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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
6:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 6:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Home Usa
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127 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars 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.

Thank CaseyfromBoston
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12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars 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 

Thank Knong5
Dallas, Texas
1 review
5 of 5 stars 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!

Thank winonaf2002
San Diego, CA
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51 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 172 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.

Thank Nora D
Torrance, California, USA
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54 reviews
35 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.

Thank Dennis L
Cambridge, United Kingdom
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28 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 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!

Thank Traceyrobbie1
Dallas, Texas
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
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 

Thank Heather M
Boulder, CO
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39 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 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!

Nelson, New Zealand
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137 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 77 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 

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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25 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 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!

Thank Jenni B

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
American, Cafe
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
6:00 am - 5:00 pm
6:00 am - 5:00 pm
6:00 am - 5:00 pm
6:00 am - 5:00 pm
6:00 am - 5:00 pm
6:00 am - 5:00 pm
6:00 am - 5:00 pm
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

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?