The Whaling Station Steakhouse

4.7
1068 reviews
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The internationally acclaimed Whaling Station Steakhouse, perched just above Steinbeck’s Cannery Row has been Monterey County’s #1 Steak House for over 49 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, and your Caesar Salad, tossed tableside. An award-winning wine list and full spirits bar compliment your dining experience. Serving Dinner and cocktails from 5pm 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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Tahoe
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Easter celebration with wife

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Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

We love coming to monterey/Carmel. Since we love steak (seafood) this day, we decided to try this place. We’re disappointed with the food, had the rest for to go, but they did not put all the food in the box. So we didn’t get our moneys worth! Over all we HAD BETTER! We regret coming to this.

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RM
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

INCREDIBLE! Top quality service. The Cesar salad is phenomenal. I can’t remember the name of the dessert, but it was something from New Zealand. Wow... Leave room for dessert. Seriously. The food is pricey, for sure, but if you’re wanting to have a nice dinner and you’re willing to spend for it, I highly recommend Whaling Station.

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Central Coast
31 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best food and ambiance on the peninsula hands down. The service is impeccable, the gals and guys are the best ever and Freddie is always there to welcome all the customers with a smile!!!!

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Central Coast
16 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waiter, Lanny was super helpful in wife's menu selection, and even better recommending a steak for me! Great service, friendliness and dinner all around. Kudos!

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Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I was a woman solo dining and was treated very well by all staff. That is unusual in my solo dining experience and I was very pleased. I will be back in Monterey some day and will return to this restaurant gladly. The food was excellent as well.

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B
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

It was a fine meal, reminiscent of a steakhouse from 1995. I think it's lame when the steak menu is a piece of meat on a tray, I know what a ribeye is, thank you very much. The meat was cooked to the proper temperature, but the steak had excessive char for my taste, and would have benefitted from some salt. The wait staff seemed thin and we had to request items a couple times before they made it to the table. Overall it was good not great.

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1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Lovely meal with friends. Both couples shared a main course, which was nicely done by kitchen so no awkward dividing at table. Appreciate that when dining on holiday because it allowed us to enjoy drinks and appetizers/salads without having leftovers.

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Los Angeles
22 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place service and food

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PG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent dinner, had Prime Rib, salad, cobbler, wine, coffee. All well done.
Staff was attentive, friendly to deal with. Have been here before and will visit again in the future.

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San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We had a reservation for a business dinner and were accommodated with a quiet table in a corner with no other patrons. The service was really good, the food was delicious, and the ambiance is classy.

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LN
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We always go to dinner here when we visit MONTEREY. The males in the family love the steaks and us females love the seafood. Our waiter was wonderful. Our dinners were great and cooked exactly as we had requested. The drinks we ordered were really yummy. Always a really pleasant and delicious experience when we eat there.

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B
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best food and atmosphere. Freddy, Turbo and all wait staff are the best. We love this place, our favorite in Monterey and Pacific Grove!

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Atlanta
12 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience, a must visit if you are on a trip to Pebble!!!!

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San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were greeted warmly, seated immediately and and enjoyed a fine meal. Atmosphere was upscale but casual dress made for a relaxed feel. Food and beverage assortment and quality was very good. We had a great time and will be back!

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HD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service!

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C
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated my husband's birthday here. Everything from the cocktails to birthday dessert were spectacular! Our server was very attentive and fun to talk to. Thank you to all for a wonder birthday dinner celebration for my husband.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Filet was amazing, Cioppino was too

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San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a great dinner place for friends gathering. The steak and dessert was delicious.

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1 review
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Paul was excellent and knew the local wines very well.

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AM
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal, service was good, walking distance to the ocean.

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AC
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Extremely happy with the service and the food was amazing!

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JP
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Prime rib was very good but more medium than medium rare as ordered. Lobster in the pasta dish was a bit overcooked. Halibut was excellent. Noise level was quite high but not surprising given it was a very busy Saturday night.

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TW
Central Coast
12 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We never miss The Whaling Station when we are in Monterey.... and it never disappoints. Love the linguini and clams and the steak is the best! Try to save room for dessert!

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Central Coast
32 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Whaling Station is the best restaurant on the Peninsula hands down!!!!!
Freddie welcomes you at the door and seats you, Paul and the other wait staff offer the finest meats and the freshest coffee.
The presentation from the Chef is spectacular!!
You will not be disappointed!!!

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LC
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best. The service and food is great. The bar menu is fabulous along with the great cocktails.

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MA
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It had been a few years since we had been here. The Beef Wellington caught our eye while reading the menu on line. We were seated near the bar area which normally would have been fine but the female bartender was talking so loud to her only two customers was very distracting. Since we pretty much knew what we wanted and had just a few questions for our server, we expected to order quickly, but the waiter showed up with a platter of steaks so we could “see and hear” all the types of steaks they have. It was to rehearsed and therefore lacked energy and it would have be nice to have been asked first as it was wasted on us. On the more POSITIVE SIDE which influenced my high rating, the food was perfectly cook and the Beef Wellington was fabulous, we split a twice baked potato which was a good thing because it was huge. Yes next time in town we will go back for sure but request a table away from the bar.

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SE
Dallas
17 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service, loved the atmosphere. Happy to get the unique beef Wellington. The best scallop starter

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JS
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Would very much recommend. The service was excellent, attentive but not intrusive, the food was outstanding. Even though we live about 4 hours away, I am looking forward to bringing my family. We had reservations somewhere else, but changed them to The Whaling Station, couldn’t be happier.

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CL
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, our server had worked there for 10 years, and one of the servers started with the restaurant in 1972 (I appreciate the employee-employer loyalty!)

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l
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Best steak we have had in a long time will definitely be back.

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GM
Los Angeles
29 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The quality is fantastic. Best steaks this side of San Francisco.
Wonderful friendly staff. Very attentive service. And the prices are more than fair. I have had parties of nine and just two of us, service is the same.... perfect.
The manager does a very very good job keeping the experience the same no matter when you come.
👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻

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JF
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every thing was beyond enjoyable. This is the place to go for steaks. Loved it

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San Joaquin
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Had a very enjoyable dinner.

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San Francisco
32 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 2

Noisy! It was really noisy making it hard to converse. Has a nice lively bar scene that looked fun. The wine list they gave us was very limited although they seem to have quite a few by the glass (3 glasses for $45). Caesar salad was quite good but they really push adding extra stuff ($$). Oysters Rockefeller were tasty ($16 for 4) but pretty small and served without a fork. When I asked about a fork, server said: "It's right there (Pointing to my dinner fork) any closer it would bite you". He then brought me a salad fork but too late. Wife order halibut with a cream sauce that was good and served with 3 clams. I ate one but the second one tasted like cow s__t, literally. YUK! My prime rib was very good but the creamed horseradish was really weak, very little horseradish! It was served with really good spinach and mashed potatoes. If we go back, it will be on a Monday as just to noisy on a Friday.

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Central Coast
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waiter was the best! Ask for Jum... he’s personable, funny and overall a fantastic waiter. The food was delicious and cooked perfect. I would definitely return and recommend!!

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CS
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing steak and amazing service! We couldn't have picked a better place for our anniversary dinner!

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Austin
3 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lanie (sorry if this is not how to spell his name) was a delightful waiter. Very knowledgeable, friendly and pleasant. We will be back!!

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f
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This place is a little gem. Can't wait to go back. Everything was delicious! The service was top notch!

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Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 1ambience 2

My service was not efficient & very delayed .... I come here at least twice a month & it’s always phenomenal but my last visit was not what I have been used too .

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