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Sea Chest Oyster Bar

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$$ - $$$
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6216 Moonstone Beach Dr, Cambria, CA 93428-1804
(805) 927-4514
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
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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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St. Albert, Canada
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19 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The oysters were delicious and fresh. This restaurant deals in cash only. It was always running at capacity with several people waiting in the line up. Somewhat on the expensive side but good food and service.

Thank 12Steven
San Jose, California, United States
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17 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

In the beautiful Cambria area, this is a great place to have excellent seafood just in front of the beach. You can actually smell the nice fragance coming from the sea. They have a large selection of fresh fish (salmon, mahi mahi, swordfish, sea bass, halibut), which are prepared just at your sight, by the bar. The dining environment is... More 

Thank MNowosad
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45 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We liked this place so much we dined here both nights of our 2 night stay in Cambria. No reservations taken and the place was packed even mid-week, but it's easy to stop by around 5:30 when they open, put your name on the list for the second seating, and come back around 7:00. (It worked for us twice). Simply... More 

Thank PaminatorJ
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161 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We stood in line for about 30 minutes before the Sea Chest opened for dinner and had fun chatting with the other people in line. When the restaurant opened, we were promptly seated and had our orders taken. Our dinners - grilled fish with veggies and a shrimp pasta were good - not great but certainly above average. We'd go... More 

Thank 122793
Paso Robles, California
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is one of our favorite places to go when we are in the area. We have been return customers for years. Steve is the maestro working the kitchen and has been there since he was in his teens. Very simple set up with salamanders, stove top burners and fryers. Sit at the Oyster bar for an additional treat. Talk... More 

Thank C. F
Altadena, California
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36 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Best part of restaurant is being able to drink whatever by the firepit whiel waiting for your table. No reservations taken. Go early so fish and chowder do not run out. Pricey for sure. Good selection of local wine. People go for the oysters.

Thank khatchadourian
San Francisco, California, United States
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4 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Nestled along a small strip of coastline is this gem of a seafood restaurant. Great food. Pleasant ambience. Perfect location. This is a popular place among visitors and locals alike. We were warned by the innkeeper where we stayed that the wait would be long. It was. However, there is a small bar with a good selection of wine and... More 

Thank Michael R
San Francisco, California
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92 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We have a home in Cambria and have steered many of our guests to the Sea Chest. Their hot fresh fish, potatoes, oysters and salads are very good. They cater to the tourists who stay on Moonstone Drive. Unfortunately,the management could care less about the locals and are actually cavalier and glib when we show up or call, trying to... More 

Thank Oakleaf1950
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22 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We went there for dinner, and it was about 40 min to close. The business was still busy, we waited 10 min and got a 2-seat table. In short, the food was okay and service was not that good, and I don't think I will go back again. -Food was okay We ordered garlic bread, chowder soup and calamari steak(w/... More 

Thank jjtseng
Glasgow, United Kingdom
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35 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Lots of reviews on this place so won't repeat the many positive comments. The venue is lovely right on the beach, menu was varied with lots of choice, service was friendly and overall experience was a great night out. We arrived about 6.30 and were told a 45 min wait, which we had expected, in the end it was 30... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$23 - $30
American, Seafood, Soups
Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic, Scenic view, 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?