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Shell Cafe

Chowder, Soups
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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: Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch

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  • 54
    Excellent
  • 37
    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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Good food and value for the area. Patio seating area was nice. They also had live music inside the evening we were there. We had dinner, but the breakfast menu was so tempting we almost went back the next day.

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 20, 2015
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Redlands, California
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Orange County, California
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10 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

We we leaving Pismo on our way to San Luis Obispo and saw the Shell Cafe. We had lunch on the patio, which was protected from the coastal breeze by a glass wall. The service was a bit slow, but the food was worth the wait. The clam chowder was delicious. I had a fish taco and a tri-tip taco.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

Great little spot. Breakfast all-day, patio dining if desired. Beach music playing during the day makes you feel like you are living in a simpler time. Good food, fine service.

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Redlands, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

Good food and value for the area. Patio seating area was nice. They also had live music inside the evening we were there. We had dinner, but the breakfast menu was so tempting we almost went back the next day.

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europe
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

Repeat after me: Yummy. Try the fries. Try it all. The new go-to place for our visits to Pismo Beach. Good and friendly service.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

No wait for a table. Excellent service, live music and great food. The BBQ ribs fall off the bone and the Mahi tacos were yummy. Highly recommend this place.

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edinburgh
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

On a recent family holiday we kind of stumbled upon this little place by accident one morning. It was quite quiet but we were warmly welcomed in by the owner - a nice guy with a few things in common with my home, Scotland. Great chat and more to the point a great breakfast. Usual items served and cooked nicely.... More 

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Freeport, Maine, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

The Shell Cafe has been in operation on Pismo Beach since 1926. Sitting on the deck with a view of the ocean and a full breakfast menu served all day, we picked a great place for a quick bite on our way south from Monterey to LA

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Mountain View, CA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015

We had breakfast at the Shell Cafe from free vouchers from the SeaCrest Inn. On a Monday morning, the place was pretty empty so we got great service. The pancakes were delicious! The fruit we got with one meal was kinda on the not so great side, but everything else was good.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

Just off the freeway and not near the beach, this restaurant still had the beachy feel. They were having an award winning band play that night, and asked for a cover charge, but when we said we weren't interested, they did give us the option of dining in the back room or outside. The smoked salmon was perfectly smoked &... More 

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Greenville, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015

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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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

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Chowder, Soups
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?