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Enjoy the best contemporary American cuisine and sustainable seafood with an oceanfront view at the Schooners Coastal Kitchen & Bar at Monterey Plaza
$31 - $50
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night
American, Bar, Seafood
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Parking Available, Valet Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Live Music, Waterfront
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Reviewed 1 week ago

.Very underwhelming. Was disappointed. Saw such great reviews and was expecting more. Clam chowder. Pasta with clams. Salmon. Service was good-no complaints.

Date of visit: September 2021
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is our second visit to Monterey staying at the Monterey Plaza Hotel. The hotel is amazing and so is the service at Schooner’s restaurant. Shout out to our server, Esdras M., who was very personable, attentive and professional. He mentioned he’s been there for...a number of years and you can tell by his outstanding service to his customers. We make it a point to have breakfast here specifically for the crab eggs Benedict. It’s delicious! If you’re looking for a place to stay this is it. Between the hotel cleanliness and the views while dining, you cannot find a better place.More

Date of visit: August 2021
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I love this place! The views are incredible and the staff and the food are amazing! It’s my go to spot when I am in Monterey!

Date of visit: August 2021
Reviewed August 10, 2021 via mobile

The lady on reception was very helpful and was able to get us a table for six at short notice. The location of the restaurant overlooking the Pacific Ocean is very nice. The decor and service was very good. But the best part was dinner....Delicious dishes and good cocktails.More

Date of visit: August 2021
Reviewed August 3, 2021

I was so excited to bring my family of 4 to the Monterey Bay and made my reservation at Schooners 81 days in advance (staying at the hotel). I made this reservation for my family to have the best of the best ocean view. Instead...we were seated next to the bar, serving station, and entry door for a not at all wonderful environment. After spending $350 for a meal (4 meals and a app)I was expecting so much more. Especially since other tables were available when we were seated with much better views. I understand Covid all too well since my teenage son has worked through it the entire time at a high scar restaurant, but others who didn’t reserve a seat so far advance had way better placement and my poor husband had no view at all and other not any better. The food was good and what you would expect for the expensive price…although after traveling from Tahoe and Yosemite it was triple the price which we expected since we were expecting a wonderful Ocean View which was not provided. And the service was just “okay” for the price. If your looking for a 4-5 star experience then look elsewhere.More

Date of visit: August 2021
Reviewed August 3, 2021

Had 4 meals at Schooner's while we spent a week in Monterey, originally planned for like 2 so we could diversify but it was always above and beyond so we kept going back. Food was phenomenal and the menu had some good variety as well,...we had two dinners, one lunch, and one breakfast, all great. A bit pricey but it comes with the view that is phenomenal right over the bay, and we ate inside one night just to get that vibe which was also very relaxing and a great window view. Isnoel, Sam, Itzel, bussers/bartenders, and the hostesses were all great (very accomodating due to wife being a bit chilly to help squeeze us inside that one night). Highly recommend.More

Date of visit: May 2021
Reviewed July 21, 2021

Wife and I were seated outside with a perfect seaside view. While we waited for our food otters and seagulls graced us with their presence. Burger was amazing!

Date of visit: July 2021
Reviewed July 19, 2021

Let's start with the positive: the view of the ocean is lovely, Blanca brought us a heating lamp, and our server Sean was doing his best as the restaurant was clearly understaffed with servers. The food was good (the Caesar salad with crab and the...Bistro Burger), but you can only order wine by the glass (WTH?), and the Newton Cab my wife ordered was very disappointing. We won't be back.More

Date of visit: July 2021
Reviewed July 13, 2021

Probably the all-time best location.. You're actually Over the water, which makes it feel more like you're on a cruise ship than land when you dine here. The clam chowder and fish dishes are delicious, and they make a great aperol spritz! I highly recommend!

Date of visit: June 2021
Reviewed July 7, 2021

We had the most amazing service from Halima (spelling?) she totally spoiled us, with the masks it is often hard to see people smile but you could see her smile through her eyes and she was just so sweet and pleasant. I am a local...to Monterey and keep coming back primarily because of her amazing service. Althought the food does also play a part in my habitual returns, sitting out on the deck, drinking a mimosa, eating the crab benny with great service is the best way to start your day in Monterey!More

Date of visit: July 2021
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Response from RobertPuertas | Reviewed this property |
Yes. Better than I’d like to admit... 😏
October 21, 2019|
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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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Schooners Monterey is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4.5