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Windows on the Water

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699 Embarcadero, Morro Bay, CA 93442-2276
8057720677
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5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Sun - Thu 5:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Dinner, Reservations
Description: Located on the water in the Morro Bay, Windows on the Water celebrates the...
Located on the water in the Morro Bay, Windows on the Water celebrates the finest the Central Coast of California has to offer. Fresh, local and sustainable ingredients, an extensive wine and beer list of local and international labels, the best in local musicians each Monday, Thursday and Saturday night, and arguably the most dramatic view on the coast. Join us in the bar for a drink and bar specials and dinner nightly from our menu created by our award-winning executive chef, Neil Smith.
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  • 193
    Excellent
  • 61
    Very good
  • 21
    Average
  • 12
    Poor
  • 8
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Varied Experience

We've had excellent to OK experiences here. I love the Sand Dabs - cooked to perfection. However, service has been hit or miss. Considering the cost of a meal, I do expect good service to accompany the great food.

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 25, 2015
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Upland, California
Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Large groups
  • Doing business
  • Special occasions
  • Local cuisine
  • Scenic view
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Upland, California
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15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

We've had excellent to OK experiences here. I love the Sand Dabs - cooked to perfection. However, service has been hit or miss. Considering the cost of a meal, I do expect good service to accompany the great food.

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Upstate, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

We ate here and would have gone back more due to very good food and the ambience. But this place is more for seafood lovers.

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Palm Desert, California
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20 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 NEW

We really enjoyed this restaurant. The star of the show was of course the view. The restaurant sets right on the water and the sunset is not to be missed. Seafood was good and the service very competent. I recommend to to anyone.

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Berghem, The Netherlands
2 reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

Food was ok but not super. Wine served while maincourse is already on the table. Fresh fish without any meaningfull sides. After yesterdays experience at the galley was this a bad experience with the over the top acting waiter as most annoying topic.

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Cairns
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16 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

My wife and I had our 34th wedding anniversary in this very accomplished restaurant with great views overlooking the Moro inlet and rock. Staff are capable and attentive and answered questions about the menu with ease. The food was of a high standard. I would have no problem recommending this restaurant to any body.

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Sheffield, UK
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

We had a very enjoyable meal. Our server made us very welcome and gave excellent advice. Perfect place to watch the sunset. The selection of oysters was perfect. We had scallops and perfectly grilled Bronzino. Well recommended restaurant.

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El Pescadero, Mexico
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015

We arrived at 7 for our dinner reservation and were promptly seated at a table with a lovely view of the bay and Morro Rock as requested. We shared a crab cake which was not very flavorful. My husband had the sand dabs. He was disappointed because the sand dabs were rolled and fried and overcooked. My Angus short rib... More 

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La Habra, California
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78 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015

Dinner was very good. Good menu with many variations. Service for our group of 7 was very good as well. Started with the pizza which was good, but not a standout. Had various “starters” and by far the best was the Goat Cheese Bruschetta. This was an amazing combination of flavors and highly recommended. The Bouillon Style Clam Chowder was... More 

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Cortona
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10 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

For such a small town, this restaurant was really surprisingly good. Fish quality excellent, and beautiful view on Morro Bay.

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Monrovia, California
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18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015

We were celebrating our anniversary and made reservations here based on other TripAdvisor reviews. We were pleasantly surprised at the really nice views of the harbor and the excellent food. The reservation request was for a table with a view, and we got the best table. Our host was friendly and helpful. Yummy sea scallops and an inventive quinoa side... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 699 Embarcadero, Morro Bay, CA 93442-2276
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Luis Obispo County  >  Morro Bay
  • Phone Number: 8057720677

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 16 - 30
  • Cuisine: American, Seafood

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romantic, Large groups, Doing business, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Scenic view

Description

Located on the water in the Morro Bay, Windows on the Water celebrates the finest the Central Coast of California has to offer. Fresh, local and sustainable ingredients, an extensive wine and beer list of local and international labels, the best in local musicians each Monday, Thursday and Saturday night, and arguably the most dramatic view on the coast. Join us in the bar for a drink and bar specials and dinner nightly from our menu created by our award-winning executive chef, Neil Smith.
Open Hours
Sunday
5:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Monday
5:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Thursday
5:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Friday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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