Steamers of Pismo
Steamers of Pismo

Steamers of Pismo

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.steamerspismobeach.com/
  • Phone: 8057734711
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Sunday - Monday: 11:30pm - 3:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 4:30pm - 9:00pm, Friday: 4:30pm - 10:00pm, Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Steak, Seafood
  • Executive Chef: Danna Vachal
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Delivery, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Contact: John Smith 8057734711
  • Entertainment: Live Music from great local singers Thursday's, Friday's, & Saturday's

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Dolliver
  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from Steamers of Pismo
Anchored atop the bluffs of Pismo Beach you'll discover Steamers of Pismo. Steamers is reelin' in only the finest coastal cuisine featuring fresh seafood, pasta, and McLintocks steaks. Sumptuous sauces and eclectic flavor combinations make every menu choice a favorite. Enjoy our signature steamed clams or award-winning clam chowder before trying one of our enticing daily specials. We feature an extensive wine list that includes many local favorites, as well as some unexpected surprises. The creative children’s menu is sure to please even the most finicky diner. Our panoramic view of the Pacific coastline offers unforgettable scenes of the historic Pismo Beach Pier, playful dolphins and migrating whales. Outstanding service, truly memorable food, and spectacular views are the catch of the day at Steamers!
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerScenic View
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Steamers of Pismo reviews from OpenTable diners
80 reviews since June 27, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (75)special occasion (42)romantic (31)good for groups (18)neighborhood gem (11)notable wine list (9)kid-friendly (9)vibrant bar scene (7)fit for foodies (7)great for lunch (6)late-night find (5)hot spot (4)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • great view
    Greg
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    good food and service ... great ocean view at sunset
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very good restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    We had an excellent dinner at Steamers. The location is terrific and the food really delicious. While on the expensive side and more than we usually pay for dinners (most selections are in the $20-$35 range), the servings are decent sized and the setting and food make the price seem well worth it.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrific view
    GinnySVIP
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Your first impression of the outside of the building is not the greatest, but inside it is modern & clean. They have a nice bar area and the dining room has a spectacular view of the ocean. Service was good. Menu for lunch is quite limited but everyone in our party was satisfied with their meal. Nothing spectacular but good food at a reasonable price.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Worth the drive
    Procellp
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Steamers is a restaurant you don't want to miss. The atmosphere is casual, but the food is plated as if it were gourmet. My husband and I have begun going there whenever we are at the coast. The meals are always delicious and portions are large. We like to sit along the window. The view of the ocean as the sun sets is beautiful. The service is excellent, as well. We highly recommend Steamers as a place to enjoy your evening meal.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sumuku
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    As usual with Open Table reservation, we were seated immediately. Best ribeye steak. Upon inquiry we learned new chef of about one year.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Chef
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Clam Chowder was great! Ordered the Pismo Platter and it was so overdone i'm totally shocked and surprised that the food preparer would even serve it to a customer! Instead of each piece of fish being golden brown each piece was overdone dark brown. Kept my cool and didn't complain. I just won't go back here again!
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Seafood affair
    Jules
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    My husband and I traveled to Pismo Beach for a romantic anniversary weekend and made dinner reservations at Steamers. We sat at a booth with a window view of the pier and beautiful sunset! Our waiter was wonderful ... very professional, offering us his recommendations of menu items and we were not disappointed! Great restaurant with wonderful food and setting!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Steamers Pismo
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    We celebrated our son's 25th birthday at Steamers! We were seated at a window table overlooking the ocean and enjoyed a spectacular sunset! We started with a pound of steamed clams which were small, succulent, tender and sweet! The wine, lemon, herb broth was delicious! We dove in, along with the yummy pull apart bread. Two in our group got the bleu cheese filet which was cooked perfectly med. Rare. The meat was tender and delicious. Another had the Mahi Mahi which was cooked perfectly, light, flakey and delicious. I had the salmon cilantro salad which was huge! The salmon was grilled perfectly and delicious. We finished off our meal sharing Creme Brulle and bread pudding..yum! We would most definitely return!
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect food, spectacular view
    Marianne
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    Sat by the window overlooking the beautiful Pismo Beach~ spectacular. I ordered Calamari&Chips, my friend had Fish & Chips. I was expecting the usual calamari strips or rings but got a whole, beautiful steak, fork tender & cooked to perfection. The fries were crispy & delicious & the coleslaw made in house. My friend raved about her fish & chips as well & we both cleaned our plates. Service was friendly & attentive & we will definitely return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Awesome!!
    Petergottm
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Great food the seafood fondue was great, the surf & turf was amazing & to top it off the Carmel basket was splendid! Really good service too!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great find for our families
    CAgirl
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    6 of us dined on Sept. 19 - 4 adults, 2 kids under 10. It was my best friend and my 51st birthdays, & none of us had dined here before. My friend's order was wrong, twice, however the restaurant went out of their way to make it up to us. The manager personally came out twice, and the waitress apologized profusely. They didn't make excuses, but made sure to do whatever it took to make it up to us. The food was GREAT, the view was GREAT, and the staff and manager were outstanding. When in the area again we will definitely visit.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Local Spot
    beavisgenius
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    This was our second visit here. We love the steamed clams and I think we're going to start making this a regular spot for us to visit.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Mediocre
    Cece
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    Food was mediocre at best. Giving the restaurant a little slack, maybe we shouldn't have gone on a Monday.Would not recommend .
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Very enjoyable
    Vegan
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    The food and service were wonderful, with the wait staff being particularly attentive to my food requirements. Beautiful view of the sunset over the ocean.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food with a great view
    Millerbeachfam
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Our table was readily available at our reservation time. We were able to snag a booth with a large window and ocean view. The service was good. Our server was clearly new but other staff were available and very helpful even though it was a Saturday night and quite busy. Bleu cheese filet was small for a 9oz but tasty. Best part of the meal was the bread pudding. Best we've had. Hands down!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good seafood overlooking Pismo
    Jsprague56VIP
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    I found Steamers through Open Table and had a very nice meal. The staff were gracious and helpful and I really appreciate the local wine selections ON TAP!
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food-!!Food
    Localdude
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Service was good but SLOW. Food was tasty but heavy deep frying--to much for the clam strips and scallops. The fish was okay. The choices on the menu were not as many as we expected I have gone there since it opened in the 70's with family and friends. The views are great
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great view and food
    DarleneVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    The food here is delicious. I have visited before. Try to reserve a table by a window. Service is tops. My only complaint would be the noise level. Forget a nice conversational atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Beautiful view, good food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    The view of the beach and ocean and great and can be seen from most tables. The food is good but perhaps not great. There were four of us and all of us had fish in one form or another and were all pleased with out entrees. Service was good also. I would definitely return.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Poor service, average meal
    W1neL0verVIP
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    We ad to ask for water twice. We Had to ask to have the wine opened twice. We had to ask for wine glasses twice. We never received any butter after asking twice. We never received any steamers that were supposed to be on top of the calamari. It was pretty obvious that our server was more worried about his tip from two larger parties to take care of us.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Special evening
    Yaya
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Holly is very knowledgable about the food, esp. fish. Appreciate her making my experience at Steamers so special! Had the Seabass-yummy! Nice that we can now make reservations online.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special Occasion
    ObjectiveCritic
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    We celebrated our 20th Wedding Anniversary. It was the perfect place as we sat next to the window over seeing the ocean and watch the sunset. Perfect.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Solid food and nice wine
    MarlaPR
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    We have stopped here twice driving up the coast and have always loved the view of the ocean, friendly service and fresh fish!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Don't go on the weekend...
    birthdaybummer
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We made reservations for Saturday evening. The food was good but the service was horrible. The restaurant was packed. We were so close to the table beside us half of our party was getting up the entire dinner to let the people from the other table out to use the restroom and order drinks from the bar. They had to go to the bar and order their own drinks because our server was so busy. I felt so bad for our server as it was not his fault and I know he was doing he best he could. We were there to celebrate my birthday but the service, cramped table, and loud environment ruined the celebration. No one in my family will return to Steamers and I am so sad because I do enjoy the food but I can't blame them, it was a pretty horrible night.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • terrible
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    It took almost an hour to get our food. My girlfriends and I went into the bar to get a shot because our food was taking forever to get and the bartender told us the manger cut us off.!!! We are in our 50's and just having some fun while we patiently waited for our food. I had a beer at the table.. When I asked her about it she denied it. It was terrible.
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  • Perfect Choice
    Lcomeda2
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We had a party of six plus one that jumped in at the last minute, the staff was friendly, our table was ready right on our arrival, the view was spectacular. We had a schedule to keep and were pleased to not run late. The food was good, especially the clam chowder. The bread pudding was GREAT.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great view, decent food
    MoMo
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Took the family here last week mid-week. Had a nice table by the window and our server was great. Only real complaint was my $30 ahi tuna portion was probably about half the size I expected (about 8 slices or so). Felt the portion could have been a little bigger for what I paid. Otherwise the other items ordered were fine and tasted good.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, romantic, scenic view
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • It was ok
    Erlozano
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    The service and location was great. We had a great view of the ocean & saw the sunset in the evening. The food on the other hand was a different story. I ordered oysters & my first 3 came out great, so I decided to order 3 more. When the second set came out, they delivered them not on ice & with no lemon slices. My sea bass was over cooked and my husbands mashed potatoes were undercooked. Since we had so many food errors, the waiter did comp our desserts & coffee. The one thing I do recommend is there pudding bread a la mode. That was probably the one thing that made things ok. So go for the view & service & order something easy. We wished it was better, especially since it was our anniversary, but it wasn't the end of the world.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Good!
    embryant
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Great food and service. Very accommodating. Love the steamed clams!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Kimmy
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Good and service not great Food very overpriced for the quality
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Robert
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    Great location, friendly and attentive staff. Half off wine special was extra treat. Definitely will return.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyable meal.
    Dublingirl
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    We had a very enjoyable meal at this restaurant. They have many window tables with a great view of the Pacific Ocean. I had a Spanish Shrimp Cocktail for my appetiser which was one of the nicest shrimp cocktails I have had. My husband had Crab cakes which were also very good. My main course was Seafood Pasta which was jam packed with huge shrimp and scallops. My husband had a Pismo Platter which he enjoyed but felt there was too much fried food on the plate. It would have been better if one of the seafood items had been steamed or grilled to break up the slight monotony of fried flavour. All in all, an enjoyable meal. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone who enjoys seafood.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great ocean view & service, ok food
    TolucaLakeLocal
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    My guy friend, who is a local, picked Steamers because of the great ocean view, however, he cautioned the food did not justify the price....and he is not a thrifty diner. Clams were tiny, watery tasteless broth, my breaded calamari was good - very light, but no flavor. It was on a bed of a few asparagus & some white (yuck!) sticky rice. Would have been nice to have wild rice or something a little healthier. My friend's Caesar salad was large, but nothing to brad about. Would have been nice to have been surprised with a dressing that knocked your socks off. Our waitress was great, friendly and made the dining experience fun. Also enjoyed our drinks and will probably revisit the bar because they were reasonably priced.Would give it try again
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food and view!
    Dining29
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    This was our first visit for dinner. The food was very good, served hot and presented tastefully. Waiter was good. Our best experience has been for lunch. We have been here a number of times, driving from the Santa Ynez Valley. We love the view and always have a good food experience. We will be back!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Central Coast Gem
    SoCalSusana
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    Steamers has everything you would want from an Ocean View Seafood Restaurant. Excellent service, incredible views of the Pacific Ocean, great menu wth fresh fish selections (non fish items too) set in an atmosphere of causal elegance. Make sure to make a reservation.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best scenic view ever!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    Thanks for sitting us at a table with the best view. Wonderful food. Have already recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sunset Dinner
    tee2table
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    First time at this restaurant and the view was outstanding. We watched the whales while we dinned on the outstanding meal. Even bought a bottle of the dipping sauce to enjoy at home.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 2 Thumbs up
    Love2eat
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    Food was delicious, ambience was nice, had a beautiful view of the ocean. Margaritas were the bomb! Waiter was great! We had a great experience dining here! Would definitely come back!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Mediocre
    Tweetypie1969
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    I have been here a couple times before when I've visited Pismo. The prior times the food & service was great, but this time was much different. The service was good initially but once our food arrived we did not see our waiter again until the bill. And unfortunately, the food was disappointing. I ordered the steamer clams which tasted good but they were super tiny. This is my favorite dishes and I have never seen steamers this little. We ordered coconut shrimp appetizer which had itty bitty shrimp too! My filet was cook perfectly but the meat was lacking in flavor and stringy with fat..ewwww! My mashed potatoes were luke warm which was a bummer. On a positive note, my son really liked his fish & chips. I wonder if there's new management?
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    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great food, great views
    meg805
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    While the price may scare a few away, the taste and ambiance makes it all worth it. Great for a date night, family dinner, group event, etc. Had the seafood pasta and it was delicious with large shrimp, large scallops and they have a great selection of beers and wine.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 40 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 27, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4
    • Ambiance4.3
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
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