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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 48 years under the same ownership and management!
Monterey, CA 93940
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
Sardine Factory Ratings and Reviews
Service was excellent. Ambience was nice. The mussels were very tasty. We had the abalone dinner and veal and lobster dinner. Abalone was good. Veal was tough. The lobster was extremely small and doused in the same sauce as the veal. The sauce was very bland. They gave us a complimentary ice cream dipped in chocolate dessert to make up for the veal. It would have been better had they allowed us to choose a dessert.
Sardine Factory was, as usual, stellar. W were seated in the Atrium room. The service was impeccable; Felix was great. The food and atmosphere were superb. The octopus salad plus crab cakes appetizers were the perfect size for a meal. Others enjoyed the diver scallops and the sand dabs.
My first return to the Sardine Factory in 37 years and I was not disappointed in either the quality of the food, nor the solicitous wait staff. The only negative was a band and noisy crowd in an adjoining (?) room which was antithetical to the quiet, elegant baroque decor.
It's a nice place to eat every so often it's a little pricey the food is very very rich it's about a hundred bucks a plate on average for us. It's definitely a place to indulge.
Haven't been here for a 6 years because had a bad experience last time my friend had ordered a glass of wine they brought him a bottle corked it in front of him and he got the bill for 400 bucks which he disputed and they charge him for a glass after that but we're very rude about it they should have let him know that caused a bad experience for us. But for some reason that many years ago they were very pushy about trying to get the bill as high as possible they were pushing the most expensive dishes I'm not sure why that was. But it happened 2 times in a row that's why we have not gone there for so long. That's the pushing the prices.
Had our 30 year wedding anniversary dinner there.
Overall we had a fine time. Food was great.
Table placement was plopped in the middle of the atrium room. Was not intimate at all. Too close to the inside table, which even gave the waiters trouble to access and serve without interfering with our table.
Very disappointing dinner at Sardine Factory, marred mostly by poor sommelier. Food was ok - clam chowder a little watery, abelone bisque a little too smokey for my wife's taste, but the beef medallions and scallops otherwise good. Main issue was wine - I had question about choosing between a couple of Pinot Gris on the menu. The sommelier arrived and without even listening to my question explained to me condescendingly that Pinot Gris was the same as Pinot Grigio. I knew that. I then told him I was familiar with Etude wine and wanted his advice to choose between Etude Pinot Gris and a Pinot Gris from the Willamette Valley. He said he preferred the Etude (gave no explanation why!). When he came back I gave him another chance "Why do you prefer the Etude ?" and his initial answer was: "The taste" (I kid you not). I think he added one or two other things too after I raised an eyebrow, but it was like pulling teeth to get details. Plus the wine was barely cold, no wine bucket offered...
To be treated this way was frankly insulting - we were left feeling that seeing as we were tourists and likely knew nothing about wine it didn't matter what he said to us, and he didn't want to waste his time on us. Ironically, I have been to a private dinner held in the wine cellar of the Sardine Factory in the past, so know that the restaurant does know how to treat diners and actually does know a LOT about wine - none of that showed to us this weekend. Won't be going back in a hurry.
Food was outstanding as we expected. I had the prime rib w/escargot starter. Wife had the red snapper special and octopus salad. Both very good. Service could have been a little better, but, they were not pushy. They were very fast. I would highly recommend to a friend and want to go back.
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 there for a Valentine's Day price fixe offering. The food was tasty. Our waiter "Sammy" seemed to leave the area for long periods of time. We were looking for him to simply get our bill. Would have had a better time with a different waiter? Not sure but willing to try again.
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 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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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