About Sardine Factory
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. Celebrating over 47 years under the same ownership and management!
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Sunday 5 PM to 10 PM Friday & Saturday 5 PM to 11 PM Monday through Thursday 5 PM to 10:30 PM.
$31 to $50
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
David Conley at the Piano Tuesday through Saturday.
David has been a professional musician since the age of 17. He has played in numerous bands, opening for various acts such as Steppenwolf, Black Oak Arkansas, Rick Derringer, Crash Test Dummies and more. Versatile and accommodating David takes and plays requests from Led Zeppelin to Elvis Presley to the Everly Brothers.
Enter off of Wave Street ascending the driveway. Self park Sunday through Thursday with self park or valet service available Fridays and Saturdays.
MST stop less than 2 blocks away on the corner of Wave St. & David.
Private Party Facilities:
For over 47 years the Sardine Factory restaurant has been creating distinctive and memorable private events for discriminating customers. Whether a family gathering or corporate event, each private party receives our full attention and commitment.
Private Party Contact:
Dawn Rodriguez: 8313736625x
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Sardine Factory Ratings and Reviews
Where shall I start? The Sardine Factor ...
Where shall I start? The Sardine Factory is an upscale restaurant with a nice ambience, if a tad
bit snooty. That being said, perhaps because of a tendency for more moderately priced food establishments! The most important aspect of good dining is, of course, the food and this is where the Sardine Factory excelled! I had the abalone red medallions which I had not had since the 1980's! I know I'm dating myself, but that's the truth! Man, oh man, it was worth the wait!! The most incredible meal I've ever had! Paired with an excellent chardonnay, I was in gastronomic heaven! Now, a bit of negativity; my wife had the salmon which was not to her liking and our waiter, Don, offered her the flounder to make amends. She was quite pleased with her flounder's flavor. If I'm ever in Monterey area again, I shall endeavor to visit this establishment again. Do save your ducats, however, as it is expensive...
I really love the Sardine Factory and ma ...
I really love the Sardine Factory and make a point to go here every time I visit Monterey. Upon arriving and waiting for our reservation, the Manager on duty was being extremely rude to two of the employees right in front of us and told them not to seat us in the captains room(the special room) even though it was our anniversary. Thankfully once he seated us, we were helped by an awesome knowledgeable waiter. Their food is delicious and flavorful, some items fell short to what we had gotten a few months back and the atrium room we were in echoed quite a bit so it was hard to hear a conversation with someone next to me.
We had an amazing meal here and we're ab ...
We had an amazing meal here and we're able to see the wine cellar!! I recommend asking to see it so ask if you can. They do host private parties so you won't be able to if there is one but it's always worth a shot. Wine at dinner was also amazing! I will definitely be returning!!
Service excellent, food arrived almost t ...
Service excellent, food arrived almost too quickly. Had the sand dabs, good but couldn't eat it all as the sauce was a tad heavy. Veggies were good, but didn't need the risotto & should have asked for sauce on the side. Grandkids enjoyed the fancy meal!
Celebrated 25th Anniversary on our vacat ...
Celebrated 25th Anniversary on our vacation to California. Picked the restaurant from ads in various hotel tourist magazines. So glad we found it! Steak and gnocchi dishes were fabulous. The diver scallops entre was skimpy---more like an appetizer than entre---but still tasted good. Ample wine list. Nice warm welcome from the host, who seated us in a beautiful, ornate dining room. There are several dining rooms in the building. Extremely attentive service (Nathan was an awesome waiter). They surprised us with a lovely piece of Sacher Torte with a candle for our anniversary. Delicious. On-site free parking. Would definitely recommend.
From the time you enter the restaurant t ...
From the time you enter the restaurant to the time you leave you are greeted by a fantastic Host. Waitresses and busboys are pleasant and attentive to your needs. Seated in the Solarium with fantastic ambience. Fantastic wine and food.
We came on 8/19/16 for our wedding anniv ...
We came on 8/19/16 for our wedding anniversary dinner. Forgetting that the concourse was in town when we made the reservation, we assumed the restaurant would be a zoo during dinner. To our surprise, although busy, the service was outstanding. Our waiter was very attentive and friendly. Our food was phenomenal, my husband had the lamb (which he won't stop talking about), and I have the prime rib which was excellent. Overall a great experience.
All in all an absolutely amazing restaur ...
All in all an absolutely amazing restaurant. Me and my fiancé were celebrating getting engaged. The staff was so sweet and the food was delicious. I suggest requesting to sit in the atrium, it is stunning. If your looking for fine dining in Monterey this is the place to be.
Very expensive for value considering oth ...
Very expensive for value considering other local, and waterfront options. Waiter was snobby and dismissive, which seemed inappropriate. Conservatory atmosphere was lovely. Went for sentimental reasons - my husband and I were there many years ago and were looking forward to sharing with our children. Food was average. Likely won't go again. Money better spent elsewhere, despite the reputation, which I think is legacy reputation.
Very good food but incredibly expensive. ...
Very good food but incredibly expensive....especially if you consider they add a $30 (yes, THIRTY DOLLAR) surcharge for splitting an entree. We had a table of 4 adults. We ordered a total of 2 appetizers, 2 bowls of abalone chowder (delicious!!!), 2 entrees, 3 glasses of house wine and 2 desserts...$300 (this included a 18% tip). Also pricing for cups of soup vs. bowls of soup is strange...a dollar difference between the two. Obviously, they don't want you purchasing a cup. Ambience is beautiful and "old" world upscale (lots of old art on the walls, white tablecloths)...I expected something totally different based on the exterior and the name of the restaurant. Will probably not make a repeat trip...way too expensive for anything other than a very special occasion.
The sommelier saved the evening. The ...
The sommelier saved the evening. The Sardine Factory has an amazing wine cellar, but more on that later. Laksana was our waitress and she seemed completely disinterested. The oysters rockerfeller came out cold, we had to flag her down, which could not be done until everyone else had completed their starters. Another order came out. The sand dabs were very good, the sea bass was completely loaded with bones (as in literally every bite), the clams were good, etc. Two things could have made the night better, a server that follows up with the table and smiles occasionally and when management checks on a table and you tell them - they should be prepared to respond. I don't mean free dinners, but not say OK sorry. As for the sommelier, he was incredibly knowledgeable of wine and the history of the Sardine Factory. He was engaging and enjoyable. If this was our first dinner there, we would not go back.
We frequent the Sardine Factory, when we ...
We frequent the Sardine Factory, when we visit Monterey. The service is great and more importantly, the food is consistently excellent. Their wine list is one of the best I have seen, having a fantastic selection of local and global varieties.
As with any popular restaurant, I would highly recommend reservations. You can call in or use the internet to do so.
You will see a wide variety of clientele/customers. We have visited the Factory in formal attire and in informal, with our 12 year old in tow. As a result, they have many rooms to meet the needs of the customer, the result is a place where you don't feel out of place and can enjoy what the Factory has to offer.
My wife and I had Prawn cocktails followed by Filet Mignon for the main. Outstanding.
For desert I highly recommend the Bon Bon's........it (they) is (are) quite entertaining. Wonderful to see the kids reactions.
We were very disappointed with our meal ...
We were very disappointed with our meal and the price we paid for it. Cocktails were not good and expensive. I paid a lot of money for a very small amount of abalone. Salmon, which was recommended to my wife by our server, was over cooked. The risotto with the abalone was a bit runny and tasted nothing like chive, more like lime. The asparagus was tasteless. We were excited to try the abalone bisque. Very disappointing. Bits of abalone were either rubbery or hard. The "World Famous" cheese bread was 6 rounds of sourdough bread with cheddar cheese melted on it. Dry and a bit tough. Something my kids would have made when they were younger. The best thing was our bottle of wine, Turley Zinfindel, which we love, but we paid $75 for a $50 dollar bottle of wine and it was served after we had started to eat the dinner. We had requested it to be served with dinner. All in all a very expensive, disappointing Aniversary dinner. I would not recommend the Sardine Factory to anyone and I can guarantee we will never return. That's $300 we'll never get back!!!
The wine selection is incredible and vin ...
The wine selection is incredible and vino lovers will appreciate that Fred Dame staked his impressive moves in his sommelier career here. The interior is warm and welcoming and offers diverse ambient dining choices (old time bar feel, elegant captain's quarters, and the open, airy and modern conservatory). Excellent menu and dessert options.
It has seen better days. The diners do ...
It has seen better days. The diners do not dress up for this place like they used to. You see more children than you would expect for a pricey restaurant. The quality of the food has gone down considerably. We have been going there for 32 years. My fettuccine with claims was below average. My bottle of Sonoma County Zinfandel was $85. Not much of a bargain. Maybe a place to avoid during peak season. Best on New Year's Eve. It is more classy then.
The Sardine Factory was our choice to ce ...
The Sardine Factory was our choice to celebrate our wedding anniversary. The service was impeccable & the food wonderful. The conservatory is a beautiful room, light & airy & romantic. Every aspect of our dining experience was fantastic. We would highly recommend The Sardine Factory for a special occasion!
We went here for a much anticipated meal ...
We went here for a much anticipated meal at this famous restaurant. Unfortunately there is really nothing positive to say. We've eaten in some of the best fish restaurants in Europe. This doesn't reach anywhere near even a reasonable standard.
Starters - dry, chewy calamari. Looked like it was not freshly cooked. The speed it came out I think it was sitting under heater lamps on the side. Easily beaten for taste and price by calamari in Greek tavernas. Sardines were also disappointing (ironically)
Mains - baby dabs and chive risotto. Both cooked to an identical mush like baby food. Couldn't eat it.
Scallops. Overlooked and not sweet. Hard, chewy peas (when it was fresh pea season - so much for fresh local produce).
Chicken tenders - tasted like they were from frozen. Not freshly made.
Service - so much of a hurry to get covers through, no wine list was brought to the table. Finally it came with the starters, so I couldn't eat starter as wine menu so huge. And no wine until we managed to get the waiter back.
Horrendously expensive poor food and lacklustre service.
The hype is unfortunately not in any way deserved. Seems like what was a great restaurant is now sadly going downhill and living off history.
I told the manager. He refunded the dabs and offered another meal. But why would I return??
We decided to try the Sardine Factory be ...
We decided to try the Sardine Factory because of its historical relevance. Our servers were polite and attentive, the Sommelier was uninterested and rude. The sea bass was over cooked and dry. Atmosphere was crowded and loud. Not a top choice to go back.
my wife and I hadn't been there in yrs.w ...
my wife and I hadn't been there in yrs.we started off with a sardine appetizer which was canned not fresh.we bought a bottle of wine and were charged $25.00 which is the highest we have ever payed.will stick to our favorite in the future(the chart house)
The food, service and sommelier were all ...
The food, service and sommelier were all top notch! We can't wait to return. The main dining room was loud due to a bridal party but they were able to move us to the alcove. It was a bit odd but quieter. The server made up for it!
They seated us in a room with a bunch of ...
They seated us in a room with a bunch of Asian people. I don't know if being Asian they thought we might be more comfortable being grouped together. Even our waitress was Asian. Both my wife and I are American born and are college educated. We live in Orange County and have not experienced this phenomenon before. Four out of the seven of the occupied tables in the room were Asians. 🤔
I have had several lovely dinners here b ...
I have had several lovely dinners here before and suggested it for a womens getaway- they did a great job handing our large group. Service was friendly and efficient and able to handle special requests and questions. Everyone enjoyed their food quite a bit- not quite as delicious as I recall from previous visit- but that may be because we ordered from prix fixe menu (GREAt deal) this time instead of the pricier options before.
I had the New York strip and it was very ...
I had the New York strip and it was very tender and cook just as I asked. I also started with a cocktail which was well balanced in flavor. My husband had the sand dabs and although good he has had better. We had lobster ravioli and abalone bisque and both were delicious
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