The internationally acclaimed Whaling Station, perched just above Steinbeck's Cannery Row has been Monterey County's #1 Steak House for over 40 years, ... More
John Pisto's Whaling Station Steakhouse
The internationally acclaimed Whaling Station, perched just above Steinbeck's Cannery Row has been Monterey County's #1 Steak House for over 40 years, The Whaling Station takes the term "Steak House" seriously... See the restaurant's dry-aging room, select your USDA Prime cut of dry-aged beef from a silver tray, your Prime, Prime Rib from the antique 1930's silver carving trolley, and enjoy your Caesar Salad being tossed tableside. An award winning wine list and full spirits bar complement your dining experience. Serving Dinner and cocktails from 5pm daily. THE BAR at The Whaling Station has its own menu and its own local following, with drink specials and lively conversation served nightly. Parking in our private lot. A private banquet room is available.
Upon a recommendation from friends we had dinner. My guest had prime rib and was happy with the meal. I had the sardine appetizer and the sanddabs as the main dish.
I noticed that the sanddabs were a bit strange tasting like they had been thawed in greasy water. I ate some, left the rest deciding that it must just be me considering the recommendation I had received. I showed my guest the piece of fish that oozed a watery substance when pressed with my fork.
Within the hour I was vomiting and had diarrhea for 24 hours.
The next day I called the restaurant and asked to speak to someone about what happened. I explained that I was calling to alert them to a potential problem that I associated with eating at their restaurant. I asked for nothing, but the person I spoke with implied it was from something I had eaten elsewhere saying enough time had not passed for food poisoning to set in. My doctor later told me that food poisoning can reveal itself in as little as 30 minutes.
As I said, I did not ask for a refund or any other compensation. I just wanted to warn them. It really bothered me that my attempt to provide a safety warning to them was brushed off. That attitude was confirmed when the per I spoke with said he would check into the matter and asked for my phone number so he could call me back. He never called back and I will never recommend this restaurant to anyone. Too bad, all else was fine.
The customer service here is terrible. My husband ordered the ribs, and the server came out with a rib steak. When my husband told the server about the mistake, the server insisted it was what he ordered and even told us that they didn't serve ribs at the restaurant! When we got the bill, it was higher than we thought, so we got the menu and saw that there were ribs on the menu--for about $20 less than the meal we were being charged for. The server brought the manager over, and even he wouldn't do anything about the charge. He kept insisting that it was my husband's fault for not sending the meal back (even though he tried to do so). On a table that probably spent more than $600 in total (we had about 12 people), he refused to own up to the mistake and take a hit of $20. This is unacceptable.
The food? The food was okay but not great. Considering the prices, we all came away slightly disappointed. Some friends who were there that night said the Sardine Factory, which is just next door to the Whaling Station, is far superior.
The steak was GOOD, however, the Lobster was not that great. Also the appetizer was not all that great either. Overall the food was Okay but the SERVICE IS HORRIBLE. I spent over $130.00 in food and got bad service. If you don't care about the service that you get then feel free to go here, otherwise, DON'T the WAITER that I had was racist, rude, everything!!!
Was really looking forward to a nice dinner - and was severely disappointed. Service friendly - but slow. Ordered salad and prime rib after consulting with the waiter. Salad was OK. After over 30 minutes of waiting for the entree, it was served cold and with the wrong side. When I asked to have it fixed - I was told I needed to order something else since that was the last of the rib. Left disappointed and hungry. Would never go back.
A hallmark of all John Pisto restaurants is the super service. The entire staff is well trained and motivated to make Pisto customers completely satisfied. The Whaling Station staff is no exception.
I had a fillet done to a T. I had that steak two years ago...and I still remember it. It was that good...tender and tasty, like eastern Kansas beef rather than the bland western beef raised here in California. The greatest tribute I can pay to any steak is that I don't slather it in A1 sauce to get some flavor. I didn't add a thing to my fillet...not even salt.
The Cannery Row parking lot is nearby; usually there are spots to park in. But beware of special weekends, like the Jazz Festival or the Laguna Seca...then parking gets tight.
Final note...the Whaling Station is very very expensive...about $100 per couple, but, and this is a big BUT, it's worth it if you're a steak lover.
We ate at the Whaling Station last week. The salad ingredients were very fresh and flavorful. Our steaks were very tender and juicy. The garlic mashed potates were just right but I can do without steamed spinich no matter how good the chef may be. Would be nice to have an alternative choice for the veggie - but I didn't ask either. We tried the lava cake and the apple pie for dessert even though we were too full to finish either one. Next time we will probably skip dessert because of the size of the main course and because it's not their specialty. I have to say though that the decaf coffee was exceptionally good, which is very unusual. The pomegranate martini I had was also very good! For reference: The salads are about $10, steaks $38-$50+. The service was very good.
I have been traveling to the Monterey area for over thirty years. During that time the area like myself has slowly changed. Monterey went from a old reference in an American novel, sleepy, dirty, pretty much out of the way seaside town. It's now the home of a most fantastic Aquarium, and some of the finest resturants on the western shore of America. John Pisto's Whaling Station stands tall among those and is not to be missed. The staff is quick and competent. The overall service is top shelf. On a busy Saturday night(almost all of them are, reservations should be made in advance if there is a big event in town) customers are quickly seated and served with the finest of style and smiles. Even service at the bar is top shelf. The Caesar salad made at table side is a wonderful treat with the freshest of ingredients done to your liking. The meats are carefully aged and cooked to perfection. Deserts to die for. The wine list will satisfy just about anyone with just enough samplings from the local and booming wineries to tempt you from your regular choices.
Over all if your by yourself, on a romantic weekend or with a large party this is a place not to be missed. I'll be there next Saturday night with my friends....we'll be easy to find we'll be the ones with big smiles having a great time!!!!!!!!!!
I have never moaned so much in my life! Every bite was mm mm mm....literally! From the moment I sank my teeth into the ciabatta bread and sipped that first sip of ice cold, perfectly brewed tea, I was in love. The clam chowder was to die for. The roasted corn gives it the perfect amount of flavor to compliment the fresh clams. I ordered the rib steak (bone in for flavor) which came with garlic potatoes and fresh cooked spinach for my meal. My b/f had lamb with the same and also fresh asparagus. All was amazing. The steak was cooked to medium rare perfection and could have been cut with a butter knife. The seasonings on it were perfect with absolutely no need for a sauce. The potatoes were lightly seasoned with garlic and smooth and creamy. The spinach was steam cooked just perfect with a nice sauce on it. The lamb was enough to make you just lick your lips. So tender and once again broiled to medium rare perfection. The asparagus, even though out of season (and the waiter told us this to ensure our satisfaction when we ordered), was tender, steamed just right and served with a creamy hollandaise. For dessert we had creme brulee and tiramisu. Both beautiful and decadent. Creamy and blended flavors, absolutely sinful. Our waiter was charming, attentive (but not too attentive), quick, intuitive, unobtrusive and very sweet. Everything you expect in a good waiter. Last but not least I feel I must address the prices. For someone who has been spending a lot of vacation time over here in Cali on the wharf and such, I felt the prices were very reasonable. All together with everything, including a glass of wine, our bill was only $130 (not including tip). I have spent much more on a meal that was much less satisfying. I give this 5 stars all the way. From the ambiance to the food, to the signs on the doors. I loved it!
Long popular with locals and tourists alike, this restaurant has several special features each with its own appeal: its oak
bar is nearly 200 years old, while the Cannery Row room has a pirate like atmosphere; the conservatory is ...
This legendary seafood restaurant is located at the end of Fisherman's Wharf and its origin goes back to the 1950s.
It has been family run for decades, and the service is impeccable. Specialties include Linguini Shellfish and Swordfish Steak. ...
This authentic British pub serves dinner until midnight and the heated outdoor patio is legendary. You will think that you
are in London, as the decor is truly British in all respects. The grub is typical pub fare: fish ...