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
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.
Clam chowder is good. Abalone bisque jus ...
Clam chowder is good. Abalone bisque just ok.
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.
A Lovely Evening
The service was fun, personal -- overall outstanding. Great food.
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.
Best prime rib I think I ever had .... L ...
Best prime rib I think I ever had .... Loved the twice baked potato ! Great service as well
It was the evening of our engagement and ...
It was the evening of our engagement and we were pampered our entire visit. We want to thank the Sardine Factory for a fabulous evening. Everything was fantastic from the moment we entered the restaurant, escorted to our table, reviewed the wine list, served our appetizer, had our champagne, tasted our fabulous wine, served our salad and entree, finished with a marvelous desert.
The service from servers was terrific. ...
The service from servers was terrific. Food delicious and attentive. The complimentary dessert to celebrate our anniversary was a nice surprise.
Did not cater to GF menu in the past the ...
Did not cater to GF menu in the past they did. Initially told they had a full dessert menu and than told they didn't
Yes it is expensive but the food is delicious .
Well worth the extra price for an unforgettable meal. Perfect for that special occasion and when you want to really impress. The food is wonderful. The settings are cozy and the wait staff is attentive.
Our new favorite in Monterey!
We had walked by the Sardine Factory for years and finally decided to go in and give it a try. We fell in love with the restaurant on our first visit. The Conservatory is great, the food incredible and the wine list is remarkable. We regret not experiencing this great restaurant sooner and made it our new favorite when visiting Cannery Row.
Excellent, beyond extensive wine list. Superb service. Food is outstanding. Just as good as our last visit. No wonder that it's rated best in Monterrey.
We always come here when we are in the a ...
We always come here when we are in the area. Everything is delicious, my fav is the abalone bisque and the NY strip. Ooh and the cheesecake
10/10 will definitely be going again!
Took my mom out for her birthday, neither of us had been there before. We did the Prix fixe dinner, it was amazing and a deal! The service was great and the atmosphere was calm and perfect. Can't wait to go again!
What can I say. One of the top restaur ...
What can I say. One of the top restaurants in Monterey. Experiences professional management and staff. Fantastic wine list with some real well chosen "value for money" picks for every price point.
This is a special place that is well known. Even though we live in the area we had not been to the Sardine Factory. It is very expensive so one expects the best. I thought the food was less than spectacular (for the cost). The service was good, but not great. Overall I think I could fine better for the cost.
It has very good food. And good service. ...
It has very good food. And good service. But very overpriced, especially wine. Some wines were 4 times retail, which is high by even the standards of upscale restaurants. Would not return.
Wonderful dinner at the Sardine Factory! ...
Wonderful dinner at the Sardine Factory! Food was amazing and service excellent. And the nice touches with dessert were a treat. Thank you so much. We would love to return!
During our weekend mini family reunion, we decided to have dinner at the Sardine Factory. Several members of the party had never dined here before. We were thrilled that we were seated in the conservatory room, as requested. Our waiter was excellent, friendly, attentive. The food was amazing, as usual. And although we were a large party, we never felt rushed to hurry through dinner and make room for others. It was a wonderful place to have meaningful conversations with family members and enjoy a delicious meal!
Good time - Good food
We enjoyed our meal at the Sardine factory on the 23rd of April. The waiters were friendly and provided just the right amount of service. I chose an inexpensive bottle of wine but was treated the same as if I chose one o the more expensive bottles. We tried the Abalone bisque and it was really good.along with the Sardine appetizer. My wife ordered the Halibut and I had the diver scallops. The seafood was perfectly cooked and even the vegetable were treated like a main course as they were perfectly cooked also.I would definitely go back when we are in town.
Had a very enjoyable meal in the wonderful greenhouse portion of the restaurant. A first for me to try abalone in the abalone soup, which was nice to hear had been features at Presidents Reagan’s Inaugural. My guest had a wonderful filet while I enjoyed the halibut for the entree. Twice baked potatoes were also very good. Hope to return soon!
Very nice but sorta pricey and fancy to ...
Very nice but sorta pricey and fancy to bring kids (kids dislike fancy stuff). I.e. Great for a date night.
WOW, Perfect evening!
Still the best place for those of us who expect the very bestwhen dining on the Monterey Peninsula. The Sardine Factory always has excellent service, delicious food, and beautiful ambience.
An iconic classic that does NOT disappoint!
For many years, this place has been famous both for its food and its incredibly beautiful interior including a spectacular glass domed conservatory and a gilded golden ladies room that will make you want to take pictures because no one will believe how ornate it is! Gorgeous! But the food is what makes this place really stand out. Everything we ordered on a recent visit was perfection. Nothing could have been improved upon. Whether it was my fish or hubby's meat entree, EVERYTHING was perfect! That doesn't happen very often and we really appreciated the obvious attention to detail and expertise that went into every item on every plate, including all of the veggies and sides. And the dessert was stellar too! For decades The Sardine Factory has maintained the highest level of quality foods and dining perfection; it was a revelation to return after several years and experience the same amazingly high quality of food and service that we enjoyed before. Simply extraordinary! Bravo, Sardine Factory!
Ate here twice on this trip. Perfect ribeye, great wine and super friendly service!
Presentation of food was perfection.
Pricy but worth it. Staff was attentive and accomodating. Had a wonderful experience.
It was my birthday. They knew it. Waite ...
It was my birthday. They knew it. Waiter was grumpy. Food mediocre. Not offered dessert for my b/d.
Great Monterey experience
They never fail in the experience to make you feel special. Your treated the same as they if you were a celebrity or the common man. They elevate the customer experience. It's a Monterey Treasure for us the last 35 plus years.
Try the specials!
Be sure to ask to see he wine cellar. Very impressed
Good, just one downside for us
Food and atmosphere was great. Atrium is beautiful. We came for the early bird dinner which is a 3 course meal that is great on all levels. The only down side was that the waiter was notable miffed that we did not order from the main menu which is much more pricy than the early bird dinner. I still would recommend this to my friends but when I come back I am going to request another waiter.
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