Oyster Loft

4.6
1387 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Seafood
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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Street and Parking Lot
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 1387 People Are Saying
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Central Coast
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband Birthday

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JH
Denver
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

once again my wife and i were completely impressed with the experience. the meal was top notch, the view was gorgeous, the service was friendly, informative without being in the way. cant wait to return.

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OT
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Classy place - definitely an improvement for Pismo. Appetizers were great, entrees were both good and average, dessert was awesome. Cocktails were stiff, great patio dining if you can book in advance otherwise be prepared to wait and hour or more.

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LZ
Central Coast
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

A good atmosphere and good food that doesn't disappoint. They were out of a couple wine selections but we had a great meal and a good time. View is fantastic.

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B
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

My wife and I made a reservation at The Oyster Loft - the #1 rated restaurant in Pismo Beach for a special occasion last Sunday night. We always look for seafood restaurants because neither of us eat red meat. We had a great walk on the beach from our hotel and looked forward to a great meal. When we looked at the menu we saw lots of seafood appetizers, raw oysters, and five seafood dishes. However, upon closer examination we found that in three of the descriptions it stated that there was either ham creme or bacon or pork belly in the sauces. We asked the waiter to check about the fourth dish, and he said that the chef informed him that even though it didn't say so on the menu, it had pork belly in the sauce as well. Only the Cioppino did not have meat in it. I then asked him whether the seafood dishes could be made without meat and he replied that the sauces were already made and that to not have the sauce would ruin the balance of the dish. What good is having a balanced dish if I can't eat it? We then spoke with the manager who asked if this was for religious reasons or if I had a food allergy. When my answer was, "No," he said that that is the way the dishes were prepared. Now, I wonder what they would have done if I had said, "Yes." Would they have then prepared something for me? As it turns out the waiter said they could do the scallop dish and leave off the bacon bits - so that is what I ordered and it tasted fine. My wife got the Cioppino, which was quite good. In fact, had they taken a piece of the fish and sauce from the Cioppino and served it to me I would have been very happy. Whenever I have made requests at other restaurants to cook a dish with a slight modification usually the chef is only too happy to please the customer. I don't know if, in this case, the chef was even asked. I can't imagine that the chef is that insecure about cooking fish in a seafood restaurant that they need to add meat in order to add flavor! The wine was excellent, however!

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A
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 3

First off, the food was exquisite. Service was ok but no big thrill.
The real low point was the little girlie playing hostess. I had a reservation and when I arrived I asked for a table on the balcony which was empty except for two tables. According to her they were all booked up and she couldnt seat me there. I ended up at a table by the open kitchen door where you could hear all conversations between the staff. Noisy and not comfortable. When I left 2 hrs later there were still only the 2 tables occupied on the balcony.
A place that serves food like that should have service and a hostess to match.

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N
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful evening. Truly great .everything. Food, staff and ambience are impeccable. Made our Anniversary unforgettable.

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JW
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic restaurant. Our first time there to celebrate a birthday. Absolutely everything (food, service, atmosphere) was fabulous. Will go again.

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OT
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Food and Drinks were wonderful. We had reservations for 6pm and arrived a half hour early, they seated us quickly and were attentive and helpful throughout. I definitely recommend the Fat Baby Oysters, they were fabulous.

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FL
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great night out celebrating a friend’s birthday. Outstanding & adventurous food, awesome view, great service. Can’t wait to return!

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OT
Central Coast
6 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated my friends 40th ! Wonderful time! Great service fantastic food! Love the Brussel spouts & crudo sushi sampler !

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M
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous spot right on the beach. Watched the sun set while we enjoyed super fresh oysters, excellent martinis, and great service. The black cod in miso broth was perfection!

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F
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

The food was great. The entree came out while we were still working on the appetizers, that was the only minus of our experience.

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JM
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The filet was incredible. Service staff was knowledgeable and friendly. Perfect for dinner.

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IO
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We are Japanese and very happy to find several Japanese style row fish dishes.
Maguro -Tataki, Hamachi , Hokkaido shellfish and local Oyster plates.
Also, Korobuta -dish was so nice taste.
We could have mice service which recemonded white wine and Japanese sake for fitting ordered dishes.
At last we were all surprised and impressed so delicious Birthday cake !!
Thank you very much, we are sure go back to you shortly.

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c
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We love the Oyster Loft. We went for my birthday dinner and it did not disappoint. Food, drinks and service were perfect. The only hiccup was coming in early to see if they could accommodate us. The hostess said no, the wait would be 60 minutes. We happily waited at the bar, enjoyed oysters and champagne and watched the sun set. When we were taken to our reserved table at 7:00, we noted that the table had been empty for 45 minutes (along with a number of others). We were a bit disappointed that our request was denied as it was a celebration. Regardless, it was a scrumptious evening and we will be back.

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JL
Central Coast
34 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We treated our out-of-state family guests to a sunset dinner on the patio of The Oyster Loft. All four entrees were exquisite for presentation, flavors, and proportions. We enjoyed sharing each other’s food. The service was attentive and comfortably detailed. The evening could not have been better. We locals will gladly return in the near future.

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TL
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing experience! The oysters were exceptional. And the service was impeccable.

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R
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was outstanding and the atmosphere was nice with great views of the ocean.

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NA
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for a birthday dinner and sat on the patio. Service was outstanding, we weren’t rushed and were able to enjoy the food and the view.

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San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Unfortunately, our high expectations of a great meal did not come through. I had the beet salad, and, although the presentation was lovely, the beets themselves were tasteless, a great disappointment. Then I had the beef and polenta appetizer dish as my main meal, and, again, while the presentation was attractive and the beef was tender, it was over salted and I couldn't finish it. My husband had the pork chop, and found it to be uninspiring.

Overall, a nice venue, but the food wasn't worth the price. We probably won't be back.

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R
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

The overall experience was nice; however we did not enjoy our food as much as we expected and for the price we paid. One of the oysters was spoiled and my husband had to go to the restroom to get rid of it. He did enjoy his main entree but I was not pleased with my sea bass. It was too much of a seafood stew.

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BP
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Our food was absolutely delicious and our waiter was excellent.

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SD
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The filet mignon is to die for!!! My favorite place on the coast!

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BF
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything you want in a beach view restaurant. Impeccable service and outstanding food.

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g
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful restaurant -- great food, ambiance and service. This is the place to go in Pismo.

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TO
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the oysters, fish is excellent as is the sushi. Great salads too

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CB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The four of us stopped by for drinks and hors d'oeuvres later Sunday evening after touring the local coast. The service was gracious and the presentation of aesthetic, delicious plates smooth and nonintrusive.

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WL
Sacramento
6 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Brussels sprout salad and halibut never disappoint! We tried the peanut butter tower and it was amazing!

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DK
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

Food is very good however our server was so slow and inattentive that it arrived barely warm. We will go back because the service has been acceptional in the past.

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B
Gloucestershire
3 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food great service from Sasha some of the best food so far travelling around California

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KM
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, service and atmosphere. Highly recommend! Make sure to make reservations in advance. We sat out on the balcony and loved it! The pastry chef did a delectable job as well on the desserts. We live in Avila Beach and would recommend this restaurant to locals and visitors. The prices are reasonable as well and food presentation and quality is beyond measure. This was our second time at this restaurant. My husband and I were celebrating our 17th wedding anniversary and it was the perfect meal and atmosphere.

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LS
Los Angeles
32 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

my husband and I went there to celebrate our 10th anniversary. We were seated immediately, and our server was very friendly, without being pushy at all, and we ended up sharing several appetizers that were all very good. We weren't planning on desert, but, couldn't say now, and that was outstanding as well. We were very pleased with our meal, drinks, and desert and are happy to highly recommend

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JK
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

My wife and I came for our anniversary. I have one complaint as the food was excellent and our waiter was pleasant. We had a reservation and were promptly seated on arrival, but sat for 8 minutes without service as we watched others seated after us receive service. I am unaware if we were seated without the server being told if we were in his section, but none the less we waited. As I said before, this was my only complaint. Afterward the waiter made up for it with an excellent service and demeanor and the two seafood dishes we ordered were some of the best dishes we've had.

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RO
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful place with a gorgeous view to the ocean. Service was very good, they were very attentive. We had 3 different oysters and 2 appetizers and everything tasted very fresh and delicious. I will be coming back here when I come to visit again. I recommend this place to everyone

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A
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place! Food was amazing, our server was great! And manger would stop by to make sure everything was good. Had I very lovely anniversary dinner. We will be going back again!

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PP
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our dinner was fantastic, the sunset was stunning and dessert , the caramel basket ice cream was to die for. Its not on the menu so you have to ask or have a special event. It was my birthday so it came with meal.
Overall a great evening. The patio is warm and has the best views.

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BI
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great experience at Oyster Loft. The service and food were impeccable, every dish we tried was delicious, the presentation was great also. Corkage fee was reasonable. We sat on the patio, the heaters were on so it never got cold, and it was very noce to be sitting next to the ocean. No complaints!

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DE
Manchester
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very good food! Fine dining , healthy, Great menu and very friendly and professional stad! Recommanded!!

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PW
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful service, great food! Loved it all! We were in Oyster Heaven🎉🎉🎉

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