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Happy Hour @ Lido Lounge @ The Dolphin Bay | Shell Beach (SLOCo)

Melanie Wong | Dec 28, 201712:52 AM

After a first stop at Oyster Loft ( ), I headed north to Lido Lounge @ The Dolphin Bay Resort. Happy hour is Monday through Friday from 3pm to 6pm according to its website though when I asked the hostess at the restaurant reception desk, she did not know.

Seating for happy hour is available in the bar area or outside on the patio.

This was a chilly afternoon, as the fog rolled in and soon obscured the ocean. But I was determined to stay outdoors with a heater to catch some sea air.

Morro Bay oysters on the half shell are $3 each during happy hour. I ordered two. Unlike Oyster Loft's, these turned out to be terrible. When my server checked with me, I decided to be brutally honest. I said that the oysters were shucked badly, that I'd never been served anything with that many stab wounds, severed and then put back together in the shell. I suggested remedial training. Also, the flabby oysters were warm and served on a bed of HOT rock salt. Pretty gross.

I also ordered Market fresh fish tacos, $10 for two. I asked what kind of fish was available today, and was told halibut. The tacos were made with salmon belly, including the skin and scales. Not a problem for me, since I like salmon belly and they tasted pretty good except for the flavorless tortillas. But someone expecting a meaty, white fish might be upset.

Since Lido is reputed to be a fine dining restaurant and prices are high here, these lapses in the kitchen and service were pretty baffling. Other recent experiences here?

Lido at The Dolphin Bay Resort
2727 Shell Beach Road
Pismo Beach, CA

Lido Restaurant at the Dolphin Bay Resort & Spa - Pismo Beach, California

Lido at the Dolphin Bay offers a variety of dining choices to complete the perfect beach front dining experience.
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