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The Steaming Bean Shell Beach

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1651 Shell Beach Rd, Shell Beach, CA 93449-1957
+1 805-773-2222
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6:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Long Island, New York
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16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 25, 2016

Cute little coffee shop with a cool local vibe and friendly staff. I had an iced coffee and it was really tasty. Love that there's outdoor seating. Would definitely recommend stopping by for your caffeine fix!

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Thank Jaimie3
Home Usa
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271 reviews
189 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 22, 2016 via mobile

Coffee is as consistently good as the place in consistently slow. Give this bohemian place a try when you're not in a hurry.

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Thank CaseyfromBoston
sourh pasadena
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44 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 200 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 20, 2016 via mobile

Arrived around 11:30 to get coffee & lite breakfast. Three young ladies behind the counter. Placed our order and was told it would be 45 minutes for our food order consisting of granola & yogurt. We passed on getting food. I was given coffee cup and went to fill cup up, but four of five coffee thermos' were empty. I... More 

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Thank 1JetSetGal1
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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203 reviews
143 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 8, 2016

Great coffee, friendly staff, outside seating, some food (although we didn't eat). This is an easy location to get to with off street parking.

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Thank punkiepam
London, United Kingdom
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27 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 31, 2016 via mobile

Great little place for breakfast. We had a breakfast buritto, a granola and a med scrambled egg. Good iced coffee too. Only reason for not giving 5* is that service was rather slow.

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Thank beebad2013
Home Usa
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271 reviews
189 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 24, 2016 via mobile

Place has authentic beach-bum charm and interesting breakfast and lunch munchies. Coffee is good but espresso only fair, and they definitely do not understand ristretto. Try it only when you have time and patience because service, even walk-up counter service, is slow.

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Thank CaseyfromBoston
Chicago
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12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 27, 2016

Popped in for an afternoon cup of coffee while on vacation, and I was pleasantly surprised. Found this coffee so good, I came back with the hubby the next day for more. Even bought some coffee to give as gifts when we returned to Chicago. The staff was so friendly, and the place was filled with laid-back locals chatting outside... More 

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Thank Knong5
Dallas, Texas
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 14, 2016 via mobile

A perfect gem - mostly locals, but so friendly and welcoming to visitors. Great food (much nicer than typical "cafe" food), excellent coffee, and great atmosphere. Love it!

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Thank winonaf2002
San Diego, CA
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58 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 177 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles 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 Nora D
Torrance, California, USA
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60 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles 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

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
American, Cafe
Meals
Lunch, Brunch, Breakfast
Restaurant features
Seating, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Takeout
Good for
Families with children
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
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1651 Shell Beach Rd, Shell Beach, CA 93449-1957
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Luis Obispo County  >  Shell Beach
  • Phone Number: +1 805-773-2222

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