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: (805) 773-8900
  • 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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerScenic View
  • Diners' Choice WinnerCalifornian
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Lido Restaurant @ Dolphin Bay Resort & Spa reviews from OpenTable diners
48 reviews since July 27, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.6
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.6
    Noise LevelModerate
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (38)special occasion (34)great for outdoor dining (32)romantic (25)fit for foodies (25)notable wine list (20)good for groups (15)great for lunch (14)great for brunch (12)neighborhood gem (7)hot spot (5)vibrant bar scene (4)kid-friendly (4)late-night find (1)Show More
  • lunch at Lido's
    bites2
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Great place for dining outdoors. The lunch specials are always a surprise and are excellent.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Date Night
    IrvEats
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    This was a great spot for a date night. Our server Brian was extremely knowledgeable of the wine list and menu and really took great care of us.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Upscale food with great service
    FSClovis
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Finding a nice place to eat in the area of Pismo Beach is not as easy as it sounds. There are plenty of casual places with a line around the block. But if you want something nice and elegant, you have very few choices. I have tried the 3 other nice places around and they are all over-priced with sub-par food. Lido was beautiful, elegant, and more importantly the food was wonderful. It is not cheap, but the service was excellent. We happened to be there with the family and they were very accommodating.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Service
    Luvwine
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    We were a party of six & of the six meals two were sent back. One person ordered the salmon which was overcooked, she didn't want to chance a second try so she ordered the filet mignon which she enjoyed. I ordered the filet with roasted cauliflower, the filet was overcooked so it was sent back and was cooked perfectly the second time. The cauflower was in my opinion not edible, it was still quite firm but actually looked and tasted burned. When I mentioned it to the waiter he said well it's roasted. I frequently cook roasted cauliflower and roasted does not equate to burned.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great view
    Soniakai
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    We went for lunch and spent 3 hours just relaxing and enjoying the fantastic view.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Relaxing and inviting.
    EdgerG
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Went for our wedding anniversary. We wet early for dinner so we could watch the sunset out their beach front windows. Our server was attentive as well as knowledgeable of the menu. A wedding reception started outside soon after we arrived. The staff made it special for them without neglecting us and the other guests. We tried the Chef's Tasting Menu ad we were very impressed. The Sea Scallops and soups were delicious as well as elegantly presented. The lamb entreé was fabulous! I would recommend the Lido to anyone who wants a little coast escape for the evening (or stay at the hotel for the weekend!)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lawman11
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Food was fantastic !!! Service made the night a very pleasurable experience !!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dog Friendly and Gourmet!
    LucyandLola
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Lido is very accommodating to out 2 small nervous dogs. We all love this place! Food, drinks, view, and service are all spectacular. The scallops appetizer is amazing. Shrimp tacos at brunch -- I can't wait to order this again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food and Service was Great!
    Lace
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    My husband and I stayed at the resort to celebrate our anniversary and decided to do our anniversary dinner at Lido as well. The service at the restaurant was great. I ordered the halibut and my husband had the rib eye. We both thought the food was really good. We are definitely planning to stay at the resort again and eat at Lido.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tasting Menu Wins!
    SurveyDocVIP
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    Had the good sense to order the chef's tasting menu. Although the interval between courses was a little long, the food was fantastic. The spice-rubbed quail with shaved zucchini was the star attraction. Wine pairings worked very well and portions were ample. A little noisy, but the view at sunset was spectacular. Worth the trip!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 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
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    • 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.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 25 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 27, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.6
    • Food4.6
    • Ambiance4.5
    • Service4.5
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 314 reviews are from the Lido Restaurant @ Dolphin Bay Resort & Spa reviews archive.
  • 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.
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    • 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.
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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
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    • 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
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    • 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
  • 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