Sardine Factory

4.6
3923 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 3923 people are saying
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4.7
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4.7
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Jwise
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing night! We loved the restaurant, food and waiter! Will come back!

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Victor
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall1food2service1ambience3

The service was appalling and food disappointing. The waiter, Mauro, made little effort to make us feel welcome. He only took the order for our initial drink and entree (appetizer), left us looking at our empty plates and glasses for about 45 until asking if we wanted to order any main (entree), despite never going through the menu with us. At that point we felt like stretching our luck and having some dessert, the Cannoli was tasteless, pretty much like butter in a cinnamon crust.
If there was anything good about the restaurant, we really never got to enjoy it.

Sardine Factory
Responded a day ago

Dear Victor, Thank you for your review. We appreciate you taking the time to write it. We are saddened to hear that our food and service fell short of your expectations. Every day we strive to give our customers a memorable and delicious experience, we obviously missed our opportunity with you. I will pass your comments along to the Chef, Management and Owners. Please consider allowing us to serve you again in the future.

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vipLarryH
Central Coast
12 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2food2service5ambience5

I’ve been here several times. The menu isn’t that inspiring and needs a refresh. Several items are just barely adequate but extremely over priced. It was to be high end but the execution on the food isn’t up to par.

Half chicken. $39.00. Bland and boring.
6 oz prime filet. $66.00. Not executed well. Dry.
12 oz prime rib. Excellent for $50 bucks. But the sides were very sad. Mashed potatoes are better at KFC and I had one baby carrot cut in half with 5 green beans Al nicely soaked in fresh blood from the prime rib.

I’m gonna skip on this place in the future until I see a new menu. Or a new chef. Also. The menu prices on open table link are very old. Sad they haven’t been updated. Very misleading. Most items are $10 to 12.00 more per item when you arrive at the restaurant.

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mitchm
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Marisa and Jeff were world class . They provided the ultimate dining experience

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2022
Overall5food4service5ambience5

First time out with friends visiting the area. Service was fantastic, food was ok.

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KelleeR
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful place to eat! Great service, great location, great food!

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NanceR
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food, impeccable service. Great selection of seafpod

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Michelle
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent New Year's dinner. The filet mignon was phenomenal. The service, food and ambience was absolutely terrific!

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Blueskies29
Tampa
5 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall2food2service2ambience5

Not sure where to start the Lobster Bisquick was awful!!! Tasted like burnt ground coffee. My husband's Lobster Ravioli was so salty that he literally had a pitcher of water with his meal, he did not finish the meal because he was filled up with water!!!!!. I ordered the lamb chops dish it was good. I ask if it was grass feed and chef left before i could get an answer to my question....The service was okay nothing extra was offered pepper or salt which was not on the table to begin with, it seemed we had to look around for a while trying to get service. Dishes are overpriced for the small menu and choices. In regards to the history of the restaurant dining and the service.......a plaque that hangs outside the restaurant marking it's great dining experience through year 2018, well it has declined since than.
This particular restaurant it's all about the ambiance! Definitely has that going for itself maybe their wine list but that's it.
If you're into posting pics on Facebook Instagram then go ahead make a reservation. That's if you're not to shy to get up and take a picture of a statue in front of everyone that's eating!!!! Disappointed ☹️

Sardine Factory
Responded 6 days ago

Dear Blueskies29, Thank you for taking the time to review our restaurant. I am so sorry to hear you were disappointed with your experience at The Sardine Factory. I am sorry that the meal and service fell short of your expectations and I will pass your comments on to the Chef, Management and Owners. Please consider allowing us to serve you again in the future.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great setting, we were there for a birthday. Fantastic food and great location

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HeatherA
Tahoe
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was perfect!!

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vipChrisJ
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

It’s a classic restaurant with wonderful food. The service was good. We would have preferred some more direction. Entries are large and we could not finish everything.

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vipfoodiefromca
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great staff, ambiance and food!!

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Becca1
Central Coast
4 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing! We ate here for our 20th Anniversary while on trip. It was amazing! The Sommelier was having to care for many rooms and she was so knowledgable and friendly. The staff very attentive and the food wonserful!

Sardine Factory
Responded on January 5, 2022

Dear Becca1, Thank you for choosing The Sardine Factory to celebrate your special occasion. We are delighted to hear you enjoyed your delicious food and great service. We appreciate your patronage and look forward to serving you again soon.

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vipMEG1
San Francisco
84 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always an experience to look forward to. Wonderful good and service. Atmosphere is terrific. We go back whenever we are in town for a visit

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vipChristy
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

It was a 3 star experience food & service.

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MaureenD
Hawaii
6 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious. Service excellent. We’ve been here before and enjoyed sharing this dinner with friends.

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Mandy
London
3 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food menu , lots of choice Tuna Sashimi excellent. Support in wine choice exceptional.
Dessert very good and not overwhelming too large.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2021
Overall4food1service2ambience2

Unfortunately the experience was di

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JonathanS
Sacramento
13 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was outstanding. The location is great. The atrium room is a fantastic place for a meal. But, the evening was made complete by Kris, our server, who did everything right. Definitely coming back!

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Islander
San Francisco
28 reviews