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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 17:30 - 21:00
Wed - Thu 17:30 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 17:30 - 22:00
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Renton, Washington
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102 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

No reservations, no credit cards. Opens at 5:30, and has a tradition of a line forming 1-2 hours in advance. No problem! A group of ten, arrived at 3:30 with snacks, beer and wine. OK, some spirits too. A great view with dolphins and whales. Oh, then there is the restaurant. We were first in line. They sat us at... More 

Thank edwardstorton
1 review
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

The only place in Cambria where you stand in line because reservations are not taken. Credit cards are not accepted and the maitre'd has the personality of a # 10 trash can. The food is not exceptional. It is simply fish. There is nothing creative in the preparation. I guess people love to be whipped. I would love to know... More 

Thank Glen B
2 reviews
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The food is good. The fact that they don't accept reservations, and only take cash Is really petty on their part. They aren't special. Had very good halibut up the street.

Thank Bradley S
Level Contributor
69 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

With a beautiful view of the ocean, this place does sea food beautifully. In fact it is all they serve. The fish was prepared perfectly. They have a nice wine selection and a nice range of desserts. Be aware that they only accept cash. There is an ATM on the premises.

Thank ProfEric
Level Contributor
5 reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago

First of all this restaurant only takes cash. It was very crowded when we went, but the meal was worth the wait. There is a bar area, with tables to sit at, where one can have a drink while waiting for a table. There are stacks of cards and trivia cards that we used to pass the time. Also a... More 

Thank Barbara Q
Sanibel Island, Florida
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19 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My husband and I are from Florida and have access to great seafood all the time. But...we both agree that the fish that we had here was hands the best we ever tasted. The fresh catches were simply prepared with butter and lemon to allow the diner to enjoy the fish. Dinners were accompanied by delicious rolls and salad or... More 

Thank cathymax1956
Salt Lake City, Utah
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 1 week ago

The food was pretty good, this is true, But the service is highly lacking. The atmostphere is cool, but customer service is important for the overall experience.

1 Thank weeweezahzah567
Level Contributor
64 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Been there many times. Always a line of people waiting to get in for the 5:30 opening. Large portions of everything. Decent selection of fresh fish. We go every time we're in the area (Cambria/San Simeon).

Thank Bill D
Cambria, California
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3 reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Eating at this restaurant was an experience to remember. The staff is moving non stop like a well oiled machine. great atmosphere, friendly and fast service. Clean bathrooms. The very best Oysters casino in the world they were like popping candy in my mouth. The Calamari steak was sizzling on my plate. The Calamari tasted a lot like Abalone cooked... More 

Thank WilliamScroggins
Temecula, CA
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77 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This place was highly recommended and all of the negatives were pointed out, no reservations and cash only. We were told it had a full bar and it does not, beer and wine only. We got in line at 5:00 and were seated in the first group at 5:30 when it opened. Regulars had chairs they had brought to sit... More 

1 Thank winecountrysouth

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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
Seafood, Soups, American
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Child-friendly, View, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?