Schooners Coastal Kitchen & Bar
Schooners Coastal Kitchen & Bar

Schooners Coastal Kitchen & Bar

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.schoonersmonterey.com/
  • Phone: 8313722628x
  • Hours of Operation:



    Sorry for any inconvience, but we do not accept any reservations during our breakfast and lunch hours. Reservations for dinner begin at 5:30pm.

    BREAKFAST:
    Monday - Friday: 6:30am - 11:00am

    Saturday - Sunday: 6:30am - 12:00pm



    LUNCH:
    Monday-Sunday: 11:30am - 5:00pm



    DINNER:
    Monday-Sunday : 5:30pm - 9:30pm



    BAR SERVICE:
    Monday - Sunday: 11:30am - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Steak, Seafood, Californian
  • Executive Chef: James Waller
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, View, Weekend Brunch, Wine
  • Catering: Full Sail Catering is a division of Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa. Our goal is to bring our fine dining experience to a location of your choice. Whether it is a strolling reception under the starry sky, a bountiful buffet at a breath taking vineyard or a delicious plated meal at your private residence, we can create an elegant affair for you.
  • Special Events: We offer exclusive buffets with breathtaking views of the Monterey Bay in celebration of Easter, Mother's Day and Thanksgiving.

Getting there

  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Schooners Coastal Kitchen and Bar offers two hour complimentary Valet parking. Please let our host know 10 minutes before you leave and we will call valet, your car will be ready on the drive
A word from Schooners Coastal Kitchen & Bar
Schooners Coastal Kitchen & Bar, suspended over the waters of Monterey Bay, is a stunning restaurant featuring sustainable seafood and approachable, contemporary American cuisine. The ideal location for celebrating the Central Coast and the spectacular coastal region, Executive Chef Waller's commitment to fresh, sustainable seafood is reflected in the creative menu which features a variety of seafood options, both raw and cooked, as well as appetizers, soups, salads, large platters meant for sharing, and wood-fired dishes. A creative cocktail menu is served alongside an impressive wine list highlighting Monterey County vintners. The high-energy bar, bustling open kitchen, and dramatic outdoor patio personifies a relaxed, fun and joyous atmosphere.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerScenic View
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSeafood
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Schooners Coastal Kitchen & Bar reviews from OpenTable diners
118 reviews since May 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.1
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
89% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (104)special occasion (62)romantic (55)great for outdoor dining (37)fit for foodies (31)notable wine list (25)kid-friendly (17)good for groups (16)great for lunch (14)great for brunch (14)neighborhood gem (8)hot spot (7)vibrant bar scene (6)late-night find (6)Show More
  • Schooners aye, mates!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Wife and I went for an anniversary dinner. Had a drink at the bar while waiting for our reserved table. Our host said he'd have our one drink tab follow us. The ban man gently insisted we settle before taking our drinks. The waiters and servers were top shelf. Food damned fine. Excellent ambiance. Go there soon!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Middle of the road
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Dungeness crab on special board. We asked where is it on menus? Oh, in cippino, for example. When the soup arrived with Alaskan King crab , we asked where the dungeness crab was Reply: "Oh, you want some? I can get it". That's as far as we got. Food pretty ordinary, fish overlooked and potatoes barely warm. Beautiful view, relaxing environment.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Service and Food Quality Lacking
    Peter
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Service- Water glasses not refilled ever, empty Cocktail glasses on the table for the entire 2.5 hours, appetizer plates on table most of the night, empty wine bottle on table the entire night; clearly no one cared. Food - Ex. the steaks, everything was, as expected, good. All three steaks were absolutely terrible. Three steaks (two fillets as part of the surf & turf) were deeply charred/burned and were not edible and were left on plates mainly untouched but the staff could not have cared. It was an anniversary dinner so we did not want to ruin our time by complaining. Clearly no one in management was overseeing the nightly table service as it would have been obvious that something was very wrong.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Noisy and Blown away by Air cond
    Tommyb
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Food and service was good - no complaints However we had to change table 3 Times' to get away from Cold Air in our heads/neck, but still not acceptabel Noise lever from Air condition was frustratingly high, and noise level from people in the restaurant was so high it was impossible to speak across the table. We could Hardly hear the voice of the waitress While ordering When complaining afterwards, we got a free breakfast as compensation
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Beautiful
    DanaVIP
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    We loved this restaurant. It had great service, farm to table food, and beautiful views of Monterrey Bay. Cant't wait to go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of Monterey's best.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Outstanding location, ambience, food and best of all attentive service by our hostess and server Sarda. Views at sunset were great. Not a bad seat in the house. Our 40th wedding anniversary dinner could not have been more perfect. The filet mignon wrapped in bacon with angry prawns is one of the best meals ever.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • TexasTwoStep
    TexasTwoStep
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We had a wonderful dining experience at Schooners. They accommodated all our special requests for my husbands BDay celebration. The service was excellent and food was superior. Would recommend and will return if we visit Monterey again.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We has farm to table menu. The coq au vin was soooo salty! The veggies were soaked in salt! Also it was my husbands birthday and I had specifically asked for candle on his dessert but they forgot or claimed they didn't see the request. Ruined the moment.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Outstanding
    777flygirl
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    The service was outstanding and the food fabulous. Had filet mignon and lobster with a side of mash potatoes and aspargus. Roland our waiter was exceptional.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I WANT IT TO BE BETTER
    Wally
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    Schooners is located on the Monterey Bay side of the Monterey Plaza Hotel. The views are spectacular and the overall décor of the restaurant is very nice. For the most part the food is excellent to very good. I feel that there could be a little improvement here and there. I would have to say that the wait staff service can be hit and miss. We had very good service for breakfast but a little lack luster for dinner. By lack luster I mean that they were slow in their responsiveness and a little forgetful. They offered a dark napkin for my wife since she was wearing dark pants but it never showed up.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, kid-friendly, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We had a great dinner and our waitress was fantastic
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • High hopes, poor service
    Jeff
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    We were on vacation and found that many folks recommended this restaurant. We arrived a bit early and were sent to the bar to get a drink. We were pretty much ignored by the waitress who seemed to be walking around aimlessly. When we were seated for dinner (inside), we noticed that the table came up to our necks. We looked and discovered that we had been seated at a handicap accessible table, even though none of us is handicapped. We looked around and saw dozens of empty tables. We asked to be moved. The place seems to be run by amateurs. The food was good, but not worth the price.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Schooners Coastal Kitchen
    Estic
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    The view was excellent, the food was good, and the service a little slow. We had a reservation for 7:15 to catch the sunset, but weren't seated until after 7:30. We started with Angry Prawns. Don't know where they got the name from because even though it's listed as cooked with chili, they were not spicy. For entrees we had Seared Mahi Mahi which was baked not seared and Grilled Swordfish. Both had different sides from what was listed on the menu. Strange but still delicious. We also ordered a side of Baked Artichokes which were super tasty! Overall I would recommend this place because the views were great.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wedding Anniversary Dinner
    Nevadaroamance
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    We were there on Aug. 20th for our 59th Wedding Anniversary dinner, neither one of us cared for the too loud background music. Jazz did seem appropriate for an anniversary celebration! The tables are VERY close together and one woman next to us talked loudly during her entire dinner, by the end of dinner, we knew her entire life story! The restaurant did present us with a very nice surprise dessert and champagne to celebrate our anniversary. I would NOT consider this a location for a romantic dinner!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not good for vegetarians
    Esther1958VIP
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    We looked at the online menu to make sure that there were some vegetarian choices before making a reservation here. The actual menu was different from the online menu, and had no vegetarian entree choices. I was encouraged to take the (off the menu) "chef's vegetable platter" and I did, receiving a platter of steamed vegetables, primarily cauliflower, with no seasoning. There were no items containing significant protein (no beans, grains, nuts, cheese, etc.) The service at the restaurant was very slow, and our waiter rarely made an appearance. The restaurant is beautifully situated over the water, and we enjoyed the view and our time together, but would have liked the food to be a little more special, especially considering the price.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great for our anniversary
    GHS88
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    We booked with them for our first anniversary. The food was great and the waiter really Nice too. Would recommend, if only it was not this expensive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful View
    Prego
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    We were in the area for the Pebble Beach Concours and felt lucky to get a 7:00 pm reservation. We had a terrific table next to the windows and watched otters at play while waiting for our food. The Angry Prawns were disappointing as they weren't the least bit spicy. However, our Black Cod with heirloom tomato butter, olive tapanade and mashed potatoes, paired with a Hahn Pinot was delicious. Our waitress was initially attentive but as the restaurant became more crowded we had a bit of a wait for the check.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Schooners
    ATLBud
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Hard to get a more perfect view of Monterey Bay than from Schooners. The swordfish was cooked perfectly as was the filet my son had. Service was timely and very friendly. I would definitely recommend Schooners to anyone traveling in the Monterey area.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very, Very, Good!
    Lee33919
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Expansive, creative menu, excellent service and a magnificent view!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • What a disappointment
    TCNCVIP
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Had to wait to get in even though it wasn't busy. We had reservations. Took a long time to get served and then food came out cold. Ordered something else same thing happened. After spending two hours there we just left
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  • Excellent food and service
    SussexWolf
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Stayed a couple of nights in Monterey and ate at Schooners the first night. The quality of the fish and meat was excellent, and the portions well sized. Really good service from the waiter, who was friendly and knowledgeable, and even suggested our kids share a starter as their mains would be large. My wife and I had an excellent local Sav Blanc to accompany, which went down a treat as well!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Horrible
    justbad12
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Too expensive. Tasteless food. Horrible selection of wines and beers. Service was less than adequate for a restaurant of this level. Web site needs updating.
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  • good food, service needs tuneup
    MrMoorayVIP
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    We ate there on a Thursday evening after the dinner rush. Ordered a cocktail and a bottle of Barolo. Cocktail came followed by server with a bottle of Pinot Grigio (i.e., not even close). Sent off in search of the request, came back much later to report no Barolo in the cellar. Ordered a Merlot instead, server brought back Cabernet. It should not be this hard ... Food arrived much more slowly than seemed appropriate, but at least was worthy of the price. Setting is lovely, but the sun needs to be up to appreciate it fully!
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  • A Very Good Hotel Dining Experience
    richie
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    We did not stay at the hotel where this restaurant is located. We went purely for the dining experience, which was very good. The setting is beautiful. The view is stupendous. The waiter was fine, although his recommendations were not as good as he professed them to be. The farm to table price fixe was excellent. The ala carte selections a little less so, but still very good. Nice wine list-- deep and fairly reasonable pricing. As hotel restaurant dining experiences go, it was a good choice.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious
    seafooder
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Very nice first class place. the waiter was great and though the prices are high what you get is awesome!
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • mike
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    We celebrated our daughter's 21st birthday. We were seated at a table with a spectacular view. The service was impeccable and really pulled out all the stops for our daughter's birthday. We ordered salads and chowder. I had the burrata and heirloom salad. excellent flavor and presentation. All the rest of my family ordered the chowder. We enjoyed our steaks and lobster, choppino and pastas. We opted not to have desserts but they surprised us with a plate of fresh chcolate dipped strawberries, ice cream and glasses of champagne. Such a wonderful surprise. I love eating lunch here and will certainly go back for dinner. Just an FYI...free valet parking for two hours!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Disappointed with entree
    LoveSeafood
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    My wife and I ordered Filet mignon and lobster for two ($85) and the couple we were with had swordfish and Ahi . The Filet was cold and the lobster over-cooked and the other couple had mushy tuna and sword fish he called bland. I'm afraid I won't be recommending this restaurant as it's menu is extensive but the food was not that good.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • dinner with a view
    steverino
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Always great food, fantastic view of the bay, right on the water. Great service too.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food
    Bigi
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    We habe chosen the Restaurant because of good ratings but it was better then what we had expected! Everything was Absolutely excellent
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, scenic view, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Will be back for more!
    diningdiva
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Really enjoyed this restaurant on a lovely summer evening recently. Except for the décor (which is generic coastal themed), the service, wine selection, and especially the food was perfect. Tried the special "wine with dinner" option that featured 3 courses paired with 3 glasses of wine. My dining partner elected to order off of the regular menu and was pleased with course selections and quality of the food. Service was attentive but not overly intrusive. Enjoyed beautiful water views and definitely plan to return for lunch or dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing dinner
    MontereyBay
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Took my Mom for her 76th birthday. We really enjoyed the experience. We had a great table with a view of the yacht races (Wednesday nights from April to October). We both had sea bass topped with crab meat -- excellent. The chef paired this with a nice local Chardonnay. Restaurant treated us to champagne with fresh raspberries and dark chocolate dipped strawberries for the celebration. For an appetizer we shared the oysters - also wonderful. I've had breakfast here before and it was equally great.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Schooners coastal kitchen and bar
    Smithsrock
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    We had a lovely meal during our stay at the Monterey Plaza. We had a table by the window looking out to sea. The menu was very good including gluten free which was fantastic. The wine list was excellent too with local wines too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cioppino
    steakloverVIP
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Some of the best Cioppino I have ever had. Great room and view. Our waitress was great.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great location...Not great service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    I had eaten at this spot earlier in the summer. I love the open dining with views of the bay. That night I also had good service and a charming waitress. This time, however, everything worked out well until an almost hour wait in between the app and main course (we ordered the special seasonal menu). By the time we got our food it was dark and an encroaching boisterous bar crowd was lingering by the heat lamps around our table. We had to order our dessert to go. The waitress did tip off my wine glass, but otherwise the management did not offer us any gestures to compensate for our evening. I would also suggest to the management to control the bar crowd so it doesn't spill out into the space of the diners.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great treat
    TravelingDinerVIP
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Arrived from the Eastcoast and enjoyed excellent service and very good food. Wait staff was outstanding and made the evening a pleasure.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice dinner and equally nice views
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    Nice dinner first night in Monterey. Friendly and accommodating service. Had full glasses of water throughout the evening. Our daughter's spill was quickly cleaned up. Great place for family, group or couple. Quiet and lovely views.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Athens
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    We had dinner at Schooners the first night we stayed at Monterey Plaza. We were very pleased with the service and the food was excellent! Could not ask for a better meal or a better view!!
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • excellent
    wolves
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    great experience excellent food great place flexible with menu
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous Location
    dine4fun
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    A wonderful evening spent on the water. However the restaurat is not clearly signed from the street. Had to ask a porter of the Plaza hotel where it was only to discover its part of it. Food great except they had run out of lobster by 8pm and so we couldn"t have the proper surf and turf. However all this was forgotten when we spotted a sea otter in the water right by the restaurant. My boys were given binoculars to look out and we had a table by the water - definately recommended. An unforgettable evening.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What happened?
    JamieG
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    The first time I enjoyed Schooners was on my honeymoon (Oct 2011) and it was pure bliss. The food was amazing the service was top notch and the view was to die for. Since then I have returned with my husband twice more. Once being May of this year (same outstanding experience) and then most recently this past week in July. This visit we were greeted with the same superior service staff but the food fell flat. I am not sure if it was just an off night for the kitchen but having made a 2 hour drive just to dine here to have such a disappointing meal was upsetting to say the least. We will give Schooners another chance as the sea bass Blt is out of this world, however I have some concern over the drastic change of quality in two short months.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.