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Black Cat Bistro

1602 Main St, Ste C, Cambria, CA 93428-3300
805-927-1600
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Ranked #5 of 43 Restaurants in Cambria
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $30 - $50
Cuisines: Californian
Good for: Romance, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Dessert
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Good for: Romance, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Dessert
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English first
Issaquah, Washington
Senior Contributor
44 reviews 44 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

We had a very romantic meal. We started with duck appetizer. My husband had a beef dish and I had lamb shanks. Food was great! We brought our own wine and they charge corkage fee. Overall we had a great experience.

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long island
Senior Contributor
32 reviews 32 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

The menu here is very, very, eclectic and limited. Know you're going to find something to eat before you go

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cucinista24
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25 reviews 25 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

We thought the service at the Black Cat outstanding, and the place itself cozy. As is standard now with "gourmet" restaurants, all the ingredients of the dishes are listed, arousing expectations which are not necessarily the same as those of the chef. The whitefish with potatoes, beans and other vegetables, was a beautiful and flavorful dish. The strozzapreti were a... More

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Encinitas, California
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

Reviews were high for this restaurant but I was underwhelmed. They definitely are experimental with the food preparation and they rotate their menu, so maybe it just didn't mesh well with my tastes. Might try again on a future visit to Cambria.

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Little Silver, New Jersey
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

Our innkeeper booked us somewhere else for dinner but we didn't like the menu so we found this through Trip Advisor. We had an incredible dinner of pork belly, abalone, steel head trout and duck breast. Beautifully prepared with great service by a friendly and knowledgable staff. Great recommendation on a bottle of local wine. Highly recommend.

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Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

Seriously. You must go to this restaurant. The staff are attentive, the beer/wine is local and delicious and the food, the superlative examples of everything you've ever tasted.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014 via mobile

The food was great. The wait staff very friendly. The wine selection by the glass was local. The atmosphere was very pleasant. A great experience all around.

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Laguna Beach, CA
Top Contributor
76 reviews 76 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
136 helpful votes 136 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

The decor and ambiance are cozy, but this wasn't the upscale experience we'd expected. The service was ok, but a bit absent-minded. It felt as though they were understaffed for a summer weekend. The food was good, but nothing to rave about. I had the rabbit, which wasn't quite as good as my husband's steak. The appetizer's were more impressive... More

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Santa Barbara, California
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113 reviews 113 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

We try to eat here twice a year on our Cambria visits, The polenta is to die for and my wife has enjoyed the seasonal fish dishes (sea bass, tuna, etc.). They all have been consistently outstanding. The fresh tomato soup was terrific (so fresh) and the seared salad just popped! The sticky toffee pudding is to die for. Service... More

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Santa Barbara, California
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

We love to go to the Black Cat when we visit Cambria, a small and lovely restaurant. We have been there about 5 times. Our dinner was delicious. Only glitch we had was ordering wine because the first 2 we chose were sold out. Yes, we had to pay for our water, but with Cambria's water shortage we totally understood.

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