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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
Atascadero, California
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18 reviews 18 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014 NEW

My husband and I celebrated our anniversary here. We came early and set out our folding chairs. We were second in line for the first seating. We sat for about 75 minutes enjoying a bottle of wine and looking at the ocean. We chatted with other people and it was quite the social event. Once inside we got a table... More

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Sacramento CA
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22 reviews 22 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014 NEW

This was our 2nd meal at the Sea Chest--both times were because we didn't want to drive into downtown Cambria. We won't make that mistake again! They don't accept reservations so you need to arrive very early or very late if you don't want to wait for ages. They now have a nice outdoor fire pit to wait by, however.... More

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Top Contributor
61 reviews 61 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 NEW

great cooks, great food, great wine and great ambiance! why can't i eat like this every day!? Tried one of the best oysters rockefeller there and grilled fish! really amazing and worth every penny

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Brisbane, Australia
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9 reviews 9 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

This is a busy restaurant which doesn't take bookings, so be prepared to wait for a table. However, the wait is worthwhile with delicious local seafood served at this restaurant. The service is good with obliging staff and the prices won't break the budget. Deserts are also worth a consideration. yum.

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Fareham, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW via mobile

The sting of having to wait for a table was taken away by sitting outside with a drink by the fire pit? We enjoyed delicious clam chowder and very fresh, beautifully cooked swordfish steak. Simple, but delicious served in a busy and friendly restaurant with a great sea view.

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mesa, az
Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 NEW

After an hours wait in line we expected "wonderful". It wasn't. Ciopinno was good but skimpy on almost every ingredient. $17 for three oysters with bacon on top was a bit pricey. Wine list was nice and quite local and prices were reasonable. Simply not worth the long wait or the prices.

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east mids
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23 reviews 23 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 NEW

Best fish we have ever tasted- excellent service- can see why people queue from 4pm!!! This is a real Cambria institution and amongst the best restaurants you're likely to find anywhere- and we are very fussy!!!!

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Cambria, California
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

I promise that you will wait in line all day on your second visit to the Sea Chest because there is no restaurant that compares to the service, atmosphere and out of this world taste that is delivered to you with the same consistency time and time again.

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Sarasota, Florida
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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 NEW

What a great way to eat in the Camel area. This restaurant is so special. Everyone seems to be having a terrific time. You may have to wait for a table but you can chill on the beach or on a patio overlooking the beach. If your alone or a couple sit at the bar. Marco is amazingly friendly and... More

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Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

We heard this place was so awesome, but I would say "so-so" The hostess was rude. The restaurant was kind of dark and dingy. The waitress was very nice. The food portions are too big I think. Overall I thought it was okay. I was expecting a lot better considering the line out the door. They take cash only, and... More

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