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Ben Franklin's Sandwich Co

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313 Higuera St, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401-4214
(805) 544-4948
9:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Sun 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Mon - Sat 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Los Osos, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2016

The lettuce smells like last week's, and the bread is really limp and tasteless. Much better sandwiches elsewhere in SLO, not far away.

Thank Picky-daughter-n-law
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 96 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2016

Assuming you are on Highway 101 you will have to make a slight detour to find this attractive and worthwhile stop. There are soups and salads as well as sandwiches. Beer, too. I had a nice, large egg-salad sandwich, with a 409. What can I say? It was served quickly and wth no fuss at all. I recommend this place.

Thank OnParleFrancais
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2016 via mobile

Dropped in for a quick bite before tasting wine. The sandwiches are HUGE and delicious. The staff is helpful and pleasant. I will defiantly return to try the hot Italian.

Thank Suzanne W
Irvine, California, United States
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34 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2016 via mobile

Our car broke down and the service place recommended Ben Franklin's while we waited. The staff was super friendly and provided a bowl of water for our dog. The sandwiches were delicious and inexpensive. House blend coffee was good too. Glad we were pointed here. Thanks.

Thank MDF_U2
San Luis Obispo, California
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16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

I eat here at least twice per week. This is another classic SLO sandwich joint that has its own character of sub sandwich. I recommend the Letter B on French with the works. Ask to have it cut in half as that is not the standard procedure.

Thank david h
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2015

Driving through SLO looking for Jersey Mike's sandwich shop on Yelp. Only Jersey Mike's was behind us in Arroyo Grande. Ben Franklin's was listed with a great review. So like why not give it a try? Our sandwiches were great. Definitely will let friends in on a great sandwich spot in SLO!

1 Thank Dayna H
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19 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015 via mobile

Fresh bread and toppings. Above average meats and cheeses. Friendly attentive service. Not a kosher NY deli, but for a sandwich shop it won't disappoint.

Thank Jim P
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015 via mobile

I've been going here for years. My wife usually gets the extreme Ortega (hot version of the Ortega with Chipotle mayo) and usually get the combo B. They are consistent and they are usually busy. The service is nice to us because we are familiar and we aren't in a hurry.

Thank Belgian79
San Luis Obispo, California
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38 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

No comparison to Subway. The subs are huge and packed to the brink. Try the Ben's Italiano This place has been a local's favorite since the 1960's

Thank RadEng80
Arroyo Grande, California
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87 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

My wife and I had gone by this sandwich shop for years and finally took the time to try it. We ordered 2 sub sandwiches and asked for it on sourdough rolls. Wanted red onions on both sandwiches but they did not offer this. That is just un-American to not have red onions for sandwiches. We moved on. When we... More 

1 Thank GuitarManDoug

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    3 of 5 stars
American, Fast Food, Soups
Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Dining on a budget, Families with children
Open Hours
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
9:00 am - 6:00 pm
9:00 am - 6:00 pm
9:00 am - 6:00 pm
9:00 am - 6:00 pm
9:00 am - 6:00 pm
9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 313 Higuera St, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401-4214
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Luis Obispo County  >  San Luis Obispo
  • Phone Number: (805) 544-4948

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?