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Sebastian General Store

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Address: 442 San Simeon Rd., San Simeon, CA
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+1 805-927-3307

Sebastian's in Old San Simeon Village, across Highway 1 from the entrance...

Sebastian's in Old San Simeon Village, across Highway 1 from the entrance to Hearst Castle, is a well-known casual eatery. Serving up the very best Heart Ranch burgers, salads and sandwiches - guests from all over can enjoy a bite to eat on the deck with an ocean view or inside the cafe with historic photographs of the Hearst Ranch and Castle. Our historic building has been a general store in the village since 1873 when Leopold Frankl opened one to sell supplies to whalers, miners, dairy farmers and those who transported products in or out by ship.

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Great Casual Place to hit after Hearst Castle Tour

After our Hearst Castle Tour we stop here to grab lunch. The day before we did wine tasting in Paso Robles and our driver recommended it to us. It was a Sunday and this place... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 21 November 2016
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 November 2016

After our Hearst Castle Tour we stop here to grab lunch. The day before we did wine tasting in Paso Robles and our driver recommended it to us. It was a Sunday and this place was buzzing when we rolled into the parking lot ...good sign. It is SUPER casual which I love places like it. I ordered the Fish... More 

Thank Yougotmeatvacation
Dublin, Ireland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 November 2016

If you are driving past to/from Big Sur, you MUST stop here. I read a review of this place on a random article and thought we'd check it out. I ordered the Beef sandwich and my wife the burger. The beef sandwich was the best I've ever had, amazing!!! They also have a wine tasting shop, which we didnt sample,... More 

Thank Landog99
Sunny Isles Beach, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

Food was tasty, service was quick, seating was not an issue and we got to see and hear horses while we ate. The bacon, cheeseburger was very tasty and reasonably priced. My favorite was the BBQ chicken salad, it was amazing. Highly recommend this place. It was the perfect place to grab a late lunch after our over extended tour... More 

Thank Karol H
Long Island, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016 via mobile

This place is right across from Hearst castle and is a nice place to go in between or after tours. They have a wine tasting area and you pick up your food at the window. I got the fish taco and my gf got the salad and chili and said both were great. There are places to eat in and... More 

Thank Mariel D
Seattle, Washington
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 August 2016 via mobile

It sounds like from those that historically go here it's just not the same. We came for the famed tri-tip and were disappointed. The beef wasn't well seasoned at all, and the large slices were chewy and hard to bite through. They were a little simple with just some average BBQ and onion straws slapped on a bun. Not worth... More 

Thank wanderlust_liz
Bristow, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 August 2016

Stopped here for quick lunch. The burgers were amazing and excellent french fries too. The prices were reasonable for the big portions you get.

Thank jawjgw
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 August 2016

Burgers and sandwiches in authentic old general store near W.R.Hearst State Beach . Close to the Hearst Castle. Hearst Wine tasting is in Sebastian's. Good people-watching. Decent prices.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2016 via mobile

Can't wait to eat lunch there today. This is our 2nd time in San Simeon and we ate the BBQ sandwiches on our last trip here. Told the kids we'd stop again. A + food with a glass of wine.

Thank Ramona S
Cambria, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 June 2016 via mobile

Former general store & post office for the Hearst estate serves the Best Burgers on the Coast! Homemade onion rings, fish tacos, famous Cowboy Chili, etc, etc, etc!!! Couple that with a cold beer or ( even better ) a chilled glass of Rose or delicious award-winning Malbec from the adjacent Hearst Winery Tasting Room...and you've discovered a little piece... More 

Thank markor62
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 May 2016 via mobile

Had a really good southwest BBQ chicken salad. 13$ and a rich tasty salad. The only downside is that they don't have open longer. From the picture it looks messy, but it tastes good.

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