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Aug 5, 2010 12:23 PM

Need some restaurant recs. near San Simeon...

My wife and I are headed up to San Simeon for our anniversary in a few weeks, and looking for a nice restaurant in or around the San Simeon area. I've searched the board and didn't see a whole lot... but any recs. would be great!

Looking for good food, and getting out the door for around $100 with a drink or two.

Whatcha got?


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  1. Here's the past 12 months from a search on "Cambria"

    Hoppe's in Cayucos is very good as well, excellent wine list.

    1. San Simeon is not much more than a brief wide spot in the road, closer to Cambria than San Simeon cove, and not a community in any sense of the word. Some motels, a liquor store, trailer park, and a couple of tourist shops. Are you staying there? If so, count on dining in Cambria, just down the road about 10 minutes. See PolarBear's links...

      Sebastian's Store at the cove where the state park is located has served some good grub--but the Hearst family has bought the property and has plans to rebuild the store. Don't know if it's open, but you will be close enough to check--worth a stop if they are open!

      Sebastian's General Store-Cafe
      442 Slo San Simeon Rd, San Simeon, CA 93452

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      1. re: toodie jane

        Thanks for the tip and photo link, but what is it with these silly burgers that are stacked so tall with fillings that one can't properly get their mouth around all the fillings, even if you scrunch it down. And if you do scrunch them down, things go squishing out the back end of the burger. Please bring back sanity in burgers.

        1. re: glbtrtr

          I always joke about needing to have a jaw like a snake, unhinging for Dagwood-style sandwiches. But the food here is good. I've not had their burger, but often deconstruct something like this into a burger and side salad.

          I find cutting a burger or sand in half helps; and it's usually the moisture content of the garnishes, no the height, that gets things squirting. Avocado & mayo being the culprits.

          In most cases, the overall portion size is just too much. "Look how big our burger (or sand) is!" I'd much rather go for quality over quantity. When you're on the road, it's not practical to take the uneaten part with you.

          If you like plain jane burgers, Al's in Locke on the Sacto Delta is for you. Crusty, fatty and delicious. They curiously serve peanut butter and apricot jam on the side at the table. (??)

          1. re: toodie jane

            Toodie, your descriptions can turn food into poetry! Thanks. Had one of the behemoths at Hungry Cat in Santa Barbara and found I had to squish it down and nibble at the top edge and then nibble at the bottom edge to get my way through its too large height. However, feel they can't get that medium rare and char at the same time with a less plump patty. That Hungry Cat prime beef with blue cheese, bacon, avocado and the standard burger fixings sets a standard for me that I have yet to be duplicated. Is it the quality of the beef, the mix of flavors and textures (on a ciabatta bun) or is it really their brand of blue cheese that pulls it all together - definitely a sum of its parts.

            The Hungry Cat
            1134 Chapala St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101

        2. re: toodie jane

          I read somewhere (can't remember where) that they are open.

        3. I would suggest the Sea Chest on Moonstone Dr. in Cambria. No reservations, cash only. Sea food only, simply prepared, but always good.

          The other place would be Harada's on the Embarcadero in Morro Bay. I think it is the best sushi bar on the coast. Not cheap, but you will get the best quality, and some things you don't usually find.

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          1. re: stan D

            Food is great at Sea Chest but you have to usually wait in a line to get in. They have been known to bump up regulars or celebs to the head of the line. Take a warm jacket if you attempt this now.

            A reserved atmosphere at Harada's turns off some looking for a karaoke scene and flash-and-dash, but this place is the real deal. Ironic as Chef Harada was a Teppan Chef in his younger days. When he moved to the area in the 80's he was chef at Tsurugi in SLO, then opened his own small spot near the Kite Shop in Morro Bay. Some years later he built and moved to his current location farther south on The Embarcadero.

            1. re: toodie jane

              The one thing about the Sea Chest that I've not found anywhere else, is that they have a dedicated place where you can wait, stocked with reading material, games (backgammon, cards), and where you can order a glass of wine or beer. My wife and I have even passed up a table because we were in the middle of a game.

              I think the food makes the wait worth it.

              I agree on Harada's. Its the food, not the flash here.

              1. re: stan D

                Check out Black Cat Bistro in Cambria! :)

                Black Cat Bistro
                1602 Main St, Cambria, CA 93428

          2. Is it too late to mention where we ate earlier this summer and the food was good.

            Manta Rey Restaurant
            9240 Castillo Dr
            San Simeon, CA 93452
            (805) 924-1032
            early bird 5-6pm; mention website discount 10%

            Manta Rey Restaurant
            9240 Castillo Dr, San Simeon, CA 93452

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