Scales Seafood & Steaks

4.3
305 Reviews
$31 to $50
Seafood
SCALES on historic Fisherman’s Wharf features fresh seafood, steaks and pasta, with beautiful views of the Monterey Harbor. Indulge in an exotic cocktail in our lounge or a fine wine from our extensive cellar. SCALES blends ambiance, customer service and award-winning international creations. SCALES participates in the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s “Seafood Watch Program” serving only sustainable seafood. Some of our menu favorites are Veracruz Swordfish, Seafood Paella, Boneless Ribeye, Lobster Tail, Dungeness Crab, Macadamia Crusted Halibut, and Filet Mignon.

We welcome families but we have no highchairs, booster seats, or room for strollers. Our banquet facilities host up to 130 people, perfect for any event. For more casual dining, try “Scales on the GO”. We also feature Scales’ Café, fish market and gift shop. Join us at our unique destination with four experiences all under one roof. For all Private Dining information please contact us at events@scalesmonterey.com. Thank you.
What 305 people are saying
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4.3based on all time ratings
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4.4
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TFRED
San Joaquin
9 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience! Our server was outstanding and he made the night enjoyable and fun. Our table right next to the water was perfect for a sunset meal. Food was incredible. We will be back.

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
8 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service were very good. The view impeccable.

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OpenTable Diner
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hugo is amazing!

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
6 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it from start to finish

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vipSwede
Central Coast
61 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food and service were very good!

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Cathey
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Scales is our favorite restaurant . Consistently our food comes out perfectly cooked and their menu is terrific. If you have not been....give it a try. You will not be disappointed!

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TT14
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Service was incredible. The food was prepared to our request and served at the right time.

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SteveH
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

My experience at Scales Seafood & Steaks exceeded my expectations. When I made the reservations online
I indicated that my wife and I were celebrating our 37th anniversary. When we arrived we were taken to a table that had been decorated with a red table cloth and roses. We were given a complementary plate of assorted sea food and the dinner was followed by a complementary desert. The service was wonderful and the restaurant environment was elegant and contemporary. The sea food was wonderful. I highly recommend Scales!

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AngieE
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Scales staff is always very welcoming and eager to make your dining experience special. Food is always very good, never greasy and clam chowder is the best on the peninsula.

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vipPatrick
San Francisco
117 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very nice dinner in a great location. Service was very good. Thank you for providing a fine evening out in Monterey.

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NotFamilyFriendly
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall3food5service4ambience3

I was meeting friend here who was bringing her 4 month old daughter. Nowhere on the website did it state that strollers were a big deal yet when we got there the hostess made such a huge deal about it. They are not family friendly. The waitors and food were excellent but the trouble at the front set a weird tone, we will likely not be back. Not family friendly despite the restaurant being empty. Two other tables were occupied after we came in but until then we were the only ones in there and they sat us at the very back and made my friend carry her heavy car seat all the way back there despite it being a collapsible stroller.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We came to celebrate my girlfriends birthday and had one of the most memorable restaurant experiences of our lives. We spent a long time looking through all the local seafood restaurants menus and reviews and settled on scales. You guys blew our expectations completely out of the water. All the food was very fresh and delicious, the view was amazing and I could not have asked for better service. This was a very special dinner for us and we will be back every time we come to Monterey. Thank you!!!!

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vipTheProfessor
Central Coast
35 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience5

As locals we periodically visit Scales. Our last visit was an Wed Jan 29. As usual the food was very good, but the service was poor. Now, the waiter was fine, but the haphazard way that food came out of the kitchen was quite poor:
- We waited quite a long time for our (very good) initial complimentary fried calamari.
- Our salads came while we were still finishing the calamari.
- Our main courses came while we were still eating our salads!

Clearly, some better sequencing and coordination would have been nice. Now, there were two somewhat large parties in the restaurant, but other than that it was not very crowded for a Wednesday. However, that was not a very good reason for our food sequencing.

Nevertheless, we will likely return at some point.

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SB2020
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to celebrate a special occasion. Friendly staff and great food.

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vipnvbound
San Francisco
42 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

ALWAYS welcoming, food is creative and excellent in preparation & presentation. One of our very favorite restaurants!

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kchunter69
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience4

Beautiful location and views service very good. The food was very underwhelming, my daughter ordered spaghetti was the only one us satisfied with her food. Over all very disappointed for the price.

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WhenInDoubt
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From beginning to end everyone was friendly and professional. Great recommendations and the food was outstanding. This was our second time here and Scales hasn’t disappointed. Will definitely be back.

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TroyB
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good food with excellent service! The free Calamari appetizer was more than we expected!

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RickC
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We went to Scales on Christmas Day. Staff was wonderful, overall food was good however.... My wife is allergic to MSG, she ordered the Filet steak and, the demi-glace, the twice baked potatoes and the salad dressing all had MSG in it. For a restaurant which boasts about using sustainable farming and organic food this is not acceptable. The steak without the demi-glace was very good and she had french fries and no salad. Scales should do better....

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DebbieS
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and really outstanding service. We made a couple of changes to our food choices and they gladly gave us our preference. Great job!

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We’ve celebrated Christmas and Thanksgiving at Scales for the past 2 years and we haven’t been disappointed in anything. Great food, service and a beige of the marina is a complete win.

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vipBobkat
Palm Springs
16 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful non-traditional Christmas dinner. Service was fantastic, food delicious, great window booth. Could not have asked for a better experience.

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markw
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Considering having a meal out on Christmas day the staff was outstanding. The food was excellent and the service was excellent. The overall valve for the price was great. No complaints, enjoyed the meal. We will return. Thanks for the experience.

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BrittanyC
Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service! Wait staff was great. Food was delicious

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Denise
Las Vegas
7 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service as always. Food was exceptional. The Shakes always go the extra mile.

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LisaB
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Anniversary

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall2food1service5ambience1

The service was excellent! I had Thanksgiving dinner and the breast was dry. My wife's halibut had to much junk on it to taste what is usually a great tasting fish. Love the desserts. I didn't like the loud hipster ambience either.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I came here on our honeymoon, and we were blown away! The staff was amazing, as well as the food. We will definitely be returning the next time we come to Monterey! Thank you!

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vipBurbank
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall3food2service1ambience2

I asked the waiter if they knew how to cook filet butterfly. He said yes. I got a normal size filet under cooked.

We ordered the chocolate mousse was that all. It was very stiff and thick almost like a cake.

I asked for cream for coffee bus boy never came back had to ask again

Not a good experience. Will I try it again when I visit the area mostly likely not.

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winepro
Tahoe
5 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My wife and I went to Scales recently for our 31st wedding anniversary. When we arrived, we were greeted immediately and warmly, Got seated to our table early and everything from then on was exceptional. Great, attentive service, great choices in the menu, excellent cuisine, tempting specials and all at very reasonable prices (and they have a decent wine list). I am very picky about seafood and took a chance with one of their seafood dishes - it was amazing. We were extremely impressed as we wondered if Scales would come off as a tourist restaurant with mediocre service and high prices when we made the reservation - wow, were we surprised. I highly recommend Scales for any local residents who want a great meal at a great price.

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CURTISR
Sacramento
3 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great table! Had a window seat and great service. Had the BBQ oysters as an app...delicious! The grilled scallops were tender and flavorful. My wife had the shrimp cocktail. The shrimp were yuuuuuuuge. We both enjoyed a cup of clam chowder (shoulda got a bowl) it was that good! Very pleasant experience.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Nice , We will be back.

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WilliamW
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We discovered Scales 2 years ago when visiting the Monterey Fisherman's Wharf, and they made a
steady pair of customers out of us with their killer clam chowder, menu, and service. This time is was
my wife's birthday dinner, and they again knocked it out of the park. The shrimp scampi and grilled
scallops were excellent, and we got a free birthday dessert to boot. Great service on top of it.
The only negative that night was the lights were dimmed so low we needed our phone flashlights to read
the menu! But overall we love Scales - our favorite restaurant in Monterey. Highly recommend!

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vipTravelLover
Chicago
82 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

As others have written, Scales is on Fisherman’s Wharf, a very touristy place with a nice view (but not of the sunset). But the restaurant itself is large and more upscale than its location. Service was good and very efficient - even when they were quite full and busy. The food was very good and not as over-priced as many others in the area. Overall, a pleasant experience.

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DianaC
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server, Brianna was great. Food was great. Everything was great. :)

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johnH
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great birthday dinner celebration. The sunset was gorgeous and the night lights over the boats just as beautiful. We really enjoyed all of our meals. Our favorite appetizer was the combination plate of broiled artichoke, calamari and huge grilled shrimp. The whole red snapped was delicious and linguini and whole clams top notch. Our waiter, Zenen, was excellent. Great service. We highly recommend.

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CristinaR
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great restaurant for special occasion ie. birthdays 🎉 Great tasting food. They were very accommodating and surprised us with FREE appetizer and it was a variety not just 1 kind and they gave a rose to all female guest. We were also with a table that had a nice window seating that gave a view of the water(even though it was too dark cause of the late evening hour we got there we still enjoyed the window seats) but if it were day time I’m sure the view would’ve been awesome! Thanks to a wonderful bday celebration and we will definitely be coming back again! 👍👍👍👌❤️

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Joan
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Service was excellent and the food was good. Giving roses to the women at the end of the meal is a nice touch.

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Barry
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had reservations and the four of us were seated straight away in a great corner location with two views of the harbor. However, we soon realized that a group of perhaps 12 people seated across the room were so load that we could not have a conversation. Scales kindly moved us to a less noisy location that had even extra room for us. It turned out that that group was essentially drunk when they arrived at the restaurant! Scales took excellent care of us and the food was terrific.

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vipLoyalfan51
San Francisco
26 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience2

Very disappointing experience. Loud. Took forever to get our waiter’s attention. Tuna was bland. Halibut good but took forever to come. Overall poor service- mediocre food would not recommend.

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Scales Seafood & Steaks is rated 4.3 stars by 305 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.