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All 43 Cambria Restaurants

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
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Good for: Local cuisine, Special occasions, Scenic view
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Dessert

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Dana Point, California
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18 reviews 18 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

Beautiful setting. While waiting for our table we enjoyed a bottle of wine outside fireside. Our seafood dinners were so fresh and delicious.

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California
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30 reviews 30 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

We had high hopes for the Sea Chest and it mostly lived up to them. We knew the wait would be long so we put our name on the list and went back to our motel till they said they were ready. The atmosphere is very warm with numerous small seating areas. The staff is obviously well trained and keeps... More

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Long Beach, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

This was one of the most pleasant meals I have had. I did my research before coming here so I knew that the wait can be INSANE and they ONLY accept cash! Since I was traveling solo, I decided to wait until after the sun set to enjoy my dinner. Not one to like sitting at a table alone, I... More

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New Providence, New Jersey
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57 reviews 57 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW

They do not accept credit card and no reservation either. So you have to have cash and ready to wait for long long time. I think we waited over one hour. However worth it. The boiled fresh sea food is really tasty. I had mahi mahi and my husband had linguine with clam. They serve warm sour dough bread to... More

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London, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014 NEW

Liked Everything, disliked nothing. Oysters perfect, scallops sublime, mahi mahi cooked to perfection

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Irvine, California
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17 reviews 17 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

The portions are huge and they come with soup or salad so you can easily share. The calamari steak is very very good. But everything else we had was kind of bland and did not have much flavor.

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Placitas, New Mexico, United States
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

I've always been skeptical of restaurants with waiting lines, especially in resort communities. Kind of an "Emperor's New Clothes" syndrome, but I had to see what all the hype was about. I went by myself on a recent Sunday, @7:30 and got a seat at the counter right away. I overheard there was still a 45 minute wait for parties... More

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Paisley, United Kingdom
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21 reviews 21 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

We had an excellent seafood meal in this restaurant. Probably one of the best seafood meals either of us have ever had! The main meals (calamari steak & mahi mahi) both came with the option of clam chowder or salad, vegetables and potatoes, meaning we felt no need to have a starter. The only options on the menu are seafood.... More

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Stockholm
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13 reviews 13 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

Pros: - Great sea food, make sure to try the cioppino. - Good prices - Large portions - Cosy fire pit outside when you wait for a table Cons: -Busy -Cash only

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Top Contributor
97 reviews 97 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

Hard to believe a line forming at the door a full hour before opening, especially at a restaurant that takes neither reservations nor credit cards. Well, it does, each and every night. The wait is worth it. The sea food is fresh, the service is very attentive. The atmosphere is relaxed and the prices are moderate -- especially for the... More

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