the C restaurant + bar

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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.
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

They were not open and I emailed in regards to my mother's day brunch reservations to see if they offered take out but they never responded. I believe the hotel was still open. Nothing on their website either. Too bad

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vipRudolph
San Francisco
145 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Immaculate restaurant & bar inside the Intercontinental Hotel, very convenient. We were staying here & had lunch with the fam. There's no bad seat in the house with waterfront views at almost every window seat. The arctic char is cooked to perfection. Hubby & son enjoyed their burgers. The calamari was complimentary for hubby's birthday, and it's his favorite appetizer - score! Can't wait to come back & try their happy hour.

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Ckeden
Tahoe
10 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great food, drinks and excellent service. Loved the view and had a great time despite recent covad events which are starting to impact our daily lives..

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vipbonvivant1
Central Coast
21 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant is one we like to go to for a more "spendy" dinner. We go to the Monterey area several times a year but don't always chose to go here because the prices are on the high side. But as the saying goes, you get what you pay for and the ambiance, service and food come together for a magical evening.
We started the evening with one of the specialty cocktails, the IC (InterContinental) paper plane. It came up in a martini glass with a colorful, tiny origami plane hanging on the rim.
Our banquette was large enough for many more than the 2 of us but from this comfortable seating we could look out to the bay until sundown. There was a guitar player offering live background music which was very pleasant.
The menu is creative and entrees come with such interesting accompaniments that it is a difficult choice. As one might guess, seafood (C food) is the feature, offering items that are on the approved list from the Monterey Bay Aquarium just down the block.
We began with appetizers and shared 2 entrees which was a good way to go because the portions are generous.
Our server was attentive to refilling our wine glasses and did a good job of bringing our food out piping hot. I wish I could remember his name to thank him here.
The restaurant is in the InterContinental Hotel which is a lovely place to stay, everything within walking distance along the bay.
Overall, it made for a lovely, relaxed evening.

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judym
Sacramento
3 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

There was a gentleman playing nice guitar music. Found it very distracting when diners clapped after each song.

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vipReginaSF
San Francisco
75 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a wonderful experience. We ate dinner twice during our stay. Fabulous view, wonderful and friendly staff, amazing food and a very calm and relaxed vibe. Highly recommend the butternut squash and the salads are amazing! Great work - we will be back!

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vipathiede
San Francisco
81 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I asked for sauce on the side with fish tacos so they had to go back. Overall very nice dining on patio overlooking Monterey Bay. Food tasted good. Server was very attentive.

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vipTraciS
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Our waitress was amazing, the restaurant knew it was my birthday through open table and pulled out all stops.

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vipGuernseyman
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wanted to have breakfast with a nice picturesque view of the ocean. Nothing disappoints, great food, good service and a lovely view.

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Kallie
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food here is very fresh and delicious. The staff is friendly. They validate parking. The windows are floor to ceiling with a fabulous view no matter the weather. Also great outdoor seating. We are local and have been here many times. Highly recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food. The clam chowder was the best. The flat steak sandwich was delicious and very good on the portions. Staff was very friendly and the food was served very quickly. We were seated inside with an ocean view. Parking was $15.00 but they validated when you park in their garage. Can’t wait to eat there again.

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vipbgtessEatsGood
Atlanta
7 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Satisfying lunch with perfect view of the bay. Ambiance was nice, it was quiet and the food and service was great! We had asparagus risotto and cod tacos and artichoke soup - all tasty excellence. I definitely recommend and will return when in Monterey again.

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vipChristinefoodieatheart
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a Wonderful time our server was fantastic the food was really tasty and presented beautifully. The chef created some special desserts. The cocktails were really delicious and different and the little origami paper airplane was such a cute touch. I would definitely recommend this place for a romantic couples meal or a group with a special occasion the view is Beautiful. We can’t wait to stay in this hotel and have our meals in this restaurant On our next visit.

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MaireB
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience1

Overall too pricey and not value for money. The service slow, room cold though we raised the issue with the waitress and the manger. Our expectation was a high class restaurant not a general hotel dining room with no ambience.

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MagdaMorales
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service. Both the server and management went above and beyond to accommodate us it was amazing will be back again for sure. Food was amazing must try all of the dishes!!! Delicious!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Valentines date! Food was delicious, not a very wide verity on menu, but definitely worth coming back.

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vipTahoedarlene1
Tahoe
24 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful meal with family & friends! Great service and delicious food. We enjoyed the music 🎶 too!

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LauraS
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Every plate looked beautiful
Dinner food was high quality
Wait staff attentive and helpful

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vipBruceB
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Food presented nicely. Everything tasted spot on. Service was friendly and efficient. Would recommend.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The service was good, the food was fantastic, and it was kind of like an elegant oasis amid a sea of touristy spots.

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SS51
Denver
8 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Extremely delicious.

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KevinK
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fine dining at the edge of the ocean with great service and food.

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TracyH
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were excellent as was the ocean view from our table. Very enjoyable!

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Kallie
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lots of floor to ceiling windows. Very good fresh well-prepared food at an affordable price. Something for everyone. Valet parking validated by restaurant. There is a waiters’ station between two booths that are noisy if you’re sitting there. Otherwise the restaurant is calm and pleasant and friendly

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vipBella
San Francisco
29 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Holiday lunch provided by our boss...we had a lovely time!

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vipCatsladder
Central Coast
26 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The duck is really good

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vipMike
Sacramento
20 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great restaurant located inside the InterContinental hotel on Cannery Row in Monterey. Food, service, and ambiance were all exceptional. Also, valet parking is validated for three hours so it makes it just that more convenient.

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2PlanePilots
Central Coast
32 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

on this Dec. Tuesday eve, the dining room was practically empty so very quiet. All our dinners were excellent, pork chop perfectly cooked, scallops wonderful as always, smoked duck was outstanding. The server very graciously divided the chowder and salad into shared servings and the dessert was fabulous, how can you go wrong starting with banana mousse and white chocolate? We had a very reasonably priced Folktale sparkling rose which went with everything. We'll be back.

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ChrisZ
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience2

I went on OpenTable and thought the C Restaurant would be a great place to eat. The review were great and the menu looked interesting. We had 7 o'clock reservations and were a few minutes early. The hostess sat us down immediately. Our drink and food order was taken as soon as we sat down. We received our drinks and soup in a satisfactory amount of time but after that it changed. We watched 7 other tables who came in after us be served their dinner but we still did not. It took over an hour after we ordered to receive our food. The food was ok. Nothing I would rave about. My husband asked to talk to the manager to express our displeasure. She was polite and apologetic. She said there was a break in communication and our meals were basically not placed. She then went on to say she would comp our entrees. We told her that wasn't why we complained. She insisted that she would. When the bill came, it was for the full amount. It was over $200.00. We just paid it but will definitely not recommend this restaurant nor come back. I've worked service. I understand things happen but if you say your going to take care of it you need to follow through.

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MonicaW
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service were fantastic. The restaurant is very nice but we had a table by the window which made it that much better. I have celiac's disease so I can't have gluten. The gluten free options were very good and the server and chef were very accommodating.

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vipPaulT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience3

Compare to Chart House, this one is over price and under quality. Seafood is average.

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DesiF
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Be sure to ask BEFORE you bring in a local bottle of wine, what their corking fee is. $30!

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vipDianeM
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My sisters and niece and I celebrated one of our birthdays at The C with breakfast. Even though the room was packed with post Thanksgiving guests the service was flawless and the food delivery time very reasonable. Absolutely delicious honey toast-you have to try it—and beautifully prepared eggs Benedict. Coffee is good, strong and fresh. The service is lovely and non intrusive while completely competent. Fabulous spot for breakfast with a view of otters and dolphins in the bay.

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Roman
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Solid all around, but prices are a little extreme even still

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2PlanePilots
Central Coast
33 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The staff are very professional, the appetizer, Ahi-Kampachi Sashimi , Caviar, Wakame, Horseradish was prefect, fresh with a lightly cooked quail egg. The swordfish entree was well cooked, tender and tasty but with way too many tiny, steamed potatoes and Broccilini. The star of the eve was the Day Boat scallops, seared to perfection in a blood orange foam with crab mashed potatoes, chantrelle mushrooms and with the caramelized fennel centered the taste profile. Then, the desserts, "crunchy" chocolate cake filled with chocolate mousse, a salted caramel sauce and a delicate quenelle of whipped cream was a delight, the banana mousse enrobed in white chocolate on a bed of toasted coconut, quenelle of whipped cream disappeared without a trace left on the plate. Sadly, this eve, we were seated next to a table of very loud people so we were unable to enjoy the live music. We're locals, so we will come back another eve.

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vipCharlesCA
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

The service (Salvador) was excellent as usual. The food was good; the NY steak was not very flavorful. Drink portions are good, and the food presentation was nice. The musician was amplified and much too loud. Fortunately, we were seated far away. We will return.

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vipMichaelC
Central Coast
6 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The setting and food were excellent. The restaurant is perfect for a Sunday breakfast or brunch brunch. The prices are in line for a top end hotel restaurant. Most importantly the service is both professional and comfortable. Our server Claudia was a jewel.

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OpenTable Diner
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was some of the best we’ve ever had! The live jazz music set a lovely tone for the evening and it wasn’t too crowded or too loud. The servers were very courteous and accommodating. Very glad we chose this place for dinner!

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vipathiede
San Francisco
81 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We made a last minute decision to have lunch at the C Restaurant and booked. We were given a lovely table on the patio overlooking the Bay since our dog was with us. Hard to beat! We shared the fish tacos which came with three different salsas and tasted scrumptious. I prefer grilled fish but this was lightly battered cod and quite good! The side of broccoli and bread made for a great meal along with a quite good tequila with kiwi cocktail. Our waiter was so friendly and attentive. We once more enjoyed a beautiful lunch at the C Restaurant + Bar.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We usually come for breakfast, which is excellent with Carlos as our waiter. We decided to try lunch which was also great. We had the fish tacos and a burger both excellent....also had the specialty drink...Intercontinental ? Our waiter was very professional and helpful. Thanks Claudia. We will be back.

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