The Whaling Station Steakhouse

4.7
1041 reviews
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The internationally acclaimed Whaling Station Steakhouse, perched just above Steinbeck’s Cannery Row has been Monterey County’s #1 Steak House for over 49 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, and your Caesar Salad, tossed tableside. An award-winning wine list and full spirits bar compliment your dining experience. Serving Dinner and cocktails from 5pm 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.
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Dallas
15 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service, loved the atmosphere. Happy to get the unique beef Wellington. The best scallop starter

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JS
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Would very much recommend. The service was excellent, attentive but not intrusive, the food was outstanding. Even though we live about 4 hours away, I am looking forward to bringing my family. We had reservations somewhere else, but changed them to The Whaling Station, couldn’t be happier.

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CL
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, our server had worked there for 10 years, and one of the servers started with the restaurant in 1972 (I appreciate the employee-employer loyalty!)

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l
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Best steak we have had in a long time will definitely be back.

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GM
Los Angeles
27 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The quality is fantastic. Best steaks this side of San Francisco.
Wonderful friendly staff. Very attentive service. And the prices are more than fair. I have had parties of nine and just two of us, service is the same.... perfect.
The manager does a very very good job keeping the experience the same no matter when you come.
👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻

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JF
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every thing was beyond enjoyable. This is the place to go for steaks. Loved it

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San Joaquin
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Had a very enjoyable dinner.

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San Francisco
32 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 2

Noisy! It was really noisy making it hard to converse. Has a nice lively bar scene that looked fun. The wine list they gave us was very limited although they seem to have quite a few by the glass (3 glasses for $45). Caesar salad was quite good but they really push adding extra stuff ($). Oysters Rockefeller were tasty ($16 for 4) but pretty small and served without a fork. When I asked about a fork, server said: "It's right there (Pointing to my dinner fork) any closer it would bite you". He then brought me a salad fork but too late. Wife order halibut with a cream sauce that was good and served with 3 clams. I ate one but the second one tasted like cow s__t, literally. YUK! My prime rib was very good but the creamed horseradish was really weak, very little horseradish! It was served with really good spinach and mashed potatoes. If we go back, it will be on a Monday as just to noisy on a Friday.

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Central Coast
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waiter was the best! Ask for Jum... he’s personable, funny and overall a fantastic waiter. The food was delicious and cooked perfect. I would definitely return and recommend!!

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Cleveland
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing steak and amazing service! We couldn't have picked a better place for our anniversary dinner!

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Austin
3 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lanie (sorry if this is not how to spell his name) was a delightful waiter. Very knowledgeable, friendly and pleasant. We will be back!!

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f
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This place is a little gem. Can't wait to go back. Everything was delicious! The service was top notch!

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Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 1ambience 2

My service was not efficient & very delayed .... I come here at least twice a month & it’s always phenomenal but my last visit was not what I have been used too .

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great food and service!

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Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our service and amazing. We enjoyed all aspects of our visit. Menu simple and delicious.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brought some colleagues, and had a great meal with super service. Everything was fantastic, and the evening was great!

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DC
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Impeccable service and the food is delicious, perfect portions and highly consistent. Our favorite restaurant in Monterey.

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Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was another one for the books ! Nothing but the best service & phenomenal meals ! I never leave here dissatisfied I leave with a smile & full stomach ! I’ll be back soon .. BEST IN TOWN .... hands down !

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Central Coast
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our server, Tina, was incredible. She encouraged us to be adventurous, and made us feel comfortable with our choices. The petite filets were perfect, as was my lobster tail. The early highlight of our meal was the escargot, which was flavorful and tender- absolutely in the comfort zone of someone who hadn’t previously tried the dish, as well as anyone who enjoys great escargot!

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D
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

For our Son's 20th birthday, he wanted steak, so I made a reservation for the three of us at the Whaling Station.
Promptly, we were seated at a nice table, ordered and were amazed by the Oysters Rockefeller appetizer.
We had New York Steak, Filet Mignon and Cioppino. All were outstanding, perfectly cooked, very tasty.
Great staff, great service.
Looking forward to our next dinner here.

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G
Sacramento
16 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, friendly waiters, excellent service. Our coffee cups and water glasses were constantly filled. Our steaks were yummy and cooked perfectly. We even had room for dessert.....pavlova, which was a heavenly discovery! Will definitely dine here again during our next visit to the Monterey area!

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San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Friendly Staff. They were very accommodating even though we were running late. Food was well prepared and plated beautifully. Would definitely visit this place again. Great Wine List too!

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SH
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Food was fantastic, as usual. Our orange-ginger old fashion’s paired nicely with the prime rib egg rolls. Of course the 2012 Rombauer Cab paired nicely with he 12oz filet as well!

Service was impeccable! Noise level was a little loud this trip — several large parties, but didn’t detract from a great evening.

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LM
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It has been awhile since I’ve eaten at the Whaling Station...The Food was great and the service was excellent just like before...

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d
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We came to celebrate my wife’s birthday and Valentine’s Day. We came for the Sacramento area and Was recommended a different restaurant but decided that what we saw on the menu in line it better fit our dinning experience we wanted. We were not disappointed at all. 40 plus years ago we honeymooned in this area and I wanted my wife’s birthday to be something wonderful and you guys help me do that! Thank you!

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We did a friends get together for Valentine’s Day I was very pleased with the service and the food delicious as always. Will definitely be back to dine with my husband soon

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w
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

I was really excited to spend our Valentine's Day dinner at the Whaling Station. WE had reservations at 8PM, we were prompt and do were they. Lani was our waiter and was pleasant, he stated by saying they are an old fashioned restaurant and serve in a comfortable speed, but if we want him to slow down just give him a sign.

I felt rushed so my husband gave him the slow down sign, didn't work. We were done in 45 minutes which is not a comfortable speed for me especially when spending $170 for dinner.

Now for the food, my beef wellington's pastry was burned on the bottom, however my husband's steak was cooked perfectly.

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AG
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As per usual, NEVER a disappointment. quite the opposite...I was there for Valentines, and prior to that..we had our wedding dinner here. The environment is opulent and appropriate. It presents quality without overstating it. When you leave you feel great, attended to...well fed and important. It is a place we come to when we want to show each other that they are important...so much so that I'm taking you to The Whaling Station.

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DA
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I went to whaling station for Valentine’s Day and it was amazing. The service was perfect, and the food was so delicious. It was definitely a memorable evening and we will be back!

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D
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Steak was fantastic.
But, we got a crab cake with it, which was cold. Potatoes were also cold. They took the plates back to reheat those, but then, when the plates came out, the steak and spinach were cold.
They tried to fix it, but should have replated the entire meal. They took a shortcut which (for the money) they should have known better.
Will go back, but won’t order the crab cake. Stick with what they do well: great steaks.

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SP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and service, what more can you expect.
Easy to find, bar service people were extra friendly.
Valet parking available

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M
Central Coast
9 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our favorite restaurant. Outstanding service, excellent food and a great value!

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Good food good service - the servers are well trained

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LJ
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Day before Valentines....nice...local...a little noisy, though. Enjoyed it!

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JM
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional food and service. Not my first time eating at Whaling Station and never disappointed.
a great place for steak and cocktails,

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Super pricey but excellent so kinda makes it worth it.

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DI
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Best prime rib I’ve ever had! Flavor was excellent and very tender. Will come again next trip to the area!

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CG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great place for a date! High-end classic steakhouse with excellent service. Be prepared to spend over $100 on dinner for two (or more with drinks/dessert). Real great food though an oven malfunction caused my beef wellington to be burned on the bottom. However they quickly made me a new one, the manager came over and talked to us, and they comped us an excellent pavlova! Real good.

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PK
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server was excellent. I can't remember his name but he seemed to be related to ownership. Great experience. In particular, my wife said it was the best beef wellington she's ever had!

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to The Whaling Station for our anniversary and the experience and food was amazing. Our waiter was courteous, funny and very knowledgeable about the menu and the cuts of steak. The food and drinks and were prepared in a timely manner. Everything about our dinner was great. I would definitely recommend it for a special occasion as it is a little pricey

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