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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
Hours:
Sun - Mon 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Wed - Thu 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
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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Phoenix, Arizona, United States
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

This has to be the most popular restaurant in Cambria, and if you adjust your expectations because it is a beach town, it is very good. They always seem to be packed and therefore the service is a bit slow, but everyone is nice and the fish is fresh.

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Lakeland, TN
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65 reviews 65 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

We enjoyed a great dinner and watched the sun go down. Beautiful evening. When we asked for the best place to have dinner, this was the first place mentioned. There was a line outside the building 30 minutes before it opened. So it had to be good. We came back an hour later and there wasn't a wait at all... More

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10 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

well, unsuprislingly the food is not really awesome like everywhere else in california: rich but that is about it. By the american standards I d say this is a good restaurant; and the athmosphere is nice; people dont speak too loud and i d say this is priceless:)

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visalia, ca.
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25 reviews 25 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

There are only two restaurants on Moonstone Beach in Cambria. The Sea Chest and Oyster Bar is one of them. It is a very good choice for a fresh and nicely prepared seafood dinner. Expect though to pay for it. Our dinner for two including tax and tip (no drinks or dessert) came to about $90. But the fish (Halibut... More

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Los Angeles
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105 reviews 105 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
104 helpful votes 104 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

People start lining up for this place early. We got there ten minutes before they opened and we had to wait an hour. Fortunately, we were staying nearby so we came back later after we put our name in. It was worth the wait as I had an perfectly cooked piece of halibut that was super tender and moist. The... More

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Riverside, California
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17 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

My foodie friend took us to the Sea Chest during a girls' weekend and it was quite an experience. Although they didn't open until 5:30 we arrived at 4:00 and still were the 3rd or 4th party in line. Experienced fans of the Sea Chest brought chairs and wine to share while waiting for the restaurant to open. It was... More

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Long Beach, California
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5 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

Never having been a big fan of oysters, we took a chance and visited the Sea Chest after hearing about the place from several different sources. We sat at the Oyster Bar which is also the grill/prep area. We took our waiter and the cook up on many of their recommendations and enjoyed every bite of each dish, tasting oysters... More

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Sacramento
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32 reviews 32 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Always perfect!! We have been enjoying this special restaurant for over 30 years since it was just a tiny oyster bar. We hadn't been in a couple of years and it was just as yummy as always. The "wait" patio is a great addition!

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London
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

We visited here after wanting some fresh seafood after visiting hearst castle. This restaurant is regardly highly in the local area but for me it was very very average. I think the restaurant was opened in the 70s and it seems the decor and the menu have not changed much since then...... I wouldn't make a special trip back there!

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San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
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159 reviews 159 reviews
93 restaurant reviews
129 helpful votes 129 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

The Sea Chest was located a short walk from our Cambria Moonstone Beach hotel, and the food was good, but not great. Location sometimes trumps quality, but the Sea Chest is a nice, coastal restaurant. The sea food was OK, but next time I will drive into a restaurant in the small town of Cambria for dinner.

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