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Schooners Monterey, Monterey, CA

Schooners Monterey

4.5
4.5
2512 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 27 times today
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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

    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

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What 2,512 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • California Central Coast

    Scenic View

  • California Central Coast

    Most Booked

  • Monterey / Carmel

    Great for Lunch

  • Monterey / Carmel

    Outdoor Dining

  • Monterey / Carmel

    Scenic View

  • Monterey / Carmel

    Californian

  • Monterey / Carmel

    Most Booked

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  1. KG

    KatieG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The atmosphere was amazing! We were on the balcony and couls hear the waves on the beach while we ate! Great memory!
  2. M

    Mitchell

    San Francisco

    28 reviews

    2.0

    28 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall2food3service3ambience2
    Made reservations but the older section was not open even though that kitchen was used for all the eating areas (slow service and cold food). The warm crab dip appetizer was ordered for 4 people. It came with 2 small pieces of bread so we had to order more. When the extra bread finally arrived the dip turned cold. We had to ask for a wine menu, ordered a bottle and much later were told it was not available. The room temperature was very cold because they were serving outside and the doors were open. We spent over $300 on dinner for 4, no dessert. Our granddaughter was visiting Monterey for the first time and we were embarrassed with the total experience. We had been to the Duck Club/Schooners several times before but not like this. I am interested in a reply.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious meal in a beautiful ocean view setting
  4. MP

    MaryP

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I enjoy Fisherman’s Grotto and Abalonetti’s and Sandbar and Grill. As a local, I am picky. Schooner’s did not disappoint. I gave 5 stars. Thank you. I like the new plastic barriers along the outside tables. We saw dolphins.
  5. EF

    EloiseF

    Central Coast

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Disappointed that Brunch items stop at 11:30!!? Sunday Brunch should last till 1:00 at least!
  6. VS

    VickyS

    Los Angeles

    13 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Food was delicious and we ate outside over the water which was beautiful. We got there though at 4pm with a shift change to dinner staff at 4:30. We didn’t get drinks or bread until after 4:40. Dinner server was attentive and professional.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    9 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    Delicious Food. Friendly and attentive staff. However, it was very chilly on the outdoor terrace despite the heat warmers and staff did not have enough blankets for customers. I was cold throughout my meal despite westing my cost and scarf.
  8. DL

    DavidL

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love this place for lunch and make it a point to come here every time we visit Monterey. The outdoor dinning area is on the bay providing impromptu entertainment from the resident Seals and Sea Otters. The menu offers a variety of items to satisfy seafood lovers and others. The Harvest salad was especially amazing. Out server Jacob was one of the friendliest most attentivepeople you will ever meet.
  9. G

    Gnocchi

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Victoria was amazing!
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience5
    Great view and table; soup was great, crab blt was just OK. Service was nice but spotty - had to go look for server to get bill.
  11. CE

    ChristopherE

    Washington DC

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a wonderful experience. We were seated outdoors, which at first thought we weren't thrilled with, but the table turned out to be perfect, right under one of those portable heaters. Our server, Marsha, was beyond wonderful! The food, the wine, the ambiance, the service all exceeded our expectations. We're already planning our next visit!
  12. CS

    CorrenaS

    Tampa

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love the sea bass tacos and the view is great from the patio
  13. d

    derekh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding Food, Service, and a perfect outdoor venue
  14. t

    ticower

    Central Coast

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    We were celebrating the birthday of my wife.The food was good, what really makes a difference is the customer service, I don’t remember the name of the young girl serving our table and the guy refreshing our water, they were amazing. Every time we go there the customer service is incredible. The view and atmosphere excellent. If management of this restaurant reads this comment, please reward those two employees, they are representing your business very well.
  15. WM

    WilliamM

    Sacramento

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Good restaurant. Staff was aware of my wife’s birthday and they did a good job of bringing out some cake.
  16. PA

    PhyllisA

    Central Coast

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our table overlooked Monterey Bay on a gorgeous sunny day, The food and drinks were delicious and the service was wonderful. Overall it was an awesome brunch. Thank you!
  17. MC

    MikeC

    Orange County

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    Food was just ok nothing special. Service was slow and had to look around for the waiter. Bus boys were good and more attentive than the waiter. Price is higher than other better restaurants in the area.
  18. A

    Amber

    Central Coast

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best Brunch in Monterey!! Food is amazing and the view is breath taking!!
  19. MM

    MaggieMae

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Terrific food and service! The ahi tuna poke tacos are so good you could almost get two orders and make them a meal. The cioppino is a fantastic seafood stew! Doesn't get better than this. My waiter was knowledgeable and very kind. Eating there again tonight it was so good!
  20. MS

    MichaelS

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 8, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Food was amazing. Service was kind and helpful, just a little slow. They may have been short staffed that night. Would 100% recommend, and hope to return.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our waiter Marcos, from El Salvador, was amazing!! He made our meal so much better!! The food was great and the view amazing. Great experience!!
  22. L

    Lvpilates

    San Francisco

    46 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    46 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Beautiful location and great service
  23. CM

    CassieM

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Schooners has a fantastic oceanfront view of Monterey Bay, with multiple heats lamps to keep you warm. A very good wine list, and tasty starters and main entrees.
  24. JP

    JoshP

    Columbus

    6 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall1food1service5ambience4
    Went for lunch. Had the sea bass tacos and half dozen oysters. Was quite sick all night and the next morning. Called the restaurant the next morning and was told “I am all good”. Wouldn’t go back, even though the service was excellent. Going to report to the local health agency just in case this happens to anyone else.
  25. j

    jimd

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfect outdoor environment..great service and ambiance
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I’ve gotta admit, from being greeted by the hosts to our seats to the wait staff to the server, everything was excellent. My wife and I just got married and we’re spending some time in the area before going back to the Midwest. Sean was just outstanding, we don’t get ocean views from where we live and we wondered if we could sit closer to the edge and they made it happen without issues. I ordered the sea food pasta and my wife ordered the scallop entree and it was absolutely delicious. From presentation to the actual taste, nothing shy of excellent. I even wanted to try an espresso martini (I’m not a big fan of vodka) and it was excellent. I must say, they really amazed us with everything. The ambiance was perfect, the sounds of the waves crashing on the rocks were soothing while eating an amazing dinner. Thank you for making this dinner worth while.
  27. BQ

    BeaQ

    Los Angeles

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 31, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Had the harvest salad with grilled shrimp, delicious veggies and dressing. Had to have the Big Little Lies cocktail in honor of my favorite show!
  28. t

    travellers2022

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience1
    Very cold in the restaurant. Doors left open even if the weather ist bad. Small tables and too thick and sticky pasta.
  29. RR

    RoarinRow

    Sacramento

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We really enjoyed our first time visit at Schooners. The service was memorable, the food was especially good, and we had a good view of the ocean.
  30. C

    Charming

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Opentable got me the last seat on the patio at sunset, love the food, the view, the weather!
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great experience! Beautiful atmosphere and delicious food.
  32. MD

    MarioDC

    Mexico City

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was an amazing overall experience. Thanks so much Rebecca, Veronica, Ethan, Anthony and Rich. We enjoyed in a memorable way my parents´ anniversary.
  33. TG

    ThomasG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 27, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Great spot to have a nice dinner by the water with great staff and service!
  34. F

    Fitz

    Atlantic City

    119 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    119 reviews

    Dined on October 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Hugo is a fabulous server, advisor and representative of this restaurant.
  35. JF

    JulieF

    New England

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience4
    The views are amazing and the staff were friendly. The cocktails were amazing as well. Sadly the chicken sandwich was dry and the fries were cold.
  36. CT

    CarolynT

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience5
    The vegetarian options were insufficient. There were only two salads, no hot options.
  37. J

    Jules

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    You can't beat the view when seated outdoors. I did appreciate having a seat near one of the warmers as it was a bit chilly at dinnertime. The service at Schooners is wonderful. The staff is friendly and the wait time for food was brief.
  38. CB

    ChrisB

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 20, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Great spot on the water. I highly recommend it.
  39. S

    Slartibartfas

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on October 17, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    Very nice dining on the terrace, except we didn't have the greatest table location. Food is delicious and a good deal.
  40. DM

    DianaM

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 17, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    My husband's bouillabaisse was excellent, my pasta bolognese not so good. However, my Harvest Salad was delicious and the waitstaff very good.

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 2512 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 27 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

    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: (888) 332-0389

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