Since this four-star seafood restaurant is right on Fisherman's Wharf, the view cannot be beat. It specializes in Sicilian seafood and the photographs ... More
Since this four-star seafood restaurant is right on Fisherman's Wharf, the view cannot be beat. It specializes in Sicilian seafood and the photographs lining the walls depict the owners' fishing background. A variety of tasty fresh fish meals with pasta are available, but the cioppino (fish stew) is the specialty of the house and is terrific. The wood-burning oven cranks out some great steak and lamb dishes as well. The wine list is eclectic, topping out with the usual USD200 Dom Perignon and an Italian Red, Tignanello, Marchesi Antinore at USD132. The service is family-like and locals frequent the place on a regular basis. See website for menus, videos, and more.
This place was extremely disappointing and misrepresented what we would be getting. We ordered a pasta with prawn scampi, anticipating a nice fresh fish. Instead it included frozen small shrimps that had no taste. I suspect that the sauce on the pasta was a mix, because I was so thirsty afterwords that it could not have been home made. I would never go back to this restaurant again.
I thought that the owner treated us like we were famous people, the food was out of this world and the service was the best I have seen in a very long time. I have expressed to all of my friends and co workers and any one I come in contact with that when they go to Monterey they must go to Cafe Fina.
There is not a thing that I disliked.
My husband and I went to Cafe Fina for his birthday, with high hopes after it was featured by Rachel Ray on Food Network. We ordered everything from wine to appetizers to entrees, and the service was so incredibly terrible that we skipped dessert and coffee completely. The wine took forever to come out, and after the waitress said that she would be right back with a chiller for it, we did not see her again for at least 20 minutes. We sent the crabcake appetizer back because of the 2-feet long hair fried into the overdone breading. I ordered the barbeque salmon, which turned out to be battered and WAY overcooked...not to mention it was a tiny serving size. The sides were cold and overdone...I do not expect to be able to cut broccoli with my fork. My husband did have a good experience with his ravioli, and I understand from their menu that the pasta is made on sight, so perhaps that would be a safer bet. It even took us another 15 minutes to get the check after we asked...needless to say we will not be returning...that is $100 we will never see again!
Before the trip to Monterey this summer, I did a research for restaurant there and got some poeple's recommandation of Cafe Fina. It turned out the food is so-so and you can easily find the same quality food in much cheaper Italian chain restaurant like olive garden. The service was awful. The waiter was indifference and impatience to the kid. Restaurant is small and the space is limited and crowded. I was so disappointed and will never ever go back again.
if you can make it far enough to cafe fina without feeling so overwhelmed by the other door people that you turn around and go to taco bell on alvarado, visit cafe fina. this place has been owned by the same person forever and he still strolls the floor and chats with the guests. i have gone everytime i am in town and get the same friendly service and great food each time. the owner and the servers have never made me feel like they are 'better' than me and my wife even when we come in fresh off the boat in a tshirt and shorts. i really enjoy their specials which can vary depending on what season it is. last night on my visit i had the most amazing osso bucco ever! so fresh!! though small it is two stories and a great place if you dont mind getting to know the people around you. oh yea and the bread pudding was to die for!
Service was fabulous!!! My husbands dish was wonderful. I didnt care to much for mine which was the flank steak...but I wanted something different and it was. To be honest the food could be horriable but the service was so GREAT I would go back. LOL. Thats not the case though. We had an ocean view seat...we enjoyed dinner, desert and drinks at a very good price. We will be back!!
I have eaten here for both lunch and dinner for the past 15 years; every time I visit my mother in San Jose. I always make time to take a trip to Monterey, with different friends and my mother and we always eat at Cafe Fina. I've never had a bad meal and while dressed either casual or business casual have been treated very well.
I highly recommend Cafe Fina to any one I know that is going to visit Monterey. I have never had a negative report; only totally satisfied friends.
Not only is the food and service excellent but the view is fantastic.
This is a real surprise. Great food at the warf which is mostly just for day tourists. I noticed one review that remarked that the fried seafood wasn't remarkable. Well, duh! They simply have the fried food because there are so many tourists on the warf. Try Cafe Fina's fresh seafood and you'll find that it is exceptional.
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