The Whaling Station Steakhouse

4.7
1565 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 1565 people are saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
food
4.7
service
4.5
ambience
4.4
value
Noise · Moderate
94% of people would recommend it to a friend
progress_bar_value foreground of progress bar
progress_bar_background background of progress bar
progress_bar_value foreground of progress bar
progress_bar_background background of progress bar
progress_bar_value foreground of progress bar
progress_bar_background background of progress bar
progress_bar_value foreground of progress bar
progress_bar_background background of progress bar
progress_bar_value foreground of progress bar
progress_bar_background background of progress bar
Sort by
Filters
OT
OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful time dining at the Whaling Station. The staff, food and atmosphere were amazing!!

J
Jasmin
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great. Food was delicious and the service was awesome.

TB
vipThomasB
Palm Springs
72 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We avoided The Whaling Station for years thinking it would be a tourist trap.  What a mistake.  The host was inviting and charming and the restaurant’s atmosphere was festive.  Our server, Edgar, prepared an amazing caesar salad table side while sharing a brief history of the restaurant along with other fun tidbits.  Though the steaks looked wonderful, we both opted for fish dishes - sand dabs and Ahi tuna, both fresh and beautifully prepared.  Our martinis were perfect.  Edgar paced service perfectly - we were never rushed yet never needed to flag him down even though the room was busy.  At the end of the dinner, we marveled that we had never eaten at The Whaling Station.  Our first visit won’t be our last.  

CC
ChipC
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding service, Outstanding food.

IE
IsmaelE
Central Coast
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service and All the staff are great amazing

F
Friends
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food4service1ambience3

Over priced crowded and very pushy with the cocktails and wine. Had a waiter who could have cared less. As soon as he discovered we weren't drinkers his whole demeanor changed. He took away from the us the experience of the place. Will not go back. I too am recovering from Pandemic and I will chose more carefully where I spend my money.

SP
SteveP
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

The service was above and beyond. My wife’s prime rib was initially overcooked. A fresh plate was brought out with apologies from the owner. Expected in a fine dining experience.

CB
CookieBoy
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food is excellent, steaks are like butter. Recommend the Filet Mignon and side of Scalloped Potatoes. Beef prices are high so don't be shocked when you get the check. Still, worth it for special occasions.

LF
LeonardF
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As my wife and I celebrated our 15th wedding anniversary after 24 years together, we chose this restaurant for the porterhouse and lobster tail. We couldn't have been more pleased with the meal and the service was excellent!

B
vipBobh
Tampa
65 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Anniversary dinner. Server has been there since 1972 and he was a gem. Everything was very good especially the prime rib. Beef Wellington was a bit on the medium side. Crab cakes and caprese were vg.

KC
KevinC
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Probably the best Caesar Salad that I’ve had, ever, made fresh right at your table side. The steak was magnificent. Strongly recommend taking advantage of eating here if you can get a booking.

T
Travelgal1
San Francisco
41 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This was a gastronomical delight. The best steak ever and the perfect meal. Busy place but paced so you can enjoy salad (delicious greens ) then a main course of a New York steak, garlic mashed potatoes and spinach. We shared one meal and it was plenty for each of us
Great wine list of by the glass and by the bottle.
A must return to place.

CE
CarrieE
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Delicious abalone, enjoyed the ambiance and our waiter was very good and made it fun!

OT
OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible steaks and sides

TW
TeriW
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have eaten here many times and it never had disappointed. Staff is so friendly and food is terrific.

JS
JanS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were there to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary. The food is great (we both had ribeye steaks) and the service is exemplary.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious and the service was great.

O
Obrayv
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a romantic experience there. From beginning to end. The service was great and the food was top notch. If you love food I would recommend giving them a chance to highlight your evening.

TL
TLowe
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Impeccable service and excellent food. We will be back!

CD
CharlesD
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent and the service was outstanding. Our waiter was charismatic and very knowledgeable.

A
Amie
Central Coast
4 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great one-year anniversary dinner at The Whaling Station. The food was all delicious. Highly recommend the blistered peppers as an additional side. The best part of our evening was our server, Paul. He was intuitive, funny, helpful, and knew exactly when to return the table. He even took multiple photos of us to remember our day by. Paul may be the best server I have ever had at any restaurant. We can’t wait to return and see Paul and enjoy the food again!!

LH
LynetteH
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I have been coming here for over 35 years. The food is consistently great and the service excellent! I'm never disappointed. I highly recommend The Whaling Station.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food, service and atmosphere is world class!

JA
JonathanA
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience4

Poor quality seafood, salmon was fishy, lamb was asked for medium rare and was received medium well overall experience not pleasurable.

J
James
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and drinks. It’s definitely a special occasion place because of the prices but worth it.

TC
TominCA
San Diego
31 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner at The Whaling Station is always a special occasion. A recent Saturday night was no exception. It was a family dinner for one member’s birthday. Great food and wonderful service from one of the 40+ years waiters.

RH
RuthH
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was so nice to go out and enjoy an excellent meal after this last year. The service was top-notch, everyone was super attentive. The food was excellent, from appetizers to dessert, every bite was pleasing. Prime Rib Egg Rolls and Calamari to start, a Petite Filet cut like butter and a tasty Rib Eye were pour entrees and the we split the Chocolate Decadence dessert (and it was decadent!). We thoroughly enjoyed our time at The Whaling Station and can’t wait to go back!

g
greatstaff
Los Angeles
20 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Old school steak house character with top notch service. Wine list is limited, but corkage is reasonable

CE
vipChristianE
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and fantastic service from professional staff. The best on the Monterey Peninsula

GE
vipGerryE
Sacramento
17 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and the absolute best Prime Filet Mignon I have ever eaten. Not a morsel left and it just melted in your mouth. We have eaten here for over 25 years and it has always been exceptional.

F
vipFoodie
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Expected better. Food was mediocre.

JS
JSA199933
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience4

Steaks were delicious, scallops over linguini- there was so much oil couldn't eat it. Best part of the meal was the pavlova dessert Disappointing. Was there for a very special celebration should have gone elsewhere.

DR
vipDRLG
Columbus
99 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2021
Overall4food4service2ambience5

Service was slow at the beginning. Then, seemed to improve. All the staff seemed to help each other out. Our waiter was great as the evening went on. The white wine was not very chilled. The cocktail drinks were unique and very good. We had a lot of appetizers and salads. Dessert was a meringue. It was very good. Thought it’d be complimentary since we were celebrating our 30th wedding anniversary.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary

b
bohemianguy
New England
3 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely great experience . The food is outstanding and while pricey , worth it.

VC
VickiC
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to eat. The food was amazing. It's expensive but worth it if you're looking for something special.

LT
LTReed
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Whaling Station!! Is the Louis Vutton in dining in Monterey. The Service and atmosphere is amazing. The food absolutely the best hands down. We always go there for our Anniversary and they never disappoint. The Whaling Station is the cream of the crop.

The Reeds SAC

T
Treadwell
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, great food and a great dining spot for special occasions.

MA
MattA
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Best steaks in Monterey!
Great service, friendly staff

s
scottp
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best steakhouse in Monterey County. Top quality, Big portions, Good value, Friendly family type staff, other great dishes include Seafood, Chicken and Pasta. Bar Menu also excellent.

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 1565 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.