Oyster Loft

4.7
1555 reviews
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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.
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OT
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were on a quick getaway to Pismo Beach and not super familiar with the area. Our concierge told us about The Oyster Loft and we are so very glad we took her advice. We had a lovely table out of the way in the corner overlooking the pier. We sat inside because it was cold and dark out so couldn’t see the water anyway. I imagine during the day, the patio seating would be the way to go. The service was amazing. The food was amazing - try the Brussels sprouts and the charbroiled oysters. You won’t be sorry ! We will definitely be back !

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JO
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great evening at the Oyster Loft with my daughter. Off season meant it was quieter than we had expected but were seated in the heated, enclosed deck area. Menu looked great so we tried a variety of different smaller items, all of which were excellent. Not a cheap restaurant but prices are very fair for what they serve. Highly recommend if you are in Pismo Beach.

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KC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food and service.Great environment and view.

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l
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food and beautiful view of sunset! We shared three very flavorful dishes so we could sample as many items as possible. None of them disappointed us!

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OT
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Thanks I have to go get some coffee

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VG
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We were celebrating our anniversary and service was amazing. Victor our server was very knowledgeable about the menu and even had a dessert that wasn't on the menu especially made for us. The dessert was delicious and it was a very thoughtful gesture.
Thank you victor!

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OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Food was delicious and I would definitely recommend. However, our server was very distracted and would often forget to check in with us or take awhile to get us drinks.

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s
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were visiting Arroyo Grande and we were recommended the Oyster Loft. My husbnd and I were blown away by how amazing the food was. We are both dairy and GF sensitive and there were many options to choose from.Our dinner consisted of warm brussel sprouts, Ceviche which was very differnt and excellent, Brick Pork Belly, and Black Cod. The portions were perfect. Usually we can never have dessert but their Tropical Coconut Rum Cake was out of this world. I am going to try to make it at home- good luck.

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OT
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

Food is superb, even if you don't come for the oysters. The menu is extensive and all dishes are prepared very well. We've been here a handful of times and it's always consistent on the regular menu items. We've had bad oysters but that's understandable due to the nature of the product. Prepared dishes are always wonderful.

Service has been constant albeit a rather odd experience on my last visit. The server would poor the very small (droplets) of left over drink into the new glass. In this example it was a beer and getting the leftover warm "last drops of backwash" as the flooter on your new beverage was quite odd. I appreciate he was probably trying to be resourceful and helpful, but that is quite odd and not clean.

Great experience overall, maybe just some updated training on wait staff.

We'll be back for sure. With a cap on our glasses of wine and beer.

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W
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Fun place to go. Nice atmosphere... romantic but didn’t like the booths where you felt like you were sitting with the couple next to you. Coconut rum cake was amazing!

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C
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and creative food- we’ll definitely be back!

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AH
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect place for a special date night. We love how intimate the setting is, and how the server made us feel pampered. The cuisine is the best in Pismo!

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BH
Orange County
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A wonderful surprise on our visit to Pismo Beach. This place had it all: great food, ambiance, decor and service. I highly recommend this place and will definitely return.

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AS
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 5

I don’t know how I spent $120+ dollars for 2 and still left hungry.. portions are small for what you pay.. Me and my girlfriend both had an appetizer.. entree.. dessert.. and even ordered another appetizer hoping it would fill us up.. service was amazing.. ambiance was amazing as well.. just wish I would have been able to leave full for $120 dinner..

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RL
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

The chairs at the tables are very uncomfortable. It was difficult to get comfortable and relax due to this.

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CB
Central Coast
5 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Wonderful place for a very nice dining experience. Everything was creative and delicious. No problem for GF people. They even had a gluten free dessert other than ice cream, what a treat! We will go back!

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AC
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service and food was absolutely amazing. Matthew was our server and was very knowledgeable. There was a VERY obnoxious group of people and a few were very intoxicated and loud. Apparently, they wouldn’t serve them anymore alcohol. They became very belligerent and were hostile. They were in the managers and servers face and making threats and using profanity. HOWEVER, I would like to commend the extreme professionalism of the manager and staff members for diffusing the situation and sending them out the door without losing their cool. The drunk idiots could have made it a very dangerous for many seated in the area.

I also commended the manager personally for the way he handled the jerks. Outstanding professionalism. We will be back.

Oh and the birthday dessert was also amazing.

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T
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It’s hard to find the words. The food here is AMAZING. We got tuna appetizers, scallops and filet mignon. Some of the best seafood we’ve ever had and the filet was cooked perfect. This is our new go-to place whenever we’re in the area. We’ve already recommended it to several people. Just so good!

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OT
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 2

I have been here several times and it seems to be going down hill. The food was overcooked the service was extremely slow and the overall ambience of the facility has definitely went down hill

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FH
Savannah
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The view was nice. I was traveling solo and requested a view and was accommodated. The food was ok. I had the filet and it was one of the best I have ever had but the potatoes could have been made from flakes and tasted better and the asparagus (2 for a 50.00 plate) were large and tough. The appetizer of chopped scallops was again flavorful but just ok. If there were supposed to be raw they were if not they were raw. For the area I would recommend the restaurant but I don't think I would go back. My waitress was amazing though!

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AJ
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Phenomenal food and service. Victor took great care of us and the manager also made his rounds to see if we needed anything.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

It was my birthday. I didn’t expect to sit down at a table and get ignored for 15 full minutes without being acknowledged, no water, no hello. That’s all I was asking for. After I said to my husband let’s get up and leave, the waiter overheard me and introduced himself. I’m an understanding person but if you ignore me I am not. The food is always fantastic but the night was tainted from that intro.

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MF
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great service. The scallops and oysters were delicious!

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SJ
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 1

the most disappointing, embarrassing dining experiences I have had to endure. so sorry

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EM
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Oyster Loft does not disappoint.

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LA
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Victor is absolutely wonderful.

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TK
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, services and view. Everything we ate was very tasty, the gluten free coconut cake was amazing as was the octopus salad. The cocktails were very good also. The service was excellent. Our server was friendly and very helpful. A great location also with great views of the ocean.

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MC
Seattle
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place. Amazing location. Pismo beach needed a place like this.

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RG
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This restaurant offers delicious, high quality food, well presented with a talented chef and staff. The se scallops, halibut and mushroom risotto are outstanding. There are many more options that we haven't yet tried.

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KH
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Risotto was outstanding with scallops putting the meal over the top. Hangar steak was very good. We would order both meals again.

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JL
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food and great service. And also important is that it was definitely value for money. Glad there was 4% tax for increasing costs tacked onto the bill. That is so annoying. Highly recommend!

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RB
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Had a great birthday dinner. The server was great however it took quite a long time to get our food. This is the first time that has happened to us there. Hi

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

The hostess specifically said that she knew we were there for my husbands birthday. The waiter never said happy birthday and they did not do anything special for him. The food was good. The waiter was overly professional and not friendly or personable at all. Not an overall great experience like I had hoped.

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KP
1 review
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place, we had a wonderful meal and great service. Beautiful location on the beach, we’ll be back!

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A great time had by all

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AH
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 1ambience 3

We had terrible service. I had reservations two weeks ahead. We did not see our waiter for at least 30 mins. We order a salad and two dinners. Our salad came with our dinners and he took the salad back and said you probably do not want this.. The waiter said he was so sorry for the bad service and offered a dessert. Dessert took another 25 mins. When our tab for our meals arrived he charge for the salad. It was very disappointing for us coming from Colorado.

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BJ
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was a great experience. Great food, great service, and great drinks.

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VG
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I have come here several times, the Oyster Loft never fails to impress. The servers are awesome and make great recommendations. The ambiance is interesting and creative, romantic and fun. The food is remarkable, such wonderful flavors and always made perfectly. Two thumbs up and 5 stars every time. We will definitely be returning.

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JM
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I enjoy Oyster Loft every time we go. We had two different orders of the Oysters and both were phenomenal. We had Beef Tartar which was so yummy. I ordered the Salmon and was amazed at the flavor and my fiancé got the Filet. Everything was on point.

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OT
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Busy Friday night 1/25/19, the hostess was clearly not happy to be there. Thankfully our waitress Brie was so nice and so friendly and good at her job but there was a lot of waiting. We weren’t in a rush but our dinner was 3 hours long, waited for drinks a lot and waited for the entrees for awhile. They were out of 2 different things i ordered from the menu too. The appetizers (4) and (2) desserts came out fast.

This is my second time there. And I will definitely be back! Not a lot of places like it anymore! As long as you aren’t in a rush, this place is A+.

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