Oyster Loft

4.7
2381 Reviews
$31 to $50
Seafood
More than a restaurant, Oyster Loft is an experience, where the excellent service is rivaled only by the flavor and beauty of our dishes, upscale cuisine and regional seafood dishes artfully prepared. Dine with sparkling views of Pismo Beach, and enjoy appetizers, seasonal main courses and indulgent sweets.

Oyster Loft boasts a menu rich with fresh fish. Our raw bar features a variety of oysters shucked on the half shell from both the east and west coasts. The menu also includes seafood 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.

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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 2381 people are saying
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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DanielleV
Denver
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was delicious and Chef willing to substitute a sauce to accommodate dietary allergies. Carlee our server was excellent!! This restaurant is a stand out for the area.

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StephC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious variety of cocktails. Friendly, courteous & prompt wait staff. Food was excellent.

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BRIANC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

ALWAYS A MUST WHEN IN THE AREA THE FOOD THE SERVICE THE VIEW FANTASTIC

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MollyM
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything about this restaurant was perfection. We got two appetizers, two entrees and two desserts and every single one was amazing! Maybe the best dinner we’ve ever had.

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Rich
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is always excellent. Service was better than expected with restaurants expanding coverage and the server shortage. Always a must.

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CPETROFF
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was the best we had in Pismo!

Our server/bartender, Dane, too great care of us and made great selections for us. The entire staff was friendly and helpful. Cannot wait to go back!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every item was a work of art. We tried many things Snd all were fantastic. The octopus is a must and the mushroom tortilini was amazing. The view of the Pismo Pier and beach on the patio is a perfect place to see the sunset.

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Donna
San Diego
12 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sit on the patio - lovely view and breeze. The inside of the restaurant is rather dark and not as inviting in my opinion. It's pricey but worth it. Great food, drinks and service.

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vipTerry
Salt Lake City
3 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Great food, beautiful view. Service was not very attentive.

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MarkH
Orange County
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience2

Understaffed, clearly, makes for a lousy, noisy, incredibly slow and over-worked waiter, serving dishes that were supposedly its best, an unfortunate Masters degree graduation ceremony dinner a very poor and expensive memory.

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vipAllysonM
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

This was our second time at the Oyster Loft, and it did not disappoint! Seafood was on point, the wine list offers a good variety but still is reasonably priced, and the service is excellent. We enjoyed a little dinner date for our anniversary here, along with our 6 month old, and truly enjoyed the evening.

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RickC
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent. It was great to be back enjoying The Oyster Loft.

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BaroloBill
Orange County
49 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Terrific, creative food, great location and gorgeous bar area as well. We had a VERY loud 2-person table next to us, which was miserable until they left, then it was fine. We had to speak to them, as the wait staff did absolutely nothing to quiet them at all. Training needed from management. They were literally yelling for an hour, along with a long Facetime chat at full volume with a friend. 🙄

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ScorpioGirl
Central Coast
11 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It has been over a year since I have dined here. Still a very special restaurant, and I can’t wait to come back!

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ValerieG
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience3

The restaurant was busy. Our server had a difficult time getting back to us to see if we needed anything. Getting a glass of wine too a long time. Courses came out a bit faster than I would have liked. Food however was amazing! We had the beet slash, crab cakes, halibut and pork chops. All were fabulous! Delicious meal. Would eat there again. Plating was beautiful!

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My fiancé and I book a reservation here to celebrate our friends getting married. It was truly a fine dining experience. Our waitress Carly was top notch, she recommended drinks and food that were phenomenal. This is a must go if in Pismo.

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vipTimbo
Orange County
65 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Great views. Wonderful food. Excellent reservation process. Good place to go for a special day or evening.

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vipJIML1954
Orange County
28 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Well where do I start? First of all I’ve never ordered fresh oysters where all 6 had to be the same variety. No mixing allowed. Then we tried to order a salad and share it between the 2 of us. Nope. No sharing unless we do the dividing of it on the extra plate. I’ll pass. Could we have some bread for the table? Nope. No bread here. I ordered the tortellini and got 5 tortellinis with the entree. For $27 I expected a few more. The setting was pretty however. Our server was good but it took almost 20 minutes to get a round of drinks. Glad we weren’t too thirsty.

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MarkS
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food has been improved greatly and tastes better than ever. Service was top notch, as always. Excited to come back soon. Server was Cameron, a great server, always happy to sit in his section

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vipJanR
San Francisco
36 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was good but was really looking for more seafood options. Service was god.

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DianaC
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I had dinner reservations at 7:00 pm and we were seated within 5 minutes. I wish that I remembered their names, but out hostess and our server were awesome.

It’s always difficult to select an entree without pictures, but our server did a great job with describing each dish. We had oysters for appetizers, and I had the sea bass special, and my husband had the scallops and crab cakes. My sea bass was cooked perfectly. I typically don’t like scallops. I had a taste of my husbands dish and I was amazed by the taste and the texture. Everything was so good!!

The oyster loft was a perfect place for our date night.

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Chg1
Portland
4 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fun presentation for the smoky Manhattan. Wide variety on the seafood tower. Easily served 6 . Filet cooked perfect. Delicious scallops with succotash and au gratin potatoes, yummy mushroom pasta, halibut cooked just right. Portions are the perfect size. Our favorite dessert is the corn strawberry shortcake . Our server Daniel was attentive and fun!
Thank you Oyster Loft for making are evening special!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, service was impeccable.

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love the Oyster Loft. You made my bachelorette dinner with my family so special. Our server was so kind, all the dishes were so good and you even took my special request for seating on the deck so my aunts (who were from WI) could see the ocean. Thank you for treating us so well. I can not wait to come back

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CarlosHD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, super friendly and helpful staff. The food was incredible.

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christianf
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Daniel was such a great waiter! He was attentive and knowledgeable about the menu! I had a great birth celebration there because of him!

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OpenTable Diner
London
3 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Haven’t been out just the two of us any place nice in for ... ever! Fabulous in every way. Five stars all the way. Sunset view of the beach, truly unique and wonderful dishes. And the bar menu! Did I mention the drinks. Hubs had that smoking old fashioned thing that is actually a quite a show. Special occasion kinda place.

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vipGina
San Francisco
94 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Food was delicious, however the portions were tiny. We didn’t know and didn’t order enough food. The waitress really should have asked how much we wanted to eat. I understand the restaurant is trying to make it affordable but they should disclose how many ounces of fish one is to expect to get, same with appetizers. View is great, although restaurant should prioritize cleaning windows and shades bc customers are left to stare at dirt.

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chef Jared and his team did it again! Spectacular and creative food! I forgot how much I loved this place! If you make reservations, make sure you request Cameron! His service and knowledge of the menu is on point! You won’t find better service on the central coast!

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vipteachermom1954
Central Coast
85 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So happy to get back again. Food was very good and the view was amazing

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LisaJ
Phoenix
7 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great service and food at the Oyster Loft. I believe the name of our server was Dustin and he was outstanding. Everything he recommended was spot on and he was attentive, even though we knew he was running around attending to many tables. We were able to get a table outside to enjoy the waterfront view and being from Arizona we enjoyed feeling the ocean breeze while eating our meal. We ate the raw oysters (two different types that our server recommended), the spicy tuna jalapeno appetizer (which was our favorite), and split the local fish dish. Everything was well prepared and tasted great.

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MMMM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall3food3service1ambience4

We waited 45 minutes to get our drinks as the server was new.
Dessert was divine. Cannot beat the view.

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JuliaE
New England
2 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food! They were very busy and our courses got a bit jumbled with how they came out, but our server was very apologetic and remedied the situation. We loved it and can't wait to go back!

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AngieT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the uniqueness of the appetizers and entrees. Staff is knowledgeable and gracious. A wonderful place to celebrate a special event. Servers continue to be wonderful! Love the location as we can walk to and from our hotel. Never feel rushed.

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JohnandViceatgood
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Stick with oysters and other seafood and you wont go wrong.
Mid week is best.
Early is good.

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vipBrit
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary

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BrendaG
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great time! Todd and the staff were so friendly. We felt special with the dessert. Thanks

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SabrinaE
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner was amazing from the service, food, cocktails and dessert. My husband and I enjoyed dinner and had the pleasure of being served by Cameron who was super sweet and attentive to our small party. We will for sure be back for those amazing sounding specials.

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ShaunteeC
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The osyster loft had amazing food and service. The entire atmosphere was great.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience3

Slow service. Getting the bill took forever.

FAQs

Oyster Loft offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (805) 295-5104.

Oyster Loft is rated 4.7 stars by 2381 OpenTable diners.

Oyster Loft does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://ochgroupcares.com/.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.