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Top Choice Seafood in Pismo Beach

Cracked Crab

Fresh seafood and regional wines are the staples at this super-casual, family-owned grill. When the famous bucket o’seafood, full of flying bits of fish, Cajun sausage, red potatoes and cob corn, gets dumped on your…
Top Choice Californian in Pismo Beach


Chef Brian Collins, who once cooked at Alice Waters' revered Chez Panisse, has returned to his roots in SLO County. Out of this heart-warming restaurant's wood-burning oven come savory flatbreads, artfully charred s…
Bakery in Pismo Beach

Old West Cinnamon Rolls

The name says it all at this gob-smacking bakery by the beach.
Park in Pismo Beach

Pismo Beach Monarch Butterfly Grove

From November through February, over 25,000 black-and-orange monarchs make their winter home here. Forming dense clusters in the tops of eucalyptus trees, they might easily be mistaken for leaves. Between 10am and 4…
Mexican in Pismo Beach

Frutiland La Casa Del Sabor

Oversized, overstuffed Mexican tortas (sandwiches) will feed two, and there are two dozen varieties to choose from. Or order a platter of blue-corn-tortilla fish tacos with a mango or papaya agua fresca (fruit drink…
Thai in Pismo Beach

Bunn Thai Bistro

In the next-door town of Grover Beach, this nouveau Thai restaurant is splashed with tropical colors. Making side trips into Asian fusion, it caters to omnivores, vegans, vegetarians and gluten-free folks. Lunch spe…
Ice Cream in Pismo Beach

Doc Burnstein’s Ice Cream Lab

In neighboring Arroyo Grande, Doc’s scoops up fantastical flavors like Merlot raspberry truffle and the ‘Elvis Special’ (peanut butter with banana swirls). Live ice-cream lab shows start at 7pm sharp on Wednesday. F…
Wine Bar in Pismo Beach

Taste of the Valleys

Inside a wine shop stacked floor to ceiling with hand-picked vintages from around California and beyond, ask for a taste of anything they’ve got open, or sample from an astounding list of 500 wines poured by the gla…
Bowling in Pismo Beach

Pismo Bowl

Epitomizing Pismo Beach’s retro vibe, this old-fashioned bowling alley is just a short walk uphill from the pier. Blacklight ‘cosmic' and karaoke bowling rule Friday and Saturday nights.
Cultural in Pismo Beach

Wine, Waves & Beyond

Surfing competitions, surf-themed movies, wine tasting and a big bash on the beach with live music and food in late April or early May.