the C restaurant + bar

4.7
973 Reviews
$31 to $50
Seafood
the C restaurant + bar features only seafood endorsed by Seafood Watch of the Monterey Bay Aquarium. The delicious Arctic Char featured on Executive Chef Matt Bolton's menus is similar to salmon in taste, texture and color, but is available year-round, and is rated a "best choice" by Seafood Watch.

Located at the upscale InterContinental The Clement Monterey hotel on Monterey Bay. Every table at the C restaurant has a view of the pristine and scenic Monterey Bay. Marine life sightings abound, including dolphins, whales, harbor seals and sea otters. Enjoy the parade of sea creatures and shore birds as you savor the finest in California regional cuisine.

Our family-friendly Monterey Bay restaurant is close to the Aquarium, situated over sapphire waters and immersed in the natural beauty of the California coast.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
What 973 people are saying
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Berty
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was outstanding. There were plenty of servers and they were extremely attentive.

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Fiya
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had great experience , food was excellent, duck and swordfish were done to perfection staff was very attentive , we’ll be back during our next trip to Monterey

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Russ
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food4service5ambience3

Limited menu, limited ambience (outdoor seating), very quick and sterile dinner at hefty price.

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AMS1
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We treated ourselves to a last weekend breakfast at C for our visit to Monterey. It was a beautiful, clear day with views all the way up the coast. We had window seats and were treated to two otters feeding just outside, what a great sight.

My wife had the Belgian waffle with fresh fruit and a cafe mocha. The creme fraiche and maple syrup was a nice touch adding to the fresh, sweet berries. My Castroville omelette was excellent, rock shrimp, artichoke hearts and spinach with yukon gold potatoes and sourdough toast. We thoroughly enjoyed our food, great quality.

Service was friendly yet professional. A return visit is in order.

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DawnC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Service was charming and attentive, notably good! Great views and ambiance. Food was much better than expected for a tourist town.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great service.

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Caiti
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Great views, good breakfast, good service. Only complain, it clearly hadn’t been cleaned u set our table when we arrived.:(

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MonicaT
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great spot with a view of the water. Live music. Fresh fish. Delicious wine. We plan to go back when we’re visiting!

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JudyO
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you are looking for a great place to eat on Cannery Row, go to C Restaurant + bar! Make sure to ask to sit in Jesse’s section too. Jesse is awesome, personable, and attentive. The breakfast was so good, we came back two days later. The chef know how to make eggs any way, especially poached. Food was served on warm plates and our food was hot from beginning to end. Next time we will stay at the Intercontinental Hotel in Monterey so we are closer to the C restaurant + bar!

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DarcyP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2021
Overall3food3service1ambience2

A basic hotel restaurant menu in a minimalist environment (but with an amazing view). Ambivalent service at best.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came here for our anniversary. Very nice, the music was amazing. They treated us dessert for our anniversary. Would highly recommend

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vipbanan
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Chilean sea bass I have ever had! The s’mores dessert was fabulous. Service is top notch and live music was wonderful.

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vipdougaldg
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great staff and excellent sea food choices/wine selection

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LayneL
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

One of my top 10 dining experiences! The food was excellent, but more than that the service was absolutely outstanding!! We never seemed to have to wait for anything, yet never had the feeling of being rushed or hovered over. You definitely feel cared about!
One of the biggest highlights for me was the attention they paid to my wife's food allergies to onion and garlic. Not easy allergies to deal with! I put them in a note when I made the reservation through OpenTable, and they went out of their way to make sure she was safe and still had a wide choice of options from the menu. I have had many experiences where a restaurant said they could and would accommodate food allergies, and then were unable. Not the case here!
My wife had the Arctic Char, and I had the Prawns & Dungeness Crab Pappardelle. Excellent! For dessert my wife had the Baked Alaska ... wow! Perfectly portioned size and delicious! I had the Chantilly cake and loved it!
We will be back!

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vipGabi
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I are going to C restaurant quite often. Why? Because we like it very much. We like the food, the atmosphere and the service. Everything is excellent!
We are highly recommend this restaurant.

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NamN
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall2food1service4ambience3

Not worth the money. Food is horrible. Don’t spend money here.

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JamesS
Central Coast
13 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and our waiterJose, was excellent!

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RobertC
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The entire staff was exceptionally attentive and exemplified excellent customer service...the Food was Great and Salvador our Waiter and his sidekick's were the Best...They made our Anniversary even more memorable...Thanks Much

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vipChrisC
Orlando
216 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Probably the most first-class/upscale dining on Cannery Row. Best view of the ocean. Their food is to die for. Get the Caesar and Duck Breast. Ask for Salvador as your server.

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vipLaina
Central Coast
89 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Dining out has three elements: the food, the service, and the ambience. This restaurant has an enviable ambience, elegant, quiet, and beautiful, including a splendid view of the bay.

The food, however, just missed: not the ingredients, which were excellent, but the taste. Seasoning, the acid/fat balance, and appropriate recipe for the ingredients were just off.

The exception was one dessert: the Baked California, a take on Baked Alaska, a wonderful, old-fashioned dish. It was delicious.

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vipChrisC
Orlando
216 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We started with the Dungeness Crab cakes. Then a salad each. After that we had one of the best Salmon dishes ever. I had the Duck breast. We had the best server in the world…..Salvador. Love that “C” restaurant.

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall2food3service3ambience1

This will not be great for a special occasion. The price point may seem like it would be good to recognize a loved one for a special occasion, but it is not the place for recognizing anything like that

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StephanieM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Jose our food server was outstanding. He was personable, professional and compassionate about us and his job.
The food was delicious.

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bicibella
Los Angeles
23 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome ocean view from my table! Loved the food and service! So glad I chose to dine here on my road trip!

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vipGabi
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I eat quite often at C Restaurant. The reason? We love it! We always order the same but there are many other good options.
The food is very tasty and very nicely presented. The service is excellent from the front desk to everyone around, not only the ones attending us.
They are always making us feel special and welcomed.

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vipOngelD
Palm Springs
11 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The wild mushroom ravioli was very good. My server very attentive.

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JonathanB
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and outstanding waitperson. “Baked California” desert was stellar - one of the best deserts weve ever had in any restaurant at any price.

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MIGUELL
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was warm and friendly. The food and drinks were exceptionally delicious. Our server Jose was knowledgeable and attentive. Besides the excellent service and delicious food, my girlfriend and I enjoyed the beautiful decor. That was one of the first things she noticed. Not to mention the beautiful Monterey Bay ocean view. And the live instrumental music set a nice ambiance. Overall, it was a pleasant experience.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The wait staff was very attentive. Food delicious and the view was relaxing as we looked out over the bay

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NorthHills
Pittsburgh
3 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service

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Jebissell
Denver
23 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We booked a table at the C for our special night out on vacation. The ambiance overlooking Monterey Bay is wonderful. We had the cerviche appetizer and it was delicious. We created our own surf & turf. My wife ordered the swordfish and I ordered the filet mignon. They were both excellent. The filled meringue desert special was superb. We will eat here again

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I had a great time and were treated extra special as it was our 5-Year Anniversary.

The food was amazing, our waiter was awesome and we had a great experience! We will definitely recommend this place to any of our friends/family and will come back when we are back in Monterey.

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vipSFGirl
San Francisco
29 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a birthday celebration. We took our own wine.

The hostess was terrible. Not friendly or accommodating at all. We wanted a table for 4 near the water view window we were told they can’t accommodate. Later a single person party of 1 came and because she was rude and made a stink they seated her at the exact table we asked for.

Our server José was amazing. He made up for the terrible table location. He made the night. Thank you Jose!!

Food was all ridiculously delicious.

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vipGabi
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I are having dinner quite often at C restaurant and we love it.
We like the food, the place, and the service.
We highly recommend it.

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food, wonderful location, wonderful service. We loved our breakfast. We ate outside on the patio with our 2 small dogs. We could hear and see the beautiful bay while eating, it was so relaxing We didn't want to leave!

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StaceyP
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are here over Labor Day weekend to celebrate our anniversary. We are local and the service was excellent & our meal was great too. We had the calamari appetizer, Brussels sprouts, I had a New York steak and my husband had the ribeye. We each had a dessert- lemon meringue and s’more. They were really good but we really wanted the milk and honey dessert. It would have been the perfect meal had they still had the milk and honey dessert. The service was spectacular!

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vipfooodeeee
Philadelphia
52 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Go for the views, stay for the food. Seafood was flavorful, service was outstanding

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MattyP
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a reservation here for 5p on the Friday of Labor Day weekend. While driving down from the Bay Area we hit quite a bit of traffic at Watsonville which we knew would make us late. Through Open Table we switched around our reservation for later with no issue.

During our meal there we received excellent service. Per our waiter's recommendation I got the Shrimp Papparedelle which was absolutely fantastic. On weekend nights the restaurant has live music provided by local guitarist John Sherry. The live music was a nice treat and John did instrumental covers of a wide range of songs, both classics and modern hits. The music was present but not overpowering and my wife and I were still able to have nice dinner conversation.

If you're in the Monterey Cannery row area, or staying at the Intercontinental, definitely make a night of dinner plans here, you won't regret it.

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LuisC
13 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The evening was memorable in many ways. Ambiance was great. Jose, our waiter made it even more memorable. The food was exquisite and the service one of the best in many years. Jose catered every one of our requests in all possible ways.

To top the evening there was this hoy playing the guitar and took everyone through a journey from the Beatles to Luis Fonsi’s Despacito.

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SusanC
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great cocktails, cheese plate, ravioli, husband had a great stake! Sat outside love this place.

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the C restaurant + bar is rated 4.7 stars by 973 OpenTable diners.

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.

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