F. McLintocks Saloon & Dining House

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F. McLintocks Saloon & Dining House
750 Mattie Road
P.O. Box 239
Shell Beach (Pismo Beach), CA 93449
Happy Hour 4-6 Daily.
Phone /
(805) 773-1892

It's not one of those placed you come to if you plan on eating light. (Although I have managed to eat there a few times when I was dieting, but I highly recommend coming hungry and enjoying start to finish if you're not a regular.) Dinner starts with fantastic onion rings and salsa, beans, bread, potatoes, then you get things moving with your dinner salad, main course and dessert included. You will have left-overs even if you came hungry.

McLintocks is a San Luis Obispo County Mainstay. There are four McLintock locations (San Luis Obispo, Arroyo Grande, Paso Robles and Shell Beach) but the big Steak House in Shell Beach is the classic. It's also the original. Owners Bruce Breault and Tunny Ortali started the place 33 years ago, and are kind of like the god-fathers of the restaurant biz around the central coast. A lot of the most successful restauranteurs around here learned how to do it right by working their way up the ranks at McLintocks.

The Steak House is all about the cowboy country of the Central Coast, including the local brands on the walls. Ruby Shoes Club Members should try to spot my family's brand on the wall, the Lazy 2-T (Ted Trompeter). (Picture) The ocean view McLintocks was a tavern and more before Bruce and Tunny took over. By more, I mean a brothel. It all adds to the ambiance that makes this place such a fun night out.

When they say high-spirited service, they ain't kidding. Don't forget to ask someone at your table to get the high-water pour from one of the servers. (Some can do it blind-folded.) And birthdays and anniversaries will get you a serenade from the staff and dessert.

There is usually music in the bar on weekends and they do serve appetizers in there and have flat-screen TV's for sports fans. The staff is friendly and you may have to wait for awhile on weekends, but there's plenty of room to wander and keep yourself entertained at this historic watering hole and hitching post overlooking the Pacific just off Highway 101.


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