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the C restaurant + bar, Monterey, CA

the C restaurant + bar

4.6
4.6
1040 Reviews
$31 to $50
Seafood
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. The C restaurant 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.

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2 people

10:00 PM


Booked 2 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, Californian, American

  • Hours of operation

    Breakfast Wed–Fri 7:00 am–11:00 am Sat, Sun 7:00 am–11:30 am Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (831) 375-4800

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Chef Matt Bolton

  • Private party facilities

    Romantic and luxurious, our intimate private dining room, The Library, creates a unique setting for special meals and celebrations, with first editions of John Steinbeck's novels enlivening the decor. Adjacent to the C restaurant, The Library features floor to ceiling windows overlooking the waterfront Pacific View Courtyard.

  • Private party contact

    theC@pahotel.com: (831) 375-4800

  • Neighborhood

    Monterey

  • Cross street

    Prescott Avenue

  • Parking details

    We recommend City Parking located at the corner of Prescott Avenue and Foam Street.

  • Entertainment

    Enjoy live music Thursday through Saturday, plus excellent happy hour specials on wine, beer and small plates. On weekend nights, black and white silent movies are projected outdoors, classic films that add to the glamorous coastal atmosphere. Highlights:Live music Thursday evening through Sunday afternoon. Happy hour food and drink specials Sunday through Thursday 4-7pm.Pacific View Courtyard features a protected outdoor area with two fire pitsCutouts on boardwalk for unique views of intertidal zonesComplimentary valet parking for restaurant guestsOcean views from every table

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 1,040 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • California Central Coast

    Great for scenic views

  • California Central Coast

    Seafood

  • Monterey / Carmel

    Hot spot

  • Monterey / Carmel

    Great for scenic views

  • Monterey / Carmel

    Lively

  • Monterey / Carmel

    Seafood

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  1. P

    Patty

    San Francisco

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    This was not what some people consider to be a traditional Thanksgiving dinner, but it was definitely my preference.
  2. TM

    TinaM

    San Francisco

    68 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    68 reviews

    Dined on November 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely dinner with family. Prompt and attentive service from Jose. Menu is not long but all delicious.
  3. TB

    TonyBerumen

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love this place. I give it my highest recommendation.
  4. LW

    LesW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Wait staff were very attentive - Socrates in particular. Wife and I enjoyed music played by Kenny Stahl.
  5. AE

    AndreaE

    Central Coast

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Beautiful breakfast with ocean view and live music, food was delicious, servers were a little subpar- never brought extra plate, slightly rushed feeling..would still return.
  6. DK

    DarrylK

    Central Coast

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The duck was perfect, temperature was hot as it should be with the side excellently prepared. The server was very professional and provided the best customer service. It was my first visit and I will certainly return.
  7. BD

    BarbaraD

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome service, excellent entrees, calamari to die for, and great wine selection! We will be back! Our server, Jose, was outstanding!!!
  8. RR

    RoarinRow

    Sacramento

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a good experience at the restaurant. Very good service and food was excellent. View would have better but it was a foggy morning. Good location and live music.
  9. MK

    MKM10010

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Very nice restaurant, great view and good food. I went for breakfast/brunch.
  10. G

    Gabi

    San Francisco

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My husband and I like very much to come over to C restaurant. Everyone is very nice and we like the food too. This time José helped us and he is very kind and professional. Carlos helped too. The food was delicious so we had a very pleasant dinner time.
  11. R

    Raffi

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic! From the service to the food - We couldn't have been happier! Jose' was our waiter and we enjoyed speaking with him and he made some great dinner suggestions from the menu. :)
  12. ML

    MelizaL

    San Francisco

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a perfect dinner this past Saturday in C restaurant. Very attentive staff in the dining room and at the bar. Every dish was delicious, and we loved the wine and cocktails selection! We also had breakfast the following morning and with the view, we were able to see dolphins! Great spot for any occasion! We will be back for sure.
  13. CJ

    CJ14

    Los Angeles

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious! We were a party of three and we each ordered different items, all were fantastic! Live music by John Sherry set the perfect tone for the intimate ambiance and to top it off, the view of the bay was stunning!
  14. AG

    AngelaG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Due to the pandemic we're very cautious about indoor dining and this restaurant has become a go to for a nice relaxing dinner out. The seating is spaced so that you aren't directly involved with any other diners. They have great views of the Monterey Bay and the staff is friendly and very attentive. The food is delicious and always expertly prepared. It's easy for me to find dishes I can eat with my many food allergies. We have shared plates as I have a small appetite or ordered our own with no complaints from the staff. We always feel like each meal was prepared with great care and have not been disappointed once. The pricing though is a bit high and they are affiliated with a hotel so there is a bit of that vibe. However we would still recommend this restaurant.
  15. SG

    SarahG

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food. Great service and live music. The music made it a tad loud bout overall it was fantastic.
  16. MH

    MichaelH

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and service with the best ambience and views on Cannery Row. We love this place, especially for an outdoor brunch!
  17. KE

    KikiE

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We really enjoyed it. Food was great and we had a nice table with an ocean view. I ordered swordfish and my husband had the free range chicken. Very happy with our choices.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love having breakfast out on the patio with our 2 dogs. The food is excellent, the service is really good and the view of the bay is outstanding. It's so wonderful and relaxing.
  19. CP

    CPinEastbay

    San Francisco

    25 reviews

    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As usual, the food and service were wonderful. I had the special, seared ahi. My husband had the salmon. We both had mushrooms but they were different. We shared those - they were fantastic. The music, as usual, is provided by a guy who plays guitar really really well. He's been there for years and is a terrific addition to a wonderful dinner.
  20. JM

    JhoannaM

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Everything was great. But we had made reservations at 10:45. For breakfast when we got there they informed us that they’re closing time has change and they now close at 11am. So we felt kind of rush. But the server was very attentive, food was great
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on September 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely incredible service. Our waiter Jose was highly attentive, personable, respectful and anticipated our every need. He was truly exceptional. Food was fabulous, delicious and beautifully presented. Elegant decor with breath taking views of the ocean. Highly recommended.
  22. AM

    AsherM

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 5, 2022

    overall3food4service1ambience3
    One person was serving the whole patio, others just walking around. They were constantly forgetting to bring simple things. My kids had a chance to drink water only after waiting for 45 mins. My wife and I never got our beer!
  23. MT

    MonkeyTanner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 29, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience3
    Lukewarm mediocre ravioli; too many waiters for just ok service, although they’re were nice enough; sloppy drink that made the table too wet; ugly tabletops so table cloths would have been nice. Too expensive to be a family restaurant environment. To few vegetarian options. Beautiful bay view. I’d try just the bar next time.
  24. K

    Kristi

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I love The C Bar! Their service is always great and the food is delicious! Worth every penny.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 14, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Waiter was rushing the meal. Overpriced. Beautiful view and live music!
  26. R

    Ruben

    Puerto Vallarta

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excelente servicio, excelente comida y una vista increible. No se olviden avisar si estan en el Hotel The Clement Intercontinental
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 11, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Cena di famiglia. Luogo accogliente, ottimo servizio.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall1food1service2ambience1
    how can we serve bad things in a place as beautiful as monterey step by step of fresh seafood ?
  29. EW

    EdwardW

    Chicago

    46 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    46 reviews

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    The setting at C restaurant is spectacular. Great views of the ocean. Service was very good as was the food.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 1, 2022

    overall3food1service5ambience5
    Our server was fabulous. Wine good; standard options. Food was lack luster; the descriptions did not match what was was served. The octopus ceviche was dried out and not flavorful. More acid more salt please. Food was not memorable. The view was gorgeous. Your waitstaff is eager to learn and provide service; I hope the menu gets some help to match the view and service. The guitar player jamming in the corner was a bit awkward.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Mom and son trip. Stayed at the Intercontinental hotel, so was convenient and wonderful. I had the Chilean Sea bass And my son had the ravioli. The portions were perfect.
  32. A

    Annie

    Dallas

    49 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    49 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding omelette & eggs benedict, attentive service
  33. TS

    TrishaS

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our experience at the C Restaurant was fantastic. My husband and I were on a babymoon and celebrating our anniversary a little early. The staff was very attentive, but not overbearing and very friendly. The food and drinks were fantastic. I highly recommend the duck breast, it was one of the best duck dishes I have ever had. We will definitely visit again!
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    The atmosphere was great, the food was delicious. The live music was much too loud.
  35. LF

    LivermoreFan

    San Francisco

    29 reviews

    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great experience overall - we all ordered seafood dishes and they were all outstanding. Waitstaff was attentive and helpful with selections! Oceanside dining was just what we hoped for and on top of that great live music! Highly recommend!
  36. AP

    AnnP

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, great service & great views.
  37. LM

    LianaM

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Dinner for 2, we had a wedge salad, dozen raw oysters, the ribeye & the shrimp & lobster pasta dish, plus brocollini. All dishes were delicious, meat cooked perfectly, and the sauce on the pasta was so good. The servers surprised my husband with a birthday dessert & they sang to him also. Loved the view as we had a window seat. Even got to see a whale spouting off in the distance. Would come here again. Oh, and forgot to mention the live entertainment. Fabulous ambiance overall with great service. .
  38. CA

    ConnieA

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I knew we would be walking at the aquarium and didn't want to walk further. I made the reservation because we were staying at the hotel . However the food, service and view made this restaurant a must when we return.
  39. LD

    LynnD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and absolutely fantastic service. The view of Monterey Bay is also lovely. Would go again for food and even recommend it to friends
  40. TB

    TonyBerumen

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great time. Professional staff. Highly recommend.

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

FAQs

the C restaurant + bar is rated 4.6 stars by 1040 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

10:00 PM


Booked 2 times today
Google Map for the C restaurant + bar

750 Cannery Row, Monterey, CA 93940

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Prescott Avenue

  • Neighborhood

    Monterey

  • Hours of operation

    Breakfast Wed–Fri 7:00 am–11:00 am Sat, Sun 7:00 am–11:30 am Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, Californian, American

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    We recommend City Parking located at the corner of Prescott Avenue and Foam Street.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Chef Matt Bolton

  • Entertainment

    Enjoy live music Thursday through Saturday, plus excellent happy hour specials on wine, beer and small plates. On weekend nights, black and white silent movies are projected outdoors, classic films that add to the glamorous coastal atmosphere. Highlights:Live music Thursday evening through Sunday afternoon. Happy hour food and drink specials Sunday through Thursday 4-7pm.Pacific View Courtyard features a protected outdoor area with two fire pitsCutouts on boardwalk for unique views of intertidal zonesComplimentary valet parking for restaurant guestsOcean views from every table

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (831) 375-4800

  • Private party facilities

    Romantic and luxurious, our intimate private dining room, The Library, creates a unique setting for special meals and celebrations, with first editions of John Steinbeck's novels enlivening the decor. Adjacent to the C restaurant, The Library features floor to ceiling windows overlooking the waterfront Pacific View Courtyard.

  • Private party contact

    theC@pahotel.com: (831) 375-4800

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