Restaurants

Top Choice Bistro in San Luis Obispo

Thomas Hill Organics

More contemporary than its original namesake eatery in Paso Robles, Thomas Hill's San Luis Obispo opening presents seasonal menus amid a stylish combination of chandeliers and whitewashed walls. Secure a spot at the…
Top Choice Bistro in San Luis Obispo

Foremost Wine Co

Ease into the warehouse interior softened by rustic tables crafted from repurposed timber, and experience some of San Luis Obispo's best farm-to-table dining. Intensely seasonal menus and regular wine-matching event…
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,…
Italian in San Luis Obispo

Guiseppe's Cucina Rustica

Visit Guiseppe's for a leisurely downtown lunch of excellent salad, pizza and antipasti, or to grab a take-out meatball or Caprese sandwich from the deli counter out the front. Out the back, the facade of the herita…
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…
Fusion in San Luis Obispo

Novo

Novo spins out moreish European, Latin and Asian-inspired tapas with an artistic eye towards classy presentation. Pick from dozens of international beers, wines or sakes, then savor the view from tables on the creek…
Californian in San Luis Obispo

Big Sky Café

Big Sky is a big room, and still the wait can be long – its tagline is ‘analog food for a digital world.’ Vegetarians have almost as many options as carnivores, and many of the ingredients are sourced locally. Big-p…
Barbecue in San Luis Obispo

Firestone Grill

If you can stomach huge lines, long waits for a table, and sports-bar-style service, you’ll get to sink your teeth into an authentic Santa Maria–style tri-tip steak sandwich on a toasted garlic roll and a basket of …
Californian in San Luis Obispo

Sidecar

A long saloon-style bar where locals mingle with serious cocktails, and a casual Californian menu – try the lobster and shrimp risotto or the signature house burger with smoked mozzarella – make this downtown SLO ea…
Snacks in San Luis Obispo

SLO Donut Company

Home of unusually good flavor combos like bacon-maple and mint-chip donuts, served with cups of organic, fair-trade, locally roasted coffee. It’s northwest of downtown off Santa Rosa St (Hwy 1).