Schooners Monterey

4.5
1945 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 and main courses. A creative cocktail menu is served alongside an impressive wine list highlighting Monterey County vintners.
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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
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4.4
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89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall2food4service2ambience2

I was so excited to bring my family of 4 to the Monterey Bay and made my reservation at Schooners
81 days in advance (staying at the hotel). I made this reservation for my family to have the best of the best ocean view. Instead we were seated next to the bar/serving station/
/entry door and a large tall outdoor heater in front of us blocking any ocean view that could have been had. Not at all wonderful environment. After spending $350 for a meal (4 meals, drinks and a app)I was expecting so much more. Especially since other tables were available when we were seated with much better views. I understand Covid all too well since my teenage son has worked through it the entire time at a high scale restaurant, but others who didn’t reserve a seat so far advance had way better placement and my poor husband had no view at all and others not any better. The food was good and what you would EXPect for the expensive price…although after traveling from Tahoe and Yosemite it was triple the price which we were expecting to have along with a Ocean View which was not provided. And the service was just “okay” for the price. If your looking for a 4-5 star experience then look elsewhere. The oyster on the $39 appetizer were very small and disappointing. My sons enjoyed the Salmon and Ciopinno Pot. And the crusted Sea Bass was great! My husband who doesn’t eat seafood enjoyed the Braised Rib.

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Notafan
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall2food1service2ambience3

The food was nothing like the pictures. The peolple next to us said something as well about it not seeming like the same place on google. The bloody Mary had celery, olive, pepperchini and that was it, the pictures have bacon and tons of other things in it. No option for hashbrowns but in the pictures they definitely show them. For the price(which I don't mind paying as long as it's good) and quality it was not worth it all! The only saving grace was it being on the ocean but even that doesn't make it worth it. You'd be better off buying McDonald's and going to sit on the beach and save yourself $100

OT
OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2food3service1ambience4

We were expecting a fabulous experience for my birthday. Instead it took more than an hour from sitting down to being served lunch, with each member of our party getting their food at different times. They tried to compensate for the delays by comping dessert, but that took so long to arrive we left (still hungry) to get food elsewhere in Monterey. The wait staff tried really hard but it was a ruined experience and we will not be returning.

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vipAthena
21 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Choppino was the best I’ve ever had. Highly, highly recommend

OT
OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Had great breakfast and coctails outside overlooking the bay.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Charleston
9 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Celebrated a birthday and enjoyed some nice dishes. I got the seafood bolognaise and my husband loved the Opah. We had very nice views of the water. Would have been better with more heaters on the patio and live music out there as well. Overall, great dining experience in Monterey!

OT
OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food4service5ambience3

Went for an annivers

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AdamL
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Season was great!

HJ
HeatherJ
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Sat outside with a beautiful view of the bay... watched the sun set and the night sky arrive. Wonderfully romantic and fun with fantastic service and delicious cuisine. Will definitely recommend and return on future trips to the area. - HJ

OT
OpenTable Diner
Denver
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and beautiful table outside. Heat lamps made the meal.

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Trombone
Central Coast
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the location, the food. The service is excellent.

JC
JohnC
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It's Monterey, you want great food-check, great service-check, and great views-double check.

Make reservations, but they will take walk-ins, too.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience with great service.

MT
MichelleT
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing location, friendly staff and eggs Benedict cooked to perfection.

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Guerra
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Service outstanding. Food was delicious,flavorful.

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Gerald
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Staff was great. Location was great. Will go again.

KC
KimberlyC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience5

Small party in front of us in line was seated immediately despite not having areservation, but our small party had to wait for our table to be ready and we had a reservation. There were shells in my crab Benedict and my second latte was never delivered. The view is beautiful, but overall the rest of the experience was not so great.

AM
AlexanderM
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional service, amazing views. Thanks for having us. It was beautiful.

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Glenn
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed a view of the kelp beds and otter.
The waiter was skillful and friendly.
Every item of food was delicious.

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Serena
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Super yummy brunch! friendly staff and great service with a nice view

OT
OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience at this place. Would highly recommend making a reservation in advance since the wait can be about an hour. We stayed at the hotel and it was very convenient to have dinner and then head up to our room. If you are unable to eat at the restaurant I do recommend the in room dining (similar experience). We placed our order for breakfast and everything was wonderful.

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PaulinaO
Mexico City
21 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great food! Great view, great service!

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Excellent service, came early for our reservation and still got seated very fast. Staff was really friendly and knowledgeable about wine and cocktails. The oysters were fresh and delicious, only con is I wish the dinner entrees had a bit more variety. Would go again!

MM
MattM
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We LOVED our first visit to Schooners, and cannot wait to come back! The RedBreast cocktail is amazing, the drunken octopus was perfect, the local oysters and the swordfish BLT were delicious, and the restaurant itself was lovely and staffed with a caring, experienced crew of good, friendly people. They surprised my mom for her birthday with a housemade dessert, and our table was right at the edge of the patio, hanging over the kelp forest and providing plenty of views of otters and other gorgeous wildlife. We will definitely come back - it's our new favorite place!

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vipAnnaBanana
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, atmosphere and service! Looking forward to dining there again.

DW
DavidW
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful atmosphere. Though due to covid directed outdoor seating, accommodations were very comfortable.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing spot right on the water! Staff extremely friendly and attentive. Food was great

SA
vipSACVISTOR
San Francisco
48 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Wonderful lunch with a view of the bay! Seafood salad is excellent!

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Toothtech
Central Coast
6 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food, excellent service , nice view. The inside seating is still closed so you will need reservations for dinner and a light jacket or sweater it gets a little chilly outside at night

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DaisyD
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience5

I thought the cioppino was bland and it had way more squid then mussels, clams, or fish. My friends swordfish sandwich was mushy! They took it off the bill. The eggs Benedict were good.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great fish and chips and the seafood trio highly recommend

JB
JamesB
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food3service4ambience5

Breakfast brunch on the deck overlooking the Bay was memorable. Use valet parking of the hotel and validate the ticket.

OT
OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Lovely breakfast with my young son - he was excited to watch otters while we ate!

GD
GriseldaD
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing customer service! The experience was great. Marcos was super friendly, we will definitely come back.

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David
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall4food4service2ambience5

Food was amazing and the views were perfection! The service could have been better I felt like the server spent more time with two older gentleman and went above with them. I felt because it was my husband and 1 year old daughter we were brushed to the side. She was nice but didn’t feel as if the same energy was brought to our table.

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Lindat
Nashville
13 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience5

Impossible to overstate the beauty of the view from Schooners patio, and the table side heaters make 50 degrees feel balmy! Service is friendly and accommodating, and we found our two dining experiences there very enjoyable. Food itself is good- I wouldn’t say amazing, or unique, portions are good sized and cocktails are ok, once again not amazing but certainly good enough to enjoy. I’d go back again, mostly for the view and ambience.

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MarioF
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall2food5service5ambience5

Food and service is very good, however the value has a lot to be desired, just way over priced for what you get

JE
JillE
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and the staff was terrific. There was relatively no wait time. Great atmosphere.

CS
ChrisS
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience5

The service was great. The crab and anchovies were fresh but the salad lacked big time, it needed cucumbers, peppers, seasoning, olives and some type of dressing that goes with fish. The lettuce appeared not fresh.

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Dido
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience2

I like Schooners and have been there several times but this time was not great. They couldn't find my reservation. After they seated us, we had to wait a long time for someone to take our orders and for the food to arrive. I think more staff. The staff was scrambling about - too many customers not enough staff. At this time I can't recommend it.

FAQs

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

Schooners Monterey is rated 4.5 stars by 1945 OpenTable diners.

Schooners Monterey 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 Op