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“Great Lunch Spot with a View” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Schooners Coastal Kitchen & Bar

Schooners Coastal Kitchen & Bar
400 Cannery Row, Monterey, CA 93940
(831) 372-2628
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Ranked #10 of 259 Restaurants in Monterey
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.
Creede, Colorado
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“Great Lunch Spot with a View”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

Lovely location, great service from friendly staff and delicious food. Great place for a business lunch or date. If you can't find a place to park you can valet for free with restaurant receipt. I had the salmon/ritto lunch special and the portion was perfect and cooked to perfection. The price wasn't too bad given then the location....

  • Visited June 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Monterey_Plaza, General Manager at Schooners Coastal Kitchen & Bar, responded to this review, June 27, 2014
Thank you for sharing your recent dining experience at Schooners Coastal Kitchen & Bar. Your lovely 5-star review is appreciated. I’m pleased read you enjoyed the Salmon special. I hope your travels bring you back to Monterey and you dine with us again.

Sincerely,

Diego Anea
Director of Food & Beverage
Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa
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Tomball, Texas
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“Great Lunch with a View!”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

We had lunch at Schooners and the drinks and food were very good. The best part of the experience had to be the view. We ate out on the patio overlooking the Monterey bay and the sea lions playing in the distance. The wait staff were very nice and attentive, always there to fill your water when it was low. The food was good, but nothing unusual. It was a beautiful day and the patio was crowded. It is a really nice restaurant and I would like to go back and try it for dinner next time I'm in Monterey. The views from the dining room as well as the patio are stunning. The real star of this restaurant is it's location. I don't know if it would survive if it was located somewhere else and had to stand on its food alone. Overall the dining experience was very enjoyable. Schooners is located in a spot between "Old" and "New" Cannery Row, so it offers a perfect place to stop in between and refuel.

  • Visited May 2014
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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“Great Seafood”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

Excellent dining experience. Great view. The staff made room for our group of 10 and made our special occasion very enjoyable.

Visited June 2014
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Chicago, Illinois
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“Panoramic Views but Average Food”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

This restaurant has lovely panoramic views of Monterey Bay, though we were at a table near the front of the restaurant that had less of a view than some of the other tables. In terms of the food, we found our appetizers and entrees to be average in terms of flavor and quality. We went here for dinner after golfing, and my husband had a ribeye and I had mussels, both of which were fine but nothing to write home about. It is a large restaurant and was pretty noisy and crowded when we went on a Sunday evening, likely because it is located in a hotel, so I would not call it a romantic spot. We might come back if we were in the area, but more for the views than the food.

  • Visited June 2014
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Monterey_Plaza, Director of Food & Beverage at Schooners Coastal Kitchen & Bar, responded to this review, June 23, 2014
Thank you for sharing your feedback. I’m very sorry that your dining experience did not live up to your expectations. You comments have been addressed with our Executive Chef. I would be happy to discuss your experience in a personal conversation. I can be reached at 831-645-4000 or by email at danea@montereyplazahotel.com.

Sincerely,

Diego Anea
Director of Food & Beverage
Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa
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Portsmouth
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“Brilliant!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

We only had 1 night in Monterey as we were driving down the west coast for our anniversary trip, so we wanted to make the most of our evening meal & we weren't disappointed.. We booked ahead before leaving the UK as we wanted to make sure we got a table & when we arrived they had a booth seat facing the ocean & glasses of bubbly to welcome us. The food was amazing - we had angry prawns to start & steak & lobster to share. We were treated to free ice cream desert even though it was a push to eat it !! Special thanks to our waitress Sarda who really looked after us throughout the evening & advised us on a very nice bottle of wine to go with our meal. The service was relaxed & friendly & afterwards we had a cocktail outside by the fire pit.. :-)

  • Visited June 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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