About Schooners Coastal Kitchen & Bar
Monterey, CA 93940
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.
Seafood, Steak, Californian
Hours of Operation:
Sorry for any inconvenience, but we do not accept any reservations during our weekend breakfast and lunch hours. Reservations for dinner begin at 5:00pm.
We are unable to take window requests online; however, we are delighted to take your request upon your arrival.
Monday - Friday: 6:30am - 11:00am
Saturday - Sunday: 6:30am - 11:30am
Monday-Sunday: 11:00am - 4:00pm
Monday-Sunday : 5:30pm -10:00pm
Monday - Sunday: 11:00am - 11:30pm
$31 to $50
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Schooners Coastal Kitchen and Bar offers two hour complimentary Valet parking. Please let our host know 10 minutes before you leave and we will call valet, your car will be ready on the drive
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
We offer exclusive buffets with breathtaking views of the Monterey Bay in celebration of Easter, Mother's Day and Thanksgiving.
The Monterey Plaza's ten conference and banquet rooms provide more than 16,000 square feet of indoor meeting space that can accommodate groups of 10 to 300 for meetings, conferences, banquets and private parties. In addition, the Hotel's Outdoor Plaza and Terrace can host groups of up to 600 people.
Schooners Coastal Kitchen & Bar Ratings and Reviews
This has been our hangout as locals for ...
This has been our hangout as locals for at least 2 a month. We enjoy the diversity in menu because it caters for the whole family. This time however - the octopus was overlooked and undercharred - I say this because we have it all the time and there is never actually enough in the platter to go round. My ahi was ok... I had asked for extra Bok choy and never got it.
Steaks were ok except 1 . The fish n chips came out at least 7-10 mins before everybody else's entree. All in all this was a very disappointing meal- especially because the restaurant was at least 1/2 empty.
Sad because the ambiance waitstaff and location are all phenomenal. May give it another try sometime - but definitely not very soon
Made a reservation for 2. Arrived to fi ...
Made a reservation for 2. Arrived to find out the main restaurant was under renovation. Only area open was the bar which was extremely noisy and cramped. So technically, there was a table for 2 but it was unacceptable to me. The hostess suggested we go upstairs to have a drink at the Lobby Bar. We went upstairs and it was closed. So we just left.
A pleasant atmosphere but the food is at ...
A pleasant atmosphere but the food is at best, average. My wife had the grilled salmon which turned out to be "fishy smelling" which she returned. I had the sesame seed ahi tuna which was ok but lacked flavor. The restaurant comped us for my wife's meal but overall this was a disappointment.
Have dined here before and had much bett ...
Have dined here before and had much better food and service. Oysters were horrible (at least until they brought out a new batch that were shucked correctly). Calamari fair. Food fair. Swordfish overcooked a bit. Wine list pretty expensive for what you get. Not sure I would race back to dine here again.
Very good for the price. Food was excel ...
Very good for the price. Food was excellent. Service both good and bad. For example, the waiter made the effort to let us taste a couple different wines so we could chose what we liked. And, he was pretty knowledgeable about the wines which is unusual for waiters. On the other hand, he was slow. Definitely would eat there again. I recommend this place.
Booked a dinner party for my family to c ...
Booked a dinner party for my family to celebrate my wife's 44th bday. Had a lovely day and was starving. When we arrived, we expected to be in the main dining room but they said it was only for reservations at 530 and onwards. Wow! So they stuck me my two kids and wife in the bar because we booked at 515 instead of 530 and in order to move to the dining room, the hostesss (which was rather rude-- but seemed a bit clueless) said I neeeded to make another reservation? But the next one wasn't going to be for hours later?! Unacceptable. Too high a tab for low quality service in my opinion. Will never return here again.
I have been going to Schooners for years ...
I have been going to Schooners for years! I have always loved the location and the service has been good. I went there for lunch a few days ago and after sitting at our table for 30 minutes had to ask a staff person if we had a waiter - it was awful. I went to dinner the following night - showed up at 6:10 for a 6:30 reservation and was not seated until 7:30. The service was horrible and was the worst dining experience I have ever had. I was totally bummed because I have really enjoyed dining at Schooners in the past. It will be a very, very long time (if ever) before I go there again.
Well worth the money. My friend and I h ...
Well worth the money. My friend and I had the Cioppino stew (for 2) and it was the best we ever had! The service was excellent and professional without being intrusive. The waterfront view was absolutely beautiful. We are not tourists and would definitely come back again.
Valet parking is a bonus because parking is at a premium.
It 3:45 so we were seated at the bar are ...
It 3:45 so we were seated at the bar area. Had to wait several minutes to be seated even though we had a reservation. Service was extremely slow even though it wasn't that busy. Had to fight constantly for the attention of someone to help. Artichoke dip had little artichokes and was mostly cream with little cheese. Nice spot with a view of the bay. Will not be going back.
Was disappointed in the meal. Main entre ...
Was disappointed in the meal. Main entree was good all else just mediocre. Service was disappointing to say the least. We had reservations and they were seating people without reservations while we waited in the lobby. Only after saying something were we attended to and seated. Service went downhill from there.
Schooner's is a great casual restaurant ...
Schooner's is a great casual restaurant in a beautiful hotel on the beach. There are lovely water views for most diners. However we were disappointed in the seafood entrees on our last visit. The portions were large and the fish fresh. What the chef added to both was a heavy lemon and butter sauce on everything that overwhelmed both the salmon and petrale sole dishes. That is indicative of hotel restaurants that often cannot provide consistently great dining experiences. Sometimes the food is divine but not always.
Stopped on the way to Carmel after leavi ...
Stopped on the way to Carmel after leaving the San Jose airport. Found the restaurant online and decided to stop based on recommendations. Glad we did. Had a nice lunch and the food was great - the clam chowder was fab - and the view and location were lovely. Hotel looked very nice, too. Would go again.
Husband and I came here for a romantic d ...
Husband and I came here for a romantic dinner overlooking the ocean. Very nice ambiance; however, our table was quite dark. We had to use our phone flashlights to see our food, so a diminished appreciation for the work put into the dishes. Dishes were flavorful. It would have been extra lovely to sit and look at the water during sunset, but we arrived after sunset. Meal is a little pricey, but expected for that type of restaurant. Server was nice and attentive.
Food was amazing! Best part was an outst ...
Food was amazing! Best part was an outstanding service we received from our server, Jessica! Very attentive. Great suggestions. My spouse said she had "the best steak of her life". We had to come back to Schooner's every time we visit Monterey.
I was excited to get some good seafood i ...
I was excited to get some good seafood in Monterey and based on the reviews I though this would be the place to do so. While I did enjoy the oysters, the Ahi Tuna dish was a total miss. The fish itself was okay, not anything special, but the rice and vegetables along side it tasted like they were cooked in a microwave from a frozen mix. The kids menu includes a very uninspiring "mac & cheese, just like store brand". What kind of >$30-50/head restaurant serves instant Kraft mac & cheese? Do the chefs that work here have no self-respect? Drinks and service were great, though.
Jessica was a wonderful server and very ...
Jessica was a wonderful server and very knowledgeable about dining in the Monterey area. She knew her own menu very well and gave honest and accurate appraisals of various dishes. We enjoyed our interaction with her.
Hotel restaurants are notoriously bad; o ...
Hotel restaurants are notoriously bad; overpriced, poor food & service. This is a notable exception. Great food - large portions and reasonable prices. Great service. On this busy Saturday night it was a tad noisy for me. Younger people would probably consider it "energetic".
The wine list is outrageously over priced. I don't know why restaurants feel they need to charge very high prices for wine. Yes - I understand wine is a high margin item. However, I enjoy wine with my meal. I would go out more often with lower wine prices or lower corkage fees. The cocktails here are a better bargain here.
Bottom Line - I recommend Schooners, be sure to bring you own wine and ready to pay the $25 corkage fee.
I'd never been here before. Came with so ...
I'd never been here before. Came with some gal pals for my friend's bachelorette/birthday/new job celebration. Great views! Super fun out on the patio. Great service, food was delicious too. Prices were a bit high, but I guess that's what you get for Monterey. Had a bloody mary - spicy and really tasty. Had the sea bass tacos for lunch. Presentation is great and they tasted awesome! Simple - slaw, guacamole and salsa. Will definitely go back!
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