Happy Hour is my favorite time of day. I love having a place to go after work to hang out with friends and enjoy drinks and food. Throw in some drink or food specials, and I'm all in!
Lido at Dolphin Bay seems to have figured out what I want most out of my happy hour: Fun atmosphere (location and view are an added bonus), quality food and drinks, and those drink specials I mentioned.
Lido is the restaurant at the Dolphin Bay Resort & Spa in Pismo Beach, located at 2727 Shell Beach Rd. They are located on a cliff with a stunning view of the Pacific Ocean. While Lido has an indoor bar and restaurant seating area, it is worth every attempt or request to sit out on their patio. The incomparable views make it worth braving potential chilly or breezy afternoons/evenings. They do have portable patio heaters and even complimentary blankets should you need them, and I would recommend those options over eating indoors. I mean, look at the view!
Lido's Happy Hour is Monday through Friday from 3-6pm. They have a drink and appetizer happy hour menu, which changes seasonally and is only valid in the bar and patio areas. Their current spring happy hour menu is shown below.
Our waiter for the evening, Keith, was fun and knowledgeable. He offered great suggestions for food and drinks to try. His suggestions were both personal recommendations as well as popular menu items of previous customers.
Since we were there for happy hour, our focus was on their drink specials and appetizers. My happy hour companion for the evening was one of my oldest friends, Alison. She ordered the Salty Dolphin and I ordered the Red Rita. The drinks were on special for $5 each and there was no skimping on alcohol. Whoa, these are strong! Strong and tasty!!! If you are a lightweight, two drinks will probably put you under the table. Seriously. Plan on staying awhile if that's the case. Just enjoy the view that much longer! And drink lots of water!
We decide to order the nachos and opted to pay the additional $8 to add steak. Their appetizers are not cheap, but they are large enough to share. I am kicking myself for not getting a picture of their nachos because they looked (and tasted) amazing. Rookie move, for sure. (I guess this means I HAVE to go back and order more nachos just so I can get a picture. Oh, darn.)
The nachos were baked, so the chips were nice and crispy, and there was plenty of cheese, guacamole, jalapenos, and pico de gallo on top. The steak was cut into big bite size chunks and was very juicy, tender, and full of flavor. It was so delicious that I want to come back during dinner so I can order a full sized hunk o' steak. There were no beans on the nachos which was nice because Alison and I hate the way the beans make chips soggy. Ick. To avoid the soggy chips, we usually order the chips on the side and dip into the nachos. Fortunately, everything was perfect so we did not need to do any creative "Sally" ordering (a reference to Meg Ryan's character in "When Harry Met Sally").
Alison and I decided that the best way to get maximum enjoyment of Lido's happy hour was to split everything, except the drinks. This way we could potentially try a bit of everything, including dessert.
Their dessert menu is unique and freshly made, but again, pricey. The dessert prices range from $10-12. The desserts that Keith recommended were the Housemade Strawberry Ice Cream and the Lavender Lemon Cake a la Mode. Unfortunately, they were out of the Lemon and Goat Cheese Cheesecake (Hello! Made with Girl Scout Cookies!!)
The ice cream selection created some debate between Keith, Alison and myself. One of the housemade ice cream selections for the evening, in addition to the aforementioned strawberry, was Maple Bacon. I thought that sounded awesome, like breakfast in ice cream form, but Keith and Alison said it sounded disgusting. Apparently they don't believe in the magic of bacon. Unfortunately, I did not get to try it at this visit so I guess I'll have to come back. Darn it, again!
While dessert was tempting, we decided to pass. We had already overspent our Happy Hour budget, but it was so worth it. We did decide that we need to come back for other meals, though. We'd like to come back for dinner (Keith recommends the rib eye), their weekly Sunday Burger's Whiskey & Beer special (their burgers are uh-mazing), and for their weekend brunch (they had me at bottomless mimosas). So, stay tuned. We will be back!!
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