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The 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” (81 reviews)
“sardines” (63 reviews)
“bisque” (50 reviews)
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5:00 PM - 11:00 PMAll hours
American, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
701 Wave St, Monterey, CA 93940-1016
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1 - 10 of 844 reviews

Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Another bucket list restaurant visited! A wonderful evening highlighted by friendly, professional staff. Mature d made us very welcome from the moment we stepped in the door. Steve, the Sommelier along with Orlando, our server, highlighted our experience. All of the food was very good...More

Thank Donald H
Reviewed 5 days ago

This is our go to place for drinks, appetizers and entertainment when we are in Monterey. We started off the evening by ordering the Rib Tips and the Stuffed Mushrooms. The Rib Tips were tender and delicious. There was enough for my wife and I...More

Thank lcastillo1
TheSardineFactory, Customer Service at The Sardine Factory, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Hi lcastillo1, Thank you so very much for taking the time to write to us about your visit to The Sardine Factory. We appreciate your patronage and look forward to serving you again!

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very high prices to me means great service and atmosphere. I would say both were missing that evening. The service was aiming to please but it was so crowded I think it was hard to treat any party with much individuality. Also, it was pretty...More

1  Thank portpaint
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Dining in the Captain's Room is elegant with the fireplace and French Provincial decor. My wife had the prefixe menu on New Year's Day - great deal! Lobster Bisque, Salad, Maine lobster tail - at least 7 oz, and dessert for $79. I had the...More

1  Thank B5618LScraigl
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Enjoyed some late night drinks and food in the bar lounge section of the Sardine Factory. The positives were the quality of the food, wine selections, and the late night Happy Hour menu prices (food and drinks). We enjoyed the SICILIAN WHITE BEAN HUMMUS that...More

1  Thank Phantastic4u
TheSardineFactory, Customer Service at The Sardine Factory, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi Phantastic4u, Thank you for taking the time to review our restaurant. We are delighted to hear you enjoyed your dining experience. Thank you for your patronage and we look forward to serving you again!

Reviewed 9 December 2017

This old worldly restaurant is deceptive, did not expect much of the food as inside is dated and "club" like. But the Diver scallops with polenta were divine, some of the best I have ever had. My wife enjoyed her glass of chablis and enjoyed...More

Thank GastroGaz
Reviewed 7 December 2017

Incredible meal - food and service was fantastic You have to try the chocolate bonbons if you go !!! Made us feel extremely welcome, and very kindly gave me a birthday pudding - which was scrummy !!

Thank Ceri05
Reviewed 6 December 2017 via mobile

Less than average. The meal took over an hour and a half to arrive. The restaurant was practically empty. 30% capacity max. I ordered the seafood pasta and undoubtedly was the worst I have ever had. Pasta was hard and dry, the tuna was over...More

2  Thank Eli G
TheSardineFactory, Customer Service at The Sardine Factory, responded to this reviewResponded 6 December 2017

Dear Eli G., Thank you for taking the time to review our restaurant. I am sorry that the meal fell short of your expectations. I will pass your comments on to the Chef, Management and Owners.

Reviewed 5 December 2017

We stayed an extra night in Monterey to try this restaurant. Sommelier recommended a wine that he decanted immediately without our asking. He poured the wine and never returned. It was too astringent and lacked body, taste and smell. The Prime Rib was their specialty...More

1  Thank lolabwoods
TheSardineFactory, Customer Service at The Sardine Factory, responded to this reviewResponded 6 December 2017

Dear lolabwoods, 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 am sorry that the meal fell short of your expectations and i will pass you comments on...More

Reviewed 25 November 2017

Took our family for Thanksgiving dinner. Seated us at a large table in front of the fireplace. Service was exquisite, atmosphere was inviting and menu choices were excellent. Some had the fixed price, four course Thanksgiving Dinner, others chose pork chops, fish, pasta. No one...More

Thank sheryl5753
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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
christine w
17 March 2015|
Response from christine w |
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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
Groups, Romantic, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Local cuisine
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
  • E-mail
Every city has that one can't miss restaurant, where celebrities feel at home and every other guest feels like a celebrity. Since October 2, 1968, The Sardine Factory's cachet has made dining in our historic Cannery Row setting a tradition for world leaders, sports heroes and entertainment icons. Our award-winning chefs prepare delectable creations of fresh, sustainable seafood and USDA Prime Dry Aged Beef; winner of Restaurant Hospitality Magazine's "Best Wine List in America" award. The Lounge's live entertainment, Happy Hour and affordable menu are a casual alternative to our other dining rooms. Voted "Best Restaurant in Monterey" by Monterey County Herald and Carmel Pine Cone Readers. Celebrating over 49 years under the same ownership and management!
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