The Whaling Station Steakhouse

4.7
1646 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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 1646 people are saying
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vipjdzs
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Food was great, but the service was outstanding from beginning to the end.

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TimM
Central Coast
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another great dinner at the Whaling Station. The food and the service was excellent!

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BonnieS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always my go to for filet mignon.

We visit 2-3 times a year at least

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great food, portions and wine!

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KellyS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always have an amazing meal at this place! The food and service is fantastic.

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MarkM
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Whaling Station Steakhouse is Always a great place to go for the best quality.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
62 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good service from the front desk to the waitperson taking our order. Filet mignon and halibut were excellent as were the clam chowder and wedge salad. Complimentary dessert cannoli for our anniversary was appreciated even though we were quite full. Overall we had a very nice anniversary dinner and would recommend others to have dinner there.

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vipMaja
Central Coast
19 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious for meat eaters and pescatarians! Prime rib, Ahi tuna, and french onion soup were excellent.

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RayB
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the greatest experience at The Whaling Station we have ever had. The service was impeccable, and the food was beyond excellent! Steaks were cooked to perfection! A real treat!

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Tinand
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food, loved our steaks, especially the Beef Wellington

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vipIreneG
Central Coast
15 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated my husband’s birthday. The service and food was delicious.

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AuntKitty
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Petite filet, carpaccio and scallops were all very good. Caesar salad very heavy with dressing and oil. Mashed potatoes were blah to accompany a good steak. Disappointing. The graham cracker crust on the key lime desert was soggy. Creme brûlée was good.

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vipKristin
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The food was so good. The french onion soup was delicious. the table bread was fabulous. Table side cesar salad .......thumbs up! salmon and tuna was a hit. We were too full to try dessert, but hoping to go back again. Our server Paul was excellent and didn't miss a beat. VERY attentive and fun.

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SusCern
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lively atmosphere but not loud, great food, attentive service

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SvenR
San Diego
12 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious and the service was outstanding.

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My wife and I had dinner at the wailing station as a parting meal of the bay area. Was very good and very much enjoyed

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ColbyF
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had the strawberry Basil tini and I highly recommend!! So good!! My husband and I both ordered the surf and turf. The lobster was cooked perfect! Our steaks were a perfect medium rare and the quality of the steak was phenomenal!! The service was great as well. Will definitely go back when we’re in the area again!

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CHPER
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall4food4service1ambience4

We have eaten here in the past, and it's outstanding. This time, however, the food was great and the server was awful. Couldn't get the order correct, never came back to check on us, when he came back, brought the bill and I left the credit card and he takes it and then comes back with my birthday dessert... Sadly, think this guy needs more training. We will come back because the food is great, hope to have the whole package next time with the great food AND great service!

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vipteresal
Los Angeles
43 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

First time here, great service just a few min away from the aquarium. We ordered the scallops & escargot for starters both excellent. The entree portions were good we had rack of lamb, ribeye and filet all tasty. Will definitely come back when in Monterey again. I would recommend this place to everyone that enjoys a great steak dinner!

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vipJMT1
Dallas
39 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

As always the food and service was perfect. It’s so nice to go to a place that everything is perfect
Every trip to Monterey we have dinner there and will continue to. Carl took GREAT CARE of us again.

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ShermW
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The very best Resturant for food, service, and atmosphere! Nobody even comes in second. I really can’t explain it. It’s an outstanding experience!!!

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Rockefeller
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Went to the Whaling station to celebrate my wife's birthday. The team is very friendly and doing everything they can do to make your stay comfortable. The atmosphere is a bit outdated, old fashioned and could use a more modern, fun and good vibe of the place.
We ordered a 12Oz filet mignon and a 28Oz Porterhouse "The King of Steaks!", carved off the bone for two. A combination of a New York and ....? The plates were both cold, I expect minimal that the plates itself are warm, the mashed potato was cold, the spinach was boiled and not very nice. The meat was at the dry side while specifically medium and juicy was requested. We felt that the quality of the meat is not really upper class.
Further we had 2 cocktails, a Manhattan and a Strawberry tasting. Both not really up the game.
The overall price of $300 for above is not worth the taste. They will need to step up.

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ChrisH
Central Coast
27 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, selection and the steaks were awesome

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vipLAlexandre
Las Vegas
14 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience3

I guess my expectations are too high because I live in Las Vegas and am blessed with some of the best culinary in the world. But the price of my ribeye at the Whaling station came nowhere near close to the food taste. It wasn’t bad. But it seriously lacked flavor. Not worth $73. It was more like a $30 steak. We also ordered the table side Caesar and they showed up with it on the dish. I was disappointed because we wanted to watch it assembled. We weren’t give the option. Unfortunately we won’t be returning to this restaurant on our future visits to Monterey.

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Itzdonz
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect table location with the perfect view!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our 2nd Anniversary… everything was excellent! Loved the food and service! Would definitely go again.

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MarthaL
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff was amazing. Had a great time, celebrating my wedding.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Service and foos.

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MasonL
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food made your mouth water with every bite. Service was amazing and they were always checking to make sure you were satisfied. Will definitely be coming back!

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LisaF
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We’ve visited this establishment before and received excellent service and food, this time was for our 25th wedding anniversary, again we were not disappointed, very friendly, professional atmosphere, great service and food. Would highly recommend for any occasion :-)

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vipReginaB
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Cocktails were inventive and excellent. Service was also excellent. Food was exceptional. Definitely would dine here again.

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KathyD
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service & food was amazing. Very welcoming & friendly.

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Clifton
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

On time with reservation, staff professional, knowledgeable, friendly, engaging, and efficient. Total awesome food, drinks, and experience! Definitely will return!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great service

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vipCourtnie
Central Coast
4 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Our server our food and drinks made it a great birthday dinner for my son !

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OpenTable Diner
Tahoe
3 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Food was excellent but drinks were way overpriced. I paid $15 for a very tiny two sip cocktail. Service was amazing and the steak was cooked to perfection.

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Michael
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great place if uou ñike red meat. The server shows you the various cuts of meat before you choose your main. The service is impeccable, and the meats are delicious. They also make a Caesar salad at your table in the old style. Dining here was a wonderful experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated my birthday, had a wonderful night. Loved the live musician, he had a beautiful voice. Many other parties were also celebrating a birthday. The food was absolutely delicious. We had the clam chowder&oysters Rockefeller for appetizers, I had the abalone and husband had a ribeye w/lobster tail. Everything was perfectly seasoned and cooked. Felt no need to add any salt/pepper to our dishes. Had a wonderful night.

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chuckp
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience2

Very noise, table close to bar, hard to carry on a conversation. Service was OK, but not what you would expect from an upscale restaurant. Food was good, but was better on other times that we visited this restaurant.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wait staff was great. The Prime Rib was fantastic!

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 1646 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.