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Sardine Factory

4.6
4.6
4000 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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 28 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

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Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • California Central Coast

    Seafood

  • Monterey / Carmel

    Notable Wine List

  • Monterey / Carmel

    Seafood

  • Monterey / Carmel

    Most Booked

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  1. JS

    JaniceStewart

    San Francisco

    22 reviews

    3.0

    22 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall3food3service4ambience5
    We felt the Sardine Factory fell short this time. It has been several years since we dined there and the ambience and service were as espected. The prices were high but more importantly were deceiving in that menu listed prices were lower than what was on the bill by about 3-4 $ each item. The special was quoted as $55 but were charged $59. Also the special had smaller than described portion of filet and was just so so. We enjoyed our celebration and it was nice to get a complimentary dessert for our anniversary, but these two things were not up to Sardine Factory standards.
  2. BL

    BenitaL

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A truly great memorable dining experience. I highly recommend Sardine Factory.
  3. MD

    MarisaD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food. Wonderful ambience with low noise level. Excellent service
  4. P

    Person

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    We loved the décor and the food. We thought it was a touristy restaurant due to the name and fishing boat display outside, but the interior ambience and food quality were much better than we were led to believe.
  5. JH

    JoyceH

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The service was very good. The prices were in line with other like places. Food was very good. Nice to have delicious rolls and bread sticks brought to the table as part of the dinner. I had the sand dabs. There was a large sized piece of fish served over chard and fingerling potatoes which was very tasty. All in all it was a very nice experience.
  6. D

    Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    The ambiance and service were great. Food was good.
  7. J

    Jacks

    Central Coast

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was amazing and the serves was too. I will be back again.
  8. KT

    KeithT

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food very good, excellent dining spaces to accommodate all group sizes.
  9. RK

    RonaldK

    Orange County

    12 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    12 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall1food1service1ambience5
    Unfortunately we were very dissatisfied in the service. This is the first negative review I’ve ever written. I think reviews should reflect the experience.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    We were seated in the conservatory which is great for atmosphere. However the enclosure also locks the noise within the conservatory. Overall the food and service was good but it’s a bit on the noisy side.
  11. WS

    WayneS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Sardine Factory is always a treat for special occasions. A bit pricey but you get what you pay for!
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Greta food and ambiance.
  13. M

    Maxxx

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food & service is really outstanding. Their website is outdated however.
  14. B

    Bob66

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome dinner deserts spectacular!
  15. TS

    TastySteak

    New York Area

    40 reviews

    4.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Very good steak, although a little more variety on the choice of cuts would have been nice. Service was a bit slow, probably due to understaffing, but friendly. We were in the back, glass-enclosed room, which was very pretty. However, the domed shape carried sound, and we could hear the conversation at the table on the other side of the room.
  16. l

    larisam

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Sardine Factory has always been an outstanding experience!
  17. GB

    GerlindeB

    Las Vegas

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful meal and service as always.
  18. SO

    SaraO

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    When we are in Monterey, a visit to The Sardine Factory is a must. Delicious food, fantastic service and charming ambiance…every time.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Joaquin

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food! Great service! Beautiful dining! What more could you ask for? Worth every penny! Recommend the Abalone Soup
  20. PV

    PilarV

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The restaurant is so nice. The food exquisite, the drinks number 1, the service very good. I recommend this place. I’ll be back with my friends.
  21. JD

    JohnD

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    We truly had a blast. Thank you so much. Hope to see you next year on our anniversary.
  22. CL

    ClemL

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    We love the Sardine Factory and we go every time we visit Monterey or PG - only three or four times a year, but every time. During our last visit the food was of poor quality but everything else was great, so we didn’t abandon ship; we came back. The food redeemed itself and was wonderful. Our server, however, pretty much forgot about us at the end when a large party came in. She never returned for our dessert order and we had to pay the check through another employee. She stopped even looking our way. Too bad, I guess, but it put a cloud over what had been a really nice dinner. One thing, your sommelier is the best! Maybe all the pieces will work next time.
  23. MW

    MikeW

    Central Coast

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service from Rachel. The food was fantastic. Restaurants like this thrive so long because of excellence.
  24. v

    view

    Los Angeles

    67 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    67 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    A unique old school vibe with all services including some for wine selection. Price is high to go along with service and food options. The famous abalone soup reputation is well deserved made famous by Reagan along with Jelly Belly. My stuffed shrimp more resembled a type of lobster in texture but the crab stuffing was so fine it became paste like lacking real flavor.. iverall a unique dining experience these days.
  25. R

    Rick

    Los Angeles

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Surf and turf beat we’ve had in quite some time. Love sitting in the lounge area. Had piano music which we enjoyed.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlantic City

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall2food1service4ambience3
    Food was not good. Not very
  27. PP

    PattiP

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We have been going to the Sardine Factory for over 50 years. Some of our dear old servers, bartenders, etc. are long gone but the service remains the same. We have been fortunate enough to go to many fabulous restaurants around the world, but our favorite remains the same, the closest to your home, The Sardine Factory.
  28. JB

    JamesB

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lots of good restaurants in the Monterey area. We have never been to most of them, and decided to try Sardine Factory. We walked from our Cannery Row hotel, not realizing that the two blocks were all uphill...and then there were lots of steps to get to the front door. Once we got inside, we were seated in the Atrium, which was beautiful. The staff were very attentive, and drinks were very good (margaritas). Our food soon arrived...my wife and I both had the abalone bisque. Absolutely the best soup we have ever had! Her entrée was lobster ravioli which were great. I had the medallions of abalone which were very good, but not the best abalone I've had. All in all, this was the best meal that we've ever had, and the service was outstanding!
  29. RR

    RobertR

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place has a wonderful classic vibe!! Service was beyond amazing thanks to Jennifer and Javier!! Great suggestion from their sommelier too!!
  30. E

    Ette

    Sacramento

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Returned after many years and the experience was fantastic.
  31. KM

    KristaM

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My best friend and I went to my Moms favorite restaurant for a Celebration of life dinner. We had scattered her ashes that morning in the Monterey Bay. The Sardine Factory did not disappoint. Our server Rachel was professional and kind. She brought us a delicious dessert so celebrate Mom. Everything was lovely and added to my memories. My Mom would have been so happy.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and service were excellent. The ambience and attention to detail (I’ve never had my salad fork chilled before) made for a memorable experience. And our server, Marissa, was incredibly friendly and in top of everything. Thanks Sardine Factory for one of our best dinners while driving along along the CA coast.
  33. TB

    TeresaB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food, excellent service, and beautiful setting. Usually I would not give all excellence, because there is always room to improve, but I would not change one thing about our experience. That dinner was worth every penny!
  34. MM

    MikeM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was wonderful, beautiful place, incredible service, perfect for our 50th anniversary.
  35. d

    ddaly

    San Francisco

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on June 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food, sevcice, ambience outstanding. No such thing as a bad meal or experience at the Sardine Factory.
  36. LT

    LauraT

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 1, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    The bread and salad were good. The seafood was excellent. The steak was excellent. The garden room was beautiful and conducive to conversation.
  37. AB

    AndersB

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 31, 2022

    overall2food1service4ambience3
    Over priced. Food was not at the standard expected.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Friends getting together
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 30, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Great experience!
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went here for a birthday dinner and had an amazing experience! We loved our service and everyone that worked there went above and beyond with being polite and helpful. Can’t wait to plan our next time. 10/10

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

FAQs

Sardine Factory is rated 4.6 stars by 4000 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 28 times today
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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