Mattie’s Pismo Beach Preview

Mattie’s in Pismo Beach Soft Opening Began Yesterday!

IMG_7480Happily, a dear friend of ours in the wine biz sent a text early Friday afternoon telling us that “Mattie’s is open.” No surprise to you, dear readers, we immediately made plans to get there for early dinner. We were very impressed by the first day opening, which is a rare occurrence but we could easily see they have the potential to succeed–damn lucky for all of us who live here! We rez in the Five Cities Area don’t have a lot of choices for fine foods, so we’re more than glad to see a new restaurant and bar open in Pismo that has the potential to be a destination gathering spot for locals and tourists alike. Huzzah!


Mattie’s dining room

This is no review, certainly not since we went there on opening day, and the chef came out to ask if we liked her food (she had no idea who we were). We were happy to see they have good things going and big plans for this great new restaurant in Pismo Beach. It’s just across the road (but a block more north) from Rosa’s Italian Ristorante on Price St. Our photos will tell you plenty about the cuisine, which is mostly seafood, but there are plenty of starters, salads, hamburgers, sandwiches, and entree options sure to lure you in. They are only open this week until Monday, then they will close and evaluate which selections worked and which didn’t–kudos to the to the co-owners Chef Rebecca and Mattie, we’ll learn more about them soon. We can’t wait to tell all when we do review the restaurant and bar after the reopening behind the soft opening. So check out these enticing and delicious looking photos we took of the first fine plates coming out of the kitchen at Mattie’s.


The Kenneth Volk 2016 Chardonnay “Jaybird” (as in naked as), a no oak version of this popular variety that is perfect for this seafood focused eatery

This Kenneth Volk Chardonnay “Jaybird” was very fairly priced at only $25, not much above the retail price. We hope they stay honest like this and keep the wine pricing reasonable. It’s a salute to the wineries as well as the community. By the glass this Chardonnay is $10, still quite reasonable as it’s perfect with the cuisine here.


We enjoyed the tasty clam chowder, even if it was a bit thick for our taste. But it was loaded with many large chunks of clams with a few chunks of potatoes and some lovely bits of freshly cooked bacon. The crab cocktail was even better with many large chunks of Alaskan crab (it didn’t appear to be canned), and shredded bits throughout the tropical mix of mango, avocado, and fresh veggies in it.

IMG_7483We definitely over-ordered, being super hungry when we arrived at 4 p.m. after skipping lunch. Yet we had plenty of left-overs to bring home from the shrimp platter and the pizza. But you have to admit, the photos make you want to get over there straightaway!

The pizza featured their housemade smoked salmon with heirloom tomatoes, and the drizzled sauce was likely balsamic vinegar based.


The one pound of peel and eat shrimp came with boiled red potatoes, two sauces, corn on the cob, and plenty of lemons. IMG_7485We couldn’t finish either one, it was all plentiful and reasonably priced. We have just one caveat: Pismo Beach is packed with tourists here for the annual car show this weekend, and traffic is totally bogged down. Mattie’s has a parking lot which we were able to access on Friday at 4 p.m. when they weren’t busy yet. But I would expect them to be packed tomorrow, Sunday, which is Father’s Day. It might be worth a call to learn if you can get in. Bon appetit! If you can’t get in there, we highly recommend The Spoon Trade at Grand and 3rd streets in Grover Beach, which offers our favorite brunch!

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8 comments for “Mattie’s Pismo Beach Preview

  1. Linda Keith
    June 17, 2017 at 9:18 pm

    Kathy, it looks great!! Can’t wait to try it! I went to their website, no prices – how is the pricing here? Thanks, I had no idea this was here without your website! Thanks for keeping us informed!! Linda

    • June 17, 2017 at 9:55 pm

      The clam chowder “cup” was much bigger than we expected, and more than enough for both of us to share, it was $7. And considering how rich it was, we were glad we ordered the cup. The peel-and-eat-shrimp was charged by the pound (as was the Alaskan crab, but I’m sure at a higher price) was $18, but it seemed well worth it considering the number of shrimp that we couldn’t finish. Your server can tell you the price of ordering shrimp or crab by the pound. We paid $14 for the flatbread, which could be improved upon despite the server telling us they smoked the salmon in-house. Thanks so much for your questions, I love that as it tells me what I should always include in my future posts.

  2. Bill Cockshott
    June 24, 2017 at 1:42 am

    Cool name considering the original “Mattie’s” was where McLintock’s is now and was popular spot in 1950s & 60s. Rumor was that Mattie got her start as a brothel during WWII when VAFB was Army’s Camp Cook. Need to check with local historians like Effie McDonald.

    • June 24, 2017 at 8:39 am

      Thank you for thinking of me. Yes, we are all in a tizzy that a restaurant named Mattie’s is opening, with no relationship to the historical Mattie Smyer’s Mattie’s Tavern in Shell Beach, which succeeded OT Buck’s bootlegging road house in that location, and after Mattie became F. McLintock’s. But we will survive. PS My little local history book is quite available. Autographed by the author, of course. I am listed and easy to google. Just call or email. effie at gotopismo dot com. Thank you! I am anxious to try the new Mattie’s. See you there!

  3. Linda
    July 3, 2017 at 6:14 pm

    Not list is pedestrian…come on peeps! Look where we live…oysters I had were ok…not to my pallet…that is not on them ,just my personal choice..the wine list is my huge complaint…so many great local wines(that could have been on the list) to choose from and I felt like I was at Applebees. Not going to last long if they don’t invest in a proper selection for the locals/tourists in the know.

    • July 4, 2017 at 4:11 pm

      Sorry, Linda, I had some complaints that I shared with Chef Rebecca in order to help. And at the time she had no idea I was a restaurant critic. I can’t make any judgments yet as they have never owned a restaurant previously, and it’s a long, difficult learning curve. I see potential, but only so if they pay attention to complaints and strive to improve. As I said, the wine bottle pricing is incredible, I hope they stick with that. I haven’t been back that first week, but I will try to return this coming weekend.

  4. Pam
    July 8, 2017 at 7:13 pm

    We ate there when they first opened and it was great so we were excited to go back again. We went today and it was a completely different experience. My husband ordered the fish and chips which he also ordered before and raved about. There was so much batter and very little fish. My burger was way overcooked. I ordered a drink which tasted like a glass of pineapple juice with some green food coloring. We did enjoy the deviled eggs starter but other than that it was very disappointing.

    • admin
      July 8, 2017 at 9:35 pm

      So sorry to hear that, Pam. I had high expectations for this place with Chef Rebecca coming to each table for feedback. But it seems she isn’t doing anything to improve the food coming out. I haven’t been back since the first week, but the bad reports have been making me leery of returning soon.

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