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“A Big Splash at Splash Cafe”

Splash Cafe and Artisan Bakery
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$6 - US$12
Cuisines: American, Cafe, Soups
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Good for: Cheap Eats, Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Free Wifi, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Seating, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: Splash Cafe ~ Artisan Bakery is located in San Luis Obispo, CA. In 2005, we opened this second location in San Luis Obispo and expanded to include an artisan bakery too! The bakery features artisan breads, pastries & desserts baked fresh daily. Each item from the bakery is carefully created and guaranteed to delight your senses.The café has a larger selection of salads and specialty sandwiches as well as signature ‘sun pizzas’! Come and enjoy!
Toronto, Canada
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134 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
“A Big Splash at Splash Cafe”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 May 2014

Stopped in here on our way to downtown San Luis Obispo. This cafe has three three locations,of which the original was started in Pismo Beach, 10 miles to the southwest. Decor is that of a beach hut - very upbeat and whimsical sea theme. It serves BLD and is mostly operated by college students (large "college fund" jar on the counter...the entire town runs on college help, but it's got a nice vibe of youth and sophistication without being snobby nor aloof).

We each ordered a veggie burrito - very generous serving for $3.95 each. Had lots of veggies and potatoes in it - but they were 'tater tots', so had a bit of a crunch. This was served with some spicy salsa. The coffee is strategically just past the baked goods just to get your mouth watering from viewing all of the baked goods. One can view the bakers baking away in this open concept cafe.

Wine is also served but wi-fi is not (this too, seemed to be a common occurrence (the lack of wi-fi, I mean, although there was an abundance of happy hour and penny pints being advertised quite a bit). We presumed that most cafes assumed the majority of customers had a data plan or they did not wish to encourage 'studying' at their locations for long periods of time and so did not offer complimentary wi-fi).

We came back for a snack and shared a tuna sandwich which was plenty for two ($.595). Another morning we shared oatmeal (large serving) that was $4.50 and came with nuts, raisins and brown sugar and a scrambled egg sandwich which was $3.25). Coffee was one of two sizes medium or large (at least 20oz). We (obviously) ate here a lot because it was inexpensive and on our way to downtown and the servers were lively and fun. They are known for their seafood, but we have yet to try it as it is for mostly breakfast that we are stopping in there.

  • Visited May 2014
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Arlington, Virginia
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51 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
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“Great latte and delicious muffin”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 April 2014

After reading all the great reviews, I had to try Splash (plus it was only a few blocks from where I was staying). I ordered a medium sized cafe latte for $2.75 (great price for the size and quality) and triple berry muffin and sat down to enjoy both. The crumb topping on the muffin was perfect. There were lots of people in the bakery enjoying their breakfasts and there was a good vibe about the place.

Visited April 2014
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newport beach, ca
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
“Fantastic bakery, fun atmosphere and good food”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 April 2014

We had lunch here twice while on vacation recently and the food and service both times were great. We had sandwiches and veggie burgers on their fresh made bread as well as freshly brewed coffee and pastries. The veggie burgers are the best we have ever had. The pastries and coffee were amazing. This place is crowded and you have to move fast to grab an empty table but the employees and patrons were all friendly and welcoming.

  • Visited April 2014
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“Great fish taco”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 April 2014 via mobile

The halibut fish tacos at Splashes were delicious! Big chunks of lightly grilled halibut with pineapple salsa and an avocado sauce served with cabbage on fresh corn tortillas!

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Thank Jill S
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Odessa, Ukraine
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“Nothing to write home about”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 April 2014

This place is just another fast-food restaurant, nothing special. It was conveniently located, just 2 minutes from our hotel - so we gave it a try. We had the (very average) Clam Chowder, a Fish Taco (the best of what we had) and some fried fish with Chips. In case you like fried food, you might like Splash Cafe. But in case you like good food, skip this place.

  • Visited April 2014
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