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Spyglass Inn Restaurant, Shell Beach, CA

Spyglass Inn Restaurant

4.4
4.4
93 Reviews
$31 to $50
Seafood
With great food and breathtaking views, the Spyglass Inn Restaurant has been a favorite for locals and travelers alike since 1984. Join us for a simple causal meal, a family meal, a social celebration, or a business function. You will find the food, the service and the ambience to your complete satisfaction. The Spyglass Inn Restaurant is owned by Doug and Susan Redican, notable Central Coast restauranteurs, and is part of the California Coastal Restaurants group which also includes Rose’s Bar & Grill in Morro Bay. Relax and enjoy the afternoon sun or take in the beautiful sunsets and clear starry nights as you listen to the surf crashing below. You may even see whales, dolphins, and seals as they occasionally pass by.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, American, Breakfast

  • Hours of operation

    Breakfast Daily 8:00 am–11:30 am Lunch Daily 11:30 am–4:00 pm Happy Hour Mon–Fri, Sun 3:00 pm–6:00 pm Dinner Daily 4:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (805) 773-1222

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Gelacio Catalan

  • Catering

    No off-site catering available. On site catering is available. Reach out to Ashley White at spyglass@spyglassinnrestaurant.com for more details on the banquet menus we have available.

  • Private party facilities

    Event space available for booking. Offering an outdoor space on the Shell Beach Bluffs, catering to small wedding ceremonies, receptions and small dinner parties. We do have an indoor banquet space that has a capacity of about 65, this space is available for future rent and when COVID regulations ease up it will be fully available for events. We offer venue planning services, food and beverage services and wait staff for your event. Reach out to Ashley White at spyglass@pyglassinnrestaurant.com to inquire about your next special occasion!

  • Neighborhood

    Pismo Beach

  • Cross street

    Highway 101 - Exit Spyglass Dr.

  • Parking details

    Hotel parking lot, restaurant guests park free.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 93 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.4
4.4 based on all time ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    33 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on August 8, 2021

    overall4food3service4ambience5
    Sean was a very kind and thoughtful waiter.
  2. TC

    TriciaC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 4, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our outdoor dining experience was fabulous - included a gorgeous sunset. Great food and service. Spyglass never disapoints.
  3. CP

    CaroleP

    Savannah

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were there for the all you can eat crab legs. They were wonderful. The service was excellent also.
  4. CR

    CandiceR

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 28, 2021

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Steak was delicious, drink from from the bartender were super strong for me . I ordered a cocktail drink !
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 28, 2021

    overall3food5service1ambience5
    The hostess had a really bad idea of logic when it came to seating reservations. We came in for a special occasion and were treated like crap. Said our tables couldn’t be together, when we found out our party was downsized we asked if we could get a larger table to accommodate but it was not allowed even though there was one available and it would free up 2 additional tables. The biased and server both didn’t understand what the big deal was. We finally asked for a manager and the “non-problem” was solved immediately! It appeared that the incompetent hostess merely had a power trip combined with attitude and absolutely senseless. She clearly has the wrong job! Sad because everyone and everything else here is wonderful. If they removed the infection running the wrong show I’d say 5 stars for sure!!
  6. c

    ccaguilar

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 25, 2021

    overall3food4service2ambience5
    We were the servers last table and it definitely felt like it. I know what it is like to work in food service and be almost ready to leave but regardless you should give your 100% while on the job. She was nice but her attentiveness could’ve been better. It was my choice to go there for our wedding anniversary and I was a bit disappointed.
  7. EH

    ErikaH

    Orange County

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2021

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    So...the view alone is worth the visit (just breath taking). We had breakfast there (we stayed at the Inn). We had the friendliest server we've ever had. She was peppy and attentive (we couldn't help smiling each time she checked on our table). My husband had the avocado toast and I had the Spyglass Breakfast (2 eggs, choice of meet, 2 pancakes). Everything was delicious. To top it off...the price was great. We are planning on visiting Pismo again in the fall and we will definitely visit Spyglass Inn Restaurant again.
  8. KN

    KatherineN

    Central Coast

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was great!!! Great great service and wonderful food
  9. TT

    TimT

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 18, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We started out by eating outside which is beautiful but the weather was cold and getting colder. We moved inside and it was great!
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 17, 2021

    overall5food4service4ambience4
    Great good and views.
  11. DF

    DebbieF

    San Francisco

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent meal from start to finish. Our party of 4 celebrated a birthday at a lovely outdoor table and thoroughly enjoyed the food , service and ambiance. The only downer was another table not far from ours included a very loud patron who may or may not have had too much to drink.
  12. TP

    TPinSF

    San Francisco

    18 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on July 15, 2021

    overall2food2service2ambience5
    We've eaten here for years and always had a good experience, as recent as two weeks ago with out of town guests, however, today was bad from start to finish. I was pleasantly surprised to see a Woodford Reserve Old Fashioned made with Luxardo Cherries on the menu, so we ordered a round for the table and when they came they were made with a maraschino cherry and crushed ice. If you don't have Luxardo Cherries, do NOT put it on the menu. There is no comparison. And our meals were no better. Chicken sandwiches were dry and flavorless. Tarter sauce had an odd flavor.
  13. M

    Marti

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 15, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a wonderful place to share good food, views, and time with friends and family.
  14. R

    Rhonda

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 14, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We really enjoyed our meal out on the patio overlooking the ocean. It was beautiful. The food and service were excellent. Tuesday is all you can eat crab legs and my husband was thrilled! I highly recommend this restaurant!
  15. CC

    ChrisC

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 14, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    All you can eat crab night was great. crab was cooked just right and we left stuffed after a second helping. With our reservation, we were seated immediately, while I noticed others were waiting for a table. Using open table for reservation worked like a charm.
  16. A

    Astute

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on July 13, 2021

    overall1food2service1ambience4
    This was the worst service I have ever received along PCH. I was treated rudely from the moment I arrived and waited more than 15 minutes at the table before a server came. I do not recommend this restaurant for anyone going as single diner. If you do go with a group, the coconut shrimp were quite good, but skip the garlic fries. The view is nice, but it didn’t make up for the inhospitable staff.
  17. d

    dinerdelight

    Sacramento

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 13, 2021

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Very nice location and great people and food. Wonderful view over the ocean.
  18. MS

    MarkS

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 12, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a great place and great food. Got to watch a great sunset. Make sure to save room for dessert.
  19. RA

    RobertA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 12, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, great service, great views, great evening!!!
  20. SM

    SilviaM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 11, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was great, with a beautiful view, would definitely come back!!
  21. EP

    EltonP

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 11, 2021

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Food is really good. Always comes out hot. Service is great.
  22. f

    foodman2

    San Francisco

    72 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    72 reviews

    Dined on July 10, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The server Emily was very friendly and accomodating.
  23. DE

    DeniseE

    Central Coast

    4 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2021

    overall2food2service3ambience5
    Was quoted a corkage fee of $10, charged $15 and the waiter wasn’t old enough to open the wine so my boyfriend opened it and yet we were still charged a corkage fee. Dinner came minutes of eating our salad. Got cold quickly, felt rushed. Disappointing as we were celebrating a birthday.
  24. RS

    RickS

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 9, 2021

    overall3food3service4ambience2
    Food quality less than previous visits. Clam chowder well below previous visits. Server was very good and attentive, not his fault. Table was very tacky. Glasses kept getting stuck to the table. Keeping front door open always makes for a constant cold draft.
  25. J

    Joey

    Las Vegas

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 3, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing Service and Food was amazing too. I cant remember our waitress but she was amazing as well as the rest of the staff present. Very courteous people.
  26. MT

    MikaylaT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 3, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of my fave spots on the coast 🤍 the views alone are amazing. I highly recommend the calamari and a good glass of chard.
  27. JH

    JanetH

    Central Coast

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on July 3, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best steamers we’ve had yet, and the cheese bread is amazing! Very nice, pleasant and attentive waiter, Avery!
  28. DR

    DeanR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 2, 2021

    overall5food3service5ambience5
    Great setting and the service was perfect. The seafood was heavily bread and overall very garlicky. Disappointing food, but everything else was perfect.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 1, 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Looking for a nice seafood dinner by on the beach while on Vacation. The food was good and the ambience great. The servers were very pleasant and attentive. Would come back again.
  30. Y

    Youngs

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 30, 2021

    overall1food4service1ambience3
    We were very excited to have dinner celebrating our 25th Anniversary, however our experience was not good. We reserved an outside table but the weather was not good and requested an inside table. This seemed to upset the staff and they made us wait 30 minutes for another seat meanwhile seating walk-in guest. Our server seemed as though she did not want to wait on us. She did not bring any water to our table or napkins. She was not available to us the whole time. We had to ask another server and busboy to assist us. This restaurant was highly recommended and my husband was looking forward to the all you can eat crab. He only had 2 crabs split out in 2 servings. Which would have been less expensive if just ordered off the menu. In all I feel that since we were the only BLACK guest that our service was diminished! Our bill was $150.00 and we were very disappointed. We could have eaten at another establishment for a lot less with better service. We travel all over the country and just expected better in California!
  31. RJ

    RobJ

    San Francisco

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 30, 2021

    overall1food3service2ambience2
    We made a reservation and were early, they refused to seat us and were extremely rude, even though they had tables available. The hostesses gossiped at the desk and were ignoring customers besides treating us so poorly.
  32. L

    Lind

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 30, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful view and great food. Service was excellent. A wonderful place to see the coast line.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 29, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved it! Location & view were wonderful, service was excellent with a knowledgeable server and priced very fairly. Total home run!
  34. CL

    CarlyL

    Denver

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on June 29, 2021

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Wonderful food. The shrimp and lobster tacos were outstanding. We sat on the deck with a great ocean view. Hard to beat.
  35. P

    Preacher

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 29, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Shawn was our waiter and his service was amazing.
  36. B

    Bobbin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 29, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of the very best restaurants to eat and enjoy the Central California Coast. Met friends we hadn't seen in years and ended up staying on the terrace for four hours. Had a wonderful time. Food and service was excellent. Thank you Spyglass staff!!
  37. TJ

    TylerJ

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 28, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Anniversary
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 28, 2021

    overall3food3service5ambience5
    Shrimp and lobster tacos we had. The lobster was terrible. Not cooked enough. Told the waiter. Waiter asked if we wanted to return and we didn't want to make a scene and wait for more food to be cooked.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 27, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were in Pizmo beach for a few days celebrating our anniversary. Yelped to find this restaurant and we were happy with the meal and service.
  40. s

    srm1

    New York Area

    48 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    48 reviews

    Dined on June 27, 2021

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    We booked for brunch and when we arrived at 11:30 were told that they are now serving lunch! Disappointing as we were in the mood for brunch. We had instead the California burger and the hot crab sandwich...neither were great. So, the experience was meh.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • 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

FAQs

Spyglass Inn Restaurant offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (805) 773-1222.

Spyglass Inn Restaurant is rated 4.4 stars by 93 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Google Map for Spyglass Inn Restaurant

2703 Spyglass Dr Shell Beach, CA 93449-1728

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Highway 101 - Exit Spyglass Dr.

  • Neighborhood

    Pismo Beach

  • Hours of operation

    Breakfast Daily 8:00 am–11:30 am Lunch Daily 11:30 am–4:00 pm Happy Hour Mon–Fri, Sun 3:00 pm–6:00 pm Dinner Daily 4:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, American, Breakfast

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Hotel parking lot, restaurant guests park free.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Gelacio Catalan

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (805) 773-1222

  • Catering

    No off-site catering available. On site catering is available. Reach out to Ashley White at spyglass@spyglassinnrestaurant.com for more details on the banquet menus we have available.

  • Private party facilities

    Event space available for booking. Offering an outdoor space on the Shell Beach Bluffs, catering to small wedding ceremonies, receptions and small dinner parties. We do have an indoor banquet space that has a capacity of about 65, this space is available for future rent and when COVID regulations ease up it will be fully available for events. We offer venue planning services, food and beverage services and wait staff for your event. Reach out to Ashley White at spyglass@pyglassinnrestaurant.com to inquire about your next special occasion!

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