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The Whaling Station Steakhouse

4.7
4.7
1881 Reviews
$31 to $50
Steakhouse
The internationally acclaimed Whaling Station Steakhouse, perched just above Steinbeck’s Cannery Row has been Monterey County’s #1 Steak House for over 50 years, The Whaling Station takes the term “Steakhouse” seriously...Select your USDA Prime cut of the USA’s finest beef from a silver tray or enjoy our slow-roasted USDA Prime, Prime Rib. An award-winning wine list and full spirits bar compliment your dining experience. Serving Dinner and cocktails from 4:30pm daily. The Bar at The Whaling Station Steakhouse has its own menu and its own local following, with drink specials and lively conversation served nightly. Parking in our private lot.
A private, 50-seat banquet room is also available.

Make a reservation

2 people

10:30 PM


Booked 16 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Steakhouse, Seafood, Prime Rib

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Daily 4:30 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (831) 373-3778

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    David Stember - 36 years

  • Private party facilities

    The Whaling Station offers private dining for groups of 16 to 50. Having a birthday, special event or party please contact us directly to reserve or get additional information.

  • Private party contact

    The Whaling Station Staff: (831) 373-3778

  • Neighborhood

    Monterey

  • Cross street

    Prescott Ave.

  • Parking details

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

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 1,881 people are saying

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Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • California Central Coast

    Romantic

  • California Central Coast

    Steakhouse

  • Monterey / Carmel

    Best Service

  • Monterey / Carmel

    Romantic

  • Monterey / Carmel

    Special Occasion

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our food was fabulous and our server was very attentive.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall3food2service4ambience3
    We eaten there a number of times and were looking forward to this visit. However the steaks were not nearly as flavorful as before. Vegetables were just ok
  3. A

    Amye

    San Diego

    5 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall2food2service4ambience2
    I do not recommend this restaurant if you are celebrating an anniversary or birthday and want to be able to have conversation. It was incredibly noisy. Table-side Caesar salad was top notch, but prime steak was over cooked, thin, and had a questionable sauce was on top which was not mentioned on the menu. The best part, apart from the wine, was the charismatic server. We do not plan to return.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We celebrated our 17th Wedding Anniversary at the Whaling Station. We’ve been there many times before when we are in Monterey and always look forward to a fine meal. Freddie is the most gracious host you could ask for and Paul (which has worked there since 1979) is the epitome of professional waiter. He gave us recommendations on how to prepare our steaks and suggested the perfect side dishes. Till next time!
  5. CH

    CoreyH

    Central Coast

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience3
    For the price I’d like better food. This is like your grandfathers idea of a steak house. Mediocre flavored steak, average prime rib, nothing to write home about food wise. The service IS exceptional, they’re kind, friendly and provide a great experience and we’re excellent with our teen and younger child. The food is just not worth the price at all.
  6. T

    Texas

    San Antonio

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on August 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Ate there twice while visiting Monterey. Good and service perfect each time. We would love to return.
  7. Y

    Yolanda

    San Diego

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food was great. The drinks were a bit pricey. But other than that the food was fabulous
  8. AA

    ArthurA

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My wife and I have been going to the Whaling Station now for 11 years. We often visit Monterey and every trip we make sure to go there. Between my wife and I we've tried every cut of their steaks and they are all wondeful. One of the best stories I have about the place was when, recently, we took some good friends there. They have just moved into the area a couple years ago. When we went there the wife of the couple ask us "Has this always been this good?" We, of course, answered YES! She was amazed at the consistancy of the quality. We've just taken it as one of the surities in life ... the Whaling Station is wonderful!!
  9. p

    pattyr

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our waiter was very attentive and the food was amazing!
  10. SS

    StephanieS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The waiter was helpful with the wine choice, they cleared our plates when we were done after each course which was nice, and the food was delicious!
  11. m

    morristhecat

    Houston

    10 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience3
    Charred steak but they cooked us another but it was still too charred.
  12. AM

    AlisonM

    London

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    It was my birthday so we booked this as special treat. We both ordered steaks. My son ordered the rib eye and me the sirloin. The sirloin just happened to be the cheapest steak on the menu at $40. I am also gluten free but, with steak, that shouldn’t be a problem. However, none of the sauces they offered up with the steak were gluten free and so mine arrived with ketchup. To say my steak was dry was an under statement (I ordered it medium rare). I asked if there was any sauce that could accompany it and was eventually brought some bernaise sauce. That helped to make the steak edible. My son’s steak was delicious and he actually ended up eating most of my steak as well but was counting how many chews he had to make before swallowing as he couldn’t believe how bad it was compared to his. Shame really. It was an ok restaurant but not special. I ordered the cheapest steak as it was small - and I don’t have a huge appetite - I didn’t order it because I expected it to be sub standard. We had one course (steak) and shared a dessert plus one cocktail and one glass of Prosecco and the meal came to $186. Not cheap and not value for money in my opinion.
  13. GG

    GlendaG

    Central Coast

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our dinner was so good and our waitress was amazing! Such a great anniversary dinner. Thank you
  14. C

    Cm73

    Los Angeles

    20 reviews

    4.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    There are several steakhouses in the area but we are very glad to have eaten at this one. The food was very good but the service was impeccable. It has an old school steakhouse feel to it which we love. Orders the short ribs which were very tender and the cowboy steak which was very thick and cooked as ordered. Also had the strawberry basil-tini which was sweet but deliciously.
  15. DS

    DarinS

    Palm Springs

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful anniversary dinner. Food and service were spot on. Great place for steak.
  16. m

    malakesf

    San Francisco

    21 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Came to meet family in Monterey and was hoping for a memorable dinner. It was okay. The mixed drinks were marginal, I sent one of mine back - just wasn’t good. Food was okay. The waiter was really good.
  17. JB

    JamieeB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was OnPoint. Food was absolutely delicious!!! Definitely will Go back
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    All good but The beef carpaccio was kind of dry and are two desserts were just marginal
  19. SH

    StevenH

    Las Vegas

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on July 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We dined at Whaling Station for our anniversary, and was not disappointed at all. Food was fantastic and our server (Apul) was phenomenal! We enjoy coming here and will continue to be regular guests.
  20. l

    leticiaf

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always high quality delicious food and wonderful service!
  21. KE

    KERRYA

    Central Coast

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 12, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Birthday it was nice
  22. JM

    JMAL

    Richmond

    17 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on July 11, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    I was disappointed with the Beef Wellington as had such great reviews. The staff was wonderful and friendly.
  23. P

    Palley

    San Francisco

    49 reviews

    5.0

    49 reviews

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Fantastic especially the service!
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server Paul was fantastic. Food was amazing. Definitely going back when I head back to Monterey.
  25. JV

    JonathanV

    London

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on July 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    I have always wanted to try a real caesar salad made from scratch at the table and this didn’t disappoint. Overall a great steakhouse in a great location.
  26. AV

    AliciaV

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Friendly Host and Staff. Good steaks!! Perfect! Will definitely go again!
  27. r

    radiojunkee

    San Francisco

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on July 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My family chose this restaurant because they serve Beef Wellington. My wife and daughter both ordered it, but I had the Cowboy Ribeye. Service was excellent.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server was very attentive and hard working
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 5, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Good was good . Ordered medium rare got a solid medium. Meat quality was a amazing so medium was actually a better ending … the seasoning was very tasty and not overbearing!!! We were enjoying a quiet data so the fact that they were slow seemed planned lol .. no feeling of being rushed was gone!!! The sides were great !! The scotch was a great selection!!! Didn’t take pictures was enjoying the meal.. looked like a great steak!!
  30. B

    Birthday

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We came back to the Whaling Station to celebrate our 50th anniversary. It was a perfect experience. Thank you!!!
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 1, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Anniversary 6/30/2022
  32. LD

    LauraD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 29, 2022

    overall5food3service5ambience4
    This place was very nice ! The food was good, but the service was outstanding. Our waiter, Ivan, made the whole experience outstanding!! Definitely wouldn’t have enjoyed the night as much if it wasn’t for his help.
  33. G

    Gunny

    Phoenix

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on June 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service was outstanding and our waitress was very attentive and helpful selecting our wine. Well worth the money.
  34. D

    Diana

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 28, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    Service excellent and food was delicious except for my rib eye. It was overcooked and dry which was my only disappointment. Two large groups were seated adjacent and were too loud.
  35. GC

    GlodeanC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 27, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Worth the visit! I would definitely recommend this place for people visiting Monterey! The service is outstanding!!
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service. Treated you like family! The food was phenomenal! Would come here again. The steak was tender and flavorful! Sides we tasty as well.
  37. W

    Wesley

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent service, and great food. The final bill was surprisingly lower than I expected as well. Great place overall!
  38. BT

    BenT

    Indiana

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Very good food. We had the ribeye steak and lobster which was fabulous. Pretty expensive but a great romantic night out with amazing service and food.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Steak was delicious with great service
  40. SY

    SandyY

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We have eaten here several times. They never disappoint. We always request Paul. He is great with a fantastic personality. When I bring people to the restaurant, I love hearing the great feedback from my friends and family. Thank you!!!!!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

The Whaling Station Steakhouse offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (831) 373-3778.

The Whaling Station Steakhouse is rated 4.7 stars by 1881 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

10:30 PM


Booked 16 times today
Google Map for The Whaling Station Steakhouse

763 Wave Street, Monterey, CA 93940

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Prescott Ave.

  • Neighborhood

    Monterey

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Daily 4:30 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Steakhouse, Seafood, Prime Rib

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

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

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    David Stember - 36 years

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (831) 373-3778

  • Private party facilities

    The Whaling Station offers private dining for groups of 16 to 50. Having a birthday, special event or party please contact us directly to reserve or get additional information.

  • Private party contact

    The Whaling Station Staff: (831) 373-3778

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