Bert Cutino at the Carmel Tomato Fest 2007
Bert Cutino is an icon in the Monterey Bay area as co-founder with Ted Balestreri of world famous restaurant, The Sardine Factory in 1968. I first met him back in the early 70's and was duly impressed by this charming Italian! He is a man that knows food and holds very high standards on every morsels served in his restaurant.
Every city has that one restaurant you can't miss, where celebrities feel at home and every other guest feels like a celebrity. The Sardine Factory has that cache - world leaders, sports heroes and entertainment icons have made a tradition of dining in our historic Cannery Row setting. Almost every time I have dined at the Sardine Factory I see someone famous, and besides they make me feel "famous and special" too with fabulous service and amazing cuisine.
Their award-winning chefs prepare each delectable creation of fresh, sustainable seafood and USDA Prime Beef for you alone. The signature Abalone Bisque was served by request at President Ronald Reagan's Inaugural dinners, and the Macadamia-Crusted Mahi Mahi is one of TV celeb Rachel Ray's favorites. The Sardine Factory serves only the best Eastern corn-fed USDA Prime Beef, hand picked and aged to ensure maximum tenderness and flavor. No other steak will ever compare!
Their service is so warm and friendly you'll feel like a regular, and after just one visit, you will be. A choice from the wine collection complements any dish--after all, they won the 2006 Best Wine List in America award from Restaurant Hospitality Magazine .
Having set the standard for excellence throughout the years, The Sardine Factory has been the recipient of virtually every major restaurant and wine award in the industry, including, the prestigious Distinguished Restaurants of North America (DiRoNA) Award (1993-present); selected as a member of Epicurean International; American Automobile Association's (AAA) Four Diamond Award; Wine Spectator's Grand Award since 1982; four-star designation in Al Alessandri's 1997 Guide; Restaurant Hospitality's Top of the Table Award (first place, 1983); Nation's Restaurant News Hall of Fame Award (1981); Restaurants & Institutions Ivy Award (1980), and the list continues. The Sardine Factory was also honored as one of 50 restaurants in the United States to serve at President Reagan's inaugurations in 1981 and 1985.
Next time you are heading to California be sure and make a stop in the magnificient Monterey Bay and dine at The Sardine Farctory-you will be so happy you did: