A good hotel restaurant is nearly as difficult to find as a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow, but when you're staying at the fantastic Cavalier Oceanfront Resort, in San Simeon, CA, you don't need to look any further than the Cavalier Restaurant, to enjoy delicious food, served by friendly people, at reasonable, by San Simeon standards, prices. If you're moblilty-challenged, or don't feel like walking, rejoice! ... as Cavalier Restaurant is located near the office of the Cavalier Oceanfront Restort.
Photo: Cavalier Restaurant is located adjacent to Cavalier Oceanfront Resort, in San Simeon, CA. Unlike many other hotel restaurants, Cavalier serves delicious food at reasonable prices.
Photo: The spacious dining room features booths around the perimeter, and tables in the middle. The staff dresses quite formal, but the restaurant is very informal, as tee shirts, shorts and flip flops are perfect for causal dining.
Photo: Our friendly hostess, Nora, pours Sharlene's glass of wine. Cavalier Restaurant features a full-service bar.
Photo: In mid-October, 2014, we stayed four nights at Cavalier Oceanfront Resort, which turned out into four nights and five days of pure pleasure! Monday, October 13, 2014, we enjoyed dinner at Cavalier Restaurant, as the food is delicious, it's reasonably priced, and the restaurant is a minute away from our room. We ordered dinner, and a salad is served with dinner, as an appetizer. Such a delicious salad! I even enjoyed the pickled beet slice! That's really saying something, as I'm not a fan of beets, but with Cavalier's salad, beets are good!
Photo: Our server, Nora, places Sharlene's dinner on our table; my fried chicken has already blaced at my spot. We recognized Nora from our previous visit, back in February, 2013, and told her we were happy to see her again. She appreciated the welcome.
Photo: Monday, October 13, 2014, Sharlene and I prepare to enjoy a delicious dinner. Thanks to our friendly hostess, Nora, for taking the photo.
Photo: Every evening, Cavalier Restaurant offers a special, and tonight, the special was a pasta and shrimp dish, which was Sharlene's choice for dinner. I took a taste of it, and I loved it, as did Sharlene.
Photo: Maybe I'm a bit weird, but tonight, fried chicken sounded good. Yes, Cavalier Restaurant is a football field away from the ocean, and, yes, fish would be appropriate, but after scanning the menu, fried chicken seemed like the right choice for this Monday evening dinner. It had been YEARS since I'd enjoyed a fried chicken dinner in a sit-down restaurant, and I definitely enjoyed tonight's dinner. The food was as delicious as it looks in the photo!
Photo: Monday evening, October 12, 2015, I ordered fish and chips for dinner. I was amazed at the quality of the dinner, and the quantity, as by the time I finished my dinner, I was FULL. The fish and chips plate even included a touch of cole slaw, which was such a nice touch.
Photo: Tuesday morning, October 13, 2015, I enjoyed a light breakfast of eggs over easy, home style potatoes, and sourdough toast. The home style potatoes are some of the best potatoes that I've ever eaten, as each piece is quite large, and deep fried crispy, golden brown on the outside, yet soft and chewy on the inside. Grilled pepper and onion accompany the potatatoes. Delicious!
Photo: Thursday evening, October 15, 2015, Sharlene decided to celebrate our last night in San Simeon by ordering prime rib, rice pilaf and cooked vegetables. She ordered the prime rib cooked to medium, and in retrospect would have probably ordered it cooked "rare," as it wasn't as juicy as she would have liked it. Next time, rare it will be! The slab of meat was 8-ounces, and I had to help her finish it, which was not a problem!
Photo: On the same evening, I ordered a "Cavalier Burger" and fries. The burger consists of 1/3 pound of beef, cooked to order - in my case medium - and lots of juicy, fresh veggies. As far as sides, you have your choice of fries made from russet or sweet potatoes, potato salad, a garden side salad, or cole slaw. I chose fries from russet potatoes. All I can say is the meal was delicious!
Photo: Saturday, February 23, 2013, Sharlene enjoyed a roast beef dinner at Cavalier Restaurant.
Photo: Breakfast at Cavalier Restaurant on Tuesday, October 14, 2014.
Photo: Cavalier Restaurant's menu features a section, called "Breakfast Favorites," which I zeroed in, as the word "favorite" always gets my attention. The "Breakfast Favorites" starts with your choice of country potatoes or hashbrowns, continues with toast, and one, or two eggs. You can add meat, including such favorites as bacon, ham, sausage and linguica. Today, I chose linguica, which the menu advertises as "Local Cattaneo Brothers linguica" which sounded good to me. The breakfast was cooked perfectly, and it was delicious. Note the attractive presentation.
Photo: Sharlene ordered "Eggs Benedict" from the breakfast menu. For some reason, I've been on a hashbrown kick, and she ordered Cavalier's famous country potatoes, which were delicious. I didn't get a chance to sample Sharlene's breakfast, but she said it was wonderful. I believe her, judging from the photo.
Photo: Saturday, February 23, 2013, our server, Marcella, places breakfast on the table for family friend Chris Yeaman, along with Robbin Word. We enjoyed Marcella's great service for our latest breakfast, in the previous photos.
Photo: Saturday, February 23, 2013, I went "vegetarian," and enjoyed a delicious breakfast, without meat. Besides delicious food, Cavalier Restaurant serves outstanding coffee, and your cup never goes empty.
Photo: Friday, October 17, 2014, I ordered sausage and eggs for breakfast. I always order eggs cooked over easy, and one of the benchmarks of a good restaurant is that the eggs are cooked, "over easy" and not broken, hard, or otherwise not cooked to order. Cavalier Restaurant knows how to cook eggs to order, as in this photo, and previous photos. I ordered "link" sausage and eggs, and was expecting to receive a small link of sausage, but look at the links! Beautiful! The sausage featured casings that SNAPPED when I cut them with my knife! Magnificent! Today, I chose to enjoy the homestyle potatoes, and the kid in my dipped them in ketchup. Oh my! Such a delicious breakfast...
We've been staying at the Cavalier Oceanfront Resort and eating at the restaurant for many years, as it's "our kind" of place. Take a trip down memory lane by clicking on this link to pay a visit we posted at the Cavalier Restaurant, circa 2004.
The Cavalier Restaurant is a gem, as it's at the hotel, so there is no walking, the food is delicious, it's reasonably - by San Simeon standards - priced, and the people are friendly. No wonder when we stay at the Cavalier Oceanfront Resort, we enjoy several meals at the Cavalier Restaurant!
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