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Black Cat Bistro

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1602 Main St, Ste C, Cambria, CA 93428-3300
+1 805-927-1600
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9:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Sun 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Mon - Sat 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Pasadena, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I love being outside and in Cambria many of the restaurants have a patio - both totally outside and some enclosed. The one here at the Black Cat was partially enclosed and perfect for the somewhat chilly afternoon. The food was delicious, the service friendly, and we were not rushed away when we finished our lunch. Definitely worth a visit.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Tiny place and because of the fire nearby we are the only ones here. Sarah, the co-owner, and the Staff are very friendly and knowledgeable and we get the feeling everyone is here just for us. Hope they don't mind! The dining rooms are cozy. We are sitting near a handsome fireplace. The hung art includes various cats and photos... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Wonderful. We were so impressed with the ambiance, the staff and finally the food. Incredible. A special thank you to the staff. We came in a half an hour before closing time and we were not rushed and encouraged to have dessert, and even recommended one. We would travel to Cambria, just to visit the Black Cat. Dear Black Cat,... More 

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Paris, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My husband and I went to The Black Cat five years ago to celebrate our 30th anniversary, and we loved it so much that we returned to celebrate our belated 35th anniversary. Once again, the staff and chef outdid themselves. Service was knowledgeable and attentive, as well as kind in wishing us a happy anniversary. And our meal!! Oh my!!... More 

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Riverside, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Decided to check out this place for early dinner. Glad we tried it. We were a group of 4 and ordered different entrees. Everything was perfect. Scallops were" melt in your mouth" the best I've had ,grilled to perfection.Stuffed pork chop was amazing.Tender and very tasty. Shrimp scampi was very flavorful and just the right blend of taste and not... More 

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California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My daughter and I dined at the Black Cat for dinner recently. We were greeted and served by Sarah who made us feel very much at home. Her recommendations of the salmon for me and scallops for my daughter turned out to be absolutely brilliant. My daughter thought the appetizer of perfectly prepared Abalone from the Cayucos Abalone farm was... More 

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Williamsburg, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

After a long warm afternoon at the Hearst Castle, we were in need of good food and a glass of wine. we found everything and more at the Black Cat. The menu presented excellent seafood choices. I had a scallop dish with a corn purée that was delicious and another diner in our group found a much wanted bottle of... More 

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central coast
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The restaurant came recommended by our hotel and was walking distance away so we thought we give it a try. The server made a great wine suggestion; a local white Albariño blend paired with the abalone that we really enjoyed. We will definitely be back!!!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Restaurant is in an old house with several different rooms including a patio room. The wait staff was pleasant and friendly despite being really busy taking care of a large group of older women celebrating a birthday. Food was a little pricy for a family lunch but it was really tasty. We had to wait awhile for our food ,... More 

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Los Angeles
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We ate dinner here recently and could not have been more pleased. The service was excellent and the food was even better. It is a little on the pricey side, but totally worth it.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$30 - $50
Cuisine
American
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Serves Alcohol, Outdoor Seating
Good for
Business meetings, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Open Hours
Sunday
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1602 Main St, Ste C, Cambria, CA 93428-3300
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Luis Obispo County  >  Cambria
  • Phone Number: +1 805-927-1600

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Topanga, CA
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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?