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“Sea food, simple, excellent”

Sea Chest Oyster Bar
Ranked #5 of 48 Restaurants in Cambria
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$23 - US$30
Cuisines: Seafood
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Good for: Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, View
Dining options: Dinner, After-hours
1 review
“Sea food, simple, excellent”
Reviewed 26 August 2014 via mobile

We were looking for a nice seafood restaurant, thats what we found. Fresh fish dishes, sunset, good wine (we could taste before ordering a bottle). We were told that we will have to wait 30 minutes, we got seated after 15. we had a very good time and good food here. Count 30 $ for an entree, but it is worth the money!!

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Redlands, CA
Level 4 Contributor
44 reviews
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“Exquisite seafood dinners!”
Reviewed 23 August 2014

Wonderful dining with beach views at sunset! Superb seafood dinners. The portions were very generous. Our family ordered the fresh seabass, fresh halibut and fresh sole dinners and all were excellent and came served with seachest potatoes! Definitely will return on our next trip!

Visited August 2014
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Atascadero, California
Level 3 Contributor
18 reviews
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“Delicious Scampi”
Reviewed 22 August 2014

My husband and I celebrated our anniversary here. We came early and set out our folding chairs. We were second in line for the first seating. We sat for about 75 minutes enjoying a bottle of wine and looking at the ocean. We chatted with other people and it was quite the social event. Once inside we got a table with an ocean view. The servers brought us bread and we paid $.35 a piece for two bottles of water. There is a severe water shortage in Cambria and we felt the price was fair. Our server was great. We enjoyed some clam chowder which was very good. We had the shrimp and scallop scampi and it was amazing. The only thing I was not crazy about was my dessert . I had the lemon tart and the crust was hard as a rock. I am guessing I just got a bad one because people usually rave about it.

  • Visited August 2014
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Sacramento CA
Level 4 Contributor
39 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
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“Not Worth the Price or Reputation--Only Go If You Can't Drive Elsewhere”
Reviewed 22 August 2014

This was our 2nd meal at the Sea Chest--both times were because we didn't want to drive into downtown Cambria. We won't make that mistake again!

They don't accept reservations so you need to arrive very early or very late if you don't want to wait for ages. They now have a nice outdoor fire pit to wait by, however. They also don't accept credit cards but have an ATM in their (beer and wine only) bar area but two out of our group's three ATM cards wouldn't work in it. Prices are tourist-trap high but some may like their very large servings of food.

Their menu is very old-school and not particularly healthy or mindful of dietary needs or sustainable fish (for instance they don't carry gluten free beer and suggested Budweiser, when asked about it). Our clam chowder was super salty but mahi mahi was not highly flavored at all.

Service stared out only perfunctorily friendly but improved slightly as our meal wore on. The young man working the wine bar said he "didn't know anything about wine" but did offer to let us taste what he had open when we asked him for a recommendation.

Like all local restaurants, they are currently charging for bottled water but it was very inexpensive (35 cents?!).

Unfortunately, not good enough for us to recommend and we won't be back.

  • Visited August 2014
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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101 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
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“simple and yummy, simply yummy!!!!”
Reviewed 21 August 2014

great cooks, great food, great wine and great ambiance! why can't i eat like this every day!? Tried one of the best oysters rockefeller there and grilled fish! really amazing and worth every penny

  • Visited February 2014
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