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Tue, 5/22
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Oyster Loft

4.7
1105 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Seafood
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  • Scenic View
  • Good for a Date
More than a restaurant, Oyster Loft is an experience, where excellent service rivals the taste and aesthetics of presentation. The upscale cuisine and regional seafood dishes are simply prepared. Dine inside or out on the patio with sparkling views of Pismo Beach and enjoy appetizers, seasonal main courses and indulgent sweets.



Oyster Loft boasts a menu rich with fresh fish and thoughtfully executed dishes. Our raw bar features a variety of oysters shucked on the half shell from both the east coast and the west. The menu also includes fish dishes, shellfish preparations and a selection of meat to round out the offerings. The range of the menu offers you the opportunity to choose your dining experience.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Seafood, Contemporary American
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Hours of operation
Daily: 5:00pm – 10:00pm

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Phone number
(805) 295-5104
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Chef Jared Hurst
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Parking details
Street and Parking Lot
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 1105 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
food
4.7
service
4.7
ambience
4.3
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 2 days ago

I had an exceptional experience at Oyster Loft. My husband and I were having a casual date night and decided to check it out, as the menu looked unique and we wanted an ocean view. Not only did the food and view meet expectations but the service was fantastic. Our server was kind and detail oriented, it really raised the bar on the experience. At one point, my napkin slipped off my lap, which I swiftly picked up and within 20 seconds our waiter was at my side offering another - something so small but thoughtful. Will definitely be making this a required dining experience, when we return to the area.

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4.0Dined 3 days ago

Good but maybe not worth the price. The food was good but not as good as it should have been for the price.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

This was our second time at this restaurant, and I was pleased to find the experience every bit as good as our first time. From the moment we walked in the door, every member of the staff made it a point to welcome us and thank us for coming. Overall, the service was superb. The food was uniformly excellent, from the oysters and appetizers, the entrees (salmon and black cod), through the dessert and espresso. In my opinion, this is one of the top 2 or 3 best restaurants on the Central Coast.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

We couldn’t decide what to order so we ordered several dishes and shared. Everything was excellent and we were very happy we didn’t decide to skip anything. The scallop main dish was especially tasty and perfectly prepared. We will definitely keep this on the list for when we are in town next.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

We had a wonderful time, the food and service were top notch.
The only thing I would have liked to see was a lobster tail on the menu.
The oysters were the best I have ever had with a great selection.

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3.0Dined 6 days ago

FUN/CASUAL
It is probable the best choice in an area not known for it's food. Long pants is over dressed. Very casual. If I was in Pismo Beach I would go back.

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5.0Dined on May 16, 2018

Beautiful space, excellent food, great wait staff. Highly recommend the Oyster Loft to anyone who loves good food.

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5.0Dined on May 15, 2018

Very good! Excellent service both times we went, very friendly and the food is excellent. We always order 6 small plates and course out a tasting. It's more creative and we pair it with our drinks. Also - the dark chocolate gluten free creme brulee is to DIE for.

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5.0Dined on May 15, 2018

We went there for dinner and ate almost every appetizer they had in the menu!
Paco, our server was great with advice and timing. Crab cakes and tuna poppers are a must! The risotto was worth the drive alone. We will return every time we visit Pismo.

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5.0Dined on May 15, 2018

The experience was excellent. The food was great. We had a salad, appetizers and the two of us each had fish (Halibut and Black Bass).
Each course had excellent presentation and the food had some amazing flavor - tasted very fresh.

The staff was very professional and attentive. They even prepared one of their special cocktails (Key Lime Martina) in a non-alcoholic version at our request.

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4.0Dined on May 14, 2018

Positives: filet mignon and black cod entrees were amazing! Wait staff were considerate and thoughtful...especially when accommodating for my 4yr old daughter.
Draw Backs: skip the mussels...not fresh. When sitting on the patio, expected a nice view....shade was filtering out the gorgeous view people want by sitting outside! Shade was lifted for less than ten minutes to see the end of the sunset then the shade was pulled all the way down which made a filtered view...even though visibility was still bright enough to enjoy!

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5.0Dined on May 14, 2018

From the greeting by our hostess to our final dessert choice and coffee, everything was perfect. We shared the warm brussels sprouts which consisted of caramelized brussels sprouts, chèvre, dried bing cherries, red radish wheels, pork belly bits and port balsamic reduction. Yummy. I ordered tuna poke tower which consisted of diced yellowfin tuna, avocado, cucumber noodles, miso mayo, cilantro oil, golden tempura flakes, red radish, daikon sprouts and perfectly delightful wonton crisps. My husband tried the pan seared pacific halibut, kurobuta ham cream, fennel confit, english peas and tendrils, smoked mashed potatoes, cipollini onion aioli, with puffed quinoa and enjoyed every bit of it. Our dessert was the Thai lemon cake which was a grand marnier butter cake, orange crème, kaffir lime white chocolate ice cream (sprinkled with white chocolate shavings)mounded on shortbread cookie crumble with lovely orange supremes. Coffee was amazing. Thank you!

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5.0Dined on May 14, 2018

What a pleasure it was to dine at the Oyster Loft. My wife & I both enjoyed everything about this jewel of a restaurant. Classy, yet casual and food was delicious. There aren’t many restaurants that can compare to their service, quality of food, presentation and ambiance. Job well done! 👍

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5.0Dined on May 14, 2018

Great as always.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

This restaurant is wonderful. From the selection of fresh oysters to the delicious entrees you will not be disappointed!
We had oysters and roasted brussel sprouts to start. The 4 of us each had the following:filet mignon and lobster tail. The filet was cooked to perfection. Lobster tail was flavorful and perfect amount. The risotto was cooked just right. The creaminess of the rice was a perfect combination with asparagus and a variety of mushrooms. The scallops we're cooked just to firmness. The accompanying vegetable mixture left my taste buds wanting more.
You have a choice of plain or sparkling water at no additional charge. The wine list was plentiful, the beers we're a good selection. They offered specialty drinks too.
Don't pass on dessert. We shared the peanut butter chocolate tower and the dark chocolate creme brulee. Yummy!
The ambiance is just right for the type of upscale restaurant. Patio seating looks out into Pismo Beach. Watching the sunset while enjoying your meal is a bonus.

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

AMAZING! Everything we put in our mouth was unbelievably delicious. Beet salad, Polenta with beef and mushrooms, Scallops and the caramel basket with bananas foster, fresh berries and salted caramel ice cream for dessert. Plated beautifully and the different flavors and textures in each dish was a party in the mouth! Can't wait to make a trip back here! Our waiter Matthew was so sweet, attentive and an excellent server! Came with my mom for a mothers day get away and this was the highlight of the trip!

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Wonderful experience as always. The char broiled oysters were amazing. The service was great with perfect suggestions on what to eat. One of our favorite places in 5 Cities

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Our server Paco was outstanding! Very nice and funny. And Jonathan the manager was awesome! Helped us as well we bought sweaters thanx to him! Definitely going back soon!! Food was outstanding!!!

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5.0Dined on May 10, 2018

Smooth, professional service. Thanks to our server, Victor (the most interesting accent in the world)! The food was truly excellent. We tried the Orange Glazed Octopus, Charbroiled Oysters and the Tuna Poke Tower (ordered twice). Great overall experience...!

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5.0Dined on May 10, 2018

Mother’s Day

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5.0Dined on May 9, 2018

Fantastic food and great customer service. 5 stars and a gem for the Central Coast

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2.0Dined on May 7, 2018

Tim service was spectacular. Best waiter we've encountered in a while. Food suck. Worst crabcake and scallop entree We've ever had. Both was very soggy and below average. Crabcake tasted frozen and old. Isn't that the very basic cooking skills? Octopus salad was not as good as every other restaurant I've tried. Not tender enough and not crunchy on the outside despite it being fried. Too light and unimaginative even for a salad. The only saving grace of our meal was the halfway decent albercore ceviche (semi-fresh) and amazing unbelievably delicious miso black cod entree! Since it was hubbys bday, I was hoping they did something small for him like light a candle but nothing despite the waiter asking if we are celebrating something tonight when we first arrived and having notate birthday occasion on our reservation prior to arriving. So we had to re-celebrated his bday the next day at a far better restaurant to make up for the bad food and no-bday candle. Also, we were starving right after our meal and was desperately looking for anywhere still open.

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5.0Dined on May 6, 2018

Wonderful experience. Will recommend and will return.

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5.0Dined on May 6, 2018

Amazing food and service with a splendid view. Definitely a memorable experience.

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5.0Dined on May 6, 2018

Timothy our waiter was fantastic!

He explained the food so beautifully that I even ordered the octopus salad. He was right, it did taste like fried chicken, but only better. A + experience all the way.

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5.0Dined on May 6, 2018

We visited the oyster Loft Bar when we were engaged last year and it was fantastic. Head and Shoulders above most if not any dining experiences my wife and I have had.

We returned this year for our anniversary and the food was even better if that is even possible. Combined with a fantastic wait staff, in particular Matthew, it was amazing . He was very attentive and very professional.

We will continue to return here as often as possible for as long as the oyster Loft is around. It is one of the finest places we have ever dined and compliments to the chef.

Jim and Monica

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3.0Dined on May 6, 2018

Love the restaurant but the food was not too good like it usually is. Ordered two plates of the risotto and both came out the same. Not as good as it usually is. My daughters favorite all time risotto and failed to meat her expectation. Ordered dessert and loved the coffee margarita. Surf and turf special. Lobster and steak was good. Not great. Overall food was not as good as it usually is. Maybe bad day at the office.

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5.0Dined on May 6, 2018

Beautiful views, amazing fresh oysters and
Fantastic scallops , cioppini , and halibut cooked and prepared to perfection !
We were celebrating our anniversary and they provided us a free dessert . Waiters & staff very attentive and knowledgeable !!
First visit and we will return !!!

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5.0Dined on May 6, 2018

We had great meals especially the barbecued oysters on the half shell to start along with the delicious fish dinners that we had. The service by our waiter Todd and staff was excellent. We look forward to our return visit for dinner again in the future.

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5.0Dined on May 4, 2018

We had a great time and a very memorable experience. We were celebrating our one year dating anniversary and got engaged!
Thank you for the hospitality and great service.

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5.0Dined on May 4, 2018

Fantastic. Wonderful service with excellent food. The sunset on the balcony with cocktails put the cherry on top. Cioppino and the miso black cod are both mind blowingly good. My husband and I polished our plates. It was the Best dinner we had on our trip to Pismo. Don’t skip dessert either. I will be craving Homemade mint chip ice cream and chocolate cake until the next time we visit the Oyster Loft.

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4.0Dined on May 3, 2018

Dinner overall was fine ; however, my husbands steak was partially cooked “medium” instead of “medium rare”.

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5.0Dined on May 3, 2018

My favorite restaurant! Never miss when I’m in town.

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5.0Dined on May 1, 2018

The warm Brussel sprout salad and the halibut are my favorites there. The service is always excellent.

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5.0Dined on April 30, 2018

It was our 32nd wedding anniversary. Perfect evening. Seated next to a window so we had a spectacular view of the sunset. Food was over the top. Caesar salad was delicious, as was the scallops and the English peas and halibut. Mojitos were not good, but it did not take away from our celebration. Loved the experience

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5.0Dined on April 30, 2018

From the moment we entered, we were greeted warmly and personally. It was our anniversary and each person who served us congratulated us. I could not have asked for better and "just right" attentiveness. Matthew our server was outstanding. I remembered him from our previous dinner there in January. All our menu selections were excellent. Beautifully prepared and presented.

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4.0Dined on April 29, 2018

The noise and dark lighting were the only things that bothered me a little. Overall very nice.

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5.0Dined on April 29, 2018

Excellent good with amazing presentation. Great service. Great beach view. All around good.

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4.0Dined on April 28, 2018

Great food from appetizers to dinners. Service professional and view of Pacific outstanding

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5.0Dined on April 27, 2018

Always excellent food and service. Great menu with choices for every taste.

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