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Sardine Factory

701 Wave St, Monterey, CA 93940-1016
+1 831-373-3775
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  • Excellent56%
  • Very good24%
  • Average11%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible4%
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“abalone” (80 reviews)
“sardines” (63 reviews)
“bisque” (49 reviews)
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American, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
701 Wave St, Monterey, CA 93940-1016
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Reviewed 7 September 2017 via mobile

A fine place for a memorable dinner. Very elegant atmosphere and wonderful attention from the waiters and their assistants. Wine sommelier good but too chatty. Food was on the incredible scale, with ahi tuna, lobster ravioli and calamari steak. Great desserts as well. We're coming...More

Thank Peter B
Reviewed 1 September 2017 via mobile

We love the old school ambiance of this restaurant. I.e. Was car week -crazy busy Friday night. We had reservations and had requested the conservatory - which was accommodated. The sommelier suggested a champagne which was wonderful. I started with the abalone bisque which was...More

Thank PattiCNS
SardineFactory1, Customer Service at Sardine Factory, responded to this reviewResponded 8 September 2017

Hi PattiCNS, Thank you for choosing The Sardine Factory to celebrate your special occasion and for your review. We are delighted to hear you enjoyed your delicious food, memorable atmosphere and great service. Thank you for your patronage and we look forward to serving you...More

Reviewed 24 August 2017

Fun place to dine in one of the 3 distinctive rooms. There is even a "wine Cellar" room that seats 10. Large menu with something for everyone. Great wine list. Enjoy coming here every year when we visit Monterey.

Thank jellybeanlucy
Reviewed 19 August 2017 via mobile

In the end, good food and nice service: we were warmly welcomed despite our late arrival for dinner (about 21.30). Good burgers.

Thank DiBe0507
Reviewed 16 August 2017

We come yearly to Monterey - and have been here several times. Most of the time it has been great and once not at all. We wondered what would happen this time. We did let them know we were celebrating our anniversary. Nathan was our...More

Thank LoveGetAways70
Reviewed 14 August 2017 via mobile

Great restaurant. 3 very distinctive rooms to choose from, the first with dark woods and a beautiful fireplace, the Captains Room in yellow and blue, and the Conservatory a glass gazebo, light and greenery filled. Food and service were outstanding. Try the Sand Dabs, a...More

Thank Ron J
SardineFactory1, Customer Service at Sardine Factory, responded to this reviewResponded 23 August 2017

Dear Ron J., We are delighted to hear you enjoyed your visit and thank you for your review. We appreciate your patronage and look forward to serving you again!

Reviewed 5 August 2017

Celebrated anniversary meal here in August 2017, wine selection is outstanding and DEEP, while reasonably priced vs. typical restaurant retail. The service is white glove, ambiance exceptional (cornflower blue room with a cozy fireplace). Started with a caesar, which was below average. This town makes...More

Thank Erik R
Reviewed 30 July 2017

Four of us arrived at Sardine Factory at 5:30 for dinner and happy hour. We were immediately seated -- way back in the atrium, where it was beautiful but we felt we were being penalized for our casual dress. We looked over the menus and...More

Thank Mike H
SardineFactory1, Customer Service at Sardine Factory, responded to this reviewResponded 9 August 2017

Dear Mike H., Thank you for your informative review, we appreciate you taking the time to write it. I am sorry to hear you were disappointed with your experience at The Sardine Factory. We have been a success for the past 48 years due to...More

Reviewed 28 July 2017

I almost passed this place up because there are several steps from street level and I have a bad knee, but it was well worth the effort. The minute you walk in, you realize this is Old School Monterey. From the décor to the menu,...More

1  Thank DonnaBaker26
Reviewed 26 July 2017

My wife and I vacationed in Monterey for a week and we came here every day at 5 pm for their Happy Hour. They have excellent prices for drinks and appetizers at that time. The bartender, Angelo, was the best. He was very friendly and...More

Thank Roberto C
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19 June 2016|
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Response from Bob R | Reviewed this property |
We live in this area. Sad to say California has gone way casual in the last ten years. I would avoid the standard tech uniform of blue jeans and t shirt. Have the boys wear slacks and regular shirt and you will not feel out... More
19 June 2016|
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Response from ChristyNarvaez | Reviewed this property |
Casual. No ball caps or sandals. However it is okay to dress nice. Some people wear suits and dresses
christine w
16 March 2015|
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bike riding
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$30 - US$50
Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Valet Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Bar Scene, Local cuisine, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Romantic
Open Hours
17:00 - 22:30
17:00 - 22:30
17:00 - 22:30
17:00 - 22:30
17:00 - 22:30
17:00 - 23:00
17:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 701 Wave St, Monterey, CA 93940-1016
  • Public Transportation: MST stop less than 2 blocks away on the corner of Wave St. & David.
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Monterey County  >  Monterey
  • Phone Number: +1 831-373-3775
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Every city has that one restaurant you can’t miss, where celebrities feel at home and every guest feels like a celebrity. The Sardine Factory's cachet has made dining in this historic Cannery Row setting a tradition for world leaders, sports heroes and entertainment icons. The award winning chefs prepare delectable creations of fresh, sustainable seafood and USDA Prime Beef; winner the AAA Four Diamond Award and the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence for over 25 years.
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