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About Sardine Factory

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 Dry 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 49 years under the same ownership and management! Voted "Best Restaurant in Monterey" by Monterey County Herald and Carmel Pine Cone readers.

701 Wave Street
Monterey, CA 93940
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
Seafood, Steak

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Sunday 5 PM to 10 PM Friday & Saturday 5 PM to 11 PM Monday through Thursday 5 PM to 10:30 PM.

Cross Street:
Prescott

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

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

Phone Number:
(831) 373-3775

Website:
http://www.sardinefactory.com/

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.

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.

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

Private Party Facilities:
For over 49 years the Sardine Factory restaurant has been creating distinctive and memorable private events for discriminating customers. Whether a family gathering or corporate event, each private party receives our full attention and commitment.

Private Party Contact:
Dawn Rodriguez: (831) 373-6625

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Specials

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Specials

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Details

Ring in the New Year at The Sardine Factory! Join us for a delicious four-course prix fixe dinner featuring Maine Lobster Bisque, Holiday Salad, your choice of Entree and Dessert. Only $79 per person. Serving New Year's Eve AND New Year's Day, from 5:00. Also serving a limited a la carte menu.

Sardine Factory Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.5

ambience

4.6

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

88% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (66)
Good for Anniversaries (54)
Romantic (47)
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Good for a Date (46)
Good for Birthdays (42)
Notable Wine List (40)
Worth the Drive (33)
Creative Cuisine (29)
Fit for Foodies (28)
Quiet Conversation (26)
Cozy (21)
Local Ingredients (20)
Business Meals (18)
Authentic (17)
Handcrafted Cocktails (16)
Good for Groups (15)
Fun (14)
Bar Seating (13)
Neighborhood Gem (13)
Live Music (10)
Casual (9)
Vibrant Bar Scene (9)
Comfort Food (8)
Hot Spot (7)
Scenic View (7)
People Watching (7)
Kid-friendly (5)
Happy Hour (5)
Healthy (5)
Great for Lunch (4)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Disabled Access (3)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Late-night Find (3)
Live Sports (3)
Paleo Friendly (3)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Seasonal (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Waterfront (3)
Great Beer (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Great for Brunch (1)
Spicy (1)
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Service and food were exceptional. We eat early and our 6:00 pm reservation had daycare issues as usual. Young parents eat at this time and it is loud and uncomfortable in the atrium. Third time and we will not be coming back.

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·Dined on December 4, 2017

Not happy with the food.I ordered the seafood pasta. It took an hour and a half to arrive and the Tuna and the shrimp were way over cooked. I am sorry but I would not recommend.

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on December 3, 2017

I ordered the Prime rib
Medium rare
Came out medium and dry
Probably an old cut sitting in the kitchen

Worst I have ever has there...
Harry Davidian and George Zarounian ( if alive) would have heard about this

Tags: Special Occasion, Casual
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on December 2, 2017

The ealy bird Prix Fixe dinner is always a great way to start three courses reasonably and be able to afford some really nice wines and cocktails and perhaps add some great appetizers. We ordered the Prix Fixe and our son ordered off the menu. Everything was excellent. Food, wine, cocktails and service. We were very saddened to learn that our longtime friend Johnny the wine guy had retired, but we were pleased by his replacement Stephen who was just as friendly, knowledgeable and helpful. Looking forward to many more years at the Factory.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 30, 2017

Perfect location, ambience, service and meal for making someone feel special in their birthday!

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·Dined on November 26, 2017

I love when I can get together with my friends and make memories thank you so much for all the good memories we have at your restaurant the food the wine the service was outstanding

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Has been a go to in Monterey for many years. Food is very rich by today's standards, but very tasty! Dining rooms are each a different experience. The wine cave private dining room is very cool,. and the atrium is great for a Sunday brunch. The ornate French style room is elegant for that special date. Rooms are elegant, but a little dated.

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Sunday Lunch, Notable Wine List
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·Dined on November 24, 2017

We had the Pri Fixe Thanksgiving dinner and our Waitress Rachel was very Sweet , Accomodating and Attentive . The Maitre De was also Genuinely Polite and Considerate in our seating . Our table Busser was also very efficient without being intrusive . Over all quite Pleasant an Evening.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 24, 2017

It was Thanksgiving so we had the set menu. The soup was very good. The salad was just so-so and mine arrived without any blue cheese but they brought some. Later, when we were paying, we noticed another table was offered pepper and chilled salad forks which we were not offered. The turkey itself was very good, gravy nice, stuffing was overly seasoned, veggies delicious and perfectly cooked, potatoes were nice as well. Star of the meal was by far the potato rolls. Outstanding. Dessert was pumpkin pie and creme brulee. Both were adequate. We were sat in a horrible spot which was basically a busy through-way. We didn't realize it until we were well into soup coarse but having made this Open Table res so far in advance, I would have thought we would be given a better seat. We arrived early and had a drink at the bar prior so it wasn't that we were late and I know we could have said something but we just didn't realize it would be that way.

Tags: Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Seasonal, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 24, 2017

We were here for Thanksgiving dinner and the preset meal was very disappointing. The turkey was edible but the rest, especially the stuffing was gross. Thankfully nobody got sick but wow, the worst meal experience i have ever had.

Tags: Notable Wine List
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on November 24, 2017

There were a lot of options to check off on that deserved a check but since we do not drink socially we could not answer everything. Sardine factory does not open early enough for an afternoon coffee or tea so we do not understand why that was listed. What is "Paleo", Tapas ?

Tags: Cozy, Casual, Good for a Date, Scenic View, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, People Watching, Creative Cuisine, Kid-friendly, Hot Spot, Healthy, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Waterfront
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Great Thanksgiving (traditional) meal. Great ambiance, service, and parking at restaurant. Will return.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Romantic, Seasonal
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·Dined on November 23, 2017

I took my mom to The Sardine Factory for an afternoon Thanksgiving meal. I asked if there was any place a little more quiet as my mom is hard of hearing; especially so in busy restaurants. They kindly sat us in a lovely room with 5 tables at the front of the restaurant. It was perfect! We each enjoyed a beverage from the bar as we asked to wait just a bit before ordering our meal and they gladly accommodated our request. The Thanksgiving meal was quite good with the exception of the green beans which were undercooked. We completed our meal with the best pumpkin pie we had ever had along with a pot of freshly made decaf coffee. The wait staff were absolutely lovely to us and I was pleased to pay the bill; a little pricey but well worth it. I highly recommend The Sardine Factory if you are seeking a fine dining experience.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on November 23, 2017

Before my husband passed away 3 years ago we went to the Sardine Factory quite often, and always loved it. So when my two children and two grandchildren came for Thanksgiving this year, I thought I would treat them to a great dinner there. I am sorry to tell you that I was very disappointed. I was the only one who ordered the set dinner, and I am glad the rest of them ordered off the regular menu..they enjoyed their meal (for which I am very happy..I wanted them to have a wonderful experience).
My soup came very late, when the others had been served their salad. My salad never came until finally my daughter told the bus boy after everyone else was served their steaks. My turkey dinner was a mess on the plate with turkey pieces intermixed with something - I think potato with gravy over all. Very unappetizing, I'm sorry to say. I did bring it home in a box, and enjoyed the turkey. I don't enjoy complaining, but felt (since you asked), you would want to know. Sincerely, Julie Greene

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vip
 (Central Coast)·Dined on November 23, 2017

The turkey Thanksgiving dinner was terrible. Food was over cooked and couldn’t be eaten.

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·Dined on November 21, 2017

Ordered a $59 steak, cooked medium. It was received well done. What a waste of expensive steak. Family of four and three of us are gluten free. We ordered from gluten free menu. Steak was received with some very tasty looking onion crunches on top which we thought not gluten free and upon asking the waiter about them, he responded, "I can take it to the chef and have him remove them". Really - How about you ask the chef if they are gluten free or not because I would like to eat them. Our server was arrogant and spending this much $ on food, which I would compare to ponderosa, was not a pleasant experience. I hate paying for expensive meals and this restaurant is yet another reason. For the cost of meals, the customer should be treated with respect and we did not feel that at all. Our son ordered clam fettuccini and two of the clams had a very disgusting, inedible muscle inside. Overall, this meal was definitely not worth the cost. A $59 steak should be cooked perfectly. Our waiter up sold us to an $11 salad and $8 french fries which we assumed came with the entree. We felt cheated for sure, all around for our meal. What a shame.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 20, 2017

Loved the wine; liked the warm bread and spreads; my entree had a somewhat unusual flavor, but my husband’s was quite good. The room was noisy, yet we choose it over the smaller, quieter room with tighter seating. I would try it again ... probably for lunch instead.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Bar Seating, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Happy Hour
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Excellent rack of lamb, but needed a sauce like a wine reduction. Great scallops, shrimp, and calamari combo. Wine steward did excellent job picking out our wine. Excellent service all the way around!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on November 19, 2017

The prime rib was tough. The diver scallops were excellent. The service was outstanding. The prices are really high. This is the type of famous restaurant that provides excellent service, but not always the food to match the prices.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Went with some friends who had never been. We we treated royally by entire staff. Tomatoes salad was amazing, sweet ripe tomatoes. Abalone was a bit disappointing. Breaded and fried overpowered tenderness of the abalone.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Seafood and service was excellent as always. I really prefer the Conservatory.

Tags: Special Occasion
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·Dined on November 11, 2017

Has been a few years since we were last there since then they have remodeled . It's much brighter and fresh inside, you also have dinning room options but must ask for the different diningroom choices. The service was on point and the food was excellent and fresh. We will continue to visit the Sardine Factory when in Monterey.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Well, I’m guessing people go to this restaurant for what it used to be. The half-bottles of wine were overpriced and the food was nothing to write home about. It was a disappointing >$200 tab and I didn’t even order an entree after I tasted the appetizer. If you know good food and wine, go somewhere else or face disappointment.

Tags: Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on November 5, 2017

We went to the Sardine Factory to celebrate a birthday and wedding anniversary. It was a wonderful evening of great food and service. The entire team truly made us feel like we were the "most important people in the world". I look forward to our next visit!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Live Music, Romantic
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 (Dallas)·Dined on November 4, 2017

We ate in the Captain's room which vey nice and quiet. The food was excellent and the variety of dishes was outstanding. All of the food items ordered by the four of us was extremely delicious. We will definitely return to this fabulous jewel within Cannery Row.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on October 31, 2017

This is an amazing restaurant - beautiful decor, gorgeous food and great service. Extremely elegant and cosy environment - great for special occasions as it’s reasonably pricey, but worth every penny.

Tags: Romantic, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive
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 (Orange County)·Dined on October 31, 2017

Always the best dinning experience great food but even better service. We try to eat here when we are in Monetary and it never disappoints. The only other restaurant that I know with this quality of service is the Hobit in the OC. The wine list is quite extensive, but don't worry Steven will help you make a selection for your taste. My only regret is we live so far away.

Tags: Good for a Date, Kid-friendly, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Romantic, Notable Wine List
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 30, 2017

The food is fabulous! The presentation of the food was excellent and the staff very friendly and knowledgeable.

Tags: Business Meals, Spicy, Good for a Date, Paleo Friendly, People Watching, Good Vegetarian Options, Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, Casual, Live Sports, Comfort Food, Sunday Lunch
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·Dined on October 28, 2017

Too pleased with itself - feels like iris living off passedglories.
Why ask if it is a special occasion if you ignore it.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 28, 2017

We came for the wine list and stayed for the piano man. We ate our way through Monterey and had to take in the Sardine Factory experience. We were seated in the Conservatory, which is pure magic, and presented with perfect service. The wine list is everything they said it would be, and the food was delicious. The oysters Rockefeller we so rich and scrumptious!

Tags: Fun, Special Occasion, People Watching, Pre/post Theatre, Vibrant Bar Scene, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Kid-friendly, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Local Ingredients, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Vacationing in Monterey and had our 10 year wedding anniversary here. The staff went above and beyond. We sat in the conservatory room which was quiet and romantic. Started off with the cheesy bread (which we should have skipped because I could not finish my dinner). Husband had prime rib and said it was the best he ever had. I had a pasta dish with shrimp which was delicious but filling. After dinner we sat in the lounge/bar area with the piano man. Had so much fun!!

Tags: Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Scenic View
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·Dined on October 28, 2017

Amazing! Worth every penny.

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·Dined on October 26, 2017

Great waiter. Wonderful food &
ambience. Had a great time!

Tags: Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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 (Detroit)·Dined on October 23, 2017

We had a delightful evening, starting with the sommelier, who took us to their "catacombs" to see their wine cellar. The wine list is spectacular, and the food is wonderful. Would definitely go here again!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on October 22, 2017

Will come back again!

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·Dined on October 22, 2017

We had dinner with friends celebrating their 35th anniversary. The seating in the conservatory was sparkling and beautiful. The Restaraunt gifted our friends with a serving of chocolate ganache cake which they let us sample. Delicious!

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Rachel was our server. Very nice and knowledgeable. Food was great. Bday dessert was super yummy

Tags: Good for Birthdays
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 22, 2017

We used to visit Sardine factory 20 years ago as newly weds. We went back for the first time in 16 years and found it even better than we remember. Fantastic evening.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 21, 2017

We have been here many times and always enjoy the excellent food and service. Very much worth coming to this delightful old school restaurant.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Live Music, Handcrafted Cocktails, Comfort Food, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on October 21, 2017

It started with the ambience of the captains room, it's invigorating, we were the first ones to be seated in this room.

The wine selection was extensive and our choice, excellent.

Food selections for every palate, well cooked, delicious and very good presentation.

The service was personable, unrushed, and welcoming.

Tags: Happy Hour, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays
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