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The Whaling Station Steakhouse

4.6
4.6
1851 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.

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2 people

10:00 PM


Booked 27 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 1,851 people are saying

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

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • California Central Coast

    Steakhouse

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  1. LD

    LauraD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    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.
  2. G

    Gunny

    Phoenix

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

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

    Diana

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    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.
  4. GC

    GlodeanC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

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

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    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.
  6. W

    Wesley

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

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

    BenT

    Indiana

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    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.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Steak was delicious with great service
  9. 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!!!!!
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    It was fantastic the staff was very friendly and our waiter was very thorough.
  11. CB

    CrystelB

    Tahoe

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a great choice! Wait staff are attentive, if you ask they will go out of their way to make you happy!
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Sacramento

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service and food as always. One of our favorite spots for delicious steak!
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 13, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    I was excited to try The Whaling Station, mostly because they have beef Wellington on the menu, which you rarely see anymore. The meat was cooked well but it didn't slice through the pastry, kind of tough, and made a huge mess on the plate. It was also fairly bland, the foie Gras had absolutely no flavor, but the puff pastry was beautifully baked. Yummy! Garlic mashed potatoes were underwhelming and the spinach was just gross. It was incredibly loud inside the restaurant, more like bar. Not what I expected for a $200+ dinner. The tableside Caesar was fantastic and the manager visited every table, which was also nice. Our server was pleasant but seemed unattentive. She never showed us the meat tray, it's known for steaks, nor did she show us the desert tray, however, she did both for the table next to us. The cocktails also lacked. Mine tasted like strawberry margarita syrup mixed with a little vodka that was then poured into a martini glass.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding service from Kaye! The food was beyond delicious also! We will be back
  15. L

    Local93921

    Central Coast

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 13, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Staff & food are very good. Steaks range in size from medium to massive, and you see samples of what they’ll cook for you first. Caesar salad fresh made from scratch at the table. Good variety of appetizers. Staff work hard without hovering over you. Very large CA and European wine list $35-$200+. As long as there are no big groups the restaurant is very quiet. We had a booming group of ~10 two rows away that were annoyingly boisterous and oblivious. It got back to pleasant when they left. Wide array of desserts in generous portions. The fruit Pavlova was especially unique. We had salmon, lamb, and Beef Wellington. All top notch despite the salmon being farmed raised as commercial salmon season is closed for a few weeks now. They do serve wild caught king/chinook salmon when in season. Everybody left very full and happy, with two taking sone home.
  16. B

    Bill

    Central Coast

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Outstanding from start to finish - service excellent - personal but non obtrusive, French Onion Soup outstanding - thick rich flavor, bacon wrapped scollops - wow, Caesar salad prepared table side wonderful, medium rare petite filet perfect cook and amazing flavor. Just a perfect evening. A little pricey but what isn't these days!!
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Took my girlfriend here for a date when visiting Monterey. What a beautiful restaurant and the service is outstanding. Food was great and reasonably priced for how wonderful the experience was. Definitely would recommend for a date night.
  18. S

    Sassysenior

    Sacramento

    21 reviews

    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Arrived on-time and were immediately seated. Enjoyed the excellent service and attention to detail. All staff that we came in contact with were gracious and very helpful.
  19. b

    byronj

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    great food and great service. always enjoy the place.
  20. AO

    AmandaO

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Go early, Book ahead, food and service was great.
  21. BE

    BETTYPIANO

    Central Coast

    41 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    41 reviews

    Dined on June 6, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience2
    I had always enjoyed dining at The Whaling Station in the past, but unfortunately my latest experience did not measure up to that standard. Previously, I was consistently impressed: by the overall atmosphere, which was appropriately luxurious and unhurried; with the food, which was appropriately prepared and beautifully presented; and by the service, which was appropriately gracious, well-timed and thoroughly professional. This time, however, I was disappointed in virtually all of the above categories, and I say "virtually" because the woman who took my order, brought me my Manhattan, & prepared my Caesar salad met those standards, but everything else did not. The overall atmosphere appeared haphazard, with staff rushing around, seemingly always in a hurry. The romaine in my Caesar salad was not the freshest but was slightly wilted; my entrée dish was just slapped down hurriedly on the table, with the person doing that rushing off to his next task without even looking at me; the beef, which I had ordered medium-rare, was served rare (I had that corrected); the Yorkshire pudding was so overdone it was dark brown and as stiff as burnt toast; the spinach and all the other items on the plate were so crammed i together the presentation seemed quite the mish-mash - to use a wonderful ethnic expression. It gives me no pleasure to write this, as I was expecting quite the opposite. But I do so in all fairness, & with the hope that these problems can be corrected.
  22. LL

    LisaLB

    San Diego

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on June 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best restaurant in Monterey!
  23. M

    Marie

    New York Area

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 6, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    The keylime pie was past its prime and should have been thrown away. The table behind us told the waitress and we confirmed that it did not taste right. Also, we waited quite a while to get our dinners after eating our appetizer and salad. They forgot to bring our coffees so we canceled them. Overall though, the entrees - braised short ribs and petit filet - were very tasty and well-prepared.
  24. P

    Pauld

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The staff was friendly, attentive and very professional. From the beautiful hostess who greeted us and acknowledged my birthday, to our awesome waiter Carl and the manager and other staff who regularly checked on us and cleared away used plates, EVERYONE was amazing!! Will definitely recommend to others, and will be back ourselves.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Special occasion birthday dinner. We were seated promptly on arrival with water and bread within the first moments. We enjoyed cocktails and wine by the glass. Started with a Crab cakes appetizer that was good but missing the nice chunks of crab you get occasionally in really great crab cakes. I was not disappointed but not overly impressed. That was the only less than impressive item in our meals. I enjoyed a filet that was super tasty and perfectly cooked. My wife enjoyed a light dinner of artichoke and specialty salad. We shared the complimentary canola desert with a nice little birthday candle. Service was attentive all night long and made it a special evening.
  26. G

    Ggwjmw

    Sacramento

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on May 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always, great service and great food! Our “go to” restaurant for steaks whenever we’re in town.
  27. S

    Steve

    San Francisco

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on May 25, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Whenever we have a spare minute for a night out, we always leave the craziness of the Bay Area and make the 90-minute drive from Fremont to Monterey. Our fine dining establishment of choice for the past 30 years is The Whaling Station. Amazing steaks, freshest seafood, comforting side dishes and sinful desserts. The wine list is inviting and impressive. It is an experience that never disappoints!
  28. E

    Elle

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding food, outstanding service. Free parking lot adjacent to the restaurant. Wonderful for a special celebration. White wine by the glass selection could be broadened to include a better, creamier chardonnay. The cabernet sauvignon by the glass selection was superb.
  29. RR

    RonR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It started with the Maitre'd, charming and full of life. Our server then took over with any answers to our questions. And, there was always a real smile and care to our needs was abundant! My husband and I enjoyed the staff and our dinner was served in a timley, relaxed manner. We enjoyed every minute to the perfectly cooked steaks and the drinks were always on time to compliment our dining experience. Thank you for a great evening!
  30. DF

    DarleneF

    Seattle

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Steaks were some of the best I have ever had. I love rib eye and mine was amazing. Service was on point! We never had an empty glass or had to flag anyone down for anything. They were on it. Kay was very attentive and engaging.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Sacramento

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Whaling Station never disappoints. From the time you are greeted, you are in for a special evening. The service, food, and drinks are all top notch. Don’t book a trip to Monterey without making reservations at the Whaling Station.
  32. B

    Brilliant

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of my favorites in Monterey. Good food, good service. I will be back
  33. FW

    FredW

    Central Coast

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    It was my wife's and my first visit to this restaurant and we were very pleased. I finally found a restaurant that can cook a steak to my liking (black and blue). The service was excellent and the entire waitstaff made us feel very welcome. The quality of the food was excellent. They also have a very respectable wine list. I would say that overall, it is on the upper end of the price scale, but you certainly get ample portions of perfectly cooked items so I felt that overall you get good value for your money. We will certainly look forward to many more visits to this establishment.
  34. b

    brianw

    Portland

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on May 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We went in for my birthday dinner as we have many times before. Excellent food and service as usual. Best steaks in town hands down. Prices are higher than most places around but we’ll worth it.will definitely be back.
  35. R

    Ritao

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and service were marvelous!!! Celebrated my 80th birthday!!!!
  36. CS

    CaseySanDiego

    Palm Springs

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food here was amazing, and the service was even better. My server, Abel, was incredible. He didn't miss a thing, and my food arrived exactly when it should. My really great Cesar salad did not arrive when I was still enjoying my Pancetta Wrapped Scallops appetizer. After my salad, I had the Full Portion Filet Mignon (cooked medium rare to perfection). When I finished my main course, Abel (and the rest of the serving team) gave me the perfect amount of time to linger over my coffee before I indulged in a fantastic Chocolate Decadence Cake. Kudos to everyone at Whaling Station!!!!
  37. SC

    SCass

    Denver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    On vacation from Colorado to visit family
  38. t

    toyoata42

    Central Coast

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Bring back the Lobster Tank. ;)))))))))))) 7.01 oz Lob for $75.00 Just can't afford that anymore. Good Luck
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    We liked the ambiance and the vibe. Kind of an old school steak house. Especially with the table side Cesar salad preparation. Our waitress was awesome. Very attentive but not annoying! My martini was perfect. But….the food needed seasoning. I ordered the petite filet. It was cooked a perfect medium rare but lacked any seasoning. My husband ordered the rib eye. Again, no seasoning. The garlic mashed potatoes were also bland…no hint of garlic or salt. So, I’m sorry to say…a disappointing, EXPENSIVE dinner. I doubt we will go back. Unfortunate because we liked the vibe.
  40. JU

    JamesU

    Tahoe

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous food. Nice choices to choose from. Will come back with rest of family

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 4.6 stars by 1851 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

10:00 PM


Booked 27 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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