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
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 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
After living in Monterey for 13 years, m ...
After living in Monterey for 13 years, my wife and I always eat the Sardine Factory when we visit...not anymore!
The Sardine Factory used to be known for its quiet atmosphere and restricted dress code, but that has apparently been changed to encourage more tourists. 7:00 pm in the Atrium was so loud, we could barely understand the waiter describing the daily specials, let alone talk to each other. And the clothes worn by some of the customers would have embarrassed Wal-Mart shoppers. Overall, this meal was a huge disappointment and I'm afraid we will not be returning to the Sardine Factory anytime soon.
We were lucky enough to eat at the Sardi ...
We were lucky enough to eat at the Sardine Factory last week while on vacation. The food and service as well as the view were all top notch. We enjoyed Sand Dabs and Swordfish. I have dietary intolerances and even without dairy the chef managed to make my swordfish delicious. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone.
Given the ratings I had high hopes for t ...
Given the ratings I had high hopes for this place. I was very disappointed. The food was slow, it had been plated at least 20 minutes before it was served. Apart from its age it was good, but by no means extraordinary. The appetizer was only fair, I realize calamari is difficult to get right, but cutting the pieces smaller would give more control.
The cocktails were quite good, I especially enjoyed my blue sardine and the lemon drop was quite nice as well. The irish coffee was totally unacceptable, it was not at all sweet, and the whiskey was totally undetectable.
The cheesecake was absolutely perfect. Best I've ever had in a restaurant. Normally this would add a star by itself.
However I need to discuss the piano player. When he stuck to songs in his range he was ok. Sadly he kept singing stuff he shouldn't have and kept doing affectations from the songs he was attempting to reproduce poorly. He and the glacial service further reduced the enjoyment of a meal that started out below any meal I payed half as much for.
This restaurant was horrible. I regret ...
This restaurant was horrible. I regret going there on our last night in Monterey. The restaurant itself is old and dated. They put us outside in a glass dome. I felt like i was eating in a terrarium. Food not good. Kept having to refill my own wine glass. Baby cried through our whole meal and when I asked waiter to have manager talk to parents, he gave me some attitude. Worst meal ever. Don't waste your time and money. We should have gone back to the Chart House.
My wife and I went for our 10th annivers ...
My wife and I went for our 10th anniversary. The food was superb and the service was excellent. We both had a full three courses and were very satisfied (and full). Everything was cooked just right, seasoned well, and plated beautifully. Great experience all around!
We visit Sardine Factory every time we a ...
We visit Sardine Factory every time we are in Monterey. Spent honeymoon there 53yrs ago. The food was disappointing this visit because both dishes ordered looked unappetizing. Swordfish was not seasoned at all & vegetables were mostly red peppers. Don't think peppers were even mentioned in the menu description. Abalone was very tough this time, almost as if it was not tenderized. Not at all like I've eaten there previously. Also, presentation dull and unappetizing and included too many rich tasting vegetables. All in all, dish too overwhelming! Nice gesture to acknowledge anniversary with a piece of cake, but sorry to say, that too was bad. Tasted dry & old. Our evening was not ruined, however. Service still very good and piano bar fun. We'll be back.
My family went there for an out out of t ...
My family went there for an out out of town experience. The food was delicious; the meat melted in my mouth even though it was well done. The server suggested a great wine that matched my request perfectly. We ate under the glass gazebo which was noisier than the inside of the restaurant. I'm sorry we were too full to try a dessert.
This was one of the highlights of our tr ...
This was one of the highlights of our trip! We asked for a table in their atrium, and was blown away by it. These guys have been around for a long time from what I gather, and it shows: they are pro in every way. Really great use of space from the bar, to the private dining rooms, wine room to the atrium, etc. A must-visit when you are in Monterey!
we went here for our anniversary. We sat ...
we went here for our anniversary. We sat in the solarium (it was overcast out). our waiter made us feel like we were the only people in the place. The food was outstanding. worth the cost. and I'll keep my husband another 30 years!!
We always enjoy the Sardine Factory when ...
We always enjoy the Sardine Factory when we go there. We've been going there for our anniversary dinner almost every year for the last 30+ years. The food is excellent, the ambiance is great, and the overall experience is always exceptional. Good wait staff and attentative service. Just an exceptional place for any occasion.
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
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.
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.
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