Schooners Monterey

4.4
2129 Reviews
$31 to $50
Californian
Schooners, 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, the Schooners team 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 and main courses. A creative cocktail menu is served alongside an impressive wine list highlighting Monterey County vintners.
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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
What 2129 people are saying
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Klowd
San Diego
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Schooners was amazing. Highly recommend to anyone wanting a dining experience on the water. We could hearing the waves crashing the entire time. It was perfect

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KathyP
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a great experience with really great food . The customer service was great will definitely be going back Loved this place

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall1food3service2ambience2

Food was average not worth price charged for and no much of a selection. Wasn’t offered same amenities as everyone else.

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RamonaC
Central Coast
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Excellent Crab Benedict, the view was lovely would most definitely return next time visiting Monterey

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our meal was excellent. My husband any I were celebrating my birthday and I’m glad we decided to come here. Service was great. We had our two kids with us since we were on vacation and they accommodated our children as well.

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DougC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The restaurant, like the hotel, is pretentious and overpriced....lacking in substance and value. I had the Shrimp Cavatelli at $34, which included exactly three medium-sized prawns. I've never had a shrimp pasta dish in a restaurant that included less than five prawns. The pasta itself tasted homemade and was cooked to al dente, but the sauce was just average.

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Townie
Richmond
8 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience3

I wanted to enjoy a leisurely lunch with a view of the water and booked this place without having been before. It wasn't as nice as I'd hoped. I finished my drink and left without eating. I'm sure families and casual diners will enjoy it very much. It wasn't for me.

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ValB
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great friendly service

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Good food, just Very small portions - very little ceviche, mostly a salsa. Childrens burger is more like a slider. Appreciate the heaters and outdoor seating. Servers very nice.

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vipMonikaH
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great location with amazing food. Everything was fresh and delicious!

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JoannaW
Central Coast
5 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it and our server, Daniel, was awesome along w the hostess and other servers!

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vipWinechic1
San Francisco
44 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful breakfast menu. Excellent service,

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RebeccaK
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service is always amazing here! It’s our go to when in Monterey and want good seafood or steaks. I had the scallops which were amazing! And my son had the hangar steak which he said was hands down the best steak he’s had in awhile. Great service.

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SusanJ
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Wait staff were attentive. Speedy service.

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vipFrankie
San Francisco
149 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

We had a light dinner since it was late-ish (8:00). Clam chowder was very good; chips and dip were good but more seafood in the dip would have been better; Autumn salad was good although the dressing was extremely spicy, perhaps siracha or wasabe??? Menu didn't say it would be very peppery. Not bad, just a big surprise. Desserts: chocolate mousse pie; two bites were enough for me, plus chocolate chip cookies, very good but overpriced ($6 for two normal sized like you'd bake at home). Glass of Chandon brut was perfect and husband ordered a mocktail on which they did a good job. Overall it's quite expensive but you're paying for a tourist's view of the bay and the possibility of being on the terrace overlooking the bay. Convenient part of the Monterey Plaza Hotel.

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ahome2love
Los Angeles
24 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Overall everything was good, food was good but not great. No bread or butter served even with the clam pasta dish. Salmon was good, and cooked nicely. We asked 3 times for bread or rolls to go with the pasta however it was not delivered to my husband until his last couple of bites of food. Lemon for the salmon came a little faster but I was more than half way finished. Really, I have never seen a saucy pasta dish served without something to dip up the sauce or fish without a slice or two of lemon on the side of the dish. There were several large parties and what seemed as fairly new wait staff and understaffing which is a common problem these days. Also, on the pricey side for food and service issues.

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ErinM
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was amazing! We will definitely be back.

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DanielV
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

You can’t find a more beautiful setting. The service was excellent and the food was delicious.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best place in Monterrey hands down. The food and the service was the best. Can’t wait to go back again .

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ticower
Central Coast
4 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great customer service. Beautiful outdoor

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KevinT
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful views, wonderful duo playing covers, and the food was perfect. Get the ceviche and calamari bahn mi

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SumH
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Yummy breakfast- belgian waffle with delicious maple whip cream and strawberries.
The service was a little slow, and it didn't look busy but perhaps i was not seeing all the customers. Despite that, beautiful location, bright cheerful, and and nice waiters when they came. REcommend!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience1

Awful service; staff didn’t care especially front of house. Waste of money!there are way better places to dine close

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SallyA
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall1food3service3ambience2

had a horrible experience this restaurant and handling of our reservation which spoiled the whole experience

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall1food3service5ambience5

My property was stolen while my car was being parked by the valet department

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KATHERYNR
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing and the wait staff was super friendly and attentive. The food is a bit pricy but the view and overall experience makes it all worth it.

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vipPatrick
San Francisco
125 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had family from TN and FL visiting while we were in Carmel. We stopped at Schooner’s for lunch on the way home. The food, wine, service, ambiance was outstanding resulting in a very special lunch. I always appreciate the fact that we did not feel rushed; we were able to enjoy our conversation while enjoying a very nice lunch.

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Patrick
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall4food4service2ambience4

Excellent food! Steak was perfectly cooked as requested. Service was just extremely slow. 20 minutes to take drink orders and then another 15 just to take food orders.

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Ronola
San Francisco
29 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was the perfect setting for a perfect breakfast at Schooners in Monterey. The service was outstanding, and the food was cooked to perfection. The staff was warm and friendly as we dined looking out at the Monterey Bay.

I highly recommend Schooners to anyone looking for a great place to dine in a relax and friendly environment.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

To get to the restaurant you have to go through the hotel which feels very corporate and dated. The restaurant is on the water so that was nice but the design of the space is nothing special. The server was very aggressive about ordering drinks and tried numerous times to upsell us on buying more even when we said no. The food was fine. Average and not worth the price. Will not be back.

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vipFoodie4life
San Joaquin
27 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience2

THe restaurant is really more of a lunch spot in that the tables and chairs are not entirely comfortable and just look something for a grab and go type of menu. The food was expensive for the quality, but it is in a high tourist area, so that is to be expected. They did have a really nice chips and dip that turned out to be entirely different than I expected and was a nice way to start the meal. The bread was wonderful very fresh and hot with whipped butter. The autumn salad was a nice treat with fresh vegetables and the flavors were good. Overall, the meal was good. Nothing to rave about, but not a bad meal either. It overlooked the water, which is always nice.

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Kristin
Central Coast
9 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Schooners. Always a nice experience. No complaints.

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Carmenb
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome view delicious meal. Don’t miss the opportunity to dine here!

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vipDavid
San Diego
67 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love this place. The service has always been nothing less than exceptional. You might consider dining here for the view alone. The food is consistently spot-on, offering the freshest sea food along with a stand-out wine list. This is a most ideal place for Brunch.

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JoanW
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Awesome atmosphere, food and service. Thank you very much

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Eliane
Las Vegas
7 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Family travel

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CandiG
Sacramento
7 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for a bday dinner. Food and drinks were great. I would definitely go back.

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CarlosA
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great , food was very good , service was the best The view was the best as well.

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BigBlue
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

A pleasant environment but a very limited menu. We did appetizers for dinner. The food was average. The outside deck is a lovely place to sit and enjoy the water while you eat.

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Foodislife
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great dungeness crab benedict. Could have more breakfast items, and I'd prefer traditional breakfast sausage to the chicken apple.

FAQs

Schooners Monterey does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates and Uber Eats.

Schooners Monterey is rated 4.4 stars by 2129 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.