About The Whaling Station Steakhouse

The internationally acclaimed Whaling Station, perched just above Steinbeck’s Cannery Row has been Monterey County’s #1 Steak House for over 40 years, The Whaling Station takes the term “Steak House” seriously... See the restaurant’s dry-aging room, select your USDA Prime cut of dry-aged beef from a silver tray, your Prime, Prime Rib from the antique 1930’s silver carving trolley, and enjoy your Caesar Salad being tossed tableside.

An award winning wine list and full spirits bar complement your dining experience. Serving Dinner and cocktails from 5pm daily.

THE BAR at The Whaling Station has its own menu and its own local following, with drink specials and lively conversation served nightly.

Parking in our private lot. A private banquet room is available.

763 Wave Street
Monterey, CA 93940
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Steakhouse, Steak

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm -10:00pm

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(831) 373-3778

Website:
http://www.whalingstation.net/

Parking Details:
Enjoy free parking in our private lot. Valet parking available on Friday and Saturday.

Private Party Facilities:
The Whaling Station offers private and semi private dining areas for groups of 8 to 50. Having a birthday, special event or party please contact us directly to reserve an appropriate area or get additional information.

Private Party Contact:
The Whaling Station Staff: (831) 373-3778

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Private Room, Wine

The Whaling Station Steakhouse Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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4.5

service

4.7

ambience

4.4

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

89% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (31)
Good for Anniversaries (28)
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Good for Birthdays (23)
Good for Groups (19)
Romantic (17)
Worth the Drive (16)
Bar Seating (15)
Authentic (14)
Notable Wine List (14)
Fun (13)
Business Meals (12)
Fit for Foodies (12)
Cozy (12)
Casual (9)
Comfort Food (8)
Handcrafted Cocktails (8)
Neighborhood Gem (8)
Creative Cuisine (7)
Happy Hour (7)
Healthy (6)
Vibrant Bar Scene (6)
Local Ingredients (5)
Quiet Conversation (5)
Paleo Friendly (5)
Kid-friendly (3)
Disabled Access (3)
Hot Spot (3)
People Watching (3)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Seasonal (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Live Sports (2)
Waterfront (2)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Late-night Find (1)
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vip
 (Dallas)·Dined 2 days ago

Clam chowder was just ok—-but the Porterhouse steak was out of this world. Take the waiters recommendation on how it is cooked—you won’t be disappointed. We shared it and had leftovers—plus our dog was thrilled with the bone. Potatoes and spinach sides were tasty. The Pavlova would have been perfect if the sour/bitter sauce had been left off. We will be back.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined 6 days ago

Fantastic food and fantastic service

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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined 6 days ago

The homemade blue cheese dressing on the wedge was THE BEST I've ever had! A must try. All the food was superb and our waiter Ethan was not only funny but a true professional. The whole evening was delightful!

Tags: Cozy, Fun, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (San Joaquin)·Dined on November 12, 2017

My husband and I had a wonderful dining experience at The Whaling Station. Our server was excellent! Food was excellent! My husband had the 14 oz New York Strip. He opted for a twice baked potato that he said was average. I had the sand dabs and they were excellent as were the garlic mashed potatoes. Both of our meals were served with cooked spinach...we wish we had asked for a different vegetable as neither of us our fans of cooked spinach. And, for dessert, we ordered Pavlova. I was absolutely too full to enjoy more than a bite, but my husband ate the whole thing! He loved it! This is obviously the dessert of choice because virtually every table ordered it. Also, our server corked our bottle of wine and wrapped it for us so we could enjoy it at home.
The decor is very nice. The ambiance was a little loud for our taste.
Overall, so happy that we finally tried The Whaling Station and look forward to going back!

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 12, 2017

We arrived 50 minutes early for our reservation. The gentleman at the front desk was very helpful and sat us in 5 minutes. Our waiter, Carl, was very knowledgeable and helpful. He was very attentive. We each had the prime rib dinner and caesar salad mixed at the table. The prime rib was cooked very much to our liking . We were celebrating our anniversary and they acknowledged it with a cannoli desert. This was our second time at The Whaling Station and we will definitely return again.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for a Date
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·Dined on November 12, 2017

Delicious food and incredible service!! We loved it!!

Tags: Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Healthy
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Best resturant on the Monterey Bay hands down!!!
I shall return very soon!

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on November 11, 2017

The burrata salad was cold and came wilted arugula. My girlfriends steak was not cooked and also arrived cold. The jumbo prawn pasta was bland.

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on November 11, 2017

WE ENJOY HAVING DINNER AT THE WHALING STATION. THE FOOD IS DELICIOUS EVERYTIME WE GO THERE AND THE STAFF IS GREAT.
IF YOU'RE CELEBRATING SOMETHING ROMANTIC THIS IS THE PLACE TO GO.

Tags: Cozy, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Hawaii)·Dined on November 9, 2017

Our steaks were outstanding and the only thing better was the service....

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Phoenix)·Dined on November 9, 2017

Best steaks and staff you’ll find anywhere!

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·Dined on November 7, 2017

Wonderful food! Best filet and scalloped potatoes I've ever had.

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·Dined on November 5, 2017

It was great! The staff was so friendly would recommend to friends and family any day!

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·Dined on November 5, 2017

Everything from valet to singing happy birthday was perfect. Food was amazing. Service was attentive but not overbearing and did I️ mention the food was amazing!!

Tags: Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Quick Bite, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Our meal was very good, but the odor of "Mr Clean" or some other cleaner was strong and powerful and made for an uncomfortable evening. We considered leaving, but it was late and we stayed. Our food was very good as was the service, but the ammonia smell needs to be addressed.

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·Dined on October 31, 2017

The place was great the steak not so much we enjoyed the service the creme brule was ok the steak was tough didn't have the taste of a prime grade steak but the rest of the food was good.

Tags: Casual, Bar Seating
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on October 30, 2017

Very delicious!! Excellent service!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Our local favorite restaurant in Monterey. From the warm greeting upon arrival, to the outstanding service and attention to detail-the Staff makes each dining experience truly special.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Local Ingredients, Bar Seating, Happy Hour, People Watching, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Good for a Date
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on October 21, 2017

The food was out of this world, prime rib and beef Wellington was the best ever. The service and our waiter was impeccable.

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·Dined on October 15, 2017

One of my favorite restaurants!

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Service, quality, and experience were all five star.
Favorite steakhouse by a long shot!

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 (Houston)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Absolutely delicious food!!! Excellent value for the mouthwatering food. Service was amazing.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Hot Spot
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 6, 2017

Delicious meal, served professionally Nice ambiance Very attentive

Tags: Authentic, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Bar Seating
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 (Tahoe)·Dined on September 30, 2017

We made a reservation for a Friday evening. The food and service was so good we went back our second night in Monterey. From the moment you walk in the door you feel welcome. The ambiance is great. Service is remarkable, and the food was just simply amazing. Highly recommended by this Chef!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Romantic, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Disabled Access, Happy Hour, Healthy, Waterfront, Bar Seating, Cozy, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Paleo Friendly, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on September 27, 2017

One of the best, if not the best steak I have had in my life.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Paleo Friendly, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Good for a Date
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·Dined on September 23, 2017

Steak fine sides not, apps ok calamari chewy and cold , oysters not clean proper pieces of shell

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·Dined on September 22, 2017

Jam is the man, best service I've received at a restaurant in a very long time. The steaks are good too.

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·Dined on September 20, 2017

John the waiter was absolutely amazing. The service, food, and baby friendly attitude was very welcoming. Meat melts in th mouth. Delish .

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Organic, Gluten Free Options, Business Meals, Disabled Access, Romantic, Seasonal
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 17, 2017

The skinny older waiter was a complete dick. I won't be returning because of him

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 17, 2017

Our youngest celebrated his birtyhday and this restaurant is his absolute favorite. The rest of us love it too. It is our go to restaurant in monterey. Everyone there is fantastic.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Fun, Good for a Date, Happy Hour
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on September 10, 2017

The food was excellent. However it took an hour and a half to get our food due to "a computer error." We watched people who came in after us get their food before us. We wanted a second glass of wine but weren't asked. Again, the food was great and I'm sure we would go again.

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·Dined on September 10, 2017

Underwhelmed. Food did not meet the billing nor the price.

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on September 10, 2017

This is the best resturant in the Monterey area hands down!!!!

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 (Orange County)·Dined on September 8, 2017

Excellent food and service! The filet mignon melted in my mouth, salads and desserts were also great! I will come to this restaurant every time I am in Monterey.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Healthy, Local Ingredients, Disabled Access, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Handcrafted Cocktails, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 8, 2017

Really high quality & perfectly cooked steak! My table had bone in New York, filet mignon, prime rib & lobster tail. All were cooked to our exact request & SUPER delicious!

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·Dined on September 5, 2017

Love this place. Good food, excellent service, wonderful staff. Pricy but well worth it.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on September 5, 2017

Visited the Whaling Station for our 25th Anniversary and the Station never disappoints. The food is always delicious and the staff is always wonderful. Highly recommend.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Good for Groups, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 4, 2017

The service was first class, we felt welcome and well taken care of. The staff was professional and courteous. Our meals were fantastic, well prepared, and delivered with care. The only interesting part of the evening that didn't seem to fit in was the casual dress of the patrons. I'm not sure why you wouldn't get a little dressed up, like wear shoes and not flip flops for such a great experience.

Tags: Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion
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 (Oklahoma City)·Dined on September 4, 2017

Steak was tough. Lobster and filet good. Over priced

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 3, 2017

First time diner for this restaurant. Definitely would come back again when in Monterey. I had the seafood cioppino and my wife had the prime rib. Both meals were cooked to perfection with generous portions. The service was outstanding and added to the overall experience.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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