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Sardine Factory

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3544 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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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
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 3544 people are saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
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vipChrisb
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Though having to sit outdoors in a tent is the sad state of affairs in California. We still had an excellent meal with fantastic service. Hope they let you back into your own building soon.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The service was absolutely amazing!!! We would def come back if we’re ever back in town! 😻

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vipCathyB
Central Coast
20 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husbands birthday & it was phenomenal! Awesome service, incredible food & wine & great ambiance- didn’t break the bank either! 💕🙏

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vipspudgirl
Detroit
15 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was very delicious, definitely top flight. Ate in their tent and it was warm enough. Service divine.

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Dotty
Sacramento
3 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

In spite of COVID-19, outside dining, we had a delicious, memorable anniversary dinner.

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Nate
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent and exceptional, as always. My favorite for a reason.

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LadyC
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We ordered the lobster special and it was a good value and tasty and the presentation was terrific. The lobster was bigger than expected but although tasty, it was more chewy and tougher than we’ve experienced in the past. The rest of the plate was as good as ever. The drinks were excellent too.

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SANDY
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

With the pandemic, we dined outside in a tent, with heaters, flowers and Frank Sinatra serenading us. It was sweet. The staff were amazing and the food and wine list was even better. This is a special place. We always come back for more and we're locals.

This restaurant is a part of the old Italian heritage of Monterey. It's been around forever and is run by two Monterey icons who are world renowned restaurateurs.

Sardine Factory
Responded 5 days ago

Hi Sandy, Thank you so very much for taking the time to review our restaurant. We appreciate your loyal patronage and look forward to serving you again soon!

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Genegirl
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Wonderful food. I had the lobster tail and my husband had the diver scallops. The abalone bisque was tasty and creamy, although the abalone was a little rubbery.

The service was great and we had a wonderful evening, forgetting for a little while that we were under a tent in the parking lot

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davidy
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Even though we were early for our reservation they seated us immediately. Service was very good and the wine expert was knowledgeable and friendly. We had the Chilled Seafood Indulgence for two for dinner and it was fresh and tasty. Mango sorbet for desert hit the spot. This is one of the best restaurants we've gone to in Monterey.

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carrie
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

This was a birthday celebration for my husband. They have created a nice pavilion and our
Waiter, Orlando, was excellent. My husband enjoyed his filet with stuffed prawns but my daughter did not enjoy her escargot due to the hollandaise sauce. This restaurant serves a sauce on almost everything, and I would suggest asking for it on the side. I had the impossible burger, and the fries were the best I’ve had in years. I always feel the meals here are a bit overpriced, as dinner for 4 was almost $300.

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Nice outdoor seating setup for social distancing. Delicious from appetizer to dessert. Recommend the Chesapeake crab cake and a mojito to start!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent outdoor tent that felt like being in the restaurant - maybe even better. Food and service were excellent from cocktails to dessert - an all around great experience.

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vipVictor
Los Angeles
28 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely a must ! If ever in Monterey this is a must spot for Wonderful Cuisine. Absolutely perfect evening.

Sardine Factory
Responded on September 9, 2020

Hi Victor, We are delighted to hear you enjoyed your visit and thank you for your review. We appreciate your patronage and look forward to serving you again.

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vipSharonM
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Visited Monterey for the long weekend. Always go to the Sardine factory and never been disappointed. The way they setup the outdoor dining was better than I have seen anywhere. Nice tents, lights, heaters, chandeliers. Was a great experience. Food excellent as usual. We can’t wait until the music comes back

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Second time here and it was absolutely amazing! They adapted it for COVID and very glad I got to go again. Lobster ravioli is a must!

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OpenTable Diner
Sacramento
3 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

We revisited the beloved Sardine Factory and we were both disappointed that the splendor we remembered is gone. COVID has claimed another soul - we were so saddened by the lack of atmosphere, though they definitely tried to make the best of the environment. The food was lacking in the love and luster of yesterday’s , the staff was terrific. We don’t know if we will take the challenge to dine there again, but wish them all the very best.

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AshaJ
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ordered the surf & turf and sea bass. Both were phenomenal!! The owner Mr. Cutino personally greets all the guests at their table & asks if everything is satisfactory, which is a really nice touch. He even sent out the iced swan dessert to our table because we mentioned that it was our anniversary. Truly such a sweet gesture!! Talking with him about how he met his wife & started the restaurant like 50 years ago made our dinner even more memorable!! We will definitely go back when we return to Monterey. Thank you to all the staff & servers who were also wonderful & made our anniversary dinner so special!!!

Sardine Factory
Responded 5 days ago

Hi AshaJ, Thank you for choosing The Sardine Factory to celebrate your special occasion and for your review. We are delighted to hear you enjoyed your dining experience. We appreciate your patronage and look forward to serving you again during your next trip to Monterey.

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AllaL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice place, wish it would be opened longer hours. Otherwise, good food with good services.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4