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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
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch

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  • 11
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Good food, simple ambiance

We came here for dinner during spring break. Service was fine. I had the surf and turf tacos, my wife had the ribs and my older son a bread bowl of clam chowder. I sampled all three and thought that the clam chowder was the best of the three, and one of the best clam chowders I have tasted... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 8, 2015
Greglena
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Tucson, Arizona
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703 reviews 703 reviews
259 restaurant reviews
802 helpful votes 802 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 NEW

This place serves breakfast all day, so we expected something above the ordinary. Instead, we got mostly mediocre food. I ordered one egg, which came with one slice of burnt whole-wheat toast and slighly burnt country potatoes. A second egg was also on the plate, but they took it off our tab. The coffee was quite weak and had little... More 

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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

We came here for dinner during spring break. Service was fine. I had the surf and turf tacos, my wife had the ribs and my older son a bread bowl of clam chowder. I sampled all three and thought that the clam chowder was the best of the three, and one of the best clam chowders I have tasted. The... More 

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Washoe City, Nevada, United States
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29 reviews 29 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

Breakfast was very good. I had the California Omelet and all the ingredients were very fresh. The coffee was good as well as the service. A little pricey with out your deal saving Coupon from the local paper.

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Arroyo Grande, California
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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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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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18 restaurant reviews
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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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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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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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