Best Restaurants in Morro Bay

Discover the flavors of Morro Bay, Highway 1’s premiere seaside dining destination. This picturesque coastal town offers a bountiful array of restaurants, ranging from elegant oceanfront establishments to casual, family-friendly hangouts. From breakfast to dinner, Morro Bay’s diverse culinary offerings are sure to please every diner’s taste buds. Seafood lovers will delight in the abundance of fresh-caught delicacies available. Whether savoring succulent seafood tacos, indulging in a steaming bowl of clam chowder or relishing the crispy perfection of fish and chips, the catch of the day is always the star of the show. Diners can also embark on a flavor journey through Mexican, Japanese, Italian and plant-based cuisines, or enjoy crowd-pleasing favorites like pizzas and burgers. For those seeking a truly coastal dining experience, Morro Bay boasts several top-notch restaurants situated along the water’s edge. Imagine enjoying each bite while taking in breathtaking views of the ocean, seabirds soaring overhead and the occasional playful otter or seal making an appearance. As the sun sets over the water, Morro Bay restaurants offer the perfect backdrop for an unforgettable meal with friends and family.

Table of Contents

Explore Morro Bay

Best Breakfast

Dorn’s Breakers Cafe

Dorn’s Breakers Cafe is a timeless Morro Bay restaurant with stunning waterfront views and classic breakfast offerings. Originally opened in 1942, this popular eatery features a respectable view of Morro Rock from every seat in the house—quite a feat, considering it’s not directly on the water. While fresh seafood is at the heart of Dorn’s time-honored menu, diners will also find a variety of delicious steaks made to their liking, luscious pasta dishes and hearty appetizers fit for sharing among friends. Located just one block from the Embarcadero, visitors can savor a true slice of Morro Bay history while avoiding the crowds. Plus, the outside patio is dog-friendly for four-legged companions. A classic seafood establishment with an elegant yet casual feel, Dorn’s Breakers Cafe is a delicious accompaniment to any Morro Bay adventure.

Dorn's Breakers Cafe
Brunch at Dorn’s Breakers Cafe

The Hungry Fisherman

The Hungry Fisherman is a beloved local breakfast restaurant in Morro Bay. This casual, local-loved joint has been a Morro Bay staple since opening its cozy doors in 2006. For breakfast, enjoy hearty American classics like scrambles, omelets, french toast, pancakes and more. The “California ” eggs benedict is a fan favorite, served with fresh avocado. For lunch and dinner, don’t miss the Hungry Fisherman’s big juicy burgers, fish and chips made with Alaskan cod, and homemade desserts (be sure to check out the dessert display for inspiration). With both outdoor and indoor seating, enjoy a laid back, family-style environment known for “honestly good food and truly friendly service.”

Frankie and Lola’s

Frankie and Lola’s is a unique breakfast cafe in Morro Bay sure to help visitors start the day on a high note. Open for breakfast from 7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., this Front Street hangout can’t be beat, featuring an array of enticing options to choose from. This cozy breakfast joint offers unique spins on morning classics, from eggs benedict with fried green tomatoes to pancakes and soufflé-style french toast laden with decadent sweetness. Vegan and veggie substitutions are also available, and there’s pet-friendly outdoor seating for furry companions. With ample portions and special java drinks like the celebrated “Sexy Coffee” made with chocolate mousse and topped with whipped cream, diners are sure to leave Frankie and Lola’s feeling more than satisfied.

Best Lunch

Giovanni’s Morro Bay

Giovanni’s Fish Market & Galley is an iconic, must-visit seafood establishment in Morro Bay. Visitors can join the family and taste one of the most trusted names in the seafood industry, now a destination on Morro Bay’s bustling Embarcadero. Family-owned in Morro Bay for 30 years, Giovanni’s is one of the Central Coast’s most beloved seafood purveyors for a reason—the iconic restaurant is a proud six-time Morro Bay Annual Chowder Cook-off winner. With a staggering selection of more than 100 seafood items to choose from, and the ability to ship seafood selections anywhere in the USA, fish fans will feel like they’ve hit the jackpot. As if that freedom weren’t enough to whet the appetite for briny goodness, visitors have two excellent dining options: Giovanni’s Fish Market & Galley, located on the waterfront, well-suited for sharing a plate of oysters, slurping up clam chowder, breaking into hot fish and chips, or devouring an irresistible 24-piece family-style bucket of Alaskan Cod. On the Embarcadero side, Gio’s Take-Out Express offers a pared-down menu of perennial hits not to be missed. Diners can try a portable made-to-order poke bowl topped with tuna, pineapple and seaweed, plus their choice of deep-fried seafood and chips, a mess of freshly-caught fish tacos or the locally-famous “fish on a stick.”

Giovannis Fish Market Morro Bay
Giovanni’s Fish Market & Galley


Federicos has been a family-owned restaurant since 2009, beginning on the North Shore of Kauai, HI before expanding to Morro Bay in 2023. Led by Chef Freddie, it’s a premiere destination for modern and traditional Mexican dishes with an island flair. The fish tacos and al pastor tacos are claimed to be among the best in town. Frederico’s techniques differ from typical Mexican spots, with all items made fresh to order with high-quality ingredients and no shortcuts. The nachos can be made with a choice of meat like asada, chicken or barbacoa are a crowd-pleasing starter. Plus, fresh guacamole and standout sauces make dishes like the soft shell crab tacos truly crave-worthy. Discover delicious homemade tortillas accompanying specialties like the chili relleno plate, too. With a laid back beachy vibe inspired by the original Kauai location, Federicos brings a unique fusion of flavors to Morro Bay’s dining scene.

Best Dinner

Windows on the Water

Windows on the Water encourages patrons to savor farm-to-table dining alongside awe-inspiring views of Morro Bay. Perched on the second floor with more than a dozen windows designed to capture a full view of the harbor, Windows on the Water is one of Morro Bay’s best locales for savoring a farm-to-table meal at sunset. From this unique vantage point, visitors will be privy to a panoramic vista stretching from Morro Rock to Montana de Oro. If they don’t want to miss this breathtaking view, be sure to grab a reservation, as the restaurant serves dinner from 5-8 p.m. only. With an emphasis on nourishing, farm-fresh ingredients, diners will taste Chef Neil Smith’s appreciation for organic produce and sustainably-caught fish in each and every bite. A fully stocked bar with a 300+ wine list featuring both local and worldly wines, not to mention a 5,000 bottle wine cellar, ensures visitors need not worry about finding the perfect pairing. After dinner, patrons can lounge on a swanky cigar deck overlooking the bay.

Windows on the Water
Dinner with an ocean view at Windows on the Water

Best Seafood

The Galley Seafood Grill & Bar

The Galley Seafood Grill & Bar is where farm-fresh vibes meet vine-to-glass class in Morro Bay. The true flavor of Morro Bay’s surf and turf come together here, led by head Chef Henry Galvez, known to handpick each herb and onion from his very own Los Osos-based family farm. Diners can taste the heightened pleasure that hyper-local, seasonal produce can add to the meal, which might consist of fresh, locally-caught fish hauled in that very day or a juicy cut of filet mignon wrapped in tantalizing bacon. However, diners should beware—tables are seated first-come, first-served, with no reservations available. With a world class wine selection featuring the finest Edna Valley, Paso Robles, and Napa Valley selections (not to mention prized vintages sourced from around the globe) visitors are never far from a mind-blowing pairing. Plus, all wines are stored in an on-site custom-controlled wine vault and each offering is poured into fine Riedel stemware. With a full bar featuring a dazzling array of after-dinner treats like vintage port, cognac, and armagnac, travelers might have some serious trouble saving room for dessert.

Morro Bay Waterfront Photo by Danna Dykstra-Coy
The Galley Seafood Grill & Bar sits along the Morro Bay waterfront

Dutchman’s Seafood House

Dutchman’s Seafood House serves fresh Morro Bay seafood with crowd-pleasing variety. While the name suggests a seafood-heavy menu, Dutchman’s Seafood House also offers up a rainbow of diverse offerings for lunch, dinner and happy hour. Visitors can try the spicy fried chicken sandwich, a New York Strip Steak made just the way they like it, or Stir-Fried Veggie Pasta if they’re in the mood. Of course, diners can also go seafood crazy with an appetizer plate of steamers swimming in wine and lemon broth, followed by Parmesan-panko crusted Halibut or a bowl of clam chowder made with real butter and topped with smoked bacon and lump crab or shrimp. With an outdoor patio overlooking the water and a popular happy hour held from 3-6 p.m. daily, visitors can think of Dutchman’s Seafood House as a choose-your-own adventure that always ends happily.

Tognazzini’s Dockside

Tognazzini’s Dockside combines decades of fresh seafood experience with warm hospitality in Morro Bay. For visitors seeking a vast selection of fresh seafood in Morro Bay served with a heaping side of warm hospitality, there are two destinations they need to know: Tognazzini’s Dockside and Tognazzini’s “Too” Fish Market. A local tradition since 2004, Tognazzini’s Dockside offers cozy indoor dining and vast windows facing the T-pier, where local fleets offload catches daily. Tognazzini’s Dockside “Too” gives diners a dog-friendly outdoor patio dining experience nestled on the dock behind Tognazzini’s restaurant. Live, local music is often heard in this laid-back, celebratory setting, beloved by locals and visitors alike. Plus, with a robust fish market adjoining, patrons can take home the same high-quality fish, oysters, shrimp, clams and scallops that Morro Bay’s top-notch restaurants proudly serve over white tablecloths. Just thank Captain Mark Tognazzini, who runs the Bonnie Marietta fishing and research support vessel—he’s even known to haul in delicious seasonal salmon and albacore, among other coastal delicacies.

Morro Bay Seafood
Enjoy fresh oysters along the ocean at Tognazzini’s Dockside

Best Appetizers

Stax Wine Bar

Stax Wine Bar offers incredible wine selections and small bite appetizers on the Morro Bay Embarcadero. Oenophiles will want to make a stop here to enjoy a lovely view of Morro Bay, sea life and sunsets. With 100+ local and imported wines available by the glass or bottle, Stax has an incredible selection to sample. Red, white, sparklings and beyond, find your next favorite wine at Stax. Of course, the wine pairs perfectly with the bar’s bistro menu of light bites like local crab cakes, fried Brussels sprouts, charcuterie, pomme frites and filet mignon crostini. Find out why Stax has been called one of “the hottest wine bars on the Central Coast,” and a great place to linger while sampling the area’s diverse varietals.

Best Tapas

The Savory Palate

The Savory Palate is a late night wine, beer and charcuterie haven in Morro Bay. Established in 2019, this hip hangout remains open later than most businesses in the area, making it a go-to spot on Thursday through Saturday nights until 10 p.m. Specializing in small-batch wines from the Central Coast and beyond, also enjoy ice-cold pints of craft beer and great cheese and charcuterie boards. The menu also features tasty small plates and tapas to accompany the wine and beer. Owners Nancy Herrmann and Tammy Cline aim to guide guests through the world of wine in an approachable, comfortable environment with great views of Estero Bay, Morro Rock and the sunsets from the indoor seating or dog-friendly patio. In addition to the stellar food and drink offerings, The Savory Palate hosts specialty wine and food events, tastings and other activities to keep patrons entertained.

Best Pizza

Pizza Port

Savor sizzling artisan pizzas at Downtown Morro Bay’s celebrated Pizza Port. Proudly serving the seaside community since 1983, explore this local go-to hangout for slices by the bay. Whether craving sausage, veggie or a meat lover’s delight, Pizza Port has something for everyone. When lunch or dinner rolls around, diners can dig into specialty and artisan pizzas featuring perfectly chewy house-made dough and the best locally-sourced produce around. Plus, there’s no need to order ahead for large pepperoni, cheese, or Hawaiian pizzas—they’re always made fresh and ready for pick up daily. Looking for a cold pint to savor alongside that delectable pizza pie? Patrons can head in early for happy hour specials and appetizers sure to make any evening that much more awesome.

Best Ramen

Chowa Bowl

Chowa Bowl in Morro Bay serves amazing ramen, salads and rice bowls one has to experience to believe. A  must-visit for ramen noodle lovers, savor a variety of creative soup toppings like pork belly, duck fat, ajitama eggs and more. The Rock Shoyu Ramen with its pork, chicken and dashi broth is a standout. But ramen isn’t the only draw—Chowa also offers awesome salads like the Bay Burrata with burrata cheese, roasted beets, butternut squash, shaved fennel, cherry tomatoes, pickled corn, radish, shallots and a yuzu/ginger vinaigrette. Their salads feature fresh, flavorful ingredients in inventive combinations, to be sure. Chowa also excels at rice bowls, with options like the Okie Poké with marinated ahi tuna and the Beef Bulgogi Bowl with grilled filet mignon skewers. Expect fresh, bright fare with tasty accompaniments like kimchi, pickled veggies and spicy sauces. And don’t miss the Chowa Sweets for dessert, featuring rotating mochi flavors. Whether you’re in the mood for a giant ramen bowl, vibrant salad, hearty rice dish or sweet treats, Chowa delivers the goods.

Best Sushi

Umi Sushi Morro Bay

Find out why Umi Sushi is Morro Bay’s top-loved sushi haven by the sea. This family-owned, quality-driven business aims to provide the best sushi products and experience for customers. While sushi, sashimi and mouth-watering specialty rolls are the main draw, the menu also features crunchy salads, soups and noodle dishes. Umi is known for amazing fresh rolls, tempura rolls, baked rolls and innovative fusion items that blend Japanese flavors with other cuisines. The Ceviche Sashimi with its citrusy cured fish is a customer favorite, as is the Paella Bap, a Japanese take on the Korean bibimbap rice bowl. Umi takes pride in offering both classic sushi dishes as well as creative, playful conceptual rolls using fresh, seasonal ingredients. Everything is prepared with impeccably fresh seafood and an artistic flair by the chefs at the open sushi bar. Pair the meal with a local, domestic or imported beer or wine for the full experience.

Best Vegan

Shine Cafe

Shine Cafe is a plant-based paradise nestled in downtown Morro Bay. Delicious, nutritious and chock-full of zesty plant-based passion, Shine Cafe is a hands-down favorite among vegans, vegetarians and anyone looking for a light, satisfying meal on the coast. With a 100% vegan menu bursting with gluten-free and soy-free options, diners can order freely, knowing that each meal will fit all the necessary dietary requirements. Plus, all ingredients are farmed sustainably with an unwavering commitment to the land. Thanks to an unmatched offering of local produce sourced from a bevy of verdant Central Coast farmer’s markets, diners will taste the difference in each bite of their famous Tempeh Tacos, topped with a generous mound of good-for-you greens, carrot, cabbage, sliced avocado and a savory, suspiciously-creamy sauce. With plenty of colorful raw ingredients to explore, a stellar juice bar starring health-boosting elixirs and a funky health food market adjoining, it’s never been easier for Morro Bay visitors to get their shine on.

Goddess Goods

Goddess Goods in Morro Bay is a must-visit hangout for anyone seeking fresh, nutritious fare served with a smile. Vegetarians, vegans, gluten-free diners and anyone just looking for a healthy, delicious meal will adore the wholesome options like acai bowls, smoothies, fresh juice, oats, yogurts, avocado toasts and bagels. For a heartier option, don’t miss the house-made black bean burger topped with locally grown avocado. From light smoothie bowls and green juices to more substantial plant-based burgers and toasts, the Goddess Goods menu offers a range of nutritious, zesty and flavorful choices. Whether diners want a quick snack or full meal, count on leaving this locally-loved spot refreshed and revitalized. It’s truly the perfect stop for health-conscious travelers looking to fuel up in Morro Bay.

Best Sandwich


Hofbrau is Morro Bay’s legendary sandwich joint famous for hand-carved roast beef French dips. A staple in the community since 1971, the family-friendly eatery also serves excellent burgers, salads, seafood and plenty of draft beers and local wines. Visitors will find the perfect casual spot for lunch or dinner with a view, as Hofbrau overlooks the beautiful Morro Bay waterfront. Savor a meal while watching the sailboats drift by. Open daily from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m, Hofbrau offers a quintessential Morro Bay dining experience combining tasty, stick-to-your-gills fare with gorgeous seaside scenery. Don’t miss trying the iconic roast beef sandwich that has kept locals coming back for over 50 years.

Gilligan’s Sandwich Shop

Gilligan’s Sandwich Shop in Morro Bay is a local favorite known for its delicious subs, hot sandos and melts. This casual lunch spot offers outdoor seating and a welcoming vibe perfect for tourists and locals to mingle over stacked-high sandos. Signature items like the Italian sub on Dutch Crunch bread plus equally good plant-based eats make Gilligan’s a versatile and crowd-pleasing stop for adults, kids and everyone in between. Enjoy a perfectly grilled melted ham and cheese on rye, a bowl of tangy Italian meatball soup with toasted baguette or a side of fresh dill potato salad. Visitors are sure to appreciate the consistent quality of the fare, friendly staff and wallet-friendly prices.

Best Burgers

House of Juju

Morro Bay’s popular House of Juju is a must-visit for burger lovers. Situated on the Embarcadero overlooking the picturesque waterfront, this meaty destination offers the perfect setting to indulge in gourmet burger creations: Start with a choice of premium proteins like certified Angus beef, free-range ground turkey, bison or a grilled portobello mushroom cap. Then come the deliciously creative toppings—from the JuJu Bleu with creamy bleu cheese, caramelized onions and crispy bacon to the Leticia topped with spicy chipotle cilantro sauce, pepper jack, green chiles and avocado. Patrons can also try a famous slider trio featuring mini versions of House of Juju’s signature burgers. As for sides, savor flavorful JuJu roasted potatoes, Dragon Lady Teriyaki slaw or a cup of Chef Will’s chili. With a lively vibe, ideal waterfront location and focus on fresh, elevated burgers, House of Juju Morro Bay offers an unbeatable burger dining experience. Don’t forget to pair the meal with a local craft beer on tap or glass of California wine.

Best Steak

The Great American Fish Company

The Great American Fish Company promises a family-friendly steak and seafood experience in Morro Bay. Belly up to a booth overlooking the pier, bay and Morro Rock. With a casual atmosphere and three flat screens to catch the game, diners are in for a relaxing and laid-back meal that curbs all kinds of rumbling tummies. Famous for using a mesquite broiling technique to imbue a smoky flavor into their delectable seafood dishes, visitors won’t have to look far for a wow-worthy slab of salmon, snapper, or tuna. That said, they can easily order up a classic steak, burger or teriyaki chicken for the kids. Plus, seniors can take advantage of early bird specials, just for being well-seasoned. Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, family vacations are made more peaceful with this crowd-pleasing menu on deck.

Fishing Morro Bay
Dine along the water at the Great American Fish Company

Best Sports Bar

The Siren Rhythm and Booze

The Siren Rhythm and Booze in Morro Bay is the ultimate venue for visitors seeking a vibrant nightlife experience and comfort food meal. This 21+ hotspot features a dynamic mix of food, cocktails, live music, pool tables, big screens and an outdoor patio with a cozy fire pit. Menu highlights include the Ahi Nachos with fresh cut wild ahi, Bacon & Fig Grilled Cheese with Gouda and goat cheese, and the Siren Sliders with options like Southern Style Fried Chicken or Western BBQ Style Beef. Don’t miss the Shrimp Tacos, seasoned with Mexican spices, or the Smoked Gouda Mac & Cheese Bites, perfect for sharing. With a full bar offering beer, wine and cocktails, The Siren caters to all drink-lovers, too. Known for its eclectic range of tunes, from country to rock, expect an unforgettable night out. The venue also offers daily specials and a rockin’ weekday happy hour from 3-5 p.m.

Morro Bay Car Show by Danna Dykstra-Coy
The Siren is a hot spot in Morro Bay

Morro Grill

Savor a little bit of everything, including Morro Bay beauty, at Morro Grill. Located on the water in a second-story location, stunning ocean views come standard, whether folks grab a snack, lunch or dinner. The impressive menu includes fresh wraps, a half rack of sticky ribs, tender fish tacos, a flavorful Caesar salad and a delicious and very filling Tri-Tip Sandwich. Be sure to take a look at the lineup of grilled-to-perfection burgers, great paired with sweet potato fries. Carb-conscious eaters can savor Power Bowls loaded with a choice of Greek, Asian and Southern flavors. But what truly sets Morro Grill apart is the warm, welcoming atmosphere provided by the friendly and attentive staff who make all guests feel right at home, even those with small children. A detailed kid’s menu is on-hand with simple, crowd-pleasing eats ranging from a mini basket of fried fish and chips to macaroni and cheese. The outdoor seating area offers the perfect setting to enjoy the pleasant weather and incredible views of Morro Rock, but sports fans can just as easily order up a basket of chicken wings, and enjoy the game on one of Morro Grill’s five flatscreen T.V.s.

Best Mexican Food

La Katrina

For a hearty and flavorful breakfast, lunch or dinner in Morro Bay, La Katrina is a top choice. Discover delicious homemade Mexican cuisine with traditional recipes and unique flavors sure to delight all walks of life. Visitors can enjoy hot breakfast burritos, savory tacos and a colorful kid’s menu featuring mini nachos and taquitos. Pair an already epic meal with Mexican sodas, fruity agua frescas or classic margaritas. For brunch, be sure to try the restaurant’s outstanding chilaquiles, unique alambre tacos and stellar Ranchero burrito with shredded beef or a California Burrito stuffed with perfectly crispy fries. From classic street tacos and tangy ceviches to homemade chips and guacamole, there’s never a dull moment. Plus, La Katrina’s popular outdoor seating area creates a casual vibe perfect for enjoying the Morro Bay sunshine.

Taco Temple

Taco Temple in Morro Bay is all about ocean-fresh Mexican cuisine crafted with a West Coast twist. With a dedicated head chef and daily deliveries of fresh-caught seafood straight from the docks, the “specials” menu is a true highlight for diners. Depending on the day’s catch, discover delectable options like halibut tacos, poke street tacos, jumbo scallop tacos, white sea bass tacos, ling cod tacos, snapper tacos, white shrimp tacos or salmon tacos. The regular menu always boasts mouthwatering alternatives, including calamari tacos, crab cake tacos and beer-battered Alaskan cod tacos. But Taco Temple offers more than just great tacos. Diners can indulge in hot burritos smothered in yummy sauce, crispy tostadas loaded with fresh vegetables, refreshing salads and sizzling fajitas featuring an array of farm-fresh produce and juicy carne asada. Visitors can elevate any meal with Taco Temple’s signature sides, including the famous Temple Dressing, mango salsa or guacamole. Whether craving seafood tacos, vegetarian options or a fresh take on classic Mexican fare, Taco Temple deserves a culinary category of its own.

Taco Temple
Fresh fish tacos from Taco Temple

Mi Casa Restaurante Mexicano

Mi Casa Restaurante Mexicano brings a flavor-packed fiesta in Morro Bay’s coastal dining scene. Tucked away off Morro Bay Boulevard, away from the bustle of any weekend crowds, this hidden gem is ground zero for all things spicy, salsa-topped and sizzling-good. With heaping portions of California-styled Mexican cuisine, including hot skillets of fragrant fajitas, tender and flaky fish tacos, savory enchiladas, traditional tamales and authentic menudo (plus super addictive chips and salsa), diners can satisfy their Mexican cravings over breakfast, lunch or dinner.

Best Italian Food

Distasio’s Ristorante on the Bay

Distasio’s Ristorante on the Bay combines authentic Italian flavors with Central Coast charm. Opened in 1997, this family-owned-and-operated restaurant is renowned for its classic Italian fare, rated among the best in the region. Step inside and discover a cozy dining room featuring a stunning 360-degree glass fireplace centerpiece. For those seeking an al fresco experience, the dog-friendly outdoor patio facing Morro Bay Boulevard offers a wonderful oasis to perch and people-watch. Enjoy a variety of authentic pasta dishes laden with flavorful and herby marinara, alfredo and pesto sauces, or feast on fresh-from-the-oven pizzas and lasagnas. What truly sets Distasio’s apart is its ability to seamlessly blend Italian cuisine with local seafood offerings. Visitors need not choose between Italian or seafood ever again, with luscious local options like shrimp scampi, grilled halibut and linguine al vongole brimming with baby clams, garlic, and wine. Standout dishes include the delectable Braciole – a top sirloin steak rolled and filled with spices, simmered for hours in a rich Braciole Sauce. Homemade stuffed pastas like ravioli, cannelloni, and manicotti are also must-tries. With an extensive gluten-free menu available, daily specials, and a kid’s menu, Distasio’s ensures a delightful dining experience for all.

Locals Favorite

Bayside Cafe

Bayside Cafe in Morro Bay provides a delicious refueling station on the water. Nestled on the Los Osos side of the Morro Bay Estuary, Bayside Cafe is a natural oasis for dining after kayaking or stand-up paddleboarding. Visitors can enjoy the same gorgeous views of Morro Rock that folks relished on the cafe’s opening day in 1986—not to mention an unobscured view of seabirds soaring along the pristine estuary habitat. Find fine wine by the glass or bottle and craft beer on tap served alongside fresh salads, savory pastas, juicy burgers, satisfying sandwiches and a variety of hunger-obliterating meals served hot and crispy from the fryer. Visitors will also find a few well-loved Mexican items on the menu, too. Come dinnertime, grab a seafood dish like zesty shrimp cocktail, a hot bowl of clam chowder, or a seared ahi steak drizzled with ginger soy sauce. Whether travelers paddled that day or not, they owe themselves a sit-down seafood meal to remember at Bayside Cafe.

Grab a bite by the water at Bayside Cafe

Nearby dining

Discover more great dining options nearby, just ten minutes drive from Morro Bay. The neighboring beach town of Cayucos features a unique brunch destination, farm-fresh bistro fare and a popular seafood diner beloved by locals and visitors alike. In nearby Los Osos, the sky’s the limit: Whether travelers crave creative sushi rolls, decadent ramen bowls, Mexican favorites or pub grub paired with cold craft beer, find an array of Los Osos-Baywood restaurants ready to satisfy all manner of appetites.

Beach Bums Cayucos
Dine nearby in the charming beach town of Cayucos