Scales Seafood & Steaks

4.5
332 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.
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Veggiemel
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food with wonderful presentation. The service was excellent as were the views. I appreciated that our server asked right away about my gluten allergy. I was able to safely enjoy my dish and sample my fiancé’s as well.

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HappyCustomer
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service with breath taking ocean view.

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John
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great quality food at a reasonable price, great service, outdoor patio dining second to none

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liliaf
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Ambiance great . Our fav seafood restaurant
Food was great but my salmon was almost raw . It supposed to be grilled
Lady on the other table was coughing continuously close enough to our table
Makes me nervous in this covid time
Somebody from the restaurant staff should have approached her or maybe she should not be there
She was coughing without mask on till later on I think somebody told her to wears mask
It was unappetizing to dine while somebody near your table is coughing continuously

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SusanV
Central Coast
5 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was the best meal I’ve had in a long time. The crab legs, prawns, crab cake and risotto were superb. I also enjoyed the New York cheesecake. My husband had fried shrimp that he said was wonderful too! We will definitely return on our next trip.

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Isabella12
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is truly the best place to go and eat. The food was phenomenal. The service was beyond excellent. We were seated right away and our waiter instantly came up to us for a drink order. My daughter has a peanut allergy and they have a little slip for us to put down what her allergy is and what her food is that she’s ordering. I have to say I’ve never gone to a place that would do that for an allergy. They checked on us constantly. This is the place to visit when in Monterey. We will be coming back soon.

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FrancoisL
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Restaurant très bien situé, la décoration est sobre mais le nombre de tables permet de recevoir suffisamment de clients pour ne pas avoir à attendre. Même si la cuisine n'est pas exeptionnelle, elle est bonne et copieuse et le service est impeccable. De plus, les tarifs sont raisonnables.

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JulieH
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and excellent service!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The seafood soup was delicious, but the filet was just okay. Beautiful location right on the water and prices accordingly. Service was also great

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vipPatrickP
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Date night with the wife - first time in Monterey and wanted seafood had a great experience, service and good even during the busy part of the night. Order the halibut and wife ordered the whole crab. More food than we could eat, plus free appetizer for just walking in the door.
Great view of the harbor to watch the seals play
Perfect Date night after an exhausting day in the office

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My fiancée and I loved going to scales! Best experience I have ever had in a restaurant! Jose H , our server was super fast and friendly. Will definitely go back just because of him! Can not wait to go back this weekend!!

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TyroneQ
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food, service, and overall dining experience was Outstanding!!! Great Job!!!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday The waiter was great and was very attentive to us during the whole experience.

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vipElisaF
Central Coast
20 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience3

So disappointed! We are locals and decided to try the wharf for dinner. I ordered the Jumbo Prawn cocktail. The presentation was sloppy with some wilted lettuce and a frozen cucumber slice but what appalled me the most was the state of the shrimp. There was no effort made to properly remove the lungs and parts of them were still evident. My entree, the Seafood Paella, was overly salted. The server was very pleasant but did not know the menu. Also, It took me three requests to get some lemon slices. I do not see myself returning.

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DavidR
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome restaurant, we would highly recommend Scales restaurant for a great lunch or dinner.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic Food in a Perfect Setting. Staff is attentive and make dining at Scales a great experience.

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viphappydiner
Portland
23 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

This is a delightful place considering that it sits in an extremely touristy Fisherman’s Wharf. The food is good (we especially enjoyed the Captain’s plate), the service was much better than expected, and the harbor view constantly entertaining. If you want to eat at fisherman’s wharf, this is the place to go.

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vipEmily
Sacramento
3 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our experience at Scales Seafood was phenomenal. We were treated like royalty and the food was possibly the best seafood I have ever enjoyed. The service was top notch and the ambiance & view were fantastic. Well absolutely be back.

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MarilynO
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Love the setting, just didn’t get the table I was waiting for, but overall the experience were great. Had a table with a good view. Will return to see more of what’s offered inside and out.

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LorileeM
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you value organic, fresh, food and good portions, this is your place. The atmosphere is incredibly beautiful. There are also Local specials on given days. Amazing find.

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vipScotts
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Clearly resting on its laurels. Clam chowder came to the table lukewarm/cold. Waitstaff works hard, but it's mostly a tourist friendly restaurant.

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SueH
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Worked well

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vipkathy422
Sacramento
37 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome.. absolutely go back!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the combo appetizer! Service was excellent!

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vipIsabelF
Central Coast
24 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food, ambiance, service all outstanding!

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vipTFRED
San Joaquin
10 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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Monterey
Central Coast
10 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
62 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
2 reviews
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
37 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
43 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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Scales Seafood & Steaks is rated 4.5 stars by 332 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.