Ada's Fish House

The History of Ada’s Fish House

Welcome to Ada's Fish House in Pismo Beach where 30 years of restaurant experience in coastal cuisine has culminated in this family-owned and operated restaurant by the sea.

Douglas Cristallo MacMillan began his culinary career when he joined his parents Ada (Rosa) and Bill MacMillan in their restaurant, Rosa's Ristorante Italiano, in Pismo Beach in 1988. Rosa had her beginnings in the small town of Bonito, Italy, while Bill was born and raised in Boston Massachusetts. Bill's east coast influence is felt at Ada's Fish House through the lobster rolls, New England steamers, and key lime cheesecake.

Doug is an award - winning chef who delights diners with his use of the finest quality ingredients. California innovations have added an emphasis on simplicity and freshness and the result is exciting food as satisfying as it is up-to-date. He prides himself on the ability to serve simple dishes with creative flair, as the kitchen staff has long been in place and is always eager to please. An extension of the kitchen is the professional wait staff that is both competent and friendly.

Doug is joined in this culinary adventure by his family; wife Shannon who handles everything behind the scenes, daughter Brianna, a student at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo majoring in Wine and Viticulture who works part time at Ada's between classes, and Nicholas, who attends Arroyo Grande High School.

The owners, staff, and management are grateful for your patronage and wish you a pleasurable dining experience.