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Shell Cafe

1351 Price St, Pismo Beach, CA 93449-2217
805-773-8300
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Ranked #39 of 89 restaurants in Pismo Beach
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English first
Arroyo Grande, California
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90 reviews 90 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
84 helpful votes 84 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

We (locals) stopped going to this local place for our usual Sunday breakfast out some time ago due to service issues. We decided to try it again to see if the deficiencies had been corrected. Short answer: no. From being seated to getting the bill it was one little annoying delay after another: no sugar for coffee, no spoon for... More

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Ramona, California, United States
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41 reviews 41 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

We ate breakfast here and for 2 children and 3 adults our meal came to almost $80 not including tax. It was a standard breakfast, for goodness sake. I ordered my eggs over medium and they were cooked well done and with crispy brown edges. I will have to say that the cranberry chicken sausage links were good. It was... More

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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 via mobile

We ready to give up on finding a place to eat at Pismo Beach, but then we saw this restaurant. The view was great and I didn't care that it was not on the beach. We had the clam chowder in sour dough bread bowls. It was amazing and I have clam chowder from Maine and the eastern coast of... More

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

My husband and I ate here because we had purchased a deal through the hotel we were staying at. After eating here one morning, we decided to eat breakfast elsewhere the next day, even if it was given to us free, because we were quite dissatisfied with our meal. We both had the 2 pancake, 2 bacon, eggs and juice... More

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19 reviews 19 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

Nope...it's not right on the beach, but I ASSURE you, you will not care! What a great place! The food was plentiful and delicious! This is a little piece of west coast history. Super atmosphere. Cook KNOWS his way around the kitchen. Dine inside under broad leaf ceiling fans or on the deck with ocean view from either. Perfect blend... More

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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014

Delicious food. .. my wife enjoyed hers I loved the seafood omelette. Coffee was very smooth great taste service was very good nice ppl working there.

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Los Angeles, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

My son requested we return for the clam chowder the next day...service was a little slow but well worth the wait!

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Wolverhampton, United Kingdom
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66 reviews 66 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

Came here for dinner - had a live band on which was good I opted for the steak .. which was excellent .. Mrs had the fish thing (sorry to be vague .. cant remember what it was called) .. but again she liked it. Not a 5* eatery but nice food, service good and live music all within a... More

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Los Angeles, California
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27 reviews 27 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

This cafe was close to our hotel, so we tried it out. Pros: cute place, indoor & outdoor seating, umbrellas, nice view. Good onion rings, beer on tap, good service. Cons: sandwiches were small, tasty, but small for the $$. Clam chowder, one step above canned, fairly boring. One pitcher of beer, two bowls of clam chowder, two sandwiches, and... More

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Ontario
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23 reviews 23 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2014

Had breakfast here and couldn't be happier. Great food, big portions, friendly attentive staff, beautiful view. What more to say. Great way to start the day!

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