Shine Cafe

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427 Morro Bay Blvd, Morro Bay, California, USA, 93442

Organic food cafe offering vegan and raw food, juices and smoothies. Features Rraw Sunday, a prix fixe small menu from the farmers market the day before. Apr 2013 moved out of Sunshine Health Foods store and became all vegan. Open Mon-Fri 11:00am-5:00pm, Sat 9:00am-5:00pm, Sun 10:00am-4:00pm.

Categories: Vegan, American, Organic, Take-out

36 Reviews

First Review by fjzjr

Disappointing Service - Edit

It's disappointing to have to leave anything but a good review to shine cafe. Firstly as wed had such a nice breakfast with them this morning, we came back for lunch and, it being the only vegan restaurant in town. But unfortunately the reviews about bad service were proved right on this lunch time visited. Arriving at 2:30, we placed our orders and were told that it would take about 15-20mins to be served ( we had been asked at the tile, and we were dining in, having taken a table and table number). We let them know we would wonder and be back in 10. When we got back, we were given our meals in take away containers. Confused and unable to eat from a deep take out box, we asked for an actual plate for our meal. The response: 'were closing in an hour, so we're just giving take-away boxes. They should have told you' Not only is it rich to have signs about the environment plastered all around about wastage, but to then serve dozens of customers take-out containers because they do not want to do dishes an hour before closing, and then give attitude to clients who weren't told this (ie: given the choice of wether they were willing to eat their not so cheap lunch, in a box) and aren't willing or able to struggle with eating a soft taco,pilled deep with layers of beans, rice and salads into a coated bpa (or equivalent) take out box, is beyond. And unfortunately to add to this unpleasant experience, I saw that the avocado, which is stated as one of the main ingredients for their tacos, was not part of the dish. When asked, again met with abrasiveness from the waiter, we were told 'we don't have any avocado left, 'they' should have told you.' The waiter then called from behind the kitchen to throw him an avocado and a moment later, a quarter (if that) of avocado was dropped onto our table, without a word. It just really bummed us out. We felt like we had done something wrong in how the staff behaved and then, angry that we were made to feel this uncomfortable for asking for an ingredient in our meal, we had chosen and paid for. The food was good and we have no qualms with the kitchen, just super disappointed by the behavior and actions of the wait staff. Would not go back again and will recommend as such. Fingers crossed Morro Bay opens another vegan restaurant or Shine gets some more empathetic/polite staff :(

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Not good - Edit

I don't like leaving bad reviews. Especially for a vegan place. Having said that, I truly disliked this restaurant. The staff were rude, the food took a long time to come out, 2 of the 3 things we ordered were super mediocre and they forgot my fresh pressed juice. I finally had to walk up to their juice window and after being ignored by the 2 workers standing right in front of me (after they made eye contact more than once) I felt like they were forcing me to be kind of blunt. My juice, the heartbeat, was supposed to be beets, cucumber, ginger and some other good stuff but it came out only tasting like a large glass of juiced ginger (and I love ginger). Way too spicy and strong. The pancakes weren't good. The bagel with fruit was just a while wheat bagel with cream cheese and little medallions of banana and strawberry. Looked like a 5 year old made it. I was just so disappointed. The tofu scramble was decent bar the overly hard avocado on top.

Pros: Vegan , Cheap

Cons: Rude waitstaff , Mediocre food , Long wait

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No Fog Here - Edit

Morro Bay is not short on great restaurants with fresh food but none compare to Shine Cafe. My wife and I will make the 100 mile plus drive just to enjoy a meal at Shine Cafe. From the fresh squeezed juices, to delicious smoothies, to the mouth watering and tastebud tantalizing dishes we have never been disappointed. The quality and value make this a multi visit spot when we are in town.

Pros: Fresh juices, Delicious smoothies , Huge portions

Cons: Hours of operation, Not conducive to seat large groups , Distance from my house

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Speechless - Edit

Originally I was just going to look around the cafe and look at the menu. I ended up eating here and I am grateful I did. I had the street style tacos and homemade almond milk. I am satisfied with what I ate and I have no complaints. I really hope to come back here. by the way, everything on the menu sounds delicious!

Pros: great environment, great food, great people

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Best vegan food on the Central Coast - Edit

I was very impressed with the food at Shine, I wish I knew about it when I was studying at Cal Poly. I ordered the Famous Tempeh Taco and some hummus with toast, loved all of it. My friend had a bit of an issue with the acai bowl, as several of the ingredients were too hard to chew until the bowl melted a bit, but I was more than happy to gobble up her leftovers.

Pros: Delicious food, Lots of options, easy to find

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Yes.... just yes - Edit

Kombucha on tap, snacks, juices, smoothies, tacos, sandwhiches. Great options for raw vegans, too. Bathroom was a bit dirty. Portions are not big. The best part is that there is the health food store right next door! Service has always been friendly and helpful.

Pros: all kinds of food

Cons: medium portions

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well played - Edit

My husband and I were just camping up the coast and found this gem on Happy Cow.

Their food was excellent, very well rounded and balanced ingredients. Extremely fresh and seasoning was excellent! Their portions are very generous and the staff is friendly. They french press their cups of coffee and make their own almond milk in house. We chose the soy creamer as it is rare to get that when out (oppose to just soymilk).

The cafe is attached to a modest sized natural market which is also a plus if you need snacks for camping or traveling. If you are in San Luis Obispo or camping around there, definitely make a trip out to Morro Bay to play on the epic beaches, see the massive rock and eat at Shine Cafe! It's just a hop, skip and a jump away!
Thanks guys!

Updated from previous review on 2013-09-09

Pros: Great food, large portions, friendly staff

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Great find - Edit

Tried many menu options and most were really good. I didn't like the tofu scramble though. The food is really healthy and there is a great selection. Portions were large and most everything comes with a salad.

Pros: portion size, nice selection

Cons: can be a bit of a wait

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Healthy - Edit

This place is great for a healthy and clean breakfast. I stayed in Morro Bay for a wedding and was in need of a good vegan spot in the area. I went here every day I stayed in the area and had their smoothie bowls and kombucha on tap. It's definitely one of my favorite spots in the area and I highly recommend it.

Pros: fresh, healthy, vegan

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Incredibly scrumptious - Edit

Shine Cafe will put a smile on your face no matter your mood. Amazing food, energetic people, and a lively atmosphere in the heart of Morro Bay. I love this place and am happy I live so close by to them. Would recommend trying something new every time you go!

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Good Ceasar Salad, not special - Edit

The Ceasar Salad was good, not great.... Could have used more ingredients.

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Great Food, Great Price - Edit

Traveling down the PCH and found this place on Happy Cow. Glad I did, really huge wrap at a reasonable price, a rarity in the touristy area of the California coast.
Not sure about anything else there, but their design-your-own bowl/wrap is on point

Pros: Great taste, Huge Portion, Reasonable Price

Cons: Maybe a bit slow, but worth it.

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fantastic and filling - Edit

I got the Reuben tempeh sandwich, a green dragon drink and some cauliflower carrot soup. It was all really perfect esp since I was starving. Seriously, I've been thinking about the sandwich since and hope to get another before we leave this town. My hubby got the black bean taco but he felt like it was more like a huge salad on top of a tortilla and it was good just not a lot of flavor for him. He got the strawberry detox drink and liked it. I tend more towards plant based and he will be plant based mostly unlike meat on occasions.

Pros: tasty!

Cons: confusing if you haven't been before. you go up an

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Great Mood and even greater people - Edit

Both my bf and I enjoyed the food, we had the potato leek soup with coconut bacon sprinkled over it, bomb bagel -messy but soooo worth it- and black bean taco, they all hit the spot.

Pros: All vegan -so relaxing, affordable, perfect

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Delicious fresh food - Edit

I ate here twice while vacationing in Cambria. I first had the spring rolls, which had a delicious sesame ginger sauce, and great tasting mashed seasoned tempeh (that also looked like it had quinoa in it) and then the second time I had the Shine Hummus Wrap, again impressed with the sauces. the portions are decently big. It tasted fresh and healthy (but without lacking in the taste department.) The only thing is that I noticed there was honey in their chai latte and in some chips they sell. It would be great if they could get rid of that and become all vegan.

Pros: good, fresh food

Cons: has honey in some things

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I always come back for more :) - Edit

Their mudslide smoothies are heaven sent. When I worked in town I would sometimes get 2 in one day, haha, so filling and energizing. The salads are always delicious and hot meals feel like mother would make (if my mother was a vegan haha). Relaxed atmosphere and chill people (most days, sometimes you can get a very cranky person working). Also another issue is their cleanliness. I've had to stop them from making something when I watched them pick something off the floor to throw away and then handle my food (yuck!). So glad they don't handle the money any more, back then it was worse. I don't live in town any more but whenever I am around I know i'll be stopping by here each time :)

Pros: smoothies, atmosphere, one of a kind in morro bay

Cons: cleanliness, price, limited selection

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I'm in LOVE! - Edit

Shine is amazing! I loved the veggie rolls and jackfruit street tacos so much I didn't get to try much else on this visit to Morro Bay. Service is awesome. Great vibe inside or out for seating!

Pros: All plant based, Great service, Cool relaxing atmosphere

Cons: None - this place is phenomenal! :-)

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Morro Bay Standout - Edit

Not only is Shine Cafe the only vegan restaurant in Morro Bay, it does a good job too. There is a decent menu selection of tacos, sandwiches, wraps etc, as well as soups and salads. The food is well prepared, the service is friendly. We had some enjoyable meals there.

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Delicious - Edit

That restaurant was written in our guidebook as vegetarian, but it is actually vegan, so perfect. It was really really delicious, staff really nice, and choices various. Prices are cheap/moderate but it really worth it.

Pros: Nice Place, Great Tastes

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Worth a visit - Edit

I remember eating here a few years ago and not enjoying it, but I've grown more of a fan of fresher foods and absolutely loved it the last time I visited. So my advice is that if you're not in the mood for whole foods or a salad, this may be a place to skip. If you love those things, then definitely go because it was delicious. It was pretty crowded around lunchtime on a Monday, so it was a bit of a wait and my toddler grew a little impatient. We ate outside and the weather was nice and cool. The menu was a little confusing and our plates didn't look anything like we expected our order to look like (I ordered soft tacos and it looked like I ordered a salad), but everything tasted great so it we were happy anyway. This is a place for people who love fresh salads, veggies, and tempeh. I had their soft tacos which were difficult to eat without a fork (and even with a fork?), but they were so good that I found a way. My toddler had the rice and beans and avocado, and was happy and content. For dessert we found two peanut butter cups with fun Easter designs on them, they made us both happy. Definitely a great vegan find along the coast.

Pros: great salads, location, nice desserts

Cons: Menu a little confusing, crowded

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Great Vegan Restaurant - Edit

I had the Shine Sandwich and a bowl of mushroom soup. Both were outstanding. Ingredients were fresh, crisp and delicious. The sanwich was loaded with fresh vegetables, avocado and dressed with stone ground mustard. The sandwich comes with a side of salad with a housemade dressing of creamy cilantro. I spoke with the manager who explained that all ingredients are organic whenever possible and all produce is bought locally at farmer's markets and farms with the exception of lettuce which they need in larger qunatities. She stressed that the restaurant is successful in part due to the support of the local community with whom they have a great relationship and largely due to the ownership who is commited consciously prepared, well balanced, highest quality food. /the staff is able to answer all questions about ingredients and they are happy to customize any meal to the guests' preferences. Great vibe at Shine whose motto is, "You are what you eat, so you SHINE!"
There are tables inside as well as outside for al fresco dining! Walls are decorated with beautiful photography of landscape scenes from around the world.

Pros: Delicious fresh ingredients, Knowledgeable, friendly staff, Clean, attractive atmosphere

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Shine shines! - Edit

We traveled to Central CA to go to a wedding and we always use Happy Cow to help us find Vegan, organic and sustainable restaurants and markets. We were not disappointed with Shine Cafe.

Although we only were able to have breakfast here (twice!) we were incredibly impressed. The buckwheat pancakes were to live for! You had the option of adding two different berries or nuts to them as well. They have a Vegan honey made from apples that is wonderful. They use all organic TVP and Tofu which was also impressive. The tofu scramble was delicious. We loved the food so much that we got a to go order of their veggie wraps and ended up eating them at the wedding we went to!

The only item that could be added to their menu that would make this a 5+ star restaurant is fresh vegetable/fruit juices, although their smoothies (made with almond milk) were wonderful.

If in the area, you must try Shine out!



Pros: Makes the effort to serve local foodu, Organic ingredients including tofu and T

Cons: No fresh juices

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Good Food - Edit

The food is very healthy & delicious. The menu is limited as it is mainly a soup/salad/ sandwich place. It's also a very "hippy" type of atmosphere in this cozy little establishment. Friendly service.

Pros: Healthy, Good Food, Friendly

Cons: Hippy, Limited Menu, Breakfast only on Weekends

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Inspiring vegan cosy cafe - Edit

Little and cosy Shine cafe is a really brilliant place in Morro Bay. Get yummy tempeh tacos (definitely large!) with sprouts, avocado and salad. Also I can highly recommend tempeh reuben, it was delicious and healthy. The place is small, but very light and cosy. Must visit for all vegans!

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Tempeh Rueben sandwich is awesome! - Edit

The Tempeh Reuben sandwich has become a real favorite for my husband and me. Anything on the menu is really good but the Reuben is amazing! Yum!

Pros: excellent food, healthy choices, mostly vegan

Cons: a bit expensive

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Delicious and Healthy - Edit

They have great homemade vegan soups on a daily basis. On Saturday mornings, they do breakfast. We had some delicious Vegan - yes I said Vegan - pancakes there last Saturday. We did have to wait a bit though, but we sat at the outside tables in the sun and enjoyed seeing people with their dogs walking by.

Pros: Vegan friendly, Healthy food, Nice staff

Cons: Limited table space inside

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Fantastic! - Edit

My wife and I ate here for the first time last week and we both fell in love with it. I had the Two Famous Tempeh Tacos and she had the Butternut Squash and Carmelized Onions Quesidilla (vegan cheese)with a bowl of Lentil Soup. The food was absolutely delicious. The portions were good and the prices moderate. On the menu it states that they will personalize your meal to suit your individual nutritional needs.

The two young ladies working the cafe were like walking promotions for health, beauty and friendliness. I chanced telling my wife that they "radiated" beauty, everything about them, and instead of getting in trouble, she agreed with me!

We shopped for a few items in the Sunshine Store and loved it also, lots of locally grown and very fresh produce.

We will visit both Sunshine Store and Shine Cafe every time we travel up or down the coast. It is perfect!!

Pros: delicious food, friendly, beautiful, helpful staff, nice atmosphere

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