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Sat, 2/17
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The Whaling Station Steakhouse

743 reviews
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$31 to $50
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Steakhouse, Steak
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm -10:00pm
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Phone number
(831) 373-3778
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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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.
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Private party contact
The Whaling Station Staff: (831) 373-3778
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Parking details
Enjoy free parking in our private lot. Valet parking available on Friday and Saturday.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Private Room, Wine
What 743 People Are Saying
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4.6  based on recent ratings
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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ChrisS (Central Coast)
5.0  Dined a day ago

Awesome steak!!!

5.0  Dined 3 days ago

Exceptional Place. Jum, our waiter, was highly knowledgeable and always instantly there. To have this happen during Valentine's day with all the busy-ness was truly amazing!

5.0  Dined 4 days ago

Warm, friendly greeting on arrival . Knowledgable and friendly waiter ....not too obtrusive . Good range of dishes on the menu . I had Fillet Mignon and it was probably the best tasting and tenderest steak I have had in all my travels .

vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
2.0  Dined 4 days ago

Calamari appetizer was heavily breaded, the cocktail and tartar sauce that accompanied it was very bland.
Lobster fettuccine was ok. I had the special of wild caught abalone. What a disappointment. Two slices of abalone over 1/4 inch thick so heavily seasoned and breaded that you could not taste any abalone. It was tenderize almost to the point of being mushy. I am somewhat suspicious that it was not really abalone but maybe manta wing. I mentioned this to the manager Freddie. He said to make sure to let him know when we come back that he “ will take care of us”. Interesting though he did not assure me that what I had was really abalone.

OpenTable Diner (Seattle)
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

One of the better steaks I can remember eating. Great wine and atmosphere!

vipOpenTable Diner (Orange County)
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

We used to come here years ago when we lived in Northern California and always loved it. It didn’t disappoint. Same great food and amazing service. Nothing seemed to change which we loved.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 11, 2018

Fabulous steak house! They only have a limited amount of cuts of meat, but all prime and beautifully cooked. No choice on the side dishes, but we were very happy. Service was impeccable - we loved the hand-tossed Caesar salad. Pricey, but you definitely get what you pay for.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on February 9, 2018

We've been to this establishment several times over the past 30+ years, so we've seen significant changes to the menu and decor. Our visit was for a special occasion and we were treated very well, although the noise level was a little over the top. Today's menu is upscale steakhouse with some fresh fish thrown in. Everything is well prepared and the presentation was very well done. The wine list is wide ranging with a few gems thrown in at a reasonable price, you just have to know what to look for. We'll come back again when we're in Monterey.

BeckyS (Las Vegas)
5.0  Dined on February 7, 2018

Dinner was superb! Service excellent and ambiance beautiful! The Cesar salad was amazing!!

5.0  Dined on February 4, 2018

The steak is the main reason to come here. Out of this world. The pasta dishes are ok but not quite as good.
Our server was wonderful. She provided excellent service!!

3.0  Dined on February 4, 2018

Firstly, all of the employees couldn't have been nicer. Service was great. Biggest problem is given the high cost of dining there, the restaurant is not in the same class as Ruth Chriss, Spencer's or Mortons or many other top of the line premier steak houses. Tables are way to close to each other. There is very little ambiance and it is extremely noisy making conversation difficult.

5.0  Dined on February 4, 2018

Hands down very best service.. from the hostess when we walked in, the manager saying happy birthday with out even being told, to the server (Brandon) was fabulous. The meats there are just so delicious.
Thank you for a wonderful first time experience we will be back for sure.

vipJean (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 4, 2018

We enjoyed a wonderful dinner on Saturday evening here. The steaks were cooked to perfection and the dessert (we shared the pavlova) was fabulous! All of the waitstaff were very engaged and friendly.

steve (Central Coast)
5.0  Dined on February 4, 2018

This is the best resturant in the area hands down. My Cowboy steak was cooked to perfection and the service by Paul was outstanding!!

Jkag007 (Atlanta)
5.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

The prime rib was reportedly not quite as good as other times we’ve eaten there, but otherwise fabulous as always.