The Whaling Station Steakhouse

4.5
841 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Steakhouse
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  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Good for a Date
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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Steakhouse, Steak
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm -10:00pm
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Phone number
(831) 373-3778
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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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.
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Private party contact
The Whaling Station Staff: (831) 373-3778
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Neighborhood
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Parking details
Enjoy free parking in our private lot. Valet parking available on Friday and Saturday.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Private Room, Wine
What 841 People Are Saying
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5.0Dined 2 days ago

Lots of fun in a great atmosphere. Freddy was very friendly. Service was great

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Everything from Calamari and crab cake appetizers to the various steaks ordered (filet, petite filet, ribeye and cowboy ribeye) were excellent! Everything cooked to perfection with excellent service.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

We went to celebrate a birthday. Steak on this birthday is a long-standing tradition and, being relatively new in town, we went here since it was the overwhelming fan favorite. Holy Smokes!! They did not disappoint.
The host staff were warm, kind, and gracious and made us feel welcomed. Our waiter “Spartacus”, was very attentive without being overly so. He seemed to anticipate exactly what we needed and when. The pace of the whole experience was relaxed and elegant.
The food...this is where the rubber meets the road and they nailed it. They bring out a tray to show you what each cut actually looks like. And they looked phenomenal. We ordered a Beef Wellington, a petite filet mignon, and a cowboy-cut ribeye. We went with the standard sides, garlic mashed potatoes with French onions and a bacony spinach. Steaks cooked to medium-rare. When those plates hit the table we all remarked something to the effect of, “Oh, wow!” That sentiment kept up through each and every bite. Our steaks were cooked to perfection and so tender the steak knife was mostly for show. And those “standard” sides were delicious. When prompted for dessert we opted for the cannelloni, tiramisu, and key lime pie. The portions were perfectly sized and delicious.
Now, a lot of folks are going balk when they see the prices. I did the first time I walked by when we first got to town several months ago. But, if you want a FANTASTIC steak (this coming from a Texan) and an elegant dining experience, you aren’t going to find that at Denny’s prices. You might not eat here every month, but if you have a special occasion or are itching for a FANTASTIC steak you need to try The Whaling Station.

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4.0Dined on July 9, 2018

I eat here a couple times a month at least and it’s always good- this time may have been a B team night because nothing was quite as excellent as usual, but still great overall. The egg rolls were a bit over cooked, the sauce with them wasn’t as sweet as usual, and the Cioppino was also over cooked. But all in all still my favorite steakhouse.

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5.0Dined on July 7, 2018

Family reunion

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5.0Dined on July 7, 2018

May be pricy but totally worth it! Meat melts in your mouth and great wine list. Lots of options.

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5.0Dined on July 6, 2018

Amazing steaks and incredible service. Would definitely recommend it to others!

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5.0Dined on July 6, 2018

Delicious food, fantastic service. Will always return, I recommend the Porterhouse for Two.

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2.0Dined on July 4, 2018

Steak cut request confused the waiter (a common request we make at all other steakhouses, and even made here last time). Filets were overcooked, attempted to be corrected (with a 25 min wait), and then 1 was overcooked again. No comp made, despite knowing it still wasn't right, and our guests had to eat without us, and then wait through it all. Will not return now, sadly.

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5.0Dined on June 29, 2018

Try to eat there whenever I come to town. I’m from Kansas City which is know for great steaks and the Whaling Station is fantastic.

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5.0Dined on June 26, 2018

The whole evening was wonderful. Food was amazing. Pavlova for dessert.

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4.0Dined on June 25, 2018

Great service and food. They knew it was our anniversary but did nothing special for us, which was a little disappointing.

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5.0Dined on June 24, 2018

Great food. Great service. We were expecting the best and we were not disappointed.

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5.0Dined on June 24, 2018

Best steak I can remember eating

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5.0Dined on June 23, 2018

Great service and excellent food. A perfect place for a birthday dinner!

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5.0Dined on June 20, 2018

Great Food and service

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5.0Dined on June 19, 2018

Always predictably great service and delicious meals.

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5.0Dined on June 19, 2018

The dinner experience overall was very nice and the food was good. I hope to visit again soon and try a ribeye dinner plate to review it at a higher standard than what my dinner partner had experienced. Overall I would recommend this fine steakhouse establishment.

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5.0Dined on June 17, 2018

Cannot name one thing that was not perfect.
Freddy and his crew have got it down to perfection.
My complements to the chef!
Steve

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5.0Dined on June 16, 2018

Pricey but worth it. The food is yummy, well prepared, steaks are wet aged for 3 weeks. Service is impeccable.

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5.0Dined on June 14, 2018

The steaks were great my wife’s fish was over cooked.

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1.0Dined on June 13, 2018

The Filet was cooked well but underseasoned. The Potatoes au gratin were inedible...mushy greasy mess. The cooked spinach was oily as well. Highlight of the meal with the wedge salad with Roquefort dressing. Delicious and large enough to share. Service staff adequate and friendly but we wouldn't go back because of disappointing food.

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4.0Dined on June 10, 2018

We ordered steak dishes not knowing the steaks already came with mashed potatoes and spinach. We ordered side dishes to have potatoes and spinach with our steaks. A good waiter probably would have advised us that our steaks came with potatoes and spinach. As a result, we had double the amount of potatoes and spinach and had no room for dessert. Had our waiter advised us properly of what comes with the steak, we would have had room to order dessert and not been so frustrated with the service. Our check was going to come out to approximately the same amount.

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5.0Dined on June 10, 2018

Food once again was amazing! Our server was very good. Service was a little slow but with a group of 14 it was to be expected. I would definitely recommend this restaurant!

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4.0Dined on June 10, 2018

The Whaling Station is like stepping back in time to a classic steakhouse, yet fresh and contemporary. The bar offers a good variety of drinks, I personally recommend the Raspberry Lemon Drop! There is a good assortment of appetizers to choose from and the entrees cover every dining preference. I had the Beef Wellington and husband had the Prime Rib, after dinner they brought around the dessert tray to tempt us and again there was a delightful selection to select from; we both had the Key Lime Pie. Sitting at the window allowed us to people watch, enjoy each other’s company and our meals. The staff was very professional and attentive, everyone made sure that our experience was the best it could be. The prices are on the high side, so this will be reserved for indulgences on special occasions.

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5.0Dined on June 9, 2018

Great food and service! Highly recommended!

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5.0Dined on June 8, 2018

Food was outstanding, service was spectacular. Definitely worth the price of admission.

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2.0Dined on June 8, 2018

Both our steaks were cooked poorly. Mine was over cooked and my partners were undercooked

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3.0Dined on June 4, 2018

We have been here many times over the years and usually the Cowboy rib eye, which we split is far more marbled, and tastier than this visit. We both agreed that it had way too much salt and pepper on it and I don't like pepper on anything. We should have sent it back to start over again! One of our friends made the mistake of ordering a bowl of clam chowder which looked and tasted like warm milk; absolutely no clams and all potatoes, if there was anything in it besides the cream! He sent it back and even then, didn't eat much of it. The Caesar salad was decent fortunately.
For a place which was 3/4 empty, they should worry more about how their steak is, and whether the side dishes are hot enough (which they weren't), and not concern themselves so much with wanting us to order more drinks every half hour...

All in all, we were disappointed and so were our friends, especially sine we live here.

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4.0Dined on June 3, 2018

Disappointment in my wife's Petite steak. Hard to cut and not tender

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4.0Dined on June 2, 2018

Very good food served by a restaurant that isn't trying to be anything other than a steakhouse. We had the porterhouse for two which was served cooked to order, cut into pieces, and served with two complete servings of sides (tomatoes, mashed potatoes and spinach). A perfectly prepared birthday cannoli was served to my son. We opted for an additional adffogato and a delightfully bright meringue and fruit dessert named Pavlova. All in all, a terrific meal!

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4.0Dined on June 2, 2018

Nice place but expensive. Average food quality. Nice service.

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5.0Dined on June 2, 2018

The food was delicious and the staff were very attentive. Water glass never went dry and the martinis came w blue cheese stuffed olives. I couldn't have wished for better food/service on our trip.

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5.0Dined on May 31, 2018

celebrated by hubby's birthday, server acknowledged his birthday on arrival, waiter acknowledged as well. Food was delicious we had the prime rib and petite filet mignon. The clam chowder was sooo good. Hubby said the caesar salad was good. Bread was warm and delicious. They brought him a complimentary cannoli which i ate and he had his favorite chocolate cake. A very pleasant experience!! We will be back.

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4.0Dined on May 27, 2018

Great service. Great food.

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5.0Dined on May 26, 2018

Wonderful service and the best steak(s) EVER. The table side Caesar salad is delicious! Watching them make the dressing is a treat in itself. Oh! And the pavlova dessert is light and airy. The best way to end any meal.

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5.0Dined on May 25, 2018

My spouse and I went to Whaling Station Steakhouse for the first time a few days ago, for our anniversary. It was wonderful!..excellent food, atmosphere, and staff! Our waiter was great! Thanks for helping us have a special evening!

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5.0Dined on May 24, 2018

The pavlova was exquisite

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3.0Dined on May 22, 2018

Primarily based on price/value. This is higher-end priced steak focused establishment, however ambience and details don't quite meet your expectations for price point. Staff, front desk all friendly and provided good experience, just not the High-end experience expected from restaurant description and price-point. Ate at bar.

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3.0Dined on May 22, 2018

The ribeye was excellent and the prime rib was ok.

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