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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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.8

ambience

4.5

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

97% would recommend it to a friend

Good for Anniversaries (24)
Good for a Date (22)
Special Occasion (21)
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Good for Birthdays (16)
Romantic (14)
Fit for Foodies (14)
Authentic (12)
Cozy (11)
Good for Groups (10)
Neighborhood Gem (10)
Notable Wine List (10)
Bar Seating (9)
Fun (9)
Business Meals (9)
Worth the Drive (8)
Casual (7)
Comfort Food (7)
Local Ingredients (5)
Paleo Friendly (4)
Quiet Conversation (4)
Tasting Menu (4)
Kid-friendly (3)
Creative Cuisine (3)
Handcrafted Cocktails (3)
Hot Spot (3)
Live Sports (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Healthy (2)
Seasonal (2)
Waterfront (2)
Happy Hour (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Great for Brunch (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
Great Beer (1)
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 (Central Coast)·Dined 2 days ago

Fantastic dinner, this resturant has got it all, great food, fantastic service, wonderful ambiance.
Best dining on the Peninsula!!!

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on January 15, 2018

Food was great and our server was very personable and friendly.

Tags: Romantic, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 15, 2018

The service was fantastic as promised. Food was very good. For a middle income family, it was very expensive. I knew the prices going in, but at the end, not sure I would go again.

Tags: Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Nice restaurant

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 14, 2018

For the price, the steaks were average. The filet and NY we ordered were cooked perfectly medium rare but were still dry and not juicy at all. The mushrooms were tasty but didn’t knock our socks off and the arugula salad was good but nothing special. It was a fine dinner but way overpriced for the quality.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Petite Filet Mignon was the best I've ever had anywhere and I've driven all over in search of the perfect steak! Was worth the $54. They even made a sirloin very tasty and tender which is no easy feat in itself. Garlic mashed potatoes were good, but did not care for the uncooked onions & bacon fat in the spinach. Flavors just didn't work out well. Crab cakes were a bit disappointing, severely over cooked and dry. However, they offered the BIGGEST Creme Brulee I've ever seen in a bowl. Two of us had a hard time finishing it, but it was good. Served with a couple raspberries, a strawberry, and whipped cream under the berries as a garnish. Would have loved some extra fruit since it was so big and a little more vanilla flavor overall, but we'd definitely order it again. Service was good. Our waitress was prompt to bring drink refills and the timing of the food coming out was timely as well. We'll be back when we're in the area.

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·Dined on January 13, 2018

This place was great! Food was excellent and came out in a timely manner. I will definitely recommend this place and definitely returning. Location is great walking distance to cannery row and out hotel. Highly recommended!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Beef Wellington was awesome and the service was great.

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 (Birmingham)·Dined on January 1, 2018

This place came highly recommended as one of the best places to eat in Monterey. It was nicely decorated for New Year’s Eve and had a nice vibe. The restaurant manager was very cordial etc however, our food was nothing to write home about and it was quite expensive. I ordered the full prime rib dinner for 48.00 The spinach was wet and flavorless, the mash potatoes tasted like instant, and the prime rib was ok. Ice had better prime rib at black bear diner.

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·Dined on December 31, 2017

Nice upscale menu choices, welcoming and warm staff. The food was perfectly prepared and sumptuous.

Tags: Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive
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 (Columbus)·Dined on December 29, 2017

The food and service was outstanding. Stakes, seafood and drinks this is the go to place in Monterey.

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·Dined on December 28, 2017

It was great food and I would go again price a bit high and when you cook a steak you don’t want to over salt It , I will ask for no salt next round!

Tags: Comfort Food, Authentic, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Cozy
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 (Tahoe)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Good food, great service—just perfect for Christmas Eve

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 25, 2017

The food was great & the service excellent. We were there on Christmas Eve so it was pretty busy and loud. The worst thing was the little "room" they stuck us in. It was nice to be away from the rest restaurant, but it was close to the front door and frankly a little cold. Put a little damper on the evening.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on December 25, 2017

I take my parents to the Whaling Station every Christmas Eve and we have always had great food and great service! Both the Food and Service is unmatched with any restaurant on the Peninsula.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Very friendly service. High quality meats. A lot of food for your money. Desserts were excellent.

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Food delish and waiters always kept our water topped off. Jum was our waiter and was great, very personable and funny too. I got my favorite, the Wellington, always tasty and hubby got the Rib eye steak also pretty good.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Whaling station was just right spot for after golf dinner. Had crab cakes and rib rolls for apps. Dinner was very good. Prime rib, cowboy rib eye and ahi all good. Service was excellent

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Seasonal
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Whaling Station is a favorite of ours. We always go when in Monterey. Its always great!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Seasonal, Comfort Food
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·Dined on December 9, 2017

Great food, impeccable service, wonderfully crafted cocktails.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating
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 (Tahoe)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Food was fantastic. They had a issue in kitchen with quality of my beef Wellington. Manager spotted this and kept us informed. Caused longer than normal wait but manger comped our desert and last drink. Very satisfied and he handled it great

Tags: Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 30, 2017

We really enjoyed our experience at The Whaling Station. From the friendly reception to the excellent service to the fabulous food. One of our favorite dining spots in Monterey.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Authentic, Casual, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Good for Groups, Bar Seating, Good for a Date
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 (St. Louis)·Dined on November 27, 2017

Awesome! Went there for our 35th Anniversary. We truly enjoyed it.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on November 20, 2017

We enjoyed the Great service and outstanding tasting menu choices.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Cozy, Tasting Menu
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 (Dallas)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Clam chowder was just ok—-but the Porterhouse steak was out of this world. Take the waiters recommendation on how it is cooked—you won’t be disappointed. We shared it and had leftovers—plus our dog was thrilled with the bone. Potatoes and spinach sides were tasty. The Pavlova would have been perfect if the sour/bitter sauce had been left off. We will be back.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Friendly, great atmosphere and wonderful food. This was the first time our friends had dinned there and they loved it.

Tags: Tasting Menu
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on November 14, 2017

The homemade blue cheese dressing on the wedge was THE BEST I've ever had! A must try. All the food was superb and our waiter Ethan was not only funny but a true professional. The whole evening was delightful!

Tags: Cozy, Fun, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 14, 2017

Fantastic food and fantastic service

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 (San Joaquin)·Dined on November 12, 2017

My husband and I had a wonderful dining experience at The Whaling Station. Our server was excellent! Food was excellent! My husband had the 14 oz New York Strip. He opted for a twice baked potato that he said was average. I had the sand dabs and they were excellent as were the garlic mashed potatoes. Both of our meals were served with cooked spinach...we wish we had asked for a different vegetable as neither of us our fans of cooked spinach. And, for dessert, we ordered Pavlova. I was absolutely too full to enjoy more than a bite, but my husband ate the whole thing! He loved it! This is obviously the dessert of choice because virtually every table ordered it. Also, our server corked our bottle of wine and wrapped it for us so we could enjoy it at home.
The decor is very nice. The ambiance was a little loud for our taste.
Overall, so happy that we finally tried The Whaling Station and look forward to going back!

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 12, 2017

We arrived 50 minutes early for our reservation. The gentleman at the front desk was very helpful and sat us in 5 minutes. Our waiter, Carl, was very knowledgeable and helpful. He was very attentive. We each had the prime rib dinner and caesar salad mixed at the table. The prime rib was cooked very much to our liking . We were celebrating our anniversary and they acknowledged it with a cannoli desert. This was our second time at The Whaling Station and we will definitely return again.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for a Date
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·Dined on November 12, 2017

Delicious food and incredible service!! We loved it!!

Tags: Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Healthy
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Best resturant on the Monterey Bay hands down!!!
I shall return very soon!

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on November 11, 2017

The burrata salad was cold and came wilted arugula. My girlfriends steak was not cooked and also arrived cold. The jumbo prawn pasta was bland.

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on November 11, 2017

WE ENJOY HAVING DINNER AT THE WHALING STATION. THE FOOD IS DELICIOUS EVERYTIME WE GO THERE AND THE STAFF IS GREAT.
IF YOU'RE CELEBRATING SOMETHING ROMANTIC THIS IS THE PLACE TO GO.

Tags: Cozy, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on November 9, 2017

Our steaks were outstanding and the only thing better was the service....

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on November 9, 2017

Best steaks and staff you’ll find anywhere!

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·Dined on November 7, 2017

Wonderful food! Best filet and scalloped potatoes I've ever had.

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·Dined on November 5, 2017

It was great! The staff was so friendly would recommend to friends and family any day!

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·Dined on November 5, 2017

Everything from valet to singing happy birthday was perfect. Food was amazing. Service was attentive but not overbearing and did I️ mention the food was amazing!!

Tags: Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Quick Bite, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Our meal was very good, but the odor of "Mr Clean" or some other cleaner was strong and powerful and made for an uncomfortable evening. We considered leaving, but it was late and we stayed. Our food was very good as was the service, but the ammonia smell needs to be addressed.

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