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Aramark Hearst Castle Cafe

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750 Hearst Castle Rd, San Simeon, CA 93452-9740
8:00 am - 3:15 pm
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Sun - Sat 8:00 am - 3:15 pm
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Bellevue, Washington
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Pleasant lunch on the patio, but after eating two fries I thought I might have to run to the toilet. I think they were using last summer's oil. Caesar salad was fresh.

Thank Hollyrik
Washington, Missouri
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33 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 25, 2016

The food wasn't bad but was way overpriced. We were in a hurry and this was the most convenient place to grab something to eat

Thank Mark W
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2016

The food was good, but overpriced. The outdoor seating comes with wasps and aggressive crows. There is no food or drink allowed on the bus up to the castle, so finish up before you get on the bus.

Thank ahling33
Brecon, United Kingdom
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177 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 154 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 8, 2016

The food was ok and you had the option of eating outside but the wasps put paid to that for us! There is not a lot of choice nearby so this is the obvious place to eat after a morning spent touring the "castle".

Thank G_EvansWales
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65 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 7, 2016 via mobile

Pricey and not great quality. Bypass the option of you can. Food and service below standard. McDonald's a better option.

Thank Allen M
Las Vegas, Nevada
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63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 27, 2016

After our tour we wanted to eat before we got on the road. The café has several choices that are not usually on a cafeteria menu, home made chili, pulled BBQ pork and garlic mac and cheese. We were pleasantly surprised.

Thank MLE0904
Laguna Beach
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80 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 30, 2016

In house food is notorious for high prices, slow service, and cold food or poor quality.. None are true here, the menu accommodated several cultures, the food was fresh, hot, and not unreasonable in price. All a real surprise for a state run facility, the contractor is doing a great job.

Thank Ed B
Boynton Beach, Florida
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 23, 2016

We ordered & got a hamburger, & chicken sandwich. Both were OK only. A bit pricy. Were told about the price even before we landed so can't complain. Also there are no other eating places around !!!!

Thank Rama1004
Port Orchard, Washington
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 25, 2016

Lots of menu choices at this cafeteria style venue. On the weekend afternoon we visited, they also offered some barbecue choices in the outdoors seating area adjacent to the theatre. Everything seemed pricey at first glance, and even more so after we received our very below average meals - the Southwest Chicken Breast sandwich. I would recommend trying something else... More 

Thank juvemeister
Phoenix, Arizona
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 18, 2016

We arrived at Hearst Castle Visitor Center at 8:30 am and our first break following our tours was around 3 pm. We were starving and pleased to find not only a cafe, but a cafe with many food options (BBQ, burgers, chinese, pizza, etc.) We both had BBQ beef sandwiches and they were very good! Loved the outdoor dining patio... More 

Thank GinaPhxBound

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
American, Fast Food
Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Takeout
Good for
Kids, Families with children
Open Hours
8:00 am - 3:15 pm
8:00 am - 3:15 pm
8:00 am - 3:15 pm
8:00 am - 3:15 pm
8:00 am - 3:15 pm
8:00 am - 3:15 pm
8:00 am - 3:15 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 750 Hearst Castle Rd, San Simeon, CA 93452-9740
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Luis Obispo County  >  San Simeon

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