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Jul 26, 2010 01:58 PM

Cambria california

I'm traveling with my elderly mother and would appreciate recommendations for restaurants and accommodations in and around Cambria.

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    1. When visiting Cambria, my mother always enjoyed Linn's on Main street.
      Their pies are great.

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      1. re: Bruce in SLO

        We enjoy the Sow's Ear. They are open for dinner only and I would make a res. Ask to be seated in the front room.
        For accommodations, check the Moonstone Beach area places. They are located across the street from the ocean, but have ocean view rooms. Be specific when you book so you'll get ocean view.

        Sow's Ear
        2248 Main St, Cambria, CA 93428

        1. re: Gail

          I know it's past the OP's trip date, but for anyone searching.... I second the Sow's Ear. It has been, hands down, one of my and my partner's favorite restaurants since we moved out here to the coast several months ago.Service is awesome, I love the cozy, rustic atmosphere, the wine list is fantastic, and the food is wonderful - very homey and comfort food like, but elevated beyond comfort food, if you know what I mean. Their fried brie appetizer is KILLER. I've been there at times when, literally, every table that had an appetizer had the fried brie. My only complaint about it is that they don't give you enough of the delicious onion marmalade!

          Another favorite has been the Tea Cozy, for British lunches and proper tea. The scones are perfect, and come served with jam and double cream. We always order them with a side of their house made lemon curd. They've recently had a change of ownership, and we haven't been back since the new owner took over, so I can't comment on how things may have changed. One of the original owners had been the head chef, but from what I understand, her sous chef, who'd been with them for years, took over as head chef, so that makes me feel better about the taste and quality not changing. I plan to go out there next week, so I'll report back with my thoughts.

          The Tea Cozy
          4286 Bridge St, Cambria, CA 93428

          Sow's Ear
          2248 Main St, Cambria, CA 93428

          1. re: DarkRose

            We were in Cambria for New Year's Eve, and ended up at Robin's for a 9:15 reservation - just enough time for a lovely, romantic dinner and a walk on the beach to ring in the new year. Robin's was very, very good. The service was excellent, the atmosphere was really wonderful, and the food was very good: eclectic, with Indian and other Asian influences. Fresh local produce and fish, a good steak, the duck was excellent, and cooked just right. They have a good wine list, lots of local wineries, and a number of "splits" or half bottles, which is nice for a couple.

            Robin's Restaurant
            4095 Burton Dr, Cambria, CA 93428

      2. Go to Brambles, food is terrific and the atmosphere is great.

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        1. re: dannydg

          No longer exists and hasn't for many years..

          1. re: Oceanlover

            Unless this is a different Brambles, it certainly does exist. Since it says it's been in business 46 years, I'd have to assume it's the same place.


            1. re: DarkRose

              According to this site they lost their lease Mar. 31, 2008, and planned to open another restaurant in the SLO area. A phone number is listed.

              That "other" site gives a slightly different URL and some of its typical Internet noise about former owners screwing with the new owners, yada, yada, and there is a different phone no.

              With all that said, iirc, our last visit was in the past two years, so I guess we experienced the new crew, and while nothing sticks out as bad, nothing was memorable either. But then I don't think we were ever really "wowed" by the original, though we did go several times.

              Bottom line, for a special evening, go to

              Sow's Ear


              Black Cat Bistro

              or more casual, small, but tasty as hell....

              Wild Ginger (Timestamp: note they are closed thru 1/14/11 for vacation

              Wild Ginger
              2380 Main St Ste G, Cambria, CA 93428

              Black Cat Bistro
              1602 Main St, Cambria, CA 93428

              Sow's Ear
              2248 Main St, Cambria, CA 93428

              1. re: PolarBear

                We also love Sow's Ear. Black Cat Bistro is also wonderful! :)

                Black Cat Bistro
                1602 Main St, Cambria, CA 93428

                Sow's Ear
                2248 Main St, Cambria, CA 93428

              2. re: DarkRose

                BRAMBLES IS CLOSED. They shut down in 2009, reopened, and then shuttered again. I don't know anything about the lease, etc., but as of a couple of weeks ago all signage had been stripped and a large for sale sign was in its place.

                We were in Cambria for an annual gathering of classic sports cars in '09 and a message on the phone said they had closed, and thanked customers for supporting it for years. It obviously reopened, but again this summer it is definitely closed.