Whether you want a pre-hike organic breakfast, romantic creekside tapas, savory BBQ at Farmers’ Market or Italian takeout to bring back to your hotel, San Luis Obispo restaurants offer a variety of options at your fingertips. No matter your preference, you’re guaranteed to find a meal and dining experience that will more than satisfy your entire group. Local restaurant menus typically feature farm-to-table plates, local beer and Central Coast wines. This gives visitors a real opportunity to dine SLO style. Here are a few great San Luis Obispo restaurants to try while you are here or download a restaurant guide for San Luis Obispo.

Big Sky

Big Sky is a local favorite for any meal. The plethora of regional produce mixed with flavors from around the world create unique and tasty dishes.


Buona Tavola

With an intimate back patio seating and the art deco Fremont movie theatre next door, Buona Tavola is a perfect spot for a romantic dinner or girl’s night out. The fresh, authentic Italian dishes are some of the best in town and they even have a menu for the gluten-free crowd.



When it comes to seafood, it doesn’t get much fresher than the delicious oysters and cioppino paired with Pinot at Ciopinot. Bring a bottle of wine from a local winery and enjoy the waived corkage fee!



An authentic one-of-a-kind burger bar experience serving a wide selection of grass fed, 100% natural burgers, gourmet salads, signature hand cut fries and an assortment of the best American craft beers and whiskeys available. Eureka offers a full bar with regional wine in addition to great music and friendly staff.


Firestone Grill

A local favorite, Firestone Grill is the place to catch a game on their big screen or to get some finger-lickin’ good grub at a great rate. Try the tri-tip sandwich—and don’t forget the addictively good fries!


Flour House

Quality ingredients combined with modern, authentic Italian cuisine served in a warm, friendly environment is what you’ll find at Flour House. Treat yourself to their wood-fired pizza or homemade pasta paired with a local wine.


Foremost Wine Co

Looking for something unique? You’re sure to find something at Foremost Wine Co, where they specialize in using locally sourced ingredients to prepare beautifully crafted meals. Did we mention they have a burrata bar?


Gino’s Pizza

Gino’s Pizza is the neighborhood, family-friendly pizzeria, located near Cal Poly’s campus. Offering lunch specials, shareable eats and party platters, this pizzeria has something for everyone, including pizzas, pastas, sandwiches and salads.



Although Giuseppe’s has a new location in the historic Sinsheimer Bros. building on Monterey, they are still serving up the classic Italian cuisine they are known for on the Central Coast. Stop by the new location for house-made pasta and brick oven pizza.


Koberl At Blue

Pair wine country cuisine with your wine country getaway at Koberl at Blue. Situated in the historic J.P. Andrews building, this impressive multi-level venue has a swanky yet inviting vibe. Check out the extensive list of wines and bruschetta to start.


Lotus Asia’s Best

Customize your stir fry at Lotus Asia’s Best with a variety of noodles, rice, protein, vegetables, and sauces to choose from. In addition to their endless wok possibilities, you can order an array of Vietnamese meals such as firecracker shrimp rolls and pho.

Luna Red

Luna Red, situated next to the historic San Luis Obispo Mission, is a culinary dream with grassroots cooking and a warm ambiance on their outdoor patio featuring a cabana bar, fire pits, and weekly live music.


Mother’s Tavern

Serving gourmet, hit-the-spot burgers for lunch and dinner, Mother’s Tavern (or “Mo-Tav” as it is known) turns into a packed club at night. With dancing, a private lounge, and fancy cocktails, it is the place to be for late-night fun.


Novo Restaurant

Hands-down, the best spot for a romantic night out. The majority of Novo’s seating is on the back deck, overlooking San Luis Creek. Try the tapas with some local wine to start and finish off with a fresh curry or stir fry.


Sidecar Cocktail Co.

With a funky, hipster vibe and a list of hand crafted cocktails that are sure to delight your taste buds, Sidecar is paradise for all you foodies. While they serve an array of small plates and entrees, you can’t go wrong with their fried Brussel sprouts or tater tots.


Splash Cafe

A family-friendly pick, Splash Cafe will cure your craving for hearty clam chowder served in a sourdough bread bowl. They also have an extensive menu of sandwiches and salads as well as a tempting bakery full of pastries and truffles for dessert.


Taqueria Santa Cruz

Family friendly and affordable, Taqueria Santa Cruz is the place to go for authentic Mexican food whether sitting on their outdoor patio or taking to the beach.



Sliders, mac, salads galore! Taste offers over 3 mix and match options to form your personalized duo or trio meal including gourmet sliders, mac & cheeses and salads prepared fresh daily in addition to tapas to share and nightly specials.


The Naked Fish

The Naked Fish, located on the main street of Downtown San Luis Obispo, has an inviting atmosphere with live acoustic performers weekly. This sushi bar prides themselves on creative handcrafted rolls featuring the finest ingredients in addition to a variety of cooked entrees for those non-sushi-lovers.


Thomas Hill Organics

If you love their Paso Robles location, you’ll have to stop by the new Thomas Hill Organics restaurant in SLO. They offer locally sourced, farm-to-table cuisine, including a variety of salads and sandwiches for lunch or heartier entrees like roasted chicken or grass fed ribeye for the dinner crowd.


Woodstock’s Pizza

As a longstanding pizzeria, Woodstock’s Pizza is bound to satisfy any group with their Italian cuisine, lively atmosphere, and affordable prices. Woodstock’s personal specialty is their folded-over crust with sauce inside.

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