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Schooners Coastal Kitchen & Bar

400 Cannery Row, Monterey, CA 93940
(831) 372-2628
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Ranked #6 of 258 restaurants in Monterey
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $31 - $50
Cuisines: American, Seafood
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Good for: Romance, Bar scene, Doing business, Local cuisine, Outdoor seating, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Takeout, Delivery, Late Night, Dessert
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Description: Schooners Coastal Kitchen & Bar, suspended over the waters of Monterey Bay, is a stunning restaurant featuring sustainable seafood and approachable, contemporary American cuisine. The ideal location for celebrating the Central Coast and the spectacular coastal region, Executive Chef Waller's commitment to fresh, sustainable seafood is reflected in the creative menu which features a variety of seafood options, both raw and cooked, as well as appetizers, soups, salads, large platters meant for sharing, and wood-fired dishes. A creative cocktail menu is served alongside an impressive wine list highlighting Monterey County vintners. The high-energy bar, bustling open kitchen, and dramatic outdoor patio personifies a relaxed, fun and joyous atmosphere.
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Bay Area
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33 reviews 33 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

We visited Schooners because it was one of the highest rated restaurants in the area. It was our anniversary and I wanted it to be perfect. The table had an excellent view of the water and the service was impeccable. Schooners had wine paring special and each dish was superb. Call ahead if it is a special day, and they... More

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Pacific Grove, California
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15 reviews 15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

Wonderful restaurant, with a beautiful view. Great food and service. Perfect for a date night, happy hour, or tourist lunch.

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Atlanta
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33 reviews 33 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

We stopped by for a quick lunch before driving down the coast. What a great view of the bay and nice overall atmosphere. The food and service were good, although a little pricey.

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Wethersfield, Connecticut
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34 reviews 34 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

We had exceptional service at this restaurant! The food and wine selection was great, however it is on the pricey side but we found it well worth it! A great touch at the end of the dinner was when our server brought out complimentary chocolate covered strawberries! The views were amazing!!

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40 reviews 40 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

I had the Baby Beet Salad. Oh so yummy! It was a good size, had loads of beets, pine nuts, goat cheese and tomatoes and perfectly crunchy, sweet romaine lettuce.

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Sugar Land, Texas
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60 reviews 60 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

There was a 2 hour wait for a table, so they must be doing something right, but our party was disappointed after the long wait. The food was bland, and not quite as good as we expected - bread felt stale etc. Nice views/atmosphere.

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Monterey_Plaza, Director of Food & Beverage at Schooners Coastal Kitchen & Bar, responded to this review

Dear David, Thank you for sharing your thoughts on your recent dining experience at Schooners Coastal Kitchen & Bar. Although our restaurant is popular, the level of service and food we provide to our guests should not falter. Please accept my sincere apologies that your dining experience did not meet your expectations. I do not want to leave you with... More

Phoenix, Arizona, United States
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44 reviews 44 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

My husband and I went to Monterey for the day. Stopped in to have a drink and a light dinner. We sat outside. It was so nice. Kayakers floating by, otters everywhere, and the food was great. Fresh seafood, must try artichoke soup and good service. Not real touristy and not overly crowded. We got a table right away. Highly... More

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Monterey_Plaza, Director of Food & Beverage at Schooners Coastal Kitchen & Bar, responded to this review

Dear Leslie, Thank you for your generous five-star review and for dining at Schooners Coastal Kitchen & Bar. Your kind remarks about our wonderful scenery and great food are appreciated. I have shared your experience with our team. We hope you have the opportunity to return in the future. Sincerely, Diego Anea Director of Food & Beverage Monterey Plaza Hotel... More

San Jose, California
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

Nice restaurant, good food, and incredible view of the bay. i usually eat at one of the the places on the places on the pier, since I grew up in town and know some of the people who won restaurants down there. But this place is very nice and I will eat there again.

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New York City, New York
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42 reviews 42 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014 via mobile

I have eaten here many times for lunch and dinner. I bring my coworkers here, as well as my wife. The food is very good, the views are stunning and the staff is very helpful and accommodating to food allergies. The chef even made my own custom sauce one time. This is apt he perfect spot to impress anyone, with... More

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Monterey_Plaza, Director of Food & Beverage at Schooners Coastal Kitchen & Bar, responded to this review

Thank you for letting other travelers know how much you enjoyed your dining experience at Schooners Coastal Kitchen & Bar. It is wonderful to read your compliments regarding the food and service. We appreciate your continued loyalty and hope to welcome you and your wife back in the future. Sincerely, Diego Anea Director of Food & Beverage Monterey Plaza Hotel... More

Brentwood, California
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

Wanted a crab sandwich while sitting outside before leaving town. Stopped by - no crab sandwich but a great shrimp sandwich with wasabi mayo. Wife had great white sea bass fish tacos. Good Stuff. Weather and view were awesome for us. Sea Otters napping of the deck was a treat too. Service was mediocre. but will definately go back.

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