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B-day dinner in Cambria/San Simeon area?

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Am from Los Angeles, but will be celebrating my birthday in the Cambria area this weekend. Am considering either the Black Cat or Robins. Any thoughts on which would be better? Or, any additional suggestions? Love creative, fresh food in a wonderful ambience.

Thanks in advance, chowhounds! Any ideas welcome.

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  1. Take a look at their menus and also give consideration to The Sow's Ear.
    Not much of quality in San Simeon.

    1. I have only been to Robins and that was for lunch, but we loved it.

      1. My favorite place near Cambria is Hoppe's in Cayucos, which is about 10 minutes away down Hwy 1. Great food and wine list.

        1. Black Cat in Cambria!!! Great food, attentive service, my new husband and I had three amazing meals there on our wedding trip to Big Sur. Ask for Alexis, she is real food person and has a razor sharp ability to pair food and wine.

          Dagney

          1. If you want "ambience"....go up the coast a bit further to Big Sur and experience Nepenthe.

            http://www.nepenthebigsur.com/

            1. I need to figure out how to post a link to my photos from the Sea Chest restaurant on Moonstone Beach Drive. If you see those photos, you will definitely make it a point to eat there. There are no reservations, they only take cash and there is always a line to get in. Get there by 5 and you will be assured a seat by the window. They cook the freshest seafood and seafood pasta plates that I've ever had and the view is incredible of course...

              1. Robins is always a favorite of mine. If you are willing to make a quick drive Windows on the Water in Morro Bay is very romantic and you can not beat the view!

                1. Thanks for all of your great responses! We ended up going to the Black Cat in Cambria - and what a treat!! I have to say - it was one of the most wonderful meals we have had in a long time, and such great service and atmosphere. The food was creatively prepared, and there were so many wonderful dishes to choose from. The service was also wonderful and it ended up being a very special evening. I would definitely recommend the Black Cat to anyone in the Cambria area for a delightful evening. Thanks again chowhounds for all the recs and thoughts! Much appreciated.