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Best Central Coast Outdoor Dining


Enjoy dining al fresco?  Let yourself be romanced by the sidewalk sounds of a big city or pampered by the peacefulness of a patio garden. Flock to the terrace, deck or boulevard table and share a bite, under the sun, an oversized patio umbrella or the stars. Be it a brunch in the breeze, sunset supper or long lunch, all of it tastes best outside. Visit these restaurants for the best outdoor dining on California's Central Coast.

Custom House American
12/20
Dining Room at Custom House, Avila Beach, CA 404 Front St.
Avila Beach, CA 93424
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Stick to seaside favorites at this oceanfront spot with a view. More...

15 Degrees C Wine Shop & Bar Wine Bar
Quick Bite
624 Main St.
Templeton, CA 93465
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Try local, domestic and international wines, cheeses and other gourmet items at this unpretentious wine bar. More...

The Grill at Hunter Ranch American
12/20
Hunter Ranch Golf Course
4041 E. Hwy. 46
Paso Robles, CA 93446
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Above par (in a good way) golf course fare in the heart of Paso Robles wine country. More...

Indigo Moon California
12/20
1980 Main St.
Cambria, CA 93428
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Café/cheese store/wine bar located in the heart of Cambria. More...

Lido Restaurant California
14/20
Dining Room at Lido Restaurant, Shell Beach, CA Dolphin Bay Resort & Spa
2727 Shell Beach Rd.
Shell Beach, CA 93449
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Dine on California cuisine beside the Pacific Ocean. More...

Luna Red Global
14/20
1023 Chorro St.
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
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Seasonally inspired global fare in the heart of San Luis Obispo. More...

Moonstone Beach Bar & Grill Seafood
11/20
6550 Moonstone Beach Dr.
Cambria, CA 93428
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No beachfront tourist trap, this family-friendly seafood house offers generous portions at reasonable prices. More...

Novo Global
13/20
Dining Room at Novo, San Luis Obispo, CA 726 Higuera St.
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
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An artsy eatery for global dishes from Thailand, Japan and the Mediterranean. More...

Rooster Creek Tavern California
11/20
200 E. Branch St.
Arroyo Grande, CA 93420

A neighborhood spot that’s appropriate for the whole family or for drinks and a nosh after work, plus there are plenty of screens for sports fans. More...

Schooners Wharf American
13/20
Dining Room at Schooners Wharf, Cayucos, CA 171 N. Ocean Ave.
Cayucos, CA 93430

A casual neighborhood spot with views from the upstairs patio and bar. More...

Thomas Hill Organics California
14/20
Dining Room at Thomas Hill Organics, Paso Robles, CA 1305 Park St.
Paso Robles, CA 93446
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Farm-fresh ingredients shine in classically inspired dishes at this popular bistro. More...

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