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Black Cat Bistro

1602 Main St, Ste C, Cambria, CA 93428-3300
805-927-1600
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Ranked #4 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
  • French first
  • Any
English first
Santa Maria, Ca
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13 reviews 13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

My wife and I enjoyed an anniversary dinner at the Black Cat. When I made the reservation online I included that we were visiting for our anniversary. We were greeted at the door by the host with a "Happy Anniversary" greeting, and the waiter started us off with complimentary sparkling wine. My wife had the polenta, and I had the... More

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California
Senior Contributor
38 reviews 38 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

A friend took us to this restaurant and we loved it! We sat at the bar and enjoyed meeting other people as we ate our dinner. I'd never had bacon jam but don't think anyone could do it much better! Yummy. My husband got the duck and I had a bite and it was the best duck I have ever... More

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San Diego, California
Top Contributor
268 reviews 268 reviews
188 restaurant reviews
193 helpful votes 193 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Black Cat Black Cat you are all that Cat. Service is great and the food is too. Ignore the L.A. and Bay Area Snobs they forget this is a sorta mountain town of 6000 or so laid back Cat. Bacon Jam Cat, Seared Scallop Cat, Cute Sticky Toffee Cat, Duck Confit in a Cast Iron Pan Cat. Pat on the... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

The selections were plentiful and very tasty. They use food from the locals in their menu. They did not disappoint. Will visit again.

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California
2 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

Second time to dine here and always great. Food and service excellent. I had lamb dish for dinner and chocolate pot de creme for dessert. Both were outstanding! Waiter had great knowledge of beers and wines. This is a small bistro and tables are close but cozy. Adds to the fun of chatting with people next you about the delicious... More

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Cerritos, California, United States
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

We couldn't see the menu because it was so dark in the restaurant. I know the trendy look and feel they were trying to go for, but they fell short, way short. After reading great reviews of this place, we were severely disappointed. We figured it had to be the locals in Cambria giving nice reviews of their friends "Bistro"... More

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California
Top Contributor
106 reviews 106 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

We ordered a delicious duck dinner. Very good wine selection at a prices to meet everyone's budget. The accompanying veggies could be better. The low point was the veg. pasta dish which the waitress assured us had plenty of vegetables. I can't remember the name of the pasta they use, but it's a tubular smooth one which I found tasteless... More

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Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

The Black Cat Bistro was highly recommended to us by both family & friends. on a recent trip to Cambria. A delightful small restaurant consisting of small dining rooms delightfully decorated with ( a retrofitted older single family home?) unusual pillow backed benches, crisp white linen on the tables & quality stemware. Pair this with a sophisticated menu & wines... More

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Los Angeles, California
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18 reviews 18 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

A mixed bag. Butter lettuce (w/ feta? and candied citrus) was delicious. Cayucos abalone was... odd. I've only had the Chinese prep for abalone before, so I found the Cayucos abalone lacking in size, although the texture was wonderfully tender. However, the accompanying fruit sauce completed overwhelmed whatever flavor the abalone might have had. Good mashed potatoes. Lamb shank was... More

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Fair Oaks, Ca
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19 reviews 19 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

The restaurant is small, but our group of six did not feel crowded. Our server was very friendly and helpful. We ordered the lamb shanks, seared ahi and a pasta dish. Everyone loved their main courses. The only slight complaint was that the lamb shanks were a bit too sweet. I had the grilled Caesar and found it to be... More

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