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- 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
- Limited number of seated diners
- Distancing maintained in common areas
- Extra space between tables
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
- Waitstaff wear masks
- Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Swordfish Sandwich BLT
baker's bacon, au poivre spices, avocado aioli, brioche roll
Coastal Clam Chowder
manila clams, potatoes, celery, cream, sherry wine
poached black tiger prawns, roasted tomato cocktail sauce
We drove all the way to Monterey bay Seaside for 5 hours to celebrate my morher in laws 60th birthday and we stayed at Embassy Suites Hilton. On my Hilton App they show you places to eat and that when I came across Schooners. I fell in love with the photos as I like romantic views. We had dinner here and loved everything that we order. Such a wonderful place and Nice staff. A must place to visit when you're in Monterey.
Great food and atmosphere next to the bay. The service was a bit slow. We got our drinks after our salads arrived.
Food was not worth the price paid for at all. Service was amazing, overall would not come back although the view was by far the best part of dining there.
Great time! The service was excellent and they got us a prime table :)
Our waiter Hugo was awesome! And the food was delicious! Definitely will come again !
Very bossy to tell me how long the review has to be. I had a nice dinner and better drinks.
Perfect place for a birthday celebration for my love. Beautiful view of the water and friendly seals! Great food. Loved this place.
Horrible service with mediocre food (at best) - I would not recommend.
They were short waiters working
Had to keep asking for everything
We love everything. Everything that we ordered were excellent. The service was beyond awesome.
Thank you .
The views are incredible and the staff was kind and helpful. We enjoyed our Time very much.
Staff was professional and really cared about our time there-I’m impressed and returning soon for another date :)
I booked a table at Schooner's as it is one the on;ly places that offered outdoor dining with a superb view.
Unfortunately, the heaters outside aren't great. We were pretty chilly, and when our appetizer arrived, it was less than impressive. Our poutine fries had a "cheese-blanket" - if you put your fork into any fry with cheese, the entire sheet of cheese lifted up...not good. Poutine cheese is supposed to be curds, and topped with gravy. Not here. Also, the fries also weren't the thick, quality fries that make up a good poutine.
After waiting 35 more minutes for our entrees to arrive, they arrived cold, and my husband's dinner wasn't as he ordered it. My son did enjoy his fish and chips; my caesar was just ok.
The management acknowledged the situation and rectified the situation, and we want to give them another chance when we're in town again, but we really hope they read these reviews and work on the menu.
Great service!!! The food was fabulous! The scallops and crab risotto special was amazing! The braised short ribs were delicious too!
As a local, my husband and I love to take our family to Schooners. We refer everyone. Service is always amazing; along with their food and drinks. Always clean and can’t beat the location and beautiful view of the ocean.
Great option for dining while staying as guests at the hotel. Service and ambience was above our expectations.
I recently went to Schooners and will definitely be back on future trips! When I visit Monterey, I have to have some good seafood and they definitely did not disappoint! Due to COVID, it was all out doors and it was chilly but they offered blankets and had great heaters around for extra comfort. Their specialty Maitai was a little tart for our liking (But the passion fruit foam on it was delicious), but the raspberry lemon drop was delicious. My friend got the fish and chips and I ordered the Cioppino and they were both wonderful! We left full and happy!
Due to the pandemic one can’t expect things to be as they were a year ago.
I felt 16 dollars was a bit much for a tablespoon of lobster and music would have added greatly to the ambiance.
This resturant has a beautiful view and its located in a very extravagant hotel but unfortunately the seafood pot was so bad we couldn't eat it. When we asked a waiter about it he said he ate it and the next day he was sick so don't eat the $35 seafood pot. Other then that it was 👍
We had no light and there was no candle on our table. The burner had no more fluid in it. I had asked 3 times for some sort of light and never got one. We had to use our phones to see our food. I asked for a refill on water and never got it so I had to go to the bar since the waitress took my cup and never came back.
Food and service was good. Hugo, our food server was terrific. The only 2 areas I hope will improve is seating and ambiance. We were seated at the very opposite end of the restaurant and it felt a bit detached from everybody else more so when the person handing out table candles skipped our table. We made reservations ahead of time but didn’t expect our seating to be so so given the reputation of Schooners. I still recommended the restaurant but hopefully they will revisit their dining set up.
Locals out for dinner. Was disappointed that the food wasn’t as good as expected. Lots of flies.
Delicious food, especially the steak and chocolate mousse!
The view over Monterey Bay is wonderful. The food and the service are not. We saw our waiter once, when he took our order. He never returned - not even with the check. We ordered the short ribs that he recommended. They were disgustingly fat and inedible.
We were celebrating our wedding anniversary and decided on dinner on the patio at Schooners. Our reservations were accepted and we were seated in a timely fashion. Our server, James was thorough and assisted us with opening the wine we brought to share with the meal. The setting was perfect and the distancing between tables was also up to standard. Our meals were delish as I had a Cesar Salad and my husband had a cioppino dish which he said was to die for! James was kind enough to offer us some sorbet for dessert in honor of our anniversary. We were both quite full but it put a nicefinishing touch to our meal. I wouldn't look any futher next time I'm in Monterey.
Loved it. Had dinner here our first night in Monterey. It didn’t disappoint. Got a table with an amazing view of the ocean! Can’t wait to go back on our next trip to the peninsula!
My go-to outdoor restaurant on the Monterey coast. Wonderful, quick and energetic service. Good always very good.
Hugo. And addy were amazing. We spent our 25 yr anniversary here and the hospitality was beyond what we expected. I highly recommend schooners. Thank you. We will be back
Great cocktails and food! beautiful view from where we were seated. My only complaint would be that we were seated at a long counter and we were not 6' away from the diners to our left that made me unfomfortable with Covid19. I angled my body so I had my back to them. Otherwise a nice dining experience.
Excellent food, service & atmosphere. Would return again!
the service was first rate. Knowledgeable staff helped with dinner choices. Atmosphere was as expected overlooking Monterey Bay. Ample spacing between outdoor tables was assuring. Cocktails were Monterey great as well.
Beautiful view sitting outside. Food was lackluster.
Seafood pasta was very bland. The service was great
For her birthday, I took my wife to dinner at Schooners. It's a nice atmosphere, for the most part. We sat at a window and could see the waves crashing against the rocks below. Apart from the loud group sitting in a table next to us (2 couples) talking about NBA picks, everything was perfect. I'd definitely go again. Great food!
We made a reservation. We were greeted by a charming young lady.
The service was prompt and the waitress Marsha made our evening!
We were amazed at the great service a food quality.
Dear OpenTable Diner, Thank you for your feedback! We are happy to hear you enjoyed your dinner in Schooners and Marsha will be thrilled that she made your evening special! We look forward to seeing you again. Sincerely, Chris Sommers Managing Director Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa
Wonderful food and service! I went for my anniversary and it was wonderful!
Beautiful ambiience. Pricy but worth it for a special occasion.
Excellent food and service
It was a great time. I brought kids and everyone around was so welcoming.
Dear AliciaJ, Thank you for your review and we are happy to hear you and the kids enjoyed your experience in Schooners! We hope to see you again soon. Sincerely, Chris Sommers Managing Director Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa
Very expensive for the portion size. Very hard to find the entrance got lost several times coming from the patio. Terrible screaming kids while adults should have only been there at that time.
Dear Guernseyman, Thank you for your review, however we are disappointed to learn you did not have an enjoyable experience. If possible, can you contact me directly with any additional feedback that can be shared with our team along with what has already been provided. We hope to have the opportunity to welcome you back to restore your confidence in Schooners. Sincerely, Chris Sommers Managing Director Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa
Schooners is rated 4.4 stars by 1468 OpenTable diners.
Schooners does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://schoonersmonterey.com/.
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.