Top 5 Restaurants in San Luis Obispo
San Luis Obispo is on the central coast and home to Cal Poly. SLO has the best food/restaurants including Italian, Japanese, seafood, and great cafes.

Central Coast Dining Opportunities

Central Coast Dining Opportunities

You May Be Missing Out On

San Luis Obispo is a small town on the central coast that doesn’t allow any drive-ins or encourage many major chains to establish there but for that reason it is able to remain a unique and genuine city. This sense of authenticity is easily experienced in the various restaurants located around the San Luis Obispo area that give its residents and visitors many reasons to go out and enjoy the many amazing dining opportunities that San Luis Obispo has to offer.

Five unique restaurants for

Five unique experiences

1 “Best place to take a date” Upper Crust is a quaint and romantic restaurant that offers Mediterranean style food. They have a large list of local and well-known wines and house made delectable desserts. The ambiance is what makes it the most special with large brick pizza ovens, tables surrounded by lit fireplaces, and a small outside patio in a garden like setting.

Best dish: Their most popular voted dish on the menu includes a side house salad topped with vine ripe tomatoes and other assorted fresh cut vegetables tossed in their famous raspberry dressing.  For the main course, a one of a kind Chicken Marsala with medallions of tender chicken breast sautéed in butter with Marsala wine, fresh mushrooms and a dash of cream. Served with fresh vegetables and penne pasta.  This dish is priced at only $17.

2 “Best place to go to lunch with friends” Custom House is located in Avila Beach, less than 10 miles from San Luis Obispo, with its restaurant overlooking the Pacific Ocean. It is a spacious restaurant, great for big groups, with a large cocktail bar offering a fun and casual atmosphere. You can also sit outside on the patio and have a perfect view of the beautiful ocean right in front of you. They have a large menu with fresh seafood and California cuisine.

Best dish: They have an incredible house balsamic vinaigrette dressing great on any salad or their own Custom House Cobb salad topped with turkey, bacon, mixed greens, grape tomatoes, zucchini, broccoli, sweet red onion, black olives, sliced egg and cauliflower sprinkled with bleu cheese crumbles. Their Sunburst sandwich is on a grilled croissant with slow roasted turkey, avocado, applewood smoked bacon, lettuce, tomato and melted jack cheese, served with fries.  Both priced at only $12.

3 “Best place for ethnic food” Sushiya is one of the best Japanese restaurants in the area offering over 50 different sushi roles.  They have a small sushi bar you can sit at and watch the chefs create these wonderful dishes or you can sit in the main dining area that gives its customers an authentic Japanese experience.

Best dish: Role #22 on the menu, the salmon tempura roll, with crab, tempura salmon, avocado, and cucumber on the inside with crunch, Unagi sauce, and spicy creamy sauce on the outside. This roll is only $8.95.

4 “Best place to go with your parents” Café Roma offers one of the best fine dining experiences in the San Luis Obispo area. They feature a banquet room that is perfect for large parties and special events and they have an extensive wine cellar with a wine spectator award winning wine list. The main dining area is surrounded by a rustic Tuscan décor and on Thursday nights they feature professional singers accompanied with beautiful piano music.

Best dish: Veal Scallopini Piccata topped with Capers and Lemon.  This dish is priced at $22.

5 “Best place to eat healthy” Big Sky Café provides a fresh market cuisine with organic fruits and vegetables, farmstead cheeses, olive oils, and vintage vinegars to create fresh market dishes daily.  This is a hip bustling café always busy with people and friendly to all ages.  The Los Angeles Time described it perfectly when stating, “The decor is ’60s-hippie morphed into contemporary Southwest. Tie-dyed tapestries and brilliant desert landscape paintings line the walls of a busy dining room adjacent to a long hardwood bar. The menu is filled with unique combinations of foods and spices, with much of it devoted to vegetarian dishes.”  With all fresh ingredients used daily in every dish, Big Sky Café is a health nut’s dream and just a great place for anyone who wants something fresh and unique.

Best dish: Chilled sesame ginger noodles with buckwheat & semolina pasta tossed with oriental vegetables, sesame seeds, peanuts & sesame-ginger dressing.  You can get this vegetarian style or with chicken or shrimp.  One of their best side dishes to accompany any one of their meals is their sweet potato fries topped with a spicy/sweet seasoning and orange peel shavings.  The main dish is priced at $8.75 and the fries at $2.95.

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