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Schooners

4.4
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1468 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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Californian
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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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
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 1468 people are saying
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4.4based on recent ratings
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EarlK
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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vipTinaO
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Great food and atmosphere next to the bay. The service was a bit slow. We got our drinks after our salads arrived.

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Bremaksandoval
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall4food1service5ambience5

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.

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AllyS
Nashville
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great time! The service was excellent and they got us a prime table :)

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AnnaJ
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our waiter Hugo was awesome! And the food was delicious! Definitely will come again !

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Jack
Sacramento
6 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience3

Very bossy to tell me how long the review has to be. I had a nice dinner and better drinks.

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Jennifer
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect place for a birthday celebration for my love. Beautiful view of the water and friendly seals! Great food. Loved this place.

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HollyTR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Horrible service with mediocre food (at best) - I would not recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience4

They were short waiters working
Had to keep asking for everything

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JohnF
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love everything. Everything that we ordered were excellent. The service was beyond awesome.
Thank you .

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AliK
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The views are incredible and the staff was kind and helpful. We enjoyed our Time very much.

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff was professional and really cared about our time there-I’m impressed and returning soon for another date :)

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ModModernist
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience5

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.

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JohnL
New England
2 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service!!! The food was fabulous! The scallops and crab risotto special was amazing! The braised short ribs were delicious too!

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ChrisL
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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Diner1
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great option for dining while staying as guests at the hotel. Service and ambience was above our expectations.

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KaciR
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

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CelesteW
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

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.

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Erika
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2020
Overall3food1service3ambience5

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 👍

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Makaylat
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience1

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.

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TabbyB
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience2

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.

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vip2HappyLocals
Central Coast
50 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Locals out for dinner. Was disappointed that the food wasn’t as good as expected. Lots of flies.

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DanitT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, especially the steak and chocolate mousse!

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vipFrequentDiner
Central Coast
31 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall2food1service1ambience4

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.

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tess83
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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BENC
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

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Smokejumper
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My go-to outdoor restaurant on the Monterey coast. Wonderful, quick and energetic service. Good always very good.

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PamelaG
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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BarbaraB
San Joaquin
9 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

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.

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JoAnneS
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, service & atmosphere. Would return again!

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vipOuini
Sacramento
106 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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Anya
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience4

Beautiful view sitting outside. Food was lackluster.

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MikeL
Tahoe
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Seafood pasta was very bland. The service was great

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CarlG
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

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!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

Schooners
Responded on March 9, 2020

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

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LauraD
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and service! I went for my anniversary and it was wonderful!

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RamyaA
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful ambiience. Pricy but worth it for a special occasion.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service

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AliciaJ
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a great time. I brought kids and everyone around was so welcoming.

Schooners
Responded on March 3, 2020

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

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vipGuernseyman
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience2

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.

Schooners
Responded on March 3, 2020

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

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FAQs

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.