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Shell Cafe

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1351 Price St, Pismo Beach, CA 93449-2217
+1 805-773-8300
08:00 - 22:00
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Sun 08:00 - 20:00
Mon - Tue 08:00 - 15:00
Wed - Sat 08:00 - 22:00
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Arroyo Grande, California
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11 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I went to breakfast here with some friends that were visiting from out of town. The menu has changed a little but the food was still as great as ever. Really friendly service. They just got their liquor license and will be remodeling to add a full bar. This will definitely be a great place to meet for a bloody... More 

Thank JenV65
Seattle Area
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100 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Located on the North end of the Pismo business area, this is the best breakfast spot. Good water views, casual, outstanding chicken fried steak and very decent eggs benny. We were there mid-morrning so service was immediate and attentive.

Thank rockySeattleArea
Richland, Washington
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50 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Whenever we get to the central-coast ,we try to have at-least one meal at the Shell Café...Service is usually good with friendly staff, attentive to your needs ...offering suggestions...The view is excellent ..within sight of the beach...boardwalk and pier... You get the full "beach-treatment" with the sights and smells of the ocean...

Thank bbiken
Roseville, California
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57 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 February 2017

Typical breakfast menu but prepared very nicely with excellent service. Lots of history to this place, so be sure to check out the old photos and write-ups on the walls.

Thank calyptephile
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 February 2017

The food here is excellent. We'd recommend it to anyone & everyone. It was close to where we were staying.

Thank Carol B
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2017 via mobile

I had a pork belly sandwich that was written on the board as special of the day. It read generous portion pork belly sandwich. When I got the sandwich it was not a generous and when I open the sandwich to spread the meat around there was a big piece of what looked like a large vein. That's all it... More 

Thank ruthann h
Bend, Oregon
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29 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 January 2017

we just happened to stop as we were driving down 101 had a nice lunch. recommend their muscles and clams and spinach salad.

Thank bigredmachine1975
Los Angeles, California
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 January 2017

The food was delicious. The food sizes are big and tasty. We had the clam chowder, breakfast with thick bacon, potatoes, well cooked eggs and fresh orange juice. Everything was great. Our waiter was wonderful and down to earth.

Thank jama4ca
Denver, Colorado
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017

We had breakfast here after staying a night at the Seacrest. The food was ok but a bit pricey. The waitress was very friendly.

Thank LetsGo303
Destin, Florida, United States
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 December 2016 via mobile

This was a nice find. Great food. I had the chicken fried steak and eggs. The gravy is to die for!!My husband had the chicken and waffles. He really enjoyed his. Not a thing to complain out. The friendliest service was the icing on the cake!! Will return before we go home.

Thank Jacqueline R

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
American, Soups, Cafe
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Reservations, Highchairs Available
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Groups, Local cuisine
Open Hours
08:00 - 20:00
08:00 - 15:00
08:00 - 15:00
08:00 - 22:00
08:00 - 22:00
08:00 - 22:00
08:00 - 22:00
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: +1 805-773-8300

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