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Central Coast Restaurants

Central Coast Restaurants Overview

Central Coast

Restaurants on the Central Coast include Chinese restaurants, Mexican restaurants, Italian restaurants, seafood restaurants, breakfast restaurants, sushi restaurants, Sunday brunch and more. Whether it be the enormous portions, outstanding views or unique flavors, these are the best restaurants on the Central Coast. We've tried to concentrate on locally owned establishments and avoid the larger chains other than a few special restaurants. Watch the boats come go in and out of the harbor at Crow's Nest in Santa Cruz. Enjoy seafood at it's finest at the Sardine Factory on historic Cannery Row. Take in the ocean breeze on the outdoor deck of Moonstone Beach Grill. Savor the best clam chowder around at Splash Café in Pismo Beach where clamming became renowned. Discover the Boathouse at Hendry's Beach situated in a hidden cove along Santa Barbara's coast.

Per Person
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$10-$30 = $10-$30
$30-$50 = $30-$50
$50+ = $50+

Dress
Casual = shorts, t-shirt, sandals
Business-Casual = pants or nice shorts, summer dress, collared shirt
Semi-Formal = slacks, collard shirt, evening gown, blouse
Formal = dress pants, suit jacket, formal dress, tuxedo

Santa Cruz Restaurants

Crow's Nest restaurant is located on the water at East Cliff Drive and 7th Avenue, in the Twin Lakes region. This seafood restaurant features a laid-back surf ambiance with awesome Pacific views. Choose to dine in their 3rd floor bar & grill, 2nd floor lunch room or downstairs dining room. Restaurant menu items include Aloha Burger, Fish Tacos, Seafood Thermidor, Prawn & Spinach Ravioli, Crab Catcher Sandwich, Herb-Crusted Filet Mignon and Broiled Australian Lobster Tail. Entertainment most nights in the Bar & Grill on the third floor. Open daily for lunch and dinner. Casual to business-casual attire.
$5-$10  |   $10-$30  |   $30-$50  |   $50+

Crow's Nest
2218 E. Cliff Drive
Santa Cruz, California 95062
(831) 476-4560

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O'Mei restaurant is located on Mission Street just east of Swift. This restaurant serves Chinese food specialties from their restaurant menu like Prawns with Tofu & Peas, Red-Oil Dumplings, Seafood Sizzling Rice, Smoked Chicken with Rosemary, Crisp Rockfish in Lemon Sauce, Kung Pao Pork, Black Pepper Beef and Garlicky Baby Bok Choy. Open Tuesday-Sunday for dinner. Business-casual attire.
$10-$30

O'Mei
2316 Mission Street
Santa Cruz, California 95060
(831) 425-8458

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Lillian's Italian Kitchen is located off Highway 1 from the Morrissey Boulevard exit. Lillian's is a neighborhood Italian restaurant that specializes in Sicilian and Italian food favorites like Lasagna, Black Truffle-Stuffed Gnocchi, New York Steak Marsala, Fettuccine Alfredo, Ravioli in Tomato Cream Sauce, Penne Pesto and Saut#0233;ed Prawns. Open Monday-Saturday for dinner and Tuesday-Friday for lunch. Casual to business-casual attire.
$10-$30

Lillian's Italian Kitchen
1116 Soquel Avenue
Santa Cruz, CA 95062
(831) 425-2288

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Hindquarter Bar & Grille is located on Soquel Avenue between Ocean and Front. This restaurant features BBQ food like Cajun Blackened Chicken, Texas BBQ Burger, Jack's Pepper Steak, Steak Salad, Fettucini with Shrimp and Snow Crab, Texas Baby Back Beef Ribs and the H.Q. Smokey Platter from their restaurant menu. Great vegetarian choices are also available like Eggplant Parmesan, Greek Salad and Garden Burger. Open daily for lunch and dinner. Casual to business-casual attire.
$10-$30  |   $30-$50

Hindquarter Bar & Grille
303 Soquel Avenue
Santa Cruz, California 95062
(831) 426-7770

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The Crépe Place restaurant is located off Highway 1 from the Morrissey Boulevard exit. They serve many varieties of gourmet crepes as well as other breakfast specialties. Restaurant menu items include Spiced Apple Crepes, Seafood Crepes, Zorba the Greek Crepes, Boston Clam Chowder, California Benedict and more. Live entertainment most nights. Open for brunch and dinner Monday through Thursday and breakfast Saturday & Sunday.
$5-$10  |  $10-$30

The Crepe Place
1134 Soquel Avenue
Santa Cruz, California 95062
(831) 429-6994

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Shadowbrook Restaurant is located off Highway 1 from the 41st Avenue exit. Situated along picturesque Soquel Creek, Shadowbrook Restaurant and Rock Room Bar & Lounge can be reached by either a small funicular or walking down a garden path. This fine-dining restaurant specializes in steak and seafood with menu choices like Creamy Artichoke Soup, Chicken Pot Pie, Angus Prime Rib, Black Truffle Gnocchi, Eastern Sea Scallops, Bacon-Wrapped Prawns and Roasted Duck A L'Orange. Open nightly for dinner. Business-casual to formal attire.
$10-$30  |   $30-$50

Shadowbrook
1750 Wharf Road
Capitola, CA 95010
(831) 475-1511

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Paradise Beach Grille is located on the Esplanade in Capitola Village. Enjoy views of the quirky Venetian Hotel, Pacific Ocean and Soquel Creek from their outdoor deck. They have been voted, 'Best Restaurant in Santa Cruz County' multiple years in a row. Steak & seafood restaurant menu items include Sugar & Spice Salmon, Stir Fry Udon Noodles, Caprése Panini, Seafood Pasta, steaks and more. Live entertainment weekends and Tuesday nights. Open daily for lunch and dinner. Casual to business-casual attire.
$10-$30  |   $30-$50

Paradise Beach Grill
215 Esplanade
Capitola, CA 95010
(831) 476-4900

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Monterey Restaurants

Phil's Fish Market restaurant is located between Santa Cruz and Monterey off Highway 1. Situated on the peninsula of the Elkhorn Slough, they double as a fish market and seafood restaurant. Their seafood restaurant menu items include the daily local catch as well as those flown in special. Choose from swordfish, albacore, octopus, dungeness crab, mahi mahi and more. Open daily for lunch and dinner. Casual attire.
$10-$30  |   $30-$50

Phil's Fish Market & Eatery
7600 Sandholdt Road
Moss Landing, CA 95039
(831) 633-2152

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LouLou's Griddle in the Middle is situated on the Monterey Municipal Wharf. LouLou's Griddle in the Middle is a simple coffee shop breakfast restaurant that puts gourmet flavor into standard menu items. They feature some of the freshest and cheapest seafood in Monterey. Seafood restaurant menu items include Crab Cake & Eggs, Banana Griddle Cakes, Monterey's Best Calamari, Benito's Gourmet Burger and Fresh Catch of the Hour. Open every day but Tuesday for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Casual attire.
$5-$10  |  $10-$30

LouLou's Griddle in the Middle
Municipal Wharf #2
Monterey, CA 93940
(831) 372-0568

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Old Fisherman's Grotto Restaurant, Monterey Fisherman's Wharf

Old Fisherman's Grotto restaurant is situated over the water at Fisherman's Wharf. Absorb breathtaking harbor views while watching otters play in the surf below. Family-owned for over 50 years, this well-known and popular seafood restaurant offers selections like King Crab Legs, Crab Cakes, Seafood Linguini and so much more from their restaurant menu. Open daily for lunch and dinner. Casual to business-casual attire.
$5-$10  |   $10-$30  |   $30-$50

Old Fisherman's Grotto
39 Fishermans Wharf
Monterey, California 93940
(831) 375-4604

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1833 Restaurant is located in the heart of Monterey at the intersection of Polk and Hartnell Streets. Restaurant 1833 is situated in the historic Stokes Adobe that was built in 1833. The restaurant features 7 elegant dining rooms, 2 bars, shaded patios and cozy fireplaces. Restaurant menu items include Bacon Cheddar Biscuits, Truffle Chicken, Pan Roasted Rock Cod, Gnocchi with Braised Rabbit and Grilled Eggplant Pizza. Open nightly for dinner. Business-casual to formal attire.
$10-$30  |   $30-$50

1833
500 Hartnell Street
Monterey, CA 93940
(831) 643-1833

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Sardine Factory Seafood - image compliments of www.canneryrow.com

The Sardine Factory restaurant is situated in the old Sardine Factory along Cannery Row. This steak & seafood restaurant offers a fine-dining experience that is popular with the tourists. The lounge was featured in the 1970's Clint Eastwood film, 'Play Misty For Me'. Restaurant menu items include Abalone Medallions, Monterey Bay Clam Chowder, Duck & Pappardelle Pasta, Lobster Pasta, Filet Mignon and more. Open nightly for dinner. Business-casual to formal attire.
$30-$50  |   $50+

The Sardine Factory
701 Wave Street
Monterey, California 93940
(831) 373-3775

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Passion Fish restaurant is regarded as one of Monterey's best seafood restaurants. The restaurant menu changes daily according to season and the types of fish available from a 'sustainable' ocean resource. Unique seafood restaurant menu samples include Oysters in a Carrot-Ginger Vinaigrette, Warm Brussels Sprouts Salad with Korobuta Ham Grapes & Ricotta Salata, Fish Stew and Duck Confit. Open nightly for dinner. Business-casual attire.
$5-$10  |  $10-$30  |   $30-$50

Passion Fish
701 Lighthouse Avenue
Pacific Grove, California 93950
(831) 655-3311

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Carmel Restaurants

Katy's Place restaurant is located in downtown Carmel-by-the-Sea on Mission Street, between 5th & 6th Streets. This is a popular breakfast restaurant. This unsuspecting little restaurant will most likely have a line out the door and down the street when you visit. It's worth the wait. Their specialty is Eggs Benedict, of which they offer 16 different varieties. Other breakfast restaurant menu items include Belgian Waffles, Corned Beef Hash 'n Eggs, Huevos Rancheros, Bay Omelette, Lobster Bisque Sandwich and Shrimp Salad Sandwich. Open daily for breakfast and lunch. Casual to business-casual attire.
$5-$10  |  $10-$30

Katy's Place
Mission Street between 5th & 6th
Carmel, California 93921
(831) 624-0199

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Mission Ranch Inn Restaurant

Mission Ranch restaurant is located on the southern edge of Carmel. The Mission Ranch Resort is owned by Actor/Director and former Mayor, Clint Eastwood. Situated on a bluff overlooking Carmel River State Beach, the Mission Ranch Restaurant offers seating in a ranch-style restaurant or outdoor deck. A piano bar provides entertainment nightly and Clint Eastwood is rumored to play for guests occasionally. Their steak & seafood restaurant menu items include Baked Goat Cheese, Prawns with Tagliarini Pasta, Roasted Maple Leaf Duck and Prime Rib Sandwich. No cell phones are allowed and they don't take reservations. Open Sunday for Jazz Brunch and nightly for dinner. Business-casual attire.
$10-$30  |   $30-$50

Mission Ranch Restaurant
26270 Dolores Street
Carmel, California 93923
(831) 625-9040

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Mundaka restaurant is located at the corner of 7th and San Carlos Streets in the heart of Carmel Village. Mudaka specializes in Spanish-style tapas with an emphasis on wine, music, artistry and fun. Spanish tapas and large plate menu items include Albacore Tartare, House-Made Sausage, Marinated White Anchovies, Bacon Wrapped Dates, Paella, Lamb Burger and Duck Leg Confit. Open nightly for dinner. Business-casual attire.
$10-$30  |   $30-$50

Mundaka
San Carlos Street
Carmel, CA 93921
(831) 624-7400

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Forge in the Forest Restaurant

Forge in the Forest restaurant is located at the corner of Junipero & 5th Avenue. "The Forge", as it's known by locals, has been in operation since 1944. This historic Carmel restaurant has been voted the best place for outdoor dining several years running. Restaurant includes traditional American food menu items like ribs, burgers, pizza, pasta, seafood, salads and more. This dog-friendly place even has a menu for dogs with everything from dog biscuits to New York steak. Open daily for lunch and dinner. Casual to business-casual attire.
$5-$10  |  $10-$30

Forge in the Forest
Junipero Street & 5th Avenue
Carmel, CA 93923
(831) 624-2233

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Aubergine at L'Auberge restaurant is located at the corner of Monte Verde Street & 7th Avenue. Situated within the L'Auberge Carmel, this award-winning restaurant features luxurious fine-dining in the heart of Carmel-by-the-Sea. They offer coarse meals from a Menu or Tasting Menu paired with wines from a 2,500 bottle wine cellar. Menu items include Dry Aged Rib-Eye, Abalone, Confit of King Salmon, Matsutake and Artisan Cheeses. Open nightly for dinner. Semi-formal to formal attire.
$50+

Aubergine at L'Auberge
Monte Verde Street & 7th Avenue
Carmel, CA 93923
(831) 624-8578

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Big Sur Restaurants

Big Sur Roadhouse is located off Highway 1 at Glen Oaks Big Sur. Big Sur Roadhouse serves a seasonal menu of California cuisine like Smoked Tri-Tip, Lamb Kabob, Grilled Salmon, Duck Breast, Stuffed & Braised Chicken and Saut#0233;ed Prawns. Also available are specialty sodas, coffee and dessert wines. Open every day but Tuesday for lunch and dinner. Casual attire.
$5-$10  |   $10-$30

Big Sur Roadhouse
47080 Highway 1
Big Sur, CA 93920
(831) 667-2370

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Sierra Mar Restaurant is located off Highway 1 within the exclusive Post Ranch Inn. Poised atop a cliff overlooking the Big Sur coast, Sierra Mar is a fine-dining restaurant featuring a seasonal menu of steak, seafood and vegetarian choices. Meals are served as prix-fixe courses that can include Piedmontese Carpaccio, Abalone Blini, Morro Bay Oysters, Parsnip Soup, Oregon Lamb Rack and Beef Tenderloin. Open daily for lunch and dinner. Guests of the Post Ranch Inn gain the option of gourmet breakfast at Sierra Mar. Business-casual to formal attire.
$50+

Sierra Mar
Post Ranch Inn
40182 Highway 1
Big Sur, California 93920
(800) 527-2200

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Cielo restaurant is situated in the Ventana Inn & Spa, one of California's most exclusive resorts. The fine-dining restaurant includes an outdoor deck and patio overlooking some of California's most breathtaking coastal scenery. They offer seafood & game food with a hint of Italy. Restaurant menu items include Glazed Sonoma Duck Breast, Sautéed Venison Loin, Serrano Ham Wrapped Pheasant Breast and Duo of Sautéed Sweet Hawaiian Prawns. Open daily for lunch and dinner. Business-casual to semi-formal attire.
$10-$30  |   $30-$50  |   $50+

Cielo at Ventana
48123 Hwy 1
Big Sur, California 93920
(831) 667-4242

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Nepenthe Restaurant is located off Highway 1 between Ventana Inn and Deetjens. Nepenthe Big Sur specializes in dining outdoors with spectacular Big Sur coastal views. Seating is positioned to give the most dramatic view while dining or just enjoying a glass of wine, beer or coffee. Restaurant menu choices include their Famous Ambrosiaburger, California Beets Salad, Phoenix Steak, Pan-Seared Albacore Tuna, Glazed Duck and Minestrone. Their well-known dessert choices include Deep Dish Dutch Apple Pie, Triple Berry Pie and Four Layer Chocolate Fudge Cake. Open daily for lunch and dinner. Casual attire.
$10-$30  |   $30-$50

Nepenthe
48510 Highway 1
Big Sur, CA 93920
(831) 667-2345

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Big Sur Bakery & Restaurant is situated off Highway 1 just a short distance south of the Big Sur Post Office. The Bakery resides in a cozy home that has operated as a restaurant since 1936. Comfortable ambiance among its wood-beamed ceilings and pine shaded patio makes the predominantly healthy menu seem even better for you. Restaurant menu items include 9-Grain Pancakes with Seasonal Berries, Wood-fired Bacon & Egg Breakfast Pizza, Wood-grilled Hamburger, Grilled Ham & Cheese Sandwich and Potato Frittata. Open Tuesday through Sunday for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Casual attire.
$10-$30

Big Sur Bakery & Restaurant
Highway 1
Big Sur, California 93920
(831) 667-0520

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Deetjen's Restaurant is located off Highway 1 in the heart of Big Sur. Watch for the 'Big Sur Inn' sign. The restaurant features a rustic country atmosphere with aged pine siding and beams throughout. Restaurant menu items include Organic Filet Mignon, New Zealand Venison, Scottish Salmon, Eggs Benedict, Huevos Rancheros and Homemade Granola. Breakfast and dinner is available daily either indoors in cozy dining rooms or outside on their patio deck. Casual attire.
$10-$30  |   $30-$50

Deetjen's Restaurant
48865 Highway 1
Big Sur, California 93920
(831) 667-2377

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Cambria Restaurants

Moonstone Beach Bar & Grill

Moonstone Beach Bar & Grill is located on Moonstone Beach Drive overlooking the Pacific Coast. This steak & seafood restaurant includes an outdoor heated patio with a bar that faces the sunset. Restaurant menu items include Oysters Rockefeller, Cilantro Swordfish Rotelle, Blackened Rib Eye and Seafood Pasta. Open daily for lunch and dinner and Sunday Brunch. Casual to business-casual attire.
$5-$10  |   $10-$30  |   $30-$50

Moonstone Beach Bar & Grill
6550 Moonstone Beach Drive
Cambria, California 93428
(805) 927-3859

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Sow's Ear Café

The Sow's Ear Café is located on Main Street along with many other restaurants, boutiques and galleries. This small, intimate restaurant serves steak, seafood and game. Restaurant menu specialties include Steamed Clams Portuguese, Lobster Pot Pie, Chicken and Dumplings and Pork Loin with Olallieberry Chutney. Open nightly for dinner. Business-casual attire.
$10-$30  |   $30-$50

The Sow's Ear Café
2248 Main Street
Cambria, California 93428
(805) 927-4865

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Sea Chest Restaurant

The Sea Chest restaurant is located along the quaint and picturesque, Moonstone Beach Drive along with other restaurants, galleries and hotels. Situated in a turn-of-the-century Victorian home, The Sea Chest is popular seafood restaurant with locals and tourists alike, sometimes resulting in lines developing outside the door. They are known for their simple preparation of seafood. Restaurant menu items include Lobster Tail, Steamed Crab Legs, Clams Linguini and Boston Clam Chowder. Check the chalkboard for current fresh seafood selections. Open nightly for dinner. Business-casual attire. Bring cash because they do not accept credit or debit cards.
$10-$30  |   $30-$50

The Sea Chest Oyster Bar & Seafood Restaurant
6216 Moonstone Beach Drive
Cambria, California 93428
(805) 927-4514

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Paso Robles Restaurants

Panolivo

Panolivo restaurant is located off Highway 101 at the corner of Park and 14th Streets. Panolivo features a restaurant, bakery and small wine bar. Restaurant menu items include various quiches, paninis, Crab Cake Salad, Chicken Cordon Bleu, Seafood Croustade, Butternut Squash Ravioli and more. Open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Casual to business-casual attire.
$10-$30  |   $30-$50

Panolivo
1344 Park Street
Paso Robles, CA 93446
(805) 239-3366

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Artisan restaurant is located off Highway 101 at the corner of Pine and 12th Streets. Artisan is a fine-dining restaurant in the heart of Central Coast Wine Country. Fine-dining restaurant menu items include Jalapeño Cornbread, White Anchovy Ceasar Salad, Cuban Sandwich, Cayucos Red Abalone, Dixon Lamb Rack, Pan Roasted Arctic Char and more. Open daily for lunch & dinner, Sunday brunch. Business-casual to semi-formal attire.
$30-$50  |   $50+

Artisan
843 12th Street
Paso Robles, CA 93446
(805) 237-8084

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Paso Robles Inn Steakhouse

Paso Robles Inn Steakhouse restaurant is located off Highway 101 on Spring Street between 10th and 12th. Situated within the historic Paso Robles Inn, this steak and seafood restaurant offers a fine-dining experience in the heart of Central Coast Wine Country. Restaurant menu items include a Wild Mushroom Omelet, Prime Rib Au Jus, Grilled Alaskan Sockeye Salmon, Butter Roasted Lobster Tail, Stuffed Quail, Gorgonzola Grilled Chicken Sandwich and more. Open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner, Sunday brunch. Casual to business-casual attire.
$30-$50  |   $50+

Paso Robles Inn Steakhouse
1103 Spring Street
Paso Robles, CA 93446
(800) 676-1713

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Morro Bay Restaurants

Taco Temple restaurant is located just a few blocks away from the harbor region where most of the tourists congregate, but is worth a visit. This is not the typical Mexican food restaurant of greasy tacos and fatty tamales. They specialize in low fat, healthy Mexican food containing fresh caught seafood from local fishermen and vegetables from the local Farmers Market. Many vegetarian choices are available, but the locals claim that the fish tacos are unbeatable. Don't expect much as far as ambiance because they've poured all their attention into great Mexican food. Open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Casual attire.
$5-$10

Taco Temple
2680 Main Street
Morro Bay, California 93442
(805) 772-4965

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Windows on the Water restaurant is located along the Embarcadero with many other steak and seafood restaurants. Situated over the water along the Embarcadero, Windows on the Water offers expansive views of Morro Bay that is often teaming with kayakers and otters. This award-winning steak & seafood restaurant is a great choice for a meal on the bay. Restaurant menu items include Pan Roasted Salmon, Duck-Two Ways, Local Sand Dabs, Wood-Fired Pizzas and Oak Grilled Rib Eye Steak. Open nightly for dinner. Business-casual attire.
$10-$30  |   $30-$50

Windows on the Water
699 Embarcadero #7
Morro Bay, California 93442
(805) 772-0677

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Tognazzini's Dockside is situated near the end of the Embarcadero where all the commercial fishing boats are located. The owner is a life-long Morro Bay resident and current commercial fisherman with the goal of bringing the best seafood at the lowest prices straight to the public. Tognazzini is part fish market and part casual dining on the freshest seafood in the region. Much of the seafood is caught on their own 38-foot fishing boat, the Bonnie Marietta. Menu items include Clam Strips, Seafood Pasta, Dungeness Crab Melt, Pacific Albacore Kabobs, Halibut Picatta and Oyster Chowder. Open daily for lunch and dinner. Casual attire.
$5-$10  |   $10-$30  |   $30-$50

Tognazzini's Dockside
1245 Embarcadero
Morro Bay, CA 93442
(805) 772-8100

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Dorn's Restaurant with view of Morro Rock

Dorn's restaurant is located one block up from the water and offers views of the harbor and Morro Rock. A family owned restaurant since 1942, Dorn's is a favorite with the locals. They offer traditional coffee shop menu items with many additional seafood choices. Restaurant menu items include Linguica & Eggs Omelette, Lox & Bagel, Buckwheat Pancakes, Crab Louie, Linguine & Clams and Steak & Lobster Tail. Open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Casual attire.
$5-$10  |   $10-$30  |   $30-$50

Dorn's Original Breakers Café
801 Market Avenue
Morro Bay, California 93442
(805) 772-4415

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San Luis Obispo Restaurants

Olde Port Inn

Olde Port Inn restaurant is situated on the end of a pier, on the west end of Avila Beach. This primarily industrial pier is home to fishing trollers and this seafood restaurant. Take in expansive views of San Luis Bay and the Pacific while dining on seafood restaurant menu items like Scallops and Chips, Stuffed Prawns, Fresh Fish Vera Cruz and Pasta Pesca. Non-seafood choices like Porterhouse Steak, Olde Style Burger and Chicken Tacos are also available. Open daily for lunch and dinner. Casual to business-casual attire.
$10-$30  |   $30-$50  |   $50+

Olde Port Inn
Port San Luis - Unocal Pier
Avila Beach, California 93424
(805) 595-2515

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Foremost Wine Company is located off Highway 101 in downtown San Luis Obispo. Foremost offers a wine shop, lounge and restaurant that specialize in great wines and food. Seasonal restaurant menu includes cheese plates, small plates and large plates with choices like Black Kale & Avocado Salad, Goat Cheese Toast, Niman Ranch Hanger Steak, Polish-Style Meatballs, Grilled Octopus, Big Eye Tuna Crudo and Lamb Biryani. Open every night but Monday for dinner and happy hour. Business-casual attire.
$10-$30  |   $30-$50

Foremost Wine Company
570 Higuera Street
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
(805) 439-3410

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Novo restaurant is located in downtown San Luis Obispo off Broad Street. Situated alongside the beautiful shaded San Luis Obispo Creek, Novo offers indoor and outdoor, creekside seating. This Brazilian Portuguese restaurant offers menu items like Moroccan Quail Salad, Salmon Bisque, Potato Samosas, Roast Duck Breast and Lavender Lamb Chops. Open daily for lunch and dinner. Casual to business-casual attire.
$10-$30  |   $30-$50

Novo Restaurant & Lounge
726 Higuera Street
San Luis Obispo, California 93401
(805) 543-3986

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Ruddell's Smokehouse restaurant is located off Highway 1 in downtown Cayucos. Being situated on the beach, Ruddell's specializes in fresh smoked seafood right off the boats. Jim Ruddell is known locally as 'Smoker Jim' because of his passion for perfectly smoked meats. Smoked seafood menu items include Salmon Salad, Smoked Oysters, Smoked Albacore Tacos, Smoked Pork Loin Sandwich, The Ultimate Tuna Sandwich and more. Open daily for lunch and early dinner. Casual attire.
$5-$10  |   $10-$30

Ruddell's Smokehouse
101 D Street
Cayucos, CA 93430
(805) 995-5028

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Pismo Beach Restaurants

Splash Café

Splash Café is located one block from the Pismo Beach Pier. This seafood restaurant is renowned for their Clam Chowder. Their award-winning clam chowder is also sold at Costco. Other restaurant menu items include Bucket of Clams, Shrimp & Chips, Seafood Salad, burgers, dogs, sandwiches and more. This laid-back café restaurant usually has a line out the door and down the street during the summer months. Open daily for lunch and dinner. Casual attire.
$5-$10

TIP: Looking for great clam chowder in a casual environment but don't want to wait in line for Splash Café? Head south two blocks on Cypress Street to Pismo Fish & Chips.

Splash Café
197 Pomeroy Avenue
Pismo Beach, California 93449
(805) 773-4653

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Cracked Crab

Cracked Crab restaurant is located in the heart of Pismo Beach at Price and Pomeroy Streets. Cracked Crab is known for its casual seafood restaurant atmosphere, complete with paper table coverings and bibs. Restaurant menu items include Seafood Gumbo, Soft Shell Crab Sandwich, Fish Tacos, Alaskan Halibut Sauté, Seafood Enchiladas and more. Order a bucket of multiple seafood options that they dump on your table. Open daily for lunch and dinner. Casual attire.
$10-$30  |   $30-$50

Cracked Crab
751 Price Street
Pismo Beach, CA 93449
(805) 773-2722

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Rosa's Italian Restaurant

Rosa's restaurant is located in the heart of Pismo Beach at Price and Stimson. Rosa's is an award-winning Italian restaurant. Menu items include Portobello con Granchio, Pizza Margherita, Spinach Manicotti, Shrimp & Scallops, Veal Piccata, Filet Mignon and more. Open daily for lunch and dinner. Business-casual attire.
$10-$30  |   $30-$50

Rosa's Italian Restaurant
491 Price Street
Pismo Beach, CA 93449
(805) 773-0551

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Solvang Restaurants

Pea Soup Andersen's restaurant is located just a short distance from the heavily touristed town of Solvang. For over 80 years Pea Soup Andersen's has been serving meals to California travelers from multiple locations throughout the state. You can't miss their Dutch windmill building where a trip inside offers not only a great meal, but also a bakery and gift shop. The interior decor is a step into Holland. Their restaurant menu offers traditional American food like omelettes, pancakes, club sandwich, steak and of course, their award-winning pea soup. Open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Casual attire.
$5-$10  |   $10-$30

Pea Soup Andersen's
376 Avenue of the Flags
Buellton, California 93427
(805) 688-5581

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Paula's Pancake House is located off Highway 101 in downtown Solvang. Paula's Pancake House specializes in hearty American and Danish breakfast and lunch with menu choices like Danish Omelette, Danish Pancakes, Eggs Florentine, French Crepes, Patty Melt, Top Sirloin Steak Sandwich and Shrimp Salad. Open daily for breakfast and lunch. Casual attire.
$5-$10

Paula's Pancake House
1531 Mission Drive
Solvang, CA 93463
(805) 688-2867

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Actor's Corner Café is located off Highway 101 in downtown Solvang. Actor's Corner Café specializes in perfect wine and food pairings with gourmet food choices like Marinated Chicken Breast, Lasagna, Capellini Bollognese and Braised Chuck Rib Steak. Open Thursday-Sunday for lunch and dinner. Casual to business-casual attire.
$10-$30  |   $30-$50

Actor's Corner Café
443 2nd Street
Solvang, CA 93463
(805) 686-2409

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Olsen's Danish Village Bakery is located off Highway 101 in downtown Solvang. Olsen's specializes in authentic Danish pastries and breads like Cinnamon Swirl Bread, Dark Limpa Bread, Stollen, Julekager, Kransekage Cake, Kringel, Strudel, Danish Waffles and more. Casual attire.
$5-$10

Olsen's Danish Village Bakery
1529 Mission Drive
Solvang, CA 93463
(805) 688-6314

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Santa Barbara Restaurants

The Palace Grill is located in Santa Barbara's Old Town District. They specialize in Creole, Cajun and Caribbean food complete with Mardi Gras-style entertainment. Expect to be entertained with some sort of boisterous music or talent show. This is a terrific place for those looking to have a good time and not a romantic evening. Restaurant menu items include Jambalaya, Crawfish Etouffée, New Orleans Bar-B-Que Shrimp, Blackened Filet Mignon and Capellini la Louisianne. Open daily for lunch and dinner. Casual to business-casual attire.
$5-$10  |  $10-$30

The Palace Grill
8 E. Cota Street
Santa Barbara, California 93101
(805) 963-5000

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Olio e Limone

Olio e Limone restaurant is located in the heart of Santa Barbara and features Sicilian and Italian food. Italian restaurant menu items include Insalata di Spinaci, Parmiggiana di Melanzane and Quaglie in Insalata. Open nightly for dinner and lunch is served Monday-Saturday. Business-casual attire.
$5-$10  |  $10-$30

Olio e Limone
17 W. Victoria Street
Santa Barbara, California 93101
(805) 899-2699

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Santa Barbara Shellfish Company has three restaurants in the Santa Barbara region. Known for their fresh seafood selection from mostly local catch, all three are award-winning oceanfront seafood restaurants. Choose from the Boathouse at Hendry's Beach (Arroyo Burro Beach) situated on the sand of a popular locals beach, the very casual and original Shellfish Co. located at the end of Stearns Wharf, or the fine-dining atmosphere of the Santa Barbara Fish House situated at East Beach. Menu items include Steamed Local Crab, Lobster Tacos, Blackened Local White Sea Bass, Bacon Wrapped Filet Mignon & Prawns, Cioppino and more. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
$10-$30  |   $30-$50

Santa Barbara Shellfish Company
230 Stearns Wharf
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
(805) 966-6676

Boathouse at Hendry's Beach
Arroyo Burro Beach
2981 Cliff Drive
Santa Barbara, CA 93109
(805) 898-2628

Santa Barbara FisHouse
101 East Cabrillo Blvd
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
(805) 966-2112

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Carlito's Café is located in the heart of Santa Barbara and features Mexican food of Pueblo, Mayan, and Aztec origin. Adobe structure, leather chairs, terra cotta floors and fountains immerse patrons in Latin culture. Mexican restaurant menu items include Taquitos de Tinga, Pozole, Flautas Grandes, Huevos Rancheros and Grilled Giant Prawns with Garlic & Cilantro. Open daily for lunch and dinner, and weekends for breakfast also. Casual attire.
$5-$10  |   $10-$30

Carlito's Café y Cantina
1324 State Suite A
Santa Barbara, California 93101
(805) 962-7117

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Bouchon restaurant is located in the heart of Santa Barbara and features winery-country food in a fine-dining restaurant. This award-winning restaurant pairs wines with restaurant menu items like Roasted Citrus-Marinated Quail, Pomegranate-Marinated Char-Grilled Rack of Lamb, Local White Sea Bass and Bourbon & Maple-Glazed California Duck Breast. But this is only a sample of their August menu, which changes each month. Open nightly for dinner. Business-casual to semi-formal attire.
$10-$30  |   $30-$50

Bouchon
9 W. Victoria Street
Santa Barbara, California 93101
(805) 730-1160

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Toma Restaurant is located near the waterfront adjacent to Santa Barbara Harbor. Toma is an Italian restaurant featuring an old-world ambiance. Italian restaurant menu items include Grilled Octopus, Black Spaghetti, Rock Shrimp Gnocchi, Porchini Mushroom Ravioli, Cioppino, Roasted Chicken and Braised Beef Short Rib. Open nightly for dinner. Business-casual attire.
$10-$30  |   $30-$50

Toma Restaurant & Bar
324 W. Cabrillo Blvd
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
(805) 962-0777

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Shoreline Beach Café is located on the sand at Leadbetter Beach. Shoreline Beach Café specializes in affordable comfort foods with menu items like Breakfast Burrito, Shrimp Omelet, Grilled Salmon Salad, Baja Fish Sandwich, Carne Asada Tacos, Bacon & Cheddar Burger and Fish & Chips. Open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Casual attire.
$5-$10  |   $10-$30

Shoreline Beach Café
324 W. Cabrillo Blvd
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
(805) 962-0777

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Cold Spring Tavern restaurant is located off Highway 154 in the foothills between Santa Barbara and Lake Cachuma. This historic restaurant was once a stagecoach stop in the 1860's. A trip to Cold Spring Tavern is like stepping back in time since the owners have strived to preserve the original heritage of the property. Restaurant menu items include Huevos Rancheros, Baked Quiches, Buffalo Burger, Wild Game Black Bean Chili, BBQ Ribs, New Zealand Rack of Lamb and Saut#0233;ed Medallions of Rabbit. Open daily for lunch and dinner with breakfast on weekends. Casual attire.
$10-$30  |   $30-$50

Cold Spring Tavern
5995 Stagecoach Road
Santa Barbara, CA 93105
(805) 967-0066

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