Schooners Coastal Kitchen & Bar

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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 Jerry Regester'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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GM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Limited menu

DS
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely delicious dinner right on the water. Definitely would go back. Excellent service!

Schooners Coastal Kitchen & Bar
Responded a day ago

Dear DianeS, Thank you for your comments. We look forward to welcoming you back! Sincerely, Chris Sommers Managing Director Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa

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RB
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Food taste was disappointing. Great view and service was good

Schooners Coastal Kitchen & Bar
Responded 2 days ago

Dear 381RB, Thank you for sharing your feedback. I invite you to contact me directly as we would like to hear more details regarding your meals. I look forward to hearing from you. Sincerely, Chris Sommers Managing Director Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa

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D
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We saw whales while having breakfast! Priceless. And the food was amazing. Try the croissant French toast.

OT
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food is very good. Only complaint would be that we ordered the 4 crab legs addition and it was 2 legs cut up in 4 pieces. My salmon was very good. Cooked perfect. Service was very good. I picked this restaurant because it said great sunset views. Even though we had a window table we were not facing the West. You can see the glow of the sunset but not what I pictured.

F
Miami
6 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The restaurant was so cold that we ate as fast as we could and got out. It was cool outside but they had AC blowing strongly on us at our window seat. Food was okay.

Schooners Coastal Kitchen & Bar
Responded on October 15, 2019

Dear Fitz, Thank you for your feedback. We apologize that you found the temperature uncomfortable and we will share your comments with our team to ensure temperature controls are being followed. We hope to see you again the next time you are in the Monterey area. Sincerely, Chris Sommers Managing Director Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and ambiance.

C
Kent
7 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great, food service environment it was brilliant and Megan the waitress just made it. So good we booked to go back on our last day. Great quality and great food. Give it a try you won’t be disappointed 😀👍

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Romantic Getaway

L
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and view was great.

RB
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Special request was not done or communicated that it couldn't be done.

I
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful place!!!

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BK
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

My grilled oysters were mediocre. Broccoli was bad-salty and poorly spiced! Chowder was average. Liked the mixed calamari. Bread was good!

Schooners Coastal Kitchen & Bar
Responded on October 3, 2019

Dear BaraK, Thank you for sharing your feedback regarding your recent dinner. We were disappointed to hear you were underwhelmed with your meal and we will share your feedback with our Executive Chef to ensure proper preparations are being followed. We hope to have the opportunity to welcome you back. Sincerely, Chris Sommers Managing Director Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa

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B
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

Food ok but service was too rushed and too busy. We weren’t left alone for 5 mins to enjoy our food as too many waiting staff were coming to our table asking if everything was ok. It would have been ok if they hadn’t had done this! Good restaurant service should be unobtrusive, quite the opposite at Schooners!
Also very expensive!

Schooners Coastal Kitchen & Bar
Responded on October 3, 2019

Dear Barney, Thank you for sharing your feedback regarding your recent visit to Schooners. We were disappointed to hear that you found the service to be intrusive and we will share your comments with our team. We hope to have the opportunity to host you again. Sincerely, Chris Sommers Managing Director Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa

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OT
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our Birthdays just spending time with family!

FF
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Late lunch on the patio overlooking the bay. Great view and good food, wonderful server. One of our best meals while vacationing.

Schooners Coastal Kitchen & Bar
Responded on October 15, 2019

Dear FoodandFun, Thank you for your feedback. We are so happy to hear you enjoyed the food, views and service provided. We hope to see you again on your next vacation to the Monterey area. Sincerely, Chris Sommers Managing Director Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa

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CM
Sacramento
19 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

We had 4 in our party for dinner. Between the 4 of us, we had the ravioli, ribeye, swordfish & tuna & calamari appetizer.The food was good but not great. Our service was really slow. I’m not sure if our waitress had too many tables or if it was the kitchen? We had a nice experience but not what you’d expect for the caliber of the restaurant or our past experiences.

DE
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect ending to a perfect vacation! Excellent food, excellent service amazing views of Monterey.

OT
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

Staff was very accommodating in an unfortunate situation. Food was good (but the entire place needs a quality check for the price)

Schooners Coastal Kitchen & Bar
Responded on September 24, 2019

Dear OpenTable Diner, Thank you for sharing your review. If possible, please contact me at the Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa so that I can learn more details regarding your experience. Sincerely, Chris Sommers Managing Director Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa

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AS
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great ambiance and view of the pacific. The food was amazing, we had angry prawns and salmon, and both were very good.

KH
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Very romantic, excellent service. The tables are a bit close to each other so it's hard not to overhear close by conversations especially if the patrons have been drinking and are loud(the table next to us had a tipsy and loud gentleman). Food was good but the Crab Bisque we ordered as an appetizer was AMAZING and we wished we had that for the main course.

RJ
Seattle
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and view were exceptional. Service, including our waiter, Steven, was the best!

PB
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Overcooked octopus. Entrees took 50 mins and not too good. 8 very small gorgonzola and walnut raviolis for $26 and kale was undercooked. Locals and won't be back

Schooners Coastal Kitchen & Bar
Responded on September 24, 2019

Dear PaulB, Thank you for your feedback. We are saddened to hear you were disappointed with your recent visit to Schooners. We will share your comments with our culinary team for review and hope to welcome you back to give us another chance to exceed your expectations. Sincerely, Chris Sommers Managing Director Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa

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DO
Dallas
14 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

The Food and Service was great. The view is excellent. Very nice wine list.

R
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Great evening dining experience.

SD
Phoenix
10 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was our anniversary.

H
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

The menu selection was just ok, I was looking for more local fish on the menu. The view is great.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and excellent service they gave us a window table for our anniversary dinner so the view was great.

S
Sacramento
29 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great views, saw lots of sea life!
Service started out fantastic but because we let it be known we weren’t in a hurry they seemed to disappear near the end of our meal.
It was a busy holiday weekend. Unfortunately there was a large table of very loud roudy children. The parents were oblivious. Other tables were complaining.
You just need to know management won’t do anything.

Schooners Coastal Kitchen & Bar
Responded on September 5, 2019

Dear Suzy, Thank you for your review of Schooners! While we are thrilled that you enjoyed the views, we offer our apologies that the server did not remain attentive and for the noise you experienced. We have reviewed your comments with our team, and assure you that we always do our best to maintain a pleasant environment for all for our diners. We hope to welcome you back for the chance to exceed your expectations. Sincerely, Chris Sommers Managing Director Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and atmosphere, service is quick. A little bit pricey, but you pay for the view. Definitely need a reservation for the long weekend and ask for the window seat if available.

l
Salt Lake City
7 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

The food is average. I ordered a rib-eye stead, the taste is very average. My wife ordered the fish, it is good and fresh. We shared the octopus, it way over cooked. It would be a nice place if you sit outside with the ocean view. Our servers are great and very attentive. However, our main dish took over an hour, we lost our appetite when the food came out.

Schooners Coastal Kitchen & Bar
Responded on September 9, 2019

Dear Imdgeneral, Thank you for your review of Schooners. We offer our sincere apologies that you were not satisfied with the rib eye or octopus dishes and will be sure to bring your feedback to our team. We are thrilled that you enjoyed the service, and hope to welcome you back during our Coastal Hour so you can enjoy the ocean view from the heated patio. Sincerely, Chris Sommers Managing Director Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa

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KE
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 2ambience 5

Our waiter was very odd! Asked ranch dressing for my salad. He brought me a small dish with ranch that barely covered the bottom. I ordered raviolis that were not very good. Absolutely not worth the money!!! My husband ordered a steak medium cooked. It came very well & tough. Potatoes tasted like boxed potatoes. We were very disappointed & would never return to this restraint or recommend it. We also were not happy with our waiter.

Schooners Coastal Kitchen & Bar
Responded on September 5, 2019

Dear KimE, Thank you for your helpful feedback regarding your meal at Schooners. We offer our sincere apologies that you were not satisfied with the food, and have taken your comments to our culinary team. Please reach out to our Director of Food & Beverage, Darin Grohs, should you have additional feedback. Thank you, and we do hope to welcome you back to restore your confidence in us. Sincerely, Chris Sommers Managing Director Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa

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JM
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place for a nice dinner. All the bells and whistles you would expect from s higher end place. Service was top notch. Food prepared perfect. The Swordfish and chocolate globe were our favorite. Will always make a point to eat here when we are in town.

SC
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 2

The food was very disappointing. The service was good but I would have sent my dish back if the waiter had checked on us sooner. The dining room manager asked how everything was and I told her my dish was tasteless and she offered me a glass of wine. She never offered to take the dish away and bring me something else. I won’t ever go back.

Schooners Coastal Kitchen & Bar
Responded on September 5, 2019

Dear StacyC, Thank you for your helpful review of your experience at Schooners. We are disappointed to learn that the food did not leave a lasting impression and will review your comments with our culinary team. We do hope to welcome you back so that we can restore your confidence in us. Sincerely, Chris Sommers Managing Director Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa

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OT
Sydney / NSW
7 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Awesome meal and a fantastic view would recommend

GC
San Diego
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated our anniversary with some close friends and Schooners made it so special! Wouldn’t complain about anything!

AA
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

My husband absolutely loved the smoked cod chowder, I had the crab bisque it was good but could have been hotter. Pastrami wrapped sturgeon special was good as was the ahi. Bumba Island cocktail was great. Overall good meal, view and service!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Amazing view.

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B
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Seafood was fresh. Good for families and dates. One person in our party has a severe allergy and everyone took good care of her so she could eat feeling comfortable. Views are fantastic of the ocean - saw sea lions swimming past.

SD
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

You can't beat the view but for the price it's just not what I expect.