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Coastal Dining

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Perched dramatically over the bay, Schooners Coastal Kitchen & Bar is an award-winning, local landmark featuring approachable, contemporary American cuisine and sustainable seafood.

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Tidal Coffee is a celebration of place. Every artisan food we craft and thoughtfully sourced bean we brew salutes the history and character of Cannery Row — and the spirit of camaraderie that helped bring it to life. Here in this precious patch of Pacific Coast that inspired Ricketts and Steinbeck, we wanted to establish a comfortable place for locals and wanderers alike to commune over a cup of coffee in tribute to the artists and thinkers of Monterey’s past, present and future. 

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Guests are drawn to the spirited conversation, inspired libations, live music and incredible views at the Helmsman Lounge. Meet friends for a round of cocktails handcrafted from small-batch, artisan spirits, or indulge in delicious small plates while gathered around the fire pit overlooking the bay.

Thursday through Saturday nights the Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa has some of the best musicians in town playing at Helmsman Lounge.


Helmsman Lounge open Thursday – Sunday 4:30pm – 10:30pm

Live Music Thursday  Saturday 6:00pm  10pm 

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In-Room Dining

For guests who prefer a quiet or romantic dinner in the comfort of their guest room, we provide in-room dining from our outstanding Schooners Coastal Kitchen and Bar. Fancy a pot of tea, or hankering for a late-night snack? We’re delighted to bring our gourmet fare directly to you.

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Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa is temporarily closed with plans to reopen June 12, 2020.

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