Central Coast Restaurants You Don’t Want to Miss

Monterey Pacific OceanLearn about the top Central Coast restaurants. Experience the fine dining opportunities waiting for you along with the beautiful coastal scenery. As you explore this scenic region, be sure to enjoy a either lunch or dinner at these world class restaurants.

Learn about the best restaurants in San Luis Obispo, Paso Robles, Santa Barbara, Cambria, Santa Cruz, Monterey, and Livermore. The Central Coast is an incredible area to visit for many reasons and the choices for dining just adds to the charm. Click on the links to learn more about each restaurant.

Central Coast Restaurants

Buona Tavola Paso Robles RestaurantBuona Tavola
Buona Tavola is an amazing restaurant with locations in both San Luis Obispo and Paso Robles. The restaurant features the cuisine of northern Italy. The food is fabulous and the service outstanding. This is a small casually elegant setting.

If you’re craving Italian, head to Buona Tyvola for either lunch or dinner!

Apple Farm Restaurant
Apple Farm Restaurant in San Luis Obispo
This San Luis Obispo restaurant is our favorite place for eating breakfast. They also serve lunch and dinner. The food is fresh, atmosphere cozy, and service friendly. Dine indoors or outside.

Our choice for a great breakfast in San Luis Obispo!

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Ciopinot Seafood Grille
Well trained, friendly staff combined with fabulous food makes Ciopinot a favorite restaurant. This San Luis Obispo restaurant is a fabulous place to dine. They’re known for their seafood, but offer steak and other food as well. If you love cioppino, be sure to order their “no work” cioppino, their signature dish. Everything’s ready to eat and delicious!

A bonus for wine drinkers: there’s no corkage fee if you bring your own wine from the area.

Gardens of Avila Restaurant
Gardens of Avila Restaurant in San Luis Obispo
This romantic Central Coast restaurant is part of Sycamore Mineral Springs Resort near Avila Beach. The food is fantastic and the setting is lovely. You may dine inside or outdoors on the patio.

Gardens of Avila is often voted “Most Romantic Dining” in San Luis Obispo.

Jane - A Santa Barbara Restaurant

Jane – A Santa Barbara Restaurant
Jane is a charming restaurant located in Santa Barbara’s popular State Street area. You’ll love the moderately priced, well prepared food.

Make reservations for a table on the balcony where you can relax and enjoy a great meal. Open for lunch and dinner every day except Sunday.

I’m not a huge fan of coconut, but highly recommend their Coconut Cake. It’s a “Must Order”!

Cambria Restaurant - Madeline's RestaurantMadeline’s Restaurant
Madelines is a wonderful restaurant located in the charming seaside town of Cambria. Cambria is on the western side of the Paso Robles Wine Country in California’s Central Coast Wine Country. Explore Cambria and enjoy the gourmet delights of this San Luis Obispo restaurant.

Make reservations because this is a very small restaurant.

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McPhee’s Grill in the Paso Robles Wine Country
McPhee’s Grill is halfway between Los Angeles and San Francisco. Make this great restaurant a “must visit” during your next California Wine Tour. The food is beautifully presented hearty food that is delicious.

Romantic Date - Santa Cruz A Romantic Restaurant in the Santa Cruz Wine Country
Shadowbrook is our top recommendation for a romantic restaurant in the Santa Cruz area. Take a cable car down the hill to the restaurant surrounded with beautiful landscaping overlooking Soquel Creek. This is a restaurant where you can relax and enjoy the beauties of California’s Central Coast on your Santa Cruz wine tour.

Shadowbrook has won numerous awards for being “Most Romantic Restaurant in the Santa Cruz Area”.

Tarpy's Roadhouse Restaurant
Tarpy’s Roadhouse

Dine in an historic building in Monterey Wine Country. This Monterey restaurant has an extensive menu, award-winning wine list, and marvelous food. This romantic restaurant is a great place to dine while exploring the central coast of California.

Be sure to try the their fried banana split: fried bananas covered with strawberries, chocolate, and vanilla ice cream. Fabulous!

The Restaurant at Wente - Livermore Restaurant The Restaurant at Wente Vineyards in the Livermore Wine Country
This romantic restaurant is located in the heart of Livermore Wine Country. The casual elegance welcomes you and the fabulous food keeps you coming back. Plan a visit during your next California Wine Tour.

Dine at Wente for lunch, dinner, or Sunday brunch. During the summer you can purchase concert tickets with a dinner option. This is always an outstanding choice!

If you have eaten at any of these Central Coast restaurants, we’d love to hear about your experiences. Scroll down and leave a comment below.

Central Coast Breweries

This guide to Central Coast breweries makes it easy to find good beer. You’ll find an ever increasing number of breweries to choose from along California’s Central Coast. Learn about breweries in and around San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Monterey, and Santa Cruz. Discover a new favorite soon!

While exploring the breweries along the Central Coast, you might want to also stop at some wineries.Just in case, here’s the Guide to Central Coast Wineries.

San Luis Obispo County Breweries

Barrelhouse BrewingBarrelhouse Brewing
Address: 3055 Limestone Way, Paso Robles
Telephone: (805) 296-1128
Open Fridays and Saturdays 11-9; Sundays 11-8; and Monday-Thursday 2-8
Enjoy their great beer which is all brewed on the premises. Their beer garden is a fun place to hang out. They have a large variety of beer available year round as well as some season beers that you must try.

Central Coast BrewingCentral Coast Brewing
Address: 1422 Monterey St., Su.B100, San Luis Obispo, CA
Telephone: (805) 783-2739
Open daily noon to 9PM; Sunday noon-5PM
Enjoy fabulous craft beer in a fun atmosphere. Food is available as well at this Central Coast Brewery.

Creekside BrewingCreekside Brewing
Address: 1040 Broad St., San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
Telephone: (805) 542-9804
Creekside Brewing produces beer in small batches with an emphasis on quality. Restaurant features fresh locally grown ingredients.

Dunbar Brewing
Address: 2200 El Camino Real, Santa Margarita, CA
Telephone: (805) 704-9050
Open Mon.-Thurs. 3PM – 10PM; Fri.-Sat. 3PM – 10PM; Sun. 1PM-9PM
Drink fine crafted beer in a relaxing atmosphere.

Firestone Walker Brewing
Firestone Walker Brewing Company
Address: 1400 Ramada Dr., Paso Robles, CA
Telephone: (805) 225-5911
Open daily 11AM – 9PM serving both lunch and dinner.
Taste exceptional beer at Firestone Walker Brewing. Tours of the this Central Coast brewery are available.

The Libertine Pub
Address: 801 Embarcadero, Morro Bay, CA
Telephone: (805) 772-0700
Open Mon.-Thurs. 3PM – 10PM; Fri.-Sun. Noon-10PM
Laid back, relaxing establishment with great beer. They have an amazing collection of old school vinyl records that they play.

Manrock BrewingManrock Brewing
Address: 191 S Oak Park Blvd. Ste 3, Grover Beach, CA 93433
Telephone: (805) 270-3089
Open Mon.-Thurs. 4PM – 10PM; Fri.-Sat. Noon-Midnight; Sun. Midnight – 7PM
Relax at this small family owned craft brewery. A friendly place to hang out and watch games on their large screen television while sipping great brew. They don’t serve food, but you can bring over food from the restaurant next door.

Pismo Brewing

Pismo Brewing Company
Address: 361 Pomeroy Ave., Pismo Beach, CA 93449
Telephone: (805) 295-6200
Open Mon.-Wed. 2PM – 8PM; Thurs.-Sat. 11AM – 10PM; Sun. 11AM – 6PM

Paso Robles Brewing Company
Address: 525 Pine St., Paso Robles, CA
Telephone: (805) 239-1000
Open Mon. – Wed. 2PM – 9PM; Thurs. 2PM – 10PM; Fri. 2PM – Midnight; Sat. Noon-Midnight; Sun. Noon-9PM
Great handcrafted brews. Check their event schedule for live music. A fun place!

San Luis Obispo Brewing

San Luis Obispo Brewing
Address: 1119 Garden St., San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
Telephone: (805) 543-1843
Open Mon. 4PM – 2AM; Tues. – Sun. 11:30AM – 2AM
Enjoy locally brewed beers, food, and live music. See online schedule for upcoming performances.

Tap It BrewingTap It Brewing
Address: 675 Clarion Ct., San Luis Obispo, CA
Telephone: (805) 545-7702
Open Wed, Sat-Sun 12PM – 6PM; Thurs.& Fri. 12PM – 8PM
They serve paninis as well their award-winning brews.

Santa Barbara Area Breweries

The Brewhouse
Address: 229 W. Montecito, Santa Barbara, CA
Telephone: (805) 884-4664
Open Sun. – Thurs. 11AM – 11PM; Fri. – Sun 11AM – Midnight
Enjoy fresh beer produced in small lots, food, and live music Wednesday through Saturday. Special Happy Hour prices daily from 4 – 6PM. The Brewhouse is dog friendly; dogs are allowed on the patio.

Firestone Walker Brewing Company
Address: 620 McMurray Road, Buellton, CA
Telephone: (805) 225-5911
Open for lunch Fri.-Sun. 11AM – 4:30; open for dinner daily 5PM – 9PM
This is one of the Central Coast breweries that offers tours. Tours are available at their Paso Robles location.

Hollister Brewing Company
Address: 6980 Marketplace Dr., Goleta, CA 93117
Telephone: (805) 968-2810
This brewpub offers both locally produced beer and food. Happy Hour specials from 2 PM – 6PM

Island Brewing Company
Address: 5049 Sixth St., Carpinteria, CA
Telephone: (805) 745-8272
Open Mon.-Fri. 2PM – 9PM; weekends 11AM- 9PM
This small family owned Central Coast Brewery produces award-winning brews. Sip on the a flavorful ale at their tasting room with views of the Pacific Ocean.

Santa Barbara BrewingSanta Barbara Brewing Company
Address: 501 State St., Santa Barbara, CA
Telephone: (805) 730-1040
Enjoy fresh beer at this Central Coast Brewery. The back lounge has pool tables and darts. Lots of large flat screen televisions.

Solvang Brewing Company
Address: 1547 Mission Dr., Solvang, CA
Telephone: (805) 688-2337
Open daily 11AM – 2AM
Located in the heart of downtown Solvang, this establishment offers craft beer and food as well.

Telegraph BrewingTelegraph Brewing Company
Address: 416 Salsipuedes St, Santa Barbara, CA
Telephone: (805) 963-5018
Open Thurs.4PM – 6PM; Fri. 4PM – 8PM; Sat. 2PM – 6PM
Handcrafted brews produced in small batches. Awesome beers in a fun setting!

central coast breweriesUnion Ale Brewing Company
Address: 214 State St., Santa Barbara, CA
Telephone: (805) 845-8243
Open daily 11AM – Midnight
Serving lunch and dinner.

Monterey Breweries

Cannery Row Brewing Company
Address: 95 Prescott Ave., Monterey, CA
Telephone: (831) 643-2722
Open Mon. – Thurs. 11AM – Midnight; Fri. 11AM – 2AM; Sat. 10AM – 2AM; Sun. 10AM-Midnight
This is one of the Central Coast Breweries that serves lunch and dinner.

English Ales Brewery
Address: 223 Reindollar Ave
Ste A, Marina, CA
Telephone: (831) 883-3000
Open daily Noon – Midnight.
English Ales produces English style beers. Along with the beers this one of the Central Coast Breweries that offers British pub style food (i.e. fish and chips, Banger sandwich).

Monterey Coast Brewing Company
Address: 165 Main St., Salinas, CA
Telephone: (831) 758-2337
Open Monday 11-4PM; Tues-Sun 11-11pm
Enjoy 8 premium craft beers as well as the restaurant serving both lunch and dinner.

Santa Cruz Breweries

Santa Cruz Mountain Brewery
Address: 402 Ingalls St.Ste 27, Santa Cruz
Telephone: (831) 425-4900
Open daily noon-10PM
Enjoy organic microbrewed ales and beers from the tap. This is a “cash only” establishment, but there is an ATM in the taproom. They serve food from Kellys French Bakery.

Seabright Brewery
Address: 519 Seabright Ave. Ste 107, Santa Cruz, CA
Telephone: (831) 426-2739
Open daily 11:30AM – 11:30PM
Creating handcrafted brews. Dogs are allowed on the patio at this Central Coast Brewery.

If you have visited any of the Central Coast breweries, please leave a comment below. We’d love to hear about your experiences.

Central Coast Wine Tasting Coupons – Free & Ready to Print

Central Coast Wine Tasting CouponsWe’ve scoured the internet looking for Central Coast wine tasting coupons. Print now! These are the free coupons we found for the Central Coast. Most are good at wineries in Paso Robles.

However, we also found coupons for wineries in Los Olivos, Solvang, Cambria, Templeton, Cayucos, and Buellton. These free wine tasting coupons are ready to print. Most will allow two people to taste wine for the price of one. One or two are for complimentary wine tasting. Some also provide a discount on wine purchases.

Spending less on tasting fees gives you more money left to buy wine to take home with you. Read the coupons carefully to see if there are any restrictions. If you have any questions, give the winery a call.

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Truett Hurst Winery

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Andrew Murray Vineyards
Address: 2901 Grand Ave. Su. A, Los Olivos
Telephone: (805) 693-9644

Brecon Estate
Address: 7450 Vineyard Dr., Paso Robles, CA
Telephone: (805) 239-2200

Carivintas Winery
Address: 476 First Street, Solvang, CA
Telephone: 805 693-4331

Cass Vineyard and Winery
Address: 7350 Linne Rd., Paso Robles, CA
Telephone: (805) 239-1730

Castoro Cellars
Castoro Cellars

Address: 1315 North Bethel Road, 93465 Templeton, CA
Telephone: (805) 326-3463

Cayucos Cellars
Address: 131 N. Ocean Avenue, Cayucos, CA
Telephone: (805) 995-3036

Cutruzzola Vineyards
Address: 555 Main St., Cambria, CA
Telephone: (805) 927-2670

Dubost Ranch
Address: 9988 Chimney Rock, Paso Robles, CA
Telephone: (805) 226-8463

Foley Estates Vineyard & Winery

Foley Estates

Address: 6121 East Hwy 246, Lompoc, CA
Telephone: 805 737-6222

Hug Cellars

Hug Cellars

Address: 2323 Tuley Road, Paso Robles, CA
Telephone: (805) 226-8022

Kalyra Winery
Address: 343 North Refugio Road, Santa Ynez, CA
Telephone: 805 693-8864

JLudlow Vineyard
Address: 2890 Grand Ave
93441 Los Olivos, CA
Telephone: (805) 688-8989

Larner Vineyard
Address: 93441 Los Olivos, CA
Telephone: 805-688-8148

Address: 1711 Alamo Pintado Rd., Solvang CA
Telephone: (805) 688-8554

Lion’s Peak Vineyards
Address: 1659 Copenhagen Drive, Solvang, CA
Telephone: 805 693-5466

Lusso Della Terra
Address: 831 13th Street, Paso Robles, CA
Telephone: (805) 712-8883

Mosby Winery
Address: 9496 Santa Rosa Rd., Buellton, CA
Telephone: 805 688-2415

Opolo Vineyards

Opolo Vineyards

Address: 7110 Vineyard Dr., Paso Robles
Telephone: (805) 238-9593

Rendarrio Vineyards

Address: 2323 Tuley Road, Paso Robles, CA
Telephone: (805) 610-7659

River Star Vineyards

Riverstar Vineyards

Address: 7450 Estrella Rd., Paso Robles, CA
Telephone: (805) 467-0086

San Antonio Winery

San Antonio Winery

Address: 2610 Buena Vista Drive, Paso Robles, CA
Telephone: 805-226-2600

San Marcos Creek
North Highway 101, Paso Robles, CA
Telephone: (805) 238-4999

Sculpterra Winery and Sculpture Garden
Address: 5015 Linne Road, Paso Robles, CA
Telephone: (805) 226-8881

Summerwood Winery


Address: 2175 Arbor Road, Paso Robles, CA
Telephone: 805-227.-1365

Zaca Mesa

Zaca Mesa

Address: 6905 Foxen Canyon Rd., Los Olivos
Telephone: (805) 688-9339Vineyards

Have you used any of these central coast wine tasting coupons? If you have, please share your experiences with us in the comment section below.

Unique Central Coast Hotels

Pacific Ocean - MontereyDiscover the best Central Coast hotels. Spend a night or two at unique hotels located along California’s central coast. Enjoy stunning ocean scenery.

We are eager to recommend these fabulous hotels located along California’s central coast. We’ve enjoy our own wine tasting getaways that included stays at these unique accommodations.

The natural beauty of California’s Central Coast is perfect for a special getaway. Enjoy all that the coast has to offer and unique accommodations at the same time. It’s had to think of a more beautiful place to vacation. These Central Coast hotels are all unique and fabulous.

Central Coast Hotels Blue Whale Inn
The Blue Whale Inn in Cambria is an absolutely delightful wine country bed and breakfast. It’s located near the Paso Robles wineries. You will love the ocean views, seaside walking trails, and lovely wine country accommodations. The stunning views will turn your vacation into a romantic getaway.

El Capitan

We thoroughly enjoyed the “luxury camping” available at El Capitan Resort. These unique wine country accommodations let you experience being close to nature. However, you won’t need to sacrifice the conveniences of home. We highly recommend El Capitan Canyon for your next wine country vacation.

Highlands Inn CarmelPamper yourself with an overnight stay at the luxurious Highlands Inn Carmel located on Hwy. 1 just south of Carmel. Perched on the hillside overlooking the ocean, this Central Coast hotel has dramatic ocean views. It’s hard to imagine a view being more perfect than this.

The Madonna Inn San Luis Obispo

Enjoy one of the 110 uniquely themed rooms at the Madonna Inn. It is located just south of San Luis Obispo. This charming resort will make for a memorable getaway. It’s the perfect location for wine tasting at the many wineries in the area. If you don’t have time for an overnight stay, drop in for a great breakfast.

The Pickford House CambriaThe Pickford House – Cambria Vacation Rental
You’ll love this huge mansion located amongst the wine country of California’s Central Coast. Book the entire 9 bedroom home exclusively for your group. It holds up to 29 persons for an amazingly low nightly rate. It’s perfect for our wine enthusiast friends! This delightful mansion is uniquely decorated with a 1920’s film star theme.

Seascape ResortSeascape Resort
is a fabulous resort in the Santa Cruz Mountains Wine region. It’s just a short drive north of Monterey. These fantastic ocean view accommodations overlook Monterey Bay in Aptos. Just what someone would want for a romantic winery getaway. You won’t be disappointed staying at this central coast hotel. The scenic beauty of this setting is breathtaking. Wine tasting is nearby in Santa Cruz or to the south in Monterey.

Simpson HouseSimpson House Inn
Simpson House is a Santa Barbara bed and breakfast that is rated 5 Diamonds by AAA. It’s a lovely setting in which to relax. Spend some time lounging in the beautiful gardens. Each evening you are treated to appetizers and drinks. A delightful breakfast is served each morning. This is a highly recommended option for Central Coast hotels.

Sycamore Mineral SpringsSycamore Mineral Springs Resort
Sycamore Mineral Springs is located in the San Luis Obispo Wine Country. It is the perfect place to go when you want to be pampered. Every room has its own private jacuzzi with either hot mineral water or fresh water. This is a special place. Whenever I leave, I find myself already wanting to come back again.

Vision Quest, elephantVision Quest Safari Bed & Breakfast
Vision Quest is home to over 100 animals from around the world. You stay in a unique African style bungalow. You get to interact with the animals. Each bungalow is uniquely decorated. Each bungalow has a bathroom and a queen or king size bed. Beds are covered with a comfy down comforter. Animals visit you in the morning and evening. In fact a continental breakfast is delivered to your room accompanied by an elephant! Quite a unique Central Coast Hotel.

Be sure to check out hotels in California’s other wine regions:

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If you have stayed at any of these Central Coast hotels, please take a moment to tell us about your experiences in the comment area below. Thank you!