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 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/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Sardine Factory Ratings and Reviews
Our server was very attentive. The host ...
Our server was very attentive. The hostesses were very inviting upon our arrival.
Never a disappointment! Love the food, ...
Never a disappointment! Love the food, ambience and of course the service. See you next time!!
The dining experience was fantastic. The ...
The dining experience was fantastic. The ambiance was just what we were looking for on our date night. The food was excellent and the New York cheesecake was to do die for.
We had been here 1 other time the food w ...
We had been here 1 other time the food was excellent, and the service was amazing. The last time we were at this restaurant we just happened to find it, and walked in. This time we reserved through open table, they put us in the solarium it is so beautiful and romantic in the room. The food is excellent, it came very quickly we got the halibut and the salmon. They make the dish so pretty, and mix the meal with some type of fruit. Which I really like, it makes the flavors so special. I highly recommend the Sardine factory. The meal is amazing, the atomsphere is romantic, and the service is very very good
Legendary, excellent food...great wind l ...
Legendary, excellent food...great wind list. Service was frequently rushed, at times awkward....great setting.
They were so nice about seating us in th ...
They were so nice about seating us in the Conservatory room, but the Captain's Room is very romantic and beautiful too. We had the clam chowder with some of the freshest clans I've had. I had the half chicken with lemon risotto and mushroom ragu. So rich and good. My husband had the filet mignon and prawns skewers with garlic mash...delicious. We had mousse in an edible tulip cup and Tahaitian vanilla creme brule for the finish. Both desserts were well presented and delicate and delicious. I can't wait to come back.
Mediocre service, extremely high prices. ...
Mediocre service, extremely high prices. Food was very good, but not exceptional. Had to put up with a shrieking child for too long. Dinner took an unusually long time to come, without any explanation or apology.
Great food, impeccable service and a win ...
Great food, impeccable service and a wine list to die for. It made for an incredible Father's Day.
The atmosphere here is always great. ...
The atmosphere here is always great. The must-get is the abalone bisque. It is simply divine. We sampled the bone marrow and lobster ravioli appetizers. Both were outstanding. I got the Ribeye steak. It tasted "pedestrian" - until I had a bite with the truffle butter topping. Holy cow what a game changer!!!! Simply amazing. My fiancée got the calamari steak, with scallops and shrimp. The coating on the calamari was awesome. Calamari was cooked perfectly; no chewiness/ rubberiness at all. Scallops were great. Shrimp was overlooked. I had ordered a lobster tail with my steak; it was forgotten. That's why service got 4 stars, not 5.
Place is great and staff wonderful, very ...
Place is great and staff wonderful, very old school. Food is tired. Except calamari, which was very good. Steaks not good! Salad drowning in dressing. Dessert just fine. We will not be returning as the dining did not justify the cost.
Outstanding service and atmosphere, woul ...
Outstanding service and atmosphere, would recommend to couples going out for a nice dinner or special occasion.
The calamari steak is delicious. You do ...
The calamari steak is delicious. You don't find this very often and it's hard to cook. I like the conservatory dining room the best.
Very Special Restaurant, not the be Missed!
Our Fish could not have been Fresher or more Delicious! The Service was Friendly and Professional. This is Very Special Restaurant that you do not come across very often. Their many years of Service confirms this. Recommend Dining in the All Glass Emporium Room. It is very beautiful. One of the Highlights of our Trip to Carmel!
Sardine Factory was advertised as a Mont ...
Sardine Factory was advertised as a Monterey classic. It felt dated and old. The food was excellent, albeit overpriced for what it was. I think there are several other choices in Monterey that would be just as good for less.
We never miss an opportunity to go to th ...
We never miss an opportunity to go to the Sardine Factory. It is an integral part of Monterey History. The food, service and ambiance are fantastic.
I am old enough to have watched the movie "Play Misty For Me" more than once. When in the Monterrey area after many years, we had to go to the Sardine Factory. Not sure how good it was in 1971 but in 2016, it was excellent. Ambiance, wine list, service and the food.
Always a delightful experience. Food and ...
Always a delightful experience. Food and service wonderful.
Ok night out
Made reservations and was hoping for an awesome experience. I did inform them on my reservation page that we were celebrating my RETIREMENT. I guess should have made a point of requesting a romantic, private seating spot. Upon arrival we had to walk by some very nice romantic seating spots but were seated in the Garden area. Nothing romantic or special about this area. In fact, there was a child making loud noises during our meal. We were from out of town traveling the coast. This was to be our special night out. There was nothing special about the seating. Food and service was great. Just hated the atmosphere ruined it for me.
Some things never change...and that is a ...
Some things never change...and that is a good think if you are taking about Sardine Factory. We go once a year while on vacation and it is our favorite restaurant on the peninsula!
Nice restaurant with gluten free options
Nice steak and seafood restaurant but the best part was there are gluten free options for my family member that has a gluten intolerance. They even brought him gluten free bread when they brought the rest of us some wonderful rolls.
Need more mid priced wine choices. Food ...
Need more mid priced wine choices. Food portions very large but quality is average for the price
Old School menu, very small portions. Way Way overpriced! Will never go there again. Save your Money and go to the Chart House or Whaling Station
The food was overpriced for the amount, ...
The food was overpriced for the amount, presentation, flavor. the "Filet Mignon Medallions" were actually one medallion sliced into three 1/4 inch pieces that had to be sent back as they were horribly overcooked. The "Veal Cardinal with petite Maine lobster tail" was a 1/4/inch piece of a small lobster tail with two small strips of veal. My wife is unable to consume truffle/truffle oil and the restaurant was unwilling to substitute an alternate sauce on her dish, even though they put the truffle sauce on the side. The waiter was condescending and rude. Overall a poor dining experience and I will not return, nor recommend the restaurant to anyone else. Many better, accommodating choices in the immediate, and surrounding area.
tradition of elegance
Traditional fine dining experience in the heart of the tourist hubbub of the cannery area, we enjoyed the excellent service, which was not over-attentive yet there when you needed someone. To me, this is perfect. Wine service and selection was superb. Food menu contained traditional fare along with some pleasant surprises. All areas were attractive but we dined in the conservatory, which was extra special.
Was our daughter's birthday. Arvind was ...
Was our daughter's birthday. Arvind was excellent in recommending the champagne that she described she liked. Our waiter was excellent in describing the meals and recommending the dishes. Sorry could not recall his name - maybe after the champagne and the sardine specialty beverage. Definitely will visit again.
Expensive for the quality. Fish over coo ...
Expensive for the quality. Fish over cooked. But great wine list.
Thank you for the amazing anniversary di ...
Thank you for the amazing anniversary dinner and complimentary dessert. We thoroughly enjoyed our evening with amazing Annie as our server.
Surprising Interior Design
The interior design was not what we expected. It is very lovely an elegant. The food was excellent and the service attentive. We ate in the Captains Room which took you back in time. We will go back.
Very accommodating of my dietary needs. ...
Very accommodating of my dietary needs. The Conservatory (where we are) would be perfect for a private party such as wedding reception.
As early made to wait for table to be ma ...
As early made to wait for table to be made up only to find for 4 and we were 2 No menu given whilst waiting and staff more like go between so kitchen and customer Poor value for money with food not presented well
Wife and I spent our anniversary dinner ...
Wife and I spent our anniversary dinner here. Food was great, service was good, and ambience was kind of weird.
Way too expensive, won't return, Can on ...
Way too expensive, won't return, Can only afford once, don't fit in your rich class people
Early Dining is Exquisite 3 course on budget
The early dining is a prix fixe 3 course meal with full size portions of excellent food. We made an event out of it for our family of four. We all had the prix fixe, but we added a few appetizers. We also brought a special wine for our occasion. We also used Johnny the Sommelier and had him recommend a wine to start with. He has never steared us wrong. It was a wonderful wine. The meals were great. Our wait staff was excellent as well. The Sardine Factory is probably the best fine dining experience in Monterey. The early pre fixe makes it more affordable for dining more often or for entry level folks. We have dined here many times over the years and have never been disappointed in anything on the menu. It is always incredible. The amazing thing is that unlike other restaurants...they do not reduce the portion sizes on their prix fixe meals. It is just as abundant and tasty as any other meal.
We are not pretentious people, but the f ...
We are not pretentious people, but the food here was awful. We thought eating anywhere in Monterey would be fine- we were wrong. Please do not throw away your money. The inside is beautiful, but that is all. Everything else-bad. McDonald food is better
Service was very good, from our greeting ...
Service was very good, from our greeting at the door to the table. The setting was warm and nostalgic. Food was fine, but overpriced. Calamari basket was solid but $19 is too much. I had the swordfish, which was good, but nothing special.
If I could give a higher score for ambia ...
If I could give a higher score for ambiance than 5, I would. We had a lovely time.
Service was pretty slow and spotty. They ...
Service was pretty slow and spotty. They brought us a melon ball on the house because of the slow service, which I'm pretty sure is their standard practice. Service did not improve though. After hearing about this place from the Somm movie, we came for dinner because of their excellent selection of wine. The sommelier, however, was not helpful. We told him what we normally enjoy but that we would like to try something different. He was afraid to recommend anything different so we had to just pick one on our own. The wine was good, but he was not helpful at all. The food was pretty good, but it was way overpriced for what we got. Happy hour in the lounge was neat beforehand, and was reasonably priced. After our dinner though, we noticed that they do a second happy hour late at night and the low prices attract a level of clientele that probably does not pay the prices to eat dinner there.
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