Along the central coast of California about halfway between San Francisco and LA, there’s a fun little town called Cambria. We had the joy of staying overnight there and (of course) tried out a few local restaurants. One of those was Old Stone Station, located right on Cambria’s quaint artsy Main Street. Old Stone Station fits right in with their funky antique-decked interior. See that awesome root beer dispenser in the corner? I totally fell in love with it & wanted to take it home with me!
The folks at Old Stone Station were friendly and casual. There were quite a few families there and we fit right in with our three kids. They also have a nice outdoor dining area.
Anyway….on to the food, right?
Dinners are served with salad or Clam Chowder or salad. The salad had fresh, high-quality vegetables. The Clam Chowder was loaded with flavorful clams and skin-on potatoes and had a unique flavor that I couldn’t quite put my finger on, but it was good.
One of the cool things at Old Stone Station is that you can pay $7 and upgrade any starter to a full meal. These Crab Cakes ($11 as appetizer) are one of those starter-turned-meals.
The Old Stone Special ($11 as appetizer) is a really unique dish: “scallops, shrimp, crab, calamari, halibut on a bed of sushi rice topped with cream sauce and baked”. I wasn’t exactly sure before I tried it, but it was pretty good with a slight sweetness to it and quite creamy.
The Crispy Shrimp ($18) had a cornmeal-type coating and were pretty average.
The biggest disappointment was the bacon-wrapped Filet Mignon ($29). It came out well-done instead of medium, so they brought a new one. Even then, it just wasn’t great.
The kids ordered steaks and a corn dog. Their steaks were actually cooked correctly, but they still weren’t in love with their food, either. I really wanted to love this place, but there are much better dining spots in town.
Old Stone Station
713 Main St.
Cambria, CA 93428
Entrée Price: $$$
Average Fork Rating: 3.4
Mr. Diner: 3
Mrs. Diner: 3.5
Amazing Diner: 3
Sweet Diner: 3.5
Little Diner: 4
Guest Diner M: 3.5
Guest Diner D: 3.5