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Black Cat Bistro

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1602 Main St, Ste C, Cambria, CA 93428
+1 805-927-1600
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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: Dinner, Reservations, Takeout, Dessert
Good for:
Local cuisine
Special occasions
Entertaining clients

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Visitor rating
  • 263
    Excellent
  • 60
    Very good
  • 23
    Average
  • 20
    Poor
  • 11
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Outstanding

What is there to say… Great food, wine, service and atmosphere. What more can be said. We will return.

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 30, 2015
Sandra A
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Clovis, California
Good for:
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
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377 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Clovis, California
Reviewer
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

What is there to say… Great food, wine, service and atmosphere. What more can be said. We will return.

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SarahlF7877IY, Owner at Black Cat Bistro, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your review. We Look forward to seeing you again! More 

Los Angeles, California
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

An excellent night out with a friend. The tomato basil soup was delicious! I had the lamb shank which was quite literally fall off the bone tender with a wonderful currant-cinnamon sauce...very Moroccan in feel. The desserts were fabulous! I had the sticky toffee pudding, which tasted like Christmas - gingerbread and a fantastic buttery toffee sauce. My friend had... More 

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SarahlF7877IY, Owner at Black Cat Bistro, responded to this review

I am so glad to hear you enjoyed your dining experience with us. Thank you for your review and we look forward to having you join us for dinner again. More 

Calabasas, California
Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015 via mobile

This was a nice surprise. It's a house with several dining areas within. The menu had many creative selections. The pork chop was amazing. Pasta with scallops delicious. No hard Liquor but wine was good . I'd go back!

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SarahlF7877IY, Owner at Black Cat Bistro, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. I'm glad you enjoyed everything. We do have a wide variety of wines that were a continuously changing and updating. We look forward to having you back! More 

Melbourne, Australia
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

Last night, we went to Madeline's, supposedly the #1 restaurant in Cambria. If someone had asked me how it was, I'd have to say "hmm, ok, fairly mediocre". Tonight, we went to Black Cat Bistro. The cooking was in a totally different league. Night and day. Would I go back to Madeline's? No, I wouldn't bother. Would I go back... More 

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SarahlF7877IY, Owner at Black Cat Bistro, responded to this review

I am very pleased that you enjoyed your dining experience with us. The ownership did change but we still have the same wonderful and experienced chefs. Thank you for taking the time to write this review and we look forward to seeing you again! More 

Auburn, California
Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

Went to Black Cat Bistro based on other reviews. We were not disappointed. The pork chop( which is a seasonal dish) was out of this world and the parsnip puree it rested on was unbelievable. The "Common Ground" Zin was great. The whole meal, service, wait staff were terrific. Will return if we are in the area.

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SarahlF7877IY, Owner at Black Cat Bistro, responded to this review

Thank you for taking time to write this review. I'm happy you enjoyed your pork chop as this is one of many favorite dishes. We look forward to having you dine with us again! More 

Yorba Linda, California
Top Contributor
133 reviews 133 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

Had a room to ourselves and was very quiet but older building. The Scallops with currants were good; The Po de Creme dessert was very good. The Harmony Cabernet wine is quite good and locally grown. Dinner cost just over $100 and was good, although for the price I've had better.

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SarahlF7877IY, Owner at Black Cat Bistro, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write this review. I am glad you enjoyed your dinner, dessert, and the wine. Please come back and see us! More 

Hamilton, Bermuda
Top Contributor
52 reviews 52 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

We made a trip to San Simeon for the weekend and made a reservation in advance. We arrived about 15 minutes early for our 7:45pm reservation. We were seated promptly and all the staff were amazing. Such a great menu too! We were so stuffed from our late lunch we weren't able to have dessert but they looked amazing! If... More 

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SarahlF7877IY, Owner at Black Cat Bistro, responded to this review

So glad to hear you enjoyed your time with us. You will defiantly have to save same room for one of our delicious homemade desserts. Hope to see you soon next time you are in Cambria! More 

Houston, Texas
Top Contributor
83 reviews 83 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

This place was on a quick stopover and by recommendation from our B&B owner. The service was the best we experienced on our tour - knowledgeable, professional and not pushy. The food was really good although a bit on the expensive side - but worth it.

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Redlands, California
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

We were welcomed by the new owner and she made sure that we had an excellent evening of quality food prepared by her husband the chef. They are working hard from the start to get everything right and they are doing it right.

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Redlands,CA
Top Contributor
109 reviews 109 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
154 helpful votes 154 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

Wonderful, homey space. Our server and also the new owner took great care of us with attentive but unobtrusive service. Highlights of the meal included a superb local cheese plate, the "pork and beans" and the luscious braised lamb shank. All of the dishes were prepared with care and attention to the great ingredients. It doesn't get any better than... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1602 Main St, Ste C, Cambria, CA 93428
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Luis Obispo County  >  Cambria
  • Phone Number: +1 805-927-1600

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 30 - 50
  • Cuisine: Californian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: 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 allow dogs on the outdoor patio?