Friday & Saturday:

8:00am to  9:00pm

8:00am to 10:00pm

Shell Cafe is Premier Smokehouse Barbecue Restaurant in Pismo Beach

Welcome to


Pismo Beach


Come on down and enjoy our Homestyle Cooking, Fresh Seafood, and our Exclusive Smokehouse BBQ - including Baby Back Ribs, Fresh Pacific Salmon, Savory Brisket, and more!


We feature All Day Breakfast, including our Famous Eggs Benedict, and all of our dishes are prepared fresh from our own recipes (no CANS!).  We select only the Best Natural Ingredients  guaranteeing great flavor and wholesome goodness.


Come in today and see why the Shell Cafe has been a Pismo Beach favorite for over 90 years.

Live Entertainment

Ocean View Patio

Experience beautiful Ocean Views with your meal on our enclosed patio. With clean sea air and Live Music on the weekends, it is the ultimate in beach dining.

All Day Breakfast

Enjoy our Delicious Breakfast items all day, every day. From Fluffy Pancakes and Bacon & Eggs to our Famous Eggs Benedict, you'll be glad that you did.

WOW that chowder was great love this place

A portion of the menu is dedicated to just eggs Beni. 3 or 4 styles. Love love love! The sauce is homemade. Yum! Fairly priced and worth it.

Had a great lunch. Totally come back. Great service.

Great experience.  Delicious!





Shell Cafe receives Top Rating for its Clam Chowder in Pismo Beach Restaurant Competition

Heritage & Tradition

In our Garden room, one of the four dining areas at the Shell Cafe, you can see the original outside wall of the restaurant which is covered in Abalone and Pismo Clam shells that are over 90 years old. This is where the name "Shell Cafe" originated.


Adorning the interior walls are many historical photos including one of the 1929 California Motorcycle Rally, which the Shell Cafe was one of the original sponsors. Mementos and pictures of celebrities can also be seen throughout our restaurant from each era.


Besides the restaurant itself, there are a number of cozy cottages around the property where guests used to stay while visiting our beautiful area. Some of these cottages are over 90 years old.


Although we are continually renovating the cottages, the upgrades have been performed in a manner that maintains the coziness and simple life prevalent here on California's Central Coast.


Shell Cafe History

Step into the Shell Cafe and you will be treated to a slice of Pismo Beach history at one of the longest operating restaurants on the Central Coast.


Our history is rich with great tradition. Price Street is the original "El Camino Real", the main road between northern and southern California.


Our restaurant was, and remains, the midway point between Los Angeles and San Francisco. Travelers and Hollywood celebrities, including friends of William Randolph Hearst on their way to Hearst Castle,  found the restaurant a perfect place to relax and have a bite to eat - with a great view of the Pacific Ocean - on their journey up and down the coast.


Although much has changed over the years (in 1926, hamburgers were 9 cents and omelets were 2 for 25 cents), the Shell Cafe's commitment to quality and to providing the best experience for our customers remains our top priorities.