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Sea Chest Oyster Bar

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6216 Moonstone Beach Dr, Cambria, CA 93428-1804
(805) 927-4514
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5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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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
Good for:
Local cuisine
Special occasions
Scenic view

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  • 37
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Fresh Seafood!

Had a catch of the day....sole. Was delicious. Nice view of the ocean. Service was good. The atmosphere is rustic and fun. I would recommend the Sea Chest.

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 18, 2015
linjalu
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Seattle, Washington
Good for:
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Scenic view
  • Dinner
  • Late Night
  • Dessert
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Seattle, Washington
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015 NEW

Had a catch of the day....sole. Was delicious. Nice view of the ocean. Service was good. The atmosphere is rustic and fun. I would recommend the Sea Chest.

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Alameda, California
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5 reviews 5 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

You will probably have to wait, and remember to bring cash. Fresh broiled fish entree was very good. Dinner salad is especially good.

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Chicago, Illinois
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

Fun casual seafood restaurant. Nice friendly service. Don't expect a leisurely dinner though -- they really rush you in and out! Nice fire pit outside if you have to wait.

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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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78 reviews 78 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
172 helpful votes 172 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

Okay, look, you are going to wait for a table. Face that, and then do it. BIG HINT: the doors open at 5:30 and people line up it appears at about 5pm. Join the line towards the end even if you don't want to eat then. They'll admit to fill all the tables and then place the rest on the... More 

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Los Osos, California
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13 reviews 13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

This is an old retaurant right along the ocean at Sandstone Beach. The Oyster Bar (and drink bar) have a few tables that ook at across the little road to the ocean. The back rooms have windows out the side of the building and the seating is comfortable and quieter than the bar area in front. The menu is entirely... More 

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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

We love seafood so we asked for recommendations and several unconnected people all immediately said the Sea Chest. It's a stroll from our accommodation so it was obviously meant to be. Yes, as others have said, there's a wait. Use it, as we did, to have a lovely glass of wine and people watch. Come starving or don't eat a... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

We stayed in the little sur inn & this was on our door step. It was packed with people and we had to wait 30 mins to get a table which we thought was a good sign. Whilst the service is good, the food is very average. We ordered the calamari steak & the fish stew which bizarrely came with... More 

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Swindon, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

The setting of the restaurant is quite romantic, on a nice beach, with nice views of the ocean. The interior is pleasant, feeling warm and cosy and set us up for a great meal. Its obviously a bit rustic as you'd expect given the location. The service was very good, very pleasant and polite. So we were all ready for... More 

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Newport Beach, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

I was expecting more. The food was okay. The reviews on yelp was more of a hype. The calamari steak was delicious but the scampi pasta wasn't all that great. It was too plain and too oily. I just had better. The wait wasn't that bad because the sun had already set. There was a great bonfire outside while you... More 

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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

I had eaten here several years ago and enjoyed the meal. But this time was a disappointment. They do not take reservations and they are cash only - and I knew that. They do have an on-site ATM in case you are not prepared. When we arrived, we were told that the wait would be about 45 minutes. It ended... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 6216 Moonstone Beach Dr, Cambria, CA 93428-1804
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Luis Obispo County  >  Cambria
  • Phone Number: (805) 927-4514

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 23 - 30
  • Cuisine: Seafood

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Local cuisine, Special occasions, Scenic view
Open Hours
Sunday
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Monday
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Thursday
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Friday
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm

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