About The Whaling Station Steakhouse

The internationally acclaimed Whaling Station, perched just above Steinbeck’s Cannery Row has been Monterey County’s #1 Steak House for over 40 years, The Whaling Station takes the term “Steak House” seriously... See the restaurant’s dry-aging room, select your USDA Prime cut of dry-aged beef from a silver tray, your Prime, Prime Rib from the antique 1930’s silver carving trolley, and enjoy your Caesar Salad being tossed tableside.

An award winning wine list and full spirits bar complement your dining experience. Serving Dinner and cocktails from 5pm daily.

THE BAR at The Whaling Station has its own menu and its own local following, with drink specials and lively conversation served nightly.

Parking in our private lot. A private banquet room is available.

763 Wave Street
Monterey, CA 93940
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Steakhouse, Steak

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm -10:00pm

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(831) 373-3778

Website:
http://www.whalingstation.net/

Parking Details:
Enjoy free parking in our private lot. Valet parking available on Friday and Saturday.

Private Party Facilities:
The Whaling Station offers private and semi private dining areas for groups of 8 to 50. Having a birthday, special event or party please contact us directly to reserve an appropriate area or get additional information.

Private Party Contact:
The Whaling Station Staff: (831) 373-3778

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Private Room, Wine

The Whaling Station Steakhouse Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
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4.6

service

4.7

ambience

4.4

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

Good for Anniversaries (30)
Special Occasion (29)
Good for a Date (24)
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Good for Birthdays (18)
Romantic (18)
Fit for Foodies (13)
Notable Wine List (12)
Worth the Drive (12)
Good for Groups (11)
Neighborhood Gem (11)
Business Meals (10)
Authentic (10)
Comfort Food (10)
Bar Seating (9)
Cozy (9)
Quiet Conversation (8)
Casual (7)
Fun (7)
Handcrafted Cocktails (5)
Local Ingredients (5)
Tasting Menu (4)
Kid-friendly (3)
Great Beer (3)
Live Sports (3)
Creative Cuisine (3)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Happy Hour (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Great for Lunch (2)
People Watching (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Seasonal (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Waterfront (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Great for Brunch (1)
Healthy (1)
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·Dined 3 days ago

They sat us in the very back of the restaurant by the kitchen so we couldn’t see anything. They kept bragging about the steak and the Cowboy Ribeye was good but not life changing. Service was mediocre.

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (Central Coast)·Dined 5 days ago

Awesome steak!!!

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·Dined 5 days ago

The parking was easy. The ambiance was nice. The service was excellent and so was the food. Over the years, this is what we have come to expect from this restaurant .
It is a little pricy, but compared to a lot of other restaurants in this area, what you receive is well worth what you pay.

Tags: Good for Groups, Romantic, Bar Seating
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 7 days ago

Exceptional Place. Jum, our waiter, was highly knowledgeable and always instantly there. To have this happen during Valentine's day with all the busy-ness was truly amazing!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Authentic, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on February 13, 2018

Warm, friendly greeting on arrival . Knowledgable and friendly waiter ....not too obtrusive . Good range of dishes on the menu . I had Fillet Mignon and it was probably the best tasting and tenderest steak I have had in all my travels .

Tags: Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Comfort Food, Casual, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 13, 2018

Calamari appetizer was heavily breaded, the cocktail and tartar sauce that accompanied it was very bland.
Lobster fettuccine was ok. I had the special of wild caught abalone. What a disappointment. Two slices of abalone over 1/4 inch thick so heavily seasoned and breaded that you could not taste any abalone. It was tenderize almost to the point of being mushy. I am somewhat suspicious that it was not really abalone but maybe manta wing. I mentioned this to the manager Freddie. He said to make sure to let him know when we come back that he “ will take care of us”. Interesting though he did not assure me that what I had was really abalone.

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on February 11, 2018

One of the better steaks I can remember eating. Great wine and atmosphere!

Tags: Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Orange County)·Dined on February 11, 2018

We used to come here years ago when we lived in Northern California and always loved it. It didn’t disappoint. Same great food and amazing service. Nothing seemed to change which we loved.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Fabulous steak house! They only have a limited amount of cuts of meat, but all prime and beautifully cooked. No choice on the side dishes, but we were very happy. Service was impeccable - we loved the hand-tossed Caesar salad. Pricey, but you definitely get what you pay for.

Tags: Worth the Drive
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 8, 2018

We've been to this establishment several times over the past 30+ years, so we've seen significant changes to the menu and decor. Our visit was for a special occasion and we were treated very well, although the noise level was a little over the top. Today's menu is upscale steakhouse with some fresh fish thrown in. Everything is well prepared and the presentation was very well done. The wine list is wide ranging with a few gems thrown in at a reasonable price, you just have to know what to look for. We'll come back again when we're in Monterey.

Tags: Good for a Date, Business Meals, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List
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 (Orange County)·Dined on February 6, 2018

Dinner was superb! Service excellent and ambiance beautiful! The Cesar salad was amazing!!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 3, 2018

The steak is the main reason to come here. Out of this world. The pasta dishes are ok but not quite as good.
Our server was wonderful. She provided excellent service!!

Tags: Romantic
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Firstly, all of the employees couldn't have been nicer. Service was great. Biggest problem is given the high cost of dining there, the restaurant is not in the same class as Ruth Chriss, Spencer's or Mortons or many other top of the line premier steak houses. Tables are way to close to each other. There is very little ambiance and it is extremely noisy making conversation difficult.

Tags: Waterfront
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Hands down very best service.. from the hostess when we walked in, the manager saying happy birthday with out even being told, to the server (Brandon) was fabulous. The meats there are just so delicious.
Thank you for a wonderful first time experience we will be back for sure.

Tags: Comfort Food, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Bar Seating, Great Beer, Romantic, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 3, 2018

We enjoyed a wonderful dinner on Saturday evening here. The steaks were cooked to perfection and the dessert (we shared the pavlova) was fabulous! All of the waitstaff were very engaged and friendly.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on February 3, 2018

This is the best resturant in the area hands down. My Cowboy steak was cooked to perfection and the service by Paul was outstanding!!

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on February 2, 2018

The prime rib was reportedly not quite as good as other times we’ve eaten there, but otherwise fabulous as always.

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on January 30, 2018

Went with a friend on recommendation from a local. Old style steakhouse with classic decor. There was a communication problem with my order. Prices are high, but reasonable since you get full meal without ordering side dishes. Service good except the original mixup.

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on January 27, 2018

This is my favorite restaurant on the West Coast. Possibly my favorite steakhouse in the world. Worth every penny of the cost and every mile I drive to get to it. Get the egg rolls or you’re not living your best life.

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 (Sacramento)·Dined on January 27, 2018

This restaurant is our favorite when we come to Monterey. Never disappoints great food and great prices and dessert is great too! I recommend a reservation.

Tags: Happy Hour, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 27, 2018

They do know their meat- all beef we had was amazing. It's just it felt like they forgot everything else on the menu. Everything but the meat was below-average, which was a bummer.

Yorkshire pudding...that's not Yorkshire pudding. It was an over-cooked popover. Spinach as a side to the beef was ugh....so incredibly bland. Onion rings, no flavor, and mashed potato also no taste.

Beef was excellent, though.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 26, 2018

We had a nice time. The food was good. The fillet was outstanding. The service was fantastic. My wife and I wanted to split the dinner and they put it in 2 plates for us which I thought was very nice. It was pretty expensive though.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on January 26, 2018

I was not happy with the meal and thought they were extremely overpriced.

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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on January 25, 2018

Great food, especially the Steaks and Prime Rib. Good service, but noisy due to tile floor. Once the restaurant filled up, it was hard to carry on conversations at our table.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch, Good for Groups, Authentic
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 24, 2018

Great service and excellent food

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Great steak and service! Would love to see some evening entertainment. Maybe a two ot three piece band singing well-known favorites. We'd have stayed for a few more drinks if there was music. Instead, we went next door.

Tags: Paleo Friendly, Comfort Food
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Favorite spot for that special evening out. Never disappointed.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Fantastic dinner, this resturant has got it all, great food, fantastic service, wonderful ambiance.
Best dining on the Peninsula!!!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Great meat! Excellent service!! We asked for a table in Aracelli's section :)

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Food was great and our server was very personable and friendly.

Tags: Romantic, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 14, 2018

The service was fantastic as promised. Food was very good. For a middle income family, it was very expensive. I knew the prices going in, but at the end, not sure I would go again.

Tags: Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Nice restaurant

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 13, 2018

For the price, the steaks were average. The filet and NY we ordered were cooked perfectly medium rare but were still dry and not juicy at all. The mushrooms were tasty but didn’t knock our socks off and the arugula salad was good but nothing special. It was a fine dinner but way overpriced for the quality.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Petite Filet Mignon was the best I've ever had anywhere and I've driven all over in search of the perfect steak! Was worth the $54. They even made a sirloin very tasty and tender which is no easy feat in itself. Garlic mashed potatoes were good, but did not care for the uncooked onions & bacon fat in the spinach. Flavors just didn't work out well. Crab cakes were a bit disappointing, severely over cooked and dry. However, they offered the BIGGEST Creme Brulee I've ever seen in a bowl. Two of us had a hard time finishing it, but it was good. Served with a couple raspberries, a strawberry, and whipped cream under the berries as a garnish. Would have loved some extra fruit since it was so big and a little more vanilla flavor overall, but we'd definitely order it again. Service was good. Our waitress was prompt to bring drink refills and the timing of the food coming out was timely as well. We'll be back when we're in the area.

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 (San Joaquin)·Dined on January 12, 2018

This place was great! Food was excellent and came out in a timely manner. I will definitely recommend this place and definitely returning. Location is great walking distance to cannery row and out hotel. Highly recommended!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Beef Wellington was awesome and the service was great.

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 (Birmingham)·Dined on December 31, 2017

This place came highly recommended as one of the best places to eat in Monterey. It was nicely decorated for New Year’s Eve and had a nice vibe. The restaurant manager was very cordial etc however, our food was nothing to write home about and it was quite expensive. I ordered the full prime rib dinner for 48.00 The spinach was wet and flavorless, the mash potatoes tasted like instant, and the prime rib was ok. Ice had better prime rib at black bear diner.

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Nice upscale menu choices, welcoming and warm staff. The food was perfectly prepared and sumptuous.

Tags: Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (Columbus)·Dined on December 28, 2017

The food and service was outstanding. Stakes, seafood and drinks this is the go to place in Monterey.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 27, 2017

It was great food and I would go again price a bit high and when you cook a steak you don’t want to over salt It , I will ask for no salt next round!

Tags: Comfort Food, Authentic, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Cozy
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