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Diners' Choice: Best Service restaurants in California Central Coast

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Updated May 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants with the best service 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 Olivella - Ojai Valley Inn restaurant
4.8
4.8 (426)
$50 and over
Californian
Ojai
About the restaurant
Ojai Valley Inn’s signature dinner restaurant, Olivella, holds the Forbes Travel Guide Four Star and Wine Spectator Best of Award of Excellence designations. Chef Andrew Foskey is proud to present a seasonally driven menu with a commitment to valley-grown ingredients and techniques inspired by Italian tradition. As a complement to our cuisine, the award-winning wine program showcases expertly curated discoveries and classic bottlings from notable California and Italian producers.

Guests are invited to enjoy our multi course dining experience starting at $125/ person, plus tax and gratuity. Please note that a la carte dining is not available.

We kindly ask that any updates or cancellation to your reservation be made no less than 24 hours prior. Should you not cancel your reservation within 24 hours, or do not arrive for your reservation, you will be subject to a fee of $75 per person.

In keeping with the atmosphere, Olivella is intended for guests 10 years and older.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 6 days ago
I had a hard time finding much info on social media, etc about Olivella, so I was honestly a little hesitant! But you can never go wrong with the Ojai Valley Inn. the food, ambience and view was incredible! Their menu consists of a 4 course meal at $150/person or $250/person with wine pairing. It was truly a wonderful place and will definitely be back again! Thank you to our wonderful server who made our anniversary an experience!
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 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 First & Oak at the Mirabelle Inn restaurant
4.8
4.8 (1149)
$50 and over
Californian
Solvang
About the restaurant
We are excited to welcome you to First & Oak! We offer outdoor seating on our heated patio & inside our intimate dining rooms. At the time of reservation, you will select standard (indoor) or outdoor seating. Please be mindful regarding the weather, it tends to get chilly as the night goes on.

Seating is limited, a credit card is required & will only be charged for cancellations. Please allow us a minimum of 24 hours prior to avoid any cancelation fees.

We offer two dining experiences: traditional a la carte or a Chef's Five Course Tasting Menu. When reserving, please choose which experience you would prefer & let us know of any dietary restrictions. We look forward to welcoming you!

First and Oak is located inside the Mirabelle Inn, & was awarded a Michelin Plate designation in 2022. We offer a seasonally-inspired menu that highlights local & organic ingredients prepared in a thoughtful manner. Our dining room operates with the mindset of warm compassionate attentive service.

Top review
ElenaRvip
Dined 6 days ago
Such a delicious experience! 5 courses with a wine pairing, well worth it. One of the only times I’ve left full after a coursed dinner. Most of my past experiences have had very skimpy plates. Not here though. They did an amazing job 👏🏼
A photo of Stonehouse at San Ysidro Ranch restaurant
4.9
4.9 (2311)
$50 and over
Contemporary American
Santa Barbara
About the restaurant
Located in a 19th-century citrus packing house, the Stonehouse Restaurant features a relaxing lounge with full bar service and a separate dining room with a crackling fireplace and creek side views. Chef Matthew Johnson evocative regional cuisine is prepared with a palate of herbs and vegetables harvested from the Ranch’s organic chef’s garden.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 7 days ago
Exceptional service and food. What we liked most is also how low the music was. Thank you
A photo of Il Tegamino restaurant
4.8
4.8 (1017)
$31 to $50
Italian
Carmel
About the restaurant
We are open for outdoor dining only where we do have awnings and heaters. Dressing for dining al fresco is still recommended.

We have socially distanced all our tables and require masks as per law. Masks are required at check in and when speaking to staff.

As a result of social distancing, our already small capacity is extremely limited. Cancellations and requested changes should be e-mailed in advance to info@iltegamino.com. We respectfully remind guests that we strictly enforce our cancellation/no show policy. Cancellations and changes with less than 24 hrs notice and no shows are charged a $25/person fee. Our grace period for reservation arrival is 5 minutes.

Due to Il Tegamino's close proximity to Portabella Restaurant, please make sure you are at the correct place upon arrival! This is the guest responsibility and you will be marked as a no-show and charged accordingly if you miss a reservation due to being at the incorrect restaurant We appreciate your understanding.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 10, 2024
Great smaller place for a wonderful meal. Treated like family. Our main courses were the ragu and special fish of the day. Both excellent in taste and presentation. Make reservations and select inside our outside based on weather. Will go here again when in town!
A photo of Cafe Fina restaurant
4.6
4.6 (534)
$30 and under
Seafood
Monterey
About the restaurant
We personally welcome you to Café Fina. My family and I have been serving diners on Monterey’s Fisherman’s Wharf since 1989. We specialize in Italian cuisine, make our pastas and raviolis in house, grow our own seasonal organic home-grown vegetables, and serve a variety of only the freshest seafood from the Monterey Bay. Our wood-burning oven prepares excellent pizza, and the quaint Italian decor and ocean views make dining at Cafe Fina a memorable experience.


Café Fina is a full-service fine dining restaurant, serving lunch and dinner. In addition to our award winning food,we also feature a wide variety of wines, including the best of our local wines, the finest wines that Napa valley has to offer, and a fine selection of Italian wines. Dominic’s cooking has enabled Café Fina to be the sole caterer for John Madden’s induction ceremony into the Football Hall of Fame in 2006 and has earned him visits from Rachel Ray and other TV stars.
I hope to see you soon

Top review
PaubloB
Dined 7 days ago
We had oysters, clam chowder, veal piccata and pesto prawns with penne pasta. All were delicious. The oysters were large and flavorful. The clam chowder was rich & creamy. The veal was tender and delicious. I would have liked more basil flavor in the prawns dish however it was very tasty also. We had a cabernet sauvignon and a pinot noir. Both were excellent. A good value. The view from the upstairs dining room was wonderful.
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.
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 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!
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