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Schooners Monterey, Monterey, CA

Schooners Monterey

4.5
4.5
2446 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 38 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 2,446 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
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

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  • 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. SS

    StephhhhS

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food, amazing atmosphere. You can even spot sea otters in the kelp patch beyond the glass patio. 10/10
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a wonderful time. The bloody Mary was amazing. Service was fantastic view was perfect!
  3. IE

    IsaiahE

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    As good as the food is, the service is even better. They made us feel special and even gave a complimentary dessert as a way of saying happy anniversary. I would love to visit again.
  4. LL

    LindyLa

    Baltimore

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Highly recommend! Delish food, great service, super view.
  5. UK

    UKVisitors

    London

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall3food4service4ambience4
    Good food and service but our credit card was charged twice. We had to go back the following day and request a refund - this was not processed automatically, we were told that they would contact their credit card processing department and let us know when it had been refunded. Not a satisfactory outcome which left a bad feeling over all
  6. C

    Crobar

    Seattle

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The outside patio provides tremendous views of Monterey Bay. Service was personable and attentive and timely. The food was excellent—my cioppino seafood stew was the best I have ever eaten with a delicious tomato broth and generous amounts of shrimp, clams, mussels, crab, calamari, and two types of fish. I would return just for this dish.
  7. d

    dsfr

    Nashville

    21 reviews

    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome meal and the wait staff was attentive but not overbearing. I had the best bowl of clam chowder I have had in a very long time along with the harvest salad that was a meal all itself. My husband had the cioppino and said it was also some of the best he’s had. Full of all kinds of fish and seafood and the broth was awesome. We will definitely be back when we are in the area!
  8. JO

    JOHNS

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall3food5service5ambience5
    The wine list was outdated with very mediocre wines and extremely high priced. There were two one of those heat lamps for three tables one couple was so cold they had to move the heat lamp away from other people you need to have sufficient heat lamps for patio dining.
  9. MZ

    MelissaZ

    Chicago

    37 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    37 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous dinner with an amazing view. We were celebrating our 30th anniversary and our first time here and at the Monterey Plaza. Will definitely come back. Thanks to our waiter, Sean. for such great service!!
  10. J

    Julia

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 19, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience5
    I am a local and love to come for lunch celebrations. Being out on the patio with the view to the bay and mountains with all the activity makes for wonderful ambiance. The food, service and bar are all consistently very good... and part of why I keep coming back.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on September 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I was very pleasantly surprised by our dinning experience. From the pictures online I was expecting dinner level food and was hoping the views were good. Myself and the 5 other dinners were all blown away to be sitting on the water with the sound of the waves all around and underneath you. The view of the bay was gorgeous and we say birds and seals swimming in the water. The food was delicious and the service very prompt. Would return again the next time we travel here.
  12. WS

    WillS

    Sacramento

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good food, great outdoor seating. Cocktails were great.
  13. DM

    DiannaM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Can’t beat the view! Enjoyed delicious appetizers and drinks. Great service also!
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The new cod dish served with mushrooms and spinach is amazing.
  15. FH

    FionaH

    San Francisco

    72 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    72 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Don't miss the views, outdoor patio on stilts on top of Monterey Bay where heaters make it lovely for dinner. Black cod was sublime. Flavorful sauce and accompaniments. One of the best dishes I've had in awhile.
  16. HM

    HeatherM

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall4food2service3ambience4
    The view from the back deck was wonderful and definitely the highlight. The crispy chicken sandwich sounded good but was a letdown (odd tang in the sauce and breading/fennel coleslaw didn’t compliment the checking/thin breast fillet lacking in juiciness) and room temperature seasoned fries. Service was fine. The view earned the 4 stars. I love to dine outside in a beautiful environment and Schooner’s deck provided that. We could see otters anchoring themselves on top of the KP forest beds, sea lions were splashing about, and a big sunfish swam up to the dock to surface. Wonderful! I’ll return for the views and to try different menu items ASAP.
  17. C

    Colombiana

    Sacramento

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    First time at this restaurant. Food was excellent! Drinks were amazing! Service was outstanding! Beautiful views, beautiful hotel. Definitely will go back in our next opportunity. Thx!
  18. T

    Taylor

    Atlanta

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall2food1service3ambience3
    The food was terrible. We got truffle fries which were great however the Salmon was disgusting. I took two bites - the flavor was gross. It had a terrible Chile pasta on it and was dry. The bean and corn succotash was bland. I cannot believe we paid $200 for dinner here. I will never be back.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    10/10. Everything was perfect. Bigoli was the best we’ve ever had. Meat was so tender and pasta so fresh. Cooked to perfection. Mussels with curry was good, the curry was perfectly done. The tempura shrimp were like eating fried clouds and the sauce was so good. Kids enjoyed the view and loved the fish and chips. So crunchy and the fish was so fresh! Lemon drop and Bloody Mary were perfect. Service was the best we’ve had for a very very long time. Attentive, so friendly, and again, perfectly on point. Thank you for a great night out!
  20. KA

    KArenM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful evening, great service and fantastic food!
  21. DS

    DeepikaS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service, awesome fish and chips and clam chowder
  22. CB

    CarolynB

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience4
    I made dinner reservations to celebrate our 55th anniversary, which was not acknowledged. We also had breakfast the next day. Breakfast was delicious and the service was excellent. Dinner service the night before was ok but not exceptional. I did not realize that this was not an upscale venue. My seafood pasta and my husbands ciopinno were very tasty. No complaints at al but just not exceptional. The view was lovely. We celebrated our 50th anniversary at Schooners but it was a bit more special.
  23. TS

    TomS

    Sacramento

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We ate on the patio with an amazing ocean bay view. Food and drinks were outstanding. So good we ate there two days in a row!
  24. b

    breezy

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was amazing! Staff was friendly and attentive! Such a good find!
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great table. Nice view. A little loud. Good food.
  26. KW

    KarenWilsonBonnar

    San Diego

    11 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience2
    We had a reservation for 6pm. We arrived at 5:55pm. We were told we would be seated at our appointed reservation time. In the meantime, they sat 2 groups that didn't even have a reservation before us. Then, we were seated at a table that was outside, but so close to being inside it was noisy and we missed the experience of being outside. The service was very good. The food was elevated bar food.
  27. JK

    JenniferK

    Sacramento

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was our first time to Schooners and it did not disappoint. We shared the mussel appetizer and it was amazing. I wasn't even sure I would like mussels and now I know I absolutely do if they are prepared the way they were prepared here. The sauce was definitely butter, garlic and a hint of curry (I think) not enough to make them spicy but just enough to make them so delicious. I ordered the scallops for my entree which were cooked to perfection. You know scallops are cooked correctly when they melt in your mouth, you should not have to chew and chew. These were melt in your mouth. Also, they were large and the portion was large. I think there were four or five large scallops. I have been to many restaurants where you get three small ones. The others in our group also had delicious entrees. We would highly recommend and definitely go back.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Celebrated my birthday! Beautiful ocean views! Food was amazing! Must experience!
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Sacramento

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food, service were outstanding! It was an exceptional dining experience. Best oysters on the half shell we had on our quest for the best.
  30. G

    Greenebmw

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    There for a birthday celebration!
  31. JD

    JDfoodie

    Central Coast

    33 reviews

    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on September 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of the most scenic spots to eat in Monterey. Friendly, excellent service. Lucky to be here.
  32. OS

    OlgaS

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall1food1service2ambience2
    It used to be one of our favorite food place in Monterey, it was total disappointment this time. Food was below average, even cappuccino - it was disgusting. Don't waste your money, you will pay for the view only.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    44 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    44 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Nice views near Fishermans wharf. The food was very good and the ambience is quite nice.
  34. TS

    TripleS

    Denver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Excellent across the board! The service, lemon drop & Captain Hook cocktails, ceviche, cioppino, and the view of the water was all such a treat! Thank you for a wonderful anniversary dinner! This restaurant is inside a gorgeous hotel - we were not staying there but it was all very easy to find. Loved it all!
  35. PD

    PatD

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Birthday lunch
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Roxy is awesome !!
  37. Y

    Yaya4mb

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Sat outside on the deck, excellent attentive service , , I had the short rib ragu, my husband had the scallops . Delicious! It was my husbands birthday , they brought a chocolate cake, with berries, choc and whipped cream. Perfect
  38. RC

    RachaelC

    Denver

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My husband and I tried to get reservations for dinner for Sunday but weren't able to so I was ecstatic when I was able to make reservations for lunch on my husband's actual birthday! The food was delicious and the view was breathtaking, definitely made the experience worth it. Our waitress, Roxy, was very kind and personable and gave us great recommendations. She even brought my husband a birthday dessert that was delicious! We will definitely be back on our next trip to Monterey!
  39. T

    Tisa

    San Francisco

    31 reviews

    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on August 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Four of us had lunch on a Monday. The restaurant was not crowded and we got to enjoy the outside patio with just a few other lucky folks. It's a beautiful space. We shared the ceviche and really enjoyed it. Very tasty. My friend and I had fish tacos. Very yummy with lovely fresh grilled sea bass. Our other two had the seafood salad (generous serving of grilled ahi) and clam chowder. Everyone was very satisfied. Service was very thoughtful and nicely paced. Kudos!
  40. CK

    CaroleK

    Central Coast

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Missed the big wooden chairs and tables….umbrellas too…the ambiance was missing..

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 2446 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 38 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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