Phone: 805-773-2853






Our Story

We are closed from Nov 28 2017 till Dec 20 2017

We will be open again on Thursday Dec 21 at 11 am

In 1959, the Zechner family – Ann, Jack, and daughter Janie – immigrated to America from Holland. They decided to call the coast of California home immediately, as Ann’s brother and family already resided in the area.


They did many odd jobs to make ends meet and received help from the local church.  In 1962, Ann Zechner opened up a very small fresh fish market across the street from where you are sitting today.  That little market cost them $500.  Ann had managed to scrape together $200 of her own money and got a $300 loan to cover the difference.  The funny thing was Ann knew nothing about owning her own business or even about fish!  She enlisted the help of a few dear friends and learned a great deal about fish from her mostly Portuguese clientele.


In only one year, her small business was booming from the opening of several trailer parks and the boost of tourism in Pismo Beach.


In the mean time, Jack Zechner was painting houses and helping at the fish market in the evenings.  Jack found a wallet on the street, near the fish market, with about $900 in it.  He quickly called its owner without hesitation.  The owner of the wallet thanked Jack and offered a hefty reward.  Jack declined the reward.  The man said he worked for a bank and gave him his card if Jack ever needed any help.


 When Ann had the opportunity to open a restaurant, they needed capital to do so.  They tried many different avenues, yet were denied everywhere.  Jack then called the man with the wallet who had offered his assistance several months earlier.  He just happened to be the bank’s president!  They received the loan from him, though they did not qualify, the president said he could not turn down such an honest man.


So, in February 1963, Pismo Fish & Chips & Seafood Restaurant was established.  The business flourished for 23 years under the control of the Zechner family.  Ann’s brother, Cor Visser, painted the beautiful mural of Holland on the wall.  You can view much more of his artwork at the Madonna Inn in San Luis Obispo.  The Zechners were very hard workers and involved their daughter in the business as well.  She managed the restaurant and waited tables.  Their granddaughter bussed and waited tables as well.  The Zechners remodeled several times adding more tables to accommodate the growing business.


To prepare for retirement Jannie and Phil Graham their daughter and son-in-law came aboard to learn the business. They purchase the business in 1988 and ran it for 26 great years. In 2014 Jannie and Phil Graham decided to retire and sell their business to a young couple. Since acquiring the business in 2014 the young couple maintained the same recipes and have kept everything the same. They even make the same great chowder from scratch each day.




Fish & Chips

With or without batter

Small (2 pieces) $10.95

Medium (3 pieces) 13.95

Large (4 pieces) 15.95

Specialty uses white cod fish

Halibut & Chips 18.95

Salmon & Chips 17.95

(Salad or coleslaw may be substituted for chips



Shrimp Cocktail (small Shrimp) $12.95

Shrimp Cocktail (large Shrimp) 12.95

Crab Cocktail 15.95

½ dozen oyster on the half shell 12.95

Dozen oyster on the half shell 16.95

Steamed Clams 12.95

Squid Rings 9.95

Clam strips 7.95

Popcorn shrimp 7.95

Coconut shrimp 8.95

Jalapeno popper 7.95

Mozzarella sticks 7.95




Clam Chowder or Seafood Chowder

   Cup $4.95

   Bowl 5.95

Chowder-in-a-bread-bowl 7.95

Shrimp topping 2.95

Crab topping 3.95



Tossed Green or coleslaw $3.95

Crab Louie (1/2 - 14.95) 18.95

Shrimp Louie (1/2 –12.95)  14.95

1/2 combo Crab/shrimp Louie 13.95

Combo Crab/ Shrimp Louie 16.95

Shrimp filled tomato 9.95

Crab filled tomato 11.95

Tuna filled tomato 8.95

Cottage cheese 3.95



Fish Dinners

(Selection may be grilled or poached)

Salmon $19.95

Halibut 22.95

Sole 17.95

Ling Cod 18.95

Rock Cod 17.95

Shark 15.95

Tilapia 15.95

Sanddabs (deep-fried on request) 17.95

Catfish 16.95

Sea Bass 21.95

Swordfish 18.95

Trout 17.95

White Cod 16.95


Halibut, Salmon & Mahi 17.95


Shellfish Dinners

Fried Shrimp $16.95

Shrimp Special (in beer batter) 17.95

Oysters 17.95

Scallops (poached or fried) 18.95

Clams (steamed in shell) 15.95

Clam strips (fried) 12.95

King Crab Legs (includes soup, salad,

and choice of potato) 35.95

Lobster (shrimp cocktail, soup, salad,

and choice of potato) 35.95

Rib-Eye Steak and Shrimp 26.95

Rib-Eye Steak and Lobster 32.95


Diet Plate

Poached or Grilled White Cod $16.95

(Includes salad and cottage cheese)



Combinations and Specialties

Shrimp and Fish $19.95

Calamari steak 18.95

Squid Rings 14.95

Combination Plate-Fish,  Scallops,

   Shrimp , Clams and Oyster (Salad,

   Soup and Choice of Potato) 24.95

Crab Stuffed Shrimp (Salad, Soup

   and Choice of Potato) 22.95

Crab Stuffed Sole (Salad, Soup

    and Choice of Potato) 22.95




(Served with French Fries or Salad)

Fish Sandwich $11.95

Tuna Sandwich 9.95

Crab Sandwich 13.95

Shrimp Sandwich 11.95

Deep-Fried Shrimp Sandwich 11.95

Fish Tacos 11.95

Shrimp and Scallop Tacos 12.95

Scalone Burger 11.95

Grilled Cheese 5.95

Hot Dog 5.95

Hamburger…(Double) 9.95

Cheeseburger..(Double) 10.95

Chicken Sandwich 10.95

Garden Burger 9.95

French Dip Sandwich (au Jus) 12.95

Chicken Strips and Chips 11.95

Rib-Eye Steak Sandwich 14.95


Side Orders

Fries $3.95

Baked Potato 3.95

Onion Rings ½ foot 8.95

Onion Rings1 foot 11.95

Garlic Bread 3.95



Strawberry Shortcake (in season) $6.95

Deep-Fried Cheesecake 6.95

Ice Cream 5.95


If you suffer from a food allergy or intolerance, please let your waiter/ waitress know upon placing your order, we use peanut oil.


All Prices Subject to Change Without Notice


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Since 1963

505 cypress street

Pismo Beach, CA



Working Hours



We are closed from Nov 28 2017 till Dec 20 2017


We will be open again on Thursday Dec 21 at 11 am


Phone: 805-773-2853


505 Cypress street

Pismo Beach

Zip Code 93449




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