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“Love Love Love this place” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Sea Chest Oyster Bar

Sea Chest Oyster Bar
6216 Moonstone Beach Dr, Cambria, CA 93428-1804
(805) 927-4514
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Ranked #3 of 44 Restaurants in Cambria
Price range: $23 - $30
Cuisines: Seafood
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Good for: Local cuisine, Special occasions, Scenic view
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Dessert
San Francisco, California
Top Contributor
57 reviews 57 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
“Love Love Love this place”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2013

My husband and I stayed right next door at Moonstone Landing (amazing hotel) and Sea Chest was recommended to us. We went and LOVED it. We wished we had dinner here the first night because we paid less and had much better food and service. My husband had the calamari steak and I had the shrimp and scallop scampi with the potatoes and veggies. Both were excellent and came with salad or clam chowder. We got there slightly after opening and had about a 20 minute wait, which was in the bar and was quite nice. We were about to play trivial pursuit when our name came up for a table. The service was great, the fellow patrons were nice, and just remember no credit card, but there is an ATM in the place so get your cash when you get your bill.

We will definitely be back here!

  • Visited November 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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California
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43 restaurant reviews
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34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
“Don't miss this restaurant if you're driving up or down PCH!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2013

Fresh seafood served by a staff that has been there for a long time. The owners and staff are obviously committed to high quality food at a reasonable price. Another unique feature is the food "bar". Request to sit at the bar where you can watch the cooks prepare all the meals as well as engage in friendly conversation. The cooks love their jobs! As mentioned in another review, they take cash only, however, they have an ATM machine in the restaurant in case you forget. The wait is long during peak periods, but so worth it.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Great fresh Sea Food, Great Fun, Great Location”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2013

This was our first visit to Cambria. Yes, we had to wait for the doors to open, yes it was cash only but met the Penwells who said, "Sit at the oyster bar and watch the show." Indeed we did and were not disapointed. We met the cooks, Andy Garia and Agustin Reyes who guided us to great choices for a seafood dinner. They worked hard and our food was right off the grill, fresh and delicious. I would definitely return. What a great way to spend our Anniversary.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Milan, Italy
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
“Charming~Cozy Seafood dining...”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2013 via mobile

Arrived on a Friday night, about 8:00pm without reservations.. went there because of recommendation from hotel, and it was walking distance from our hotel..
Once inside, we were greeted warmly, and I asked for a table for 2- ( knowing it was a Friday night, and they were packed) the gentleman at the desk was friendly and said no problem, but there would be a wait.. he directed us to the bar, where Ryan the bartender helped us select a nice bottle of local red wine as we waited.The wait was about 25 minutes ( I was very pleased, since they had said 45 min to 1 hr)
Several staff said hello, as we sat in the cozy bar area.
Our waitress was Rachelle, and was extremely helpful and got our order promptly and was genuinely happy to help us.
The local fish was excellent. It is an all seafood restaurant, nothing else- we were very happy with our dining experience there. Loved the place.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Singapore, Singapore
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
“Great Place for seafood”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2013

Sea Chest is a great place for fresh seafood. However, be prepared to wait at least half an hour or more, as they are very popular. Request for a table facing the ocean to have a great view while having dinner.

Visited October 2013
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