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Things to do in Pismo Beach

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Park
“The butterflies are more active in warm, sunny weather. If it is cold look for the clumps of them in the trees. There is a nice walking path through the grove to the beach. Entrance and parking are free.”
  • 67 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
“If you need it, they have it. A collection of great shops from Nike to Levi. They feature kids, teen, adult clothing and shoes, kitchen wear, and even an "As Seen On TV" store. ”
  • 32 locals recommend
Bar
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“Most beautiful panoramic views with the best (and most expensive) brunch in the area. Bottomless mimosas and bloody mary's, along with crab legs, oyster shooters, carving and omelette station. My favorite is their chile verde and carnitas taco station with homemade tortillas. Reservations are suggested. If you're unable to get a reservation, get there before 10 am to get in line. ”
  • 50 locals recommend
New American Restaurant
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“BEST BRUNCH! AMERICAN EATERY WITH ECLECTIC FLARE. LOCALLY SOURCED SCRATCH KITCHEN. THEY'RE MOST KNOWN FOR THEIR CHICKEN AND WAFFFLES. ”
  • 37 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
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“Delicious, world famous clam chowder and more!! They even fry twinkies and snickers bars for an unusual dessert. ”
  • 34 locals recommend
Mexican Restaurant
$$
“Great food, in the beautiful Shell Beach neighborhood. They have good patio seating.”
  • 29 locals recommend
Grocery or Supermarket
“Supermarket for groceries, produce, deli items, personal care, home goods, etc.”
  • 21 locals recommend
Pier
“The Pismo Pier is a nice stroll, with a beautiful view. The downtown area nearby has cute beachy shops and restaurants. A great place to watch the sunset!”
  • 20 locals recommend
Playground
“We love taking our son to play at this park and then we walk straight from the park to eat at one of the restaurants in Shell Beach. Plus it has a beautiful walking path and the Ocean in the background.”
  • 25 locals recommend
Massage Studio
“Family fun in a large pool with waterslides and a mineral spring tub for a deep soak”
  • 15 locals recommend
Brewery
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“Fig Mountain is just down the street. We're not big on the food - besides the NACHOS which are huge and tasty. The beer menu is great and changes daily. Paul is a fan of anything dark or nitro.”
  • 18 locals recommend
American Restaurant
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“Great coastal town with many delicious places to eat, shop and relax with beautiful ocean views! Shell Beach Brew House has great food and craft beers!”
  • 18 locals recommend
Bar
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“Neighborhood watering hole with a folksy feel, several pool tables, live music & a cozy dance floor.”
  • 15 locals recommend
Thai Restaurant
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“Fantastic Thai restaurant. Moderate to high price. comfy. Great fresh good! Highly recommend. Be sure to check hours of operation”
  • 18 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Breakfast, lunch and dinner restaurant. Bar with live music venues. A block away”
  • 13 locals recommend
Bar
“Really yummy food. Fun place in a beautiful small beach community. We love taking my son to Dinosaur park and then walking to this place for dinner. It’s family friendly, but would also recommend for a fun romantic dinner as well.”
  • 19 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Bar
“Most beautiful panoramic views with the best (and most expensive) brunch in the area. Bottomless mimosas and bloody mary's, along with crab legs, oyster shooters, carving and omelette station. My favorite is their chile verde and carnitas taco station with homemade tortillas. Reservations are suggested. If you're unable to get a reservation, get there before 10 am to get in line. ”
  • 50 locals recommend
New American Restaurant
“BEST BRUNCH! AMERICAN EATERY WITH ECLECTIC FLARE. LOCALLY SOURCED SCRATCH KITCHEN. THEY'RE MOST KNOWN FOR THEIR CHICKEN AND WAFFFLES. ”
  • 37 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
“Delicious, world famous clam chowder and more!! They even fry twinkies and snickers bars for an unusual dessert. ”
  • 34 locals recommend
Mexican Restaurant
“Great food, in the beautiful Shell Beach neighborhood. They have good patio seating.”
  • 29 locals recommend
Brewery
“Fig Mountain is just down the street. We're not big on the food - besides the NACHOS which are huge and tasty. The beer menu is great and changes daily. Paul is a fan of anything dark or nitro.”
  • 18 locals recommend
Thai Restaurant
“Fantastic Thai restaurant. Moderate to high price. comfy. Great fresh good! Highly recommend. Be sure to check hours of operation”
  • 18 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Breakfast, lunch and dinner restaurant. Bar with live music venues. A block away”
  • 13 locals recommend
Bar
“Really yummy food. Fun place in a beautiful small beach community. We love taking my son to Dinosaur park and then walking to this place for dinner. It’s family friendly, but would also recommend for a fun romantic dinner as well.”
  • 19 locals recommend

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