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Windows on the Water

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American, Californian, Seafood, Oyster Bar
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699 Embarcadero, Morro Bay, CA 93442-2276
8057720677
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5:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 5:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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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Good for:
Romance
Large groups
Doing business
Local cuisine
Special occasions
Scenic view
Entertaining clients

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  • 180
    Excellent
  • 49
    Very good
  • 18
    Average
  • 11
    Poor
  • 7
    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
Northern Ontario Travellers

The best ever. The view of Morro Rock and sailboats was breath-taking as we ate our spectacular dinner. The food was awesome as was the staff! Indulge into the local oysters and soft shell crab. Everything else was delicious!

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 21, 2015
Viviane b
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Caledon, Canada
Good for:
  • Romance
  • Large groups
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Scenic view
  • Entertaining clients
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Caledon, Canada
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

The best ever. The view of Morro Rock and sailboats was breath-taking as we ate our spectacular dinner. The food was awesome as was the staff! Indulge into the local oysters and soft shell crab. Everything else was delicious!

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Venice, Florida
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

We stumbled across this restaurant during our trip up Route #1. We did not have reservation but were given a table by the water. The food in this place is incredible. I had the Halibut special and it was one of the best fish dish I have had.

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Bass Lake, California
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24 reviews 24 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015 via mobile

A group of us went to Windows on the Water for my birthday dinner and it was fantastic! Everyone had something different, including braised short ribs, seafood linguini, and duck with polenta. Not a single bite of food was left on anyone's plate. Deserts were phenomenal as well including bread pudding that rivals what you can get in New Orleans... More 

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Riverside, California
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19 reviews 19 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

Windows on the Water was recommended by a gallery owner. It offers excellent food and some of the best views of Morro Bay. The service was OK, but not stellar. The ambiance is outstanding.

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Delafield, Wisconsin
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44 reviews 44 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

We arrived on a Saturday night just as the sun set and it was a beautiful view with the rock. We had 8:00 reservations and were told our table wasn't ready when we arrived a bit early we sat at the bar and ordered a bottle of wine even though there were several tables were empty and no one else... More 

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WindowsGM, General Manager at Windows on the Water, responded to this review

Hello I want to apologize for the terrible evening you had at Windows. Sometimes the kitchen gets backed up so I try to help by over seating the dining room. I apologize for not seating you right away. And I also apologize for the service. We try to provide professional service and it seem we did not achieve it this... More 

Morro Bay, California
Top Contributor
108 reviews 108 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

We were celebrating our wedding anniversary and asked for a window table. The sun was setting and we got to watch otters cracking shells and pelicans dive bombing for fish, all against the backdrop of Morro Rock, while we enjoyed a marvelous dinner with impeccable service. I was pleased to see a fixed price menu ($40. for 3 courses), which... More 

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Sister Bay, Wisconsin
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22 reviews 22 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

Nice restaurant on the water. Unbeatable sunset view. The owner served us. Food was good, and a very good value.

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Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

We showed up without a reservation on a very busy Saturday night. We were happy to sit at a table in the bar. Fabulous service from Vickey. Thoroughly enjoyed a light meal of the vegetable pizza, caesar salad, abalone, soft shelled crab with a split of bubbles.

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Glendale, California
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30 reviews 30 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

The staff were professional and welcoming. Started with some local Morro Bay oysters and a nice Martini. This restaurant is all about the fish. My sand dabs were very tasty and my fellow diners all said their dishes were good, too. This was our third visit and will return on our next visit to beautiful Morro Bay.

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California
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34 reviews 34 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

I loved this restaurant! The dining area is large with many tables on the large windows with close up views of Moro Rock and the bay. I had some knowledge of the chefs use of local seafood, vegetable, fruit and herbs. To start a mixture of olive oil, balsamic vinegar, oregano and garlic was brought with bread. This was the... 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, Californian, Seafood, Oyster Bar

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romance, Large groups, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Scenic view, Entertaining clients

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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