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 Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Sardine Factory Ratings and Reviews
Sat in the lounge (which was not crowded ...
Sat in the lounge (which was not crowded) to enjoy drinks and a meal. Fifteen minutes passed before someone stopped by our table and took our drink order. After another twenty five minutes passed (and still no drinks) we walked out...figured 40 minutes invested was more than enough! Very disappointing.
All ways a great place for dinner. We c ...
All ways a great place for dinner. We come here often and it is a great place and I do not mind the drive from Soquel (Santa Cruz).
Overall it was a good experience. When w ...
Overall it was a good experience. When we went the place was not at all crowded. I felt like we were dining in a Jules Verne submarine. My primary reason for a good and not great rating is based on an ordinary menu (great ingredients) combined with high prices.
We had a bad experience about 10 years a ...
We had a bad experience about 10 years ago, so we thought it was time to try again. Really glad we did..
Have gone every year since getting marri ...
Have gone every year since getting married 35 yrs ago...love it...never lets us down
this was a very disappointing experience ...
this was a very disappointing experience (except for service)... quality was below average for a meal with just drinks that was well over $200 ... steak was very mediocre... there was a mix up on my wife's entrée.... but service was very good... but I do not think we will be coming back
My wife and I celebrated our anniversary ...
My wife and I celebrated our anniversary and the expierence was great. Service was the best and the food was delicious plus it looked beautiful. Only down fall was the level of noise from a loud mouth eating across the room because of the acoustics of the room it was very distracting.
waited a long time before a waiter showe ...
waited a long time before a waiter showed up. He messed up and got the order wrong. Service was otherwise fast, but the restaurant was somewhat dated and did not appear freshly remodeled. The advertised pictures looked much better than the reality. Overall it was ok but nothing fantastic at all.
Greeted & seated promptly on arrival. On ...
Greeted & seated promptly on arrival. One of the owners, Bert, came around a stopped at every table to check on things. Great experience would repeat next time we are in town!!! Highly Recommend!!!
This was our twenty seventh anniversary ...
This was our twenty seventh anniversary dinner and all the staff was wonderful. Our table was ready on arrival, and we were seated in the Captain's room. The food was very well prepared and the selection was great. The wine list was exceptionally diverse and had a wide range cost wise. All in all a lovely evening.
We celebrated our 30th wedding anniversa ...
We celebrated our 30th wedding anniversary at the Sardine Factory. As always, the service and ambiance was outstanding. The food is always very good, with seafood and steaks being the standout items. Their wine list is very extensive, so it's sometimes hard to make a decision with so much selection. We tried a moderately priced red blend, based on the suggestion of the sommelier, and it was delicious!
Reservations for our 40th Anniversary on ...
Reservations for our 40th Anniversary on a Sunday night. I had remembered this place as beautiful with great food. It was pretty empty, sat us down right away, nice table in the Atrium. Wait staff was ok, but not very helpful when I said the Abalone Soup tasting like thick bacon gravy. His response was "yes, it taste like bacon". He took the full bowl away and left the charge on the bill. I ordered chicken, it was ok, a bit dry. Potatoes were old tasting, like leftovers from Saturday. Overall, wont be back. I feel the Pearls that hang from the Atrium chandelier said it all about the ambiance of this restaurant, very old, dusty and faded. The 70's are over....sorry
I've been coming here for 40 years. It ...
I've been coming here for 40 years. It is my favorite restaurant in the world. EXCELLENT food and service.
We chose this restaurant based on severa ...
We chose this restaurant based on several online reviews and the history of its origin. The food was good and it had a very nostalgic "old-style" feel to it. We were very disappointed in the service. We were seated in an open, heavy traffic area and yet we were left with empty water glasses, no salt and pepper on our table and dirty dishes pushed off to the side. At one point, our server brought the people next to us their meal and never even looked or asked if we needed anything. I would probably not go back if I travel to Monterey again -- we had better meals elsewhere during our stay.
We had a 5:30 reservation, but arrived e ...
We had a 5:30 reservation, but arrived early and went to the lounge. After reviewing all the menus (happy hour, lounge, regular dinner, prix fixe), we decided to stay in the lounge and choose from the different menus, which the lounge allows you to do. Two had the prix fixe from the dinner menu, and two had the prix fixe from the lounge menu. Great food and service. Will go back again
The place is beautiful. The Oysters were ...
The place is beautiful. The Oysters were terrible. Gigantic and tasteless. They were the Oysters used for Bsked or Oysters Rockefeller. Ordered 12, ate six. A LARGE disappointment
The best restaurant in Monterey for a sp ...
The best restaurant in Monterey for a special occasion!
I have NEVER been disappointed with this ...
I have NEVER been disappointed with this place. A must eat when in Monterey, You can't get Abolone very many places, not only can you get it here, it's delicious. Worth the price of admission.
We go to the sardine factory every time ...
We go to the sardine factory every time we are in Monterey for our anniversary or for birthdays. Usually 2 times per year. We have been doing so for many years, since we were married in Monterey almost 40 years ago. We used to fly to Monterey from Washinton DC, now we live in SOCAL. This is one of the nicest restaurants you will ever visit. The best place you can find for special occasions! The food is superb and the staff is magnificent! A great restaurant!
We had a very enjoyable evening. The con ...
We had a very enjoyable evening. The conservatory was a great place to eat. We thought the food was very good, but not great. The online booking we used worked very well. The staff were welcoming and helpful.
Food was delicious! And the atrium area ...
Food was delicious! And the atrium area and garden outside were so cute at night. Loved the ambiance of the whole restaurant.
It is very expensive and the food was co ...
It is very expensive and the food was cold. I had been to this restaurant about 15 years ago and it was excellent. The service should have been better. I was very disappointed, especially because we were celebrating a special occasion.
We went with another couple and it was b ...
We went with another couple and it was both of our anniversaries....I signed up on line and was given a 20% discount on our anniversary....which extended to 4 people and they gave 2 free desserts - very generous and delicious! Service was excellent by Jim. The entire staff was friendly, helpful and wanted to please.
This is our second visit to this restaur ...
This is our second visit to this restaurant. We live out of town and looked forward to our return.
The service is outstanding, the food very good and the bartender prepares some excellent cocktails. Nice ambience and the restaurant staff remain very cordial.
Cocktails are a bit pricey.
This was a 2nd visit to Sardine Factory ...
This was a 2nd visit to Sardine Factory as we are from Michigan. We were not disappointed. Service was excellent and food was amazing. I highly recommend Sardine Factory to anyone seeking a memorable evening. Marty our server was outstanding!
Fun and memorable birthday dinner date. ...
Fun and memorable birthday dinner date. Worth the wait, we were going to go in the 1970's yet never made it until now. Definitely going back.
Still a fine restaurant, but nowhere nea ...
Still a fine restaurant, but nowhere near the value and quality of food or service of three years ago. It was a disappointment, and I will not be driving 200 miles to return there ever again.
While the food and ambiance were good, s ...
While the food and ambiance were good, service was a little lacking although the staff was very friendly. Went here for my husband's and daughter's birthdays. Asked our server a few questions about the menu and she was not knowledgeable to answer herself. (These were very basic questions). We wanted to order a bottle of wine and asked for a small taste of the wines by the glass option of the same wine. The sample was so small I actually couldn't get a full taste of the wine. Halfway through the meal the servers stopped serving our wine - I had to ask at the end if there was any wine left in the chilling bucker. We were left with 1/3 of the wine that we had to drink at the end instead of enjoy with our meal. When mentioned that it was our daughter's birthday on that day and my husband's birthday the day before, they charged us for both desserts and stuck a candle on each. At most other places they would at least write "happy birthday" on the plate or give you a complementary dessert. Unfortunate that the lack of service and generosity of this place outweigh the food and good live music. Given the price we paid for this meal, not a good value even for a finer dining establishment.
Jim our server was phenomenal, on point ...
Jim our server was phenomenal, on point and very gracious
Excellent menu, service and ambiance gre ...
Excellent menu, service and ambiance great gluten free menu and dinner rolls. Wish they had a tasting menu
Pricey but good the veal was great, the ...
Pricey but good the veal was great, the salmon average . Cheese bread was a waist of money .
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...
Have been going to the Sardine Factory f ...
Have been going to the Sardine Factory for twenty plus years and have never been disappointed. This elegant, up-scale restaurant is an Icon of Monterey and a must do if you are with your SO and want a romantic experience. Service is impeccable and so is the food. Wine list is unmatched by anything in the area.
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!!
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