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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 - 10:00 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
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff

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  • 496
    Excellent
  • 222
    Very good
  • 105
    Average
  • 47
    Poor
  • 26
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Stunning views and lovely seafood

What a location! What views! This place is worth queuing for. The staff are relaxed friendly and efficient. The food is tasty, fresh and delicious. We have dined here twice on our way along the Big Sur drive ending in San Fransisco and hopefully there will be many more opportunities to indulge... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
cocoBramhall
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cheshire
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ohio
Level Contributor
45 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We were pleasantly surprised at how delicious the food was at this restaurant. We walked from the Blue Dolphin Inn and had to wait about 20 minutes for a table. Cards were provided in the bar area and we played cards until our table was ready. The food is mostly sea food which was fresh and very good. The service... More 

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Thank linadal1
Monument, Colorado
Level Contributor
3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

My favorite sea food restaurant - anywhere. Abalone steak and all fresh fish are my favorites. Good wine list. Cash or personal check only!

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Thank phantom_jock_10
Hayward, California
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Waiting in line for a restaurant is not something I normally do. However, it was certainly worth the wait. Coming from San Francisco area, we are accustomed to good food. This was excellent. We had calamari and I can truthfully say it was the very best I have ever had. The quantities are sizable, and the salads fresh and very... More 

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Thank Barbara G
Claremont, CA
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31 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Wow! If you enjoy seafood pure and simple, this is the place. Many others think so also because there was a line of about 25 people one hour before it opened. To be assured a table, folks show up about an hour early, "tail-gate" with beverages and snacks, and 5 minutes before the opening time, pack it all back in... More 

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Thank junebugclaremont
London
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11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This was a very average meal, the woman who greeted us at the door was friendly and efficient however the waitress who served us had zero personality and was almost a dampener on the evening. There is huge demand for the restaurant, however there is no nearby competition which may go some way to explain its popularity. My biggest complaint... More 

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Thank Caro04
Treviso, Italy
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126 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 111 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Il ristorante merita davvero. Antipasto di ostriche e calamari fritti croccanti di altissimo livello, pesce spada tenerissimo servito con verdure e due bottiglie di chardonnay finite all'esterno di fianco al fuoco. Strepitoso ! The restaurant is an absolute scream! Oysters on the shell, calamari strip, and swordfish, all served with a couple of napa valley chardonnay. A must! P.S. To... More 

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Thank micheleeisabella
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

So convenient! My husband & I could walk from our hotel. The restaurant is always packed & be ready for a long wait. they don't take reservations or credit cards. We went right @ 8pm & only waited 15 mins. Food is really good & fresh. Had great escargot too! Yum!!

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Thank Cindy B
cheshire
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86 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

What a location! What views! This place is worth queuing for. The staff are relaxed friendly and efficient. The food is tasty, fresh and delicious. We have dined here twice on our way along the Big Sur drive ending in San Fransisco and hopefully there will be many more opportunities to indulge here

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Thank cocoBramhall
Level Contributor
109 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a sea food restaurant which was right next door to our hotel. We had had a large, late lunch on our way to Cambria, but wanted a snack before bed. We went into the Sea Chest, and ordered a couple of the appetizers. The server was really friendly and helpful and arranged for them both to be brought... More 

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Thank Travellaur394
Simi Valley, California
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Most of the negative comments on this place seem to center around cash only policy and long waits. Once you know what the agenda is, it's all good. Wife and I been visiting for years and have always had good service and excellent meals. This time around we opted for Devils on Horseback appetizer (I liked it more than she... More 

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Thank tooannoyed

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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: Scenic view, Families with children, Local cuisine, Special occasions
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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?