In 1991, Joanne and Ross Currie purchased Splash Café in Pismo Beach days before the annual Clam Festival in October. That incredibly busy weekend was just the start of a 30+ year journey that has seen the Curries improve the clam chowder recipe that is now award-winning and world famous, expand to a second location in San Luis Obispo with a full-service bakery, ship the chowder nationally, distribute in Costco stores and other restaurants, and start a food product line. It’s Splash Café’s insistence on using the highest quality ingredients and customer loyalty that has grown chowder sales from 5000 gallons a year in 1991 to over 40,000 gallons a year.

Joanne’s passion for flavors and experimenting in the kitchen has grown beyond the two cafes, leading her to create a food product line utilizing all the incredible flavors of the central coast. Her Carrot Pepper Hot Sauce, Raucous Daucus, was the first product and created specifically for the creamy Clam Chowder. Then followed a trio of Smoky Spice Rubs intended for year-round grilling; Smoky Espresso, Smoky Citrus and Smoky Chimi. Follow the current and future creations from the flavor innovators at Splash Café!

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Join the club!

We love birthdays and other special occasions and want to help you celebrate yours! Sign up and receive a free cup of chowder with any entrée.

For birthdays, we’ll buy your meal, including a non-alcoholic beverage, anytime within 7 days of your birthday. Being a part of our club gets you all sorts of freebies and promotions sent out monthly! So – Join the Club!!


Become a Splash Café team member!

At Splash Café we are a family! We believe in creating a welcoming atmosphere for our customers and our team members. We are always looking for motivated individuals that embody our company’s core values to join the Splash Café. We love the opportunity to serve and to exceed our customers’ expectations. At Splash Café we are dedicated to the customer’s experience – it’s our passion!

  • Core Values:
  • Splash Experience
  • Family
  • Motivated
  • Problem Solver
  • Empathetic
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  • Growth within the company
  • Flexible scheduling
  • Great tips
  • Regular pay raises
  • Meal discount
  • Medical/Dental/Vison
  • Simple IRA
  • Paid vacation


The only thing we love more than creating incredible food and products, is entering them into national competitions! When we say award winning, we mean it! Our Clam Chowder has taken first place nearly every year at the annual Clam Festival in Pismo Beach and the Clam Chowder Cookoff at Cal Poly. We receive first place every year on the “New Times Readers Poll” for best Clam Chowder and have also taken first place for Best Bakery! Our Carrot Pepper Hot Sauce garnered First Place from the Specialty Sauce Division of the annual International FLAV Awards and a second place in the Spicy Division. Our Smoky Espresso Spice Rub took home top honors in the seasoning/rub category of the International FLAV Awards! Keep your eyes on our Splash Adventures where we keep you up to date on all our wins!