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The Sow's Ear Cafe


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Certificate of Excellence2015 - 2018 Winner

Food and ambience

Local cuisine, American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options

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Lobster Corn Dogs
Tender lobster, shrimp mousse, fresh herbs and lemon dipped in a corn breading with roasted jalapeño served with champagne ground mustard and lemon aioli
Herb Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms
Broiled in lemon garlic butter and white wine
Fried Brie Cheese
Topped with toasted almonds served with a roasted garlic onion marmalade, fresh fruit and toasted baguette
Spicy fried Calamari Strips
With three dipping sauces. Served with our homemade tarter, wasabi cocktail sauce and lemon aioli
Shrimp Scampi "Italian Style"
Sautéed with garlic, shallots, tomatoes, green onions, lemon juice and whipped butter; served with toasted sourdough baguette
Steamed Clams Portuguese
Fresh New Zealand cockles steamed with white wine, lemon, garlic and linguica sausage
Fisherman's Stew
A variety of fish and shellfish stewed in our own vermouth sauce, tossed with pasta, tomatoes, herbs and topped with parmesan cheese
Lobster Pot Pie
Tender lobster, mushrooms, peas, shallots, and fresh chive served in a rich creamy lobster broth and topped with puff pastry
Sow's Ear "Macaroni and Cheese"
Andouille sausage, smoked chicken, sun dried tomato and fresh chive tossed in penne pasta with gruyere, blue and parmesan cheeses
Sweet Pepper Pasta with Shrimp
Sautéed shrimp tossed in a sweet pepper sauce and served over linguini
Beef Stroganoff
Tender steak tips sautéed with wild mushrooms, shallots, tarragon, and crème fraiche, tossed with fresh pappardelle noodles
Southwest Salmon Salad
A medley of spring greens and fresh mild salsa, tossed with fresh poached salmon and our buttermilk blue cheese dressing
Chicken breast $16.95
Sans chicken $12.95
Spinach Salad
With olives, tomatoes, onions, oranges, almonds, wontons and honey lime dressing with sesame crusted
Ribeye Steak Salad
Grilled ribeye with sauteed peppers, red onion, tomatoes, mandarin oranges served over mixed greens and tossed in a buttermilk blue chesse dressing and topped with goat cheese
All entrees served with our famous flower pot bread and choice of soup or salad
Smaller portions available for children 9.95 (up to age 12)
Chicken Fried Steak
Angus beef breaded and pan sautéed with our homemade country sausage gravy, served with buttermilk mashed potatoes with fresh chive
Chicken and Dumplings
Just like grandma used to make, only better
Braised Short Rib
Tender slow braised short rib on the bone topped with a red wine and port reduction served with buttermilk mashed potatoes with fresh chive
Black Angus Pot Roast
Fork tender, topped with gravy, served with buttermilk mashed potatoes with fresh chive
Honey-Pecan Crusted Catfish
Fresh Louisiana Catfish, lightly fried then broiled in white wine and topped with a toasted honey-pecan crust served with a wild rice blend
Kurobuta Pork Rib Chop in a Bourbon Sauce
Served with buttermilk mashed potatoes with fresh chive
Fresh Salmon in Parchment
Baked with a lemon dill butter and white wine, served with a wild rice blend
Shrimp Scampi - "Italian Style"
Sautéed with garlic, shallots, tomatoes, green onions, lemon juice and whipped butter, served with a wild rice blend
Alaskan Halibut in a Honey Macadamia Crust
Alaskan Halibut (always fresh when in season) broiled in white wine and honey topped with a toasted macadamia nut crust, served with a wild rice blend
Grilled Stuffed Chicken Breast
Grilled chicken breast (with leg bone) stuffed with goat cheese, kalamata olives, roasted red peppers, and fresh herbs, served with buttermilk mashed potatoes with chive
Jack Daniels-Pancetta Filet Mignon
Tenderloin topped with our own Jack Daniels-pancetta Whiskey sauce, served with buttermilk mashed potatoes with fresh chive
Pork Tenderloin with Olallieberry Chutney
Fresh pork tenderloin grilled and topped with an olallieberry chutney served with buttermilk mashed potatoes with fresh chive
Coffee Crusted American Kobe Top Sirloin
Topped with a port wine glaze and blue cheese, served with buttermilk mashed potatoes with fresh chive
Choice grilled ribeye served with rosemary red potatoes and vegetable
New Zealand Rack of Lamb
New‎ Zealand spring lamb marinated, herb crusted, char grilled and baked, served with roasted red potatoes
All desserts made from scratch in our kitchen.
Turtle Sundae
Two scoops of French vanilla ice cream in a chocolate cup with hot fudge, caramel sauce and candied pecans with whipped cream
The Ultimate Mud Pie
Mocha almond and praline ice creams, brickle, hazelnut and cookie crumb crust, covered with hot fudge and whipped cream
Warm Cinnamon Bread Pudding
Topped with brandy hard sauce
White or Milk Chocolate Cheesecake
Hazelnut‎ cookie crumb crust and topped with whipped cream
Olallieberry Granita
A refreshing fruit ice, both tart and sweet, served with ginger cookies
French Press Coffee
Freshly ground, dark French roast coffee brewed table-side
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Dinner, Late Night
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We enjoyed a wonderful meal after a local music program . Staff were polite, friendly and the service was excellent. This is a small cozy establishment, so if it is crowded it may be a bit noisy, but most folks speak in low voices, so...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank georgesN9988KH
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We celebrated our 48th wedding anniversary by having dinner at the sales here. We took advantage of the early bird special which is served between 5 and 6 PM. It included a colorful salad and we each had salmon with city citrus glaze. This was...More

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank mariposa67
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great food and service. Had the Chicken and dumplings and tasted just like what my Mom made! Early bird special was more than I could eat.

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank Judith J
Reviewed December 11, 2018

Looked at yelp and decided to get the rack of lamb. Looked very robust. When the meal arrived it was by far the smallest rack of lamb I have ever seen. Asked the waiter why such a difference from online photo and he replied some...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank mcune0
Reviewed December 11, 2018 via mobile

We have been “vacation residents” in Cambria for over 20 years. The Sows Ear was always very highly rated amongst tourists and locals. We hadn’t dined there in over a year because our last experience wasn’t “ so great”! Ok, so we thought we would...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank markor62
Reviewed December 10, 2018

We went early and were not alone. It wasn’t packed but lots of diners. The earlymeals are a bit smaller they say, but my Chicken & Dumplings was plenty of food. The pork chops in olallaberry chutney was also excellent. The service was outstanding.

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Judy K
Reviewed December 7, 2018

Re mindful of the small restaurants on Ocean ave in Carmel. Excellent food, cozy seating. Second visit this year. The bread baked and served in small ceramic pots is not to be missed.

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank howandbev
Reviewed November 27, 2018 via mobile

Quaint, quiet, old fashioned dining. Food was tasty, cooked properly Staff was friendly and seemed to work as a team well which is always refreshing. 4 and not 5 is mostly related to decor and style A good option for finer dining options in the...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank mariannesedona
Reviewed November 25, 2018 via mobile

We have been to this restaurant 3 times. It’s been good each visit. Food and service are good. The wine menu is enormous. We will return next time we are in Cambria.

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank hikingfool2018
Reviewed November 14, 2018

On a recent trip to Cambria and the surrounding area, my friend and I dined at this nice restaurant. The server was friendly and helpful and knew the menu items very well. She also had great knowledge of local wine. I had a rack of...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank 653cliffk
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January 9, 2017|
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Response from mjke1 | Reviewed this property |
Hi there, I called The Sow's Ear tonight; they are not set up to take online reservations. You can call them at 805/927-4865. If you call before they open at 5:00PM, you can leave a message and they will call you back... More
October 25, 2016|
Response from KaarnEgge | Reviewed this property |
I'm not sure, you'll have to call the restaurant. Good luck.
October 25, 2016|
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Response from PABernard | Reviewed this property |
No, I do not think they are open....
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