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Shell Cafe

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1351 Price St, Pismo Beach, CA 93449-2217
805-773-8300
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8:00 am - 3:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Mon - Tue 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
Wed - Sat 8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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  • 48
    Excellent
  • 34
    Very good
  • 13
    Average
  • 11
    Poor
  • 4
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
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Over from England and needed somewhere not far from our hotel to eat as our 8 year old was whacked from the sun and swimming so we ended up here and what a lovely surprise, staff were very friendly the menu was breakfast, lunch and dinner all day long so plenty of choice, there were also half a... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 19, 2015
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Greenville, South Carolina
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27 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

We think the cook was also the waiter and busboy! He was awesome, the tri tip was delicious as was the bbq brisket, bacon wrapped scallops and bacon mac n cheese! You can also get breakfast. The live music made the evening perfect. Should be busier than it was, but call the Shell Cafe a hidden gem in Pismo!

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Brea, California
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15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015 NEW

We tried this place based on other's good reviews. We all had different dishes, I had barbecue brisket with bacon wrapped scallops, my wife had the salmon (smoked) and a friend had the Ahi tuna. We all agreed the food was good however the service was not as there was only one server for the entire outdoor patio. My wife... More 

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12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

Over from England and needed somewhere not far from our hotel to eat as our 8 year old was whacked from the sun and swimming so we ended up here and what a lovely surprise, staff were very friendly the menu was breakfast, lunch and dinner all day long so plenty of choice, there were also half a dozen or... More 

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Nipomo, California
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19 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

My wife thinks it "kind of a dump" because it's so informal... but I love this place! Wed. night from approx. 7-9;30 P.M. they have terrific 'blues" band and sometimes I'll go earlyand sit at table in the "music room". Hamburger is always 1st class with a bun to die for. Had brisket on a french roll this past Wed.(told... More 

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Rancho Cucamonga, California
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11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

Perhaps this restaurant does more of a dinner business than lunch. They seemed very lightly staffed at lunch time and not too many patrons were there. The prices were somewhat high for lunch and the service was ok. They had an outdoor BBQ, perhaps it was used at dinner time rather than lunch.

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Dublin, California
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

Take a seat on the patio if you can. Has views of the ocean! I ordered the bacon eggs Benedict and it was delicious. I don't like it when I order eggs benedict and the ham and/or hollandaise is sweet. That was not the case here! Bacon was thick and crispy and hollandaise was creamy with a good flavor. My... More 

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Visalia
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16 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

Serve breakfast all day long. Liked seafood omelet. all items are excellent .Nice outside dining area--inside is better if wind is up. Most of the locals eat here.

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Belvedere, California
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66 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015

This casual little dining spot looks much like an average diner, but the food and service are far above average. The intriguing menu makes dining choices difficult but we have never been disappointed regardless of our selections. The welcoming patio area is dog friendly and the breakfasts are the best in the area. One of our favorites!

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San Jose, California
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146 reviews
106 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

We took a takeout dinner from here one night back to our hotel. Ordered the tri-tip and shrimp, but I expected more than 3 shrimp. My husband had the clam chowder and a pulled pork sandwich. All was good. We decided to go back for breakfast the next morning. If you stay at the SeaCrest Oceanfront Hotel you can obtain... More 

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Whittier, California
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26 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015

Two eggs, crispy bacon, fruit and toast. just like we like it. Good service too. Great place to walk to from our hotel.

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Additional Information about Shell Cafe

Address: 1351 Price St, Pismo Beach, CA 93449-2217
Phone Number: 805-773-8300
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Luis Obispo County  >  Pismo Beach
Open Hours:
Sunday 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Monday 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
Tuesday 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
Wednesday 8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday 8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday 8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday 8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Cuisine: Chowder

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Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1351 Price St, Pismo Beach, CA 93449-2217
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Luis Obispo County  >  Pismo Beach
  • Phone Number: 805-773-8300

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Chowder
Open Hours
Sunday
8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Monday
8:00 am - 3:00 pm
Tuesday
8:00 am - 3:00 pm
Wednesday
8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
8:00 am - 10:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?