Oyster Loft

4.6
1358 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 1358 People Are Saying
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CB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
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 2 days ago
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 3 days ago
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 3 days ago
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 3 days ago
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 3 days ago
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 3 days ago
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 4 days ago
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 7 days ago
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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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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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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ID
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best meals I’ve ever had! Awesome in every way

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Y
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Totally was beyond are expectations. Sat on the patio and got to watch the beautiful sunset take place on the ocean.
Food was amazing, especially if you are a fan of Oysters on the half shell. It was a perfect dinning experience.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

Great food, but very slow service, 15 minutes to get drinks, after that 20 more minutes to just give our order. We got there at 7 pm, And didn’t get to order our dinner until 8:05 PM. We got the dessert menus, but then another 15-20 min to give our dessert order.

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DW
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 1ambience 5

Great restaurant and food let down by a poor waiter. Special mention to the phenomemal pastry chef.

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TM
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Made reservations through Open Table - easy. We were seated as soon as we arrived on time. Luckily recd patio ( out on deck as requested). Our server was AWESOME. She would get down low to speak with u so you could have good eye contact. And she checked back with us repeatedly w/update when our apps were running a little late. Hmmmm, thought they might have thrown in the dessert but didn’t. Oh well.

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DB
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience . Can’t wait to visit Pismo again to experience dining at the loft

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was great sunset was great so was food

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MB
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

High quality food with great presentation...Service was spot-on and we were never rushed!

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Was pleasantly surprised at how good our meal was! The filet mignon was perfect! It was so good that I was tempted to lick my plate! My husband has an allergy to onion and garlic, and they accomadated him wonderfully. Will go back for sure!

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SM
Phoenix
10 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

We had to wait longer than desired for a table despite reservations becuz we wanted to sit outside. There were tables available but they were 4 tops and we were only 2. I think that was a bad decision on their part as there was another couple at a 4 top. Also, had to cash out at the bar before being seated. Silly that they couldn’t carry our drinks and add them to our dinner bill.

Food was delicious and once we got past the bad introduction, the service was v good.

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TU
Palm Springs
54 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It wAs fabulous. It was a perfect evening at the beach gorgeous sunset, incredible setting, and delicious food. What else does one need😊😊we r already looking forward to a return trip.

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KF
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Killer cocktails! We had a "smoked" drink - very original and tasty. Seafood here is excellent. Staff is friendly. This is the second time we've visited - I'm sure we'll be back.

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MD
San Diego
21 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

5 STARS ALL THE WAY!

From the moment we walked in we were greeted by the nicest hostess who sat us outside on a beautiful patio overlooking the ocean.

We were then greeted by our server Cameron. Wow did he have the gift of hospitality and service! EVERYTHING he recommended was OUTSTANDING and his smile lit up the room!

From our bottle of Beckham Vineyard Grenache Rose to the Warm Brussel Sprout salad then on to our main entrees of Halibut and mushroom asparagus risotto to the finale peanut butter tower of amazingness, every sip and bite we took we kept saying how delicious our meals tasted!

What a lovely evening spent watching the ocean, the sunset and a 5 STAR dining experience we will never forget!!

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HB
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent meal and excellent service. The location is beautiful.

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LW
London
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Perfect setting to have oysters and watch the sunsetZ it was a busy night and the ambiance was good.

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TJ
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food as always! Went for a birthday celebration and really enjoyed everything. We brought two out of town family and they were impressed!

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c
Central Coast
7 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

My wife and I enjoy the Oyster Loft, but the last time we came we were disappointed by the reservations. We requested patio seating but was told it was booked. Okay, bummer. But by the time we sat, ate, and left there were still 3 (I couldn't see around the corner) tables unattended on the patio. WTF? We were put aside for people that were not even there.
As locals, we we went there 3 times in a month to check it out (and enjoyed it). Won't be returning soon, nor will I recommend the restaurant to clients. It only takes once to turn a customer off. BTW, I am employed in the wine industry... and I will tell MY truth when people want to make reservations there. Shame on you.

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BG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 2

Very disappointing 2nd trip. 1st trip was fantastic. We came back and ordered the same meal, and it turned out lousy. Famed scallops were burnt and tough, vs. gently seared. And got only 3, quarter size scallops!
We placed an order for a pro-ported "best ever" Caesar Salad as a starter. It never came. Server whipped by saying, "Your meals we be right up" so we stopped the next server to ask him to tell our server we still didn't have the salad. Shortly after, our dinners were brought to the table and we still had to ask for the salad. We wished we hadn't ordered it. NOT outstanding, I can open a bag and get the same thing from Dole. Our Caesar was a pathetic minuscule for us both to share.

We planned to make advance reservations for a party of 7...but we won't be back!

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AP
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Husband and I went for our anniversay. Loved the charbroiled oysters!! They brought us this amazing dessert and it was delicious! We can't wait to go back!

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OT
Los Angeles
31 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

I have been to the Oyster Loft many times, but on my recent visit I was disappointed. For one, the salmon appetizer that is cooked via Souvide method was very fishy tasting and I could not eat it. My husband is less particular and ate it, although nobody at the restaurant offered any compensation or even a complimentary dessert. The pork belly was underwhelming, no crispness, just rather soggy. I also noticed this time how overpriced it was for very small potions on most items. I suppose if you like oysters (we don’t), it might be a better choice. Expect a hefty bill!

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WB
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Setting is awesome, service is over the top especially from the host station and management. The view is simply unbelievable but I'd go for the service and food so the combination just ROCKS!

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BH
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We have dined in many too restaurants across London and Europe and this was by FAR the best food we have ever eaten in our lives.... every course was flawless and we didn’t want it end

A truly amazing dining experience and we would go back to the area just to dine at this restaurant

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SB
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The octopus and roasted Brussels spout salads were especially good - fine recommendations from Victor our waiter.

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DL
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Had a great experience the Oyster Loft. The Caesar salad was probably the best I ever had. The scallops were also amazing! The blackined cod in miso soup & beet salad were both also outstanding. Our server Cameron was very attentive & gave great recommendations. Our only complaint was the heat lamp near our table wasn’t working so it was a bit chilly in the outside deck.

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t
Puerto Vallarta
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Best crab cakes and poke, i have ever tasted. Mussels was good too but limited in quantity. Nice location and sunset viewing

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

Service is attentive and knowledgeable. Food is excellent. We especially enjoy the Ahi Chips and when available the Surf and Turf. If you reserve in advance, be sure to ask for the patio.

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

One of the best dinners we've had! Great service, great food and a sunset view. Perfect from start to finish as we celebrated our 33rd anniversary.

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