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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: Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

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  • 58
    Excellent
  • 41
    Very good
  • 14
    Average
  • 13
    Poor
  • 5
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Good decent food and atmosphere

Went here on a suggestion for lunch, and it was pretty tasty. The building is vintage, but it has a good feel it. It was a nice day, and sat out on the patio. I went out on a limb, and tried the lobster Benedict which was really good.

4 of 5 starsReviewed January 3, 2016
Curmudgeon77
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Malta, New York
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Arroyo Grande, California
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33 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I met a friend here so we could have lunch together and catch up. We hadn't seen each other for a few years. We thought the price was a bit high for a sandwich, but ordered anyway. When the food came, the only average size sandwich was cut in half, sitting on a big white plate and THAT WAS IT... More 

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Thank marilynseimpainter
Malta, New York
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2016

Went here on a suggestion for lunch, and it was pretty tasty. The building is vintage, but it has a good feel it. It was a nice day, and sat out on the patio. I went out on a limb, and tried the lobster Benedict which was really good.

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Thank Curmudgeon77
Bakersfield, California, United States
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15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2015

We have eaten here a few times now and love the food. The prices are reasonable and service has always been great.

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Thank Donna W
Pismo Beach, California
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2015

You gotta go where the locals go, I have been eating here for 3 years now, best breakfasts and Bloody's in town !

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Thank Brett M
Tollhouse, Ca.
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41 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2015

I always get a bit nervous when I see a menu that is multiple pages and with a diverse selection. We had dinner here in October 2015 and then breakfast in November 2015. The food is ample in portions, but not remarkable in taste. Both times service was exceptional. If you are looking for decent and dependable, this is your... More 

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Thank gdr23
Fresno, California
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141 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2015

Had lunch here and the food was very good, the patio comfortable and open, and the service prompt and friendly. Outdoor live music by Jimmy set the whole thing off nicely. Would definitely return!

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Thank ReillyClan
Los Angeles, California
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65 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2015

I have been coming to this little cafe for over 10 years...through a few owner changes...some were good others not...not sure if they have recently sold or not but this was really terrible. First off the positives...Our server couldnt have been sweeter or more heloful. I had an orange juice that tased like it had carbonationion in it...she changed it... More 

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Thank Leslie B
cshel08
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13 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2015

We had a great breakfast at the Shell, the wait staff and management made us feel very welcome and recommended several winery tours and other local attractions. The food was outstanding and they use as much fresh local produce as possible to prepare their original menu items. The Shell Café is a great place to eat with local menu choices... More 

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Roseburg, Oregon
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9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2015

Food is fair to poor. Had fish tacos. Stated tortillas were hand made and they were not. Sister ordered fish and chips and didn't come with fries just coleslaw. Husband had scallops and were chewy. I would eat somewhere else next time.

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Thank slowgal
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550 reviews
288 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 198 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2015 via mobile

Stopped in for breakfast and it was delicious! Their breakfast patty sausage is really good with their county potatoes and eggs. It's on the high side but the view makes it worth it.

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Thank Chiefly1

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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: American, Soups

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children
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?