The Whaling Station Steakhouse

4.7
1533 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 1533 people are saying
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98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipFoodie
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Expected better. Food was mediocre.

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vipDRLG
Columbus
97 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service2ambience5

Service was slow at the beginning. Then, seemed to improve. All the staff seemed to help each other out. Our waiter was great as the evening went on. The white wine was not very chilled. The cocktail drinks were unique and very good. We had a lot of appetizers and salads. Dessert was a meringue. It was very good. Thought it’d be complimentary since we were celebrating our 30th wedding anniversary.

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OpenTable Diner
Sacramento
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary

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bohemianguy
New England
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely great experience . The food is outstanding and while pricey , worth it.

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VickiC
Central Coast
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to eat. The food was amazing. It's expensive but worth it if you're looking for something special.

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LTReed
Sacramento
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Whaling Station!! Is the Louis Vutton in dining in Monterey. The Service and atmosphere is amazing. The food absolutely the best hands down. We always go there for our Anniversary and they never disappoint. The Whaling Station is the cream of the crop.

The Reeds SAC

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Treadwell
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, great food and a great dining spot for special occasions.

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MattA
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Best steaks in Monterey!
Great service, friendly staff

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scottp
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best steakhouse in Monterey County. Top quality, Big portions, Good value, Friendly family type staff, other great dishes include Seafood, Chicken and Pasta. Bar Menu also excellent.

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Joey
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Beautifully maintained, excellent food and great service. Waiters have been there for years (some over 30 years). Never disappoints!

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

The staff was very friendly. The food was good. We have nothing negative to say, however it wasn’t anything spectacular.

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K7539
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful food and excellent service.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was absolutely wonderful!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Alberto was an amazing waiter and was more than accommodating. Thank you!

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EvaCC
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The entrees we ordered were fantastic, and the waiter and servers were very friendly.

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AlexC
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was great, friendly staff and atmosphere, waiter was well versed on the prime steaks

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
6 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff was fantastic and food was wonderful

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ArturoR
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

one of the best steakhouses I've been to with excellent service and value , I highly recommend it, to true steak lover for an unforgettable experience in dining

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PManuel
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was great. The food was delicious. Highly recommended.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Exeptional stake!

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kellyt
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The bacon wrapped scallops appetizer was delicious and the fresh Sandabs with lemon and butter and capers was outstanding, but they need a better wine by the glass list please.

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ScottM
Central Coast
19 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great to be back inside! As always, fantastic food, drink and service.

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LovetheLord
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food for a very special anniversary! Very good service.

MC
MariaC
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary. The grilled salmon with Risotto was the best. It was perfect. My husband had the rib eye steak and it was delicious too. Our waiter was so friendly. I enjoyed the service especially the food.

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vipVaclavR
Phoenix
25 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

No visit to Monterey is complete without dining at least once at Whaling Station. Best steaks in Monterey County. I had the filet and it was perfect. She had the sand dabs and they were very very tasty as well! I always hit the Whaling Station when visiting Monterey/Carmel, and will continue to do so. I highly recommend the Beef Wellington, which is what I usually get,

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robg
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience. Service is off the charts. True classic old school steakhouse with great beef.

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SueS
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My steak was cooked perfectly, veggies also well cooked! Service was spot on! We were seated quickly and not too long of wait for food,! Very professional waiter's!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We went to celebrate our anniversary and enjoyed ourselves. Food was great, excellent service, we had a very good evening.

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JenS
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

We’ve been here twice now for mine and my boyfriend’s birthdays. Food and service has been excellent! One of our favorites to eat at when in Monterey.

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Matt
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Abalone and steak I have ever had!! We will
be coming back!!!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic service and food!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall2food1service2ambience2

We originally had reservations for 6:30, but got hungry so asked to be seated an hour early and they were accommodating. We ordered the calamari to start. It came out smelling very fishy, was flavorless and tough. My guess is that it was previously frozen. We had the beef Wellington and a ribeye steak. The Wellington was tough, flavorless, and the pastry was not cooked all the way through. The ribeye was very fatty. I’d say instead of being a heavily marbled steak, it was about 75% thick fatty pieces. It was also flavorless and had a weird sauce on top. We sent our food back and left. Later that night we were both sick.

The service didn’t impress me. The wait staff stared at us the whole time and were rude. The manager offered to fix our meals, but ultimately comped them as we just wanted to leave.

The decor and ambiance was odd. There was no music playing and the restaurant was cheaply decorated.

Overall the experience was comparable to a night at Olive Garden.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding service and food quality!

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TominCA
San Diego
30 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dining at The Whaling Station is always a treat reserved for special occasions. Our latest visit met all of our expectations: great table side prepared ceaser salad, perfectly done filet and NY strip, friendly-attentive-professional waiter, delicious desert and a wine list with a full range of price points. We’ve already reserved a table for our next special occasion.

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Surfkelly
Central Coast
12 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The female bartender with the glasses is amazing. She anticipated all of our needs and super friendly. The food here is always great. I always get the Prime Rib. Perfectly marbled and tender.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall2food1service2ambience3

Steak was served cold. My sons steak came out late. Overpriced

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OpenTable Diner
Tahoe
2 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a “date night” reservation for 5:15. We arrived in Monterey around 3 to walk around Cannery Row and enjoy the scenery. By 4:30 we were famished, so I called the restaurant to ask if we could come in a bit early. They were very happy to accommodate us! The service was amazing and the staff were friendly and knowledgeable about the menu. The food was very delicious and flavorful. I highly recommend The Whaling Station Steakhouse! It’s phenomenal!

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VanessaJ
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious and staff was very friendly it was our anniversary and they brought us out a special surprise at the end.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Family dinner for a special birthday - everything was perfect!

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LeslieW
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The live music was fun wait staff was very friendly and knowledgeable and food was delicious. We would definitely recommend.

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 1533 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.