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The Sow's Ear Cafe

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2248 Main St, Cambria, CA 93428-3018
+1 805-927-4865
17:00 - 21:00
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Sun - Sat 17:00 - 21:00
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2014

Great place to eat, great menu, great service! A sure Hit! We had a party of 12 all ordered something different Everyone meals were on time and everybody was happy with there meals! A job well done!

1 Thank Brian M
Huntington Beach, California
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424 reviews
271 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 176 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2014

We ate here on more than one occasion and had excellent meals each time. The place is small so get reservations. We love their house salad and many of the standard fare on the menu. Personal favs include the steamed clams, the parchment wrapped salmon, and the Jack Daniels Filet Mignon. Cambria has many good restaurants and this one has... More 

1 Thank Loves2TravelALOT_11
Santa Barbara, CA
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16 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2014

There's innovation in the air at the Sow's Ear, but never over-the-top weirdness! Food pairings seem to make sense. I especially enjoyed the rib-eye salad, but order the dressing on the side. Love the quaint, quiet tables and the presentation of the food. The staff is incredibly friendly. The food is very good, never over sauced and always cooked just... More 

1 Thank 50-State-Traveller
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10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2014

This is pricy but worth it! Fancy and really satisfying.very little space, so waits can be lengthy! They do take reservations! So make one!

Thank jramsey904
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26 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2014

Chose this place to eat on our one night stop in Cambria based on previous reviews and weren't disappointed, we were there on a Saturday night mid September just as well we booked because the place was full, good atmosphere and service, varied menu which we thought was reasonably priced, overall a good experience, would recommend if staying or passing... More 

Thank AdeMSurrey
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56 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2014

Stick to the basics and you won't go wrong. Sow's ear is known for some basic entrees and those are the ones you should stick to. Two of my guests decided to be daring and found the food bland, while my mainstay dish was quite food. Service is on par with everyone else and wine list has both lower and... More 

Thank zooyLongIsland
Southend-on-Sea, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2014

Fantastic service, unbelievably good food at very good prices. My wife and I went there on the second night of our stay having had a poor first night for food. Steak that fell apart when you looked at it, excellent drinks selection and marvellous staff. cant praise it highly enough.

Thank Mick W
Huntington Beach, California
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61 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 September 2014

Out of the last 30 years of operation, this restaurant has had the same chef for the last 25! The result is a combination of creative favorites and new daring delights, all of which are virtually guaranteed to satisfy. They are famous for their lobster corn dog appetizer. In our party we had a steak lover, fish lover and vegetarian... More 

1 Thank TheMadScalpel
San Francisco
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62 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2014

Restaurants that aspire to be popular or just good don't do this. 1. Sow's Ear was 3/4 empty and would stay that way throughout my dinner. Yet the hostess directed me to the dark back of the store to a table next to the serving station right outside the kitchen entrance, when a window seat was available. I had to... More 

1 Thank Mindkandy
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36 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2014

The food was good enough. It wasn't the best fish, but it certainly wasn't bad. The best part was the fun presentation of the bread for the table baked in a flower pot. Service was very good and the decor was fun.

Thank Amy P

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Open Hours
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2248 Main St, Cambria, CA 93428-3018
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Luis Obispo County  >  Cambria
  • Phone Number: +1 805-927-4865

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