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
food

4.6

service

4.7

ambience

4.4

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

89% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (31)
Good for Anniversaries (28)
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Good for Birthdays (23)
Good for Groups (19)
Romantic (17)
Worth the Drive (16)
Bar Seating (15)
Authentic (14)
Notable Wine List (14)
Fun (13)
Business Meals (12)
Fit for Foodies (12)
Cozy (12)
Casual (9)
Comfort Food (8)
Handcrafted Cocktails (8)
Neighborhood Gem (8)
Creative Cuisine (7)
Happy Hour (7)
Healthy (6)
Vibrant Bar Scene (6)
Local Ingredients (5)
Quiet Conversation (5)
Paleo Friendly (5)
Kid-friendly (3)
Disabled Access (3)
Hot Spot (3)
People Watching (3)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Seasonal (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Live Sports (2)
Waterfront (2)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Great for Lunch (1)
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 3, 2017

Excellent food and outstanding services. "Freddy" the Maitre D' is FABULOUS. Will come back again and again.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Comfort Food, Business Meals
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 (San Joaquin)·Dined on September 2, 2017

One of the best dinner experiences I 've had in a long time. Impeccable service. The filet mignon was the best I've ever had. Someone else in our party said their salmon was the best they ever had. Can't say enough about this old school, elegant restaurant with outstanding food.

Tags: Authentic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Good for Groups
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·Dined on August 27, 2017

celebrated our 12th anniversary, it was perfect, great service, great atmosphere, great food! We will be back.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on August 27, 2017

Always great food, service and atmosphere...our favorite spot for our anniversary dinner.

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·Dined on August 27, 2017

it was not the best steakhouse. There are better. Steaks are good but a 12 oz NY strip is not worth 60 dollars!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 26, 2017

Great dining for our Anniversary! I would eat there again!

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on August 26, 2017

The steak was on par with any restaurant. Chippino was fabulous. Great Caesar salad. Great creme brûlée. Jum was our server. He made a perfect dinner even better. He has been working here since 1972!!!! Unbelievable.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on August 22, 2017

Excellent!! Highly recommend! You will enjo your time there!!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Cozy, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Hot Spot, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Healthy, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Seasonal, Good for Groups, Live Sports, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on August 21, 2017

Nice upscale restaurant. My date and I were greeted and sat by the general manager. He was very warm and engaging. It took a little while to be greeted by our server, though her section was large so we were understanding. The main issue I had is that soup and salad were not brought out before the hot appetizer as expected. By the time we finished our appetizer we no longer wanted the other orders of food.

Calamari was great, however the sea food stew didn't fare as well. Not all of the seafood tasted fresh, which killed my appetite early on. My date had the steak. The server seemed very knowledgeable in terms of cuts for steaks, suggesting a certain cut would be juicy and full of flavor. Unfortunately, my date did not agree with that assessment. The back up wait staff was great with constant water and bread.

Overall, the food was just OK, but not worth the price. I wouldn't come back.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Central Coast)·Dined on August 19, 2017

The food service and staff never fail to impress..........you need to go to this restaurant..

paul, our servicer is unfailingly professional..........a high standard that is very rare

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Paleo Friendly, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Fit for Foodies, Happy Hour, Scenic View, Bar Seating, Good for a Date
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on August 17, 2017

This is the best resturant around, they welcome you like an old friend, treat you like royality, remember your name, the chef's food is outstanding!!!!! and served with a smile!!!!

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·Dined on August 13, 2017

Nice place to go for a special occasion. Valet parking is a plus. Great steaks and good seafood.

Tags: Good for Groups, Business Meals, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on August 12, 2017

Very displeased. Came for anniversary dinner and we did not even eat majority of our meal.
My steak was almost raw and when I spoke to a manager all he could say was ill speak to kitchen and walked away. Our server was amazing and fun but food was horrible and manager was very disappointing.

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vip
 (Sacramento)·Dined on August 6, 2017

My wife and I decided to head to Monterey for an early birthday celebration and booked a reservation at the Whaling Station. We've been there several times over the years and it has always been one of my favorite paces to eat there, especially because I'm more of a beef eater than a seafood eater. I have to say, though, that this time we were both disappointed with the quality of the food we received.
I had the rib-eye and it was a little on the tough side. It wasn't terrible, but at $48 I expected more than average, and on all of our previous visits the steaks were excellent. My wife had the short rib, and while it was tender, it was topped with what tasted like a generic BBQ sauce. Both of us thought that the garlic mashed potatoes were pretty bland.
Finally, we ordered the cheesecake for dessert and it also tasted pretty blah, and it was burned on the top.
I would still recommend the Whaling Station based on our previous experience, but if this represents a new trend, we'll move on. I guess our next visit will let us know. (If we make it. My wife likes Chart House better)

Tags: Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 6, 2017

We had not been for awhile and it was just a good as we remember, excellent service.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Business Meals
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 4, 2017

Dined here first time for my husband's birthday. Pear cosmo and raspberry lemon drop were excellent. Fresh raspberry purée added great flavor. Complimentary bread was crusty and soft on the inside. I had the salmon and my husband had the ribeye. Both had enough leftover to have another dinner. Both entrees and sides were tasty and well cooked. The waitress brought out a complimentary cannoli with a candle in it for the birthday boy. Tasted great and was a nice ending to a great meal. The manager came by multiple times to offer his best wishes and shake my husband's hand. Thanked us for coming in and was very welcoming. Highly recommended!

Tags: Cozy, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (Monterrey)·Dined on August 3, 2017

Steak was great! Side dishes left something to be desired - flat, watery and no flavor

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·Dined on August 2, 2017

By far one of the Best restaurants in Monterey. I have yet to find any one who makes a better Beef Wellington. The Prime Rib egg rolls and the Oysters Rockefeller are a must have!

Tags: Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Business Meals, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Seattle)·Dined on July 30, 2017

Great place, great food.

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·Dined on July 30, 2017

I always enjoy coming to your restaurant. The food is always excellent and the waiters are great.
Thanks for a great evening last Saturday to celebrate a friends birthday.
Paula

Tags: Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Healthy, Fun
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on July 29, 2017

Extremely pleasant staff. Service was well coordinated. Dinner was excellent- steaks cooked perfectly.

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 (Orlando)·Dined on July 29, 2017

Gets a little boisterous on a Friday night, but the service and food are high quality. Great tasting steaks!!

Thank you Whaling Station!!!

Rob & Jen

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Late-night Find, Handcrafted Cocktails, Bar Seating, Comfort Food, Fun, Special Occasion
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 (Western NC)·Dined on July 27, 2017

Great experience

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on July 27, 2017

Fantastic food!

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·Dined on July 27, 2017

Service is exceptional, food is delectable! Best place in on the Peninsula for STEAKS!
I would recommend this restaurant for their Seafood as well! Oysters Rockefeller, table side Caesar Salad and fantastic desserts!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for Groups
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 23, 2017

Excellent everything! One of the best restaurants in Monterey for sure.

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic, Good for Groups, Fun
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vip
 (Sacramento)·Dined on July 23, 2017

First time we've been to the Whaling Station even though it's a Monterey fixture! It was good old fashioned Prime Rib and Yorkshire pudding. Ceasar Salad made at your table and delicious seafood! Children's menu was reasonably priced as were the wine and cocktails. Prime Rib was done to perfection and if you like steak they bring the cuts to your table to select before cooking. We will go back!

Tags: Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Authentic
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on July 18, 2017

Had a awesome dinner.your mater d is a cool dude.will be back in the fall.we live in fair oaks ca.thanks again

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Fun, Casual
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on July 17, 2017

The food was amazing however our overall dining experience was very disappointing. The restaurant came highly recommended by friends who gave its staff and food high praise. My girlfriend is a vegetarian but knows that I love good steak and decided to take me there as a surprise for my birthday. We ordered an appetizer that was delicious and we liked it. We then ordered our entrees. I ordered the 12oz filet medium rare. My girlfriend, being a vegetarian, ordered a salad and the gnocchi appetizer as her entree. The salad came to us 20 minutes after we finished the appetizer. I was surprised to see it delivered by itself but we waited patiently for the rest of the food. An hour later my steak and her gnocchi arrived. An hour later! By this point we were both irritated and starving. My steak was amazing, her food was ok. She was very disappointed that the food took so long and said she wanted to mention it to our waiter. We weren't angry and decided it best to hear why the food took so long rather than approach it with an angry tone. She was worried our waiter would be angry (she's sweet like that) but I promised he would respond professionally and apologetically. When he came back she asked why the food took so long. He became incredibly defensive and took a hostile tone and said that he brought the food out in the traditional three course fashion and that he could have done anything we wanted and it was our fault for not asking. He brushed us off and walked away abruptly. No apology, no explanation, we were wrong for even asking. Even still, she ordered her salad as her entree at the same time I ordered my steak, and he knew she was vegetarian, so it makes sense that her entree would be the fancy salad. We also weren't checked on at all throughout the courses, which isn't my experience in fine dining. When a meal costs $150 at an upscale restaurant I just expect classier service and more eagerness from staff to leave guests satisfied but instead felt disappointed.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 9, 2017

We have been going to the Whaling Station since John Pisto opened and had only a few tables and just a wine and beer license. Food was great then and is still great. While we no longer live here, we always eat at the Whaling Station each time we come for a visit. Was sorry to hear John had sold but it seems to be as good as always.

Tags: Special Occasion, Disabled Access, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on July 8, 2017

Outstanding in all aspects, best resturant in Monterey!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 7, 2017

Great food! The owner always comes to the hostess stand and greets you! We go for our Anniversary and have never been disappointed! Steaks are great!

Tags: Happy Hour, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Scenic View, Romantic, Cozy, Notable Wine List
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 (San Joaquin)·Dined on July 3, 2017

Excellent steaks and great service. Nice ambience and decor. Desserts first class - highly recommend!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 1, 2017

Carl was amazing and made our experience perfect!!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on June 29, 2017

This was by far the best dining experience that we have had in a very long time. We were beyond happy.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 25, 2017

My birthday dinner. I'm very very disappointed that 10 drunk men seated next to us were allowed to RUIN my dinner. Why would you not step in as manager and at the least seat them somewhere away from families. The food was not as good as last time. Truly I'll go to Chart House in future.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 24, 2017

Caution, I love a good Steakhouse. This isn't one though! Chose to dine here based on other reviews. Huge mistake! Ambiance leaves much to be desired. No character, needs air conditioning badly! The service was profoundly lackluster. We didn't receive the steak presentation or even the dessert tray. Don't know if they have wines by the bottle, never provided a list.Server disinterested in providing a good experience. Food was basically unremarkable. Started with the French onion soup, which was okay. Had the filet mignon, which was okay, though poorly trimmed. Had about an ounce of fat. My wife's linguine and clams were forgettable. The only good thing she had to say is at least the clams tasted fresh. Our other member of our party had the calamari. Nearly all tentacles and half the plate was a salad, I suppose to compensate for the meager portion. I can't recommend dining here. Very disappointing!

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 (New England)·Dined on June 21, 2017

This was our first visit and we thoroughly enjoyed our dinner. Service was attentive but not hovering. The courses were nicely paced. We aren't big beef eaters but we lived the Short Ribs and Beef Wellington. Desserts were very good too.

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on June 18, 2017

No sooner were we seated than someone asked what we wanted to drink. I said, that we wanted to wait until we decided on our meal. He returned with the same question 2 more times in less than 10 min.. When we didn't order a drink immediately, the waitress showed up & asked the same question. My wife requested the 8 hour slow cooked prime rib done medium well. Server said they only serve it rare or med. rare. I guess 8 hrs. isn't enough time. Server said they could pour some hot au jus on it which would cook it more. I ordered a NY steak and asked to switch spinach with garlic & bacon for another veg and was told there was an UP charge. She did ask if I wanted it bone on or out, but never told me the price or what the specials were. My wife selected sand dabs instead of the prime rib. Changed veg, with NO up charge. e shared a calamari appetizer that was so greasy we could hardly eat it. Sand dabs came burned on the side facing down! Server said they were always cooked that way. My wife orders sand dabs at many local restaurants and has never seen them blackened on one side. She requested that they be taken away. Steak was good, but my wife had no dinner. Manager/owner offered us a dessert on the house to make up for it. We chose not to accept as my wife had not eaten a meal.
NO WONDER A STEAK HOUSE ON A BUSY STREET WAS NOT CROWDED ON FATHER'S DAY.

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on June 18, 2017

Priced comparable to Keens in Manhattan but nowhere close in quality. Disappointed to say the least.

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