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Schooners Monterey, Monterey, CA

Schooners Monterey

4.7
4.7
2814 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 27 times today
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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • 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: (831) 372-2628
  • 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

What 2,814 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Monterey / Carmel

    Great for brunch

  • Monterey / Carmel

    Great for outdoor dining

  • Monterey / Carmel

    Great for scenic views

  • Monterey / Carmel

    Californian

2,814 Reviews
  1. CelesteA

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Perfect place to go and enjoy the Monterey Bay while you have breakfast or lunch.

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  2. EricaS

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Great atmosphere, incredible views! Food was good. Not as much flavor as we had hoped for but good, fresh ingredients. We came for both lunch + dinner while staying at the Plaza. Kid friendly, very nice staff.

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  3. BurnsB

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Hostesses were very pleasant & accommodating. Wait staff was superior!

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  4. ReneeL

    Tahoe

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and family atmosphere! Our server Aurelio was fantastic.

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  5. Robert

    Tahoe

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    We have always loved schooners but this last experience ruined our trip. We ordered two lemonades for our 2 and 5 year old boys. After drinking them for 10ish minutes our waitress rushed over, reached across the table and grabs them and says she needs to go switch them out with no explanation. When she comes back we asked what was wrong and she said they were the wrong mixture. I asked what she meant by that and she said the mixture was off so they needed to remake them. We then asked if it was on tap or if they had to make it and she said it was mixed in a pitcher, so I asked why it would matter what the mixture was. She then said it was next to another pitcher that was alcoholic and it might have been mixed up so she wanted to get us a new one. After that, we were upset and curious if they had just had half a glass of an alcoholic beverage. We asked to bring them back so we could check them, she said they were dumped out but she assured us that she “smelled” them and there was no alcohol in them. She then sent the bartender over who said she “tasted” our kids half sipped on lemonades before she dumped them out and they didn’t have any alcohol. The rest of our meal we were apologized to by the manager, the bartender and our server multiple times making us think there may well have been alcohol in them. We didn’t know what else to do since the drinks were dumped out already so we ordered food and finished our meal but our mood and night was already ruined.

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  6. Kathy

    Exclusive

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Best seafood salad I have ever eaten. I will be back.

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    Portland

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Nice restaurant with great food, service, views. But halfway through our meal we couldn’t hear each other talk because of the rowdy golf guys that rolled in at the bar. The waiter asked them to sit down at the bar but that only lasted a few minutes and more of them rolled in. They need a partition between the bar & the tables. In the meantime, sit outside where they had plenty of heat lamps.

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great experience! Will come back next time we are in town.

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  9. AndreaC

    Central Coast

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Everything about our meal was delicious. Can't wait to return again for another dinner! Our waiter Jacob was an amazing server. He was personable and upbeat and attentive. The only flaw of the night was the cold drafts coming into the dining area every time the door to the outside patio was opened.

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great food, solid service, pretty atmosphere!

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  11. LeslieH

    Richmond

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on January 30, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful bayfront ambiance! Lots of heaters on the patio. We ate by a window inside which was had a lovely view. Parking was great by a valet at the Monterrey Plaza hotel.

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  12. MonicaS

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    From beginning to end Schooners delivered superior service, delicious food, and a stunning view. What an experience. I’ll be back!

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  13. Taty

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The view is phenomenal and the service is great! It’s my favorite place to go in Montery

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  14. Allie

    New Jersey

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great piano music in bar. Fabulous Chopin o. Our waiter, Jacob, extremely attentive

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  15. Submanager

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    The hostess recognized us immediately from prior visits. Seated us with an outstanding view. Service was pretty good. We split a garden salad that was excellent. My partner had the black cod which she enjoyed. I ordered the spicy chili was I really enjoyed. Overall it was an enjoyable meal.

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  16. nana

    San Francisco

    13 reviews

    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on January 23, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We were disappointed with the food. Very average Service was great and the setting wonderful just wish the food was better

    1 person found this helpful

  17. DianaF

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Provides a beautiful view, has a variety of options, and great quality.

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  18. JudyA

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Very quiet. My party of 4 was probably a bit louder than they are used to. But beautiful view and good food. My husband wasn’t fond of the seafood pasta as it was spaghetti, but our food was great. Bathrooms were not in the restaurant so that is a 1.

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  19. TomS

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I ordered the Huevos Rancheros with Dungeness Crab. The food was excellent. The service was professional and quick. The view was spectacular! I would highly recommend Schooners.

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  20. Conni

    Central Coast

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We love Schooners!!! It’s our go to place for us and for our guests. The ambience is terrific, food is always great, and the service is wonderful!!

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  21. MichaelC

    Central Coast

    16 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    We have eaten at schooners a number of times and expected an experience in keeping with a meal in one of the top hotels in Monterey. Our breakfast on this occasion was a disappointment. The service was slow and we had to ask for basic table needs, some of which we never received. We had to send food back due to it not being prepared as requested. Even after it came back it still fell way short of what it should have been. We were charged more for beverages than what the menu stated. There was a lack of consistency in the portion sizes and the food was not hot. This was the last meal of what was our anniversary weekend and we definitely expected more than what we received

    1 person found this helpful

  22. MichaelD

    San Francisco

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Good food and service. Quiet ding room. nice evening

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  23. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    It was recommended we visit Cannery Row and this place had a reservation for the date and time we were looking for. Service was good and it was dark out as the sun had set but I'm sure the views are lovely. The food was quite underwhelming. It felt as though they were striving for high end but things went sideways and they missed the mark. We had the ceviche which we didn't care much for and the burrata and potato gnocchi. Everything felt under seasoned whether missing acid, salt, or heat. I would not visit again as there are lots of other options in Monterey or Carmel.

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  24. SK23

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 26, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    Overpriced for the portions you get. A bit of an odd menu with interesting taste profile combinations

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  25. ellthatjasz

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on December 26, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    The restaurant was very cold, thanks to open doors and windows on a very chilly evening, causing all four of us to wear our coats inside. Food was good and pleasingly presented. Servers were uniformly polite and attentive. I ordered vanilla gelato for dessert and received coconut instead.

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  26. LucG

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 25, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great views of Monterey bay.Excellent bar and cocktails,friendly staff great seafood menus

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  27. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Another delicious meal with wonderful service and the best view in town! Thank you Schooners!

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful people accommodated our large party with prompt service! Food was delicious and the drinks were wonderful! All while enjoying the amazing ocean views! Loved this experience! Definitely will be returning in the future!

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Consistently excellent food and service. Combined with an amazing view of the bay.

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  30. Michelle

    San Francisco

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on December 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was very fresh and good. The service was excellent. The restaurant is located on the water and the view is incredible.

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  31. Michelle

    San Francisco

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on December 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food and service were terrific. The restaurant is right on the water and the view is incredible!

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 20, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I can only compliment today’s lunch. Great food, fantastic service and views of Monterey Bay seen from pleasant surroundings make this restaurant a favorite of mine.

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  33. AtulP

    Orange County

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 20, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Service and food was excellent. it is reasonably priced. Location is great.

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Sat outside on the patio for dinner. Temperature was fine because the use of outdoor heaters. Nice to have the waves crashing in the background of having a delicious meal. Server was very attentive. Overall a great experience.

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful view. Attentive and friendly service. They brought a special dessert for my mom’s birthday and helped with a special order when my son wanted just the risotto that was being served with the special dinner entree.

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  36. MiguelB

    Sacramento

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on December 16, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fish and chips were not very crispy and the meat was barely flaky. I'd say it was a tad bit undercooked but had a decent flavor. The battered fries were cooked perfectly crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. The Blackened Sea Bass tacos were overwhelmed by the tangy pineapple salsa. The flavor balance was off as a result. Would have eliminated the pineapple and added more aioli sauce to allow the flavor of the fish to come through. The Big Little Lies drink was a delight as always except for the price tag of $25. It was a special occasion, so we went with it but it's simply an overpriced drink. The dinning experience has changed since the pandemic in regard to the seating and ambiance. The outdoor patio is much smaller and the seating is tight and cramped. They closed down the large section of the patio I assume due to smaller crowds. The heating lamps put of a tremendous amount of heat, which was welcomed since it was a very chilly day that afternoon.

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 16, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Service was slow, but very good. We were sat outside on a December night. There were plenty of heat lamps and blankets to keep us warm. For the price, the food is only okay. We had the seafood tower for five and it was nothing special. The warm Dungeness crab dip however was delicious with very generous portions of crab meat. The bolognese was tasty. The salmon was too sweet and under-cooked. Bar drinks were tasty. Ambience would be lovely during daylight, we were there at night which likely took away from the magic of being by the ocean.

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  38. Swede

    Central Coast

    90 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    90 reviews

    Dined on December 14, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The clam chowder in the sourdough bowl was delicious and, also, the fish tacos! The service was excellent! So glad that you have put up those large, square umbrellas, which are so much better than having to move those smaller round ones around!

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  39. ChrissyP

    St. Louis

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 13, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Focaccia starter was delicious. Sleigh drink was yummy. Husband had ribeye and I had NY strip. Both our conclusions were, the meat wasn’t great quality and the flavor was not there. Which, if they bring you a variety of sauces to dip it in would be the first hint. We are from the Midwest, so the standard is high. Both cuts were cooked as asked. The asparagus was delicious. Service was great. We were attended to and helped by anyone who passed by. Hostess was very accommodating when I messed up reservation. Maybe steak isn’t a specialty.

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  40. Jewels

    Seattle

    42 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    42 reviews

    Dined on December 12, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Our server was warm, attentive and the room friendly if a little loud. His seafood salad was quite good. However mine was not. All I ordered was cream of potato & leek soup (the special). I sent it back twice because it was cold. When it was returned finally it was nearly inedible, no traces of potato or leeks, and a gelatinous texture. So I didn’t eat it. We weren’t asked how it was. We were charged for the soup anyway. $14.00 is affordable but that isn’t the point.

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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 4.7 stars by 2814 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 27 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
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • 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: (831) 372-2628
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