Lido Restaurant @ Dolphin Bay Resort & Spa
Lido Restaurant @ Dolphin Bay Resort & Spa

Lido Restaurant @ Dolphin Bay Resort & Spa

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.thedolphinbay.com/
  • Phone: 8057738900
  • Hours of Operation:
    Hours
    Breakfast: Monday - Friday: 8am - 11am

    Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 8am - 2pm

    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11am - 2pm

    Bistro: Monday - Sunday: 2pm - 5pm

    Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5pm - 9pm

    Dinner: Friday - Saturday: 5pm - 10pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Californian
  • Executive Chef: Jacob Moss
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Entertainment: Wine Tasting Tuesday 5:30-6:30pm. Sip on some of our local, award winning wines and enjoy live music and gourmet pizzettas... all for only $12 per guest.

    Live Music every Thursday and Friday from 6-9pm

    Sunset Happy Hour offered Weekdays 3-6pm.

    Weekend Champagne Brunch features bottomless Champagne/Mimosas along with a 3 course plated meal.
  • Special Events: We offer event venues that can accommodate groups up to 150 indoors as well as large tent events, for up to 250 guests, overlooking the Ocean. All of our venues offer spectacular views as well as world class cuisine and service.
    Catering@TheDolphinBay.com

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Spyglass Drive
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Complimentary Valet or Self Parking is available
A word from Lido Restaurant @ Dolphin Bay Resort & Spa
Lido Restaurant and Lounge offers breathtaking views of the spectacular Pacific Ocean. Lido features coastal wine country cuisine showcasing local ingredients prepared with world-class culinary style.The menu changes quarterly with the arrival of each new season.

An extensive wine list features local appellations as well as selections from all over the globe. Lido has been awarded the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence for six years in a row. For an evening to remember, we offer a 4-6 course Chef's Tasting menu expertly paired with a diverse selection of wines.

Visit us each weekday for Sunset Happy Hour featuring appetizer and drink specials from 3-6pm or weekends for our Champagne Brunch. Private events are available for groups of 2-250 guests.
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Lido Restaurant @ Dolphin Bay Resort & Spa reviews from OpenTable diners
47 reviews since May 21, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.4
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
86% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (41)great for outdoor dining (33)special occasion (32)romantic (23)notable wine list (22)fit for foodies (20)great for lunch (12)neighborhood gem (10)good for groups (8)kid-friendly (8)great for brunch (7)vibrant bar scene (6)hot spot (2)late-night find (2)Show More
  • Great brunch
    lovebirds
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    We love Dolphin Bay and Lido. All my wife wanted for her birthday was to have brunch here. We were a little disappointed with the Crab Bennedict. My burger was amazing! We were also a little disappointed in the service. At one point I had to track someone down to refresh our drinks. Not the usual service we are accustom to here.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Vacation-anniversary A+ dinner
    Gail
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    So beautiful & yet the food was the main attraction--attentiveness by staff & attentiveness by chef were both wonderful. Presentations were gourmet, sophisticated. Our 2nd visit, and same great experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • High End
    Eugenia
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    High end food, very good service. I just didn't have that many gluten free options though, especially in the dessert menu. Some other restaurants not only provide a separate gluten free menu, but they even use gluten free flour for some of their desserts (if it requires flour). I had one such great experience recently in Ukiah (a small town in Norcal), and I was a bit surprised to not find the same at Lido. Other than that, I loved the place.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Birthday's Celebration
    Dick
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    This restaurant is simply wonderful. We celebrated two birthdays there and had wonderful service, food and view from the outdoor patio. They brought us a terriffic birthday desert and the evening was a success. If you want a great meal with a killer view go at sunset and sit outside in the patio.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pismo Beach Gem
    ParGolfer
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    During a recent trip to Pismo Beach, we had the pleasure of dining at Lido. My husband and I were celebrating our 49th wedding anniversary and Lido staff made sure we were well taken care of and even provided a very special dessert. The servers were excellent. We enjoyed eating there so much we had dinner both nights we were in Pismo. While the staff was different each night, the level of service remained outstanding. Would highly recommend this restaurant and is worth a drive if necessary.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Relaxing Breakfast by the Beach
    winelover24
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    I had been to Lido for breakfast before and thought it was amazing. They did not disappoint when I went back three years later. The service is exceptional, and their pricing for breakfast is incredibly low despite the ocean view. I would highly recommend Lido for any occasion, and I already can't wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our 30th
    30yrtogether
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    From the very start, our special day was acknowledged. Service was top notch (Ashley). The restaurant even did a special dessert for us to honor our 30 years together - very touching. We loved the experience.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great restaurant
    bites2
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Great food, service. The ocean view is so scenic. Very good place to relax and enjoy the food and scenes.Will return
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding Gem
    Paul
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    We picked the perfect restaurant to celebrate our wedding anniversary. The wine, food, service and ambience was perfect. Outstanding chef. We have been here before and will return to the LIDO!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Beautiful Setting
    pasadenamary
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    Drove to central coast to take my Mom and my best friend out to lunch. This was centrally located for the two of them. From the moment we walked in, we had great service. We sat outside on a beautiful day. Our waiter (I cannot remember his name but he had only been there a month and lived in Templeton) was terrific. He was attentive, anticipated our needs, was sweet and nice to my 89 year old Mom and basically made our lunch a fantastic experience. That and the outdoor setting and really good food. They both had the turkey wraps and I had prawn tacos. We would all go back.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent!
    embryant
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Pricey, but worth it! The food was prepared perfectly. The view is incredible. The service second to none.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • SSSHARI
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Fairly pricey menu and the food, nothing to write home about! Will not be eating there again.....
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great place
    bites2
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    The food is very good, the view above the ocean is scenic and serene. The service was excellent.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • BigGreener
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Disorganized, poor service, unprofessional staff clearly in need of adult supervision and training. No bread, even when asked, no follow up pours of wine or water, meat not cooked according to request. No acknowledgement of birthday. Great environment, but will not go back..
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best in Shell Beach
    WONDERFUL
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    Wonderful dining experience on the patio with great views of the ocean!!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • special anniversary dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    The setting is lovely and the views are wonderful. Like being in Hawaii! The service was outstanding. The food was presented with great care and it was interesting. The noise level made it impossible to carry on a conversation without raising our voices. Not the ambience we were looking forward too.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Just NICE!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    I enjoyed Saturday brunch twice so far, love they have Sat brunch instead of just Sunday, and price is right! The service I especially liked you order from the menu and it is served at YOUR own pace, very good food, I'll enjoy it again soon! Zerviah Clapp Shell Beach, CA
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lido Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    Great fish and lots of meat but no vegetables. Dishes come with rice/potatoes but hard to find something green. No sides offered even if you want to order it extra.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 32nd wedding anniversary
    Bruno
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    The food was good but less then perfect. The chef is better then that turning filet mignon diner into southwest version of weirdness.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing Ambiance
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    We went to this restaurant given its relatively good reviews and supposedly "scenic view". You can't really see anything but the hotel pool from the restaurant. If you go outside and walk a bit you can see you are near the ocean up on a hill but from the restaurant, nothing. The service was attentive but seemed to cater to "regulars" than visitors. I would recommend that you try someplace else first.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Location, location & more
    QBwashereVIP
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    Lido has it all, we travel frequently through the area & while it's fun to try other establishments we've been disappointed by comparison so lesson learned, this trip we're reserving a table on our way & on our return through this wonderful central coast location.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • wonderful surprise
    bites2
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    Food was excellent.beautiful day overlooking the ocean. Will return
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Mouthwatering
    foodloverVIP
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    It was absolutely delicious .. Can't wait to go back and order the Moroccan desert again :))
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I must be very spoiled
    IdoLVIP
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    It was not bad, but it seems I am spoiled. The choices are very limited, which is not bad, but the restaurant should also cater to special dietary wishes. The do not. Portions are too big. I still love the Paul Baucuse style. Please make smaller portions or give the option for it.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very gourmet
    HBcook
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    We did the 5 course tasting menu because it all sounded so good. They did a great job of spacing the courses and the presentation was fantastic. My only complaint was that the abalone was pretty small and the halibut was overdone and therefor a little dry. The salmon was good and the lamb chop was fabo!! As was the crepe. ALL of the accompaniments were wonderful which made it hard to stop eating and save room for yet another course. Also, they served an Amuse Bouche, and an Inter Mezzo!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 22 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 21, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.5
    • Food4.5
    • Ambiance4.6
    • Service4.6
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 302 reviews are from the Lido Restaurant @ Dolphin Bay Resort & Spa reviews archive.
  • Unexpected treat!
    Wine2Dine
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Excellent flavors & presentations. Creative, fresh and well balanced ......just perfect and unexpected! Location is great for a post-dinner stroll.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Not as good as usual
    Not2happy
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    Usually the service is good to excellent. Friday night our service was horrible! The Server had a real attitude, unfriendly and full of himself. When we asked him about one of the dishes on the Chefs Tasting Menu we were having he went and got the menu, handed to us, and told us we could look up each dish ourselves as it was served! We've never experienced such poor service! Not to mention we seldom saw him after that, except at the very end of our meal to bring our bill and get his tip. We have eaten at local "dives" and received better service than we got at this upscale Resturant. Shame on the Server, and shame on the Manager to allow this level of service for the prices paid. Great Chef, Terrible Service!!!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for special occasion
    centralcoastfoodie
    Dined on 5/7/2014
    My wife and I celebrated our 20th wedding anniversary at Lido and had a marvelous meal. We both opted for the Chef's Tasting menu, which offered a nice selection and variety of seafood in small enough portions to allow you to eat a 5 course meal. Service was prompt, friendly and helpful, and views from the windows were beautiful. Only improvement we would mention is that the main dining room is basically open without any separating barriers (walls, drapes, etc) between any tables, which eliminated any sense of privacy and on a busy night could make for a less intimate evening. We'll definitely go back for the delicious food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Experience
    Katrina
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    My husband always salts his food not matter what and he did not have to. We had the sampler menu for $65 per person and thought it well worth it. Tried a new Italian white wine that was really good.
    Special Features:
    Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, special occasion, Scenic View, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely Patio Dining
    ComidaVIP
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    My husband and I had a romantic patio dinner. Food was tasty and well-prepared. The ahi crudo was lovely. There was a kitchen mix-up with one of our entrees so we waited for about an hour to get it, but our server was apologetic, brought us extra wine...
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Chad
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    By far best option in the area....from the amazing view to the incredible service! We opted for the chef's tasting menu with wine pairing and everything was amazing. We cant wait to return.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, special occasion, Scenic View
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Brunch at Lido
    hedonist
    Dined on 4/13/2014
    $29 brunch with spectacular ocean view, amazing food and great service has to be the best bargain available anywhere. Oh, did I mention bottomless Mimosas? Our server Jessica was attentive and professional. Todd the manager also came by to check on us. Last but not least the chef, Jacob, come out to make sure we enjoyed our food. My date started with an Ahi tartar that was absolutely delicious while I had 5 plump sweet little oysters from Morro Bay. For our entrees, she had eggs Benedict and crab Benedict for me. Perfectly prepared and delicious. desert was creme brulle for her and the best bread pudding ever for me. Just wow!
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Scenic View, Hot Spot, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Get together
    Uytx234
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    I hosted a dinner for some out of town friends last weekend. The service was impeccable and food was excellent. The executive chef called me personally after hearing that one guest had special dietary needs. This has never happened before in any other restaurant. The servers we're professional and very diligent in accomodating everyone. We had a wonderful time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, scenic view, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Bay Area Cuisine Right in Our Town
    Not2happy
    Dined on 4/10/2014
    My husband and I love great food and a special dining experience. We have traveled out of our area to San Francisco or the Napa Valley because we know those places are a foodies delight. Well after a fantastic dinner, with a breath taking sunset and service to match, our travels will be to our local gem! Don't know how we overlooked this diamond right in our own back yard! Highly recommend this Resturant for a special occasion or a date night out away from the kids.A great place to dine alone or with friends. Our new "FAVE".
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best weekend Brunch!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    Lido has outstanding service and food! They offer the best most modest priced brunch on the central coast!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, notable wine list, kid-friendly, romantic, scenic view, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Romantic Take Away
    Diane
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    Even on a cool April evening this experience consisted of ocean view at sunset with patio heater Fabulous waiter serving great martini's, appetizers, fresh wild caught sea food and to die for dessert. What a wonderful 35th anniversary experience.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Spiker
    Spike
    Dined on 3/30/2014
    Had a great experience here previously, but on this occasion we were disappointed. They were out of the featured ingredient on the highlighted first entrée, drinks were delivered very late, as were such items as additional butter and Parmesan cheese. The restaurant was not crowded which heightened our disappointment. We had touted this restaurant to another couple we had brought there and they and we were less than impressed. I may give it another chance, but not with another couple.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love The Nine Dollar Lunch Specials
    SyrahGirlVIP
    Dined on 3/26/2014
    Fantastic food, didn't charge us a corkage fee when we brought in our own wine, excellent food and during the week you can have lunch for under $10. Excellent food and service, also at Lido! :)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ocean view fine dining if available
    WineDoc
    Dined on 3/24/2014
    We go to this restaurant mostly for special occasions. While last time's tasting menu was a letdown, this season's looked to be outstanding so we thought we'd return and try it. Imagine our disappointment when we sat down, only to be told that the tasting menu (posted online) was not yet available! The manager offered a glass of champagne and suggested we could order the menu items a la carte (but, then, why not the whole tasting menu?!). Determined not to let this disappointment ruin our evening (it was our anniversary), we did cobble together a meal of some of the items which was quite tasty. The standout was the diver scallops, seared perfectly. The homemade pasta needs work, but the sauce was delicious. Wine list: excellent but pricey.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Decent but not exceptional
    FlyguyVIP
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    Great views from outside patio without enough seats there make for a fair dining experience in a somewhat stale inside dining room. A more welcoming and friendly hostess is needed, and better tasting deserts. The waiter asked is for our water preference and we indicated the free flat stuff is fine. We ended up with a $10 charge for a bottle of Evian.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.