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We're headed to Cambria for some much needed R&R. It's been a couple years since we've been, so I wanted to get some good lunch and dinner recommendations. In the past, we've enjoyed meals at Sow's Ear, Brambles, Robins, the Tea Cozy, and Moonstone Beach Bar and Grill. We don't care much for Linn's, and my husband doesn't care for Italian food.

What are some must tries for us? We'd like to try something new while we're there.

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  1. I've heard the Black Cat Bistro is very good. We also like the Sea Chest for fantastic seafood. They do not accept reservations or credit cards tho.

    You mights want to get some opinions on the Cambria Pines Lodge. Have fun! ***kim***

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    1. re: kim c

      I've heard good things about the Sea Chest -- we may have to do that for dinner one night. Is the Cambria Pines Lodge supposed to be good?

      1. re: boogiebaby

        I really don't hear too much about it here. I would love opinions. I know that we get promotional e-mails a lot from the Moonstone properties and many times a complimentary dinner here is offered with the rooms.

        There's also Madelaine's that has recently opened in Cambria where Sergio's used to be but I'm apprehensive to try it until I hear more about it since it's new. ***kim***

      1. The Sea Chest receives the full endorsement of my wife and I who spent the 364th day of our marriage dining there.

        We had stayed next door at the Little Sur Inn on Moonstone Beach Drive in January of this year, saw the lines outside the Sea Chest, and wondered, "What the *(&*(?"

        After asking some locals, it was the unequivocal opinion that it was the best seafood in town.

        So, this past 4th of July weekend, we decided to give it a shot. No reservations, cash only. Lines start forming about an hour before the 5:30pm opening to get a seat at the oyster bar. We got in line at about 5:00 and got an ocean view table.

        The fish & seafood - whether it was halibut or mahi mahi, salmon or shrimp scampi - was uniformly excellent. Usually pan-fried (or is that pan-sauteed?) in a simple lemon-butter-garlic sauce, the seafood was not overwhelmed by too much flavor or over-seasoning.

        With very reasonable prices for booze (premium beer like Firestone Double Barrel Ale was $3.75, and local Paso Robles wine was not much more than 20% more than cost at the winery), and a very comfortable setting, The Sea Chest is worth its wait (sic) in gold.