Schooners Coastal Kitchen & Bar

Schooners Coastal Kitchen & Bar, suspended over the waters of Monterey Bay, is a stunning restaurant featuring approachable, contemporary American cuisine and sustainable seafood.  The bustling open kitchen, oceanfront outdoor patio, and high energy bar personify a relaxed, fun and joyous atmosphere. 

Executive Chef Waller’s commitment to sustainable seafood is reflected in the creative menus which feature a variety of seafood options, both raw and cooked, as well as appetizers, soups, salads, large platters meant for sharing, entrees, wood-fired dishes, and selection of decadent desserts.

In the festive Schooners bar, our creative cocktail menu is served alongside an impressive wine list that features our favorite Monterey County vintners, California wines and international vintages.

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Please contact us for reservations at 831-372-BOAT(2628) or click here

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Open Daily from 6:30am - 11:00pm
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Cafe La Strada

Our piazza-style oceanside coffeehouse is the place to start your morning with the rich flavor of freshly roasted Peet's Coffee and artisan pastries. Enjoy specialty sandwiches, soups, amazing desserts, and more, all made daily on the premises. Outdoor seating at the Monterey Plaza Hotel's Dolphins fountain on the plaza offers a relaxed, friendly atmosphere with great service and stunning views of Monterey Bay and Mt. Toro.


Open Daily 6:00am to 6:00pm

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Helmsman Lounge

The Helmsman Lounge is the hotel's hub for inspired libations, lively conversation and breathtaking views of Monterey Bay. Join us for signature drinks, appetizers and live music on Friday and Saturday evenings. Savor your cocktail handcrafted from small-batch, artisan spirits and a plate of crab fritters or lobster risotto, around the fire pit on our deck perched over the bay.



Food & Beverages

Wednesday – Saturday 5:00pm – 10:00pm

Friday & Saturday Evening
Featuring live music

Helmsman Lounge Menu

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Executive Chef James Waller

Under Chef Waller's expert direction, restaurant and banquet menus are comprised of fresh, contemporary dishes that make innovative use of Monterey's agricultural and aquatic bounty, while harmoniously blending traditional and new styles of cuisine. 

Executive Chef James Waller

"The abundance of fresh foods available on the Monterey Peninsula makes it possible to develop menus that are simple, elegant, and exciting," said Waller. "We've added more fresh seafood selections and more grilled entrées, lightening the menu and enhancing the flavors. After implementing the menu, I applied the same concept to our banquet menus and now we have satisfied restaurant diners as well as banquet patrons."

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Seafood Watch

All seafood served in Schooners Coastal Kitchen & Bar is in agreement with the Seafood Watch Guide, a program the Monterey Bay Aquarium designed to raise consumer awareness about the importance of buying sustainable seafood. 

Catering, Private Parties and Meetings

The Hotel’s ocean-view meeting rooms are exceptional sites for executive retreats, conferences and seminars. Ballrooms with adjacent outdoor terraces offer beautiful waterfront settings for receptions and social events. The Outdoor Plaza is an exhilarating location for private cocktail parties, banquets, weddings or barbecues. Off-premise catering can also be arranged.

Please contact our catering professionals at or by calling (831) 646-1700 to learn more.

In Room Dining

For those who want to experience the excellence of our Schooners Coastal Kitchen & Bar in the comfort of their own guestroom, we offer an extensive menu that is complete with our finest food and wines. If you would like something as simple as a perfectly brewed pot of tea, breakfast in bed, or a late-night snack, we will be happy to bring our gourmet fare directly to you.  Please contact us at 831-645-9148.