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Schooners Monterey, Monterey, CA

Schooners Monterey

4.5
4.5
2340 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

10:00 PM


Booked 32 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

    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 2,340 people are saying

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

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 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

    Most Booked

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  1. GL

    GinaL

    Los Angeles

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved it! Great service and the food was excellent!! We will be back 😊
  2. S

    Suzieq

    New York Area

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall3food3service3ambience5
    Good so so. Burger excessively greasy as were spring rolls. Salmon was good. Overall, very expensive for quality. Go somewhere else
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Sacramento

    12 reviews

    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Really enjoyed our dinner. Incredible views across the bay. Food was very good and the service was attentive without being annoying. Highly recommended.
  4. DD

    DanaD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Buddah bowl is fantastic. The service very good. Can't beat the views. Nice experience overall.
  5. LS

    LoriS

    Central Coast

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall2food1service2ambience5
    I’m a local & love this spot, but won’t go back for anything more than drinks & appetizers. Lunch: Service was very slow: Too few servers working for the number of clients booked. Those working did their best to hustle. Of 4 meals ordered, 1 in our party was satisfied, and 1 didn’t get what was ordered so that meal was comped. They other 2 ordered hamburgers & they were mediocre at best. When the order was placed, requesting medium rare, the server stated the kitchen only cooks burgers medium to well. Informed by a friend in the restaurant business: A sign that low quality beef is served and/or the restaurant cooks at medium to well to insure out of date beef is cooked enough to kill potential bacteria.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Cioppino was amazing!
  7. SM

    SusanM

    Washington DC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall3food2service5ambience5
    The view and service are exceptional. Unfortunately the food is just okay. I would expect better quality from this restaurant.
  8. G

    Gunny

    Phoenix

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    They made an accommodation for us with the seating. The food was excellent.
  9. CL

    CLee

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    If you want to have best seafood, come to Schooners in Monterey
  10. Y

    Yuliana

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great costumer service & great food! I will definitely be returning.
  11. JJ

    JayJohm95131

    Central Coast

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Service was very good and so was the food. Although we arrived a bit early for lunch (they were still serving breakfast) they still seated us and allowed us to wait inside. It was a lot better than walking around outside and loosing our place in line.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Salt Lake City

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    The host and server ensured we had a great experience for our honeymoon. Food was delicious and views lovely.
  13. PG

    PGlocal

    San Francisco

    32 reviews

    4.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    The service was excellent. We happen to be blessed with a beautiful, warm, sunny day that made the setting even more spectacular. I have been here many times and enjoyed a variety of dishes, but I have to say the tempera shrimp and "papaya" salad was disappointing. One very small strand of papaya should not be called a papaya salad. I will order something different next time.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hamburg Area

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 21, 2022

    overall1food3service1ambience2
    Der besondere Anlass wurde nicht berücksichtigt, stattdessen ungekühlter Weisswein, falsch servierte Vorspeisen, ein Tisch neben der Abräumstation und grölende Gäste. Vielen Dank!
  15. LC

    LindaC

    Exclusive

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 21, 2022

    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!
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Sacramento

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    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.
  17. R

    Robert

    Sacramento

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    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!
  18. PC

    PatC

    Philadelphia

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    42nd Anniversary
  19. CT

    CandidaT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    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.
  20. JM

    JodiM

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    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.
  21. SR

    SairaR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    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
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great Father’s Day breakfast and my 3 year loved watching the ocean
  23. DT

    DawnT

    Phoenix

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great bayside dining. Our waitress was amazing. She was so friendly and helpful.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Anniversary
  25. AS

    ArianaS

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, great service, great ambiance!
  26. 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!
  27. 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!
  28. 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.
  29. 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.
  30. 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.
  31. FT

    FoodieToo

    Chicago

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful views, delicious seafood, and great vibes!
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Really great experience. A little pricey but the ambiance was perfect. The service was perfect. The waiter did not rush us.
  33. 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.
  34. 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.
  35. 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!
  36. 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.
  37. 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!!!
  38. 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
  39. 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.
  40. 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.

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 2340 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

10:00 PM


Booked 32 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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