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Restaurants in Cambria

I plan to spend a couple of days in Cambria. I havn't been there for a while. Any suggestions on where to have lunch or dinner? Also, any places to avoid? Thanks

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  1. Robins and Wild Ginger are both good bets in town. If you're going up the road to Heast's Castle, I'd recommend Sebastian's Store in San Simeon for a sandwich.

    1. My avoids from a 10+ day visit to Cambria two years ago would be Sow's Ear, pie from Linn’s Original Farm Store, and French Corner Bakery.

      1. Black Cat Bistro is still getting good reports from recent visits. An old favorite for seafood was the Sea Chest (cash only, iirc) on Moonstone but haven't been in a couple of years.

        1. During this year's stay enjoyed Creekside Garden Cafe's back patio for lunch. Robin's was good again.

          1. I would stay away from the Moonstone Beach Bar and Grill. The food's not that good. If you're looking for views, and don't mind driving a bit, you might try the restaurant at Ragged Point Inn, up the coast. We didn't get a chance to eat there, but it gets great reviews.

            I thought Lim's was good, including the pie. The central coast seems to be the pie capital of California.

            Even better, go to their original store outside of town up on Santa Rosa Creek Road. We rode our bicycles for five miles up this pretty, rural lane and came to the store. You can eat your pie in their beautiful back yard under a centuries old sycamore tree. There's also a winery on this road that has tastings.

            It's not food-oriented, but be sure to hike the Harmony Headlands trail a little south of there. It's easy, and you have a variety of terrains, ending in a beautiful walk along the rocky coast. Much nicer than the coast walks in Cambria, with all the houses and development. If you continue to Cayucos, you can reward yourself with some expensive but delicious cookies at Brown Butter Cookie co.

            1. Not too much that's truly exceptional but lots of good solid food. Cambria Farmer's Mkt is late Fri afternoon--a great one.

              Sebastian's Store can be crowded. Ordering line can move slowly , but the kitchen is fast. Mostly sandwiches, but with a wow factor.

              I'd skip the options on Moonstone except Sea Chest but no reservations there uness you're Leon Panetta, and lines can be long, get there ahead of opening by 15-20 minutes. Also skip the West End Grill at the north end of Cambria (called West Village). Sandy's Deli across the street is a nice place for deli sand's and salads and their specials are usually good. Indoor or nice sunny patio for dining.

              Cass House in Cayucos is a good upscale experience. Ruddell's Smokehouse in Cayucos near the beach has excellent smoked fish tacos and other specialties. Mostly takeout;

              Expecting that you might be doing a bit of local exploring in Morro Bay, Wee Shack has great burgers & shakes. Ask for medium rare if you like juicy burgers. Clean, Beachy-Funky and friendly.

              For good breaded not battered fish & chips, Lil' Hut next to the Tiki Hut bar & grill has bay-front patio dining. Order and pickup at the Hut window. You can sub a nice green salad for the chips if you like. Giovanni's on the Embarcadero is also in the same league and has a nice fresh local fish case.

              In Los Osos near Montana de Oro St Park, a gem is Lotus Thai Cuisine on 10th St. Native Thais cook. Mon-Sat 11 to ~8:30. Locally grown produce.Three small tables only but usually most business is takeout, so you can usually dine in.

              If you can find some in town (?) or if you go to Paso for winery-hopping, don't miss Negranti Dairy's Sheep's Milk Ice Cream at Pithy Little Wine Co., or Bella Pops exotic frozen fruit pops at the new General Store (all local products) both in Paso.

              A great place in downtown Atascadero is Fig bistro on Traffic way just off El Camino Real.

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              1. re: toodie jane

                If we're talking outside of Cambria, yes, I had an exceptional tasting menu dinner with wine pairings at Cass House last fall that would have cost twice the price in San Francisco. And I went to Ruddell's Smokehouse TWICE in one weekend for the smoked seafood tacos.

                1. re: Melanie Wong

                  I mention other local areas because so few folks stay put once on that area of the Central Coast--they're drawn to the shoreline and the popular Estero Bluff trail is just a couple of blocks from downtown Cayucos and those cookies etc. If arriving from the south, tips for eating once on the road.

                2. re: toodie jane

                  No reservations at Sea Chest, and unless things have changed. Cash only.

                  1. re: mike0989

                    I'll mention that the one time I thought I'd eat at Sea Chest on a Sunday, there were 40+ people in line outside an hour before it opened. Quite a party.

                3. Where did you wind up eating?