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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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Manhattan Beach, CA
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68 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

It was my birthday "Cambria trip" and I was dying to eat at Sea Chest Oyster Bar. Their fish dishes have NEVER disappointed us!! My hubby ordered Halibut and I ordered the Mahi-Mahi. The vegetables were prepared perfectly. BOTH dishes were superb! Sea Chest didn't disappoint us again! We only wish there were a Sea Chest Oyster Bar in So.... More 

Thank sdrnek22
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Oysters Casino are amazing Clam Chowder is fantastic Scallop Scampi is phenomenal You can't go wrong here - get here early or sit at the bar and watch the dance of the chefs as they prepare your food !! Great hospitality!

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
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133 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Food and service was fantastic, best scallops and salmon I've ever eaten! Cute restaurant that fills up quickly so be prepared to come early and wait in line- no reservations taken and cash only- locals take all this in stride and bring chairs and an adult beverage to pass the time and socialize- we waited about 30 minutes and were... More 

Thank Mary H
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Great location, can have a long wait but you can take a glass of wine outside and sit by the fire/watch the waves. We were told to try the calamari strips and they were so good! Cash only. We would go back.

Thank Ashley S
Stratham, New Hampshire
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30 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

One night in Cambria in March 2016 found researching seafood places on-line. This place was rated pretty good by most, and we had to wait about 1-1/2 hours to get in--no reservations taken and cash only. Wait service was satisfactory (he didn't check on us until we were pretty much done eating), portions were generous, but the food was just... More 

Thank Usquevagh
Burlingame, CA
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54 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Had calamari for appetizer. Great. My Swordfish special was great. No reservations and cash only. The 5:30 open time has a long line. I will probably go at 7pm next time.

Thank radmarc
Kirkland, Washington
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Outstanding oysters n chowder in a cozy quaint setting across from Moonstone Beach. Time tested restaurant with good history of service n food. Wait times can be discouraging, but worth the wait.

Thank jacsned
Redwood City, California
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63 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Had the cioppino which was very tasty, even a little spicy, but the temperature of the food was way too hot. Service is very good but be prepared to wait outside.

Thank Curtis N
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10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I regularly stay on moonstone beach and have visited the sea chest many times. I wish I could say it was great but, its not. The wait time would be fine IF the food wasn't just the usual fare that was terribly overpriced for what you get. Fish that is very dry, boring potatoes and random veggies, the clam chowder... More 

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Santa Barbara, California
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I've been coming here for YEARS. We had our wedding dinner here with our 30 or so guests 20 years ago. We go back every time we are in Cambria. They have the BEST clam chowder and the best seafood. I've never had bad meal. There's always a line, and they do not take reservations. Also - CASH ONLY -... More 

Thank fjc_in_SB

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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
Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, View, Local cuisine, Child-friendly
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 have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?