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The Black Cat - Cambria, Cambria, CA

The Black Cat - Cambria

4.5
4.5
390 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

7:30 PM


Booked 13 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 390 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • California Central Coast

    Romantic

  • 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. MC

    MarkC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    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.
  2. GG

    GailG

    Central Coast

    84 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    84 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and service
  3. TK

    TomK

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    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.
  4. BA

    BeenAround

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    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.
  5. 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.
  6. V

    Visitor

    Baltimore

    149 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    149 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.
  7. 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.
  8. BH

    BertH

    San Diego

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 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!
  9. 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.
  10. RC

    RickC

    Phoenix

    36 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    Good comfort food, could use some upgrades to seating and tables.
  11. 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.
  12. RK

    RonK

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    Food was ok, service very good. Not anything special.
  13. 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
  14. 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!!!
  15. 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
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. 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
  20. 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.
  21. 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!!!
  22. 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!
  23. AC

    ACD1

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Great food, really nice waiter. Would recommend!!
  24. 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.
  25. DD

    DarleneD

    San Francisco

    24 reviews

    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Black Cat is a very cozy restaurant, with a lot of ambience - small seating areas, with colorful decor and a fireplace. Imagine an old house turned into a restaurant, with each of the rooms a separate seating area. Parking is easy. When seated, we were given a choice among several tables, which I really appreciated. The server was great - very friendly and there when we needed her, but not hovering. The food was incredible. We started with a cheese tray, which had a selection of delicious fruits, cheeses, olives, bread, and honey! I had the Polenta and my husband had the Chicken Piccata. Both were outstanding. We will definitely eat here again
  26. J

    Jenny

    San Diego

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 28, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience2
    Food was very good. Service good. The small room we were in was rather dismal and lacked any atmosphere. Try to get a table in the main room where one comes in, which is brighter and more cheerful.
  27. MG

    MaryG

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A favorite. Great food and a wonderful evening, as usual.
  28. c

    claudia

    Denver

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    wonderful atmosphere, food and staff. Relaxing music. We have been coming for years.
  29. BK

    BKDiners

    San Francisco

    25 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on April 15, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Had our anniversary dinner there. First time we tried the Black Cat, having driven by and not been drawn by their funky exterior. What a pleasant surprise to find the interior so cozy and charming. Food was good, not great. My steak over seasoned and chewy. Wife’s duck was very good though. Overall it was a nice dinner and we will return for another meal.
  30. M

    Michael

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent. Great food, friendly service. Even the desserts were worthwhile.
  31. LN

    LisaN

    New England

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Nice dinner while visiting Cambria. Especially enjoyed smaller rooms where we could hear each other talk. Kitchen did a nice job splitting entree for us to share.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    16 reviews

    3.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on April 8, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience2
    We were reluctant upon entering as the outside sign and garden needed maintenance. Also, we were surprised there were no diners during prime dinner time and we had been turned away from 2 other restaurants because we had no reservation and wait time was an hour or more. The food was good, but my friend and I agreed it was overpriced. Waitstaff was very attentive, but there was on two more parties that came in during our dinner.
  33. s

    santafedla

    New Mexico

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 3, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    There was some attitude from the staff when we requested the table by the window that had just opened up instead of the interior one next to a blank wall. Our friendly waiter and delicious food made up for that quickly. It was a bad start though. We almost left. It was a simple and nicely made request.
  34. CF

    CaliforniaFoodie

    New York Area

    16 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on April 1, 2022

    overall3food1service4ambience4
    The menu looks great but they need someone in the kitchen that knows how to cook. Everything was off. Sauces were not correct and items were over cooked.
  35. JL

    JosetteL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very nice atmosphere and the food was delicious. Just wished they had more non alcohol drinks
  36. L

    Lovetoeatandcook

    San Francisco

    46 reviews

    4.0

    46 reviews

    Dined on April 1, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    There were so many yummy-looking dishes on the menu that it was hard to choose. Service was warm and efficient. The two mains we tried—duck and scallops—were both delicious.
  37. KG

    KeriG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Black Cat is a very charming place, with amazing food and wine. The rib eye and scallops my husband and I had were amazing! The staff did a wonderful job and treated us to dessert in honor of our anniversary. I highly recommend this restaurant.
  38. CL

    ChrisL

    Los Angeles

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food & tremendous service.
  39. B

    Beachgirl

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 29, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    The Black Cat is in a old cottage built in 1930s. It’s very charming! The food is outstanding and our server was excellent.
  40. J

    Jackie

    New England

    2 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 26, 2022

    overall1food1service3ambience1
    This was the worst food I’ve ever had in my entire life. I was able to take a few bites of the salmon but my boyfriend could not take more than one bite of the seared tuna. It was inedible. Severely overpriced for the quality. If the nearest In-N-Out weren’t so far away, we’d have gone there immediately after. Gas station chips had to suffice.

FAQs

The Black Cat - Cambria is rated 4.5 stars by 390 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:30 PM


Booked 13 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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