About the C restaurant + bar

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.

750 Cannery Row
Monterey, CA 93940
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Seafood, Californian, American

Hours of Operation:
Monday- Friday:
Breakfast 6:30 am - 11:30 am
Lunch 11:30 am- 3:00 pm
Dinner 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Saturday - Sunday:
Breakfast 6:30 am - 12:00 pm
Lunch 12:00 pm- 3:00 pm
Dinner 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Cross Street:
Prescott Avenue

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$31 to $50

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

Phone Number:
(831) 375-4800

Website:
http://www.thecrestaurant-monterey.com/

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 pits
Cutouts on boardwalk for unique views of intertidal zones
Complimentary valet parking for restaurant guests
Ocean views from every table

Parking Details:
Parking is Free! We validate valet and self parking parking for up to three hours.

Executive Chef:
Chef Matt Bolton

Private Party Facilities:
Romantic and luxurious, our intimate private dining room, The Library, creates a special setting for oceanfront meals and celebrations, with first editions of John Steinbeck's novels enlivening the decor. Whether you're planning a milestone birthday party, anniversary dinner, graduation lunch or other special event, The Library offers one of the best private dining experiences with ocean views on the Monterey Peninsula area. Choose from our fresh menu of sustainable seafood specialties, upscale coastal cuisine and artisan cocktails, or let us create a customized selection for your party.

For larger parties we have a private dining room, The Library.
The Library can cater to a sit down dinner for up to 30 guests
and for a standing reception for up to 50 guests.

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

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
For private event inquiries please contact the management team at theC@pahotel.com

Specials

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Wednesday, February 14, 2018

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Details
Sun 5:30PM - 7:00PM 8:30PM - 10:00PM

Mon - Thu 11:00AM - 11:45AM 12:00PM - 1:00PM 5:30PM - 7:00PM 8:30PM - 10:00PM

Fri - Sat 8:30PM - 10:00PM

the C restaurant + bar Ratings and Reviews

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4.3

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.2

service

4.2

ambience

4.3

value

3.8

Noise

Quiet

84% would recommend it to a friend

Waterfront (27)
Scenic View (18)
Romantic (13)
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Special Occasion (12)
Fit for Foodies (11)
Good for Birthdays (10)
Bar Seating (8)
Great for Lunch (8)
Great for Outdoor Dining (8)
Quiet Conversation (8)
Good for Anniversaries (8)
Good for a Date (7)
Local Ingredients (7)
Business Meals (7)
Handcrafted Cocktails (6)
Casual (5)
Healthy (5)
Notable Wine List (5)
Authentic (4)
Kid-friendly (4)
Cozy (4)
Good for Groups (4)
Live Music (4)
Worth the Drive (4)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Great for Brunch (3)
Disabled Access (3)
Fun (3)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Happy Hour (3)
Neighborhood Gem (3)
People Watching (3)
Seasonal (3)
Creative Cuisine (3)
Quick Bite (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Comfort Food (1)
Organic (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Spicy (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
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 (San Francisco)·Dined a day ago

Not what I expected. Felt like sitting in an ally way and the fish tacos inedible.

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 (Denver)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Food was good - not sensational. Black bass was excellent, but halibut (special) was disappointing. We thought the menu was too limited. The entertainment on the night of Jan 6, 2018 was fantastic, and made the evening much more enjoyable.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Handcrafted Cocktails, Waterfront, Live Music, Cozy, Scenic View
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 6, 2018

The live music by John (guitarist looper) Sherry was exquisite. The food was all around delicious and seafood was enviro sustainable. Server Diana was perfectly attentive. We will return 🥂

Tags: People Watching, Special Occasion, Waterfront, Bar Seating, Local Ingredients, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails, Live Music, Worth the Drive
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 6, 2018

We had an excellent time celebrating a birthday. This place is phenomenal. What a great value and superb food, service, and ambiance.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Kid-friendly, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on January 1, 2018

NYE dinner cost almost $500 for a flight of champagne tastings and fixed price dinner. Dinner was average, decent food, but not worth the price at all. Probably is a better restaurant for normal occasions, would not recommend for NYE or any other nights with a fixed price menu.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 31, 2017

I love this restaurant. It has great views of the ocean! You can't beat the views! I will definitely come back again. We tried lunch and breakfast there. They are delicious! I particularly love the breakfast. Good price too!

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Business Meals, Scenic View, Fun, Happy Hour, Waterfront, Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 29, 2017

We were hoping for a little more of an upscale foodie lunch spot. Although he place was nice, clean, and updated, it lacked the little something extra we were looking for. The vibe was very much like a hotel restaurant (which it is so don't expect anything different!).

Food was decent but nothing exciting. The ceviche was fresh, steaks were slightly overcooked, and the fries/potatoes were warm at best.

Don't go with high expectations of a foodie type dining experience. It's your typical tourist hotel restaurant.

Tags: Waterfront
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 (New England)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Wonderful lunch...great news, excellent menu, fantastic service. Loved the free valet parking. Great , comfortable, cosmopolitan and scenic spot in an otherwise crowded touristy area. Great service from everyone we encountered.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Great for Brunch, People Watching, Waterfront, Scenic View, Great for Lunch
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·Dined on December 26, 2017

I love the relaxed feel of this place – like a comfortable dining room in a friends home. I definitely would return to try more dishes

Tags: Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Spicy, Quick Bite, Waterfront, Healthy
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 26, 2017

Xmas dinner. $95 3 course prix fixe pp. food good but not exceptional. Tip at 20 % added regardless of number in party. Felt it was overpriced for the experience

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·Dined on December 25, 2017

Noise level was awful. Staff racing around doing their work adding to confusion. Not the most relaxing environment

Tags: Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 25, 2017

We ate in the "C" this past Christmas Day as well as the following, Dec. 26th for breakfast, both days. Each time our dining experience was memorable, attentive and outstanding. Not merely a hotel dining room, the "C" provides an exceptional vista of Monterey Bay from virtually any corner in the generous space, and it offers a wealth of fine fare and service to boot. We were treated very warmly from our first approach to the host's stand and throughout our complete meal each day. Our servers were friendly and completely competent. Not once were we made to feel as though rushing through the experience would help to get the holiday moving along better. The atmosphere was relaxed and inviting. We look forward to returning to the "C" for additional dining in the future!

Tags: Kid-friendly, Scenic View, Quiet Conversation, Gluten Free Options, Seasonal, Waterfront, Bar Seating, Authentic, Organic, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, People Watching, Good for a Date
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on December 25, 2017

The C cancelled my reservation and called me a no show. The date and time were for a day in advance of the planned reservation. I am not a Time Traveler into the future. How could I have possibly been a no show if the date hasn’t happened yet!!!
My biggest disappointment is that I was really looking forward to a special dining experience for Christmas Day, and The C dropped my reservation. Perhaps they overbooked, but that’s unacceptable.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Lots of staff, Christmas Eve. Table was ready, quick service, but not rushed.
Will return

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Excellent service and excellent food. The quality, flavor complexity and presentation of the meal was outstanding. Would return.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Healthy
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Enjoyed my 71st Birthday there.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 7, 2017

Compared to other times, service was slow and we felt a bit neglected. We were the only ones seated on the patio with the best view of Monterey Bay. The swordfish sandwich we shared was tasty but a bit skimpy on the fish. We weren’t expecting fries so ordered sautéed fingerling potatoes, so ended up with fries and the other potatoes. The margarita was quite good. We will return again.

Tags: Casual, Healthy, Notable Wine List, Waterfront, Quiet Conversation, Great for Outdoor Dining, Disabled Access, Local Ingredients, Scenic View, Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Our server Diane was amazing! She recommended a wonderful wine and overall made our dinner a wonderful experience.

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 (Sacramento)·Dined on November 30, 2017

Service was wonderful. Plates are large and we split everything from the calamari to the entry. Ingredients are fresh and prepared as requested. Always make time for 'the C' when visiting Monterey, sometimes twice. Thanks for another great meal.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Gluten Free Options, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Seasonal, Great for Lunch, Scenic View, Paleo Friendly
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 26, 2017

The live music was wonderful. Spectacular views along with great food....great experience!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Only valet service was not at the level expected. Everything else was a great experience!

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 24, 2017

My husband and I dined on Thanksgiving night. Honestly, our expectations were not high for the limited holiday menu selection and what we thought would be mass-produced food. We were proven completely wrong, however, by the quality of the food and wine pairing for each of the appetizer, salad, main dish (I had the turkey dish, and my husband's steak was definitely cooked to order), and dessert. They did not cut corners in their outputs nor gouge in pricing. We thoroughly enjoyed our evening.

I recall having breakfast here several years back and that it was also a delicious experience.

Tags: Waterfront, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on November 24, 2017

We were here for a Thanks Giving Dinner & my parents 55th Anniversary. They had a window table waiting for us-- made reservations & asked for a special table, which they accommodated!!... wait staff was super friendly & helpful. Musical entertainment was a little loud? ... but that got better as the place filled up... food portions were generous & my rib eye was cooked to perfection. Cocktails were good & views of the Bay really nice!... most memorable moment was when they actually comped one of my parents Anniversary meals!!! Might have expected a free desert? But the went above & beyond. Not a place for a quick meal? But would definitely return & recommend!!!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Scenic View, Bar Seating, Romantic, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Waterfront
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Thanksgiving Celebration!

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 (Des Moines)·Dined on November 22, 2017

A great location right on the ocean with a great menu and great service. The menu had two dishes my wife was interested in but told me, "I'd love if they could take the main course from dish A and substitute the sides from dish B." Well she asked the waitress if they could and the waitress said it wouldn't be a problem. She was very happy and my family loved everything about C.

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Waiter was inattentive. My green beans were very tough. He never asked once how the food was. The waiter was very difficult to understand. He then chased us down after we left to accuse me of not signing the credit card receipt, even though he was holding the signed copy.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Fantastic place on the water. Outstanding food and service - they really went above and beyond to make us extra happy.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Romantic, Waterfront, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Live Music
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 7, 2017

Love sitting by the ocean having a great lunch! The burgers were delicious and we appreciated the option of a good salad instead of fries. The citrus vinegrette was tangy and tasty without being sweet. Service was good. I did have to ask for water. We will return!

Tags: Authentic, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Healthy, Waterfront, Sunday Lunch, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 25, 2017

Our anniversary dinner was amazing.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 22, 2017

The setting was lovely, the violin entertainment very nice, the food tasty, and the service by Diane and the staff was outstanding. A very nice treat for my friend's 70th birthday celebration!

Tags: Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Business Meals, Waterfront, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 21, 2017

A great location and experience were brought way way down to disappointing by the pork chop that Wes served very not cooked thru, sent back, then returned(same chop) so we’ll done, it was too tough to eat.
Complaint went unresolved as there was no concession.
On another not, a $24 ChiChi was ordered with no vodka, but no change in price of drink.
The view and entertainment (acoustic guitar) were superb. But it stopped there

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on October 18, 2017

Wife and I were in Monterey to see the Aquarium. Read some very nice reviews re C restaurant so we made a reservation. Great location over looking the water. We arrived a little early so we had a drink in the bar. When our table was ready, we were shown to our table. Our waiter, Aciel, was very knowledgeable and gave us a few recommendations. I ended up with the Chilean Sea Bass and the wife had the Duck Breast. Both were outstanding. If we're ever back in Monterey, we will definitely return.

Tags: Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Cozy, Waterfront, Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on October 13, 2017

We paid far too much for what we got. Atmosphere was much too hotel.

Tags: Good for Groups, Waterfront, Scenic View
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·Dined on October 8, 2017

Nice variety on the breakfast menu, attentive but not smothering service, reasonably generous portion sizes. The kitchen accurately produced medium rare steak, medium poached eggs, attractive presentations of each of our plates. Everyone was pleased with their orders and we had a good time together - a sign that the staff did a good job all around.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Good Vegetarian Options, Happy Hour, Sunday Lunch, Scenic View, Waterfront
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Expected better

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 6, 2017

Our waiter, Aciel, was so excellent—he even stands out among the top-notch service staff at The C. We dine here a lot—and will continue.

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 (Montreal)·Dined on October 4, 2017

We had un terrasse lunch looking at the seq. It was expensive burgers, good but still just burgers.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 4, 2017

Took the gf here for lunch on our drive down the Pacific Coast Highway. The Bloody Mary was amazing! We shared a Caesar salad. Very nice and fresh. I ordered the Kampachi Sashimi with radish, miso and yuzo! Light and tasty. She had the Pacifica Swordfish sandwich. Way out of her norm but pleasantly delightful. The view overlooking the bay was magnificent! The service was lacking. I think midway through our meal, there was a change in our waiter. Overall, it was a good experience!

Bonus: Since this place is at the Intercontinental Hotel. They have complimentary valet and parking for up to three hours. Just make sure the wait staff validates it when you pay.

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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on October 3, 2017

Great spot, right on the water and food was excellent. quality is great and service was awesome

Tags: Seasonal, Handcrafted Cocktails, Tasting Menu, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Authentic, Business Meals, Notable Wine List
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on October 3, 2017

Really nice table next to the window with fantastic ocean view... nice food ... service was standard.

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