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The Black Cat - Cambria, Cambria, CA

The Black Cat - Cambria

4.4
4.4
406 Reviews
$30 and under
Californian


Open since July 4th, 2002, Black Cat Bistro is known for serving Innovative Farm Fresh Fare. The menu changes often as Black Cat Bistro consistently strives to present fare that is reflective of seasonal, local produce and organically raised or sustainable product.The food is especially cognizant of wine pairings to electrify the palate. The Black Cat has received the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence for nine years in a row.

Black Cat Bistro is small with 45 seats and this is part of what makes it such an intimate dining experience. The service is attentive, unpretentious and refined. The dining rooms are decorated in soothing colors and fabrics. Down pillowed benches frame the edges of two of the three rooms. Candle light adorns the tables covered with white linen. Food is served on white china and wine in crystal Riedel stemware.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 3 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Californian, Contemporary American, Contemporary French / American

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (805) 927-1600

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Mauricio Lopez & Joel Magana

  • Catering

    From an office party to an at-home celebration, we can help with your next event. Please fill out the form below and we’ll be in touch soon ! https://www.blackcatbistro.com/catering/

  • Private party facilities

    For all inquiries, please fill out the form below and we’ll be in touch soon. https://www.blackcatbistro.com/private-events/

  • Neighborhood

    Cambria

  • Parking details

    Public Lot

  • Additional

    Beer, Corkage Fee, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, High Tea, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 406 people are saying

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4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

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  • San Luis Obispo / Paso Robles

    Fit for Foodies

  • San Luis Obispo / Paso Robles

    Healthy

  • San Luis Obispo / Paso Robles

    Neighborhood Gem

  • San Luis Obispo / Paso Robles

    Romantic

  • San Luis Obispo / Paso Robles

    Special Occasion

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful food, ambiance and setting. You can’t go wrong here.
  2. P

    Pinupgirl78

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food, staff and service was amazing! Definitely coming back next time we are in Cambria! Love this place
  3. JO

    JoannaO

    Hawaii

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My husband said, "This was the best meal I've had since we ate at the [top 5 restaurant in US]." Just WOW. Small, quaint house-turned-restaurant with knowledgeable, friendly waiter. Food was phenomenal; amazing flavors--we had the award-winning clam chowder to start (yes, it's that good) and the chicken piccata and wild salmon entrées, both cooked to perfection. We always try the best restaurants wherever we stay and this at the top of the list!
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food was unbelievably amazing. We had a wonderful experience.
  5. RW

    RobertW

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We have been dining at The Black Cat since 2002, and it remains our favorite Cambria restaurant and one of our favorites anywhere. Quality and imagination remain top shelf, wine list well curated, always refined and quiet. No place better for a lovely romantic meal, a birthday or anniversary. Highly recommended.
  6. F

    Foody

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall1food1service2ambience5
    My rack of lamb was not cooked as ordered. It was cold as well. I sent it back and they cooked it a little more.It came with vegetables, 90 per cent carrots. (I couldn't have dairy) The duck was also cold. A lot of noise from the kitchen We were waiting for a long time, but it is fine if they offered more bread, as they did to the other table next to us.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    The tuna and the short rib were both excellent.
  8. R

    Roberto

    Palm Springs

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great little restaurant close to quaint downtown Cambria. Food and service where excellent. This was our 2nd time in two weeks! No waiting compared to crazy places in Moonstone Beach.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We truly loved THE BLACK CAT! Great service an food! We’ll be back!
  10. KT

    KazT

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 18, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    Over the last 5 years, my wife & I have eaten at The Black Cat about 6/7 times. The first 3/4 times we thought the food was amazing. The last 2/3 times, not so much. Seemed more ordinary than before. We were disappointed. Has there been a change in ownership or cooks?? Atmosphere was nice, service was very good. We noticed that the quality of food at Madeleine’s & Robin’s was also very ordinary. Is that a trend in Cambria dining?? We go to Cambria for the fine dining experience. We’ll think twice about dining in Cambria. Might have to eat in another city!
  11. T

    Themy

    Los Angeles

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    When visiting Cambria this restaurant is a must visit for us. Great service and excellent food!!!
  12. j

    jeanneb

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 11, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience2
    We enjoyed the food —I loved the scallops with corn and my husband’s salmon was nice, however, the place was quite shabby and could use a makeover to improve the atmosphere.
  13. J

    Julie

    San Diego

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Food was outstanding - great place for a special occasion or just when you want some fine dining.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience2
    Good food, creative dishes. Small menu but something for meat and fish eaters, even some GF options. The only down side was the decor in the patio ( propane tank, spider webs around, paint bucket).
  15. GT

    GailT

    Los Angeles

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding meal - rare Albacore was to die for. Brussel sprout appetizers were delicious and plentiful. Service was great and loved the ambiance in the front room. Will be back soon!
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    10 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on June 29, 2022

    overall1food1service3ambience3
    I often look for the best part of any terrible experience but last night was just so disappointing it’s hard to find something nice to say. Perhaps a reasonable corkage fee? But even that was sad because the server never poured us wine with the exception of that first glass. We are celebrating our 19th wedding anniversary and the food descriptions looked appealing. We’re vegetarian and the menu is quite limited. We’re accustomed to that though so I ordered roasted Brussels sprouts to start and the gnocchi as my main. Both were listed under appetizers. The Brussels sprouts were decent but the gnocchi was burnt. I mean, you’d have to really hate cooking to serve this at a restaurant. At first I thought it was some interesting preparation but quickly realized that they were just plain burnt. I could have sent it back. But, I make a habit of never sending food back as I don’t know what I’ll get the next time around. I don’t need spit in my food. My husband ordered the only vegetarian pasta dish on the the menu. It was flavorless, lacked salt and was incredibly bland. This was so bad. I wanted to give the restaurant the opportunity to make it up and I was starving. I ordered a cheese tray. Chunks of cheddar and manchego. Two types of cheese and slices of apple, walnuts, honey, and prunes. I’m not going to lie. I was hungry. I ate the cheese with the slices of bread and kept it moving. Since we’re on vacation, we definitely will not be eating there again. It was just sad and disappointing. We really wanted to love this place.
  17. MC

    MarkC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    The food was excellent and the staff was great. The only thing keeping this from being an outstanding review was the staff taking away our gas heater for another larger party of locals when they arrived for their table leaving us in the cold on the patio.
  18. GG

    GailG

    Central Coast

    89 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    89 reviews

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and service
  19. TK

    TomK

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was great, the wine list offered a lot of wonderful choices, and the service was great also. We plan to go again the next time we are in town.
  20. BA

    BeenAround

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience5
    It was a good meal but from reviews I was expecting extraordinary so expectations are affecting me negatively. Other than the dessert, nothing is coming forward in my mind about the meal. My entree also was borderline overcooked. Since I did have a phenomenal meal at another Cambria restaurant, I would simply go back there instead.
  21. k

    kevinc

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Really enjoyed the quiet ambience, the friendliness and regular attention of the staff. The food is definitely gourmet quality. Can't miss with this place, but make reservations if possible.
  22. AS

    AnotherSolidMeal

    Baltimore

    152 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    152 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    My family & I spent the night in Cambria and don't regret having our dinner @ The Black Cat. The service was good, as was the meal.
  23. AL

    ALZ805

    Central Coast

    30 reviews

    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    We had a lovely dinner. Started with a charcuterie board that was unique. Only had two hard cheeses with a single strawberry, about a quarter of an apple, spoonful of honey, some olives and some very interesting figs. Had the tuna which was a very generous serving and quite delicious. My partner ordered the shrimp pasta and said it was flavorful. We tried a pot au creme which was pleasant for dessert.
  24. BH

    BertH

    San Diego

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very quaint and quiet place. We were pacing through and are very glad we came. The dinner and dessert was great!
  25. B

    Bobp

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 14, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Note this does not have a full bar. The menu that showed online hadn’t been updated in months so the very dishes we went to go eat weren’t even available. Ended up going somewhere else.
  26. RC

    RickC

    Phoenix

    37 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    Good comfort food, could use some upgrades to seating and tables.
  27. DT

    DoreenT

    New England

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Cambria is a quaint town with a good selection of varied food choices. The Black Car had a nice ambiance and very good service. The wild caught salmon with crispy kale was delicious as was the tuna. We would go there again and recommend it highly.
  28. K

    Kgt3

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    Food was ok, service very good. Not anything special.
  29. f

    funtimes

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food & service. Would definitely return next time we're in Cambria
  30. RT

    RobinT

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    When I come to Cambria I always go to Black Cat Bistro because I love it. This visit was the same. The scallops with corn pudding were delicious!!!
  31. SL

    StuartL

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    1.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall1food1service5ambience2
    the waiter was fantastic Mauricio. Could not have been better. The other wait staff were amateur. The food was absolutely awful not a single dish was acceptable. the appetizers were poorly done. salad was the worst i have ever had and the main dishes had the same excessive sauce with completely different food thought there was certainly lots of it i hear it was different with the owner chef was there 6-7 years ago but downhill ever since
  32. ER

    EdwardR

    San Diego

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Although Black Cat was good, my wife and I were expecting a little more. Very cute restaurant with an excellent wine list and very good service. The menu looked amazing and there were a number of dishes we wanted to try. First, the clam chowder was terrific and I'd order it again and again. I liked the fish special of the night the presentation and taste was lovely. Unfortunately my wife had the spicy shrimp pasta which was less than satisfactory--at least to us. Shrimp pieces were small and there was a distinct seasoning aftertaste which was not very satisfying. Perhaps we just ordered the wrong item. Serving size was quite large.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    30 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Very nice meal. Service was good. Ambiance cozy. The place kinda looks like a disaster from the outside—they need to upgrade their exterior appearance. But get past that and you’ll have a nice experience.
  34. KI

    KennethI

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    had 5:30pm reservation, showed up on time. front door was locked with a closed sign.
  35. JF

    JohnF

    Los Angeles

    7 reviews

    2.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 16, 2022

    overall2food1service4ambience2
    Had great meals before but have not been in a few years. Appetizers were not well executed. The duck entree was inedible. They took it off the check and gave us free dessert. Service was very good and staff was very nice. But the execution from the kitchen was so poor I don't imagine we will go back
  36. M

    Marybeth

    Tahoe

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The restaurant was quaint and very cozy. Food was fantastic, especially the scallops. Wow! My only negative comment would be about the ants crawling along the windowsill in the outdoor patio area. Seems like a regular exterior spray treatment would eliminate this.
  37. R

    Raw70

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and service..it was so good we went twice during our vacation!!!
  38. s

    savoryfoodie

    Denver

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were celebrating my wife’s birthday. The scallops and local wine paired perfectly. The chocolate dessert was a very nice touch. I highly recommend!
  39. AC

    ACD1

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Great food, really nice waiter. Would recommend!!
  40. RA

    RobertA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and the service was terrific, we are already talking about going back soon.

FAQs

The Black Cat - Cambria is rated 4.4 stars by 406 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 3 times today
Google Map for The Black Cat - Cambria

1602 Main St, Cambria, CA 93428

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Cambria

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Californian, Contemporary American, Contemporary French / American

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Public Lot

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Mauricio Lopez & Joel Magana

  • Additional

    Beer, Corkage Fee, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, High Tea, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (805) 927-1600

  • Catering

    From an office party to an at-home celebration, we can help with your next event. Please fill out the form below and we’ll be in touch soon ! https://www.blackcatbistro.com/catering/

  • Private party facilities

    For all inquiries, please fill out the form below and we’ll be in touch soon. https://www.blackcatbistro.com/private-events/

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