The Black Cat - Cambria

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116 Reviews
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$30 and under
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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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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall2food1service2ambience2

Very mediocre and bland food. Deep fries kale without telling you.

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ChuckB
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was a amazing experience for the palate! Just the right amount of attention from the wait staff and food items brought out at a nice pace. Patio seating because of covid regs however we were quite comfortable.

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KevinB
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

We had a wonderful meal here. The clam chowder soup was the best. The maple duck breast was perfectly done and flavorful. It was a cool evening and the patio seating would have been uncomfortable, but they had heaters. The service as spot on. We will definitely return.

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MarkT
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

We enjoyed our meal at The Black Cat. The ambiance was a bit pedestrian for the menu choices/prices. The food was good but again a little pricey.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful meal and fun evening!

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DebbieH
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Favorite seafood restaurant in Cambria. Everything was fantastic.

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SheriQ
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience3

We were in the Cambria area for our anniversary and wanted to try somewhere we hadn't been. Everyone in our party enjoyed their appetizers & meals. I especially loved the pork in broth and the scallop entree...everything was yummy! I would recommend and will go back there again when in area.

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DonaldB
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

My wife had the scallops and I had the Yellowtail. Both were very good.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great and so was the service!

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vipmanacapuru
Minneapolis
162 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

An excellent menu and good service. The patio lacked ambience but hey we are in the middle of a pandemic. The food was outstanding. I'll be back.

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vipstgactor
Los Angeles
90 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dinner, amazing pork chop, scallops were on point as well. Most importantly, they paid attention to the open table note I inserted and brought my significant other a birthday dessert without prompting!

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SARAHR
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my fiancé and I's first trip to Cambria and I read a lot about the Black Cat and their menu. I will say, none of my research disappointed! This place was delicious, the staff was friendly, the ambiance was adorable. I had the rib-eye and my fiance had the salmon, both were yummy! We will for sure be going back when we are in town.

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JeffK
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the food the staff was exceptional and lovely ambiance. We are returning in December and we’ll definitely come again!!! Rough times during this pandemic and we felt very safe.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary

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DiannaV
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We had a lovely evening. Safety measures were in place but did not detract from enjoying our evening. Food was delicious and service was attentive. Cute little place.

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foodie
Palm Springs
15 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food never disappoints. Love the tuna and my husband loves the pasta. We also shared bread pudding which was fantastic!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner was great at Black Cat! Food was very good and service excellent!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Second time visiting Cambria area and dining at Black Cat. Second tine did not disappoint.

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Always a delicious and pleasing experience!

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Gillie
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

I had some doubts about freshness but the food was still tasty and the service was great. We are outside were I was a little creeped out by the excess spider webs and rotting floorboards on the front patio but I suspect that this will improve as outdoor dining become the standard.

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KimberlyC
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Wonderful service, great cheese platter! Mashed potatoes were very good!

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obispo
San Diego
37 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

very tasty dinners given the difficulty of having to serve all diners on the patio. the view over the parking lot at sunset was actually quite nice.

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minag
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

We have now eaten at the Black Cat twice. Both times very good food. we will be back again. Thank you

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JodiL
Palm Springs
4 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Food was well prepared and delicious. Menu had many great choices. Great service. The Covid seating was limited.

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MarcH
Orange County
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

We sat on the front porch due to the restrictions on indoor dining. The food was outstanding and the service was great. Highly recommended.

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DDdiner
Salt Lake City
13 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We were celebrating a birthday and the restaurant did a good job of acknowledging it so thank you for that! The salmon was quite good and cooked perfectly. The arugula salad seemed quite salty and the Brussel sprouts were drowning in oil. The outdoor covered patio was ok but did seem a little closed in for this pandemic time and felt like it should have been more open. All in all a very nice experience and we enjoyed the evening there.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Joaquin
4 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved this awesome French bistro in Cambria. The food and service were amazing. From appetizers all the way to dessert - everything tasted great.

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Carol
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

During this pandemic, they are serving dinner on an enclosed porch which is very comfortable and warm. The scallops and salmon were excellent. Highly recommend as a place to go during these hard times.

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Anna
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2020
Overall1food1service3ambience1

Unfortunately this restaurant was one of the worst experiences I have had in a long time. Raw meat, bland food, bacon bits for "bacon jam"... very poor quality especially for the prices.

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vipDaren
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Food, wonderful service and a charming setting! What could be better?

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hole
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience3

So thankful to be able to dine in. Our ribeyes were perfectly prepared!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2020
Overall3food4service5ambience3

It was very warm inside the restaurant. The food was good but limited menu. Service was very good. Small room with a lot of conflicting / distracting conversations.

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service our server Sarah did a great job. Really nice patio seating.

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vipLiaL
Los Angeles
40 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food was good; however, their website is not up to date. We chose this restaurant based on the menu posted on their website: abalone and octopus. When we got there, neither abalone nor octopus. Disappointing, but what we ordered was good.

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SusanM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is an amazing place to have a nice meal. We sat outside and it was lovely. The service was outstanding and the food fresh and delicious.

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vipBobby
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience2

My husband and I went here for our anniversary dinner while we were staying in Cambria. The staff were very friendly and did an excellent job. The food was quite good and we gave it a 7.5 out of 10. The biggest issue for this restaurant is the curb appeal for the building and the condition of the interior which was unfortunately pretty abysmal.

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vipCathie
San Diego
191 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We felt very safe - good social distancing. Very cozy restaurant.

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vipRobert
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great food, services, values.

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williamg
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience3

The staff was friendly though it took a little time to get our order in, probably as a result of the charges we're all going through. I might add another person to the staff, we enjoyed our meal and the overall experience was a "B."...scott

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Woohoo
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious meal. Gnocchi appetizer was fabulous as was the scallops. Wild salmon was delicious too. Looking forward to returning. Heard the lamb was scrumptious! Very good service.

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