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Diners' Choice: Best Value restaurants in California Central Coast

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Updated May 05, 2024

Looking for the best value restaurants 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 Ellie's Tap & Vine restaurant
4.8
4.8 (603)
$31 to $50
Farm-to-table
Santa Ynez Valley
About the restaurant
Welcome to Ellie's Tap & Vine... Join us for seasonal cuisine, elegant ranch ambiance and great wine! We are Valley to Table dining, working with many local farms and purveyors; We look forward to seeing you soon! Our menu changes regularly, so please feel free to visit our website: www.elliestapandvine.com or follow us on IG and/or FB.

Our restaurant is located in the heart of Santa Ynez. We boast amazing outdoor seating with great views and because it is often a little chilly in the evening, we have heaters. We are also dog and cat friendly.

We know re-adjusting to dining out is a strange experience for everyone and we are all slowly returning. For now, we will be suspending lunch service.


Top review
saralvip
Dined on May 8, 2024
We always have a fabulous experience at Ellie’s! The deviled eggs were delicious and we both had the lobster roll which was such a treat! The staff was wonderful and the owner Joy is fantastic! My favorite place in Santa Ynez! Every dish I’ve ordered has been great, but we especially love the filet, short rib, crab cake and fish.
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 Petros Restaurant at Petros Winery restaurant
4.9
4.9 (872)
$30 and under
Mediterranean
Los Olivos
About the restaurant
Our menu is a combination of the best ingredients that Greece and California cuisine have to offer. We import olive oil, feta, honey, oregano and wines from Greece, the freshest organic vegetables from our farms in Los Olivos and wineries of our great state. Quality, simplicity, healthy and tasty food is the creation of that combination. Enjoy.
Top review
JP023
Dined 6 days ago
Great relaxing place to get a bite to eat while tasting.
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 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 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 Cafe Roma - San Luis Obispo restaurant
4.8
4.8 (1678)
$31 to $50
Italian
San Luis Obispo
About the restaurant
For over four decades, the Rizzo family has been serving authentic Italian cuisine in San Luis Obispo. At Café Roma, you can indulge in homemade pastas, wood-fired pizza, and fresh seafood. Don't miss classic dishes like Osso Buco with Saffron Risotto, shortrib pappardelle, and Bistecca alla Fiorentina.

Inside Café Roma and you'll feel like you've been transported to Italy. From the vintage Italian bike hanging above the bar to the Murano glass chandeliers and Tuscan murals, every detail has been thoughtfully curated to celebrate Italian culture.

Pair your meal with one of the many wines on Café Roma's extensive list, which changes monthly to include new and exciting Central Coast and Italian finds.

Café Roma is a popular destination for locals, vintners, families, travelers, and professionals alike. Whether you're looking for a romantic date night spot or a gathering place for friends and family, you'll find it here.

Top review
Slocat
Dined 5 days ago
Always excellent t experience at Cafe Roma, from cocktails to salads and entrees paired with a good wine! Great service from Christine!
A photo of Mama's Meatball restaurant
4.8
4.8 (1109)
$30 and under
Italian
San Luis Obispo
About the restaurant
There are many Italian Restaurants in San Luis Obispo, but if you're looking for a truly authentic Italian dining experience, then you should consider Mama's Meatball Restaurant. Rated among the best San Luis Obispo restaurants, Mama's Meatball uses the freshest, quality ingredients grown locally to create some of the most outstanding dishes you could find in San Luis Obispo eateries. For your convenience, Mama's Meatball offers dine-in, takeout and delivery service. Mama's Meatball is one of the few restaurants near Mission San Luis Obispo, and a block away from hotels in downtown San Luis Obispo to offer private dining options and banquet accommodations for corporate parties and family celebrations. Click here to request a quote for your next private event. Check Out Charity Water! https://www.charitywater.org/mamas-meatball
Top review
DanaF
Dined 6 days ago
Wonderful food, good service, noise level not bad! We had a great time!
A photo of Catch restaurant
4.6
4.6 (449)
$30 and under
Seafood
Carmel
About the restaurant
Welcome to Catch!.
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Top review
DavidD
Dined 2 days ago
Great Restaurant! We had the prawns& sautéed calamari for apps & both were great. For dinner I had the Sanddabs and my wife had the Halibut. Both dishes were excellent. We finished with the Bread Pudding which was also excellent. Service was impeccable. This was a perfect dining experience.
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