on August 29, 2000
This place has the feel of an old time high class brothel with red carpet, red flocked wall paper and four sumptuous dining rooms. Seriously, I don't mean that in a bad way! The Cannery Row Room and the elevated Grill Room and bar are adorned with rich wood, soft leather with photographs, paintings and documents depicting the area's history. The Wine Celler Banquet room is especially fascinating with its 25-foot table and 16th-Century antiques. Speaking of wine, The Sardine Factory has an incredible 30,000 bottle wine list with 1,375 labels. Dining by candlelight near the fireplace in the Captain's room is a glowing experience. I especially like the glass covered Conservatory with its lush greenery and statue basking in the light of a huge chandelier. The food is always marvelous. Their Abalone Bisque is world famous. At intermezzo order the fresh fruit sorbet served in a gracefully carved ice swan. House specialties include swordfish with sun-dried tomato tapenade and seared Asian-spiced ahi tuna on oyster mushroom and soba noodles with soy-ginger sauce. Yum! Great desserts too, especially the tiramisu.
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