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Sardine Factory

701 Wave St, Monterey, CA 93940-1016
+1 831-373-3775
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  • Excellent55%
  • Very good24%
  • Average11%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible4%
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5:00 PM - 10:30 PMAll hours
American, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
701 Wave St, Monterey, CA 93940-1016
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Big group for a dinner talk. The room was musty and dark. The waiters were noisy, clanging dinnerware and talking while the speaker was up. There were 40 of us. The food was cold and it was timed poorly! The steak was a cheap cut....More

Thank boobot1
TheSardineFactory, Customer Service at Sardine Factory, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear boobot1, Thank you for taking the time to review our restaurant. I am sorry to hear you were disappointed with your experience at The Sardine Factory. I will pass your comments on to the Chef, Management and Owners. Please consider allowing us to serve...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Sardine Factory offers dining elegance. The ambience and decor is exquisite and their service excellent - it's one for the books! It makes one forget they are enjoying cocktail from the happy hour menu. Sardine Factory is where Papa Vince used to work, ask anyone...More

Thank Mcaenriquez
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My husband and I went to the Sardine Factory on the last night of our California tour. We visited on the recommendation of friends who had recently also been there while on holiday. We hadn’t realised what a lovely place it was and it really...More

Thank Fragglebear
TheSardineFactory, Customer Service at Sardine Factory, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear Fragglebear, Thank you so very much for taking the time to write to us about your five-star visit to The Sardine Factory. We are delighted you enjoyed your delicious food, excellent food and memorable atmosphere. We appreciate your patronage and look forward to serving...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Went here based on the recommendation of our concierge. So glad we did! Food was amazing and service was nearly as good. We sat in the atrium room. Tables were not on top of each other and noise was moderate. Definetly would go back!

Thank Joel A
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My beautiful sisters spent a glorious three days in Monterey to celebrate Melody’s birthday Best Time Ever

Thank Laurie S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We recently had a wonderful dinner at the venerable Sardine Factory. The service was terrific-our waiter was knowlegable about everything-and the food was delicious. I'm not a fish fan, but there are plenty of other options. My husband had the octopus appetizer and loved it....More

Thank TeriOZumwalt
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Impeccable service from start to finish! Discovered that most employees have been there for many years. The owners were gracious, too, & went around to tables. Food is exquisite. They never rush you even when people are waiting. Choice of tiny specialized rooms (including an...More

Thank jjoyj
TheSardineFactory, Customer Service at Sardine Factory, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Dear jjoyj, 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 in the future.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a restaurant we try to eat at any time we are in Monterey. Food is always really good and the service is top notch. The back room is all glass and beautiful, nice and quite. A very romantic setting. This is an expensive...More

Thank Dan M M
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We went on our honeymoon, looking for a special dinner. We were not disappointed, but it is pricey. The sommelier steered us right for great bottle of red, but as other point out, the markup is crazy. And any time you have a wine listing...More

Thank 451jenh
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Loud bar area Food was about average. Mussels were ok the oysters on half shell were good and the beef marrow bones were just ok. Service in the bar area was slow

Thank joseph8341
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20 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
20 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
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17 March 2015|
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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
Romantic, Local cuisine, Groups, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene
Open Hours
5:00 PM - 10:30 PM
5:00 PM - 10:30 PM
5:00 PM - 10:30 PM
5:00 PM - 10:30 PM
5:00 PM - 10:30 PM
5:00 PM - 11:00 PM
5:00 PM - 11:00 PM
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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