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“Fabulous Dining with a View!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Windows on the Water

Windows on the Water
699 Embarcadero, Morro Bay, CA 93442-2276
8057720677
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Ranked #2 of 85 Restaurants in Morro Bay
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $16 - $30
Cuisines: American, Californian, Seafood, Oyster Bar
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Good for: Special occasions, Large groups, Local cuisine, Doing business, Scenic view, Romantic, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
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.
Columbia, Maryland, United States
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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“Fabulous Dining with a View!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2012

The food was fabulous and the service and ambiance were exceptional. Four people all had perfect meals!

Visited August 2012
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Los Osos, California
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“Must TRY!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2012

My family and I go here at least twice a month... Everything is always so good! They have great specials in the bar during the week as well. The sand dabs are one of my favorites! They have a great view of the Bay and Morro Rock, go in at sunset if you can! The entire staff is great.

  • Visited August 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Concord, California
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“A first class dinner”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2012

Windows on the Water has a view you would expect with the name. But, the food was excellent! We came in for a later Saturday night dinner. We were seated right away. The device was excellent and the food top notch. I would definitely look forward to eating here again. We also enjoyed the trio that payed - a wondful compliment to our meal.

Visited July 2012
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“Awesome sunset over The Rock and the Ocean”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2012

I have never seen a sunset like the one I saw from Windows on the Water, perhaps the wonderful strawberry margaritas helped!

Friendly efficient service, excellent clam chowder and fish dishes.

Visited June 2012
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“Ok food - lackluster staff and atmosphere”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2012

We chose this restaurant as a special anniversary dinner out on a recent trip to Morro Bay. We made reservations online and originally when they replied, they addressed it to the wrong person, so I re-replied to make sure that they had us down correctly. They answered and said we were confirmed. Upon arrival, they couldn't find record of our reservation anywhere, but thankfully the restaurant wasn't full, so we were able to be seated.

The restaurant wasn't at all what I was expecting. It's a cavernous space, not romantic feeling at all. It felt more like a hotel banquet room. The view would be lovely, though the night we dined was quite foggy, so there was little to be seen, though obviously that's no fault of the restaurant. There was a live singer/guitar player which seemed more appropriate to a lounge than a restaurant - just some live music without singing would have been fine. We requested a table away from the singer otherwise we would not have been able to talk - it was too loud.

Staff were polite, but not overly friendly. The most pleasant staff member was our busgirl, not the host or our waiter. I had the whole branzino fish, which was well cooked, but would have benefited from a sauce. Asparagus was not trimmed enough and was very woody. My husband had a steak and while ok, was overcooked from his requested medium rare. We had a goat cheese bruschetta to start which was nice. We each had a glass of wine (local to the area) which were both good, but small pours for the price.

For dessert we had their ice cream trio and the bread pudding ice cream was the best thing I ate all night.

For the price, we didn't feel it was worth it and the atmosphere is definitely lacking for a nice romantic dinner out. We wouldn't eat here again.

  • Visited July 2012
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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