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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 - 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: Brunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch

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  • 45
    Excellent
  • 26
    Very good
  • 11
    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
Great Service

We had a group of about 20 "pop in" for breakfast Sunday morning without reservations. The staff was great. They seated us all together at 1 table, with a smile and a welcome! The food was great, although it could have been a little warmer. None the less, everyone got their meal at the same time... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 20, 2015
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Birmingham, Alabama
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Merced, California
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW via mobile

Cute cafe on the outside. Once you get inside don't expect any staff to be friendly. Very poor service and food was mediocre. Nothing special at all. The best part was the big whale outside.

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Birmingham, Alabama
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

We had a group of about 20 "pop in" for breakfast Sunday morning without reservations. The staff was great. They seated us all together at 1 table, with a smile and a welcome! The food was great, although it could have been a little warmer. None the less, everyone got their meal at the same time and it was delicious.... More 

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California
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21 reviews 21 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

Went there for lunch today and had...breakfast! So delicious. The bacon was some of the best I've tasted, so were the pancakes and eggs. The Coffee was good, too! Atmosphere was friendly and home-like. This place is worth checking out!!!

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Redwood City, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

We were looking for a great local breakfast joint and this is it! There's some fun history surrounding the restaurant and property. We've had breakfast here twice and I look forward to going again on our next visit. Best of all they took a reservation for a large group (10 people) on a Saturday morning. Go for the eggs benedict!

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Tucson, Arizona
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289 restaurant reviews
946 helpful votes 946 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

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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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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39 reviews 39 reviews
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19 helpful votes 19 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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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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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
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?