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750 Hearst Castle Rd, San Simeon, CA 93452
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  • Food
    2.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
A little overrated

If it was not for the Pacific Ocean view, it would be pretty ordinary. I would recommend it for people who have a taste for carefully cultivated period places - good looking, but artificial. Drive on to Carmel, Big Sur, Bixby, in fact the whole stretch of the Cabrillo Highway just lifts the... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed July 20, 2015
Tapan S
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New Delhi, India
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

If it was not for the Pacific Ocean view, it would be pretty ordinary. I would recommend it for people who have a taste for carefully cultivated period places - good looking, but artificial. Drive on to Carmel, Big Sur, Bixby, in fact the whole stretch of the Cabrillo Highway just lifts the ordinary and makes it superb.

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Fort Worth, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

We had the pizza, fries, hamburger, macaroni and cheese steamed vegetables and orange chicken over rice. Everyone ate everything and not just because we were hungry or because we ate outside. The food was actually good. Yes it was really expensive. But you could drive 10-30 minutes away for food or eat there. No one is making you eat there,... More 

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

As I said in my review of the Hearst Castle, I was bummed I couldn't get a Hearst Cattle cheeseburger, and the hot dogs were just ok. the ones at Lowe's are better. but it was fine for a quick bite after the tour before the movie.

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Fort Washington, Pennsylvania
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

Pack a lunch – eat before you go – do what ever you need to do to stay out of this cafeteria. It will cost you fortune for reheated, processed food. Aramak – you should be ashamed of yourself. Hearst castle is beautiful, but it is not close to any food locations. I made the mistake of not researching this... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

In a pinch its ok but I sure would not do it again. Very pricey and food average to be kind. Great place to walk around but don't eat.

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Stockholm, Sweden
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015

We had spent four hours visiting Hearst Castle and needed something to eat before we moved on. There are no good food options in the Visitors Center. We choose the Amarak. Self-service. Expensive. Pizza slices dripping of fat.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

The food was very tasty, but the prices were a little steep for lunch. The staff very friendly and attentive.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

We stopped at Hearst Castle to see it from a distance, we just did not have time to visit the attraction but the visitors centre was the best we could do, a comfort break and a quick bite. Like food in a visitor attraction, its rather overpriced and the quality is so-so.

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London
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015

Hearst castle is an amazing place...beautifully maintained and well worth a visit. After a delightful few hours we went for a quick bite of lunch at the cafe. The server behind the counter was charming. We chose pizza, which at around $8 a slice was quite an investment for this quantity of food! Quality was fine. It is interesting how... More 

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Walnut Creek, California
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

We spent a small fortune for bad food. It's the only option if you're doing the tour and the movie. Best dish was the bowl of steamed veggies.

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Address: 750 Hearst Castle Rd, San Simeon, CA 93452
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Luis Obispo County  >  San Simeon
Cuisine: American

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  • Address: 750 Hearst Castle Rd, San Simeon, CA 93452
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Luis Obispo County  >  San Simeon

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  • Cuisine: American

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