Oyster Loft

4.7
1451 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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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 1451 People Are Saying
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EM
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Oyster Loft never disappoints us! The meal is excellent. The servers are personable and alert. The dessert server is amazing. I wish I had recorded her. I never heard food described so beautifully! And it was delicious too !

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

Oysters are amazing and worth going for. Entrees and sauces are out of this world.

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

Excellent service, sumptuous food (price is up there but well worth it), and cozy ambiance.

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Hawaii
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always amazing

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Charlotte
10 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Oyster Loft is one my business travel group's favorites. We love the broad variety at the Loft. Their other seafood is outstanding, too, for example the Halibut. The Caesar salad is huge but not as tasty as more "authentic" Caesars I've experienced.

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W
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband took me here for my Birthday and it was fantastic. Food, drinks and dessert could have been better!! It's a little pricey but well worth it if you are looking for great food & drinks with a great ambiance!!!

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Central Coast
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

I have been here several times since it has opened. It has become more of a casual nice restaurant. It has lost some of its allure as an upscale dining experience. From the ambiance to the clientele that wear tank tops and ball caps.

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SF
Central Coast
5 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Everything was great as always. The only negative thing was the children making all the noise. It ruined date night with my wife.

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OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Had lukewarm soup, crab cakes were just ok, expected a better meal for the price.

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MS
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was great and the presentation was amazing. The service was top notch. The server was very knowledgeable about the menu. The drinks were great and the dessert was LIGHTS OUT! I will definitely go back.

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OT
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic experience every time we visit.

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a
Los Angeles
21 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Where do I start? Not our first visit and definitely not our last. We LOVE this place! Super fresh seafood with incredibly creative preparation and presentation. Started at Happy Hour and the Mission Oysters. Plump, juicy and briney. Moved on to our personal favorites, the Malpeque Oysters from Prince Edward Island.... a bit smaller but crunchy and super briney. Both served with a trio of fresh horseradish, Marionette sauce and cocktail sauce. From there we ordered another favorite.... the Orange Glazed Octopus- OMG! AMAZING! Then it was on to the Crudo Sampler-an assortment of fresh Sashimi. All this accompanied with a cold crisp bottle of Tattinger Champagne..... we never made it to an dinner choice! Instead our evening ended with a fabulous fig butter cake that melted in our mouths! Can’t wait to go back!!

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N
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our second visit to the Oyster Loft. we were there in September and absolutely loved it. It is an amazing value for the quality. We sat at the bar and the bartender, Dane, took great care of us. don't skip the oysters because they are the star of the show, so many delicious varieties it can be hard to choose, but Dane was spot on in his recommendations! We also shared the seafood crudo platter which was huge! Creme Brulee was our dessert choice and an it was fantastic!. So pretty, it came decorated with berries and a macaron. One of our favorite spots anywhere in the world.

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Central Coast
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wife’s birthday

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TE
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Service was good but server had to reemphasize crudo was a raw dish, not cooked. As diner i knew this and felt the server felt i may not have known my knowledge was there. Too young and not understanding his own menu. The view however was amazing!!! Great spot on the 'patio'. Perfect for special occasion. Tasty food!

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MS
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this restaurant! Excellent cocktails, food, service and ambiance. What more could you want?

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TS
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding service, view, food and atmosphere. The absolute best gluten free dessert I have ever had with the coconut cake! I'm going to come back, and it's a 3 hour drive for me!

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J
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server Todd was awesome. We were there on Thanksgiving with a reservation outside so we had no wait and got seated promptly. We had Oysters, Octopus, and the poppers for appetizers. Outstanding! Our cocktail was a cranberry margarita. Outstanding! Our Entrees were the Dogfish, Salmon, Scallops, and the Shashimi sampler. Outstanding again! I felt as if I was on a Culinary Roadtrip! View was awesome too!

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CE
Denver
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious oysters and amazing staff! Will come back here again the next time we’re in Pismo.

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DM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Both the food and cocktails are amazing!
I had the braised beef and polenta. I highly recommend it. Hearty but not heavy. Great balance of mushrooms, beef, polenta and Madeira sauce. We also had the Halibut. The mixture of mashed potatoes, fennel, peas and peas tendrils (I cannot remember what else was in there!) was sooo good. I could have had that alone for an entree. Very happy however that the chef Perfectly seasoned and cooked the added Halibut.
Can hardly wait to return!

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s
London
6 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful fresh seafood great service beautiful view of the Bay can't say anymore

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KH
Grand Rapids
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Had dinner here while staying in Pismo Beach. Came early to see the beautiful sunset. The halibut and scallops were outstanding, as was the service.

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BT
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best dinner I have had in a long time. There Beef Tataki is to die for.

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E
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 2

I asked for a view with my reservation for a special birthday and we were seated at an aquarium with NO window in site. Pretty ridiculous considering I had a RESERVATION.

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AF
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an amazing dinner here on Sat 11/17 and we thoroughly enjoyed every bite! We were running late 10 mins late, and were delighted that the hostess called to confirm we'd make it. When we got there we got a warm welcome. Our server was attentive and the food came out in great timing. I am not one that has a big appetite. I usually don't have appetizers, and save myself for the entree, and no room for dessert. However, being named The Oyster Loft, I had to come hungry enough to have oysters before my entree. We were going to order a dozen, but decided to get 6 oysters and then split an appetizer. The oysters were so fresh and clean tasting, that we ordered 6 more. The scallop carpaccio was amazing! Such a unique flavor! Then came our entrees. We felt a little silly ordering steaks from a seafood restaurant, but since we had seafood to start, we felt we'd go for it. The filet mignon was superb! The bleu cheese mousse and port wine reduction were distinct flavors in my mouth that were absolutely divine. My husband had steak too and it was just as good. Sometimes I'll eat a bite of his food, and then get sad I didn't order it, but both were each good in their own right. Since we were pleased with every thing we had ordered, we decided stuffing ourselves with dessert would be worth it, and it was! We had the featured dessert - a fig cake and ice cream. SOOO good! I have never raved about food this much. Such high quality, great service, and beautiful location. Definitely will go out of our way to travel to eat here again!

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DB
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great raw and cooked seafood menu! Fantastic views!

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 5

We love Oyster Loft! Service has been

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ME
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent! Everything was perfect. The food, the atmosphere, the service - all excellent! Thank you. ☺

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AB
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely delicious, amazing, and creative choices. Some places you go wow you one time, and the next time the exact same dish isn’t so great. Oyster Loft is amazing for being consistently incredible and delicious!

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c
Central Coast
7 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service and a spectacular view . A very romantic outdoor setting. Wonderful special occasion dinner!

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KS
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I were visiting Pismo Beach for our anniversary. We decided to check out the Oyster Loft based on Google reviews. The food was delicious and presentation was amazing. Our server (I believe his name was Paco) helped us through the menu and made great recommendations for both wine and oyster selections. We will definitely be returning for the oyster bar!

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OT
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it! Will come back for sure!

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OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Food was GREAT! The pork chop is CRAZY good. Halibut was also great but not quite as good as the pork. Poke tower has never let me down. Service was pretty slow and refills on drinks dragged for a bit. Ended up skipping dessert (even though I LOVE their desserts) because we ran out of time. I’m being a little nit-picky, but make no mistake, I loved my meal. Will come back on our next special occasion!

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T
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrated our 15th wedding anniversary. Great meal, excellent service (Paco), great drinks. We really enjoyed the evening.

Thanks.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved this place. The presentation, service and food were amazing. Don’t miss the fall cocktail.

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V
Las Vegas
9 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Another fantastic dinner at Oyster Loft. Great fish dinners, our two favorites are halibut and sea bass, and they didn't disappoint. Great wine selection, or bring your own.

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D
Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service. My favorite restaurant on the west coast. Drove over 2 hours from home just to eat there.

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DR
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service, there when needed but not too often.
Waiter did a great job of explaining the menu options, and specials.
Food was prepared very well, and very appetizing plating.
We have eaten there two times and will definitely be back.

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Tahoe
4 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I celebrated our 38th anniversary at the Oyster Loft. We were seated on the heated patio with a view of the ocean and Pismo Pier. Victor, our server, was attentive and knowledgeable.
The service and food were outstanding. Thank you!!

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GW
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service (Victor was our waiter.), and great atmosphere!!

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