Schooners

4.5
1664 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, Executive Chef Jerry Regester's 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, large platters meant for sharing, and wood-fired dishes. A creative cocktail menu is served alongside an impressive wine list highlighting Monterey County vintners. The high-energy bar, bustling open kitchen, and dramatic outdoor patio personifies a relaxed, fun and joyous atmosphere.
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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
What 1664 people are saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
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89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipJoAnnD
San Diego
34 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wait staff, food, & view all excellent!

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PattiP
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always the entire experience at Schooners was over the top....the service, the scenery and of course the food was and always is FABULOUS.

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Jammer523
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Food was excellent and the portions were good. The place is very clean and the staff very courteous. Highly recommended.

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CharlestheK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service3ambience4

Great lunch experience wonderful food drinks and location quite extraordinary.

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vipGrcern
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great view and service. But my daughter’s hamburger meat was raw. The server was apologetic.

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Michi
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredibly peaceful and beautiful. Terrific service and delicious food and drinks. The seafood salad is so fresh and light - perfect for lunch.

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vipjimnany
Los Angeles
42 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Pretty average restaurant. Has a nice view of the Monterey Bay. Indoor and outdoor dining available. We picked this restaurant because it had high ratings and included swordfish. The swordfish on the menu was in a sandwich and a waste of good swordfish. The food was not bad but not nearly as good as the ratings implied. There are many better restaurants in the area.

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Easter! Roxanne was great!!

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vipbernsonfood
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We had a lovely Easter brunch at Schooners. We had a table right by the Bay which was beautiful. We began with the salmon avocado toast which was delicious. I enjoyed the swordfish BLT and my husband raved about the crab eggs Benedict. Service was very attentive and we had a very good meal in a delightful setting.

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MariaP
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated Easter with the family at the Monterey Plaza and we had an amazing time! Brunch meals were delicious and the ambiance was perfect .

I’m hoping to do this again soon. 😊

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JonC
Central Coast
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome dining experience. The view of the ocean cannot be beat.

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Gary
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great setvice

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lisab
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food4service4ambience2

The outdoor seating isn’t great. Very few tables with a view. Plastic tables and chairs with a $42 entree and $16 glass of wine? Food was good, but I would not go back .

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Lisa
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience4

The food was amazing! Everything was perfectly prepared and was delicious. The service fair-we waited 20 minutes for our drinks and one of our food orders was not correct.
The waitress was quite pleasant but not particularly attentive. We were there for a birthday and while other tables received a song and some cheering from the staff we received a simple dessert on a plate. I did not realize most of the staff were gone before we left at 9:45 pm

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Travelers
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent and great presentation, servers were quick and knowledgeable and outside seating with plenty heat.

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Dolphin
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Experience over all! Highly recommend it. Food was great and service is also very good. Service people are very polite, quick and considerate as well. Being on the ocean is breathtaking.

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LoriS
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

I was with a party of 7 for a Saturday brunch. Service was exemplary and the location itself makes it a must visit.

The food: 4 found the food to be great, 2 thought their meals were so-so and one was extremely unhappy.

So... I'm local, patronize Schooners for the location understanding the food is pretty much a hit or miss. One other note: Great signature cocktail offerings & fabulous Bloody Marys.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came here for a brunch date! I made the reservation through OpenTable about 30 minutes before we arrived. Our seats had a gorgeous ocean view. We both ordered the crab bennys and I was so happy there was a gluten free option to sub for the English muffin. The food was 10/10. Can’t wait to return here.

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RobertL
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place, awesome service, the food was outstanding! The view can't be beat, I would definitely recommend to anyone!

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AnneB
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

There was no wait for our reservation time. We had a beautiful view. Our meal was delicious. Best halibut I've ever had. The service was excellent.

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vipSuze
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

You really can't find a better view in Monterey! We were lucky to get a table right at the edge of the bay and it was heavenly. The large heat lamp kept us warm on a spring night, and their great selection of cocktails and wine helped as well. We thoroughly enjoyed our food - the short ribs were tender and flavorful, and Swordfish BLT was delicious. But the VIEW and atmosphere stole the show!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing. Otters frolicking right in front of us. I would have loved it if the food was bad, but it was great, as was the service.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

They allowed us to book an 11:30 table for 4 but there was no one present to let us in after a 20 minute wait.... we had purposely booked at 1130 to make it on time for another scheduled event at 1 and had to scramble for lunch at another place last minute. Super unprofessional to allow us to book if they were not seating at that time.

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Jenny
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Great spot, would recommend a few more options food wise but otherwise great place

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KenH
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Service and ambiance was just ok and the food was a bit pricey, but the seafood cioppino was delicious!

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OpenTable Diner
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience5

Server came by first time...then at the end for the check.

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Aaaaaaa
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience5

We ordered a steak and braised ribs- when the food came to our table I had to ask what was what because they were drenched in gravy. The ribs looked like crock pot ribs and the food definitely didn’t taste like $125.00 worth. The service was amazing and the environment was spectacular. I would definitely come back but I wouldn’t order the same food again!

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SANGS
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dinning experience with best Cioppino ever!

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OzdenG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great location - as close to the ocean as it gets, with beautiful views of the Monterey Bay, the seals, seagulls.
Very nice setting and professional service. Very nice food.
Loved it!

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LLYNN2020
Sacramento
29 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

It was our first getaway in over a year to Monterey! We had dined there in 2019! It was a nice couple of days in the area.

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Sacman
Sacramento
10 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service. Great view. We had brunch and the food was delicious.

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vipSemimagic
San Francisco
27 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Grat views. Eggs poached to perfection!

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OpenTable Diner
San Joaquin
5 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had such a great breakfast here. The service was attentive and friendly. The ambiance was incredible. We sat on the outdoor patio next to the glass wall with endless views of the ocean. The food was great, we look forward to dinner here next time.

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Zomo
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience4

The tables are way too small. square tables are maybe 18" x 18". Hardly space to put two plates of food, appetizers and drinks. Nobody likes a cramp table. The servers weren't smiling at all. Overall not a good vibe. The bus boys were the BEST. He came around for water and talked to us and wished my husband happy birthday. We enjoyed him very much.

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Smiley1
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Our food was very good. However, the dining area was extremely noisy due to loud talking by patrons, wait staff banging dishes, children allowed to run all over the area screaming. It seemed that everyone talked louder to try to be heard over all the noise. We could hardly hear each other at our table. Wait staff mediocre.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

I booked a reservation for my husband, myself, and our 17 month daughter. My husband got their skillet chillaquiles and he said they were good, and I got the Eggs Benedict and loved my meal.

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JonC
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were seated at a very nice spot, and the service was outstanding.

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viphelenv63
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Schooners, we eat here everytime we come. Great breakfast and bloody Marys. The special dinner for my husband's birthday was delicious, the food was cooked to perfection, the service was fantastic.
Highly recommend Schooners ❤️

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vipMKLP
Central Coast
4 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

All was good but too cold on the outdoor patio. Didn’t turn on heaters until someone asked & still needed more

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Betty
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding views! Seafood of the day outstanding as well as roasted vegetables and Schooners Maritime Manhattan. Would highly recommend.

FAQs

Schooners does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates and Uber Eats.

Schooners is rated 4.5 stars by 1664 OpenTable diners.

Schooners does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://schoonersmonterey.com/.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.