the C restaurant + bar

4.6
670 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Seafood
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Seafood, Californian, American
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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
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Phone number
(831) 375-4800
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Chef Matt Bolton
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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.
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Private party contact
theC@pahotel.com: (831) 375-4800
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Prescott Avenue
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Parking details
Parking is Free! We validate valet and self parking parking for up to three hours.
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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
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Special events & promotions
For private event inquiries please contact the management team at theC@pahotel.com
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

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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

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5.0Dined 2 days ago

Loved it! Fabulous service and delicious food in a lovely setting with a beautiful view. Highly recommend.

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Beautiful view, good food & great service! With Thur~sat live music, Can't be better!

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5.0Dined on June 17, 2018

Father’s Day brunch was spent here and it was lovely. We ordered off a menu of great and wide array of choices. Everyone was happy. Staff was very sweet, both at the bar and in the restaurant.

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5.0Dined on June 10, 2018

Food was prepared perfectly (i.e., med rare steak). And the guitar music was exceptionally pleasant.

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3.0Dined on June 8, 2018

Limited menu. Need more seafood and pasta dishes. Food arrived cold and not fresh from the grille. Veggies limp. Overpriced. Food needs a wow factor for the price its asking.

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5.0Dined on June 3, 2018

Visiting Monterey for my Birthday, had delicious dinner at C. The largest duck breast I've ever seen, with smoky skin. Farro with minced veggies accompanied, as well as mushrooms and a huckleberry sauce. Just amazing. It is in Intercontinental Hotel, on the water in Monterey.

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1.0Dined on May 29, 2018

This place is absurdly overpriced. The food is mediocre and the service is at the level of Denny's. The interior is poorly designed with lots of void space. Almost feels like they ran out of tables and had to spread around whatever they could afford. And have I mentioned that it's absurdly overpriced? The two-course meal for two with no dessert and two glasses of the least expensive wine at this pace cannot be $170+. It's bizarre that they're still in business. Do not waste your time and money going there!

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5.0Dined on May 29, 2018

Great food and service in a beautiful atmosphere on the water. Chef Matt and his team are amazing.

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4.0Dined on May 27, 2018

The view of Monterey bay is gorgeous. The guitarist was excellent. But we had gone to Montrio Bistro last night and the bar for food was extremely high. All the food was excellent in a traditional sort of way. Very tasty and well prepared.

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5.0Dined on May 26, 2018

Expetacular food, very delicate and flavoured ! Can not miss the scallops !!!
And the staff is great ! Made us feel special all dinner.

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5.0Dined on May 26, 2018

All was great food ambiance view location- great - one tiny issue is other than bartender, all servers were a bit stiff and stilted- seemed anxious

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5.0Dined on May 22, 2018

Beautiful evening there with friends for a quiet dinner. Food delicious and wholesome! Modern, clean decor right on the ocean. Couldn't ask for a better evening!

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5.0Dined on May 21, 2018

Extremely fresh ingredients. Most flavorful Monterey Bay calamari I’ve ever had in Monterey. Creative desserts artfully prepared. Great view of the water. On the downside, very pricey. Kids Mac and cheese looked like Kraft Mac and cheese but not prepared properly. They allowed a substitution of a nice bowl of berries instead of broccoli without an up charge so made up for it.

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5.0Dined on May 20, 2018

We have delicious seafood, and a birthday celebration was made memorable when the restaurant presented my husband with a fabulous desert on the house. Excellent service, and obviously the view of Monterey Bay is spectacular.

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3.0Dined on May 18, 2018

No points for reservations. Food is expensive and portions are small. Paying for the view and comfort of a premium hotel environment.

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4.0Dined on May 18, 2018

Amazing food and great ambiance! Would definitely recommend for special occasions.

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4.0Dined on May 16, 2018

Excellent fish and salads. Beautiful views of the bay and great location near cannery row. Service was prompt and friendly . Both the seabass and the halibut were excellent. A little pricey but the quality of food was excellent.

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5.0Dined on May 14, 2018

Above and beyond service, excellent food and great views. Gets no better!

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Mother’s Day Brunch

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

This was our first time dining with you and it won't be our last. The service and food was great especially loved the oysters! Lots of good choices on the lunch menu. Our waiter was awesome too!

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5.0Dined on May 11, 2018

Food – 5 Service – 5 Setting – 5

I eat wild fish as much as possible. I took my mom here for Mother’s Day and ordered three entrees. Each piece of fish was cooked just right so the skin was crispy, the meat was flavorful with browning, and the inside was moist. The Arctic Char had the fatty goodness with a mild salmon fresh fish flavor. The Monterey Bay Pacific Line caught salmon was outstanding. When I eat this fish, I feel like I am extending my life span AND it is delicious with high fat, flaky texture, and skin that is better than any fish. The Sea Bass was a large portion for the price and delicious because they cut it thinner than normal and it allowed the highest fat content fish to pick up a wonderful sear and salty crusting. I cannot wait to come back and try their steak. When I ask for no starch and extra veggies, I was more than joyful to see a lot more veggies, which was great because they know how to make cauliflower sing of earth and sweetness.

After having gone to many great restaurants in Los Angeles, New York City, and New Orleans, I have to say, this is some of the best service I have ever received. Everyone was real and not faking a standard that the restuartant needs to portray. I like to get to know my servers and enjoy their stories. I learned that May 10th is the special Mother’s Day of Mexico. It was fun to hear about Aciel’s mom and family. He was enjoyable, funny, and very professional. When I asked him questions, he seemed genuinely interested in the conversation but, when I was in a conversation with my mom, he walked on by rather than interrupting. Our 2008 Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin Brut, Champagne, was poured into elegant flutes and there was never an empty glass. Somehow, he made it last longer than I would have expected too. Magic!

Inside is smooth and modern with ocean hews. It is not dark but it is also not bright and overly lit. It was elegant but not stuffy and the chairs were actually comfortable.

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5.0Dined on May 6, 2018

Great location, beautiful view, friendly staff, would definitely return for another evening!

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4.0Dined on May 5, 2018

We sat outside on a Friday afternoon and had small bites from the Bar menu. Excellent views, and the duck confit with grits is out of this world. Will be back for more of that!

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2.0Dined on May 2, 2018

The view is very nice. The food is inferior, portions very small and overpriced. The service was non-existent.

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4.0Dined on April 29, 2018

Service and ambience were excellent. Disappointed they didn’t have a brunch menu. I rated the food as good because of the fries. They were excellent. The clam chowder was bad, lacked flavor and a weird consistency, perhaps it was leftover from another day? The fish tacos needed seasoning. As I stated the fries saved the rating from going any lower.

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4.0Dined on April 22, 2018

This was our first Anniversary Special date meal. The atmosphere was great 4 the occasion, but, we didn’t feel it was Special enough for what we expected.

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Great food and service. I had sea bass, well prepared. Guitar player entertaining. Recommend.

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5.0Dined on April 12, 2018

We both had a rose wine that was quite good. I had ceviche, a good portion with great fish combination including octopus. My husband had the calamari appetizer. Our server opened the umbrella for us which was needed due to my bout with skin cancer. The overall service was all right.

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4.0Dined on April 10, 2018

There is a beautiful view of the water from all tables. The staff is friendly and helpful. Everything was great about the restaurant, just one caveat, I had an unfortunate encounter with a stone in my entree. The staff was very quick to acknowledge, replace and comp the meal. The manager was very prompt and concerned - the incident was handled professionally and quickly, and we were assured that this would be brought up to the chef.
Other than that, once it was all resolved, it was a pleasant meal. I'm confident that that incident will be resolved going forward and I would recommend the restaurant.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Great food and service! A+!

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5.0Dined on April 2, 2018

One of the best places on Cannery Row for excellent food and service. We've been here many times before and will come back again.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

We had an absolutely fabulous evening and dining experience. The food was fantastic and the staff was incredible. Friendly but not intrusive. We had the ceviche and my wife had the swordfish and I had the New Zealand snapper special. Unbelievable. Delicious doesn’t do it justice. They comped us a sundae with handmade ice cream that was to die for. Fantastic live music and complimentary valet parking too! Loved it!!!

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4.0Dined on March 26, 2018

Beautiful views from the dining room. Food was good, creative, ax nd nicely presented. Not a lot of enthusiasm from staff.

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5.0Dined on March 26, 2018

Outstanding seafood dishes and desserts. Wonderful view of the bay.

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

The food was fantastic. I especially loved the abalone appetizer. I can’t say enough about it. Presentation was also wonderful. I had a New York steak for diner. It was prepared just the way that I asked for it. And I would be remiss if I did not mention desert. The Clement Sundae tasted as good as it looked. That is saying a lot.

The only negative was the table service. Plates were removed from the table very quickly. It wasn’t that they were trying to hurry us out of the restaurant, but it could have been taken like that. At times you had to protect your plate if you were almost done, but still grazing. But this was a minor problem in a otherwise great meal.

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Best experience I could ask for from a restaurant for a birthday/anniversary experience. We LOVED this place, from the wine recommendation to the live music to the food (of course)

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Excellent service and even better food. We stayed at hotel and also got discount on food. Drinks were amazing. We had great family time enjoying food in ocean front table

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4.0Dined on March 16, 2018

The mushroom risotto was outstanding. Great texture and topped with sautéed baby spinach. A glass of Chardonnay and voila a perfect meal.

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5.0Dined on March 16, 2018

This was a most sensational dining experiences I have had in some time. In addition to the beautiful setting by the bay. The food was excellent. The best thing, however, was the service. Our sever, Aciel, was exceptionally good. He was professional, knowledgeable, and attentive. I highly recommend C for the finest of dining experiences.

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4.0Dined on March 4, 2018

The service was above and beyond most places I have dined at.

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