Oyster Loft

4.7
1276 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Seafood
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  • Scenic View
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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 1276 People Are Saying
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5.0Dined 15 hours ago

My partner and I were visiting Pismo Beach for the first time and loved the location right on the, the patio at sunset was spectacular. We enjoyed the fresh oyster selection, the crudo pepper seared hamachi, was incredible. I enjoyed the black cod. All of the food was so fresh, the service was friendly and really knowledgeable and pointed us in the best directions when deciding the menu.

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Octopus salad amazing, oysters great, muscles delicious!!!

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Fantastic meal. So many great flavors even if you don't like oysters. The crudo selections were delicious.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Great food ..... our server was ok ..... he told us what we needed to know but wasn't interested in further conversation ..... LOL But thats not a deal breaker! Tuna Poppers and Salmon app were delicious!

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Awesome, excellent food and service!

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3.0Dined 6 days ago

We have been enjoying dinner at the Oyster Loft for some time. We had dinner there last Friday and while the food was ok (nothing special) the service was absolutely terrible. Our waiter brought wine, no glasses, opened wine after retrieving glasses and we saw him more during the evening when we caught his eye to request something then again when we asked for check. I poured our bottle of expensive wine myself throughout the meal. What was interesting is the owner of the company that owns the restaurant was in the patio for a special occasion. Would have thought the staff would have been really attentive to the customers...Alas, not.
Be awhile before we think about returning.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Every time we visit Pismo Beach we eat here! Love it!!

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5.0Dined on August 9, 2018

Honestly, you can’t go wrong here. The cocktails are perfectly made and the food is always consistently well prepared. Whether you order a seafood entree, meat or chicken, it’s all great. And the staff are great. This is one of our favorite spots.

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3.0Dined on August 8, 2018

Good food. Lousy service. Good view with the expected high prices. Large, interesting wine list.
An odd thing: They have a good selection of oysters at $15 per half dozen. BUT they will not mix. So to get more than one variety you have to order two orders. And to get three varieties, three orders and so on.
No other seafood restaurant I’ve been to (all over the world) does this. Not one. And the name of the restaurant is, ironically, “Oyster Loft.”
Total Nonsense.
Also, for a seafood restaurant, a limited number of seafood entrees. Expected at least a couple of specials. Nope. Not a one. Winter ok. But this time of year there are a goodly number of options to up the variety of entrees.

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5.0Dined on August 8, 2018

The service was excellent. The food was outstanding. I work in the wine industry in Arroyo Grande and Santa Maria and will be sending people your way! It took us a couple of years to visit, then we had dinner there both Monday and Tuesday nites. Thank you for two great evenings, we'll be back very soon.

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5.0Dined on August 8, 2018

Great food overall. We liked everything. Charbroiled oysters tasted amazing but it's a small appetizer.

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5.0Dined on August 8, 2018

Went for my birthday and had a wonderful experience. Started with the Happy Hour and had delicious oysters and then went onto the patio for dinner. The menu is small and mostly small plates, my husband and I shared several items and loved it all. And, I was surprised with a delicious dessert "on the house" to celebrate my birthday. Can hardly wait to go back and try something new!

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5.0Dined on August 6, 2018

Lovely views, great experience with friends and food and drinks came at a nice pace throughout our dinner.

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5.0Dined on August 5, 2018

We love this restaurant. It’s a must every time we visit pismo. Our server Todd was excellent, very attentive and made our experience even better by giving us such great service and even helped with our traveling questions. Thanks Todd

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5.0Dined on August 5, 2018

Cameron was amazing!! So helpful and attentive, had great food suggestions!! And phenomenal service!

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5.0Dined on August 5, 2018

As always we had a fabulous meal. Oysters, octopus salad, brussels sprout salad, Ciopino, and to top it off Tirimiso. The wait staff is top notch. We come here at least 2-3 times a year.

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5.0Dined on August 5, 2018

Excellent service and delicious scallops. View was lovely but music on patio was a bit loud.

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4.0Dined on August 4, 2018

Your previous email indicated cancellation of reservation but we did not. All five of us dined.

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5.0Dined on August 4, 2018

Great service and great food! The appetizers are amazing and the entrees were perfect portions! Very tasty and filling. Would go back again.

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2.0Dined on August 3, 2018

Pretentious. We arrived at 7:00. Got noticed at 7:22 after speaking to hostess about being ignored. We were well dressed in smart casual. Hard to miss silver haired customers. No ventilation inside. Stuffy in more ways than one. Pricey. Avoid this place.

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5.0Dined on August 3, 2018

Everything from beginning to end was FABULOUS!! The food was so fresh, the sunset was excellent, and our server was perfectly attentive and knowledgeable. We got a bottle of local wine, the ahi tuna poppers, ahi tuna stack, halibut, and the restaurant brought out a special caramel basket for my birthday. We were so very pleased and can’t wait to return when we revisit the area!

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5.0Dined on August 3, 2018

Great food! Perfect view, if you like to sit outside book early.

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5.0Dined on August 3, 2018

Always a perfect dining experience! Service is always great👌🏼

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5.0Dined on August 1, 2018

Awesome. Staff incredible wonderful place food was amazing and staff was extremely helpful in making entree selection. Fabulously presented and wonderfully presented

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5.0Dined on July 31, 2018

All three dishes were good. The beets salad, tuna tower, and black cod. I am most impressed by the black cod in a dashi sauce. That dish will bring me back every time I am in Pismo.

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5.0Dined on July 29, 2018

Great experience from walking thru the doors to dining and walking out! Every item ordered was amazing we loved it all!

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1.0Dined on July 29, 2018

Greeted poorly. The waiter was informative and nice. Only bright spot in an otherwise very mediocre meal. Don't mind paying fine dining prices I just expect much more for it and it starts at the host station and ends with the buster. Missed the mark for us.

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5.0Dined on July 28, 2018

Hands down BEST restaurant in Pismo. It is a must go to when I am in town. Service is great, food is amazing, and the atmosphere is perfect.

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5.0Dined on July 28, 2018

My favorite restaurant in the area. Food is consistently outstanding. Service also very attentive and a beautiful view of the sunset and ocean. We eat there at least twice a month and it NEVER disappoints.

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5.0Dined on July 28, 2018

Food was excellent, atmosphere was lovely, a fun birthday dinner with friends

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4.0Dined on July 28, 2018

We arrived 10 minutes early to a less than half full restaurant and we were told we’d be seated at our reservation time. Less than 5 minutes later a couple who gave the time of their reservation as the same as ours were seated immediately.

We shared an appetizer that was delicious. I ordered the Black cod. The fish and broth were excellent, but the single piece of asparagus in the broth was woody and hard. I like a crisp veg, but this was not that. Also the 2 pieces of squash were also way undercooked. Sad because it did detract somewhat from the dish. Dessert was also very good.

Service was excellent from our waiter. The three hostesses could have been rehearsing the witches scene from MacBeth. They didn’t seem to think we could hear their nasty comments about various patrons.

I’d return but mostly in the hope that the minor issues were just a one night deal.

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5.0Dined on July 28, 2018

Food was good. Great service. Will definitely come back next time.

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4.0Dined on July 27, 2018

Amazing views. Fabulous oysters and steamers. Small portions for the price, but the view is worth it....plus being in a quiet place removed from the crowds.

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4.0Dined on July 27, 2018

We stopped here on our way to Santa Barbara. The food was great and the view is spectacular.

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5.0Dined on July 26, 2018

Had multiple different dishes and was not disappointed with any one of them. Could not recommend this place more. Service was fantastic. Drinks were balanced. Can't wait to come back to Pismo so we can eat here again.

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2.0Dined on July 25, 2018

We sat on the patio, with a view of the ocean. Perfect. Rare family meet up. Great service, great food. Perfect weather. But two tables north of us, at the end of the "patio" a party about 10 was LOUD.. and LOUDER. We could not talk. My son got a headache. We skipped dessert, I won't return.
Perhaps the waiter could have offered us seating inside. Further away would have been useless, we could heart the lady "from Texas" downstairs on the boardwalk

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5.0Dined on July 24, 2018

Cameron was an awesome waiter! Fantastic food! Sit outside and enjoy
the view.

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5.0Dined on July 23, 2018

The octopus salad is delectable! Great grilled oysters. Beautuful presentation. Very enjoyable dining experience.

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5.0Dined on July 23, 2018

Great food, great views. I don’t know if there’s a better restaurant in Pismo with the quality of food and views as this place. We had oysters, the poke tower and cioppino and halibut. The dessert was out of this world.

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5.0Dined on July 23, 2018

Everything was delicious! The service was excellent! We loved the tuna poke tower! The wine was excellent too! It’s more expensive than a lot of the other restaurants nearby, but it’s well worth it.
They really treat you well there!

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