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Food and restaurants in San Luis Obispo County

Top restaurants

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! ”
  • 74 locals recommend
Mexican Restaurant
“If you love tequila, this place is a must go... and if you don’t, this place is still our favorite place to go for yummy food. They have plenty of other (cocktail) drinks to choose from. ”
  • 50 locals recommend
Bar
“Great cocktails. Amazing meatloaf and food. Almost Bay Area/hipster-like. Highly recommended. Make reservations. ”
  • 42 locals recommend
Inn
“Classic California gauwdy pink steak house and dance revenue old school big bands ! ”
  • 53 locals recommend
Restaurant
“This is probably the most recommended restaurant in the area. Little on the pricier side. Check the menu first online.”
  • 57 locals recommend
Bar
“Most beautiful panoramic views with the best (and most expensive) brunch in the area. Bottomless mimosas and bloody mary's, along with crab legs, oyster shooters, carving and omelette station. My favorite is their chile verde and carnitas taco station with homemade tortillas. Reservations are suggested. If you're unable to get a reservation, get there before 10 am to get in line. ”
  • 50 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. ”
  • 39 locals recommend
Mexican Restaurant
“Wonderful California fusion Mexican food with amazing fish tacos and burritos as well as fresh dishes made with local seafood. Located about 15 minutes by car up Main Street to the north. ”
  • 35 locals recommend

Cafes

Inn
“Classic California gauwdy pink steak house and dance revenue old school big bands ! ”
  • 53 locals recommend
New American Restaurant
“Eatery with blue, star-studded ceiling showcasing healthful, modern fare, wine & local art.”
  • 34 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
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
Cafe
“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. ”
  • 25 locals recommend
Mexican Restaurant
“Great food, in the beautiful Shell Beach neighborhood. They have good patio seating.”
  • 29 locals recommend
Cafe
“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
Café
“Lovely local diner right on the water in Morro Bay State Park. This is a great place for a quiet meal that will satisfy. It is a locals favorite so you should expect you may wait. It is off the beaten path so not a tourist destination either. If you are on a trip up the coast for the day it is a great stop!”
  • 22 locals recommend

Bakeries

Farm
“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. ”
  • 53 locals recommend
Bakery
“Linn's is one of Cambria's favorite restaurants, especially for breakfast! ”
  • 23 locals recommend
Bakery
“A vast selection of cookies and there are gluten-free options as well. Enjoy coffee next door!”
  • 17 locals recommend
Bakery
“Fabulous pastries and lunch - everything is great! Enjoy a walk to Morro Rock afterward and perhaps see Otters and their babies in the water along the way.”
  • 12 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
“Great coffee - they brew Stumptown coffee which is from Portland, OR. They also have a great outdoor patio, which is nice for kids to play and run around.”
  • 16 locals recommend
Bakery
“This could also be under dessert shop. More donut flavors than you can imagine. Usually packed with students, so go early! ”
  • 13 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
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