The Whaling Station Steakhouse

4.7
1489 Reviews
$31 to $50
Steakhouse
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. An award-winning wine list and full spirits bar compliment your dining experience. Serving Dinner and cocktails from 4:30pm 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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 1489 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the best food, it was top quality and fresh!
Food was cooked to perfection. The key lime pie was spectacular! Even better was the service and Rich was fabulous! Can’t wait to go again! Highly recommend!!

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Disappointed
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It was noisy and crowded from the Mother’s Day bustle but the food and service was outstanding! We will definitely be going back! The large filet and the lobster tail were cooked to perfection. The pavlova dessert was a sweet & airy masterpiece!

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TracyW
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience2

I have been here dozens of times, this evening was very disappointing. The dining area was way too noisy and it made it very difficult to hear each other and the server describing the cuts of meat. We chose a ribeye and the beef short ribs along with two wedge salads, which were ok . Out came the short ribs which looked and tasted like pot roast. Instead of my ribeye they brought a filet mignon, both had a weird sauce, so I told the server I did not order a filet and of course they took it and offered to bring my order but it’s too late at that point. The regular servers were not there, the manager was and he apologized but again, no one wants to wait for another order to arrive. we shared the short ribs - so so tasting and ordered our usual creme brûlée. Another disappointment. The desert was runny with parts of it warm and other parts cold. This was not the cream brûlée we had enjoyed many times before. Topped off the night with a charge of wine we did not receive ! It’s going to be a long time before I return, just too expensive to have a disappointing meal, service, and experience.

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GeraldS
San Joaquin
12 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All of the wait staff were very friendly and attentive. The food was wonderful. Our steaks were cooked perfectly and so flavorful! It was a very enjoyable evening!

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vipScottM
Central Coast
16 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great to be back inside with this fine crew!

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KatieR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our server was great and was very attentive. The food was amazing and cooked to perfection. My BF stated it was the best stake he has ever had. The tiramisu was also prefect- done the way it is in Europe. While the place is expensive, the food and service are worth it.

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Luvsteak
Central Coast
4 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, it’s a great steak restaurant. Love coming here. I will come back

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vipTina
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service & excellent food. They made my husband’s birthday special!

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steaklova
Atlantic City
4 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you are a steak lover and enjoy amazing service the Whaling Station is the place for you! We had an outstanding meal. Our appetizers, entree's and dessert were all above expectations. Our waiter Jeremy was superb and when I am in town the Whaling Station will be my first thing on my list to visit.

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Trina
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner was amazing!! I don't think you can go wrong with anything you order!

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bfree
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Food was very good. Carl our server was excellent. The Manger was very professional and courteous with our special requests. Good choice when in Monterey

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vipOpenTable Diner
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Whaling Station is a spectacular experience. The food is amazing. The Staff is incredible & the atmosphere is perfect. If you want an awesome night out - this is the place!

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vipMrsAK
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

All the staff was very friendly from the time we came through the door to our server. Everything we ordered was delicious! We had a party of five and no one was disappointed.

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KarenR
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

The food was delicious. Servers and host were very nice and accommodating though we did observe the host taking off his mask intermittently during the night. The restaurant (indoor seating) was definitely above the current 50% capacity mandate by the county which we were not pleased with.

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vipamhnyc
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Very overpriced. Steak was fatty and overcooked. I ordered salmon which menu said came with mashed potatoes with mushrooms but came with bacon. They had to remake although dining partner already was served. They didn’t comp even a glass of wine. It’s claim that has been around for 45 years and it shows.

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24dinner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, our dinner was great and the service was outstanding!

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Warren
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Prime Rib was tough although it was supposed to be prime beef.
We did like the soup, bread, asparagus, and dessert. Sorry, but we were disappointed.

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We’ve been coming here for years for business dinners. This time was a celebration with another couple. Our evening was delightful. The waiter timed everything perfectly even a hot off the grill take out Filet Mignon. The food was beautifully prepared. We had an assortment of steaks and seafood all were delicious. Save room for dessert; the New Zealand Pavlova is out of this world. The restaurant had strolling musicians playing during dinner. After more than a year of lockdown, the live music seemed like a luxury.

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TuckR
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Food was excellent, with high quality meats cooked perfectly. Vegetables, too. Service was attentive almost to the point of hovering. I don't know how capacity is calculated, but it sure looked like well over half the tables were occupied at peak. More like 3/4. That made us a little antsy, as there is no outdoor dining.

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ManuelQ
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on April 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food and service. Will be our sole fine dining choice for the area when we go back.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were treated like VIP here. The staff was amazing and the food was to die for. Love the atmosphere at this restaurant. The staff really cares about you and want nothing more to make your experience a thing to remember. They even remember you. My mom has been there often and they greeted her by name. I was there for my birthday celebration and they all sang Happy Birthday to me over a free and delicious cannoli. We had filet mignon and lobster tails. The lobster tails were huge and cooked to perfection. We also split the larger filet mignon and still couldn't finish it all. We will definitely return next time we are in Carmel and will be recommending this establishment to our friends and family. Love this place.

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zvmm
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

casually looking for a nice dinner spot, came across here & the ambience looked good for a bite & drinks. We ordered the steaks, lobster & a few appetizers, everything was delicious. Can't wait to go visit this place soon !

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JeffL
Tahoe
3 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service was impeccable! We loved the sand dabs and the beef Wellington!

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IreneD
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for my husband's birthday and what a great dinner it was. Service was exceptional and the steaks were perfect. Will definitely go back, as often as possible.

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SableC
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food, a bit pricy, my husband had the sirloin and it was delicious . I had the prawn and fettuccine. Very good but a bit too much saffron for me , we both has the wedge salad was very good . Two cocktails. Wine and beer $154. But we felt it was worth it Our waiter was awesome and very helpful Great service from all Enjoyed the music.

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Yosh
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love our server, Paul, and will be back again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Steak and Ahi were delicious
Waitstaff knowledgeable and friendly
Service was quick but not rished

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vipEnjoy
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was on point. Our waiter was fantastic. The food was more than you could imagine. Appetizers were great and the steaks did not disappoint. I will visit this restaurant every time I visit the area.

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vipMike
San Francisco
95 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Steaks were delicious as was the appetizer, salad and sides. We ordered the porterhouse for two and it was cooked perfect. Very tender and tasty. Will definitely go back and try other selections.

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Jeffs176
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great steaks with even better service! These guys are on top of it and there cocktails are made from fresh fruit! Highly recommend!!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food.

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vipJohn
Central Coast
41 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience3

The food was excellent. The best Chipino in the area. Prime rib excellent. The service was slow and inattentive. I understand they were understaffed but that is not an excuse for the cost of dinner. Previous dinners were great

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JohnL
Monterrey
3 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, and service. A must when visiting Cannery Row

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
4 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it !!

MC
MontereyCountyLocal
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious beef carpaccio, yorkshire pudding with whipped butter and pavlova for dessert!
Unfortunately the live music makes it unpleasantly noisy. Eat early to avoid the music which starts about 6:00 p.m.

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was outstanding the workers made my girlfriends birthday unforgettable! Thanks :) had Amazing service and great food! Definitely returning !

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CONNIEL
Tahoe
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The food was delicious. It’s a pricier dining option for most people but was a nice experience.

SD
ShaneD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The return of indoor dining and LIVE ENTERTAINMENT to one of the Peninsula's best restaurants proved a night we will never forget. Knowledgeable staff, excellent food, all safety precautions observed studiously... one of the best evenings ever and worth every penny.

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DanielE
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a joy to be seated inside, surrounded by people celebrating and enjoying great meals. Everyone went out out of their way to be welcoming, and the meal's service was seamless. Our first time here, probably not our last.

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CDgaines
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent, attentive service. All of our meals were perfectly executed. Tables were nicely spaced, staff wore masks and gloves. It was a great night dining in after a year.

FAQs

The Whaling Station Steakhouse offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (831) 373-3778.

The Whaling Station Steakhouse is rated 4.7 stars by 1489 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.