Rooftop at Inn at the Pier

3.7
96 Reviews
$30 and under
Californian
The Rooftop at Inn at the Pier is the bar to visit in Pismo Beach, with elevated views of the Pacific coastline and effortless West Coast style. Bask in the sunshine poolside, or keep it cool under an umbrella. Choose from seasonally-inspired small plates at our Pismo Beach restaurant, perfectly complemented by signature cocktails and the best of local craft brews. Grab the girls for the ultimate Sunday brunch - did we mention the Build Your Own Bellini Bar? Or share a breathtaking sunset with that certain someone. At The Rooftop, every occasion is special.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 96 people are saying
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3.7based on recent ratings
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3.7
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4.3
ambience
3.6
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67% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall1food2service1ambience4

Reservation was not needed for lunch. Only one server on duty. Waited over one hour to order, another hour wait to get the mediocre food. Will not be back.

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vipvincent
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall1food2service1ambience1

waited 2h to get a drink and sandwiches, no food menu, drinks ok...

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall1food1service2ambience2

Open Table allowed me to book a reservation for10:45 am, we traveled from outside of the area for this reservation specifically and the restaurant didn’t open until 11:30. I had to book another reservation for 12:00 and kill some time only to wait over 30 min for a drink and then 90 min for my food. I will never return and never recommend.

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Braden
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall1food4service1ambience2

Wasn’t ready for our reservation.
Out of the food we ordered and not told until after 20 min in.
Forgot drinks, spoons and utensils
Poor service.

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OpenTable Diner
Austin
28 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience5

Food was very good and staff was very friendly but the service was amazingly slow- over 45 minutes from ordering until hummus appetizer arrived.

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vipCHRISL
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience4

I made reservations six weeks ahead of time for a special occasion, my daughters graduation. We were ushered to a couch area with three tiny tables where we were expected to dine a full meal for seven people. I requested another table which we got. It took them a half an hour to acknowledge us at the new table and to bring us drinks. . The menu choices were not good (4 entrees) service was slow. No one seemed to care. To add insult to injury, they attached a 22% automatic tip to our party. The food and drink choices were minimal and overpriced. Overall a horrible experience. Especially disappointing on a special occasion like this and in a venue with great potential.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Got to celebrate my graduation here with my family and the view was beautiful! Great service - quick and easy.

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Rich
Central Coast
5 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience4

View is outstanding.
Food options were limited. Chips were very greasy.
Seems they were short staffed the day we went.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience5

Menu was different than published , chef had quit the day before. Server was surely and neglectful. Beautiful spot but they have a lot of work to do.

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall1food1service5ambience5

Limited menu, no kids menu

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Dkap
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The rooftop has a great view and lovely servers. We did a bunch of small things and shared. Everything was delish. The drinks are strong too!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience5

The place was fantastic we can see the beach from where we are sitting. Our server was very nice too. The only this was the food.

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DonnaLynn
Las Vegas
16 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The Rooftop at the Pier is a great location facing Pismo Beach and being up on the rooftop provides excellent views of the beach, ocean and pier. This was not our first time and we returned for their grilled fresh fish that we had previously enjoyed. But much to my surprise they did not have any fish?? Our waiter who provided perfect service and was friendly and attentive said the menu had been adjusted. Well ok I can understand that given the past year we have all endured but to delete a fish entree from an ocean pier restaurant? Sorry but that just does not make good sense. It was a disappointment yet our lunch was still very good. The clam chowder is excellent and a chicken sandwich was tasty. Cadillac Margaritas are always good no matter where you are.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience4

When we arrived there was nobody working at the host stand with a sign stating to wait to be seated. Ourselves and two other parties remained in the hallway waiting for someone who worked there for several minutes. Finally we tracked someone down who worked there and were sat after not even being acknowledged for about 15 minutes. Compared to what’s posted online, the menu they presented us had very few items, and only gave us a dinner menu. Nothing my kids could eat. When we asked they said it was because the printer was broken? In all we were there for one hour and only got drinks. We finally asked for the check when nobody even tried to take our food order after 45 minutes. It’s sad because this place seems to have potential but it was not a good experience. I’m hoping they are able to get more adequately staffed and bring back the bigger menu as we’d love to come back. They do have great views but service today was not it.

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vipSatya
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience3

It took 2 hrs to get the appetizers and the entrees. Poor service. We had requested for dairy free option but the food had dairy. They forgot to bring couple appetizers and messed up the entree too. It’s the worst dining experience that I have had in years. Never will recommend any one to this place.

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JohannaA
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall3food3service1ambience4

Extremely slow service. Ordered steak medium rare was served well done.

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deniset
Hawaii
9 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience4

Great views but that is it. I ordered the Mexican candy cocktail and I don’t think there was any alcohol in it and all our meals were sub par: chowder, burger, kale salad and halibut. Views are great and nice vibe with fire pits...if you go order a glass of wine or beer and house made chips...that’s it! It could be so much better...it’s too bad!

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Maria is a fabulous server. We love this place.

JR
vipJanR
San Francisco
36 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience5

Well we were anxious to have some seafood as was listed on their menu via OpenTable...we got there and only 3 entrees: clam chowder (is this an entree), hamburger, or chicken. View was great so we stayed. The wait staff was very nice and accommodating.

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Bickster
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, great view, and food was good 👌🏼

-staff helped with the requests I made
-they were friendly
-view was great at sunset
-food tasted good

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Nico
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great views, not to loud, limited menu due to Covid-19. Service was good and timely.

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SuzanneV
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Service was not great. Waitress forgot about our waters, did not ask the choice of side dish and we ended up with a lunch plate full of chips. Not get a customer receipt of the bill, stating that they were saving paper?! There were only a few customers so It was not due to being busy. Just not great customer service.
The view was nice on the rooftop.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The view was super pretty. The waitress was so friendly , food was good :).. we will come back!

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AnnC
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The restaurant is special because of the location. The rooftop has a lovely view and the heaters are close enough to the tables to keep warm. The corkage fee is huge ($25.00) which will prevent me from going back as I like to bring a nice bottle of local wine. The food was very small portions, but was well prepared.

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GinaL
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the grilled sea bass, which was OUTSTANDING. The whole fish was served deboned. The salsa verde was perfectly salty and garlicy. The sauteed sweet pea tendrils were a welcome variation from the spinach that is normally served.

It was our first meal since March 2020, we will be back.

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OpenTable Diner
Tucson
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Maria was wonderful. Super attentive and friendly. We will definitely be back!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Took our food over an hour to come even though there were hardly any people there. Our server wasn't enthusiastic about anything. The heaters weren't working. Just all around bad experience for us.

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vipSteveR
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a really beautiful view and a low key place to hang out and enjoy good well priced food and drinks

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MikeG
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The Mexican Candy drink was sooo yummy. So was the homemade chips and onion dip. Turkey sandwich was delicious. Fish sandwich could use a higher quality fish. The chocolate creme pot dessert was so heavenly. Caramel and nuts! We love local so we will definitely be back! Cannot beat the view. I mean it is the best in Pismo.

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vipFancnan
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great daytime view. Food really good. Weather a big decider.

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KittyCuddy
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

I absolutely indulged in every second at this breathtaking perch just over the sea. I will return each time I visit Pismo/ SLO. It is a new MUST DO for us. The food was not bad, good drinks, but the view. We could not get enough. This is actually the second best rooftop in Socal we've been to many rooftops all over southern Ca this one is neck and neck for the number one roof top bar title. You must visit!

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vipKatrina
Orange County
44 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

My husband and I had the home made chips and onion dip, just loved. The halibut was good just wish there were more vegetables with it. Mai Tai was great and so was the service.

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vipMatt
Central Coast
239 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a great way to finish our beach hike! Bottle of wine, delicious appetizers, and an amazing rooftop view of Pismo Beach. We will be back.

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Karlie
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience2

We were given 1 menu for 5 of us. It took over 30 mins for our drinks. Our food took even longer and was mediocre at best. None of our dinner plates were cleared even when they brought dessert and didn’t have anywhere to put them.

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AdamB
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience4

Waited 45 minutes to get our table (reserved).
Personable host.
Great views.
Mediocre food; burger seemed like frozen patties, seemed mustard was added to aioli, side chips were the saltiest I have ever tasted- did not finish for this reason.
Servers attentive, personable, although seemed rushed.
Drink (old fashioned) watered down by arrival, bland- consider using 1 ice cube.
Floors dirty- crunched goldfish crackers underneath our table. Consider having staff sweep.

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BRobben
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience1

Food was cheap looking. Oysters were not good. Wish it was better.

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter David was awesome! Made our first experience excellent.

JF
JasonF
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Clean, great view

BC
BeckyC
Las Vegas
10 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome
Customer service. Gentleman doing the seating. Does a great job!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Nice location with great views and sunsets. Food was excellent. Service is good just a bit slow. Don’t be in a rush.

FAQs

Rooftop at Inn at the Pier does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates. Rooftop at Inn at the Pier also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (805) 295-6313.

Rooftop at Inn at the Pier is rated 3.7 stars by 96 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.