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“Worth waiting for...” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Sea Chest Oyster Bar

Sea Chest Oyster Bar
Ranked #5 of 47 Restaurants in Cambria
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$23 - US$30
Cuisines: Seafood, Soups, American
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Good for: Romantic, View, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly
Dining options: After-hours, Dinner, Full Bar, Parking Available, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
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149 reviews
91 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
“Worth waiting for...”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 March 2014 via mobile

First come first served we arrived at around 730 we expected to wait having read the reviews and were very happy to sit and enjoy good wine and beer at the cosy bar. We were advised 40 min wait -don't think it was that long at all. Portions huge ( maybe just seemed that way as we are Britsh!) helpful friendly staff kitchen open plan great to see everything being freshly prepared. Husband loved his casino oysters I had mushrooms enough to feed an army followed by dressed salad shark and shrimp pasta which were both fresh and tasty . Def try and be patient with the wait .

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Beaumont, California
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80 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“every time we come to cambria we have never eaten here”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 March 2014

we arrived at 4:45 they open at 5:30 there were 2l people ahead of us. you can bring a bottle of wine and sit by the ring of fire which a lot of people did cambria is having a major water problem the restaurants are not serving water you may buy a bottle of water for .35cents I had the seabass was wonderful my husband had the scallops great bring cash as they do not take cr cards the atm was not working there were 63 people in line at 5:30 and people were leaving as they did not want to wait get there eairly

  • Visited March 2014
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Glendale, California
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252 reviews
123 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
“Great Seafood”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 March 2014

A variety of fresh seafood served with soup or salad in very large portions. Wine pouring is also very generous. Very accommodating.
As in other restaurants in Cambria, water is available now only in plastic bottles and plastic (!) glasses, but here it is at least with ice.

Visited March 2014
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Coarsegold, California
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25 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Great Fish and Great views”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 March 2014

The Sea Chest is well known to visitors as well as locals. The Oysters are the best! On the half shell, Rockefeller or Casino. The fresh fish is always great. The Sea Chest is casual, jeans or shorts are fine. We usually make a dinner of oyster appetizers and a dinner salad. They have an extensive wine/beer list. They don't take credit cards (bring cash) nor do they take reservations, space is limited, they open at 5:30 P.M. the line forms before that.

  • Visited March 2014
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Bendigo
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“What a wonderful night we had at this restaurant”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 March 2014

After a grueling 30 hour of flights and driving from Australia we were told that this was a wonderful seafood restaurant. When you arrive you are seated in a waiting area and offered a drink while you wait and you can also chat to other people waiting or play games pretty good fun. We were asked if we would like to sit at tables or at the bar with the chefs. We chose to sit at the bar with the chefs and what a great night we had they are just really lovely people and boy what amazing food and wine it was delicious. Only complaint I have is that we only stayed one night in Cambria, big mistake would have gone back again the next night if possible. Thanks guys for a really fun night, covered all bases great food wine and company. Just remember to take cash as this is a cash only restaurant

  • Visited February 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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