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Schooners Monterey, Monterey, CA

Schooners Monterey

4.6
4.6
2837 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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 40 times today
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Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • 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: (831) 372-2628
  • Neighborhood
    Monterey
  • Cross street
    Inside the Monterey Plaza Hotel at 400 Cannery Row in Monterey CA.
  • Parking details
    Valet
  • 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

What 2,837 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • California Central Coast

    Great for scenic views

  • Monterey / Carmel

    Great for brunch

  • Monterey / Carmel

    Kid-friendly

  • Monterey / Carmel

    Great for outdoor dining

  • Monterey / Carmel

    Great for scenic views

  • Monterey / Carmel

    Most Booked

2,837 Reviews
  1. RaymondP

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Dining at Schooners was a wonderful experience. The food was absolutely delectable and everyone in my family was so happy with what they ordered. We were lucky enough to have a direct view of the ocean and were greeted by several otters and seals. This was an outstanding experience. Thank you, Schooners.

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  2. SteveH

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    You can’t beat a tremendous dinner served ocean side. The relaxing waves crashing on the pillars below you. The view stupendous. Brian out server was absolutely keyed into our needs. Will definitely be back.

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  3. Swede

    Central Coast

    93 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    93 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We enjoyed our lunch very much! Our lunch was delicious and the service was excellent! The Seafood Tostada, the Fish & Chips, and the Lobster Sandwich were all outstanding choices!

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  4. Florence

    Central Coast

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I have had luncheon on the terrace at Schooners many times with up to 8 family members. The food is consistently fresh and delicious. The servers and wait staff are well trained, friendly and prompt in meeting the needs at my table. This view is absolutely gorgeous rain or shine and I’ve been there on blustery days. Choose the fresh seafood when you can as it is right out of the bay!

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  5. Sara

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on April 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We had another great meal at Schooner’s! I ordered the roasted pacific salmon and it was delicious. The service was great; we really enjoyed our experience.

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    E. Tennessee

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on April 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great views of the bay. The tempura shrimp and shrimp cocktails were very good. The scallops were amazing as was the wagyu steak. The bolognese was just ok. Great service! We’ll be back.

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  7. SarahD

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic restaurant with excellent food and magnificent views. We loved it!

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 2, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    Service was sub-par and inattentive. Very slow, disjointed and apathetic.

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    High end food with gourmet dishes and delicious flavors. Not cheesy tourist food!! Will return as a Monterey local.

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  10. Kate

    Exclusive

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The clam chowder is amazing! The view from the restaurant is breathtaking and worth the visit. The staff are genuinely nice and caring towards their customers.

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  11. PJMLoveDiningOut

    Calgary

    189 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    189 reviews

    Dined on March 30, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great setting by the water. Service was excellent on all fronts - server (Bryant) bus staff, hostess. Menu has a good variety and we enjoyed mostly seafood dishes (cioppino, ling cod, and the cobbler for dessert) that didn’t disappoint.

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  12. BridgetteB

    Baltimore

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The view is incredible. The food is delicious. And the Bloody Mary is top notch. I couldn’t have asked for a better place to kickstart my relaxing spa day. Highly recommend! The outdoor seating is fantastic - even on chilly days because they have heaters. The view from the tables inside is also excellent with extra large windows and propped open doors.

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely spectacular location. Well worth the navigating through the hotel to reach. We went for the gluten-free clam chowder which they do not have anymore so my daughter had the gluten-free pasta. I had the regular chowder bread bowl which was good. Truffle fries were excellent. We sat outside, overlooking the beautiful Monterey Bay and watched as the waves lapped against the shore. Such an amazing view!

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  14. Sterling

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 16, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Location is good and views are beautiful! Food was medicore for the price. The crab appetizer was good, so my wife said. I'm not too much a crab person but thought it still wasn't too bad. We both had the surf and turf. Lobster was good and the wagyu was just ok, flavor was ok and to me it seemed a little too chewy. Came with duck fat potatoes that you wouldnt be able to tell they used duck fat. And it was supposed to come with sautted kale but i guess it came with spinach. Drinks were ok. We both had the cloud 38 and pretty tart considering the lemons they use and my wife was disappointed in an old fashion she got as well, too sweet and syrupy. Ambiance was nice and was seated outdoors, oceans wave sounds and fresh air !

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent food and the service was great. We went for my husband’s birthday and he loved it! If you eat outside bring a jacket. Tables are small and seating (chairs) are a little uncomfortable on the patio. Still a wonderful spot with amazing views and food. Also - about an hour after we left we received a call from the restaurant that my husband dropped his wallet and we were able to return to pick it up the same evening. Many thanks to Schooners and their staff for a memorable experience!

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  16. SueG

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic food, service and views. Had breakfast Friday and Sunday.

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    My lady and I had a great time. Our server, Roxy, was very professional, friendly and patient. We definitely will be back

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  18. Jason

    Palm Springs

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on March 6, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    View was tremendous! Romantic atmosphere for a special night out. Servers were great. Food was pretty good. Prices are on the high side but I get you are paying for the view as well

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  19. Lynnie

    Yosemite

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on March 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    I had the scallops and brussle sprouts and my spouse had the hanger steak and lobster baked potato. We loved all of it and the proportions were very generous. Each side dish could easily be shared. The ambiance is very casual but the menu is more like an upscale restaurant. The service was excellent.

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  20. ABob

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We celebrated our wedding anniversary this weekend. What a treat!! Food, Service, and a great view.

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    Indiana

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This place was cute. It seems fancy but it is not. It has a small indoors. They are kid friendly and gave my son a cute little stuffed animal with the kids menu. Came here for breakfast and overall average food. Good coffee. We will come back

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  22. TRW123456

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food, atmosphere and service. Nice view of the bay.

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  23. janetj

    Chicago

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food and service were absolutely first rate -- and the beautiful view was an added bonus.

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  24. CelesteA

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Perfect place to go and enjoy the Monterey Bay while you have breakfast or lunch.

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  25. EricaS

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 25, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Great atmosphere, incredible views! Food was good. Not as much flavor as we had hoped for but good, fresh ingredients. We came for both lunch + dinner while staying at the Plaza. Kid friendly, very nice staff.

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  26. BurnsB

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Hostesses were very pleasant & accommodating. Wait staff was superior!

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  27. ReneeL

    Tahoe

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and family atmosphere! Our server Aurelio was fantastic.

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  28. Robert

    Tahoe

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    We have always loved schooners but this last experience ruined our trip. We ordered two lemonades for our 2 and 5 year old boys. After drinking them for 10ish minutes our waitress rushed over, reached across the table and grabs them and says she needs to go switch them out with no explanation. When she comes back we asked what was wrong and she said they were the wrong mixture. I asked what she meant by that and she said the mixture was off so they needed to remake them. We then asked if it was on tap or if they had to make it and she said it was mixed in a pitcher, so I asked why it would matter what the mixture was. She then said it was next to another pitcher that was alcoholic and it might have been mixed up so she wanted to get us a new one. After that, we were upset and curious if they had just had half a glass of an alcoholic beverage. We asked to bring them back so we could check them, she said they were dumped out but she assured us that she “smelled” them and there was no alcohol in them. She then sent the bartender over who said she “tasted” our kids half sipped on lemonades before she dumped them out and they didn’t have any alcohol. The rest of our meal we were apologized to by the manager, the bartender and our server multiple times making us think there may well have been alcohol in them. We didn’t know what else to do since the drinks were dumped out already so we ordered food and finished our meal but our mood and night was already ruined.

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  29. Kathy

    Exclusive

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on February 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Best seafood salad I have ever eaten. I will be back.

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    Portland

    5 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 20, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Nice restaurant with great food, service, views. But halfway through our meal we couldn’t hear each other talk because of the rowdy golf guys that rolled in at the bar. The waiter asked them to sit down at the bar but that only lasted a few minutes and more of them rolled in. They need a partition between the bar & the tables. In the meantime, sit outside where they had plenty of heat lamps.

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great experience! Will come back next time we are in town.

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    Tahoe

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 1
    They sat us in the ballroom, when we had booked a reservation. We still paid full price

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  33. AndreaC

    Central Coast

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Everything about our meal was delicious. Can't wait to return again for another dinner! Our waiter Jacob was an amazing server. He was personable and upbeat and attentive. The only flaw of the night was the cold drafts coming into the dining area every time the door to the outside patio was opened.

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great food, solid service, pretty atmosphere!

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  35. LeslieH

    Richmond

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on January 30, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful bayfront ambiance! Lots of heaters on the patio. We ate by a window inside which was had a lovely view. Parking was great by a valet at the Monterrey Plaza hotel.

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  36. MonicaS

    Tampa

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    From beginning to end Schooners delivered superior service, delicious food, and a stunning view. What an experience. I’ll be back!

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  37. Taty

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The view is phenomenal and the service is great! It’s my favorite place to go in Montery

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  38. Allie

    New Jersey

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great piano music in bar. Fabulous Chopin o. Our waiter, Jacob, extremely attentive

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  39. Submanager

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    The hostess recognized us immediately from prior visits. Seated us with an outstanding view. Service was pretty good. We split a garden salad that was excellent. My partner had the black cod which she enjoyed. I ordered the spicy chili was I really enjoyed. Overall it was an enjoyable meal.

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  40. nana

    San Francisco

    13 reviews

    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on January 23, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We were disappointed with the food. Very average Service was great and the setting wonderful just wish the food was better

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FAQs

Schooners Monterey is rated 4.6 stars by 2837 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 40 times today
Google Map for Schooners Monterey

400 Cannery Row, Monterey, CA 93940

Dining areas

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
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Californian, Seafood, Steak
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Valet
  • 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: (831) 372-2628
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