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“So good it's hard to believe it's a hotel restaurant”

Schooners Coastal Kitchen & Bar
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Ranked #7 of 306 Restaurants in Monterey
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $31 - $50
Cuisines: American, Seafood
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Good for: Bar scene, Romantic, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Business meetings
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Late Night, Dinner, Delivery, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Takeout
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.
Reviewed April 7, 2014

We were staying at the Monterey Plaza hotel and ended up eating here both nights because it was so good. Had no idea! Mahi Mahi with the peanut/mustard sauce was to die for, and my husband said the baked oysters were the best he'd ever had. Oh and we watched a seal play with a duck in the ocean right next to our table. Beautiful view. Worth a visit or two! Also has kids meals.

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Reviewed April 6, 2014

I have now had dinner two nights in a row at Schooners Coastal Kitchen in Monterey. The first night I went with a friend and we shared some Angry Prawns....OMG, soooo good. We had some great clam chowder, too. Chef Stefen came by our table and recommended the special, pepper steak. It was like a little party in my mouth. We topped it off with the banana peanut chocolate tart, and even though we couldn't finish it, it had us swooning. I brought what was left home to my daughter who made happy noises while she finished it off.
Tonight 6 of us went for a birthday celebration. We of course had the Angry Prawns again, yum! This time I tried the artichoke soup.....YUM YUM YUM! My daughters both had the short rib which was fall-off-the-bone tender. 3 of us had the scallop shrimp and clam pasta dish and it was delicious! When desert time came around, we had bread pudding and the banana peanut tart again (my daughter was insistent!) and mud pie. All were fabulous.
Sarda was our wonderful waitress, she took such good care of us and made an already great experience even better. I'm sure we will be back, hopefully soon!

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1  Thank Beth H
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Reviewed April 5, 2014

Stayed at Monterey Plaza Hotel and Spa for one night only and had the opportunity to have dinner here. It was wonderful from beginning to end!! Wonderful atmosphere overlooking the bay, excellent food and great service. Hats off to our waitress, Sarda, who helped us work with the menu for our still somewhat picky preteens!!

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Reviewed April 1, 2014

Really nice hotel - attentive staff and beautiful comfortable room.
We stayed in a king sized, bay view room with a balcony. Binoculars in the room enabled us to get a good view of the wildlife in the bay - especially the sea otters. Nice touch.

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Reviewed April 1, 2014

We booked into the Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa and due to the bad weather decided to eat at the in-house restaurant Schooners. What a treat we were in for- everything about the experience was fantastic. From the magnificent panoramic views through the large picture windows, to the excellent food and the faultless service - our waitress Sarda was attentive and understood the pace that we wanted to enjoy our meal at.
We had the lobster and steak combo and as we didn't want any of the recommended sides we order a couple of salad dishes to accompany the meal, the cost of these were deducted from our bill - nice touch, very much appreciated.
We would highly this restaurant for anything from a quick family dinner to a special celebration meal.

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