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Sea Chest Oyster Bar

Certificate of Excellence
American, Seafood, Soups, Pacific Rim
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6216 Moonstone Beach Dr, Cambria, CA 93428-1804
(805) 927-4514
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Closed now
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Sun - Mon 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Wed - Thu 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
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Leicester, United Kingdom
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16 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

What a place - the reviews do this proud and we came on the recommendation of our fellow trip advisor community so thank you TAs. I had Oysters Rockerfeller, he had the Fish Stew, the lads had Calamari steaks. Delicious. You cannot book and you have to pay in cash. On the recommendation of the hotel staff at the Fogcatcher,... More 

Thank Ladyjane473
London, United Kingdom
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22 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Good choice of food and drink. Very popular but you cannot book, however you can put your name down on a waiting list and this seems to work. Perfect for us as we were staying at Moonstone Landing which was next door.

Thank Carol H
Sanat Monica
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13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We had dinner at the Sea Chest after reading Yelp reviews and looking at the menu. Since we were staying at a hotel on Moonstone beach and didn't want to drive, we choose the Sea Chest over the other seafood restaurant down the street (although we ate there a few days later). We thought the menu had solid offerings and... More 

Thank yogajod
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

So glad our friends introduced us to this amazing restaurant! Food, wine, atmosphere & service were wonderful. We will definitely revisit when in the area

Thank Angela K
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Loved the charm and character! Waited for a table for a bit but reading trivia pursuit cards while we waited was fun! Food was excellent! Waitress was very friendly and immediately accommodating!

Thank Denise W
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195 reviews
166 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 150 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

My friend Deb and I wanted a lovely meal to celebrate our vacation in Cambria. Sea Chest Oyster Bar was right down the street from our hotel, Deb has eaten there several times and always loved it. I thought the restaurant was charming, a lovely decor. I enjoyed the view of the ocean across the road. When the doors opened... More 

Thank DixieJ
East Kilbride, Scotland, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Love it as always. Shrimp cocktail was ginormous and fabulous. I had the cali white bass with veggies. It was great but very filling and I could not finish it. This is a cash only no reservations place on Moonstone drive. You line up early if you want in when it opens at 5.30. We arrived about 5.10 and just... More 

Thank DmfW
San Clemente, California
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28 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Even with the long lines, we have enjoyed the Sea Chest for many years. Not anymore! Recently, we've noticed the service has slowly gotten worse and worse but this last visit was the final straw. Sometimes businesses become so successful that they stop caring about the customers and become callous to providing good customer service, they must assume they have... More 

Thank juliennes567
Geneva, Switzerland
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69 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Sea Chest has been serving excellent seafood for at least two decades. The menu is relatively simple -- clam chowder, mussels or oysters for starters, fresh fish and seafood served in lemon butter sauce (served with potatoes and vegetables) or pasta with seafood for entrees. The signature dish -- calamari steak -- is to die for. It's served as a... More 

Thank Robin B
Solvang, California, United States
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a very popular place, and you will know why after you taste the food. While waiting, you can have a beverage too. The seafood pasta was exceptional.

Thank Gary M

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$23 - $30
American, Seafood, Soups, Pacific Rim
Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Families with children, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Scenic view, Romantic
Open Hours
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 6216 Moonstone Beach Dr, Cambria, CA 93428-1804
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Luis Obispo County  >  Cambria
  • Phone Number: (805) 927-4514

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