Restaurants

Top Choice Seafood in Pacific Grove

Passionfish

Fresh, sustainable seafood is artfully presented in any number of inventive ways, and a seasonally inspired menu also carries slow-cooked meats and vegetarian dishes spotlighting local farms. The earth-tone decor is…
Top Choice Seafood in Pismo Beach

Cracked Crab

Fresh seafood and regional wines are the staples at this super-casual, family-owned grill. When the famous bucket o’seafood, full of flying bits of fish, Cajun sausage, red potatoes and cob corn, gets dumped on your…
Top Choice Market in San Luis Obispo

San Luis Obispo Farmers Market

The county’s biggest and best weekly farmers market turns downtown SLO’s Higuera St into a giant street party, with smokin’ barbecues, overflowing fruit and veggie stands, live music and free sidewalk entertainment,…
Top Choice Californian in Big Sur

Restaurant at Ventana

The old truism about the better the views, the worse the food just doesn’t seem to apply here. The resort’s clifftop terrace restaurant and cocktail bar are Big Sur's gathering spot for foodies and bon vivants. Feas…
Top Choice Californian in Paso Robles

Artisan

Chef Chris Kobayashi often ducks out of the kitchen just to make sure you’re loving his impeccable contemporary renditions of modern American cuisine, featuring sustainably farmed meats, wild-caught seafood and arti…
Top Choice Californian in Pismo Beach

Ember

Chef Brian Collins, who once cooked at Alice Waters' revered Chez Panisse, has returned to his roots in SLO County. Out of this heart-warming restaurant's wood-burning oven come savory flatbreads, artfully charred s…
Top Choice Ice Cream in Santa Cruz

Penny Ice Creamery

With a cult following, this artisan ice-cream shop crafts zany flavors like bourbon candied ginger, lemon verbena blueberry and ricotta apricot all from scratch using local, organic and wild-harvested ingredients. E…
Top Choice Californian in Cayucos

Cass House Restaurant

The inn’s chef-driven restaurant defies expectations. Linger over a locally sourced, seasonally inspired menu that ambitiously ranges from stone-fruit salad with whipped homemade ricotta and crispy abalone fritters …
Top Choice Fusion in San Luis Obispo

Luna Red

Local bounty from the land and sea, artisan cheeses and farmers-market produce pervade the chef's Californian, Asian and Mediterranean small-plates menu. Cocktails and glowing lanterns enhance a sophisticated ambien…
Top Choice Californian in Cambria

Indigo Moon

Inside this artisan cheese-and-wine shop, breezy bistro tables complement superb salads and toasty sandwiches served with sweet-potato fries. Locals gossip over lunch on the back patio, where dinner dates order wild…