Cambria Pines Lodge
Cambria Pines Lodge

Cambria Pines Lodge

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.cambriapineslodge.com/dining/
  • Phone: 8059274200x2201
  • Hours of Operation:
    Breakfast: Monday - Friday: 7:30am - 10:00am, Friday & Saturday 7:30am - 11:00am;
    Lunch: Everyday - 11:30am - 2:00pm;
    Dinner: Everyday - 5:00pm - 9:00pm;
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Organic, Californian, Steakhouse
  • Executive Chef: Martin Amezcua
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar

Getting there

  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from Cambria Pines Lodge
Cambria Pines Lodge Restaurant features organic produce hand picked from the Lodge’s organic kitchen garden. The restaurant's wine list offers a selection of some of the finest award-winning wines that the Central Coast wine regions have to offer. Indoor and outdoor seating are available. Room Service is also available.

Before or after your meal, take a stroll around the extensive grounds of Cambria Pines Lodge, where there are a number of formal gardens, walkways, and the Organic Kitchen Garden, which supplies some herbs and produce to the restaurant. Following your meal, stop by the Fireside Lounge for a nightcap and enjoy the nightly entertainment.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerKid Friendly
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
Cambria Pines Lodge reviews from OpenTable diners
28 reviews since May 24, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food3.8
    Service3.8
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelModerate
83% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (11)romantic (10)neighborhood gem (8)great for outdoor dining (8)fit for foodies (8)kid-friendly (7)good for groups (7)scenic view (5)great for brunch (4)great for lunch (4)vibrant bar scene (3)notable wine list (2)late-night find (1)Show More
  • Nice place to stay and eat
    yummy
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    We stayed at the lodge, so this was nice and convenient. Our meals were good, wine was decent, but the waiter knew nothing about the wines, which we found very disappointing since we were trying a local one. I had scallops which were good, the others had the pasta and seafood special.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Comfort Food in Lodge Setting
    DoBee
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    We are part time Cambria residents and were told by friends who stay at vacation rentals here that the CPI was good. It seemed hard to believe, but we decided to give it a try. At first we were seated at a lovely table overlooking the garden, however between very load music and a very load group in an adjacent room, we asked to move. The second room was much quieter and we had a booth. We ordered drinks and both had a basic salad and prime rib. The food was very good. The salad was very fresh as were the baby carrots that accompanied the prime rib. The prime rib was perfectly cooked. The bread was dry and the butter whipped, not great. And then the entrees arrived while we were in the middle of the salad. That shouldn't happen.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Service fine, food below average
    traveller74
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    The service was fine for this place, although it was very quiet when we visited. I didn't find the menu that inspirational. Like much American food I've experienced, my meal was packed with fat and carbs and lacked proper nutrient. Can't say it was the most enjoyable food I had on my trip.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good spot for diner and lodging
    ChristopheD
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    When traveling on the PCH 1 from LA to SFO this is the ideal place to stop for the night and have diner and a sleep over. Food is good quality and service is correct. Would recommend it to combine this with staying the night, lodges are nice.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I loved it!!
    Delm
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    We loved it! It was a great place to stay!! We will be back for sure!! As well as recommend it!! Thank you for your all your great customer service!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cambria Pines lodge Gem
    MSPIGGYSF
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Everything about Cambria Pines Lodge was amazing. Rooms are very clean and comfortable. Staff was very organized upon check in. The grounds are kept really nice and we tried out the hot tub and pool. Dinner was excellent and our server was a doll. The live music was also fun to relax to in the lounge. Best Experience and will be back
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • straight from the garden
    Eatw1gusto1VIP
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Popular with the older crowd although kids were taken care of. Not sure if all the diners were staying at the lodge or if others from the area actually stop here. The food was good, but pricey. The lettuce greens were grown here, but we were not told if any of the other menu items were local. I was hoping the beef was from the Hearst Cattle Ranch. If I wasn't staying at the lodge I would probably have picked a local restaurant in the downtown after touring Hearst Castle.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Okay but....
    Jcjanec
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    We chose the Cambria Pines Lodge because we were vacationing with a dog and needed to sit outside. The patio area is lovely; however, the food selections are dated. I felt like I was being served banquet food from a wedding. Nothing seemed overly fresh and everything came with their parmesan mashed potatoes which were nothing to write home about. The service was okay and they were welcoming to our dog, but I would have enjoyed a fresher more modern take on the food.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Recommended
    wineanddine
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Dinner at Cambria Pines Lodge was excellent--service, ambiance, wine and menu choices--all excellent. Would love to come back for a special occasion or romantic dinner.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • EleanoreVIP
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Our first visit to Cambria Pines Restaurant. We found it to be a lovely place for evening dinner. Nice ambience and we loved the fact that they were serving prime rib on the evening we were there.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just good food
    BandJVIP
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    The food is nothing exceptional, just good, nothing gourmet about it. Two of us ordered scallops and they were perfectly prepared. The Caesar salad was so/so with very little anchovy taste. The menu touts speciality drinks, I ordered a Mai Tai with a Myers' float and asked the server not to mix in the float, it came mixed in, and tasted like ground up pineapple. The Cosmopolitan was small. Both drinks were $12.00 each, too much for what they delivered. 1 side salad, 2 entrees and 2 drinks = over $100.00. Too expensive for what you get. There are better choices in Cambria.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A bit somber
    eatingout
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Two of us had steak, one prime ribs, which were very nice. However the squash was very undercooked and rather bitter, which was surprising since they say all the veg comes from their garden. It was very empty and gloomy. They did present us with a chocolate cake with a candle at the end of the meal, because we mentioned it we were celebrating my husband's birthday when we arrived. It was very kind and thoughtful of them.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good food
    Alan
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    Very good food but a very inexperienced waiter. Brought wrong wine list and 15 min after ordering said they ran out of prime rib.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • cambria
    greatfood
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    Love Cambia Pines Resort. Always excellent customer service. The staff is professional and caring. Great hiking, lovely gardens, close to shopping. We always have a pleasant, rest full sleep at night and find plenty to do during the day
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Worst burger I ever had
    KarenCVIP
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    We ordered two burgers for dinner at Cambria Pines Lodge. They were gray, compacted, tasted reheated, and came with a ciabatta buns that fell apart while we ate them. The burger was served with a pale, flavorless tomato slice. My lemon drop cocktail did not taste a bit like lemon, although I could see bits of lemon in the drink. Server had too many tables to deal with and did not return to our table to ask if our meals were to our liking or whether we wanted another drink. Best parts of this meal: The pickles on the burger and the sweet potato fries. Would have complained about the meal but server was too busy to see us. The background music was too loud and we could not talk to one another over it.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Over-all good
    FoodFanVIP
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Unfamiliar with the area and needing a place for dinner, we found this through OpenTable. Don't let the plastic tableclothes and old diner look deter you. The food was actually much better than we expected. We laughed heartily when we watched the young busboy walk carefully to deliver a water glass so full it was to the brim! He set it carefully down in front of me, I wasn't sure how I was going to pick it up without spilling it myself! Overall, the wine was good, the wait staff were super friendly and the food was pretty good.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 12 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 24, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance3.8
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 110 reviews are from the Cambria Pines Lodge reviews archive.
  • Great food, wonderful service
    Edward
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    The lodge has a very romantic, outdoorsy feeling. The dining rooms are very romantic. The food was terrific and they will accommodate your special requests on any dish. Food was prepared exceptionally well, came out hot and cooked to perfection. Didn't realize they had a vibrant bar scene with live music, nice touch to a great evening. Would recommend the Pines to everyone.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Highs and lows
    KathrynC
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    Been here many times. Love the cute place, bar, food, gardens, reasonable prices. Our only problem this time was our server. He spoke quickly and mumbled, making it hard to understand him. He didn't know the menu - couldn't describe dishes or specials, made things up ( a sauce "kind of like Alfredo, sun dried tomato and our Scampi sauce". Huh?). Even after going to find out the varietals in a wine blend on the wine list after we asked, it was then described having the varietals "marsanne, roussanne, and rose". Again, huh? One dish, we were told, came with rice and mashed potatoes. It did not, of course, come with both. A comment was made to the host, and the server improved, but he has been there a while. Training? Or incompetent?
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful Experience
    IloveCambria
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    My lunch was excellent and I enjoyed the great service. I toured the garden and the nursery and enjoyed both. I cannot wait to visit Cambria Pines Lodge again. I also intend to make reservations to stay at the Lodge in the future.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Late-Night Find, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Class in Cambria
    Ejko
    Dined on 5/1/2014
    A great find in Cambrian. Nice setting, attentive service staff and a good menu make this a nice place for dinner. Broad selection of foods also!
    Special Features:
    Great for Outdoor Dining, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beware...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    plastic table cloths.... our table was ready upon arrival. Nothing was really good about our dinner... nothing was really bad. Everything was lacking in flavor. Service was fine. Not what we had expected from reading others' reviews.
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    Everything was very tasty and fresh. I had a Caesar salad which was excellent. Also had a shrimp scampi appetizer that was tasty but it was drowning in butter- could use less better and still have a great taste.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Suzzy Lopez
    Suzzy
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    Loved the area...what a nice quiet get away to the mountains. I loved our room and all the servers that were in the restaurants. Loved walking the grounds. This was a perfect spot to get a way from the hustle bustle of our weekly work week.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great anniversary dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 4/17/2014
    The food was very good...really enjoyed our 26th wedding anniversary...
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, special occasion, Scenic View
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Rustic and Good Food
    Tommythebutcher
    Dined on 3/27/2014
    The restaurant is part of the Cambria Pines Lodge. This is an old, (1927), rustic resort in the hills of Cambria. The restaurant serves basic selections that are family oriented. The food is consistent, good choices and served by friendly staff. We have stayed at the Lodge several times and always dine at the restaurant at least one night.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OK not great
    kimz
    Dined on 3/26/2014
    When my hotel guy look aghast at my saying I was eating there was I ignord thinking maybe he was cousins with thexmpetition. Well I should have listened. We had eaten lunch in Carmel.so that is a hard act to follow but it was unimpressive. Service was good but food not interesting. It qmwas the only place with Open Table but I should have used Yelp too and done better homework.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • My Fiancé and I were blown
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    My Fiancé and I were blown away by our entire stay at Cambria Pines Lodge! We found the deal through New Times newspaper for an overnight stay including a bottle of wine, 2 dinner entrees, and breakfast for 2. We were anticipating only being able to choose between a few food choices and have a bottle of a certain $2 brand of wine. We loved the house wine and were completely amazed that we could order any entree, including specials! The food was phenomenal and the setting absolutely beautiful. Everything was cooked perfectly and tasted delicious. One night we ate in the restaurant and the next in the lounge, both great settings with awesome staff. Breakfast was wonderful as well; lots of variety of great food choices. Can't wait to go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pleasantly surprised…we will return
    KathrynC
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    Went for my husband's birthday. Started with before dinner drink in front of the big fireplace in the lounge. Excellent drinks, cozy atmosphere. Seated at a nice booth and had a stellar server. Friendly, knowledgeable, just enough attention. Food was great - one of us had prime rib, the other the swordfish. Both were very good, decent portions. We ordered a bottle of wine our server recommended, and we loved it. Would purchase it again. After dinner we wandered the gardens, and discovered that we could bring our dog next time and dine outside in the charming dining areas - heaters and fireplaces set the cozy mood. This place is a 40 minute drive from our home in Paso Robles, but well worth the drive for an unusual experience.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious, Fresh, Organic
    CambriaRegular
    Dined on 2/25/2014
    We are Cambria part-time residents and visit Cambria Pines Lodge Restaurant almost every time we are here. We love the food and the specials they offer, including the special for locals that includes any two main courses and a bottle of house wine. The food was excellent as usual this time, but this was the first time we were seated in the room at the back of the restaurant with the fireplace. We did have to move because we were near the fireplace and it was too warm for us. Once we moved to a nearby table, we found the chairs less comfortable than the ones in the other rooms or outside in the private rooms. We would suggest that they get more comfortable seating in that back room and better cushions and heating for the outside seating.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 2/16/2014
    Food was very good, the gorgonzola butter on the filet is a great addtion. Not great ambiance, but I'd rather have good food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent!
    Bourdainfan
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    I ordered the Top Sirloin medium rare and it was perfectly cooked. Top stars!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, notable wine list, kid-friendly, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good Quality for Fair Price
    Nifterella
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    We generally LOVE CPL for dining ... this time our server was ... well ... how would you say ?? LACKING!! Lacking any sort of knowledge or understanding of the menu, didn't speak up - acted like it was his first hour on the job and had NO Training ... my husband would ask him a question and I had to answer because he would stand there dumbfounded ... but food was Ok ... I totally recommend getting a reservation for the outdoor dining which makes it a much more memorable experience. Love the location and other than our sad waiter ... all past experiences have been better ... their complimentary breakfast when you stay there is THE BOMB!!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First timer! it was awesome!
    rhona101
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    Loved it. Would do it again. Great scenery, food, and service. Amazing!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, romantic, scenic view, late-night find, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion, great for lunch, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great with the hotel special
    sojourn1
    Dined on 2/7/2014
    We ate here because we were staying at the Lodge and two free dinners came with the package. We were happy to see there was two vegan friendly meals on the menu. That's usually hard to find at a restaurant like this. Both were excellent. However they were very over priced! But since it came with our hotel room it didn't bother us. We would have not have been happy if we had to actually pay for our meal. The service was just ok. I don't know if the waiter thought we were not going to leave him a good tip since we were getting the special or because we did not look like the typical diner since we are younger but we feel the service was lacking. No refills on water and just a rush everytime he was ar our table. We still left him a good tip!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never again
    lqbeach
    Dined on 1/6/2014
    I have been to the Cambria Pines Lodge several times in the past, but like a bad relationship I am breaking up. I will not return. Charred filiets (tried to cover up with fried onions) to be replaced by some sort of beef the size of a fifty cent piece with wrong sides no silverware and no waiter. I ate the vegetables my friend had soup (which we were not charged). The table next to us had some sort of problem also.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great New Year's Eve Dinner
    Wink
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    This was not only a great place to eat, they still had their Christmas decorations up and the grounds were beautifully decorated. The overall ambiance is that of a cloistered private retreat center. Lots of great places to take pictures and it would be perfect for a destination wedding!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good, not great in Cambria
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 12/28/2013
    Food was good and service, though inexperienced was polite and friendl. There is one room with a fire place. This one's nice, the others are nothing to write home about. Priced on par with any decent steak/prime rib spot. The outdoor grounds were lovely and still decorated with holiday lights. Could be a romantic spot if there weren't so many kids around.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We've been to the Cambria
    pbgLompoc
    Dined on 12/25/2013
    We've been to the Cambria Pines Lodge other years -- also on Christmas Day. Last time there was not a buffet. I wasn't too impressed with the buffet at all. The food was OK, just OK. Other times, the food was excellent. Not so much for Christmas in 2013. That said, the lights around the grounds were terrific.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Christmas Buffet
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 12/25/2013
    Made a excellent christmas buffet. Carlos our server was great. Will return without question. Very large prawn cocktails with prime rib, ham ( my grand children loved the ham), and several sides. Very nice.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Didn't know it was a buffet...
    camdiner
    Dined on 12/25/2013
    Made reservations for Christmas Day. Found out when we showed up that it was buffet-style dining. I was shocked and very disappointed, but it was Christmas Day and didn't want to make a fuss. The salad and shrimp cocktail were fine, but things went downhill from there. There were a lot of servers, but maybe not enough for the crowd. We are vegetarian so our only main dish choice was salmon and it was very dry and tasteless. I guess I was just so unhappy that I didn't know it was going to be a buffet. I definitely should have been told. It was pretty disappointing.
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    • Noise LevelModerate