Enable JavaScript to run this app.
Skip to main content
OpenTable logo
  1. Home
  2. United States
  3. California Central Coast

Diners' Choice: Best Food restaurants in California Central Coast

Red OpenTable logo
OpenTable
Updated May 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants with the best overall cuisine in California Central Coast? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyzes nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favourite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!


A photo of La Mia Cucina restaurant
4.9
4.9 (950)
$31 to $50
Italian
Pacific Grove
About the restaurant
Stroll along 17th St., between Lighthouse and Laurel and you will find one of the Peninsula’s favorite spots, La Mia Cucina. This little jewel, with its fresh ambiance and tantalizing menu, is popular with everyone. The colorful European advertising posters that enliven the walls, are “originals, not reproductions.” That phrase is accurate in describing La Mia Cucina itself. From the comfortable linen white decor, accented beautifully by those turn-of-the-century posters, to the hand-crafted entrees and desserts, everything about La Mia Cucina says fresh and original. Owner Michael’s specialty, his ravioli dishes, are a renowned local favorite, and for good reason. They are hand made, with all the care that only a lifetime of creative food combining can bring. In addition to pasta, La Mia Cucina is known for it's fresh fish and meat specials. The desserts are made in-house by his wife Paula and daughter Michaela, and the service is personal and inviting.
Top review
Overeater
Dined 5 days ago
Friendly people who welcome you like family. And boy, do they know how to cook.
A photo of Brothers Restaurant at Red Barn restaurant
4.9
4.9 (1284)
$31 to $50
American
Santa Ynez Valley
About the restaurant
The Nichols brothers, Matt & Jeff, grew up in Ames, Iowa where their love of cooking, good food and a sense of family and community was nurtured.

The 2013 opening of their second Santa Barbara Wine Country restaurant, Brothers Restaurant at the Red Barn in Santa Ynez, allows them to offer visitors and locals alike great food, wine and hospitality. The brothers strive to have legendary service, innovative cuisine, and a welcoming and comfortable atmosphere that causes you to return time and again.

As chefs, the brothers continue to experiment with new dishes and cuisine, but always with that “from scratch”, homemade element. Fresh ingredients from local producers, a wine list that showcases the region’s award-winning wines and a comfortable and historically interesting atmosphere that takes you back to the romance of the old west. They want you to feel at home, and experience all the best of Santa Barbara’s Wine Country.

Top review
Emsandboots
Dined 3 days ago
Delicious food, amazing cocktails. Service was great. We came for our anniversary celebration and were very pleased!
A photo of AronHill Vineyards Bistro & Tasting Room restaurant
4.8
4.8 (285)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Templeton
About the restaurant
We are a Paso Robles area winery that offers a wonderful dining experience. At the AronHill Bistro you will enjoy fresh dishes made from seasonal and local ingredients, all paired with stunning hilltop views and even better wines.

The AronHill Bistro & Tasting Room is the Paso Robles wine country’s dining discovery, where you will enjoy fresh dishes made from seasonal and local sources, all paired with estate wines and stunning hilltop views.



Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 6 days ago
Women owned business that provides great food and a beautiful ambiance!
A photo of Pono Pacific Kitchen restaurant
4.9
4.9 (516)
$31 to $50
Pacific Rim
Pismo Beach
About the restaurant
Pono Pacific Kitchen offers Pacific Rim cuisine that focuses on local favorites with a style of cooking and presenting dishes that combines ingredients, influences and techniques from not only Hawaii but also Asia, California and Mexico and the western coasts in general.
Top review
Paulie
Dined 1 day ago
Craig was our waiter. He was very personable and responsive to our requests! Pono is a great restaurant! Good luck! We plan to return!
A photo of Japanese Restaurant Goshi restaurant
4.9
4.9 (526)
$30 and under
Japanese
San Luis Obispo
About the restaurant
Located in the heart of San Luis Obispo downtown, serving authentic Japanese food starting from Sushi and traditional tei-shoku. Don't forget to enjoy soothing sake and Japanese beer!
Top review
Kiwivip
Dined on May 4, 2024
Goshi’s is the best sushi restaurant in SLO county. Great food and a fantastic family business.
A photo of Basil Seasonal Dining restaurant
4.6
4.6 (865)
$31 to $50
Italian
Carmel
About the restaurant
Creative and modern Californian/Mediterranean dining located in the heart of Carmel-by-the-Sea. Our seasonal menu is inspired by the freshest sustainable seafood the Monterey Bay has to offer and the finest organic produce from our local farmers. Compliment your experience with fun and contemporary cocktails as well as an excellent selection of California"s most sophisticated wines. Our menu includes a generous selection of vegetarian dishes as well as gluten free options. We offer outdoor seating that is dog friendly.
Top review
Marie
Dined on May 10, 2024
Excellent service! Delicious Italian food! Our favorite in Carmel.
A photo of Mistura restaurant
4.9
4.9 (1600)
$31 to $50
Peruvian
San Luis Obispo
About the restaurant
The word Mistura brings together the essence of Peru, a vision of its people and cuisine, a wondrous blend of cultures of priceless heritage. Our Mistura is a modern Peruvian restaurant that is as lively as the country and biodiversity it celebrates. Mistura captures the multicultural spirit of Peru, combining its native Incan and Pre-Columbian culinary heritage with the Italian, Spanish, Japanese, and Chinese influences that embody the country's flavorful cuisine. Mistura is an authentic tribute to the diversity of Peruvian food, proposing familiar yet unexpected and adventurous flavors.
Top review
FelipeF
Dined 7 days ago
Upon our arrival, we did not have reservation and the waiter that unfortunately we did not check the name, said we could not be seated due to unavailability. We accessed open table and made a reservation at the same time and came back. The same gentleman said to the hostess he had already told us we could no be seated and she was able to accommodate us as the restaurant was empty at that time. Despite of the initial impression, We were served by Mr Aldo, our entire experience was amazing and the food was magnificent.
Discover more
A photo of Oyster Loft restaurant
4.9
4.9 (3487)
$31 to $50
Seafood
Pismo Beach
About the restaurant
More than a restaurant, Oyster Loft is an experience, where the excellent service is rivaled only by the flavor and beauty of our dishes, upscale cuisine and regional seafood dishes artfully prepared. Dine with sparkling views of Pismo Beach, and enjoy appetizers, seasonal main courses and indulgent sweets.

Oyster Loft boasts a menu rich with fresh fish. Our raw bar features a variety of oysters shucked on the half shell from both the east and west coasts. The menu also includes seafood dishes, shellfish preparations and a selection of meat to round out the offerings. The range of the menu offers you the opportunity to choose your dining experience.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 9, 2024
Far exceeded my expectations Bravo to the chef. Each dish was beautifully prepared. Both the tuna and salmon appetizers were served with super fresh seared fish. Each was delicious. My wife had the Mushrooms Risotto which was not burdened by an overly cheesed sauce. It made the mushrooms and the perfectly prepared risotto the star. My salmon was the best prepared fish dish I’ve had in quite some time. Just delicious. Every single bite. Our waitress was lovely. Highest recommendation
A photo of Il Cortile Ristorante restaurant
4.8
4.8 (3969)
$50 and over
Italian
Paso Robles
About the restaurant
Welcome to Il Cortile Ristorante, Downtown Paso Robles' newest fine dining Italian restaurant. We invite you to join us to enjoy our seasonal menus created with the freshest ingredients available sourced by our surrounding local and regional landscapes by Executive Chef Santos MacDonal, providing a melody of exceptional homemade pastas, fresh seafood, top quality meats and antipasti. A top destination for exquisite wines, picturesque landscapes and beautiful weather, Paso Robles provides the perfect pairing for Il Cortile's rustic Italian fine dining.
Top review
Komredvip
Dined 1 day ago
LOVE LOVE LOVE this restaurant! Particularly, the truffle risotto. Amazing food overall and great service
A photo of Mezzaluna Pasteria & Mozzarella Bar restaurant
4.9
4.9 (1160)
$30 and under
Italian
Pacific Grove
About the restaurant
We are currently open for dine-in and outdoor heated sidewalk/patio.
We are always available for curbside pickup.
Welcome to Mezzaluna Pasteria and Mozzarella Bar. Chef Soerke and Amy invite you in to enjoy daily house made Pasta, Mozzarella and Gelato.
We offer a full bar with specialty cocktails.
Chef’s Specialties include
Buccatini Al’Amatriciana
Linguini alla Vongole
Chicken Sausage Lasagne
Spaghetti Carbonara
Grilled Octopus
Lamb Meatballs
House-made Charcuterie
Gnocchi with Gorgonzola Dolce Sauce & Black Truffle Oil
Little Gem Caesar Salad with Parmigiano Reggiano
Raviloi di Manzo
Pate di Anatra

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 5 days ago
Fast professional service. Fantastic food. Homemade pasta are just delicious. Enjoyed every bite.
Explore Diners' Choice best of California Central Coast
Explore more Diners' Choice lists
  • Privacy Policy
  • Terms of Use
  • Cookies and Interest-Based Ads
  • Cookie Preferences
Copyright © 2024 OpenTable, Inc. 1 Montgomery St Ste 500, San Francisco CA 94104 - All rights reserved.
OpenTable is part of Booking Holdings, the world leader in online travel and related services.
Booking Logo
Priceline Logo
KAYAK Logo
Agoda Logo
OpenTable Logo