Welcome to Pismo Fish & Chips
Seafood Restaurant, Pismo Beach Ca.
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.
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** Consuming raw or uncooked meats, poultry, seafood, shellfish or eggs may increase your risk of foodborne illness.
** House Made Clam or Seafood Chowder **
Cup - 5.5 Bowl - 6.5 Buttery Toasted Sourdough Bread Bowl - 8.5
Toppings - Green Onions - 1 / Bacon - 2 / Shrimp - 3 / Red Arctic Surf Clams - 3.5 / Dungeness Crab Topping - 4
- STARTERS -
Shrimp Cocktail - Small Bay Shrimp or Large Shrimp served with celery & house cocktail sauce - 14
Crab Cocktail - Dungeness Crab, celery & house cocktail sauce - 17
Half Shell Oysters - Eastern oysters served with cocktail sauce & fresh lemon. Half Dozen - 14 Dozen - 20
Steamed Clams - Delicate neck clams steamed with onions & celery - 15
Popcorn Shrimp - Battered & fried bay shrimp - 10
Coconut Shrimp - Coated with coconut shavings served with sweet & sour sauce - 11
Jalapeno Popper - Fried battered Jalapeños stuffed with cream cheese - 10
Mozzarella Sticks - Served with Marinara - 10
Squid Rings - Cracker dusted Calamari seasoned & fried - 13
Onion Ring Tower - Golden fried onion rings Half Foot - 11 Full Foot - 14
Clam Strips - Fried to golden perfection - 10
Soft Shell Crab - Whole soft shell crab battered and fried - 13
- FRESH SALADS -
Salmon Caesar Salad - Fresh chopped crisp romaine, Parmesan cheese, golden croutons & Caesar dressing - 14
Calamari Caesar Salad - Fresh chopped crisp romaine, Parmesan cheese, golden croutons & Caesar dressing - 14
Stuffed Tomato - Seafood mixed with mayonnaise & celery filled in a fresh tomato atop house salad served with choice of dressing Bay Shrimp-13, Dungeness Crab-15, Albacore Tuna - 12
House Salad - Mixed greens, tomatoes, cucumbers, pepperoncini, carrots & tortilla strips - 4.5
** FAMOUS LOUIE SALAD **
Mixed greens, onions, egg, baby corn, tomatoes, cucumbers, pepperoncini, carrots, tortilla strips, served with house louie dressing and garlic bread.
Shrimp Louie - Half - 16 Full - 18 Dungeness Crab Louie Half - 18 Full - 22 Combo Louie Crab & Shrimp Half - 17 Full - 20
** FAMOUS FISH & CHIPS **
Cracker dusted & dipped in our house batter & fried to perfection.
Chips can be substituted for salad or slaw. Available without cracker dusting or batter.
Famous White Cod & Chips - Two Piece - 13 / Three Piece - 16 / Four Piece - 18
Halibut & Chips - Four pieces prepared in the Famous Pismo Fish & Chips style - 22
Salmon & Chips - Four pieces prepared in the Famous Pismo Fish & Chips style - 20
- SEAFOOD & CHIPS -
Fried Shrimp - Traditional - 17 / Beer Battered - 18
Fried Oysters - Cooked to Perfection - 18
Scallops - Poached or Fried - 19
Shrimp & Fish - Jumbo shrimp & our famous White Cod seasoned & fried in our house batter - 21
Clam Strips - Fried to golden perfection - 13
Squid Rings - Calamari seasoned & fried - 16
Calamari Steak - Two tender Steaks seasoned & battered fried to perfection 20
- TACOS & MORE -
Fish Tacos - White cod lightly battered & fried served on corn tortilla topped with lettuce & tomatoes - 13
Shrimp Tacos - Fried shrimp served on corn tortilla topped with lettuce & tomatoes - 14
Shrimp & Scallop Tacos - Red Hook Ale shrimp & crunchy scallops served on corn tortilla topped with lettuce & tomatoes - 14
Chicken Strips & Chips - Juicy White Meat Breaded Strips - 13
Hot Dog - Grilled & served with ketchup & mustard - 8
Corn Dog - Golden fried & served with ketchup & mustard - 8
- FISH DINNERS -
Cod - Ling Cod - 22 / Rock Cod - 20 / White Cod - 20
Halibut - Juicy dense steak - 26
Sole - Mild & delicate - 19
Salmon - Rich & succulent - 22
Shark - Meaty & steaky - 18
Tilapia - Medium firm & flaky - 17
Catfish - Deliciously light & flavorful - 19
Swordfish - Firm, succulent & meaty - 20
Sea Bass - Rich, moist & tender - 24
Whole Trout - Buttery, flaky & Tender - 20
Sand Dabs - Delicate & sweet flavor. Deep fried on request - 20
The Trio - Halibut, Salmon & Mahi - 21
- SPECIALS & COMBOS -
King Crab Legs - A hefty pound of Alaskan King Crab steamed & served with butter - 38
Steamed Clams - Steamed to Perfection - 21
Lobster - Two Succulent 6 oz. Lobster tails - 36
Combination Plate - Cod, Scallops, Shrimps, Clams & Oyster - 28
Crab Stuffed Petrale - Sole Sole filet stuffed with king crab, battered & fried to perfection - 25
Crab Stuffed Shrimp - King Crab Stuffed jumbo shrimp, battered & fried to perfection - 25
Steak & Shrimp - 8 oz. Rib-Eye Steak with fried Shrimp in our house batter - 30
Steak & Lobster - Juicy 8 oz. Rib-Eye Steak & a succulent 6 oz. Lobster tail - 34
- SANDWICHES & BURGERS -
Fish Sandwich - Fried Sole on a French roll - 14
Shrimp or Tuna Sandwich - Bay Shrimp or albacore Tuna salad served on brioche Bread - 13
Crab Sandwich - Dungeness Crab salad served on Brioche bread - 15
Salmon Burger - 4 oz filet cracker dusted and browned served on sesame seed bun - 14
Halibut Burger - 4 oz filet cracker dusted and browned served on sesame seed bun - 16
Deep Fried Shrimp Sandwich - Fried popcorn shrimp served on French roll - 13
French Dip Sandwich - Tender sliced roast beef on French roll served with au Jus 15
Rib-Eye Steak Sandwich - Tender 8 oz. steak served on French roll - 17
Cheeseburger - Double patty with melted American cheese served on sesame bun - 12
Chicken Sandwich - Chicken patty served on sesame bun - 12
Garden Burger - No meat on this one! Veggie patty served on sesame seed bun - 12
Grilled Cheese - Melted cheddar cheese served on Brioche bread - 8
- BEVERAGES -
House Wine - Chardonnay, White Zinfandel, Merlot & Cabernet Glass - 6 / 1/2 Liter - 14 / Bottle - 20
Domestic Beer - Coors Light, Budweiser, Bud Light, 805, Lagunitas IPA, Firestone DBA, Fig Mtn. Hoppy Poppy, Angry Orchard, Miller Lite, Sierra Nevada, Blue Moon - 4.5
Imported Beer - Grolsch, Corona, Corona Familiar, Pacifico, Modelo, Negra Modelo, Heineken, Buckler NA, New Castle - 5.5
Soda - Coke, Diet Coke, Sprite, Root Beer, Dr. Pepper, Lemonade 3.5
Hot Beverages - Coffee, Cappuccino, Hot Tea, Hot Chocolate - 3.5
Milk - Regular or Chocolate - 4
Juice Apple - or Assorted Snapple flavors - 4
Bottle Water - Regular or Mineral Perrier - 3.5
- SIDE ORDERS -
Fries - Golden, hot & crispy - 4.5
Baked Potato - Butter & Sour Cream - 4
Toasted Garlic Bread - Buttery & Garlicky - 4.5
Coleslaw - house slaw served with crunchy tortilla strips - 4.5
Cottage Cheese - 4.5
- DESSERTS -
Strawberry Shortcake - (Seasonal) Sweet Shortcake with fresh strawberry & cream - 8
Deep Fried Cheesecake - New York style cheesecake deep fried to perfection served with vanilla bean Ice cream - 8
Ice Cream - 3 scoops of vanilla bean Ice cream - 8
Lava Cake - Chocolate cake with melted chocolate served with a scoop of vanilla bean Ice cream - 8
- FOR THE KIDDOS -
Includes french fries & a small fountain drink. Please, no substitutions. one piece fish, fried clam strips, cheeseburger, hot dog, half tuna sandwich, macaroni cheese, popcorn shrimp, hamburger, grilled cheese, corn dog or chicken nuggets - 8
Let us cater your next event! - Please ask your friendly wait staff about concerns or requests.
( ** We use peanut oil to prepare our dishes. )
We ate here for lunch, not expecting anything special and we were pleasantly surprised. The clam chowder was delicious as was the fish and chips. Super fresh and made to order. The place was jammed so service was kind of slow but the server was..
505 Cypress street
Zip Code 93449
Tuesday: 11 am- 8 pm
Wednesday: 11 am- 8 pm
Thursday: 11 am- 8 pm
Friday: 11 am- 8 pm
Saturday: 11 am- 8 pm
Sunday: 11 am- 8 pm