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Sebastian's Gift Shop & Coffee Bar

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442 Slo San Simeon Rd, San Simeon, CA
805-927-3307
Today
11:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Hours:
Wed - Sun 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch

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  • 117
    Excellent
  • 47
    Very good
  • 19
    Average
  • 12
    Poor
  • 3
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Still a great disappointment after 3 visits!

We are locals who have now given the new ownership 3 tries and we are so disappointed each and every time that we will not be visiting again. This last time we tried the burgers to find that the meat was the texture of a preformed patty (slightly tough) and had absolutely no seasoning on the... read more

2 of 5 starsReviewed March 3, 2015
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Cambria
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Cambria
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47 reviews 47 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

We are locals who have now given the new ownership 3 tries and we are so disappointed each and every time that we will not be visiting again. This last time we tried the burgers to find that the meat was the texture of a preformed patty (slightly tough) and had absolutely no seasoning on the meat....VERY BLAND and also... More 

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Rialto, California
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54 reviews 54 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

We have been traveling up and down Hwy 1 for years and have visited the village of San Simeon but have never stopped at Sebastians. This time we stopped and ate at the cafe. WOW, they make the BEST sandwiches I have ever eaten. The whole staff at the cafe were very friendly and courteous. Makes me sorry I haven't... More 

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Thousand Oaks, California
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90 reviews 90 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

Sebastian's is a little building near the entrance to Hearst Castle (across Hwy 1), where you can eat locally prepared Hearst beef (BBQ style), as well as taste wine from the Hearst Winery tasting bar. It's also right next door to the San Simeon pier that was used to offload ships with materials to build Hearst Castle. Lots of history... More 

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Santa Barbara, California
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41 reviews 41 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

If you are visiting Hearst Castle in San Simeon, avoid the restaurants in the Visitors Center (really just cafeteria food), and head down the hill from the Castle to Sebastian's. Sebastian's is located on the West side of Highway 1 directly across the street from the Castle. The place is genuinely funky and the food is mostly of the burger/grilled... More 

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La Canada Flintridge, California
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41 reviews 41 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

Sebastian’s was suggested by a colleague and since he’s normally spot on we decided to stop by after our Hearst Castle tour. There was a huge line when we arrived – that’s a good sign, right? We got our food about an hour after first arriving and were ok with that. One of the locals suggested the burger because the... More 

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Ladera Ranch, California
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27 reviews 27 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Stopped here after our morning at the Piedras Blancas Lighthouse..sat out on the deck and enjoyed a glass of wine for half an hour...Walk down the street there and out on the pier at Hearst State Beach.

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Sacramento, California
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

This place has the biggest and tastiest burgers I've ever had. I had blue cheese burger and big onion rings, and it was delicious! It is own by family for many many years. Great wine bar, a little too busy. It was nice to sit outside on the front porch and enjoy an ocean view. Also, you can see the... More 

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Roseville, California
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43 reviews 43 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

Lovely wine bar with Hearst wines and others. Very historic, ocean front with the pier and a beautiful view of Hearst Castle. Gourmet food items available for a picnic and shade trees with picnic tables.

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Moose Lake, Minnesota
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80 reviews 80 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

I had read great reviews of Sebastian's a few years ago, so we decided to eat there after our tour of Hearst Castle. We shared a Hearst Ranch beef burger that was not very good. Some of the other sandwiches were very popular with our group,however, so maybe it was just the burger that does not impress. I loved the... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2015

This was one of our favorite places to go, loved the menu, hate the menu now and the food was terrible. We had a burger and it was like a prepackaged burger with no flavor. Sad to see it change for the worst. Would not come back.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 442 Slo San Simeon Rd, San Simeon, CA
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Luis Obispo County  >  San Simeon
  • Phone Number: 805-927-3307

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: American
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 4:00 pm

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