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American, Bar, Seafood
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Food average hotel style, nothing special and some plates below average like overcooked pasta. I ordered a pasta with sea food. Quite a large portion of well and fresh sea food came with the overcooked pasta, a pity. The Cesar Salad was tasty and a...large plate, served two people. The dessert was an apple crumb, the apple preparation was quite good but the crumbs were not tasty and probably warmed in a microwave, the texture quite unappealing… the servers were wonderful and attentive but the host was extremely indelicate ,she told us there was no table if we did not reserve but then the manager came and sat us on a half empty restaurant we sat there for 1 hour and it continued half empty. I will not go back.More

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed July 24, 2022 via mobile

We had a lovely anniversary dinner here- great food and a great view! Service and food were excellent. There’s plenty of options in the city, and this one should be top of your list. Great old fashions, too!

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed January 11, 2024

Located within the Monterey Plaza Hotel, this restaurant offers a great choice for the visitor or Monterey local looking for great food with the potential for great views. We arrived for drinks-only at 4pm with a prime window seat overlooking the water, waves and otters....We opted to stay for dinner on this chilly, mid-week January evening as we knew that going to another location would most likely not result in a better view or menu. Our waitress Rachael was outstanding, both attentive and informative. The warm crab dip was delicious with plenty of meat and not overly cheesy. The black cod and the scallops were beautifully presented and tasted as good as they looked. There are definitely pros to getting reservations with request for windows as some of the seating is in booths for larger partied away from the windows but still affording a distant view of the bay. In this slow time of year, easier to arrive early for drinks to enjoy the sunset. We ate here nearly 25 years ago and are happy to see the quality is still wonderful.More

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed January 6, 2024 via mobile

5 star view with a good selection of sea food combined with breakfast. Breakfast cocktails and service were also both excellent. Not our first time and not our last. Definitely one of our family’s favorite.

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed January 1, 2024 via mobile

Overall good value for Money Family sized Generous portions Salads and sea food all fresh Staff very polite and kids menu had a good choice

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed November 1, 2023 via mobile

Went to Schooners with an old friend who had gotten married at the Plaza 25 years ago. We were greeted by our server Sean. We ordered our lunch with the benefit of Sean's expertise. Lunch was FABULOUS, but the best part of our lunch was...the wonderful service, Sean spent a great deal of time with us and I don't remember ever having such a wonderful server. He is the what hospitality is supposed to be. He obviously loves his job and understands what it means to give exceptional, incredible customer service. I am a local resident and haven't been to Schooners for a long time, but I will return again due to the service that we were blessed with. Thank you Sean for making our day 🙏More

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed October 19, 2023

The view over the crashing waves is spectacular. The food delicious! The wildlife kept us entertained as we watched the sun set.

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed September 21, 2023

This spot has a great view of the bay. Very nice feel and decor. The people were very nice. We will be back.

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed August 28, 2023

Very good place to have lunch, the dishes are tasty but too small for the price you pay. Service is good and the place is inspiring.

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed July 26, 2023

Lovely restaurant with view over the bay. Great for gluten free options, seafood platter was amazing.

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed May 22, 2023

The food and the service were exceptional. We had the crab fondue and the cioppino and they were both incredible. They even gave my daughter a little desert when they found out we were in Monterey for her birthday. Sit outside, get a cozy blanket...and watch the otters play around while you eat. It's delightful.More

Date of visit: May 2023
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Reviewed April 9, 2023 via mobile

Went to Easter brunch. Food was plentiful, but not $110/ person quality, with the exception of a few dishes. Also, advertised as an Easter brunch with Easter bunny, egg hunt for kids. Well, this got cleaned up before we finished our meal! Just a "sorry"...and shrug.... disappointing given the price and marketing. Likely will just stick to drinks next time. Not worth the extra price for this event.More

Date of visit: April 2023
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Reviewed April 8, 2023

I went here for a pre Easter meal with my mother. We both wanted to come here but were sadly disappointed. We each had a different dish but we had the same take away, no flavor. The sandwich I got sounded wonderful (in photos) on...the menu but had zero flavor. It was lightly breaded which was good and it was not under cooked or over cooked but that is all. The bun fell apart immediately and the fennel kraut was not evenly distributed. It was only on one side. The fries were okay, I ate a couple but otherwise in my opinion not needed. It did not add anything having them on the plate beyond filler. I ordered a Spicy Margarita which was not spicy at all. It had one lonely slice of a jalapeno pepper in it. When I got to the bottom of the drink I was barely able to taste it. Lastly the restaurant was not at full capacity but it did seem to have full staff but the service was extremely slow. It took about 45 mins before the food came out. It took about 15 mins to get the coffee. Lastly, I saw some of the staff bring out more water glasses and they were handling them in such a way I stopped drinking the water. Note: I did speak to a supervisor about this. They told me that they do wipe down all the glasses again before giving them to the table but it did not fill me with confidence. Would I give them another shot? Yes. Perhaps in the morning for sunrise. I think the view could be spectacular.More

Date of visit: April 2023
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Reviewed March 20, 2023 via mobile

I have been a customer for years. The ambiance and location is breathtaking. Today my waiter was Gardine and assisted by Marcos (sp). Gardine outstanding in his approach to customer service. He continually checked on us to ensure our needs were met. Marcos also interacted...with us and also checked on us. Employees like these two men are what makes me continue to be a customer. I am a patron to other venues when traveling and these stand above the rest. The food was excellent and service exceptional. Please convey my appreciation to them for a job well done.More

Date of visit: March 2023
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Reviewed February 9, 2023 via mobile

Out family had an amazing dinner and experienced excellent service! I had the seafood cioppino and it was fresh and delicious! We wi be back!

Date of visit: February 2023
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Casual. I wear shorts and casual shirts or t-shirts.
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Yes. Better than I’d like to admit... 😏
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Hello, Thank you for your question! Yes, we will be open Thanksgiving Day and serving Thanksgiving specials in our dining room along with our regular menu. We also have Thanksgiving buffet and Thanksgiving to go offerings... More
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