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The Whaling Station Steakhouse, Monterey, CA
The Whaling Station Steakhouse, Monterey, CA
The Whaling Station Steakhouse, Monterey, CA
The Whaling Station Steakhouse, Monterey, CA
The Whaling Station Steakhouse, Monterey, CA

The Whaling Station Steakhouse

4.7
4.7
2265 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

7:00 PM


Booked 25 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • 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

What 2,265 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

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

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • California Central Coast

    Good for special occasions

  • California Central Coast

    Steakhouse

  • Monterey / Carmel

    Good for business meals

  • Monterey / Carmel

    Good for special occasions

2,265 Reviews
  1. AndrewS

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    The restaurant is well kept, atmosphere was nice, the food was amazing but I don’t believe the quantity matched the price being charged. At the very least they should include a salad with the $66 beef wellington plate I ordered, but no that will cost another $16. My wife and I enjoyed the experience but we more than likely will not be going back due to quantity.

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    Not worth the money. Food was ok and the service wasn’t great. I won’t be going back.

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  3. JustinO

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful experience for our 25th Wedding Anniversary. Great food and great service!

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  4. JenW

    San Francisco

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    While the Service was absolutely wonderful, drinks from the bar were good and our appetizer was phenomenal. But unfortunately the rest of the visit was not worth the cost. Sad when the food just isn’t worth the cost of the visit. Our NY steak was tough, the roasted chicken was mostly dry and our dessert had non ripe fruit. When we spend the amount of money we did you expect perfection. If it weren’t for the crispy onions nothing would have had flavor. Sides should be great on their own and not need crispy onions to make anything taste great

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent all around. Can't say enough good things about this place.

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent service, excellent food. Very nice experience.

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  7. KeylaG

    Tahoe

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love this place, we come here every time we are I. Monterey

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  8. JesusM

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Waitress was amazing. Clam Chowder almost had me licking the plate. Beef "Whalingtion" was amazing. Great for a date.

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  9. paulinem

    Central Coast

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    My son's Filet was excellent and the scallop apetizer was just perfect for me dining late at 7:45pm.

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  10. KevinE

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Very good food but quite expensive. Almost $300.00 for 2 people

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  11. TinaR

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our server Paul was amazing! We got New York steak and filet mignon and it was delicious. The prime rib egg rolls were good too! They had martinis with blue cheese stuffed olives which I also love! 😍 wonderful Valentine’s Day, thank you!

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We have eaten here many times and always enjoy the meal and service. It is outstanding in all areas. We ordered a special Kobe Beef Sirloin and Chicken Breast. Both came with Mash potatoes and spinach. All was cooked to perfection,

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  13. ScottT

    Central Coast

    11 reviews

    3.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    We haven't been there in sometime. (6 mths) Rather underwhelming this time around. Took my favorite steak off the menu, and the quality seem to drop. Our meal seemed to be thrown together and was not the quality we are used to there. Prices of course were very much higher. Service was the same for the most part. Maybe because it was Valentine's Day was the reason for the lack in quality. Maybe they didn't have enough help. If they made changes they are not good changes.

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Outstanding service, great food and drink! As soon as we went in we were greeted by a very polite host who lead us to our table. Every employee acknowledged us as they walked by and were always polite.

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  15. Lovemysomefood

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Awesome!  Absolutely the best fillet mignon I have ever tasted.

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  16. samp

    San Francisco

    26 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    This is a usual spot for us when in the area. 6-8 times a year. Food wasn’t bad just not as good this time. Table side Caesar salad biggest let down , dressing lacked flavor, anchovies were terrible actually looked old and were clumped together. White anchovies a much better choice. The bone in rib eye had an excessive amount of tougher gristle. It was obvious the waiter was only focused on running up the bill. I don’t mind suggesting but hate being “sold”.

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  17. Dean

    Chicago

    77 reviews

    5.0

    77 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was excellent and the service was perhaps the best I have ever had at a fine dining restaurant. Our server was professional and attentive and had a great personality. He made the evening special.

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  18. BobS

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We had a very good dinner. I had the Short Ribs and my wife had the Filet. Both were outstanding. Our server was Anthony, who did a fabulous job.

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  19. SatisfiedBruncher

    Seattle

    114 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    114 reviews

    Dined on January 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    You'd be hard pressed to find a better steakhouse on the peninsula. The service is attentive and friendly. Wine options are excellent. My only critique would be the sides. The fried onions weren't seasoned and needed to be crispier. Did not care for the spinach nor the asparagus (flavorless). I try and avoid potatoes so, little options. All in all, however, it was a fantastic evening. Will come back for sure!

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  20. TravisL

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The steak is amazing but the prongs were just ok. Servers were attentive but not overly so.

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    Sacramento

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    The wait person would not separate our check. Said it was corporate policy but The Beach House has the same owner and they give separate checks.

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  22. Jenn

    Denver

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent meal, quality beef & delicious dessert, especially the Pavlova. We had to trade around our vegetables as they got that aspect of the order mixed up. This was our 2nd time at this restaurant & highly recommend for a special occasion if you are able to splurge.

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  23. TonyG

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The experience was amazing, will definably return.

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  24. DianaL

    Memphis/West TN

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    MUST GO if you’re in the Monterey area. Their prime rib is incredible and the creamed spinach is the best I’ve ever had. The creamy clam chowder is gluten free! Don’t pass this place up but bring a healthy budget! 😉

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  25. GMCRR

    Los Angeles

    42 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    42 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    The new owners deleted the large filet…. Huge mistake. And the new size on the small filet is 7 ozs down from 8 oz. But the price hasn’t changed. The old menu is still being used. I’m sure other favorites are biting the dust. A “Real Steakhouse” in today’s world offers all sizes and qualities of beef. Downsizing is headed in the wrong direction.

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  26. FrankI

    Denver

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on January 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Oscar our server was amazing! Food was excellent. Highly recommend the dessert pavlova I believe.

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  27. MaximusR

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Unreal good, great portions, great staff and ambiance. Truly a great surf and turf experience.

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  28. Love2eatgood

    Central Coast

    22 reviews

    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great dinner! Great Service! One of our favorite restaurant choices for just those reasons!

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  29. DianeD

    San Diego

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We rarely dine at steak houses because my husband does such a good job at home. The Whaling Station is an exception to that rule! We dined there last night and had a marvelous meal with exceptional service. My husband started with the fried cauliflower (delicious!) and then we shared the Caesar salad (best I've had in ages!). For our entrees, my husband had the bone-in cowboy steak and I had the NY steak. Both were cooked and seasoned perfectly! We also had to try the scallops potatoes that were soooo good. It is pricey, but good steaks are NOT cheap! We will be back for sure!

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  30. CherryD

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It's always good experience everytime we visit for special occasions. It's our favorite spot.

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  31. nana

    San Francisco

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on January 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Ordered the lobster. Taste was good but lobster was a little tough. I expected better for the price I paid. Wife had beef short ribs which was good.

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  32. CharlesB

    Tahoe

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of the better restaurants in Monterey. Excellent service and good food. A perfectly sized restaurant for a comfortable meal in a classic steakhouse atmosphere. Prices are on the high side but not unexpectedly so - after all it is in Monterey, but the food, from salads to entree to dessert was well prepared and delicious.

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  33. OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    There were 4 of us and we were all extremely happy with the food! The service was impressive!

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  34. LarryL

    San Joaquin

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The valet, hostess, busser, and waiter were excellent. The staff were engaging and friendly. Our waiter, Jum, was an absolute gem. He was well versed with the menu and history of the restaurant. Our busser was never 15 seconds (lol, yes, we counted) away from a half glass or empty plate. The food was cooked to perfection, and the flavors were on point. We recommend The Whaling Station to anyone visiting Monterey.

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Good food, accommodates toddlers, timely, great service.

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  36. ChristianL

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My girlfriend took me here to celebrate my birthday. The food was absolutely delicious (I had the beef Wellington). Hands down best steak I’ve had to date. Service was excellent. Everyone was very friendly and food came out quickly. Nice ambience. We’ll definitely be back!

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  37. Bill

    San Francisco

    21 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on January 4, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Excellent steak, service. Pretty noisy. Can recommend it.

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  38. SALVADORP

    Chicago

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on January 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Muy buen servicio, gran lugar, la comida perfecta y la forma de contarla también. Fuimos en familia y los niños estuvieron encantados

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  39. OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This place always performs and is consistently excellent

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  40. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 2, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    We were sat by the kitchen entrance lots of traffic obviously We were celebrating a birthday was given a complimentary dessert which was delicious food was great and cooked just like we asked We did get a piece of plastic in our wine glass, we did not say anything to staff we just went on with our night

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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 2265 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 25 times today

Order delivery or takeout

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
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • 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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