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Sardine Factory

4.4
2511 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Seafood
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  • Romantic
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.
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Seafood, Steak
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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.
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Phone number
(831) 373-3775
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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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.
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Private party contact
Dawn Rodriguez: (831) 373-6625
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Prescott
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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.
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Public transit
MST stop less than 2 blocks away on the corner of Wave St. & David.
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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 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
What 2511 People Are Saying
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4.4  based on recent ratings
4.4
food
4.5
service
4.4
ambience
3.9
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87% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined 2 days ago

We were in town for a conference but came a day earlier to celebrate a birthday. Both of us had been to the Sardine Factory many years ago and returned for this special occasion. We were not disappointed. It was a perfect evening!

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vipOpenTable Diner (Central Coast)
5.0  Dined 2 days ago

Service was incredible. Staff helped me to organize a surprise for my sister. Thank you very much.

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Richard (Central Coast)
5.0  Dined 3 days ago

We wanted a special place for our 56th wedding anniversary. This was it!

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined 4 days ago

Great service in a very appealing atmosphere. Food was great also. All in all, a memorable anniversary dinner.

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Snarkiegirl (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined 4 days ago

While there was a mix up in the kitchen with our order and it took and extremely long time to get our meal, all was well in the end. Food was delicious, wine was fabulous and service was good

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Friendsforever (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined 4 days ago

A great evenin! Service was impeccable, food selections outstanding. The sommelier was expert and accommodating resulting in excellent selections.

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EliseoC 
4.0  Dined 4 days ago

Completely blown away... the steak was phenomenal.. the service was impeccable.. the ambience was amazing and to meet the proprietor was simply a pleasant encounter. I'm certainly looking forward to coming back to the sardine factory. Oh by the way our server named Aaron made it an amazing experience.

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StuartM 
5.0  Dined 4 days ago

Great restaurant, place was packed so Service was slow but everything was great including chilled fork for the salad. Say hello to Ted the owner

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TongxuY 
2.0  Dined 4 days ago

I went there for dinner with my mother. I would have expected more for that price. I ordered lobster, which is too oily for me.

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SFinSF (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined 5 days ago

Sardine Factory is great for special occasions! They treat you like royalty if they know what you are celebrating. A very unique place!

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined 5 days ago

Simply an outstanding experience. We were sat immediately when we checked in for our reservation, and everything was flawless. Amazing food (the scallop main dish was truly fantastic!), service and ambience. Make sure to visit when you're in Monterey!

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JenniferL 
5.0  Dined 5 days ago

We went to the Sardine Factory to celebrate my mother's 80th Birthday. The hosts welcomed us by wishing my mom a happy birthday and then proceeded to tell us that they had a special table reserved for such an occasion. We sat in an atrium that was so beautiful it took our breath away. We were treated like Queens for the evening by the wait staff. It was a magical evening with the best food and conversation. It was an evening that we will never forget. Thank you for helping us make the best birthday memory for my mother!!!!

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samoa (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

Omg. Every thing about this place surpass my expectation. Food & service were excellent.

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JHS56 (Central Coast)
3.0  Dined 7 days ago

Having seen Rick Stein’s visit to this restaurant on BBC TV we were expecting a treat but unfortunately it fell short of our expectations . A disinterested , offhand waiter didn’t start proceedings off well . Food was OK but I have to say we dined better at some of Monterey’s less famous eateries . Disappointing but probably it was just one of those unfortunate nights . Wine waiter was cheerful & friendly .

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OpenTable Diner (Central Coast)
5.0  Dined on February 15, 2018

This was a lovely way to spend Valentines Dinner. The Lemon Drop was great!

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Whokaree (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on February 15, 2018

My wife and I spent Valentine's Day at Factory. My wife dinner was cold and service was horrible. The Wine Stewart was late with the wine. I NEVER go back there AGAIN!

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vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Had their Valentines Day dinner. Shrimp, for the shrimp cocktail, was a little over cooked. Wonderful Cream of Asparagus soup. Not thickened with too much starch. Good flavor. Great beef filet. A real quality value.
Sardine Factory is still a Monterey classic.

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RichardS (Central Coast)
2.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

I took my wife for Valentine’s Day and there special menu. Service was slow and very poor.
My wife’s salmon dish was served cold. Warm to the touch cold on the inside. Wa sent it back. No apologies from management or the chef himself. Felt like we were rushed in and rushed out. When we asked server what was the sauce for the salmon special that evening he did not now. It was written right on the menu. It was obvious he had not even read the menu that they were serving that evening. Extremely poor preparation.
He stood there and read off the menu what type of sauce what is being served that evening with the salmon. My wife and I looked in each other and thought to ourselves you’ve got to be kidding me. Certainly not what you would not expect at this restaurant. We will chalk this up to maybe him being a new server or lack of preparation on your management team to train people prior to serving clients. Definitely will not recommend to friends or clients.

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Randy (Central Coast)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

This was the first time my wife and I have ever been here and I must say it was amazing. The decor was beyond amazing and the food was cooked to perfection, we will be back for sure many more times.

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TonyD 
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

All provided a wonderful evening for us. We were celebrating our anniversary and we would definitely go again thanks to everyone.

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OpenTable Diner (Central Coast)
5.0  Dined on February 13, 2018

We had a reservation & I requested the atrium, where they sat us. Food was excellent! Yummy bread was brought out first. We had the abalone bisque & that was delicious! I had the diver scallops, so tender & cooked to perfection! My husband had the veal & lobster tail. That was delicious as well. I had the late harvest Riesling wine. Oh my goodness, absolutely delicious!! I love late harvest wine! Great dinner! Will definitely go again.

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Napaeater (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 13, 2018

Outstanding meal and service. Bradley was an excellent server.

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KathyA (Central Coast)
5.0  Dined on February 13, 2018

Everything was great! We arrived about twenty minutes earlier then our reservation, we were greeted in a very friendly manner, we felt very welcome and were seated right away. The meal and wine selections were wonderful! We enjoyed our evening, our second visit and we will certainly return. Thank you so much!

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vipOpenTable Diner (Orange County)
2.0  Dined on February 12, 2018

We have been to the Sardine Factory many many times over the years and was always a favorite, but hadn’t been in quite some time. On a recent trip to Monterey, we looked forward to dining there again and met old friends who also loved the restaurant. Sitting in the Atrium didn’t disappoint and our server was great, however the food was nothing to write home about. I ordered the linguine with clams and it was dry and flavorless. The salad was horrible and fishy tasting. One person had the special sword fish and loved it, but the other had the bone in rib eye and he said it was horrible. To make things worse, the wine steward had an attitude and wasn’t helpful at all. Totally different experience from the past. We won’t be back.

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vipShane (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on February 11, 2018

Food was excellent, along with the service. There were a lot of tourists in casual clothes which was disappointing to us as we had dressed nice for a special occasion.

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Dee1202 (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

Was definitely a busy night for the restaurant. Food was fabulous but service was a bit slow.

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AZBob (Phoenix)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

We were seated in the greenhouse section - lovely setting. The food and service were outstanding. It's not inexpensive to dine here, but a great experience.

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Jack (Sacramento)
4.0  Dined on February 8, 2018

Great great service. Food was wonderful but a bit high.

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Jack (Los Angeles)
3.0  Dined on February 4, 2018

We go to Monterey each year for our anniversary and we eat at Sardine Factory. Always a nice meal and good service in a pretty restaurant. (Since our wedding in Monterey 40 years ago). This time, however, not so much. The service was marginal, the food was simply not good and the value for what ordered was very bad. I ordered the special. A small filet with a jumbo shrimp. The steak was over cooked and of poor quality. The shrimp was ok, but no big deal. Then the bill revealed a $56 price tag for the steak and shrimp. Ridiculous price for a marginal entree. Not so sure next year we will make the effort or spend the money to go to the restaurant again. Can get better food for less money in restaurants all over Monterey and Carmel.

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vipsahara (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

this was one of the nicest dining experiences we have had. We chatted with the owner and everyone was exceptional. The food and wine were top notch. We will try to come back often.

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