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Diners' Choice: Californian restaurants in California Central Coast

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Updated May 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants with the best overall Californian cuisine in California Central Coast? You’re in the right place. Each month OpenTable analyses more than 400,000 new diner reviews. We sort the results by category to help you discover new favourites. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!


A photo of Cella restaurant
4.8
4.8 (101)
$50 and over
Californian
Monterey
About the restaurant
Discover CELLA Restaurant + Bar at Cooper Molera Adobe in Downtown Monterey. Step into a sleek, historic venue with a heated pergola and stunning local woodwork. General Manager Bernabe DeLuna leads an exceptional wine program with a remarkable staff. Savor seasonal cocktails and mocktails crafted by Barkeep Joshua Perry. Chef Ben Spungin & Chef Cal Stamenov create an ever-changing menu inspired by the bountiful central coast. Join us and experience the neighborhood's culinary gem!
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
Always a pleasure visiting the crew at Cella. Wonderful hospitality and food. Highly recommend asking them to pair wine with your entrees. Always 10/10!
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 Nella Kitchen and Bar restaurant
4.7
4.7 (972)
$31 to $50
Californian
Santa Ynez Valley
About the restaurant
Opened in August 2020, Nella Kitchen & Bar offers fresh, modern California cuisine and focuses on 'Roman Pinsas'.
Meals are served on the front porch overlooking Grand Ave where guests are warmly welcomed, or in the cozy Dining Room which also has a private Wine Room that can host family seating and private parties.
Cocktails are focused on classics and served in the Lounge with a lot of bar seating.
As much as we love pets, we only allow service animals at Nella, thank you for understanding.

Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 2 days ago
The food was outstanding and Forrest took excellent care of us! Great experience!
A photo of Barbareño restaurant
4.8
4.8 (1738)
$31 to $50
Californian
Santa Barbara
About the restaurant
At Barbareño we seek to help further shape and define Central Coast cuisine. We take our inspiration from traditions and specialties of our area, delicacies unique to our region, and the many outstanding purveyors with whom we are so fortunate to work. In all of our efforts, we hope to capture the essence of a particular place or local flavor, embracing the nuances that make our food and drink unique to our home.

Top review
SBDanvip
Dined 2 days ago
It had been a couple years since we had last been to Barbareno as we moved away and don't get back to SB very often. They did not disappoint as it was still first class and friendly with top notch service and food. Maybe even better if that is possible. We tried a new dish made with fresh Halibut caught in the local waters served sashimi style - it was amazing! The wine list never disappoints so always good to explore!
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 Stokes Adobe Restaurant restaurant
4.8
4.8 (609)
$31 to $50
Californian
Monterey
About the restaurant
Stokes Adobe is a new restaurant located in one of Old Monterey’s historic adobe homes. The menu offers chef driven seasonally inspired California cuisine. The bar and cozy outdoor fire pits offer classic cocktails, wines by the glass and local beers.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 1 day ago
Our meal at Stokes Adobe was very nice. We ate light and split a salad and wood fired pizza. The broccoli and cheddar salad was really good and the pizza was fine. My only minor complaint is that it took a really long time to get our pizza and the restaurant wasn’t very crowded.
A photo of Grasing's restaurant
4.7
4.7 (2907)
$31 to $50
Californian
Carmel
About the restaurant
DINING UPDATE: Please call restaurant if desired reservation is not available online.
Grasing's is open for indoor dining and limited outdoor dining (weather permitting). Please note if stairs are an issue for any guest. Please continue to visit our website a https://grasings.com for menu updates, holiday offerings and special events.

Grasing’s, located in downtown Carmel-by-the-Sea, lies along the Pacific Coast in Central California in Monterey County. Celebrity chef partners, Kurt Grasing and Narsai David, truly created a gem. From friendly and professional service, an award winning wine list and seasonally inspired cocktails to the fresh and sustainable local ingredients.

Please contact the restaurant to request dog friendly patio seating.

Top review
WilliamCvip
Dined 3 days ago
Great food and an amazing wine offering. The food was delivered very quickly after we ordered. Sadly, our server seemed to forget about us two or three times. Maybe it was our table location??
A photo of Lucia Restaurant & Bar - Bernardus Lodge & Spa restaurant
4.7
4.7 (939)
$50 and over
Californian
Carmel Valley
About the restaurant
Lucia features California-regional cuisine with local organic, seasonal produce as well as regional seafood and artisan farmed meats. Taking full advantage of the resort’s pastoral location, the new design artfully combines modern comforts with the natural elegance of Carmel Valley wine country. In addition to the signature fireplace, custom chairs, linens and drapery have added texture and depth while bringing elements of the outdoors inside. A cozy outdoor terrace with firepit and heaters also complements the main dining room.

The Forbes four-star restaurant has been named Zagat’s “Top Restaurant in the Bay Area” and received Wine Spectator magazine’s “Best of Award of Excellence” since 2001 for its wine cellar. The cellar houses 1,850 different wines and a total of more than 25,000 premium bottles, including 10,000 bottles from nearby Bernardus Winery.

Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 4 days ago
Great view and great food 🥘 definitely be back . the beef is amazing
A photo of Bouchon - Santa Barbara restaurant
4.8
4.8 (5215)
$31 to $50
Californian
Santa Barbara
About the restaurant
We are delighted to have added additional outdoor seating but Santa Barbara nights are chilly so bring a sweater or light jacket!

Fresh, local ingredients, prepared with care. Excellent wines that reflect the quality and character of our region and work in concert with the cuisine. Warm, inviting ambiance, service at a relaxed, leisurely pace. Santa Barbara ‘Wine Country Cuisine’ means we source our ingredients using an ‘as-fresh-and-as-local-as-possible’ approach, with fish from the Santa Barbara Channel and produce from the surrounding countryside. We then take into account how these flavors can be presented in concert with our local wines. We believe you’ll taste the difference. Bon Appètit!

Top review
JasmineJ
Dined 2 days ago
Such a fun and delicious experience all around!!!
A photo of Gardens of Avila Restaurant restaurant
4.6
4.6 (895)
$31 to $50
Californian
San Luis Obispo
About the restaurant
The Gardens Restaurant at Sycamore Mineral Springs Resort, a favorite spot for locals as well as travelers, is situated in a beautiful garden setting in the Avila Valley. Savor the flavors of the award-winning contemporary coastal cuisine inspired by the surrounding local wine country.
Top review
SLOBillvip
Dined 6 days ago
Love the restaurant, love the setting, love the food, and love the service. Dana is awesome. HOWEVER... This was a "night before Mother's Day" dinner with my wife, our son, and his wife. We had early (5:30) Open Table reservations and specifically requested "quiet location". The host insisted on seating us IN THE BAR, RIGHT NEXT TO THE BAR AND SERVICE DOOR!!!!! When we asked about the main dining room, with all the windows that look out onto the "Gardens of Avila", appropriate for the "special occasion" that was included in the reservation, he just said "nah, that room is getting pretty filled". WHAT!!!!! BIG BUMMER! Still give them five stars but we'll only return on a weeknight so we can sit where we prefer.
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