I’ll be honest: while staying at the Cavalier Resort, we actually walked across the street to check out another restaurant for their advertised $5 margaritas, but the place smelled so funky, we decided to return to the Cavalier. Glad we did, because the restaurant is spotless and the staff very gracious, despite the fact we were dropping in for a cocktail at 4 p.m. The waitress, who could not have been sweeter or more efficient, whipped up our martinis, which were flawless, a small glacier floating at the top of each. Everything gets charged to the room, making life easy.
Once we had decided to eat in our room, she handed us a menu and told us we could order what we wanted and specify when we wanted it delivered. Easy. Right on the dot, at the time we had requested, our meal showed up, exactly as ordered. The homemade pot stickers were fantastic, the chicken salad delicious and fresh with crisp greens and a great dressing, and the butternut squash ravioli with browned butter and walnut sauce were so good, we took an order home with us.
All in all, the food at the Cavalier restaurant is flavorfully good, the service prompt and friendly, and the menu, varied enough to suit a wide range of tastes. Even the dinner rolls were fresh and tasty. The next morning was clear and gorgeous, and the sea filled with surfers greeting the day. We hated to leave. Breakfast was terrific and served immediately. They even have a Senior Citizen menu with prices that can’t be beat. The juicy, lean ham steak was the size of a dinner plate, the eggs cooked perfectly and the coffee better than any IHOP or Denny’s. This clearly is the after church Sunday morning destination: the waitresses knew everybody who came in. I like that kind of place: you don’t have to be King to be treated like one.
Best Western Plus Cavalier Oceanfront Resort and Restaurant is located at 9415 Hearst Drive, San Simeon, Calif. 93452. Call the restaurant directly at 805.927.3276 for reservations or information. For toll-free reservations at the hotel call 1.800.826.8168. For complete information visit their website at www.cavalierresort.com.