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Diners' Choice: Neighbourhood gem restaurants in California Central Coast

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Updated April 05, 2024

Looking for the best restaurants that are the best neighbourhood gems 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 Japanese Restaurant Goshi restaurant
4.9
4.9 (523)
$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
SLOKay
Dined 5 days ago
We've come here for years and it's the best sushi in SLO county!
A photo of Mezzaluna Pasteria & Mozzarella Bar restaurant
4.9
4.9 (1144)
$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
luisU
Dined 2 days ago
Food and service was excellent!! We will definitely come back soon
A photo of Leonardo Ristorante & Pizzeria restaurant
4.8
4.8 (1274)
$31 to $50
Italian
Solvang
About the restaurant
Highly anticipated opening by Chef Leonardi Curti.
Top review
Vincevip
Dined 7 days ago
Leonardo’s has the most delicious Italian food. The specials are always excellent. We love it!
A photo of Le Soufflé restaurant
4.7
4.7 (412)
$50 and over
French
Carmel
About the restaurant
**WE HAVE SWITCHED TO LUNCH SERVICE M-F STARTING AT 11:30AM** WE ARE LOCATED IN CARMEL, CALIFORNIA, USA - INTIMATE INDOOR DINING ROOM CAN ACCOMMODATE PARTIES UP TO 4 GUESTS- MENU CHANGES SEASONALLY- SEE WEBSITE FOR CURRENT MENU**

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Le Soufflé is a fine dining restaurant serving a traditional French soufflé lunch menu. Everything is exclusively prepared by our Executive Chef/Co-Owner creating a very unique and finely crafted dining experience. The wine list offers a selection of wines from exquisite boutique producers in France and are all available by the glass or bottle. Our guests can look forward to an elegant escape when they step into our intimate and luxurious dining room. We are located on Dolores Street, just two blocks off Ocean Avenue in the beautiful village of Carmel-by-the-Sea.

Top review
MyrnaGvip
Dined on Mar 23, 2024
A different delicious culinary experience. A must.
A photo of Treehouse Cafe restaurant
4.7
4.7 (194)
$31 to $50
Global, International
Carmel
About the restaurant
Treehouse Cafe offers global fare in Carmel-by-the-Sea.
Top review
Nancy
Dined 6 days ago
The food is great, servers are very friendly and efficient, owner is very friendly and conversive. It's great dining outside and the heaters provided just the right amount of warmth in the evening. My husband and I split a Caesar salad and the paella and they were delicious. The bread and oil combo are also very tasty.
A photo of Corazon Comedor restaurant
4.7
4.7 (142)
$31 to $50
Mexican
Santa Barbara
About the restaurant
Corazon Comedor emerged from the longing of nostalgic food from the streets, markets, and homes of Mexico. We look forward to bringing this experience in each dish.
Top review
RoNo
Dined 3 days ago
Good food, great service. Appetizer portion (guacamole) was tiny. Food was tasty and fresh.
A photo of Arnoldi's Cafe restaurant
4.6
4.6 (733)
$31 to $50
Italian
Santa Barbara
About the restaurant
Oldest Italian restaurant in Santa Barbara! We have two bocce courts on our patio with outdoor dining. Lots of pasta, steaks, salads, chicken dishes and homemade desserts...extensive Italian wine and local wine on our wine list...indoor or outdoor seating. We are a true local's secret and kid friendly.Open dinner 7 days a week! We also host rehearsal dinners, wedding receptions, and large birthday parties.We also host kid's birthday parties during the weekends, bring in a jumper, music, popcorn machine and face painters!
Top review
KaityS
Dined on Apr 7, 2024
Simon was an amazing server! He made our experience perfect. After so many years of not going to Arnoldis we will be back soon because of our server Simon.
A photo of Fishwife - Pacific Grove restaurant
4.6
4.6 (774)
$30 and under
Seafood
Pacific Grove
About the restaurant
Fishwife offers a menu of award-winning American cuisine with a Caribbean accent since 1986. With many daily specials, fresh Seafood as well as homemade pastas and dishes for children, there is something for everyone. Daily specials spotlight fresh catch and seasonal fish. Desserts are homemade as well. The atmosphere is casual with a FULL BAR and friendly service, making it a great place to visit with groups and family. Just a short walk from Asilomar Beach and Conference Center. Some of the most popular dishes are Clam chowder, Calamari, Alfredo Combo, Green Lip Mussels, Barramundi and famous homemade Key lime pie. You can also enjoy surf and turf or gluten-free options like the vegetarian bowl.

Top review
MonicaQ
Dined on Mar 30, 2024
The restaurant and service has consistently been superb. I’ve been going there for thirty years and it’s always a good experience.
A photo of Rosine's Restaurant restaurant
4.6
4.6 (436)
$30 and under
American
Monterey
About the restaurant
Rosine's Restaurant turns traditional American comfort food into an art form. This local family-owned and operated casual dining restaurant has been open for 43+ years. The Culcasi family, owners of Rosine's, have received a bit of national fame as it has appeared on Guy Fieri's show "Diners, Drive-ins and Dives". Rosine's offers indoor and outdoor (pet friendly) dining serving breakfast, lunch, dinner and weekend brunch, beer wine and signature craft cocktails. Breakfast offers include Eggs Benedicts, Omelets and a variety of other breakfast specialities. As for lunch and dinner, there is a mix of American and Italian dishes. Some of the most popular dishes on the menu include their Beef Minestrone soup, Chicken Parmesan and Lasagna. Scrumptious sandwiches, fresh salads and burgers are also elevated. They are known world wide for their award-winning house made desserts. A consistent winner with the locals for Best Comfort Food, Best Family Restaurant, Best Desserts + more.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Mar 31, 2024
The restaurant is always loud, but being seated near the kitchen makes it worse. It was almost impossible to hear our table mates at times, and the constant flow of servers was distracting. Our server was fantastic, and the food was delicious, as always!
A photo of Alvarado On Main - Salinas restaurant
4.4
4.4 (66)
$31 to $50
American
Monterey
About the restaurant
Alvarado on Main is an art deco styled restaurant will revitalize the elegant feel of the 1930s in the center of beautiful Oldtown Salinas. Within its walls, a modern sense of craft beer will be combined with a concentration on fresh and local cuisine that speaks to the Salinas Valley.
Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined on Mar 31, 2024
This was such a cool place! The ambiance is incredible and the food/drinks were great! 10/10 would recommend and look forward to our next visit!
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