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Schooners Monterey, Monterey, CA

Schooners Monterey

4.5
4.5
2326 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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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Californian, Seafood, Steak

  • Hours of operation

    Breakfast Daily 7:00 am–11:30 am Lunch Daily 11:30 am–4:30 pm Dinner Daily 4:30 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (831) 372-2628

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Michael Rotondo

  • Private party facilities

    The Monterey Plaza's ten conference and banquet rooms provide more than 16,000 square feet of indoor meeting space that can accommodate groups for meetings, conferences, banquets and private parties. In addition, the Hotel's grand outdoor Plaza can host events.

  • Private party contact

    Kui Maluki: (888) 332-0389

  • Neighborhood

    Monterey

  • Cross street

    Inside the Monterey Plaza Hotel at 400 Cannery Row in Monterey CA.

  • Parking details

    Hotel Parking

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Firepit, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 2,326 people are saying

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4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

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  • California Central Coast

    Scenic View

  • California Central Coast

    Most Booked

  • Monterey / Carmel

    Outdoor Dining

  • Monterey / Carmel

    Scenic View

  • Monterey / Carmel

    Californian

  • Monterey / Carmel

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Salt Lake City

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined today

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    The host and server ensured we had a great experience for our honeymoon. Food was delicious and views lovely.

  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hamburg Area

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall1food3service1ambience2

    Der besondere Anlass wurde nicht berücksichtigt, stattdessen ungekühlter Weisswein, falsch servierte Vorspeisen, ein Tisch neben der Abräumstation und grölende Gäste. Vielen Dank!

  3. LC

    LindaC

    Exclusive

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall3food3service4ambience5

    The seafood pasta had the wrong pasta and the seafood was mushy like it had been frozen. I would offer it in a white wine and garlic sauce with a thinner noodle and fresh seafood. The clam chowder was great!

  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Sacramento

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall2food4service1ambience2

    The restaurant sits on the ocean for nice views... we had a party of seven, we didn't have great seating. The food was ok.. and the service was horrible. The waitress was rude and didn't refill our drinks timely, had to ask a couple times. I felt like we were almost discriminated to be honest. I would recommended Fish Hopper off of Cannery Row, better service, views and food.

  5. R

    Robert

    Sacramento

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We had a late lunch at Schooners, and it was amazing! Seated on outdoor patio with amazing view of harbor. As for food, started with West Coast Oysters on Half Shell (10/10), Clam Chowder (8/10), Cioppino (8/10). All great selections!

  6. PC

    PatC

    Philadelphia

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    42nd Anniversary

  7. CT

    CandidaT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food4service4ambience5

    My sister and I had reservations so we were a group of 12. They managed to seat us together and took our drink orders right away. All the appetizers and entres were delicious. Thank you for a great Father's Day lunch. The server was pleasant and attentive.

  8. JM

    JodiM

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall3food3service4ambience3

    Think that for price and overall value of meal, a "side" dish would have been good to include with sandwiches; did appreciate the special desert provided for fathers day/anniversary. Could have also included more of a non-alcoholic drink menu.

  9. SR

    SairaR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The best compliment came from our daughter who absolutely loved the clam chowder. In her words it was the bestest she had ever had

  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great Father’s Day breakfast and my 3 year loved watching the ocean

  11. DT

    DawnT

    Phoenix

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great bayside dining. Our waitress was amazing. She was so friendly and helpful.

  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Anniversary

  13. AS

    ArianaS

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food, great service, great ambiance!

  14. b

    bekkal

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We were seated outdoors as requested, but boy howdy, it was chilly… despite the heaters! So Brian, the manager, graciously found us indoor dining. Zabdiel, our waiter was attentive, if not a little busy. Everyone loved the food and we all left happy!

  15. S

    Susan

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Best view of Monterey Bay to enjoy drinks and lunch...right on the edge of the water. Doc's Mai Tai and the Patio Boss Margarita are top-notch, as are the shrimp cocktail and pulled pork sandwich. Thoughtful wait staff allowed us to hang out for two hours, to take in the gorgeous view and a quiet late afternoon. Can't wait to return!

  16. K

    Khl89

    Liverpool

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great view of the ocean and lovely to see the otters playing. The food was really good and a great selection. Fabulous service too from Sean.

  17. M

    Mirvar

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 13, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    Beautiful view of bay. Food very good; thought chowder was exceptional. Service so attentive.

  18. D

    Dawnh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 13, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Thoroughly enjoyable! I had my daughter and three grandchildren (11 yrs and younger) and couldn't have asked for a more enjoyable experience. Our server was friendly and very accommodating. He persuaded the bartender to make a virgin pina colada for my grandson which was not something they usually make and it was a hit! The food was wonderful and our view of the bay magnificent.

  19. FT

    FoodieToo

    Chicago

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Wonderful views, delicious seafood, and great vibes!

  20. JZ

    JoeyZ

    San Francisco

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    A nice oceanfront view is the best for this dining experience. Good overall is great, good portion and fresh ingredients presented. My server was super friendly and welcoming even with her mask on. A pleasure visit.

  21. p

    patrickp

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience2

    I specified outside table using Open Table. Showed up for reservation, and was asked "indoor or outdoor", told the host outdoor, the waited 5 minutes for the outdoor table that I had already reserved. Also, got text message prior stating "your table is ready". Also, table was dirty, seats dirty, and located in a 'wind tunnel. Food okay, bar drinks were pricey and week. Reminding myself to skip Schooners.

  22. AJ

    AndreaJ

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Pricey. Steaks and fish good. Beautiful view. A bit chilly in the evening outdoors, so the price of the view ids to bring a sweater!

  23. RS

    RoyaS

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 6, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience1

    It was very disappointing! Both food and service were really poor! We went there to celebrate our anniversary, but we had to leave soon to not destroy all of our night. The server clearly didn't care and kept making excuses. The food was mediocre and not tasty at all.

  24. F

    Foodie

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    Amazing food! Loved the outdoor seating! I loved the crab BLT on Croissant and my friend loved her Crab Pasta which I ate some of it. Both were fabulous!!!

  25. MG

    MicheleG

    Tampa

    11 reviews

    2.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall2food1service1ambience2

    Overpriced for just mediocre food. Nice view but service wasn’t great and the smell from the bay is not appetizing at all

  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall1food3service2ambience1

    The patio was empty but they would not accommodate our seating requests when they had done some others. Food was good, table service was too. But seating and reception staff was the worst.

  27. AH

    AnnH

    Omaha

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience2

    Schooners used to be our favorite restaurant to take our family and out-of-town guests. It's gone downhill over the last few years-here's why: the menu has drastically changed and downsized. We used to love a certain salad (can't recall the name) and veggie burgers. They now have neither. The vegetarian/vegan options are slim. Secondly, the ambiance has changed for the worse. There was plastic over the patio and the tables were against the wall, therefore...not a great view of the water, which was the whole point. In addition, there was a speaker directly behind one of our guests, and screaming kids. I'm not sure I'd go here anymore unless it reverted back to its charming self.

  28. GG

    GGmax

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Sister’s birthday. Perfect weather. Perfect table. Excellent food. Superior service. Will go there as often as I can.

  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience5

    The hanger steak was tough and just eh .. shrimp dish good shrimp good pasta eh sause. Server tried but didn't come back enough made many mistakes forgot salad forgot bread manager came by once to back up server but he didn't bother when all the problems happened .. the said we can have a free dessert but then just brought us a dessert another table ordered didn't let us choose ..server seemed to have too much to do helpers seemed very nice

  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Birthday for wife

  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing experience, great service and really good food. It’s a great place to be with family and we are almost all our meals there during our stay. Would highly recommend the place

  32. SC

    SharonC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Our table was right above the bay. Our waiter Sean was so kind and thoughtful. When asked about certain dishes he was honest and we trusted his recommendation. Our dishes were wonderful and perfect for us. I’m so glad we booked via open table to get our prime real estate table. Thank you Schooners.

  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Breakfast was amazing. View was great

  34. BB

    BurnsB

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    I had a special food request, which they were able to provide nicely.

  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3

    Good experience. Too many flies. Didn’t enjoy the the occasion as much as I wanted due to constantly swatting away flies. A fly got in our drink as well…

  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 26, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience4

    The place had a nice atmosphere and view. Had plenty of heaters to stay warm. The food was good with what we were able to eat. The bad, was the service and the difficulty with are food allergies. Everything is basically pre-made so if your allergic to anything best to look somewhere else. The bad service was due the fact that when we told them about our allergies they still brought us food containing things we couldn’t eat.

  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great view and amazing patio. The drinks were amazing and service was delightful. Ryan was our server and she had the best suggestions for drinks and was very helpful.

  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    9 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on May 25, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience3

    It was a little early, but our seating was terrible. We were put partially in the sun. When I asked to move to another table, I was told it was reserved. My bill for the early dinner was over $200. For this amount of money, I may next time when I’m in the area look for somewhere else. I love the food but I felt like I was not treated properly. Anyone that goes to this restaurant may get treated the same. That’s too bad. MS Monrovia Ca

  39. SB

    SaraB

    Western NC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Beautiful meal with a view! Thank you very much for the excellent service.

  40. J

    Jeff

    New England

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 23, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3

    it was too cold with sea breeze and did not have a space heater. the view was great. watching whales, seals, sea otter while eating dinner was memorable.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Extra space between tables
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Schooners Monterey is rated 4.5 stars by 2326 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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Booked 65 times today
Google Map for Schooners Monterey

400 Cannery Row Monterey, CA 93940

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Inside the Monterey Plaza Hotel at 400 Cannery Row in Monterey CA.

  • Neighborhood

    Monterey

  • Hours of operation

    Breakfast Daily 7:00 am–11:30 am Lunch Daily 11:30 am–4:30 pm Dinner Daily 4:30 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Californian, Seafood, Steak

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Hotel Parking

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Michael Rotondo

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Firepit, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (831) 372-2628

  • Private party facilities

    The Monterey Plaza's ten conference and banquet rooms provide more than 16,000 square feet of indoor meeting space that can accommodate groups for meetings, conferences, banquets and private parties. In addition, the Hotel's grand outdoor Plaza can host events.

  • Private party contact

    Kui Maluki: (888) 332-0389

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