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1351 Price St, Pismo Beach, CA 93449-2217
805-773-8300
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8:00 am - 10:00 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

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  • 44
    Excellent
  • 22
    Very good
  • 11
    Average
  • 9
    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
Most recent review
Really enjoyable

We had great service and awesome food for a late lunch. Portions are pretty big with great flavor and fresh. Fish taco, Tri tip dip and pot roast were all scrumptious. The view of the ocean is nice depending on where you sit. In the evening they have music and dancing starting Wed night.

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 4, 2015
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  • Breakfast/Brunch
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Arroyo Grande, California
Top Contributor
116 reviews 116 reviews
89 restaurant reviews
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Took the family here for lunch on a weekend. Not too busy. Lots of indoor and outdoor seating. Friendly front desk staff. An acoustic/classical/flamenco guitar player on the patio, playing a little too loud. Nice view of the ocean. Patio had plexiglass walls for a wind break (much needed). On street parking. I saw they had a nice smoker out... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015

Been here twice now and all I can say Is wow, what a rip off ouch! First time for dinner bill came to $50.00 plus, with no drinks and the food was not good. I had Shrimp Scampi, the chicken was over cooked and the cherry tomato's along with very bland white sauce did not belong together. This last trip... More 

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Top Contributor
354 reviews 354 reviews
181 restaurant reviews
134 helpful votes 134 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2015

We had great service and awesome food for a late lunch. Portions are pretty big with great flavor and fresh. Fish taco, Tri tip dip and pot roast were all scrumptious. The view of the ocean is nice depending on where you sit. In the evening they have music and dancing starting Wed night.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

Pricey and sloooow service. Arrived for a late breakfast. It was not very busy, service was extremely slow. Asked for bacon well done it was not. Asked for a slice of lime for the water, it was never delivered. No need to return soon. Very disappointed.

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Austin, Texas, United States
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014

It was recommended to us by the hotel we stayed at. Great little place, friendly service. I had the spinach mushroom scrambled and sweet potato fries. Yummy!

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Los Angeles, California
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24 reviews 24 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Outside patio is a must. Accepts dogs if you have them, and has a great Bloody Mary. Nice and Spicy. Food is good, portions are big, is within walking distance of any hotel in Pismo and the service is quick. I visit every time I'm in Pismo, Shell or Avila Beach.

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Madera, California
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25 reviews 25 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Had breakfast and dinner here. Great eggs Benedict and Bloody Mary's. The live music in the evenings was great. We will definitely eat here again

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salt lake city
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27 reviews 27 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014

We had a coupon from the SeaCrest Hotel to eat here. So...we decided it must be good as the SeaCrest Hotel is great! We enjoyed a late breakfast and were very happy with our meals. My husband is a big eater and he was not disappointed with the size of the portions. It is within walking distance of several of... More 

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Central Coast, CA
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16 reviews 16 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

Sorry to be a grinch. I have a pretty low bar yet I have to say they didn't quite get even that low. Friday night, went for music and dinner. $14 burgers and omelettes that were less than average and might be satisfactory in a greasy spoon for 1/2 the price. Not busy yet service was slow. Music never happened.... More 

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Salinas, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

We have eaten at this restaurant for breakfast and have enjoyed it. This time, it seems that the prices were very high. An omelet was good sized and lots of good potatoes were served, but the prices are too high for the quality of the food.

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Restaurant Details

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
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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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?