate ganache cake which they let us sample. Delicious!

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Rachel was our server. Very nice and knowledgeable. Food was great. Bday dessert was super yummy

Tags: Good for Birthdays
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 22, 2017

We used to visit Sardine factory 20 years ago as newly weds. We went back for the first time in 16 years and found it even better than we remember. Fantastic evening.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 21, 2017

We have been here many times and always enjoy the excellent food and service. Very much worth coming to this delightful old school restaurant.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Live Music, Handcrafted Cocktails, Comfort Food, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on October 21, 2017

It started with the ambience of the captains room, it's invigorating, we were the first ones to be seated in this room.

The wine selection was extensive and our choice, excellent.

Food selections for every palate, well cooked, delicious and very good presentation.

The service was personable, unrushed, and welcoming.

Tags: Happy Hour, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays
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 (Houston)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Thank you so much for a beautiful experience-incredible, caring , professional experience that meant so much to us . We of course will be back!
Ed and MELANIE

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 (Shreveport)·Dined on October 19, 2017

We were treated like royalty from beginning to end. Service was exceptional with the food presentation done with a flair. We had the lamb chops, abalone, veal, and the prawn special. All were well prepared and tasty.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 18, 2017

Service at the Sardine Factory is excellent. Great attention to detail and very personal service. Food quality is good to very good but not exceptional however presentation is excellent. Atmosphere is quite nice and i would recommend it to anyone traveling to the Monterey/Carmel area.

Tags: Local Ingredients
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 (Portland)·Dined on October 18, 2017

Server lost control. Food arrived and he was still looking for the wine. Manager and sommalier jumped in to recover, but overall the service was sub-par.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Good for a Date
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·Dined on October 16, 2017

ATE IN THE GARDEN ROOM. BEAUTIFUL SETTING. FOOD AND SERVICE WERE GREAT.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Had the abalone without the mushrooms. It was very good and the service was impeccable. First visit to the restaurant was in 1968 and it is even better now!! Several of the staff remembered me from previous visits even though over the last 10 years, I have been in fewer than two times per year. It was my wife's birthday and they had the entire atrium singing Happy Birthday.

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 (Tahoe)·Dined on October 14, 2017

We have been here two times this week! I cannot say enough good things about this restaurant and all of the people that we have encountered. I would go as far as saying he best meal we've ever had - and - we eat and frequently. I highly recommend this restaurant. The Oysters Rockefeller are a must!

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·Dined on October 13, 2017

Love the Sardine Factory. Been going there for special occasions since 1971. Not cheap but high quality never is.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Romantic
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 (Boise)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Very lovely experience. We sat in the glass portion of the restaurant which is beautiful. Servers were very helpful and very pleasant. One of our group was served the wrong dinner, it was corrected very quickly.

Tags: Healthy, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Fun, People Watching
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 (Tahoe)·Dined on October 12, 2017

We loved this restaurant so much we are going back tonight! Fabulous in every way!

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on October 12, 2017

Excellent food and service! The staff is always friendly. The food always fresh from the oven. Absolutely love the Sardine Factory!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients, Hot Spot, Great for Lunch, Romantic, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch, Comfort Food, Business Meals, Authentic, Fun
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on October 9, 2017

Súper recomendable, fue una gran sorpresa, la comida de alto nivel, con buena selección de vinos de todo el
Mundo!
Con placer volvería!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 9, 2017

Everything was fantastic! We ordered too much food but every bite was delicious! Fried calamari! Seared scallops, pork chop, side of asparagus and tater toots!! My wine was paired perfectly with each dish!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on October 9, 2017

It has variety food selection and delicious. Quiet and romantic setting in backroom, good service

Tags: Disabled Access, Sunday Lunch, Late-night Find, Authentic, Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Hot Spot, Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Comfort Food
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 (San Joaquin)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Celebrating our Anniversary. Excellant service and food! Totally enjoyed our evening and attention!

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 (Omaha)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Gorgeous restaurant, excellent service and amazing food. Memorable evening!

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on October 7, 2017

Awesome food, great service and wonderful ambience!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Seasonal, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, People Watching, Business Meals, Cozy, Fun, Worth the Drive, Live Music, Romantic, Good for a Date
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on October 7, 2017

The food was exceptional, the service was amazing, and the experience was wonderful!

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