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“It Makes a Big Splash!”

Splash Cafe and Artisan Bakery
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$6 - US$12
Cuisines: American, Seafood
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Good for: Local cuisine, Child-friendly
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Takeout
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!
Reviewed 29 May 2014

Splash is our neighborhood go-to when we're in a hurry or need a great loaf of freshly baked bread.

Their big loaves of pesto-parmesan or tomato basil bread are perfect for big dinner parties. They're huge and tasty and look homemade. Yah, take the credit for it.

Every Friday they bake Challah, which is perfect for Sunday's french toast.

Their pastries and baked good cases are filled with delectable and gorgeous treats. At 7 P.M. all the pastries in the left hand case are only 1.00 each. Wow, great bargains.

All of their hot dogs, sandwiches etc. are good, but not memorable. What they're famous for is their clam chowder, but I am ambivalent about it. Sometimes it feels waaaaay too thick, but people love it, especially when it is served in a sour dough bread bowl (carbohydrate overload anyone?).

Lines of customers commonly stream out the doors and onto the patios, but it is usually worth the wait. You can eat outdoors on side patios (quite small), or indoors at fast-food type booths.

The owners of this restaurant are community minded and generous. You can find another Splash Cafe in downtown San Luis Obispo between Marsh St. and Higuera (right by the Barnes and Noble), and the mother ship is in Pismo.

These restaurants are always busy and are fantastically successful. There must be lots of reasons for that.

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Thank SLL009
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

Thank Jill S
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