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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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Santa Clarita, California
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15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

All the reviews are true. Fresh, delicious seafood at great prices. It's even kind of fun to hang out in line, waiting for the place to open. People start showing up at about 4:30 equipped with wine, cups and folding chairs. I would recommend getting there by 5:00 for the first seating. We had a great experience from start to... More 

Thank b2theRad
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

During our road trip from SF to SD we stopped for a night in Cambria and this restaurant was recommended to us. It had a 30min waiting list that luckily we decided to wait since the atmosphere was amazing. Our table was next to the open kitchen which was great fun to see how everything was prepared and how the... More 

Thank not4tourists
Nazareth, Pennsylvania
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253 reviews
160 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Ate dinner here on a quiet Monday night. Got in line at 4:40 (opens at 5:30) and there were already 7 people in line. Got seated at a corner table, ocean view which was perfect. Service was very attentive and friendly. Food was uniformly great. Sourdough rolls were warm and heavenly. Entrees come with Boston clam chowder or salad. Salad... More 

Thank sjc43
London, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This restaurant is very popular and rightly so as it offers fresh, reasonably priced seafood in a pleasant ambiance. We had a good value local sauvignon blanc too. Unless you are very lucky, you will probably have to wait for a table but a seating area and games are provided so the time passes quite quickly. The restaurant takes cash... More 

Thank RoccoReviews
Towson, Maryland, United States
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40 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

When visiting Cambria we heard the Sea Chest was the place to go for great fresh seafood and it did not disappoint. Understand no reservations and cash only, but there is an ATM inside. It was busy the Wednesday night we visited, but they have a wonderful fire ring with benches outside where the diners in waiting sip wine, chat... More 

Thank Steve J
San Francisco, California
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41 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Hard to believe , waiting for an hour and Cash only and only wine and beer would be Special. Sea Chest is! Unique setting in old house with great views in front room. Went both days in Cambria.The Calamari steak was Hugh as was the Cioppino which was tasty and filling. Wine prices are fair. Will go back next time.

Thank Larry G
Cambria, California
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

No reservations, no credit cards but outstanding food and service. The fish and other sea food is great, you can order anything on the Manuel or from the daily specials. The Chioppini is too spicy for me, but that is just my opinion. When you go there stay in line and wait for the door to open at 5:30. The... More 

Thank Heide S
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Best place to have dinner on the Central Coast! Always excellent food and wine selections! Chefs are the best and so much fun watch in preparing your meal! Expensive but certainly worth every dollar spent! Service is outstanding! Does not take reservations but it is always worth the wait! Not going to mention the best seats in the house as... More 

Thank Bill V
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36 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Ok, here is the low down on this famous restaurant. I read all the reviews on TA and still had so many questions so here goes... I wanted to surprise my hubby for his 65 th birthday. We arrived at the Sea Chest at 5:30 with lots of cash. We were also packing two bottles of Paso Robles wine and... More 

Thank snelle
Dublin, Ireland
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15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Had an absolutely brilliant fish dinner here in this lovely restaurant located in the small town of Cambria on highway 1 on the west coast. Only staying in the town by chance we asked our motel host where to go and this was recommended. A 45 min to an hour wait faced us but we were able to put our... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 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
Scenic view, Romantic, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Families with children
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?