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Sea Chest Oyster Bar

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6216 Moonstone Beach Dr, Cambria, CA 93428-1804
+1 805-927-4514
17:30 - 21:00
Closed now
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Sun - Mon 17:30 - 21:00
Wed - Thu 17:30 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 17:30 - 22:00
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32 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is one of our favorite restaurants. Period. It's a bit quirky with its cash only and first come, first serve policies, but once you're in, the food and serve cannot be beaten. Great seafood, great local [Paso Robles] wines. Try their cioppino or calimari steak.

Thank Frank M
Marina del Rey, California
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53 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The atmosphere was fun and lively. We had about an hour wait. We started with the highly rated calamari. Husband loved it, I ate it because I was fairly hungry. Husband had the local sea bass. Not very tasty, seemed to be a problem with the preparation. I had the fish stew--all the fish in the stew tasted the same.

Thank Quarterdeck
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Cioppino was awesome. Salmon cooked perfectly. Cash only, wine and beer only, doesn't open until 5:30 and you will wait in line. Would definitely recommend for fresh sea food.

Thank Christina S
San Luis Obispo, California
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

For years had heard of the delicious fish dishes served at the Sea Chest. Staying in Cambria, patiently waited (about an hour) for a table. Management does a fine job providing beverages, trivial pursuit cards, and outdoor fire for guests waiting to be seated. Several fresh fish options and hearty cioppino among the best items on the menu. Solid service... More 

Thank Ivan S
Burlington, NJ
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59 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We had been traveling all day. We stayed next door @ Moonstone Landing. Believe everything you read about the crowds. We had an hour wait on a Wednesday night. We enjoyed our oysters and scallops. Met a lot of friendly diners at the very small bar and around the outdoor fire pit waiting for our table. Great wine selections too.... More 

Thank Izzy214Burlington_NJ
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is not the type of place that you go to if you're in a rush. Most likely you will be waiting. We got really good advice to go for the second shift which meant we were there at 8 o'clock and we waited for about 45 minutes to be seated which from what we've heard is a quick wait.... More 

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
San Clemente, California
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41 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

My wife and I dined there last month , as we stayed in an Inn right up the street from this restaurant. Highly popular seafood restaurant that is right across the street from the ocean. So popular that no reservations are taken, and people stand in line for at least half an hour to get in. When we got there... More 

Thank john s
San Juan Capistrano, California
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12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The seafood was extremely fresh. I had the local Halibut and really enjoyed it. The chef cooked it perfectly. The oysters and clams on the half shell were delicious and very fresh. My husband ordered the Cioppino. The fish and shellfish in this dish were delicious. The only complaint was too much oregano. The taste of oregano overpowered the dish.... More 

Thank beachy15
Los Angeles, California
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71 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I've dined here many times on visits to the Cambria coast. They serve the best seafood in the area and always have a great assortment of oysters. They do not take reservations or credit cards, so be prepared to sit outside by their fire pit waiting for a table and be sure to bring cash! Cheers!

Thank rnewcomb33
San Antonio, TX
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59 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Well, with mixed reviews on my notes; and the reminder that they only take cash; and the urging of our hotel clerk; we arrived to a PACKED Sea Chest around 7:30 on a Wednesday evening. We waited around 40 minutes when the hostess asked if we wanted to wait for a table or be seated at the bar area around... 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
US$23 - US$30
American, Seafood, Soups
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, View
Open Hours
17:30 - 21:00
17:30 - 21:00
17:30 - 21:00
17:30 - 21:00
17:30 - 22:00
17:30 - 22:00
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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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?