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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

Specials

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Specials

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Details

Join us for Valentine's Day and enjoy a delicious four-course prix fixe dinner featuring a prawn appetizer, asparagus soup, your choice of filet mignon or king salmon and dessert. We will also be serving a limited a la carte and children's menu. $75 per person. Reservations are recommended

Sardine Factory Ratings and Reviews

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4.4

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.5

ambience

4.5

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

89% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (64)
Good for Anniversaries (51)
Good for a Date (50)
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Romantic (49)
Notable Wine List (41)
Good for Birthdays (38)
Fit for Foodies (29)
Worth the Drive (28)
Creative Cuisine (27)
Quiet Conversation (24)
Local Ingredients (21)
Cozy (20)
Business Meals (17)
Authentic (16)
Good for Groups (15)
Bar Seating (14)
Fun (14)
Handcrafted Cocktails (14)
Live Music (12)
Neighborhood Gem (12)
Casual (10)
Vibrant Bar Scene (10)
Comfort Food (8)
People Watching (8)
Happy Hour (8)
Sunday Lunch (7)
Hot Spot (6)
Seasonal (6)
Kid-friendly (5)
Great for Lunch (5)
Scenic View (5)
Healthy (4)
Tasting Menu (4)
Great for Brunch (3)
Disabled Access (3)
Live Sports (3)
Paleo Friendly (3)
Waterfront (3)
Afternoon Tea (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Spicy (1)
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 (Cornwall)·Dined 3 days ago

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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·Dined 3 days ago

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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 (Las Vegas)·Dined 4 days ago

Amazing dinner for my husbands birthday. Petite fillet with crab stuffed prawn & Scallops for my husband.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 7 days ago

Service good, but slow

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·Dined on January 15, 2018

Had a great dinner! And got an awesome tour of the cellar from Stephen who was wonderful!

Tags: Good for a Date, Notable Wine List
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 15, 2018

We always spend a pleasant evening in the Captain's Room -- less noise and more personable service. The seafood courses are always fresh and well prepared. The wine list is extensive, and the desserts are always wonderful

Tags: Business Meals, Local Ingredients
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Excellent. Fish cooked perfectly. Even though a bit touristy, still a great place for seafood.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on January 13, 2018

I've bee.n coming to Sardine Factory for 35 years mostly for special occasions. I have NEVER been disappointed. Consistently great food and service!!!

Tags: Late-night Find, Great for Brunch, Seasonal, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Sunday Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Bar Seating, Great for Lunch, Happy Hour, Fun, Live Music, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (San Joaquin)·Dined on January 1, 2018

We went for a nice quiet meal. The one fancy meal we get a year. The dinner started off at almost 11pm when our reservation was at 1030. and there is a group there with a small child making ALOT of noise and throwing fits. Finally after an hour they left. Then a new group took their table and got their food before us!! We were there over 2 hours with little service. And when we got our food my husbands steak and lobster was cold. They acted like we were low class second citizens. And we started off buying a $100 bottle of champagne! You would think that would at least show that we don’t mind spending the money. And then if that wasn’t bad enough at 1145 they gave everyone noise makers and it turned the experience into a chucky cheese dinner. Non stop noise to where we couldn’t even talk to each other. Worst experience ever at a supposed high class restaurant.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Everything was good, the price was a little high but it was New Years so I expected that.

Tags: Good for a Date, Cozy, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Happy Hour
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·Dined on January 1, 2018

We went for New Year’s Eve and the service was very slow.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 1, 2018

It was the best dinner we have ever had. Everything was perfect, food, staff, cocktails, and piano bar!!

Tags: Tasting Menu, Seasonal, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Bar Seating, Good for Groups, Local Ingredients
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on January 1, 2018

The Abe-lone dish was terrible and very expensive.
The restaurant felt very crowded, seats were very close together, which made the noisy atmosphere even harder to deal with. The menu seamed very limited, try the Chart House or the Grotto you will be better served for less money.

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on January 1, 2018

New Years Eve was special
six old friends together for a good meal with great ambiance and great service

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Way overpriced for the quality of the experience and the food. The ambience was nice but did not warrant the price tag for a family of four.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 1, 2018

We went for the special New Years Eve dinner. It was a good choice— an elegant restaurant, friendly attentive staff, great selection of wine & drinks, and a good prix fixe menu for the occasion. We had a couple of small issues: the lobster was slightly undercooked and the bill was wrong ( $24 overcharge for salads that were supposed to be part of the prix fixe meal, which the waiter corrected when it was brought to his attention.) It was not cheap ($250+ for dinner for two with drinks, tax and tip) but it was a great way to celebrate the new year!

Tags: Romantic, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 1, 2018

This was a second date, New Year's Eve. The menu was varied but seafood-forward, which is fine with me. The quality of the dishes, ingredients, presentation, was outstanding. The crab cakes, in particular, were exceptional. Service was friendly, charming, and accommodating. This is not a cheap night out by any stretch of the imagination, but for some very, very good food, great welcoming and warm staff, and a unique ambience, this is a great date spot.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on December 31, 2017

Fabulous experience. Beautiful restaurant. Amazing service. Five star food. So happy we decided to dine at Sardine Factory

Tags: Paleo Friendly, Kid-friendly, Good for a Date, Authentic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Seasonal, Sunday Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on December 28, 2017

The food, service and ambiance were outstanding. We have wanted to eat here for many years, and finally got our opportunity this year right after Christmas. It was everything we could have hoped for and more.

Tags: Afternoon Tea, Handcrafted Cocktails, Scenic View, Business Meals, Sunday Lunch, Fun, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Romantic
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on December 28, 2017

We come here every time we are in town and it never disappoints. It’s nice when someplace so perfect never changes.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Romantic, Business Meals, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Great service and great food. Highly recommend!

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·Dined on December 27, 2017

I have always held the Sardine Factory in the highest esteem and have been a customer for the years past.
Every year I bring my daughter to Monterey to enjoy and celebrate Christmas. The ambiance is outstanding and food usually to match. This year was a huge disappointment though. Seating was perfect and in the Captain's dining room. The dinner was the daily special, which consisted of a stuffed prawn with crab meat and a filet mignon. My daughter also had a special, which was swordfish. My stuff prawn was "OK", but the filet was "mealy", or having the consistency of liver. My daughter's swordfish was flavorless and dry. We were both disappointed as our dinner at the Sardine Factory would be normally the highlight of our week stay. When I told the waiter about my disappointment with our dinner his only response was, "I'll pass it on to the Chef."

I am going to send my review to the Sardine Factory and hope I get a better response then I received from our waiter.

Tags: Romantic, Quiet Conversation
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Celebrated a 30th birthday — food and service was phenomenal. The scallops are my favorite dish!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Service was exceptional! Overall great food and the setting/atmosphere was delightful.

Tags: Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Happy Hour, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Nice birthday dinner with great seafood. At the end a nice chocolate dessert! Yum

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 (Sacramento)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Sardine Factory is a beautiful restaurant with lovely decor and ambiance. The seafood choices were awesome, tasty, and beautifully prepared. The service was excellent. We were served two different wines and they went perfectly with our appetizers and entrees. The clientele appeared to be a mix of families, couples, groups of friends, and several young couples with very small children. The atmosphere is festive and engaging. This was our third visit to the Sardine Factory and we plan to return when we next visit Monterey.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Romantic, Local Ingredients
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Wonderful ambience marred by lukewarm service. Food good, but not exceptional.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 16, 2017

The restaurant was in a great location and easy to walk to from our hotel. As soon as we entered the maître d’ was excellent at finding us a table that was comfortable and the temperature of the room was fantastic. The food came out a little too quick and the service at certain moments felt a little bit too rushed but that can be the temok Of a restaurant depending on which one that you got it. Overall I would take any of my friends here and family. One tiny disappointing factor was although the name is sardine there is literally only one dish that has two or three sardines in it.

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·Dined on December 16, 2017

Our service was amazing. But was disappointed with the price of the food compared to its quality. The calimari app was $19 and was not all that great..it's something that can be ordered from a chain restaurant quality. My husband's fillet mignon was amazing. My prime rib and lobster was just ok..again something from a chain food reaturant. Their bread rolls were amazing.

Tags: Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date
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·Dined on December 16, 2017

We have been going to Monterey for many years but thought it was a little too pricey. It was a cute find. Everyone was so accommodating and friendly. The meal was delicious. My only suggestion is that they should have the bar and lounge area open before 5 p.m. say 4:30 while people who are having an earlier dinner can relax and enjoy the ambiance prior to dinner. We definitely would go back to this restaurant.

Tags: Fun, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Casual, Romantic, Cozy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Service and food were exceptional. We eat early and our 6:00 pm reservation had daycare issues as usual. Young parents eat at this time and it is loud and uncomfortable in the atrium. Third time and we will not be coming back.

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Wonderful!!

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·Dined on December 4, 2017

Not happy with the food.I ordered the seafood pasta. It took an hour and a half to arrive and the Tuna and the shrimp were way over cooked. I am sorry but I would not recommend.

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on December 3, 2017

I ordered the Prime rib
Medium rare
Came out medium and dry
Probably an old cut sitting in the kitchen

Worst I have ever has there...
Harry Davidian and George Zarounian ( if alive) would have heard about this

Tags: Special Occasion, Casual
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on December 2, 2017

The ealy bird Prix Fixe dinner is always a great way to start three courses reasonably and be able to afford some really nice wines and cocktails and perhaps add some great appetizers. We ordered the Prix Fixe and our son ordered off the menu. Everything was excellent. Food, wine, cocktails and service. We were very saddened to learn that our longtime friend Johnny the wine guy had retired, but we were pleased by his replacement Stephen who was just as friendly, knowledgeable and helpful. Looking forward to many more years at the Factory.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 30, 2017

Perfect location, ambience, service and meal for making someone feel special in their birthday!

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·Dined on November 26, 2017

I love when I can get together with my friends and make memories thank you so much for all the good memories we have at your restaurant the food the wine the service was outstanding

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Has been a go to in Monterey for many years. Food is very rich by today's standards, but very tasty! Dining rooms are each a different experience. The wine cave private dining room is very cool,. and the atrium is great for a Sunday brunch. The ornate French style room is elegant for that special date. Rooms are elegant, but a little dated.

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Sunday Lunch, Notable Wine List
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·Dined on November 24, 2017

We had the Pri Fixe Thanksgiving dinner and our Waitress Rachel was very Sweet , Accomodating and Attentive . The Maitre De was also Genuinely Polite and Considerate in our seating . Our table Busser was also very efficient without being intrusive . Over all quite Pleasant an Evening.

Tags: Special Occasion
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 24, 2017

It was Thanksgiving so we had the set menu. The soup was very good. The salad was just so-so and mine arrived without any blue cheese but they brought some. Later, when we were paying, we noticed another table was offered pepper and chilled salad forks which we were not offered. The turkey itself was very good, gravy nice, stuffing was overly seasoned, veggies delicious and perfectly cooked, potatoes were nice as well. Star of the meal was by far the potato rolls. Outstanding. Dessert was pumpkin pie and creme brulee. Both were adequate. We were sat in a horrible spot which was basically a busy through-way. We didn't realize it until we were well into soup coarse but having made this Open Table res so far in advance, I would have thought we would be given a better seat. We arrived early and had a drink at the bar prior so it wasn't that we were late and I know we could have said something but we just didn't realize it would be that way.

Tags: Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Seasonal, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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