The Whaling Station Steakhouse

4.5
895 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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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 895 People Are Saying
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San Francisco
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a good experience at this restaurant. From the maître d’ to the waiter to the food to the ambience.

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JJ
San Joaquin
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good menu. Wife and I split beef Wellington. No charge for splitting. Started with oysters Rockefeller and finished with a baked meringue.

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LB
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service. Never felt rushed. Enjoyed the whole dining experience. Looking forward to the next visit.

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DB
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, worth the price. We felt a little underdressed but they didn't have a dress code. Low lighting and enough background noise so kids didn't bother anyone

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FB
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

An excellent overall experience. As it was our first visit,I asked to speak work the manager as they deserve compliments as well as complaints. Alfredo my not physically own the restaurant but make no mistake it is his. EXCELLENT, my only other comment is it's a little noisy for us, but we'll be back.

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WM
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was great but what I appreciated the most was that the chef made me a special vegetarian meal since the menu did not have many options for a vegetarian.

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IG
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Absolutely delicious! Great food, great service. We are definitely coming back .

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OT
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

The food was OK but too simple for the price. Service was good however we were billed for a soup that was send back with a hair in it. There are no options for vegetarians.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated our first wedding anniversary at dinner. The experience was wonderful down to the drinks, ambiance, food, desserts and service. I will definitely be coming back again.

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KH
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Above Ben beyond my boyfriend and I expectations! Will def be back

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B
Tahoe
7 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great Service, great steak and nice location.

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h
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

It was surprisingly busy for a Saturday night in September when no events were in town. Our server was pretty stretched but he did check in on us regularly. I also appreciated that he was taking my complaint about the ridiculously loud children and clueless parents seriously. Thankfully they paid just after I complained.

The prime rib was delicious as always. They got the sides wrong on my mom's plate and messed up our leftovers but all in all we were happy.

I will always go back for the prime rib but maybe on a quieter night of the week.

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D
Bedfordshire
15 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Very disappointed. Supposed to be a specialty steak restaurant with a great reputation. My steak was ok, but my wife’s was terrible. Ordered a medium petit filet. First time came back blue. Sent it back came back rare. Unacceptable. Manager agreed with us and didn’t charge us for my wife’s meal. But the whole evening was spoilt and by rights both our meals should have been refunded. Will never return and on this experience cannot recommend.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was absolutely amazing, very attentive and had us laughing. Our waiter was great, always removed our plates and made sure our cups were filled! Wonderful service!!!! I can’t stress it enough!!! The food, OMG!!! We’re locals, why haven’t we been coming here???!!! It’s the best kept secret in MONTEREY. One of the BEST.

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c
Sacramento
5 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We had a wonderful dinner for our anniversary. We were visiting Monterey and used Open Table to find a good restaurant.

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NG
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The whaling station is the absolute best! I've been going to this restaurant for 20 years plus and it has never disappointed me not one time. I honestly cannot think of one bad experience I have had at this restaurant and I've dined there probably 50 to a hundred times. The staff is absolutely fantastic all of the time, the food and never disappoints, and the drinks are always over poured :-). Book your reservation now don't think twice!

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JB
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Steak was over cooked and the waiter argued with me and said it was fine

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MP
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing service and amazing food. Would go here every night for dinner if I didn’t live so far.

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TW
Central Coast
6 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another great meal! The Whaling Station has the best of everything...from service to the food. Our favorite anniversary spot!

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JN
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

The porterhouse was not bad but the bigger side was not so good.
The list of wine was nice.
Side dishes were so so.

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JB
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

First time and possibly last. They were out of the item I wanted and the overpriced steak I got was over cooked and thinner than any ribeye I’ve seen. Thou ask if I wanted another, it was already late and I could not wait. It tase ok but for that kind of money, it should of been cook properly. The oysters Rockefeller too were not the best I’ve had but the wine choices were ok.

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v
Central Coast
4 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Whaling station is a very romantic and calming place to dine and enjoy the scenic view. The staff was very nice and the food was delicious.

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E
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Best steaks in Monterey area. Service was impeccable. GREAT dining experience.

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Central Coast
27 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is the best resturant in the area hands down!!!
The food and service is outstanding!!!!

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 4ambience 4

Extremely disappointed with this place. My wife’s Filet Mignon was ordered medium rare and came out medium well. They brought out another filet that was completely rare. After the third go around the steak came out fine. By that time I was completely done with my meal. The server did absolutely nothing to make things right. Also brought a bottle from Taste of Monterey since the restaurant was on the new no corkage list. The server asked the Manager about the no corkage and refused to honor it. I showed the server the list that showed the restaurant on it and then the manager came by. He said he would waive the corkage fee but acted like he was doing us a big favor and then started to barrage taste of Monterey about being on the list. In reality the only reason we came here was because of he no corkage fee list. The manager’s bad attitude, combined with overpriced, mediocre food and the lack of doing absolutely nothing about ruining my wife’s steak (and the dinner), will ensure we won’t return.

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R
Central Coast
19 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best steaks in town. The service is always exceptional and the host Alfredo is the best around.

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BB
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 2

Well you don’t come here for the view unless you like looking at parking garage across the street.
The steaks don’t look any better than what you can find in a nicer grocery store. Left for next door sardine factory after a appetizer and a glass of wine. Sorry but you may have a better experience than we did .

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MP
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 2

While I appreciate an opportunity to linger over dinner, from first bite of appetizer to last bite of dinner took one hour and 45 minute, NOT due to our pacing.

In addition to appetizers, two of us ordered the Australian Lobster Fettuccine and the Porterhouse cut to to share, the third member of our party ordered a steak from the specials menu. The pasta, porterhouse, and sides plates were delivered to the table with an unclear comment about a delay with the steak. While we waited over an hour for the steak, the other two of us ate some of our meal, but finally told the wait staff to 86 the steak, at which point it magically appeared, way too late.

We asked for the pasta and porterhouse to be boxed up, they agreed to comp us the steak, but somehow they lost the remaining three quarters of our $99 porterhouse, yet still had the steak sitting on the side bar. At this point they had no choice but to comp us our coffee and desserts also. We never did get a clear answer as to what happened to the steak other than lots of comments about how unexpectedly busy it was for a Monday night.

I would like to say, however, that the food was absolutely delicious, and my friends said they would be willing to give the place a second chance. I do not feel the same.

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TS
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Get the oysters. And seared tuna was a home run. There food is high quality and cooked with love. Probably hard to order something that isn’t good. The guy at the door is super friendly, and service was very good as well. Highly recommend. It was about $130 out the door for a couple, food and drinks. Not cheap, but u get what u pay for here. Good date place.

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Central Coast
21 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

Rack of lamb is not a rack of lamb.
We went here for my birthday and I ordered the rack of lamb, and instead got overcooked lamb chops. When I mentioned it to the server, he said that's how it is served. I can promise you, in my 20 years of hospitality I have never seen lamb chops passed off as a rack of lamb. For $48, I expected more. They offered to remake them, but told me it would take a long time. We had an event to get to, so they made me a filet instead, then tried to charge me full price for the filet at $58. Very disappointed and will not ever return. Nor will I refer my guests there.

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RR
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the table side Caesar salad. Great appetizers. Quality steaks.

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LJ
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was amazing, the food was delicious and the ambiance was exactly what we were looking for. I wanted to surprise my boyfriend and congratulate him in a unique way and the restaurant was so accommodating and wonderful. We would both highly recommend.

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KR
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent place. The fillet mignon is always amazing as well as the prime ribegg rolls.

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CC
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and delicious food. Came here to celebrate our anniversary and definitely will be back!

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff was very attentive from the the valet, to the hostess and the waiter. Every member of their staff worked together as a team to proved to notch service. The food was amazing! Perfectly seasoned and perfectly cooked. Attentive to the requests I made due to food allergies. We would definitely dine here again.

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MC
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is our second visit to the Whaling Station. On both occasions we had wonderful service and great food. We plan to come back next year again. We are from Thousand Oaks, CA and usually celebrate our wedding anniversaries in Monterey. Thank you for a wonderful evening.

The Cannings

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TG
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

One of my favorite restaurants of all time, we frequent about 2 to 3 times a year but the staff makes us feel like we are weekly guests the service is amazing. The steaks are delicious I have never been upset, mouth watering USDA prime. Sometimes the fish can be a little on the dry side, but they always make it right. Oh, and the best French onion soup I have ever had. I highly recomend

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OS
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Friendly atmosphere from the get-go. The beef wellington was a delight and the service was second to none.

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KW
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Friendly service and amazing food! I would recommend the prime rib egg rolls and oyster appetizers.

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Central Coast
26 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Whaling Station is the best resturant in Monterey hands down.
When you walk in Freddie greets with a smile and a handshake and things get even better from there.
The food is excellent and Paul's service is tops!!!!
Try the Cowboy steak, outstanding!!!

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