- Dining Style:Fine Dining
- 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.
- Phone Number:(831) 373-3775
- Cuisines:Seafood, Steak
- Price Range:$31 to $50
Monterey, CA 93940
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 48 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 48 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: (831) 373-6625
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
I chose this place to celebrate my anniv ...
I chose this place to celebrate my anniversary. The food was exquisite. The atmosphere was so inviting. The room we were sitting it was beautiful. The evening was perfect in everyway.
We visit every 5-6 years for the past 46 ...
We visit every 5-6 years for the past 46 years and are always very pleased with the drinks, wines, food and service.
I expected more from such a popular rest ...
I expected more from such a popular restaurant but our entrees were disappointing to say the least. The appetizers and our waiter was great. We are foodies so we were hoping for some amazing cuisine but I guess it is more tourist catered than we like.
Delightful as usual. We had the Valentin ...
Delightful as usual. We had the Valentines multi course dinner. It was wonderful. Our sommelier Johnny recommended a wonderful white Burgundy in our price range to pair with our starters. He's always been great to us and makes our dining experience complete.
We were dining there on Valentines Day. ...
We were dining there on Valentines Day. The service was great & the food was very good with the exception of the cold lobster bisque. We ordered the prix fixe menu, which can be mediocre, but the main entree (filet) was cooked perfectly. One goes to Sardine Factory knowing it is not cheap, but it was a little disappointing. Our table was near the kitchen and entryway, so constant stream of people flowing past. Out the door, with the least expensive wine, our bill was well over $200 for two. Be prepared!
Had a lovely Valentines dinner. Four of ...
Had a lovely Valentines dinner. Four of us enjoyed the prix fixe filet which was cooked perfectly. Requested a table in the Conservatory and wasn't disappointed. Prior to dinner had cocktails in the bar. Both bartenders were friendly and accommodating. Overall an enjoyable experience.
Amazing food, fresh, locally sourced and ...
Amazing food, fresh, locally sourced and the The World Famous" Abalone Bisque was as advertised, incredible!! Excellent service, unique décor and we enjoyed every bite.
I've frequented many restaurants in the ...
I've frequented many restaurants in the Monterey Bay for years, yet never visited The Sardine Factory although heard many rave reviews and recommenations by friends so decided it was time to experience this historical restaurant. Perhaps years of high praise raised my expectations of the dining experience; however I don't believe this was the case as my husband and I dine out quite often, preferring family and small business venues over chain or tourist traps. The Sardine Factory's dining rooms were lovely, and the host escorting us to the table quite friendly. The waiter was slow, focusing more on our water and took a long time to serve the wine, take our order while we watched him take several minutes to focus on resetting a table which I found odd. The food was okay, but way overpriced based on the quality. The Prime Rib was over seasoned and cooked (I requested medium rare), the vegetables were soggy, and the Caesar Salad was drenched in dressing. I did like the homemade hummus, but that shouldn't have been the headline item which isn't even part of the menu. I also noticed the extensive wine list was quite overpriced compared to other fine restaurants.
In general, the restaurant was okay, but given the high priced menu for ordinary quality food, and average service not worth paying for the historical ambiance and getting short changed on the overall dining experience. So, I will say...been there, done that, no need to go back.
First time. It was nice. I had a soup an ...
First time. It was nice. I had a soup and the snails. An hour or so later, I had food poison. Could not leave the restroom for a couple of hours. Ruined my hotel stay. My family enjoyed but felt bad for me.
Dining with my 15-year-old daughter we w ...
Dining with my 15-year-old daughter we were sat by the maître d', who told us if we would have a romantic experience. Really? Waiter brought me wine list after asking him 4 times. food came fairly quickly but he brought us the wrong entrées.
Dinner for two was $150, but overall experience was mediocre.
The only thing that kept this experience ...
The only thing that kept this experience from being perfect was a somewhat reserved and aloof waiter. He did seem to warm up as the evening progressed and otherwise provided flawless service. The calamari was the best that I have ever experienced.
Rachel, our waitperson, was super! And.. ...
Rachel, our waitperson, was super!
And.. I wish I could remember her name... the Maitre d' was as well.
The room in which we ate was delightful!!
This place is advertised as one of the p ...
This place is advertised as one of the premier Fine Dining establishments on the Monterey Peninsula. The facility lives up to that reputation, but the food was AWFUL. Three of us had three awful entrees (ahi, clam linguine, and calamari.) The food was very 1950s and tasted as though it had been around since then. This was supposed to be a special 80th B-day treat. The bill was big but the enjoyment/value was miniscule.
We came here for our 4 year anniversary. ...
We came here for our 4 year anniversary. We had come in to town for only a couple of days. This is by far the best place to dine in the area. The wait staff is the best around. We had Don taking care of us and he was just great and Louis helping out as well. The food was delicious as always. I had the filet cooked medium rare and it was exactly how I Like it. My husband had the King Salmond and crab with a light hollandaise sauce. I'm not much a Salmon fan but his was very delicious. Then we were presented with a lovey dessert for our anniversary. This place really does go above and beyond.
On another note...they also have an amazing Happy Hour 7days a week, with live music. We got into town a little late the night prior to dinner and we didn't want anything fast foodish. So popped around Yelp to see what was open and saw they had happy hour earlier in the day that we had missed but they also had it from 9:30-10:30pm (everyday) the menu was extensive especially for a happy hour menu and the drinks were wonderful. Do yourself a favor and try this place if you haven't already.
By the next evening when we can back, the staff remembered us. That is always nice.
Thank you Sardine Factory for always going out of the way to make us feel special and taking care of our needs even before we needed to ask.
On a side note. If you have time, find Donald and as for a tour of the cellar. It is truly something everyone should see.
Took my son for his 40th birthday. They ...
Took my son for his 40th birthday. They even brought him a cake with candle. We all loved the food, he particularly wanted calamari steak and we checked out all the menus in Monterey and finally found it at the Sardine Factory.
The service and the overall restaurant w ...
The service and the overall restaurant was very good. The food was good but our calamari appitizer was over cooked and the lobster was good buy an odd coupling to be laying in a rague of beans.
The Sardine Factory has been our favorit ...
The Sardine Factory has been our favorite restaurant in Monterey for many years. Service has always been excellent and very professional. The Wine Cellar private dining room is the best we have ever reserved in thirty years of family dining in private rooms. Don is one of if not the best waiter we have ever had wait on us and we dine out frequently and in some of the best restaurants in San Francisco. The Sardine Factory is a must go to restaurant in Monterey/Pacific Grove area.
Food was very overcooked and over season ...
Food was very overcooked and over seasoned. Clams Linguini should not have the pasta cooked in clam juice and the clams should be lightly cooked to opening, so as not to be tough. Scallops should not be swimming in a highly seasoned sauce so that their flavor is masked. A light touch is necessary. And Clam Chowder should have a delicate side, not with so much going on that you can't tell it's a clam chowder, or what spices are even used. The Spumoni was interesting and OK with an interesting assortment of dried fruit and nuts, but could have been finished better to have the gelato with no ice crystals.
We really enjoy the frozen Swans that th ...
We really enjoy the frozen Swans that the sorbet between the appetizer and entree is served on. My wife keeps hers through dinner and enjoys it through desert.
The Sardine Factory is a yearly favorite of ours when we are in town for our timeshare. They did not disappoint this year. Food, ambiance, and service was top notch.
Michael & Mary Jo
Service was very good. Tuna was very goo ...
Service was very good. Tuna was very good. Scampi was OK. Our server Mason was very attentive.
A wonderful anniversary celebration for ...
A wonderful anniversary celebration for out-of-town guests who have dined in the past when in town.
It was beautifully decorated. Service w ...
It was beautifully decorated. Service was great. It was a nice quiet environment with low conversation around you from other tables but you could still have your own conversation without a problem.
Food was excellent and the menu had options for everyone's taste.
Their drinks were also done very well. They didn't skimp on the alcohol in the cocktails.
The 20% off coupon for a special occasion was also a great plus. Would go back again.
Totally enjoyable. From the moment we ar ...
Totally enjoyable. From the moment we arrived until we departed all was FIRST-CLASS.
Great food and service, the ambiance was ...
Great food and service, the ambiance was very comfortable!!
Outstanding. We met the chef and we're t ...
Outstanding. We met the chef and we're treated like old friends. Were seated in the conservatory and received excellent service from the staff. The food was top notch.
Bartenders before dinner we only paying ...
Bartenders before dinner we only paying attention to the people they knew. I asked a few questions about the place and food they kept it short got distracted and forgot to finish up the conversation. Our waiter was awesome and so was the guy who helped out with the wine list. We had a great dinner.
We had a great time celebrating my siste ...
We had a great time celebrating my sister's birthday. The food was delicious and the service was great!
Our patronage goes back over 40 yrs. Whe ...
Our patronage goes back over 40 yrs. When we go to Monterey we always make it a point to dine here. It's consistently good with great wine & menu selections. This time it was a family birthday celebration & the overall experience was as good as usual.
We have been visiting the Sardine Factor ...
We have been visiting the Sardine Factory since May 22, 1972, our first wedding anniversary. Each visit has been a wonderful eating experience with impeccable service, lovely atmosphere and an exciting menu. We were able to visit with the Owner/Master Chef Bert Cutino a gracious and amiable host at the beginning of our latest dining experience. We would and have recommended the Sardine Factory to anyone we know that is heading to the Monterey Peninsula.
Main courses were delicious! Wine list w ...
Main courses were delicious! Wine list was extensive. Excellent service.
We thoroughly enjoyed a delightful eveni ...
We thoroughly enjoyed a delightful evening in the Captain's Table room which was decorated beautifully for New Year's Eve. Our scampi rigatoni, salmon topped with fresh crab, and a side of jack cheese mashed potatoes were served attractively and were delicious. I selected this cozy room with a nice fireplace nearby because of the ambiance and where the four of use could converse and hear each other.
We had great service and enjoyed James wait ability to be attentive and unobtrusive. He was very personable and pleasant. The friendly valet service was also appreciated. We all enjoyed our experience at this fabulous and renowned restaurant. We I'll be returning.
As usual, a wonderful experience. Great ...
As usual, a wonderful experience. Great service! Wonderful treat for my son and mother.
Great evening. A family had 4 kids and ...
Great evening. A family had 4 kids and did not / could not control their youngest. She ran all over the retaurant. Very annoying. I paid for a nice New Years Eve meal not a session at pre-school
Bert Cutino and his staff at Sardine Fac ...
Bert Cutino and his staff at Sardine Factory are so great, never had a bad experience and their menu is tasty and presentation is super....
The entire staff was awesome and helped ...
The entire staff was awesome and helped my family with celebrating my dad's birthday! The food was excellent, it's was an inviting atmosphere and we will be back!
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