Oyster Loft

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$31 to $50
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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. 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 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.
What 1998 People Are Saying
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DS
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant for a date or business.
I would definitely recommend this restaurant.

D
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful restaurant with a good menu and quality food!

h
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have never had a finer dinner! The server was outstanding in helping us choose. I had the scallops, and the presentation and flavors were magnificent. I'd go back often, if it weren't 150 miles from my home!

e
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Waitperson was a pleasure, the presentation and taste of the food was great.

TJ
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Greatest dining experience we have ever had! Great service and ambiance I highly recommend to everybody going to pismo!

OT
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful seafood and we loved the amazing service by our waiter, Jeff!!!

JF
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I go to Pismo often, and like to try new places, although we have our old standards that we never miss. We decided to try Oyster Loft for our 32nd anniversary dinner, on the recommendation of a friend, and after looking at online reviews. We are so glad that we went, and had a delicious meal, good drinks and great service! There was not one thing we were disappointed with, or thought was lacking, and we are foodies, who are pretty selective. The Pepper Seared Hamachi, and the Tuna Poke Tower, were delightful appetizers! Although we are not Oyster lovers, the comments of those around us who were, seemed very satisfied and positive. I thoroughly enjoyed my halibut at dinner, and although it's a seafood restaurant and my husband is very picky about his steaks, he kept saying how delicious his dinner was, the HANGAR STEAK AU POIVRE. We'd definitely enjoy revisiting the Oyster Loft the next time we're back in town.
Final recommendation: my husband ordered the Smoked Old Fashioned, and not only was it a delicious cocktail, but the presentation was super fun too.

OT
Los Angeles
44 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Marvelous seafood tower

TP
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall1food2service2ambience2

Dined at Oyster Loft for a birthday dinner while traveling. I made the reservation based on good reviews and the $15 corkage fee advertised online. Their online menu clearly states at the top of the menu "Corkage $15 per bottle." There is nothing on the online menu that states that the corkage is restricted to wines that they carry. After we were seated, the manager came to our table and informed us that we would have to buy their wine in order for them to open the bottle that we brought. In other words, we would have to pay $62 for the exact same $35 bottle that we brought which we could take home and they would serve us our bottle. Also, on their in-restaurant menu at the top it clearly says "Corkage $15 per bottle." Only at the very end does it say that bottles brought in must not be bottles that the restaurant carries. How is one who has never been to this restaurant supposed to know this policy when the online menu doesn't explain this? This is very deceptive advertising. This resulted in an argument with the manager over this deceptive practice and literally ruined my birthday dinner. After much discussion, I was not forced to buy their bottle and paid the $15 corkage fee.

As for the food, it tasted okay, but was not worth the money paid. My scallops did not taste fresh. Moreover, there were only 3 scallops for the price of $31.00. I would never go back to this restaurant and hope for the sake of other travelers who rely on online menus that they stop deceiving people regarding their corkage policy.

NT
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our first time here. We loved it! The service was great, and the ambiance was awesome. The food was delicious. I do with their happy hour was longer than just one hour - I don't see how anyone could make it to a happy hour at 4 pm.

SG
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing exoerience!!! Next time, we will try the oyster bar!!!

BC
Las Vegas
6 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Wonderful food, great bar, make a reservation for patio. Sunset is perfect!

TC
Phoenix
6 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife had the Halibut. Very good. Presented very nicely. I had the Cioppino. Very good. Second only to Phil's at Moss Landing, The Ceaser salad was different and very good. We had a Salted Caramel dish for desert. Also very good. Only in Pismo for ten days but will find time to come here again.

HK
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was very good. It was a bit pricey especially because we got many small plates as opposed to a meal. The cocktails were on point too. I would recommend any of the appetizers. I would recommend to the owners that instead of having a "Crudo Plate" (which is basically a plate of sashimi) that they do more of an appetizer sampler of their best appetizers. The Scallop Carpaccio and the Morro Bay oysters were the best!

v
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience4

Decent food, subpar service. It took us 20 minutes to get our order taken and more than an hour for food. Disorganized and chaotic.

EG
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Seafood tower was sublime! Everything was so fresh and delicious

D
Phoenix
8 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

My wife and I have been here a number of times. We brought another couple with us. Food was excellent , service was very good just a little slow in getting the food out. I had the special, Chilean Sea Bass, it was very flavorful but a little cold. Our friends loved the place and enjoyed the meal. Overall a good experience.

JI
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Do not order the crab cakes. They came out cold and didn’t have much taste. Great oysters. My risotto was 7/10 and scallop dish 7/10.

VS
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We we’re celebrating our 40th anniversary

CA
Central Coast
5 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always excellent and service was outstanding

OT
San Joaquin
7 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always our go to place in Pismo Beach. Excellent food and great service. Varied selection of sea food and the best filet mignon in the area. Chicken and pork chop are great also.

U
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience1

Requested a view table and a flute of champagne each upon seating. We were seated in back of the restaurant with a view of the hand washing sink. There is a view across the patio past two other tables but the shades were drawn the whole time we were there from 5:30 to 7:30. I ordered cioppino. I couldn’t eat the soup as it was very gritty. We were received the champagne. Disappointing anniversary dinner

MP
San Antonio
3 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were in town for Cal Poly parents weekend with our son who’s a first year at the University. We had an incredible experience. Our waiter Phillip was very knowledgeable and our dinner was divine. Obviously we enjoyed the view and sounds of the ocean from our table out on the patio. We will definitely dine here when we are in town again.

L
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience2

OUR WAITER, TIMOTHY WAS VERY FRIENDLY. WE WERE DISAPPOINTED WITH THE PORK BELLY, THE
COCKTAIL WAS INCORRECT AND TOO SWEET. NOTE! THE VENTANA BAR TENDERS ALWAYS GET IT RIGHT. THE CRAB CAKES AND CHIEFS SPECIAL, MOST DELICIOUS! FOOD DELIVERY WAS A BIT SLOW.

TK
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best flavor I have experienced and the staff was amazing.

SS
Denver
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We thoroughly enjoyed our meal with friends. Our waiter was attentive and gave good recommendations.

NV
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing location, food options and prices are reasonable for the portions and offerings. Such a great seafood experience - thank you!

OT
Denver
9 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was delicious. The waiter was wonderful. We will be back.

CD
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall4food5service1ambience4

We took our daughter here for a special 21st birthday dinner. We are locals and have always appreciated the exceptional food and location. The food did not disappoint us and was indeed excellent. However, the service/server was not! “Paco’s” attitude was rude, indignant, condescending and sarcastic. It was embarrassing to us in fact and we spoke to the manager about him at the end of the evening. The manager’s only offer of recompense was that she make a note we do not have him as a server again. Seriously! As a patron the last thing we expected for this celebration at this hand picked restaurant, was to be treated like we were imposing on this server with our questions over the menu selections and throughout the evening. This definitely affected our experience of this special evening and we’ll think twice about returning to this high end, expensive restaurant.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Great drinks. Great view.

NN
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything about our experience at Oyster Loft was absolutely amazing! Michael was our server and he was by far one of the best servers we have ever had. His customer service was top notch, grade A! I am glad he is there and we will definitely be going back soon for the food but mainly because of his service. Please let him know that this newly wed couple wants him to keep up his great service.

E
New England
20 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful find. Excellent all around - service, food, ambiance. Not your average Pismo Beach "joint". A truly magnificent restaurant right at the Pier. Get there for the sunset for an extra special treat.

DN
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food. Lovely setting. Attentive wait staff. Highly recommended if you're in Pismo.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall1food4service1ambience3

It took 30 minutes to get our drink order and to put in a food order After we were seated.

r
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great spot, oysters and service top shelf.

JD
Central Coast
11 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great oysters, drinks and service is the best. Poke tower a must. Scallops and filet for mains stood out.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience2

My husband and I wanted to have a special dinner at the coast. We hadn’t been in a long time, so we were excited about dining there. We got there, got seated inside at a table right across from the kitchen entrance. A customer was shouting into her cell phone and it was very rude. No tablecloths on the tables-I think for the prices of the entrees, that should be mandatory. My husband had the pork chop entree and it was delicious. I have some dietary restrictions and asked for the halibut entree with the sides to be replaced by either grilled asparagus or roasted vegetables-both were on the menu as sides to other entrees. The waiter said he would have to check with the chef to see if substitutes could be made. He then came back and informed me the chef would provide steamed broccolini. That sounded ok, but when I got my entree it was just a piece of white fish and steamed broccolini-nothing else! It looked like a bland plate of hospital food! Hey chef, haven’t you ever heard about customer service???
I am really surprised that a pricey dining establishment doesn’t do a better job of meeting their customer’s needs. Don’t think I’ll go back.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and service paired with a breathtaking view of the sunset. Best meal of the year!

DC
Palm Springs
2 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as always. The Brussels sprouts are wonderful and a great starter for two to share. We also enjoyed a selection of oysters and Hokkaido scallops. A perfect dinner with a spectacular sunset!

J
Central Coast
6 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a lovely dinner with family that traveled here from Southern Cal and South Dakota. All enjoyed it immensely!