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Sardine Factory

4.6
4.6
3965 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.

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Booked 23 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, Steak

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:30 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm Happy Hour Daily 5:00 pm–6:00 pm Daily 9:30 pm–10:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (831) 373-3775

  • Payment options

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

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Chef David T. Abella

  • Private party facilities

    For over 50 years the Sardine Factory restaurant has been creating distinctive and memorable private events for discriminating customers. Whether a family gathering or corporate event, our professional and warmly attentive staff assists in coordinating each detail, eliminating stress and ensuring th

  • Private party contact

    Dawn Rodriguez: (844) 796-2515

  • Neighborhood

    Monterey

  • Cross street

    Prescott

  • 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. ADA Wheelchair entrance from parking lot.

  • Public transit

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

  • 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.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Popular dishes

Menu

Appetizers

  • Escargot en Toscani$15.00

    5 EA. Pernod, Garlic, Herbs, Fried Parsley, Baked in Toscani Bread

    • Baked Cannelloni$15.00

      Spinach & Ricotta-Filled Rolled Pasta, Tomato-Basil Cream Sauce, Parmesan Cheese. (Please Allow 10-Minutes)

      • Baked Oysters Rockefeller$19.00

        4 EA., Pernod, Pecan-Smoked Bacon, Hollandaise Sauce

        • Roasted Oysters New Orleans*$19.00

          4 EA. Herb Garlic Butter, Parmesan-Romano Cheese, Fresh Parsley

          • Colossal Prawn Cocktail*$24.00

            Chili Lime Sauce

            • Freshly Shucked Oysters on the Half Shell*

              Chili-Lime Cocktail Sauce & Zatarain's® Horseradish

              • 6 for$23.00
              • 12 for$36.00
            • Wild California Sardines*$16.00

              Sustainable, Lightly Smoked, Onions, Chopped Egg, Lemon & Capers

              • Grilled Chesapeake Crab Cake$30.00

                Tarragon Crème Fraîche, Fennel, Preserved Lemon

                • Basket of Calamari$19.00

                  With Our Own Calamari Puffs, Cocktail & Remoulade Sauce

                  • Crab Filled Baked Mushrooms$19.00

                    Lemon Beurre Blanc Sauce

                    • Maine Lobster Ravioli$30.00

                      Mascarpone Cheese, Shallots, Sherry Wine, Tarragon & Truffle Cream Sauce

                      • Maine Lobster Mac & Cheese$24.00

                        Vermont Cheddar Cheese, Panko Breadcrumbs

                        • The Factory's Famous Cheese Bread ~ Since 1968$10.00

                          Tillamook Cheddar, Romano & Parmesan Cheese on Toasted Sourdough Bread

                          Combination Appetizers

                          • Chilled Seafood Indulgence in Our "Special Boat"*$79.00

                            Petite Maine Lobster Tail, Wild Pacific Prawns, Seasonal Oysters, Clams, Sardines & Shrimp Meat; Assortment of Dipping Sauces (Items Prepared for 2 to 3)

                            • Hot Appetizer Tasting Plate$89.00

                              Two Grilled Chesapeake-Style Crab Cakes, Fried Pacific Calamari, Six Grilled Prawns, Beurre Blanc Sauce (Items Prepared for 2 to 3)

                              Soups & Salads

                              Any Salad Add Shrimp* $11 / Add Blue Cheese Crumbles* $7

                              • "The World Famous" Abalone Bisque

                                Bacon, Chives, Madeira Wine Our Own Creation Served at "Taste of America" for President Reagan's Inauguration

                                • Cup$13.00
                                • Bowl$14.00
                              • Local Favorite "Monterey Bay" Clam Chowder

                                Fresh Buttered Clams

                                • Cup$11.00
                                • Bowl$12.00
                              • House Salad of Tanimura & Antle Artisan™ Lettuce$12.00

                                House, Blue Cheese or Candied Garlic Dressing

                                • Classic "Caesar" Salad$14.00

                                  Locally Grown Romaine Lettuce, Creamy Garlic Anchovy Dressing

                                  • Louie Salads*

                                    Egg, Tomato, Asparagus, Olives, Dill Pickles, Louie Dressing

                                    • With Bay Shrimp$19.00
                                    • With Crab$27.00
                                    • With Lobster$30.00
                                    • Combination$45.00

                                  Featured Item

                                  • The "Factory" Long Dog

                                    American Wagyu Hot Dog on Toasted Roll, Cheddar Cheese & Applewood Smoked Baker's Bacon Wrapped with Sautéed Onions and Side of Mustard with Petite Salad or Basket of Crispy Fries

                                    • 12-inch$18.00
                                  • The "Factory" Burger & Fries$19.00

                                    Broiled 8 oz. Blend of Chopped Short Rib & Beef Sirloin; Cheddar Cheese, Tomato, Arugula, Dill Pickle Chips & Ambrosia Sauce on Toasted Brioche Bun with Crispy Fries

                                    • 1/4 Lb. "Impossible" Burger$18.00

                                      Vegan Option

                                      • Prime Rib au Jus*

                                        Friday & Saturday. Boneless Succulent Prime Rib Seasoned to Perfection, Eight-Hour Slow Roasted and Served Medium Rare; Mashed Potatoes, Vegetable Medley & Horseradish Cream. (Subject to Availability)

                                        • 12 oz. Regular Cut$42.00
                                        • 16 oz. Chef's Cut$52.00

                                      Seafood Entrées

                                      Add crab cake crust or Prawns* $15

                                      • Fresh Ahi Tuna, Sashimi Grade, #1*$43.00

                                        Black & White Sesame Seeds, Wasabi Aïoli, Asian Salad

                                        • Four Large Diver Scallops*$45.00

                                          Wild Mushroom Polenta, Crispy Prosciutto, Toasted Pine Nuts, Sage Brown Butter

                                          • Pan Seared King Salmon*$39.00

                                            Braised Broccolini, Artichokes & Carrots, Hollandaise Sauce

                                            • Grilled Wild Abalone Medallions

                                              Light Breading, Mushrooms, Asparagus, Butter Sauce

                                              • MKT. Price
                                            • Parmesan-Crusted Calamari Steak, Scallop & Prawns$47.00

                                              Chive Rissotto, Sautéed Asparagus, Lemon-Caper Sauce

                                              • Fish & Chips$21.00

                                                Freshly Battered Deep-Fried Cod; Served with Crispy Fries, Cabbage Slaw with Buttermilk Dressing

                                                • Pacific Coast Sand Dabs$32.00

                                                  Sautéed Swiss Chard, Fingerling Potatoes, Maître d'butter

                                                  Seafood & Pasta

                                                  Gluten Free Pasta Available to Substitute Any Pasta

                                                  • Scampi Rigatoni*$39.00

                                                    Sautéed Prawns, Garden Pesto Alfredo Sauce, Wild Mushrooms, Parmesan & Romano Cheese

                                                    • Lobster Ravioli$47.00

                                                      Mascarpone Cheese, Shallots, Sherry Wine, Asparagus, Tarragon & Truffle Cream Sauce

                                                      • Seafood & Pasta*$45.00

                                                        Fresh Llnguini Pasta, Fish, Clams & Prawns, Tomatoes, Garlic & San Marzano Marinara Sauce

                                                        • Spinach-Filled Potato Gnocchi$29.00

                                                          Wild Mushrooms, Zucchini, Cherry Tomatoes, Aged Parmesan, Chardonnay Cream Sauce

                                                          • Linguini Carbonara$19.00

                                                            Parmesan & Romano Cheese, Whole Egg, Scallions, Chives, Guanciale & Black Pepper

                                                            • Baked Cannelloni$28.00

                                                              Spinach & Ricotta-Filled Rolled Pasta, Tomato-Basil Cream Sauce, Parmesan Cheese. (Allow 10-Minutes)

                                                              Chicken, Lamb & Veal

                                                              • Cast Iron Half Chicken*$33.00

                                                                Petaluma Free-Range Chicken, Fingerling Potatoes, Heirloom Carrots, Cipollini Onions, Mushrooms

                                                                • Rack of USDA Prime Colorado Lamb*

                                                                  Port Sauce, Monterey Jack Potatoes, Fried Onion Straws

                                                                  • Two-Bone$44.00
                                                                  • Four-Bone$60.00
                                                                • Veal Cardinale ~ Since 1968$49.00

                                                                  Delicate Flavor of Loin of Natural Raised Veal & Petite Maine Lobster Tail, Combined in Sauce Extraordinaire, Monterey Jack Potatoes, Sautéed Asparagus & Buttered Baby Carrots

                                                                  We Feature the Best USDA Prime & Choice Aged Beef

                                                                  Our Steaks Come from Corn Fed Cattle and Are Hand Picked and Aged 50-60 Days to Ensure Their Flavor and Tenderness. Add One or Two 12 Oz. Maine Lobster Tail* to Any Steak or Chop Mkt. Price. Add Crab Cake Crust or Prawns* $15

                                                                  • Surf & Turf

                                                                    Prime Filet Mignon, 6 oz., Demi Sauce & Maine Lobster Tail, 12 oz., Sautéed Seasonal Vegetables, Monterey Jack Potatoes, Drawn Butter

                                                                    • MKT. Price
                                                                  • Prime Filet Mignon*

                                                                    Béarnaise Sauce, Roasted Potatoes, Fried Onion Straws

                                                                    • 6 oz$58.00
                                                                  • Prime Boneless Rib Eye Steak*

                                                                    Truffle Butter, Roasted Potatoes, Fried Onion Straws

                                                                    • 18 oz$63.00
                                                                  • Medallions of Filet Mignon, Périgourdine$46.00

                                                                    Mashed Potatoes, Sautéed Broccolini & Mushrooms, Truffle Demi Cream Sauce

                                                                    Sides*

                                                                    • Monterey Jack Potatoes$10.00

                                                                      • Garlic Mashed Potatoes$8.00

                                                                        • Sautéed Salinas Valley Spinach$10.00

                                                                          • Sautéed Garlic Butter Mushrooms$11.00

                                                                            • Chive Risotto or Vegetable of the Day$8.00

                                                                              • Sautéed or Crispy Onions$8.00

                                                                                Last updated: February 1, 2022

                                                                                What 3,965 people are saying

                                                                                Overall ratings and reviews

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                                                                                4.6
                                                                                4.6 based on recent ratings
                                                                                • 4.5Food
                                                                                • 4.6Service
                                                                                • 4.7Ambience
                                                                                • 4.2Value

                                                                                NoiseModerate

                                                                                Loved For

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                                                                                  Seafood

                                                                                • Monterey / Carmel

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                                                                                • Monterey / Carmel

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                                                                                  Dined 2 days ago

                                                                                  overall4food4service4ambience3

                                                                                  Bartender doesn’t know how to make an Old Fashioned. Other than that, we had a fabulous time. Food was delicious!

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                                                                                  San Francisco

                                                                                  24 reviews

                                                                                  vip
                                                                                  5.0

                                                                                  24 reviews

                                                                                  Dined 3 days ago

                                                                                  overall5food4service5ambience5

                                                                                  Amazing.. absolutely perfect experience. We came in for a small nibble to celebrate my mom's birthday. EVERYTHING was perfect. The delicious Manhattans. Our waiter Kris. The atmosphere. Our food. The birthday surprise... We can't wait to come back again soon. They went above and beyond to make Tonight so special for her...

                                                                                3. OT

                                                                                  OpenTable Diner

                                                                                  Seattle

                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                  3.0

                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                  Dined 7 days ago

                                                                                  overall3food4service3ambience5

                                                                                  The food was good, but my filet mignon was a bit over cooked. The Monterey Jack potatoes were delicious. The service was good, but not as great as I'd hoped for. I did love the live piano player. I also loved the themed rooms and decor, very beautiful. Overall a good restaurant.

                                                                                4. I

                                                                                  Islander

                                                                                  San Francisco

                                                                                  32 reviews

                                                                                  5.0

                                                                                  32 reviews

                                                                                  Dined 7 days ago

                                                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                  The Sardine Factory is one of my favourite restaurants and go to places. Regardless of where I am. I try to make it down to Monterey at least three times a year and always dine at the Sardine Factory. The food is very well prepared and delicious. The whole ambience of the restaurant makes you feel very welcome and has a positive energy. Great place to visit and dine. A place I recommend to all friends and family. Even strangers.

                                                                                5. M

                                                                                  Matt

                                                                                  Las Vegas

                                                                                  2 reviews

                                                                                  1.0

                                                                                  2 reviews

                                                                                  Dined 7 days ago

                                                                                  overall1food1service2ambience4

                                                                                  Overpriced-Seafood Not fresh-& Mediocre Service. *crab stuffed prawn (3) was over filled with breadcrumbs, freezer burn marks on the prawns and dry/canned crab. *crab stuffed mushrooms (3) lacked flavor and crab tasted canned - not fresh too. Service was slow. I overheard the waitress for the table behind us bring the other couple a free dessert in apology for the wait. We were not afforded the same benefit as we are were lucky to get a standard drink refill. We sat in the atrium which was very nice. But, otherwise there is no view for this restaurant.

                                                                                6. VI

                                                                                  VickyI

                                                                                  San Francisco

                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                  vip
                                                                                  5.0

                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                  Dined 7 days ago

                                                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                  My 90 th birthday was a wonderful experience for him and all of us!!!!

                                                                                7. JC

                                                                                  JC95746

                                                                                  Sacramento

                                                                                  2 reviews

                                                                                  vip
                                                                                  4.0

                                                                                  2 reviews

                                                                                  Dined on May 14, 2022

                                                                                  overall4food5service5ambience5

                                                                                  The abalone bisque is a must! Outstanding! Love the Conservatory room... beautiful. The Bon-Bon's were absolutely decadent. Great service, and a wonderful wine list. Be back as soon as we can.

                                                                                8. TP

                                                                                  TerriP

                                                                                  San Francisco

                                                                                  47 reviews

                                                                                  vip
                                                                                  5.0

                                                                                  47 reviews

                                                                                  Dined on May 12, 2022

                                                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                  We enjoyed this restaurant. Reggie and Lawrence were very attentive and friendly. We had the lamb chops and filet mignon; both were cooked perfectly. The wine list is extensive which we quite enjoyed. For dessert we had the bons bons which are fun for the kids with their presentation; we just love the ice cream. We usually spend a dinner here when we visit a Monterey. Always a treat!

                                                                                9. OT

                                                                                  OpenTable Diner

                                                                                  San Francisco

                                                                                  6 reviews

                                                                                  5.0

                                                                                  6 reviews

                                                                                  Dined on May 12, 2022

                                                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                  Lovely and historic decore. The staff was well versed in the history; there are artifacts in the restaurant from the 1906 earthquake, paintings of maritime Captains on the walls. Great place

                                                                                10. CS

                                                                                  ChristopherS

                                                                                  San Francisco

                                                                                  6 reviews

                                                                                  5.0

                                                                                  6 reviews

                                                                                  Dined on May 8, 2022

                                                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                  Always delicious food and great service!

                                                                                11. j

                                                                                  jerrys

                                                                                  Central Coast

                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                  5.0

                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                  Dined on May 8, 2022

                                                                                  overall5food4service3ambience4

                                                                                  Mother's day menu was great. I did not expect to spend as much but by the time everything was added up it was over $225.oo Food was great but too expensive.

                                                                                12. OT

                                                                                  OpenTable Diner

                                                                                  Las Vegas

                                                                                  11 reviews

                                                                                  vip
                                                                                  5.0

                                                                                  11 reviews

                                                                                  Dined on May 8, 2022

                                                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                  Excellent food, ambiance, and service! Perfect for celebrating special occasions!

                                                                                13. JS

                                                                                  JacquelineS

                                                                                  San Francisco

                                                                                  2 reviews

                                                                                  vip
                                                                                  4.0

                                                                                  2 reviews

                                                                                  Dined on May 8, 2022

                                                                                  overall4food4service2ambience5

                                                                                  The service is slow. The time of taking orders is a long wait.

                                                                                14. OT

                                                                                  OpenTable Diner

                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                  5.0

                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                  Dined on May 8, 2022

                                                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                  Mothers Day 3course special was absolutely amazing . Great value for the amount of food we were served. Staff was very attentive and very professional. Will return again

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                                                                                  Dorota

                                                                                  San Francisco

                                                                                  8 reviews

                                                                                  5.0

                                                                                  8 reviews

                                                                                  Dined on May 8, 2022

                                                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                  Really amazing place, with the awesome service. I am pregnant and diabetic and our waiter tried to accommodate food and drinks to my needs. So far no one ever asked me how the kitchen can alternate the menu to my needs! I was celebrating my husband bday and it was a perfect place in the Captain's Room!

                                                                                16. MG

                                                                                  MirandaG

                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                  5.0

                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                  Dined on May 7, 2022

                                                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                  Went to celebrate my birthday here. The staff was attentive, the food was exquisite and the drinks were on par. I would eat here next time I come down to Monterey.

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                                                                                  Vito

                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                  5.0

                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                  Dined on May 5, 2022

                                                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                  My wife and I went to the Sardine Factory for an anniversary dinner. We first visited the restaurant together in 1984 when we were dating. Subsequently, we have visited only a few times, several years apart, as we both left the Monterey area in 1987. Throughout our sporadic visits, we consistently found the Sardine Factory to be an exceptional restaurant. During our most recent visit, we found the atmosphere romantic, the service impeccable, the sommelier very helpful, and the food outstanding. My only complaint is that even by Monterey standards the restaurant charges a premium price for everything — particularly the wine.

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                                                                                  Patricia

                                                                                  Palm Springs

                                                                                  70 reviews

                                                                                  vip
                                                                                  4.0

                                                                                  70 reviews

                                                                                  Dined on May 5, 2022

                                                                                  overall4food4service5ambience5

                                                                                  This is a great place to celebrate special occasions. Good food and very attentive service. The abalone bisque is amazing, we get it every time we dine here.

                                                                                19. BM

                                                                                  ByronM

                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                  5.0

                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                  Dined on May 3, 2022

                                                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                  Wonderful experience. The staff made us feel at home. The food was simply the best we have ever had. My wife's birthday could not have been made any more special.

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                                                                                  Raegirl

                                                                                  Vancouver

                                                                                  5 reviews

                                                                                  1.0

                                                                                  5 reviews

                                                                                  Dined on May 3, 2022

                                                                                  overall1food1service1ambience1

                                                                                  The room was cold, lettuce was brown and meal was lacking flavor. Service was awkward and disappointing.

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                                                                                  OpenTable Diner

                                                                                  Seattle

                                                                                  7 reviews

                                                                                  vip
                                                                                  4.0

                                                                                  7 reviews

                                                                                  Dined on May 1, 2022

                                                                                  overall4food5service2ambience5

                                                                                  I took my sister to dinner for her two person bachelorette party. The food and ambiance were fabulous. But our service was not what I’d expect from this restaurant. They didn’t even acknowledge my sister’s upcoming wedding or that we were celebrating a special event (despite my having told them). So both good and bad.

                                                                                22. RH

                                                                                  RuthH

                                                                                  Central Coast

                                                                                  6 reviews

                                                                                  5.0

                                                                                  6 reviews

                                                                                  Dined on May 1, 2022

                                                                                  overall5food4service5ambience4

                                                                                  Even though I've lived in the area for almost 30 years, this was my first time visiting the Sardine Factory for dinner. It was an amazing experience, delicious food and a welcoming atmosphere. It was a bit surprising to have so many different people come by the table after we were seated to check on us; but the staff was so attentive! It's definitely on the high end price wise, and while it's worth it, it will be a destination reserved for special occasions.

                                                                                23. R

                                                                                  Rose

                                                                                  San Joaquin

                                                                                  3 reviews

                                                                                  3.0

                                                                                  3 reviews

                                                                                  Dined on May 1, 2022

                                                                                  overall3food1service1ambience5

                                                                                  Very disappointed in the food and service. Not what I remembered in the past. Ambience was good.

                                                                                24. OT

                                                                                  OpenTable Diner

                                                                                  Sacramento

                                                                                  10 reviews

                                                                                  5.0

                                                                                  10 reviews

                                                                                  Dined on May 1, 2022

                                                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                  This was a remarkable experience! The waitstaff was amazing, the food was exquisite, and the ambiance was just out of this world. Definitely a destination restaurant. We will be coming back again for sure.

                                                                                25. SF

                                                                                  SanfranciscoFoodie45

                                                                                  San Francisco

                                                                                  22 reviews

                                                                                  vip
                                                                                  4.0

                                                                                  22 reviews

                                                                                  Dined on April 30, 2022

                                                                                  overall4food3service5ambience5

                                                                                  Overall we had a nice experience. We ordered the smoked sardines for our appetizer-yummy. We both ordered the halibut for our main dish, it was on the special list. My husband enjoyed it I felt the seasoning overpowered the fish so keep that in mind if you order the halibut. Overall good food and nice ambiance.

                                                                                26. MM

                                                                                  MikeM

                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                  5.0

                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                  Dined on April 30, 2022

                                                                                  overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                                                  food, waiter, and ambiance was great. There was a great live music (piano) at the bar.

                                                                                27. PH

                                                                                  PaulH

                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                  5.0

                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                  Dined on April 29, 2022

                                                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                  Very nice facility food and service were outstanding , Highly recommend the Calamari steak dish.

                                                                                28. NJ

                                                                                  NimaJ

                                                                                  San Francisco

                                                                                  2 reviews

                                                                                  5.0

                                                                                  2 reviews

                                                                                  Dined on April 28, 2022

                                                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                  I just loved it, my date also loved it We go back again for sure

                                                                                29. OT

                                                                                  OpenTable Diner

                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                  1.0

                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                  Dined on April 24, 2022

                                                                                  overall1food1service1ambience1

                                                                                  Walked in, the guy didn’t greet us or smile. Asked us if we wanted music in main room or back room and we had no idea so just chose in front of fireplace. It was a nice tiny table for two. We tried ordering the prime rib but was told they were out so the waiter offered a different type of steak and not being told the price or difference we went with it thinking it was less because typically the prime rib is the top choice. We asked for it to be medium well because we don’t like much of any pink with our steak. We got our plates and it looked wonderful with side of asparagus and their cheese mashed potatoes. But the meat was practically raw! Due to the fact we felt so uncomfortable with waiter and it was so loud with music we just ate the outer edges and just only ate that. I figured this plate was less than the prime rib so I chose to not get a box to take it home. I figured at the cost it wasn’t worth bringing it home. Come to find out we each got an $80 plate!!! It was DOUBLE!! And we couldn’t even eat it!! And we couldn’t even take it home after realizing it was so much we just had them take away clueless! Ugh! We will never go again.

                                                                                30. OT

                                                                                  OpenTable Diner

                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                  5.0

                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                  Dined on April 24, 2022

                                                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                  Invited a long time friend because we wanted him to experience a very special restaurant.

                                                                                31. M

                                                                                  Michael

                                                                                  Central Coast

                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                  5.0

                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                  Dined on April 24, 2022

                                                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                  Excellent food and nice atmosphere! Definitely recommend trying!

                                                                                32. PH

                                                                                  PhillipH

                                                                                  San Francisco

                                                                                  3 reviews

                                                                                  5.0

                                                                                  3 reviews

                                                                                  Dined on April 23, 2022

                                                                                  overall5food4service5ambience5

                                                                                  The Sardine Factory is a destination restaurant, so you pay accordingly. If you know that upfront, it's a treat. The food was very good, and we ate a lot of it. A glitch with my petrale, so they bought our desserts, which were wonderful. Great service all around--Stephanie was delightful and Pyper, the sommelier, was charmingly helpful, which is what you need when navigating the encyclopedic wine list. Just browsing through that is a treat for the winos. Old school, high end, great fun.

                                                                                33. C

                                                                                  Cheryl

                                                                                  Central Coast

                                                                                  30 reviews

                                                                                  5.0

                                                                                  30 reviews

                                                                                  Dined on April 23, 2022

                                                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                  We always receive excellent food and service. This is one of our favorite restaurants for special occasions.

                                                                                34. LI

                                                                                  LarryI

                                                                                  San Francisco

                                                                                  13 reviews

                                                                                  5.0

                                                                                  13 reviews

                                                                                  Dined on April 21, 2022

                                                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                  WE have been coming to Monterrey for years and have always wanted to eat at Sardine Factory. We decided to make it a belated anniversary dinner. We went on line and looked at the different rooms and picked the captains room. We we arrive our request was noted and was showed to our table. It was everything we expected and more. The wait staff is very attentive and very helpful. As far as the food it is first class . I had the special of the day a shrimp and steak dish and my wife had lobster ravioli both were the best we have ever had.

                                                                                35. RS

                                                                                  RenetteS

                                                                                  Central Coast

                                                                                  2 reviews

                                                                                  vip
                                                                                  2.0

                                                                                  2 reviews

                                                                                  Dined on April 21, 2022

                                                                                  overall2food2service1ambience2

                                                                                  Food was disappointing, service slow & lackluster - mixed up our drink order & switched the drink garnish with his bare hands..ran out of clam chowder and we were there early in the evening. Used to be one of our favorite places to go in Monterey..it will now be off our list.

                                                                                  Sardine FactoryResponded on April 27, 2022

                                                                                  Dear RenetteS, Thank you for taking the time to review our restaurant. I am sorry to hear you were disappointed with your experience at The Sardine Factory. I will pass your comments on to the Chef and Owners. We appreciate your loyal patronage and hope you will consider allowing us to serve you again in the future.

                                                                                36. s

                                                                                  superfoodie

                                                                                  San Diego

                                                                                  6 reviews

                                                                                  5.0

                                                                                  6 reviews

                                                                                  Dined on April 21, 2022

                                                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                  This is a must. Unique environment and wonderful menu.

                                                                                37. PP

                                                                                  PamP

                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                  5.0

                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                  Dined on April 20, 2022

                                                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                  We were seated in the observatory. Beautiful. Wine selection was incredible and you should definitely let the sommelier help you select. Food was cooked to perfection. Pricey, but well worth it! Can’t wait to return.

                                                                                38. CS

                                                                                  ChuckS

                                                                                  San Francisco

                                                                                  5 reviews

                                                                                  4.0

                                                                                  5 reviews

                                                                                  Dined on April 19, 2022

                                                                                  overall4food5service5ambience4

                                                                                  Server was great, very sweet..entre’ e was delicious. A little loud at first, but then settled down. Anniversary cake a nice touch. Overall fun experience 👍

                                                                                39. JE

                                                                                  JenniferE

                                                                                  Tahoe

                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                  5.0

                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                  Dined on April 19, 2022

                                                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                  Our server Jennifer was spectacular! She took great care of my grandkids and treated them like royalty! Our meal was delicious!

                                                                                40. MC

                                                                                  MelC

                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                  4.0

                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                  Dined on April 17, 2022

                                                                                  overall4food3service5ambience4

                                                                                  The service is top notch. For the price, the food was good but not the best ever.

                                                                                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

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                                                                                Google Map for Sardine Factory

                                                                                701 Wave Street Monterey, CA 93940

                                                                                Additional information

                                                                                • Cross street

                                                                                  Prescott

                                                                                • Neighborhood

                                                                                  Monterey

                                                                                • Hours of operation

                                                                                  Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:30 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm Happy Hour Daily 5:00 pm–6:00 pm Daily 9:30 pm–10:30 pm

                                                                                • Cuisines

                                                                                  Seafood, Steak

                                                                                • Dining style

                                                                                  Fine Dining

                                                                                • Dress code

                                                                                  Business Casual

                                                                                • 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. ADA Wheelchair entrance from parking lot.

                                                                                • Public transit

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

                                                                                • Payment options

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

                                                                                • Executive chef

                                                                                  Chef David T. Abella

                                                                                • 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.

                                                                                • Additional

                                                                                  Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

                                                                                • Phone number

                                                                                  (831) 373-3775

                                                                                • Private party facilities

                                                                                  For over 50 years the Sardine Factory restaurant has been creating distinctive and memorable private events for discriminating customers. Whether a family gathering or corporate event, our professional and warmly attentive staff assists in coordinating each detail, eliminating stress and ensuring th

                                                                                • Private party contact

                                                                                  Dawn Rodriguez: (844) 796-2515

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