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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 a few of these top airy hot spots 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...

Granada Bistro California
13/20
1126 Morro St.
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

Farm-to-table cuisine in an industrial chic bistro with a circa 1920s ambience. 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 golf course fare in the heart of Paso Robles wine country. More...

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

Marisol at The Cliffs Resort Contemporary
13/20
The Cliffs Resort
2757 Shell Beach Rd.
Shell Beach, CA 93449
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This seaside resort celebrates local ingredients with fine dining and a view of the Pacific’s edge. More...

Moonstone Beach Bar & Grill Seafood
12/20
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
14/20
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...

Robin's Restaurant International
14/20
4095 Burton Dr.
Cambria, CA 93428
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You won’t find fusion at Robin’s; instead, everything’s fresh and true to its source, be it Morocco, Singapore or Mexico. 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
1305 Park St.
Paso Robles, CA 93446
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Farm-fresh ingredients shine in inventive dishes from the kitchen and the outdoor wood-burning pizza oven. More...

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