Simply elegant, and simply delicious, this intimate eatery in Cambria opened in 2002 and has been the talk of the town ever since. Sample such unusual appetizers as stuffed fried green olives, or sage and mushroom gnocchi. Try hearty entrees such as roasted duck breast with dried cherry quinoa risotto, or a three-cheese baked polenta with eggplant and red chard. Desserts include mascarpone ice cream over pound cake with basil syrup, and a salted caramel tart. Paso Robles and other regional wines are central to this chef's expression so let the wait staff suggest just the right pairings. Visit blackcatbistro.com or call (805) 927-1600.
This restaurant serves abalone sourced locally from The Abalone Farm in Cayucos, a certified member of Monterey Bay Aquarium's Seafood Watch program.