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Food and restaurants in San Luis Obispo County

Top restaurants

Inn
“The Madonna Inn & Steakhouse opened in 1958 and serves as an iconic landmark for the central coast. Tour the grounds for beautiful photo ops and don’t forget to try a slice of their famous pink champagne cake!”
  • 54 locals recommend
Asian Restaurant
“Voted best restaurant in SLO! Enjoy delicious tapas and world famous wine with creekside views. Located in the iconic Cigar Factory building in downtown SLO, Novo’s bar, lounge offers award wining innovative cuisine. Tandoori chicken and Novo lettuce wraps are our favorites! ”
  • 77 locals recommend
Restaurant
“This is probably the most recommended restaurant in the area. Little on the pricier side. Check the menu first online.”
  • 58 locals recommend
Mexican Restaurant
“California fusion - yummy tacos and burritos! Giant servings and delicious. Very popular and view of the ocean across Hwy. 1.”
  • 35 locals recommend
Bar
“BEST cocktail and dinner in Paso Robles! Make a reservation or go early, the place is small. ”
  • 42 locals recommend
BBQ Restaurant
“The best tri tip sandwiches on the Central Coast! They also have "large" baskets of fries that can feed 3-4 people. BBQ chicken, great salads, brews, and great prices.”
  • 42 locals recommend
Brewery
“One of our favorite breweries in our area. They consistently produce great beers and have a spacious, comfortable outdoor beer garden. Food trucks are common, as is live music. ”
  • 37 locals recommend
Mexican Restaurant
“One of our favorite places to eat in Paso. Delicious, developed flavors in a fresh presentation. We really like the Braised Short Rib Enchiladas, and the Mole Camarón. ”
  • 50 locals recommend

Cafes

Inn
“The Madonna Inn & Steakhouse opened in 1958 and serves as an iconic landmark for the central coast. Tour the grounds for beautiful photo ops and don’t forget to try a slice of their famous pink champagne cake!”
  • 54 locals recommend
New American Restaurant
“Eatery with blue, star-studded ceiling showcasing healthful, modern fare, wine & local art.”
  • 38 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
“Delicious, world famous clam chowder and more!! They even fry twinkies and snickers bars for an unusual dessert. ”
  • 34 locals recommend
Café
“Grab a cup of coffee or tea, a light breakfast or lunch and hang out with the locals while enjoying the incredible view of the bay.”
  • 26 locals recommend
American Restaurant
“There are 3 Dorns....be sure to go to the one on the fishing docks. Outdoor seating, generally a lone musician playing music and sea otters playing below in the water. ”
  • 19 locals recommend
Café
“The combination of scratch made pastries, craft roasted coffee, and curated goods in a creative space makes stepping into Scout a memorable and magical experience. ”
  • 26 locals recommend
Mexican Restaurant
“Delicious Breakfast Burritos, and amazing arrays of dishes. A local favourite!”
  • 28 locals recommend
Café
“Famous for their fish burritos and tacos, I prefer the catch of the day salad. A little pricier than some cafes, it is really worth it! There is inside and outside dining with heaters for chilly evenings. Located on the edge of the back bay marina just across the estuary from Los Osos, it is only a 5 minute drive away. It is right across the street from the Morro Bay State Park campground. You can also rent kayaks at the marina and paddle across to the sand spit.”
  • 21 locals recommend

Bakeries

Farm
“Among locals a smile forms on the face when Avila Valley Barn is mentioned. A favorite spot to stop off and buy the freshest fruit and vegetables grown locally, pick up a pie or bakery treat, stop off for lunch from our deli or get an ice cream on the way to Avila Beach. There are hayrides, farm pets and U-Pick. Avila Valley Barn is truly a place built for the whole family in mind. ”
  • 50 locals recommend
Bakery
“Amazing pies here. In quirky Cambria where there are plenty of shops to explore. ”
  • 21 locals recommend
Bakery
“Delicious cookies on the pricier side, but well worth the visit for the samples!”
  • 17 locals recommend
Breakfast Spot
“If sugar is your thing, don’t have to wait for the fair for the best cinnamon rolls on the west coast and only a block to the beach. Grab to go and watch the surfers”
  • 13 locals recommend
Café
“Delicious breakfast/brunch spot. Take a wander from the "Tree House" to this great little cafe. You will need to walk over or around Terrace Hill to get there but its well worth the mile walk. ”
  • 15 locals recommend
Bakery
“Owned by French family. We go there for a quick breakfast or lunch sandwich (they serve both all day) using it as an excuse to buy something from their amazing homemade desserts selection and to either eat there or bring home. ”
  • 12 locals recommend
Bakery
“Hot Springs were the original draw to Paso Robles. Stroll the grounds, enjoy breakfast in the circular coffee shop, or enjoy a steak in the restaurant. Across from the town square. ”
  • 11 locals recommend
Bakery
“The cookies are unique. Samples are handed out all day long at the counter. My favorite is the lemon. Jesus likes the espresso. Located across the street from the community park.”
  • 8 locals recommend