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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.

“November-ish thru February-ish the Monarch butterflies hang out here by the thousands. In the non-butterfly season, it's a pretty walk.”
  • 66 locals recommend
New American Restaurant
“My favorite restaurant in the central coast. Seasonally changed menu. New American food. Offer weekend brunch. Must have: tri-tip tartare ( dinner only)”
  • 33 locals recommend
Grocery or Supermarket
“Supermarket for groceries, produce, deli items, personal care, home goods, etc.”
  • 21 locals recommend
“The famous Oceano Dunes is the most popular destination in central coast, ATV riding is about $80-$100 for 3 hours. Call early for reservation on weekend, fewer people on weekdays. ”
  • 22 locals recommend
“Fun place, good 805 beer, etc. good bar food. Has music on certain days. Close by Try the pretzel for appetizer!”
  • 17 locals recommend
“Classic Mexican food. Popular place can have very long wait times on weekends. Might be worth it for their chips & salsa and chicken mole enchiladas. Even better, order to-go. ”
  • 14 locals recommend
Thai Restaurant
“Fantastic Thai restaurant. Moderate to high price. comfy. Great fresh good! Highly recommend. Be sure to check hours of operation”
  • 16 locals recommend
“The live music may keep you awake on occasion, so you might as well join them! The food is very affordable and tasty and there's plenty of room to spread out and even families will like it.”
  • 12 locals recommend
“For some comfort American breakfast hit up lil bits in Grover Beach. It’s a local favorite so expect a lil wait. ”
  • 15 locals recommend
“Lots of fun out in those dunes. You can drive out on the beach if your car is capable. ATV and buggy rentals available.”
  • 10 locals recommend
“I love the red curry and the pad Thai here. I just have to remember to ask for "mild" because the chef here is very generous with peppers.”
  • 9 locals recommend
Car Rental
“If you're looking to rent a car, this Enterprise is the closest place nearby.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Bike Rental / Bike Share
“Rent an ATV for riding on the Dunes here in Grover Beach next to the ocean.”
  • 4 locals recommend
“One of our favorite places to dine. The atmosphere is western frontier with lots of decor and memorabilia to view, including but not limited to a once real buffalo! The food is abundant and yummy! We usually have to take some home, which is always nice. You must try their onion rings!”
  • 12 locals recommend
“Great fish and chips, can sit inside or outside with fireside tables. Right at the beach.”
  • 11 locals recommend
“Manrock is owned by a local couple; we watched their microbrew grow from six bar stools and a janitor's closet converted to hold the tanks, to their current location. They continue to get more and more popular. What's on tap varies day to day, because it is all made on site. And yes....Phil and I were some of the early supporters who fought for two of those six bar stools. ”
  • 8 locals recommend