Sardine Factory

4.5
3632 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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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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What 3632 people are saying
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JereW
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience4

An iconic place. The ambiance is wonderful if you are looking for time dining. They remembered our anniversary and brought us a chocolate tort to share which was nice.

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CharlesC
Central Coast
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

All members of our party of three had the special three crab-stuffed jumbo shrimp with hollandaise sauce. It was very rich and was more than we could finish.

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MaryO
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, gracious service, a wonderful experience

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The service was fantastic! This is why I would be back.

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Brandonandvalerie
Orange County
15 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful!

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Bella
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

We treated our two teenage grandchildren to dinner and had a very nice dinner . They both remarked at the beauty of the room however it was quite noisy and found it difficult to have a conversation. Food and service was good but not as good as in the past.

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sardine Factory is consistent and our must stop and visit places while in Monterey.

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ErikT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious and great relative to comparable restaurants. There was a slight mixup with one of the orders but was corrected as soon as possible without issue. The servers and staff were friendly and polite.

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Marion
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely one of the BEST places in Monterey to go for a wonderful elegant meal. We have been going here for several years and it had never disappointed us once. This was our first meal out since the lockdown occurred and we NEVER worried about health or distancing concerns for one moment when coming back to the Sardine Factory. The staff took the utmost caution to ensure everyone's safety. We were celebrating our daughters 16th birthday and everyone at the Sardine factory made her feel extremely special which meant the world to us especially during these times. We can't wait till we can come back home to the wonderful family at the Sardine Factory to celebrate our next adventure.
Thank you for always being there.
Dr. Sean and Marion Nank

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Everything went super well! Except my steak came out wrong 3 times but they were very nice and helpful about it, i would still come back!

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SteveG
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Sardine Factory never disappoints!!! A must restaurant to go to when you are in Monterey.

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MarkR
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and ambiance, and prices are also good for the exceptional quality.

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were seated in the atrium, which is lovely. Our sommelier Rachel was so nice and made excellent recommendations. Had the Easter prix fixe menu, which was delicious and a great value.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Best Manhattan I’ve ever had. Meal was shrimp stuffed with crab. Amazing!

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Happy2dine
Central Coast
15 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

We love the Sardine Factory! We enjoyed our time there for a special birthday. I have only one complaint for this particular dinner. It was so long between appetizers that we had to ask about our dinners. The waitress said the kitchen was backed up. However, when we got our food it was lukewarm. It still tasted good so we ate it, but I like filet mignon & stuffed shrimp served warm. They did make up the long wait with an extra dessert though. We will go back. It wasn’t a deal breaker.

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RichardM
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

A very nice dining experience. Conservatory seating was very nice. Food very good but I would highly recommend offering a rib eye in the 10-12 oz range. I had the 18 oz and it was good just too big.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a wonderful time! Good food, great service. Would recommend!

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
6 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best place to eat in Monterey hands down !

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BrianC
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food. Ordered special recommended by our waiter and it was delicious.
Can’t wait to go back

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John
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall2food4service4ambience1

We were seated in the glass atrium room that was very noisy. I would have preferred to be seated in the main dinning room that had more class and history. This was our 49th wedding anniversary and would have liked a better experience. Our Waiter Orlando was very good.

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OpenTable Diner
San Joaquin
5 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The expectation was pretty high based on the appearance of this restaurant and it’s fine dining history. The service was perfect and the food was excellent. We sat in the captain’s dining room and we dressed up for dinner only find other guests were seated in jeans and one table in front of the fireplace had a dog in a bed next to them. Mind you, I have no problem with casual dining at all but we were looking for an elevated experience for our an anniversary and to no fault of the restaurant staff, our experience, especially when compared to the cost of the meal, it just fell a bit short. The noise from the lounge area was also distracting, the crowd was singing along with the live performer. If you’re looking for great food and service, they deliver. I would just warn not to overdress for dinner here.

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5