Best Places to Eat on Highway 1

On Highway 1, world-class dining meets welcoming ambiance. Restaurants run the gamut from upscale to family-friendly, allowing everyone to indulge in a taste of Central Coast flavor. Enjoy abundant menu options, from fresh seafood to farm-to-table fare featuring local and seasonal ingredients. Beyond exceptional meals, savor stunning Pacific Ocean vistas, romantic patios and unique tasting rooms. Elevate each meal with local wine, craft beer and cocktails. From smoky Santa Maria-style barbecue to fresh oysters, creative plant-based meals and handcrafted desserts, prepare for a uniquely satisfying dining experience on Highway 1.

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Discover Dining Along Highway 1

Restaurants in Ragged Point & San Simeon

Dining in Ragged Point and San Simeon combines fresh fare with breathtaking ocean views. From the cliffs of Ragged Point to the rugged coastline of San Simeon, impressive oceanfront dining options abound. Spend the day hiking, cycling, shopping or touring Hearst Castle, then head out for a meal to remember. Indulge in a romantic farm-to-table excursion at the Ragged Point Inn or go for steak and seafood at the Manta Rey Restaurant. The Cavalier Coastal Kitchen offers fresh salads and soups as well as homestyle favorites sure to please. Pair staggering ocean views with local wine, craft beer or a cocktail for a memory-making meal.

Ragged Point Restaurant

Ragged Point Restaurant offers some of the most captivating ocean views on all of Highway 1. Located in the famous Ragged Point Inn, enjoy elevated views of the rugged coastline below paired with a sophisticated, farm-fresh menu. Plus, a heated patio wows with cliffside views, koi ponds and crackling fire pits. Open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner, rise to enticing cinnamon French toast, bagels with lox, or crab cakes benedict. Lunch offers New England clam chowder, crisp California-style salads and sandwiches like a classic burger or hot Cubano. When the sun sets beneath the horizon, dinner is served: Start with fresh picks like creamy avocado gazpacho and walnut fennel salad paired with exquisite local wines by the bottle or glass. Entrees include steak, seafood, roast chicken, lamb and vegetarian choices. Capped off with a decadent house-made dessert and coffee or tea, this is one Highway 1 dining experience worth traveling for.

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Dining with a view at Ragged Point Restaurant

Manta Rey Restaurant

The Manta Rey Restaurant in San Simeon is conveniently located just two miles from Hearst Castle in scenic San Simeon. Owned and operated by the De Alba family, find affordable seafood and steaks served in an elegant dining room. On the west wall of the building, large windows reveal the picturesque Pacific Ocean in all its vast beauty. Start with a glass of local wine paired with steamed clams in white wine and herbs, shrimp cocktail or clam chowder. For the main event, explore abundant seafood options like sea bass under butter-saffron sauce, salmon poached in chardonnay with mustard glaze and lobster tail. Carnivores will enjoy the classic filet mignon with blue cheese butter and red wine reduction. Finish the meal with Manta Rey’s famous house-made orange ice cream, crafted from fresh citrus and drizzled with a raspberry goodness.

Cavalier Coastal Kitchen

Celebrated by generations of locals and travelers alike, Cavalier Coastal Kitchen is a San Simeon classic. Part of the Cavalier Oceanfront Resort, the restaurant is nestled just steps away from a telescope perfect for spying whales. At this coastal oasis, enjoy breakfast, lunch or dinner alongside the wide open ocean views. Start with a hearty American favorite like an omelet, waffle or breakfast burrito. The lunch menu includes salmon salad or Hearst Ranch Beef burger, a local favorite. Come evening, grab a cocktail and charcuterie plate from the restaurant’s full bar and settle into a window seat for sunset. Hungry travelers will enjoy crispy fried chicken, baby back ribs and delicious spaghetti bolognese. With a casual atmosphere and generous portions, it’s easy to refuel for another day of cycling, surfing, or sightseeing.

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Coastal cuisine at Cavalier Coastal Kitchen

Seaside Foods at Sebastian’s

Located in the newly renovated Sebastian’s General Store, Seaside Food at Sebastian’s in San Simeon serves up farm-fresh flavors in a casual, beachy setting. In fact, enjoy outdoor seating directly across from the ocean, adding to the relaxed coastal vibe. Bolstered by a cool breeze and beautiful view, chow down on Hearst Ranch beef meatloaf, elevated sandwiches, wholesome salads and fun sides. Also find a handy kid’s menu for little ones featuring peanut butter and jelly, among other perennial favorites. Not far from notable Highway 1 destinations, including Hearst Castle, Piedras Blancas Elephant Seal Rookery and Moonstone Beach, this is one road stop cut above the rest.

Sebastian's General Store
Seaside Foods in Sebastian’s General Store

Restaurants in Cambria

Cambria’s East and West Villages serve up a cozy dining experience where pines meet the sea. Talented artisans and chefs have long called Cambria home, bringing a range of cuisines and cooking styles to the area. Discover casual delicatessens on the same block as white-linen bistros; pizzerias neighboring gourmet waffle shops. Cambria also serves up tasty international culinary offerings, including French, Italian, Thai and Mexican. From gourmet global fusion to American comfort food classics, enjoy it all in Cambria. With plenty of ocean views, fireplaces and leafy patios, the ambiance is always part of the experience.

The Hidden Kitchen

Tucked in an ivy-covered alleyway, The Hidden Kitchen lives up to its name. In fact, many locals have yet to discover this unique eatery, just off Cambria’s main drag. It all started with a simple recipe for blue corn waffles and a few superfood smoothies (one of the two co-owners grew up on the grounds of the famous Esalen Institute in Big Sur). Since then, Hidden Kitchen has expanded its menu to farm-fresh egg dishes and has opened a second location in Cayucos. Here, organic, grain-free waffles are the star of the show: plus, find several options dairy-free or refined sugar-free, too. For a winning waffle experience, try the Cambria Classic, served with grass-fed butter and pure maple syrup. Ready to go wild? Try the Weirdo Waffle, with fried bananas, bacon ends and peanut butter. Whether sweet or savory, Hidden Kitchen’s specialty waffles make for a satisfying breakfast, lunch or snack.

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The colorful cuisine of The Hidden Kitchen

Moonstone Beach Bar & Grill

Enjoy a delicious brunch, lunch or dinner alongside Cambria’s magical Moonstone Beach. Here, witness the crashing surf and sunbathing sea lions all from your patio table. Enjoy a decadent brunch of Oysters Rockefeller, Crab Cakes or the Cove Benedict. Brunch entrees include two complimentary glasses of sparkling wine, an indulgent treat. Kids order off their own brunch menu, with dishes like Cinnamon Swirl French Toast and an Oregon Berries and Cream Smoothie. Lunch brings on creamy New England Clam Chowder, a tasty Crab Salad Sandwich, tacos, burgers and Garden Pasta Primavera paired alongside hearty salads. Cioppino, Pesto Shrimp Pasta and the Ribeye for Two make dinner delicious (just add Molten Chocolate Cake for dessert). Pair it all with a full bar offering local wine and beer, as well as signature cocktails like the Moonstone Mule and Pacific Coast Martini.

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Dining along the Cambria coast at Moonstone Beach Bar & Grill

The Spot

Perched above Cambria’s East Village, The Spot offers seasonal crepes, panini, wraps and toasts for breakfast and lunch. The menu is fresh and locally-focused, with wholesome plant-forward and decadent offerings, too. In the mood for something simple? Grab the Lox Salmon Bagel, with thinly sliced cured salmon, cream cheese and hard boiled eggs on a savory everything bagel. Sweet tooth? Go for the Berry Yummy, with strawberries and blueberries, plus a drizzle of raspberry sauce (ask for a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top for fun) Light eaters will delight in avocado toast with feta cheese and tomatoes on a slice of whole grain bread. Those looking for something hearty can grab a Turkey Pesto Breakfast Panini to-go. Coffee, espresso drinks and tea round out the menu at this locally-loved spot.

Robin’s Restaurant

Combining local ingredients with global imagination, Robin’s Restaurant remains one of Cambria’s most celebrated restaurants. Discover a unique menu featuring flavors from Indonesia, the Mediterranean, Italy and Japan. Plates burst with a kaleidoscope of colors enhanced by aromatic herbs and vibrant produce. Find several gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan options for those with alternative dietary concerns, too. For decades, owners Robin Covey and Shanny Covey have showcased the very best of local, seasonal bounty courtesy of area farmers and ranchers. Located in the East Village, the restaurant features a cozy dining room as well as a famously lush heated patio. Be sure to try Robin’s Vegetable Spring Rolls and Lobster Bisque, both of which have achieved cult status. Pair it all with an extensive wine list which includes local and international selections.

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A relaxing evening in the gardens of Robin's Restaurant in Cambria

Indigo Moon Restaurant

Indigo Moon Restaurant serves Coastal California cuisine in a charming bistro environment. Doubling as a wine bar and gourmet shop, explore an array of artisanal cheeses and wines for purchase. The craftsman-style dining room and patio provide a cozy setting with wood and wine-colored walls. Begin the culinary journey with a Mediterranean-style cheese plate, featuring juicy mission figs, caramelized walnuts and fruit and olive bread. Explore the local wine list, perhaps opting for a bottle of San Simeon chardonnay to complement the cheeses. Move on to artfully composed salads, such as the Pistachio Crusted Goat Cheese Salad with Meyer Lemon Vinaigrette. For mains, choose from lighter options like a Quinoa Bowl or Salmon Tacos, or indulge in the decadence of a New York Steak (paired perfectly with a glass of peppery syrah). All dishes promise to be colorful, flavorful and fresh.

Indigo Moon Cambria
Indigo Moon Restaurant in downtown Cambria

Black Cat Bistro

Ignite the romance at Black Cat Bistro in Cambria, where French-inspired bistro fare is served in a candle-lit glow. Each dish on the menu is meticulously crafted to complement top shelf wines (the restaurant received the Wine Spectator’s Award of Excellence for consecutive years). Adorned with gleaming Crystal Riedel stemware and white linens, the bistro’s coveted tables provide an elegant atmosphere. Though the menu changes seasonally, previous favorites include Chipotle Shrimp Linguine, Local Quail with Pomegranate Molasses and Maple Leaf Duck Breast. Enjoy a glass of local wine like Hearst Ranch Winery’s “Julia” Rosé or explore selections from France, Italy and Spain. Black Cat Bistro is the ideal place to celebrate an anniversary or pop the question. Order the pot de crème, a bottle of Champagne, and allow a new love story to begin.

Madeline’s Restaurant

A wine-centric eatery, Madeline’s occupies a charming Tudor-style building in Cambria’s West Village. Pull up a chair to find a cozy atmosphere complemented by seasonal French-American cuisine and an extensive wine list. Savor classic dishes and new favorites amid butter-yellow walls and white linens. Lunch options include Croque Monsieur, Salade Nicoise, savory crepes, and quiche, ideally paired with a glass of bubbles or Madeline’s house-made red wines from Paso Robles. For dinner, indulge in Spanish Octopus, Diver Scallops and Seafood Bourride, followed by house-made seasonal fruit sorbet. Madeline’s also doubles as a wine shop, offering local wines, rare and vintage bottles, as well as charcuterie, stemware and picnic accessories, too.

Madeline's Cambria
Madeline's Restaurant and Wine Shop

Linn’s of Cambria

A long-standing favorite, Linn’s on Main Street in Cambria’s East Village has been delighting Central Coast diners since 1989. Renowned for their comforting menu, dig into deep-dish pot pies, fresh soups and local artichoke charbroiled to perfection. The star of the show is the famous Olallieberry pie, showcasing the essence of Linn’s culinary legacy. From breakfast to dinner, Linn’s serves farm-fresh meals, including gluten-free and vegetarian options. Indulge in the Olallieberry Burger, featuring grass-fed beef from Hearst Ranch, brie bleu cheese, bacon, arugula, red onion and an olallieberry reduction. While the entire menu is a treat, a visit to Linn’s is incomplete without a trip to the gift shop.

Farm to Table dining at Linn's Bakery in Cambria, CA
Linn's famous pies provide the perfect ending to any meal

Sea Chest Oyster Bar and Restaurant

The Sea Chest is an elegant New England-style eatery in Cambria established in 1975. Founded by Jim and Karen Clarke, the restaurant boasts incredible ocean views, captivating sunsets and exhibition-style cooking at the oyster bar. Shellfish take center stage, featuring East Coast and Pacific oysters, New Zealand Green Lip Mussels and clams on the appetizer menu. For mains, simplicity shines with a variety of just-caught fish like halibut, Opah, salmon, swordfish, ono, thresher shark or mahi-mahi. Chefs lightly broil the fish with lemon and butter and add a side of potatoes, fresh vegetables and Boston Clam Chowder or garden salad. Specialties include scampi, cioppino and crab legs to name just a few. While waiting in line (reservations not accepted), indulge in local wines, craft beer, port or sherry. Just remember: this is a cash only establishment.

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The Sea Chest is serving up fresh seafood in Cambria

Cambria Pines Lodge Restaurant

Surrounded by rare Monterey pine trees, Cambria Pines Lodge Restaurant offers intimate, comfortable dining. Warm wood ceilings and a stone fireplace create a lovely ambiance, as does seasonal live music. On sunny days, the garden patio is perfect for enjoying a cold drink and snacks (a favorite: Fried Cheese Curds with ranch dipping sauce). The lunch menu features hearty salads, wraps, sandwiches and must-try options like the Cowboy Burger with pepper jack cheese, crispy onions, barbecue sauce and an ortega chili on a brioche bun. Stay for dinner and enjoy classic steaks, seafood and Italian dishes like ravioli and Chicken Piccata. The full bar provides a selection of local wines, imported and domestic beers, and cocktails. Save room for dessert: cheesecake and ice cream sundaes make an appearance.

Restaurants in Cayucos

The sea—and seafood—is a way of life in Cayucos. That said, you’ll also find more to explore, including griddled breakfasts, famous cookies, Italian specialties, steaks, salads and irresistible desserts. Many eateries boast a captivating ocean view, elevating Cayucos into a premier dining destination. After a day at Cayucos State Beach or exploring the trails at Harmony Headlands State Park, fuel up at one of Cayucos’ top-notch eateries. Whether sunning, surfing, fishing, tide-pooling, or hiking, the rule is simple: come hungry, leave happy.

Brown Butter Cookie Company

Thanks to Brown Butter Cookie Company, the scent of warm Brown Butter Cookies is a mainstay in Cayucos. Established in 2008, the company found worldwide appeal with its famous Original Brown Butter Sea Salt Cookie, a mix of browned butter caramelized and blended with flour, vanilla and brown sugar. Fresh from the oven, these cookies are sprinkled with sea salt for a delightful sweet-salty balance. Evoking the essence of shortbread with a pleasing nuttiness, these iconic cookies now come in various flavors like Cocoa, Espresso, Coconut Lime, Bourbon, and Spice. Sample multiple flavors straight from the baking pan when you visit the downtown Cayucos location. Gluten-free options are also available as are grab-and-go dozen or half-dozen packs.

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All smiles at Brown Butter Cookie Company in Cayucos


With its rustic wood interior and second-story ocean views, Schooners has all the charm of a historic ship at sea. Linger over lunch, dinner or drinks on the beachside patio overlooking Cayucos State Beach. Begin with appetizers like Ahi egg rolls, crab cakes or the “Legendary Calamari,” breaded in panko and deep-fried to golden perfection. Pair your choice with a drink from the bar, such as local sauvignon blanc, craft beer or cider. Lunch options include fish and chips with variations like Alaskan cod, calamari, halibut and shrimp, served with beer-battered fries. For dinner, indulge in seafood specialties like Lobster Mac and Cheese or Teriyaki-Glazed Swordfish. To ensure a happy crew, the menu caters to all preferences, offering vegetarian and non-seafood options as well.

Schooners serves delicious food with beautiful ocean views

Sea Shanty

Since 1983, the Sea Shanty has served popular breakfast, lunch, dinner and desserts in Cayucos. This local favorite caters to all walks of life: Even four-legged friends are catered to with a “bone appetit” menu. The cafe offers a comfortable vibe with ample indoor and outdoor seating, adorned with hundreds of ball caps hanging from the bar ceiling—tokens of satisfied customers through the years, according to owners Bill and Carol Kramer. The breakfast menu features hearty favorites like biscuits and gravy, breakfast burritos, cinnamon rolls and pancakes worth waking up for. Lunch options include entree salads, clam chowder or the 1/3-pound “Billy Burger.” For dinner, enjoy dishes like scampi or slow-roasted prime rib. The main event is always dessert, with delights like Rocky Mountain High Pie and Banana Bama on the menu.

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The iconic cap filled ceiling at The Sea Shanty

Cafe Della Via

Located in the heart of downtown Cayucos, Cafe Della Via is a cozy, classic Italian trattoria. The mustard-colored walls and flickering lanterns complement traditional dishes such as Linguine and Clams, Eggplant Parmesan and Lasagna Bolognese. Enjoy ingredients sourced from Central Coast farmers’ markets and seasonal dishes with vibrant appeal. Start with Bruschetta, Caprese or fresh bread with olive oil and garlic paired with local or Italian wines. For dinner, inquire about the cafe’s popular crispy-crust pizzas like Pizza Arrabiata, Pizza Verdure, and Pizza Lorraine. Round out this truly marvelous Italian meal with top notch espresso or coffee.

Cafe Della Via
Cafe Della Via in charming downtown Cayucos

Lunada Garden Bistro

Lunada Garden Bistro invites diners to explore California fusion cuisine on its lush garden patio. Housed in a historic building dating back to the settling of Cayucos, this century-old establishment was once a way station where travelers, including media tycoon William Randolph Hearst. Now a family-owned eatery, Lunada Bistro focuses on fresh and inventive cuisine, open for lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch. Craft burgers are popular here, with standout options like the “Apple Pie” Burger featuring onion-apple jam, cheddar cheese, onion rings and arugula on brioche. The Casa Chorizo Burger, with fried chorizo and guajillo-chipotle aioli on brioche, adds a flavorful twist. Dinner options span surf and turf, salads and pasta, including vegetarian choices like the Meatless Shepherd’s Pie and Roasted Vegetable Pappardelle. The Sunday Brunch brings an a la carte experience with oysters, omelets, griddle favorites, salads and sandwiches for a grand weekend feast.

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Enjoying the lush greenery at the Lunada Garden Bistro

Duckie’s Chowder House

Duckie’s Chowder House in Cayucos is synonymous with great chowder, offering both New England-style and Manhattan-style varieties. Whether visitors prefer creamy or tomato-based chowders, both come highly recommended (and for the indecisive, order the “Nolan Style ” with bacon bits and croutons). Duckie’s menu also includes Shrimp Louie Salad, Fish and Chips and the Duckie’s Burger, to name a few. Happy hour seekers will enjoy Duckie’s beloved garlic fries paired with a cold beer on the patio. Looking out over the Cayucos Pier, Duckie’s is all about hot meals with a cool view.

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Grab a bowl of delicious clam chowder at Duckie's

Restaurants in Los Osos and Baywood Park

Quiet, beachy and family-friendly, Los Osos-Baywood Park is a safe bet for discovering laid back digs and hidden gems. Located at the edge of the Morro Bay National Estuary, Los Osos boasts a unique charm, providing a calm inlet for local wildlife to thrive. Explore outdoor dining experiences ranging from casual eateries to farm-to-table haunts, many featuring scenic views. Whether you choose to hike Montana de Oro State Park or embark on a kayaking adventure from Morro Bay State Park Marina, the options for outdoor activities are abundant. It’s no wonder that formal attire is unnecessary — the dining scene here is truly no-fuss.

Nardonne’s Pizzeria

Nardonne’s has captured the hearts of locals, and it’s easy to see why: the pizza is delicious, the beer is refreshing and the atmosphere is effortlessly cool. Since 1976, the Dougherty has maintained a welcoming experience, complete with pizza tossing and tap pulling. Adhering to true pizzeria style, craft paper adorns the tables and wood envelops the dining room. Here, build-your-own Sicilian-style pizza, boasting a thick, chewy crust (though thin crust is also an option). Nardonne’s also offers fresh calzones, savory meatball sandwiches and a scratch-made Caprese salad, among other crowd-pleasing eats. Families are naturally drawn to Nardonne’s for its lively arcade featuring video games and pinball, along with movie nights for all. Parents appreciate the exceptional craft beer selection, featuring rotating taps for a continuous influx of new brews. Sports enthusiasts revel in Nardonne’s with its five big-screen TVs, while four-legged friends feel at home on the dog-friendly patio.

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Grab a slice and a salad from Nardonne’s Pizzeria

Bayside Cafe

Bayside Cafe owes its ongoing success to a prime ingredient: location. What started as a walk-up eatery at the Morro Bay State Park Marina has evolved into a local favorite, expanding to feature a casual dining room and patio. Embracing classic dishes, the menu spans seafood, south-of-the-border delights, salads, burgers and pasta. Dinner entrees bring surf and turf to pasta, with standouts like the Coquilles St. Jacque, featuring large scallops sautéed in sherry and cream atop puffed pastry with mushrooms. Catering to diverse dietary preferences, many items are vegetarian and/or gluten-free, with gluten-free options available. Enjoy the scenic view of boats and kayaks in the marina while dining. Plus, Fido is welcomed on the dog-friendly patio. Golf enthusiasts will appreciate the proximity to the Morro Bay State Golf Course, offering the perfect conclusion to a day on the links.

Sea Pines Clubhouse Grill

The Clubhouse Grill is a great meeting place after a game of golf, disc golf or foot golf. This versatile eatery provides both indoor and outdoor seating, complete with an impressive array of ten flat-screen TVs. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, the menu caters to American favorites such as steak and eggs, burgers and roast chicken. The popular happy hour features a full bar with a tempting selection of cocktails, beer and local wines. Nightly specials add excitement to the dining experience, from pork ribs and tri-tip to tacos, burgers, “steak night for two,” surf and turf, and an indulgent endless pasta night. The outdoor patio offers a scenic view of the green, while live music on Saturday evenings enlivens the ambiance. As a family-owned and operated establishment, the Clubhouse Grill exudes warmth and friendliness, inviting guests to commence or conclude their golf experience with a tasty treat.

The Clubhouse at Sea Pines Golf Course
The Sea Pines Clubhouse Grill is the perfect place to eat after a day of golf in beautiful Los Osos

Noi & Doi’s 2nd Street Cafe

While the cherished Noi’s Little Thai Takeout in Baywood has closed its doors, the good news is that Noi and her sister Doi have unveiled a new culinary gem that’s equally delightful. Nestled in a bungalow near the Baywood Pier, Noi & Doi’s exudes the charm of an authentic surf shack adorned with tropical plants and cafe lights. Open for lunch and dinner, the menu showcases an array of fresh Thai delights, including Pad Thai, Pad Prik King, and Pineapple Fried Rice. However, the offerings extend beyond Thai cuisine, featuring American favorites like french fries, turkey sandwiches, and the legendary tuna melt. On the seafood front, Coconut Shrimp and classic Fish and Chips share the spotlight, expertly prepared for a diverse palate. Don’t miss the curry of the day, Thai iced coffee and Thai iced tea, all popular choices. While indoor seating is limited, outdoor options abound with several inviting picnic tables. For those seeking a seaside experience, grab order to-go and dine on the Baywood Pier or nearby beach, just steps away.

Highstreet Deli

At High Street Market and Deli, patrons can taste the dedication stacked in each famous deli sandwich. Established in San Luis Obispo in 1927 as a neighborhood market, the name “High Street” has become synonymous with sky-high sandwiches piled liberally with top notch ingredients. Check out the sandwich shop’s popular sister location in Baywood Park, a prime spot for lunch and dinner enjoyed inside or on the sunny outdoor patio. Invent your own cold or hot deli sando creation or go for a classic favorite like The Dutch Punch, a combination of smoked turkey, extra bacon, jalapeño havarti, red onion, tomato, romaine, avocado and chipotle mayo on Dutch crunch bread. Make yours “Stoney” to enjoy an extra dose of flavor as decided by the sandwich maker. Also serving up juicy burgers, “cutlet sandwiches” made with Italian-style fried chicken and loaded salads, you’ll find a satisfying nosh to please everyone in your party. Pair it all with a side of potato salad or indulge in a “Doobie Bar,” made with dark chocolate, white chocolate and toffee. Thirsty visitors can wash it all down with a selection of unique and locally-crafted sodas, craft beers and more featured in the refrigerated grab-and-go case.

High Street Deli Sandwich
The famous deli sandwich from Highstreet


Beerwood in Baywood serves cold craft beer and casual food in a family-friendly environment. With an emphasis on local breads and ingredients, the menu features bread “fries” with curry ketchup, sharable charcuterie plates, fresh salads, craveable paninis, sliders and sandwiches, quesadillas, pasta and more. Explore Beerwood’s curated craft beer selection on a dozen rotating taps, featuring local favorites like Liquid Gravity, M. Special Brewing, and Wild Fields Brewing, among many others. Choose from pints or various beers in cans and bottles, including gluten-free options. Also find a selection of local wines, kombucha, cider and sour ales to dazzle every palate. Hungry visitors can expect a range of pub dishes wit plated with a twist: Enjoy sausages from Cayucos Sausage Company or avocado Caesar salad tossed in a delectable house-made dressing. The Beerwood menu also includes all-day breakfast items like huevos rancheros, breakfast sandwiches and breakfast burritos. Savor a meal with friends inside the pub or sprawl out on the dog-friendly patio. Here, kids are welcome to draw with chalk and crayons. Plus, on Monday afternoons,the Baywood Farmers Market unfolds nearby—a great way to stroll off that extra bite.

Grab a bite and a brew at Beerwood

Restaurants in Avila Beach

Sunny Avila Beach captivates visitors with its white sand and refined flavors. Discover incredible seaside restaurants, rejuvenating hot springs and a magical path winding from forest to sea. Naturally, seafood is popular in Avila Beach, but there’s more to discover on land: American favorites, farm-to-table creations and acai bowls are all on the menu. Stroll this charming enclave where tasting rooms and shops intermingle with welcoming oceanfront eateries. The essence of this Avila Beach remains unchanged over the years, found in its historic piers, lighthouse and whale-watching opportunities.

Custom House

Custom House in Avila Beach is a beachside family-friendly restaurant serving American classics like burgers, nachos and salads. Spread out on an expansive patio with breathtaking beach views. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, the restaurant’s name harkens back to the building’s origin as an official customs house at the dock of San Luis Bay. Today, the Custom House serves as a charming hangout for watching seabirds and surfers. Whether enjoying a glass of local wine with crispy fried calamari on the patio or opting for a relaxing meal overlooking the surf, find a moment of zen at Custom House.

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Outdoor dining along Avila Beach at the Custom House

Ocean Grill

At Ocean Grill in Avila Beach, enjoy a spectacular sunset panorama spanning Point San Luis to Point Sal. When paired with the finest local produce, an unforgettable dining experience is in order. Dig into a Chop Salad adorned with pickled beets, bacon, pickled green beans and local goat cheese or go for the Calamari Bahn Mi featuring pickled carrots and daikon, coconut chili sauce, and toasted bonillo. Partnering with family farms, the menu celebrates the best seasonal bounty, so check  the menu often for evolving flavors. Accommodating diverse dietary preferences, Ocean Grill also offers gluten-free, dairy-free and vegetarian fare, too. As for sipping, the well-curated drink list includes a variety of craft beer and California wines.

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Ocean Grill in Avila Beach

Blue Moon Over Avila

Fall for a fusion of refined French flavors and stunning oceanfront vistas at Blue Moon Over Avila in Avila Beach. Drawing inspiration from European eateries, this dreamy oceanfront wine bar and French-style bistro present a sophisticated dinner menu complemented by an extensive selection of wines from around the globe. Book a reservation for that special celebration or a date night complete with Champagne toast. Together, enjoy a memorable gastronomic journey on the Pacific with exquisite cheeses, escargot and ratatouille on the menu. Entrees include steak, salmon, scallops, wild mushroom raviolo and half roasted chicken, all with a sumptuous drizzle of pan sauce to delight the senses. Start off with a Bubbling Brie appetizer topped with caramelized onion, dried apricots, candied walnuts, fresh fruit and served with crusty baguette and finish with a rich and unforgettable dessert. With its cozy dining room and evolving menu, each night at this romantic bistro promises to be intimate and unique.

Oceanfront views at Blue Moon Over Avila

Gardens of Avila at Sycamore Springs

True to its name, the Gardens of Avila Restaurant takes inspiration from its onsite chef’s garden. Marked by piers and pillars, this garden serves as the muse for the restaurant’s “seasonal and spontaneous cuisine.” In addition to its own harvest, the restaurant partners with local farms, ranches and fisheries to serve up elevated farm-to-table dishes. An ever-changing array of organic herbs, vegetables, roots, greens and edible flowers makes each meal special. Breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner or happy hour—these ingredients find their way into every dish (and even cocktails). Options range from tomato bisque and crispy artichoke hearts to shrimp macaroni and cheese or strawberry shortcake. After a leisurely walk along the Bob Jones Trail or a rejuvenating treatment at Sycamore Mineral Springs Spa, a visit to the Gardens of Avila is spa-inspired cuisine completes the self-care ritual.

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Fresh farm-to-table dining at the Gardens of Avila Restaurant


For visitors seeking an immersive seafaring experience, Mersea’s is a must-visit restaurant on the historic Hartford Pier in Avila Beach. Uniquely positioned just above the San Luis Bay, Mersea’s brings ocean bounty directly to your fork. With seafood caught mere feet away, indulge in the freshness of fish and chips, fish sandwiches and steamer clams. While dining, witness seals and sea lions playfully engaging with fishing boats—a lively maritime scene. Whether seated indoors or opting for an action-packed outdoor setting, enjoy offerings like the Louie Salad featuring rock crab or shrimp, clam chowder and delectable crab cakes. Little ones can order from a dedicated kids menu, making Mersea’s a great spot for dinner and a show.

Mersea's Avila Beach
Mersea's sits right on the pier making for spectacular waterfront views

Restaurants in Arroyo Grande & Edna Valleys

In Arroyo Grande and Edna Valleys, world class food and award-winning wines are better together. Enter a wine country wonderland where each epicurean pairing is expertly prepared from start to finish. From elevated comfort food to farm-to-table fare and woodfired flatbreads, dining among the vines has its perks. Enjoy an extensive selection of local wine and craft beer offerings alongside upscale cocktails. After a day of exploring the Village of Arroyo Grande or wine tasting Edna Valley pinot noir and chardonnay, a memorable meal awaits.

Jaffa Cafe

For a taste of authentic Mediterranean cuisine in the heart of the Arroyo Grande Village, look no further than Jaffa Cafe. Since 2002, this celebrated establishment has been channeling the flavors and aromas of its namesake, the ancient port city of Jaffa in Israel. The menu boasts a delectable array of offerings, from fresh vegetables and rotisserie meats to warm pita, tangy hummus and hearty grains. Whether it’s a casual lunch or dinner, Jaffa Cafe delights with favorites like baba ganoush, shawarma pita wraps, hummus plates, kifta, kabobs, and tabbouleh. Hearty salads featuring lamb, chicken, beef or gyros provide a satisfying blend of leafy greens and slow-roasted meats. Vegetarians and vegans rejoice with ample choices, including falafel, hummus, veggie and baba ganoush wraps alongside salads and combo plates. Don’t miss the opportunity to indulge in owner Adnan Saleh’s renowned baklava, known for its irresistibly sweet and sticky perfection. The ambiance is laid-back, with indoor seating and a dog-friendly patio for furry companions.

Mason Bar & Kitchen

Nestled in the Village of Arroyo Grande, Mason Bar & Kitchen blends neighborhood pub ambiance with farm-to-table freshness. Divided into a well-stocked bar and a family-friendly restaurant, the venue features a rustic atmosphere with reclaimed wood and mason jar lights. The menu boasts inventive farmers’ market fare, including blistered shishito peppers and pistachio-encrusted brie. Main courses span from soups and salads to burgers, steaks, seafood and pasta, with ample choices for vegetarian and gluten-free diners. On the bar side, indulge in a vast selection of spirits, including over 25 bourbons and whiskeys. Noteworthy are the popular barrel-aged cocktails complemented by house-made syrups and fresh-pressed juices from local farms. Mason Bar is also a haven for wine enthusiasts, holding the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence. The bar pours 16 local wines by the glass and offers an impressive list of bottles for purchase. For beer lovers, a rotating tap of 20 brews is at arm’s reach.


Ember is Arroyo Grande’s go-to destination for creative, woodfired delights. Chef Brian Collins, formerly of Berkeley’s legendary Chez Panisse, returned to his hometown of Arroyo Grande to establish Ember alongside his wife Harmony. The eatery has garnered a devoted local and foodie following, celebrated for wood-fired pizzas, craft cocktails and an impressive selection of wine and beer. The ambiance showcases rustic wooden tables and an open kitchen where chefs work the all-important wood-burning oven. The monthly menu is always in motion, reflecting the best in seasonal produce, seafood, and meats. Don’t miss the signature “Mary’s Chicken Under A Brick” or any wood-fired protein option. Ember’s mastery extends to flatbreads, with ever-evolving toppings perfectly fired. Indulge in desserts crafted by the pastry chef, such as the Summer Berry Cream Puff or Sponge Cake with Hazelnut Crunch and Toasted Marshmallow. The cocktail menu offers a spectrum of libations from classic to craft, introducing new creations monthly. While Ember exclusively serves dinner and operates on a no-reservation policy, the comfortable back patio welcomes those willing to wait.

Ember Restaurant
The beautiful ambiance of Ember restaurant

Rooster Creek Tavern

This comfortable neighborhood bar and grill serves lunch and dinner, plus cocktails and wine from its corner spot in the Arroyo Grande Village. Locals know that Rooster Creek Tavern is named for the roaming roosters of the Village, which can be found roosting near the restaurant. A cabana-striped awning, brick walls, and rustic wooden bar make for a warm environment for a whole meal or quick cocktail. Dishes include pub favorites like nachos, wings, fried chicken and pizza, all with a wine country twist. Kiddos can choose from delicious dishes too, including a small version of the restaurant’s famous mac and cheese topped with crispy panko. To drink, choose your favorite beer, or try one of the signature concoctions made behind the bar, like the ‘Ol Town Flirt..

Rooster Creek Tavern Arroyo Grande
Rooster Creek Tavern in the heart of the Village of Arroyo Grande

Humdinger Brewing

Locals and visitors alike flock to Humdinger Brewing for exceptional beers and delectable bites. Here, the brewing process unfolds right on-site, with towering tanks on full display just inside the hangout. Renowned for diverse IPA offerings ranging from American to New England and Rye styles, the brewery also serves cold housemade hard seltzers and non-alcoholic options. As for the food, the menu leans “elevated grub,” featuring enticing options like beer nuts, Mexican Street Corn and the tempting Fried Hot Chicken Sandwich with Nashville Sauce. Vegetarians have a plethora of choices, from the refreshing Compressed Watermelon Salad with Smoked Chili and Citrus Vinaigrette to the savory Mushroom Tacos with Baja Sauce. Leave room for dessert: the “Beer-A-Misu” is a whimsical delight of porter-soaked ladyfinger cookies, mascarpone custard and cocoa powder.dapibus leo.

Humdinger Brewing
Fresh brews and live music at Humdinger Brewing

Restaurants in Nipomo & Oceano

Dining in Nipomo and Oceano offers a range of options, from vintage burger joints to rustic farm-to-table dishes. Whether visitors seek a casual breakfast or smoky barbecued tri-tip, authenticity is guaranteed in this wide open area located at the southern stretch of Highway 1. After a round of golf or a day at the Oceano Dunes, explore fantastic eateries for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Visitors can also grab a meal to-go for a sunset picnic at the dunes or local winery.

Jocko’s Steakhouse

Jocko’s, Nipomo’s iconic steakhouse, is legendary among locals and well-traveled foodies alike. The restaurant’s origins trace back to the era preceding the California Gold Rush, when Emery Knotts established a saloon at the base of Nipomo’s hills, the name itself translating to “the foot of the hills” in the Chumash language. Evolving through different locations and purposes, Jocko’s eventually found its home at the Tefft and Thompson intersection in 1957. Inside, the décor is elegantly simple, adorned with cattle brands seared into wooden trims, a nod to the ranches still actively raising cattle today. The heart of the establishment is its oakwood barbecue pit, firing up a delectable array of steaks, chicken and linguica during nightly dinner service. Although open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, the Santa Maria-style oak pit steals the show post-sundown. Full pit dinners, including salsa, crackers, salad, relish tray, beans, garlic bread, potatoes or rice and ice cream ensure no guest leaves hungry. However, it’s important to note that even with a reservation, patrons might endure an hour-long wait or more. Be sure to plan your visit accordingly and remember: A wait in Jocko’s dimly-lit bar is a badge of honor.

Jocko's Nipomo
Jocko's Steakhouse in Nipomo

Branch Street Deli and Pizzeria

Revamped and better than ever, the iconic “Branch Street Deli” in the Village of Arroyo Grande is open for tasty Italian-inspired lunch and dinner favorites. Rebranded as Branch Street Deli and Pizzeria, the bright interior and beautifully landscaped patio create a unique and inviting dining space. Reflecting the Central Coast’s ripest flavors, the menu includes seasonal pizzas, juicy burgers and fresh starters like daily soups and Pear and Arugula Salad. Sandwich lovers can get their hands on a range of incredible options too, including The Enzo, laden with Genoa salami, soppressata, mortadella, shaved romaine, tomato, red onion, olive, peperonata spread, mayo and balsamic on a ciabatta roll. Dinner brings sizzling plates of shrimp carbonara, bolognese pasta, lasagna and fettucini alfredo alongside ribs and fried chicken. Patrons will also find a smattering of lighter eats available like a Santa Maria-style tri-tip, sliders, zucchini fries, wraps and kid’s grilled cheese or chicken tenders. Family meals served after 4 p.m. combine larger portions with soups, salads and sides to be enjoyed family style (try the spaghetti and meatballs, served with Caesar Salad and artisan garlic bread). Owned by Restaurateur Bob Spallino and Chef Michael Goodloe, the pair boast sixteen years of catering experience plus culinary training from Le Cordon Bleu Culinary School. This mix of local roots and culinary know-how translates into a memorable meal for all ages.

Rock n Roll Diner

Fans of classic American food will be thrilled by the Rock n Roll Diner, a unique establishment housed within two meticulously preserved train cars. Positioned strategically along a section of railroad track next to Highway 1, this diner pays homage to the fact that Oceano once hosted one of San Luis Obispo County’s busiest train depots. Step into a nostalgic booth adorned with vintage movie posters and advertisements and dig into classic good time grub like burgers, fries, and milkshakes made with real ice cream—a treat for adults and little ones alike. The diner also offers popular Mexican and Greek dishes adorned with all the fixings. Train buffs will be excited to note the history throughout: The 1946 Pullman Standard dining car was originally part of the Burlington Northern fleet and the 1947 Budd Car Company lounge car once traveled the famed “Orange Blossom Special” route from New York to Miami. Enhance your all American dining experience with a trip to the nearby Oceano Train Depot Museum.

Rock and Roll Diner Oceano
The classic Rock n Roll Diner in Oceano

Old Juan’s Cantina

Savor a classic Mexican meal at Old Juan’s Cantina, an Oceano tradition since 1976. Proudly owned and operated by the Verdin family, locals know that the tacos are served hot and the margaritas perfectly chilled. A festive Mexican cantina ambiance welcomes visitors with tropical plants, adobe walls and colorful serape blankets on the wall. The bar serves up a variety of cocktails, beers, and wines to enjoy while waiting for a table. When it comes to margaritas, consider indulging in Old Juan’s Cantina Cadillac Margarita, made with 100% agave tequila and accompanied by a sidecar of Grand Marnier. Alternatively, opt for the Strawberry-Jalapeno Margarita for a lighter version, shaken and served on the rocks. The menu boasts an array of appetizers ranging from classics like nachos and guacamole to more unique offerings like bacon-wrapped jalapenos and the “Caramelized Avocado,” a specialty of Old Juan’s Cantina. For lunch or dinner, choose from a wide selection of combo plates and à la carte items, including burritos, enchiladas, chimichangas and fish tacos. Old Juan’s caters to younger palates too with a thoughtful selection of kids’ menu options. Don’t miss the Sunday Ranchero Brunch, featuring a menu that combines old and new favorite dishes complemented by bottomless mimosas.

Old Juan's Cantina
Old Juan’s Cantina

The Mayor’s Place

One of Nipomo’s best breakfast spots can be found inside a quirky, colorful playground. The Mayor’s Place adopts a whimsical aesthetic reminiscent of a Disney set, featuring cartoonish architecture that appeals to both kids and grownups alike. Take a seat and indulge in hearty country-style breakfast and lunch offerings, available five days a week. This family-owned-and -operated establishment is known for its generously-portioned dishes, including favorites like biscuits and gravy, tri-tip and chicken fried steak (for an off-menu favorite, order a breakfast burrito with a substitution of chicken fried steak). Lunch options encompass fish and chips, barbecue plates, sandwiches, burgers and robust entree salads. Catering to various dietary preferences, the restaurant also provides high-protein, low-fat breakfast and lunch choices for those seeking paleo or keto-friendly options. Four-legged companions are also welcomed on the leafy back patio (and may even receive a treat from the attentive staff).

Butterfly Grille

Located in the Monarch Dunes Golf Club in Nipomo, the Butterfly Grille is a laid-back bar and grill welcoming guests daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Overlooking the scenic “Old Course,” the restaurant provides picturesque views to the west, extending over a small serene lake. The heated patio, complete with inviting fire pits, creates an ideal setting for intimate outdoor dining. The breakfast menu features breakfast burritos and egg sandwiches to pancakes and French toast. For lunch, popular choices include sandwiches, salads, quesadillas and burgers. The kitchen elevates the dining experience with nightly dinner specials throughout the week, featuring enticing options such as a fresh taco salad, tri-tip sandwiches and teriyaki chicken bowls. After a round of golf, wind down with a draft beer or cocktail and nightly happy hour deals. For those on the go, the eatery also offers convenient grab-and-go items to take with you.

Adelina’s Bistro

Adelina’s, an elegant dining destination located on the Monarch Dunes Golf Club course, invites patrons to indulge in upscale California cuisine. The kitchen meticulously crafts dishes using the freshest farmers’ market ingredients—many sourced that very morning. Sample a barrel-aged cocktail reminiscent of Prohibition-era classics or scan the extensive beer and wine list. With two California wines on tap and a selection of Monarch Dune proprietary wines, there’s something for everyone. Find delectable appetizers like calamari steak fries or pretzel bites to start the night, followed by entrees such as a fried chicken sandwich, tuna nicoise salad or artisan pizza. The thoughtfully curated menu showcases the best of seasonal produce and seafood, offering a variety of vegetarian choices and gluten-free options and substitutions to cater to diverse preferences. A tempting array of sweet treats await to round out the meal, including housemade sorbet served in hollowed-out fruits.

Nearby Dining Experiences

San Luis Obispo

With a dynamic dining scene spanning contemporary and global flavors, San Luis Obispo is flush with crave-worthy restaurants. Choose from vibrant farm-to-table fare, Santa Maria-style barbecue or creative fusion plates with a flavorful twist. From Mediterranean to Italian, Mexican to Japanese, diverse cuisines collide in San Luis Obispo, the epicenter of arts and culture on California’s scenic Central Coast. Located at the south end of the Highway 1 Scenic Byway, downtown SLO boasts an enticing blend of sidewalk cafes, modern dining spaces and outdoor patios aglow in twinkle lights. Known for its exciting nightlife scene, discover swanky cocktail lounges, pub trivia nights, a world famous farmers’ market and live local music, too. For world class wine, head to nearby Edna Valley tasting rooms, where award-winning local chardonnay and pinot noir await.

San Luis Obispo Downtown
Dine in downtown San Luis Obispo

Morro Bay

In Morro Bay, fresh-caught flavors are savored seaside. Stroll the bustling Morro Bay Embarcadero, where a collection of oceanfront restaurants operate on the water (look for Morro Rock in the distance, an iconic sight). Here, enjoy coastal views combined with top notch seafood, locally-farmed oysters, global flavors and regional wines. From casual joins serving fish and chips to upscale establishments plating farm-to-table delicacies, Morro Bay offers a tantalizing dining experience that combines surf and turf. Plus, there’s countless activities to enjoy in Morro Bay, a popular surfing and kayaking destination. Work up an appetite while hitting the waves, explore the Morro Bay Estuary or simply shop the area’s collection of boutiques and antique stores.

Dining in Morro Bay
Fresh fish and chips in Morro Bay

Paso Robles

A renowned food and wine destination for foodies and families alike, downtown Paso Robles restaurants pair locally-sourced goodness with world class wines. Savor new American eats, sushi, South American, French and plant-based fare, among other enticing flavors. Dotted with lively bars, plush wine tasting rooms and cozy dining patios, downtown Paso Robles is the place to be when the sun sets. Menus in this charming epicenter may differ wildly, but all share a common theme: world famous Paso Robles wine. For those looking to delve deeper into Paso Robles Wine Country, explore more than 250 wine tasting rooms nestled within the region’s oak-studded hills. A collection of well-traveled wine trails offer anyone the chance to explore Paso Robles sip by sip.

A beautiful plate at Thomas Hills Organics in downtown Paso Robles

Pismo Beach

With several family-friendly restaurants to choose from, downtown Pismo Beach combines fun, sun and relaxation for breakfast lunch and dinner. From famous clam chowder to sizzling barbecue, authentic Italian pizzas to ice cream, you’ll find a wave of crowd-pleasing eats sure to satisfy everyone’s hunger. With restaurants mainly catering to visitors and beachgoers, find convenient take-out and to-go options readily available throughout the area.

Pismo Beach Pier and Sign
Dine just steps from the beach in downtown Pismo