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Sea Chest Oyster Bar

6216 Moonstone Beach Dr, Cambria, CA 93428-1804
(805) 927-4514
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Ranked #3 of 43 restaurants in Cambria
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $23 - $30
Cuisines: Seafood
Good for: Local cuisine, Special occasions, Scenic view
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Dessert
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Good for: Local cuisine, Special occasions, Scenic view
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Dessert
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English first
Chino, California
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

The Sea Chest is a great little restaurant with fresh seafood and the most gorgeous view of the ocean. It is our favorite place to eat in Cambria. There are no reservations, so get there early to wait in line before they open. It is worth the wait. Also, cash or check only.

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Bakersfield, California
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27 reviews 27 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

This place has the best seafood, hands down. The line to get in is ridiculous at 5:30 pm when they open. People bring wine and beach chairs and show up at 4:30 to get a good spot in line. You don't have to wait in line, you can put your name on the list and walk the beach, but be... More

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Palo Alto, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

We waited an hour, which was fine since we sat outside and enjoyed the beautiful view. The best swordfish EVER! We enjoyed sitting at the food counter watching the cooks work their magic. Pros: Amazing fresh fish, good wine and beautiful view by the fire pit while you wait Cons: No reservations and cash only

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

Based on the reviews, we waited an hour to be seated at the bar to have dinner. The benefit of sitting at the bar was getting a first-hand view of chef's cooking too. We were surprised at how ordinary the food was given the high rating and an expensive menu. Swordfish was grilled medium rare with some potatoes thrown in;... More

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Atascadero, California
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21 reviews 21 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

My wife and I go there on special occasions....We love to sit at the oyster bar, and watch the chef's make the food right in front of us. You better get there early, the line goes down the street. You can bring a bottle of wine, and have a glass or two while you wait for the restaurant to open,... More

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12 reviews 12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

we found this restaurant by accident. The wait was short since it was a Monday. The wait staff was customer-oriented and friendly. The food was great and plentiful. The sea bass, local fish, was great and nicely cooked, very light. The cioppino was wonderful, fresh and again, plentiful. We also had local oysters and were fresh. Great place to eat... More

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London, United Kingdom
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

Any good seafood restaurant needs to buy fresh quality fish. The chef should have thrown out the fish that was served to us. As soon as I saw it I could tell it wasn't fresh and was a poor cut of fish. I had what was supposed to be fresh local sea bass which was dry and old (but not... More

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Los Angeles, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

The restaurant itself is situated directly across the street from moonstone beach, looking out into such a picturesque setting! If you go on a Saturday evening, be prepared to wait (about 45 minutes to an hour). Thankfully, you have the option of waiting in their tiny (english pub style) waiting area which is quite stuffy or you can relax out... More

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Los Angeles, California
Top Contributor
67 reviews 67 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

We arrived on the later side (I'm told there's a wait earlier), about 8:30. We were seated immediately. When we couldn't decide on wine, we were offered tastes, which I really appreciate. There was a chalkboard listing all the fresh fish. My husband had a local sea bass that was perfectly cooked. They were also happy to deal with his... More

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Santa Rosa, California
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17 reviews 17 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Going to this restaurant on a Saturday night in July is really toying with Lady Luck. The door of the restaurant is locked till 5:30. That's when the many people standing in line are able to enter. It was a thrill to be among those lucky enough to be in the first seating. We had Halibut and King Salmon, clam... More

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