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The Steaming Bean Shell Beach

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1651 Shell Beach Road, Shell Beach, CA 93449
+1 805-773-2222
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6:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 6:00 am - 5:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Brunch, Breakfast, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Parking Available, Seating, Street Parking, Takeout

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  • 24
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  • 10
    Very good
  • 2
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  • 3
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  • 1
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Great breakfast!

Lovely friendly shabby chic style cafe.great breakfasts!self service choice of really good coffee and the biggest bowl of Greek yoghurt, granola and fruit ive ever seen!

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 15, 2015
Traceyrobbie1
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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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San Diego, CA
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46 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 155 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2015 via mobile

This was the slowest service ever. There is one barista who doesn't get your order until it's entered by the slower cashier. Then you W-A-I-T forever. This isn't a quick stop. Cappuccino wasn't hot at all- so the rub is that the coffee isn't even worth waiting for!! I'd skip his place. There are other coffee shop around.

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Thank mary21221
Torrance, California, USA
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47 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2015

One of the 1st coffee houses south on Hwy 101 coming from San Luis Obispo, in the quite Shell Beach area, good coffee/lattes but could offer more breakfast items.

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Thank Dennis L
Cambridge, United Kingdom
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24 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2015

Lovely friendly shabby chic style cafe.great breakfasts!self service choice of really good coffee and the biggest bowl of Greek yoghurt, granola and fruit ive ever seen!

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Thank Traceyrobbie1
Dallas, Texas
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

Great place right off the beach. Clean, cozy coffee shop serving coffee, tea, smoothies, and really good food. The breakfast burritos are grilled, so they're crispy on the outside and stuffed with fluffy eggs, crispy bacon, and quality cheddar cheese. The waffles were a delightful surprise - they were as good as any upscale brunch spot, but served up by... More 

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Thank Heather M
Boulder, CO
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35 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015 via mobile

Huge breakfast burritos and monster waffles. All was great at this little coffee shop off of the highway. Staff was very friendly and made our quick pit stop a good one!

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Thank BLDRCO
Nelson, New Zealand
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124 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2015 via mobile

Enroute from Santa Barbara to Monterey we stopped here for liquid refreshment. My wife had an Americano, I had a double espresso, and my granddaughter had a hot chocolate. Because I was driving and needed the caffeine, I was the only one to finish our drinks. We have drunk hot chocolate all over the world. Even when stirred this one... More 

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Thank BruceFarquhar
Kristin F, Owner at The Steaming Bean Shell Beach, responded to this review

I'm so sorry that you didn't enjoy your drinks at The Bean. We try very hard to keep the quality of our food and drinks top notch and consistent and I apologize that you felt yours were not up to par. We will definitely look into this and I hope that if you're ever in the neighborhood, that you'll give... More 

Idaho Falls, Idaho, USA
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23 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015 via mobile

Stop in here for a really great cup of coffee! They have multiple drip flavor to choose from that are sways fresh and ready to enjoy. Grab a cup here, then head down to old west cinnamon rolls. You won't regret it!

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Thank Jenni B
San Diego, California
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118 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

The options were many and we like strong hot coffee. While we had to wait for the Fog Catcher it was worth it. We fueled up on our way southbound

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Thank Conrad C
Oregon
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45 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

I asked the hotel for the coffee shop serving Illy coffee as I'd seen a sign driving into town. Steaming Bean is on the same street as that coffee shop, but it's not Illy coffee. For me, it was a very simple, rustic local coffee shop. At 6:45am it was nearly dead and barely appeared that the barista had arrived... More 

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Thank drgaud
Carlsbad
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16 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

This small coffee shop serves up great coffee and much more. The friendly and staff and myriad coffee and tea choices along with breakfast and lunch items puts a line to the door that gives you just enough time to survey the menu before you place your order. With plenty of cozy seating both inside and out, it has a... More 

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Thank Kate W

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1651 Shell Beach Road, Shell Beach, CA 93449
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Luis Obispo County  >  Shell Beach
  • Phone Number: +1 805-773-2222

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: American
Open Hours
Sunday
6:00 am - 5:00 pm
Monday
6:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday
6:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday
6:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday
6:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday
6:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday
6:00 am - 5:00 pm

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