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Sea Chest Oyster Bar

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$$ - $$$
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6216 Moonstone Beach Dr, Cambria, CA 93428-1804
+1 805-927-4514
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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Huntington Beach, California
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21 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is a great place to eat right over looking the water. You do have to get here early as the wait is LONG if you are not in line at 4 for when the doors open at 5 pm. Well worth the wait.

Thank ValleyGirl1956
Oxnard, California
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46 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This is one of our very favorite restaurants ever. We love to sit at the bar and watch the chefs' prepare the food. They are very friendly and give you lots of information on they types of fish and preparation. Everything is beautifully prepared and delicious. Can't wait to go back.

Thank tmreviews2014
Plainview, New York
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9 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Fresh, delicious seafood and cozy atmosphere. The staff was helpful and friendly. Perfect location from our hotel.

Thank Beth K
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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31 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Our honeymoon adventures continue.... Stuffed from our in-room "happy hour" at the marvelous Blue Dolphin Inn, we walked on the boardwalk in the drizzling dark of night. Fate pulled us to the Sea Chest. At the door, the hostess initially turned us away, but when we pleaded "Surely you have some oysters that you need to get rid of tonight?"... More 

Thank Mark R
Bakersfield, California
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Very good seafood restaurant. No reservations and cash only. Meals ran about $30-$35 each. My date loved it. He had white sea bass. Being a vegan gave me less options but if you like seafood, you will love it. Try to get there before sunset, it's a great ocean view!

Thank KatieRamos
Diamond Springs, California
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We had dinner there. Loved the atmosphere of the place. The food was all excellent. I had the halibut and my husband had the swordfish. Both dishes were excellent. We also got escargot for our appetizer. Amazing. The salad and clam chowder that came with our meals were both good. Great wine list. NOTE: They do not take credit cards.... More 

Thank Lynn5065
Chicago, Illinois
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11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We have visited this restaurant many times and it is always an A+. Food is fresh and so good! atmosphere is casual and friendly. Make a note to get there early. They do not take reservations and there will be a line! It's worth it. And, cash only but they have an ATM onsite if needed

Thank Diane T
Seattle, Washington
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69 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Deliciously prepared, to taste, fresh halibut and king salmon. Accompanied with superb clam chowder or garden salad. Taste, portion size and ambiance were all first rate. Cash only, no reservations, 50 minute wait on Monday in January. Nice bar.

Thank Andrew W
Cypress, California
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32 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We love this place and eat here every trip we take up north. There is a line each night and it's worth the wait. We had a great sunset while waiting for the restaurant to open. Fun times at the oyster bar. Halibut was great!

Thank Traveler29TT29
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11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Yes, there is a line an hour before outside. No, they do not take reservations. No, those people aren't nuts. The food is so worth the wait! Fresh, flavorful, flawless. Go!

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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
Special occasions, Families with children, Scenic view, Local cuisine, 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: +1 805-927-4514

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