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The Sow's Ear Cafe

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American, Californian
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2248 Main St, Cambria, CA 93428-3018
805-927-4865
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5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Good for:
Romance
Local cuisine
Special occasions
Entertaining clients

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  • 205
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    Very good
  • 42
    Average
  • 15
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  • 10
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Wonderful Atmosphere and Dinner

I grew up in Cambria and have been to The Sow's Ear in the past but not since the original owners Barbara and Jim well over twenty years ago. The owners Micaela & Toni Garcia are amazingly gracious hosts and we had a wonderful meal, the atmosphere was perfect. Everything from the Lobster Pot Pie... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 2, 2015
Laurie Q
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Cambria, California
Good for:
  • Romance
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
  • Dessert
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387 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Cambria, California
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 NEW

I grew up in Cambria and have been to The Sow's Ear in the past but not since the original owners Barbara and Jim well over twenty years ago. The owners Micaela & Toni Garcia are amazingly gracious hosts and we had a wonderful meal, the atmosphere was perfect. Everything from the Lobster Pot Pie, Scampi, Salmon, Steak and my... More 

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Costa Mesa, California
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

Classic food. My partner and I took his parents here. We had a lovely, indulgent meal. Would definitely return.

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Senior Contributor
34 reviews 34 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015 via mobile

This is one of our favorite Cambria restaurants. They have wonderful selections of meat and fish. The wait staff is well trained and very nice. The atmosphere is cozy and feels like home. Great food!

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Lemoore
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

Always top notch, we try and visit when in Cambria. It's our favorite place to dine when there. Food is great as is the service. The atmosphere is like no other in Cambria and adds to the charm of the town.

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Joliet, Illinois
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

We visited based on TA reviews and we were not disappointed! Our waiter Tomas was attentive and professional. We started with the Lobster Corn Dogs, you won't want to miss that! I had the chicken fried steak and my wife had Sows Ear Mac & Cheese. Don't let the name put you off, it was a delicious blend of flavors... More 

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Balboa Island, California
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90 restaurant reviews
177 helpful votes 177 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015

We travel through Cambria about once or twice a year and have had good luck at the Sow's Ear in the past. The atmosphere is warm and cozy and the hostess and server were friendly. Maybe they were short handed or something went wrong but waiting 30 minutes for our soup and salad is unacceptable. We split a dinner and... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015 via mobile

I love this restaurant. The atmosphere is quaint and intimate. A great romantic dinner spot. The bread that comes in a flowerpot is definitely something Ive never experienced anywhere else. The lobster pot pie is decadent (warning: do not try to eat all by yourself). This is one to share. The shrimp scampi is delicious also. This is my go... More 

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Solvang, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2015

We have eaten here several times over the years when we visit Cambria. Nice variety on the menu and a good selection of wines. Easy walk from the B&B's we stay in in the East Village.

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Pompano Beach, Florida
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17 reviews 17 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015

how can shortribs be meh? Almond crusted tilapia was a disaster ! And underneath somewhere over cooked fish :(

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Oakland, California
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24 reviews 24 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015 via mobile

Average. We could have done better if we cooked at home! Lobster "pot pie" was drenched in a heavy cream sauce. The short ribs were tasteless. The wine arrived warm and we asked 3 times for a wine bucket to chill it. The wine pricing was reasonable.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 2248 Main St, Cambria, CA 93428-3018
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Luis Obispo County  >  Cambria
  • Phone Number: 805-927-4865

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 1 - 30
  • Cuisine: American, Californian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romance, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Open Hours
Sunday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Monday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Thursday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Friday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?