Zorro’s Café & Cantina

The Beautiful Front Patio at Zorro's Cafe & Catina

The Beautiful Front Patio at Zorro’s Cafe & Cantina

This restaurant has been featured before – but has changed so much in five years it deserves a second look. This is our favorite family weekend spot. The place where we kick off the weekend with a yum-o fresh meal to get us ready for a paddle, a bike ride or a day at the beach. Fair warning: there is almost always a line to get in between 8 a.m. and noon, but Zorro’s Café & Cantina epitomizes the statement “worth the wait.”

Since our last review the owner, Cindy, has orchestrated an amazing transformation on the restaurant both inside and out. And I have to admit, at first I was worried that our favorite cozy little cantina might lose its small-town Village feel. Just the opposite is true however, because Cindy and her family have worked tirelessly together to make this place even more amazing. Cindy’s son Eric and daughter-in-law Bailey manage the restaurant so seamlessly that you would hardly know that they are now serving double the patrons. By moving the kitchen completely to the rear of the building this allowed for double the interior tables and added a fun bar area. And of course the outside patio is where we typically like to be soaking up the perfect Shell Beach whether – even in the chillier months with the heaters and authentic blankets for our laps straight from Mexico.

Yummy Breakfast at Zorro's Cafe & Catina

Yummy Breakfast at Zorro’s Cafe & Cantina

If you’re unfamiliar with my last review, you’ll find this amazing fresh American and Mexican dining experience nestled in the heart of Shell Beach. Originally just open for breakfast and lunch, they now serve dinner … which is always a great place to find yourself on a Saturday afternoon after a walk though town, some play time at Dinosaur Caves Park or maybe even on a return from a trip down the Bob Jones Trail. Although seating is not as limited as it once was, there does always seem to be a short wait – but Eric keeps that list moving! And they are pet-friendly on the patio.

On our short list of regular Sunday Breakfast Stops, my favorite on this menu is the Special Scramble. Made with fresh ingredients, the veggies are always cooked just right and mixed to perfection with the light and fluffy eggs… paired with yummy hash browns and fresh fruit or toast it’s a perfect start to the day. However their authentic Chilaquiles will also light your fire and get your day started with a kick! And always a crowd pleaser at Realtor Open Houses (where it’s the food that brings ’em in) are Zorro’s famous breakfast burritos and yummy homemade salsa. Just mention these burritos to your co-workers and you will be the most popular in any profession.

Zorro’s Café & Cantina
927 Shell Beach Rd
Pismo Beach
CA 93449

Phone: 805-773-9676 (ZORO)
Fax: 805-773-9610

For lunch, this is a perfect spot for a quick bite with co-workers or for a business lunch with a client. It’s fun, affordable and feels like a welcome break in the middle of the day. My favorite is the fresh tiger shrimp tacos — a fun take on the usual “fish tacos” — from the special sauce, crisp veggies and fresh soft corn tortillas. Perfect size for lunch — not too much or too little so that I don’t feel like having a nap when I get back in front of the laptop.

And of course, don’t miss their Tacarona happy hour with $2.50 tacos and Coronas from 4-6 pm daily … a perfect and delicious dinner that can be as light or as heavy as you want it to be!

All in all, Cindy and her family make this cantina a cornerstone of Shell Beach dining, with a delicious menu and a relaxing and fun atmosphere any time of the day, any day of the week.


Ashlea Boyer

Ashlea Boyer: Is a native of Pismo Beach, having moved here from South Lake Tahoe when she was just four years old. An Alumni of Arroyo Grande High School, she then attended the University of California at Santa Barbara, graduating with a degree in English Literature. After college, she spent 5 successful years working her way up to Management Editor of a national fitness magazine in Southern California, working for two of the three largest West Coast publishing houses. Ashlea return to the Central Coast for her wedding and stayed raise her family. She joined the family business in 2004 and began leading the Pismo Beach Homes Team with her Mother, Kathi Foster in real estate. Ashlea has been a leading real estate agent in the Pismo Beach area for 10 years, and has developed a strong client following in the area based on her dedication to our community and outstanding customer service. Our team, The Pismo Beach Homes Team, has been awarded the Quadruple Gold level awards consistently over the past 5 years with Keller Williams Realty. She has been named more than once as the "Agent of the Quarter". In 2011, Ashlea was presented with the "Top 20 Under 40" award by the San Luis Obispo County Community Foundation for my professional excellence and profound commitment to the community. Ashlea lives in Arroyo Grande, California with her husband and son and she enjoy running on the beach, volunteering, pilates, snowboarding and the occasional scuba diving. She's active in many industry, community service and non-profit organizations and serves on the board of the Rotary Club of Pismo Beach, the Clark Center for the Performing Arts, and other community non-profit organizations. 

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