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Schooners

4.5
1589 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 1589 people are saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
4.3
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4.5
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4.6
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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 7 hours ago
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Great seafood trio salad. My companion loved the crispy ahi tacos. Chowder seemed to have too much sherry. Bread was very stale. Tiramisu not worth the calories.
The view of the bay from the outdoor dining is stunning.

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vipVeeK
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was awesome came back a second time in the weekend

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Saber62
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great outdoor dinner, enjoying the sights and sounds of the Bay. Heat lamp kept us warm. Service was attentive. The nightly special was Scallops and they were outstanding.

AM
AliceM
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely outside dining experience. Our servers were most attentive, professional, and personal. Our food was delicious and very nicely presented. Thank you!

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for a first Tinder date. Excellent wine list!

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ELai
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service and foods are excellent. Also, great view next to the sea. I think this is one of the best location and restaurants in this area.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Great as usual

KJ
KarinJ
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience5

Fantastic view on patio. Plastic barrier on one side kept winds down, and with heat lamps, we were comfortable. Service was good. Food was disappointing for the price.

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OpenTable Diner
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

A little overpriced, very limited options, and waiter was inattentive. If you plan on having lunch it’s about $50

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DianaH
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are local and love Schooners. Food is consistently good, ambiance is one of the best whether eating inside or out. You are on the bay and views are amazing. Servers are always kind, friendly, attentive and very professional. Pre pandemic our fav spot was in the bar but I must say Schooners has done an amazing job accommodating the pandemic with their outdoor dining. Table very clean, safe dining is more than appreciated here!!
Thank you! Can't wait to eat at the bar again!!!!

JS
JenniferS
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We were running late for our reservation but they were gracious and sat us as soon as a table opened up. Beautiful views, great food, live music. Even got to see a few otters playing in the waves. Highly recommend!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience4

View is great right on the ocean, they had live music playing our meals were good.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Central Coast
10 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great time here!

MD
MarcusD
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

amazing restaurant with some of the best ocean views in California and the world!

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thomasc
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience3

nice view, arrived early seated promptly. main meal took a hour to arrive. people seated behind us loud. other couple seated after us ordered and finished before we got our meal. waitress very kind gave wife blanket due to lack of heaters and waiting for meal. could have been better.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Had a hard time finding the place because the address on this app is wrong when I click to open it in maps! So I had to call the restaurant and ask for a new address which made us late to our reservation! So please update the address! Other than that our experience inside dining was outstanding! From our waiter, to safety, to drinks, and the food was explosive in flavor and taste! Highly recommend you take your girl here fellas for a sunset dinner! 🙌🏽

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vipFrankophil
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful, peaceful seaside table with a view of the bay. Attentive, friendly service. Excellent wine and beer selections: Z. Alexander Brown Chardonnay and Carmel River blonde beer. The seafood trio salad had gorgeous shrimp, crabmeat and perfectly done ahi tuna. The Pub Burger hit the spot. Be sure to save room for the chocolate mousse cake!

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LoriS
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience5

Fabulous location, great service, but the food was mediocre. I had Eggs Benedict: The Hollandaise sauce was bland & the only side, home fried potatoes, were mushy, as if they’d cut up baked potatoes left over from the night before.

I’m a local and have never been impressed by Schooners’ food, but have returned to enjoy their location. From now on I’ll stick to a glass of wine or a cocktail with appetizers.

I’d recommend Schooners only for their location.

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RayP
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you want great food and great service this is the place to be...

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TamiL
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great at Schooners. Our favorite in Monterey

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ShaggyT
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2020
Overall2food1service2ambience2

poor quality and way overpriced. Room service had outrageous cost during the pandemic.
Making up for lack of business on my expense????????????????????
Ridiculous!!!

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Alice
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Its a great place to enjoying the ocean with great service and great food. They have great cocktails and wine list

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vipluckenbach
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food! Loved hearing the waves crash beneath the deck

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vipLindaL
Central Coast
15 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went there for the weekend brunch; we ordered the clam chowder, tuna fish sandwich, seafood cioppino, fish and chips, and they are all delicious. The service was great, and they make sure we stay warm. I really enjoy dining at Schooners, and I will definitely go back again.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service. Definitely will be coming back

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rmon
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the tri-salad, Christmas Ale and calamari. Service attendant was very attentive and courteous. We made a reservation and was a little late due to unexpected traffic but we got a table as soon as we walked in. We’ve been there the week before and received the same service.

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MarcB
San Joaquin
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The location is amazing and the food and service were great. Even though we sat outdoors, there were plenty of heaters to stay warm. We will definitely be back again!

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PattiL
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience5

Food was OK. Nice staff and good ambiance

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Abby
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We went there for Saturday brunch, and it was a pleasant spot by the water to dine outdoors.

The weather was warm and sunny when we went, but they had heat lamps nearby as well. They were taking all the appropriate COVID measures (scan QR code for menu, servers wearing masks, space between the tables). Food-wise, the Cioppino pot and clam chowder were a little salty, but overall the food was pretty good and the price was worth the view.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was great with the sound of the crashing waves in the background. Great getaway....almost felt normal amidst the craziness of COVID-19!

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Karlit
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience3

I still go to this place because of the ambiance and the food. But during my stay, I was surprised about the great Service. Thank you very much.

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Diner
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

With all the limitations of dining out during the pandemic, Schooner's somehow made it feel like a normal, wonderful night out to dinner. The food, ambience and service was just outstanding (as always!). Can't wait to go back for another memorable meal. I highly recommend the Cioppino (sp?) and the short ribs.

MJ
MiaJ
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful right on the water. Valet parking makes it easy. I thought a limited menu, but what we had was delicious. A great spot to meet up with friends.

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MikeS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

we really enjoyed our dinner. we eat here everytime we stay at the Plaza.
the short rib was fantastic. service great and we were kept warm withe
gas heater....will come again.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were treated like VIP s!!! Definitely coming back

PM
PamelaM
Central Coast
6 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful view, good food, good service. Very nice experience.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Thanksgiving weekend trip, good seafood.

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vipsnappy
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Stunning setting for that special meal. A little pricey but you are paying for the view.

FJ
FoodieJen
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

The ambiance and view are everything. If you are waiting a nice environment for dinner, this is your place to be. Food wise, there are definitely better restaurants if you go to Fisherman's Wharf, Cannery Row, or Pacific Grove, which are all in walking distance. Overall, service is great, food is decent, and environment is amazing.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our reservations at 4:45p allowed us to see the sunset. The restaurant has make it comfortable to dine out with the ocean view. Romantic. Food was delicious! We stayed at the hotel and the signs to the restaurant confused me a bit. Overall all amazing!

FAQs

Schooners does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates and Uber Eats. Schooners also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (831) 372-2628.

Schooners is rated 4.5 stars by 1589 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.