California Central Coast American Restaurants

California Central Coast American Restaurants
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Pacific's Edge Restaurant
American | Carmel
106 reviews

Perched high atop a granite cliff overlooking Point Lobos State Reserve, migrating whales may be seen from every table in the dining room. USA Today selected us as "One of the Top 10 Restaurants in America With a View." Sunsets here are so spectacular that the entire dining room often breaks out in spontaneous applause. Pair a bottle of Domaine Bertagna Vougeot Clos de la Perriere with our Maple Glazed Smoked Duck Breast with Duck Confit and Strawberry-Rhubarb Chutney. We have just been awarded Zagat Restaurants' Guide "Best Decor" award for the entire greater Bay Area, including Napa, San Francisco, Monterey and Carmel. Amber mica lanterns, Santa Lucia fir beams and granite boulder walls evoke the local mood of the Big Sur rugged coast and mountains. This is the premier place for a special occasion when people like to dress up, look their best, and go somewhere they shall always remember. Come delight your senses in a magical setting.

Passionfish
Seafood | Pacific Grove
317 reviews

Passionfish offers a unique California dining experience with serious food and wine in a fun and casual atmosphere. The ever-changing menu features the freshest, sustainable seafood, slow-cooked meats, organic greens and delectable desserts, all complemented by an award winning wine list priced nearly retail and well below what you've come to expect. Passionfish is owned and operated by Chef Ted Walter and his wife Cindy Walter. They are vocal advocates for sustainable seafood education and were the first officially certified 'Green' restaurant in Monterey County.

Wine Cask - Santa Barbara
American | Santa Barbara
48 reviews

The Wine Cask Restaurant, Intermezzo Bar Cafe, Private Dining, and MWC Tasting Room.

1833
Californian | Monterey
170 reviews

1833 is located at the historic Stokes Adobe house. We have reinvented this landmark to offer modern, sophisticated yet casual American dining.

Montrio Bistro
Californian | Monterey
156 reviews

Located in the heart of downtown Monterey, Montrio Bistro offers a comfortable yet classic dining experience, featuring fine European inspired-American cuisine. For the past 15 years, Chef Baker’s resolve to showcase sustainable seafood, fine quality meat, and Monterey County’s best produce in all of his dishes has made this renovated 1910 firehouse a local favorite. We feature a variety of appetizers, award-winning small bites, enticing entrees, and indulgent seasonal desserts made by our in house pastry chef. Choose from GM Kathy Solley’s extensive wine list, or try one of our signature cocktails by Anthony Vitacca. Montrio’s sophisticated, yet comfortable atmosphere attracts locals and passerbys alike with our great Happy Hour, Dinner and a Movie, and Sunday's Half-Priced Wine Night. Come see what everyone is talking about! Located just half a block from the Monterey Marriott and Conference Center, Montrio Bistro is the ideal venue for private parties, events, or meetings

Beach House Restaurant at Lovers Point
Californian | Pacific Grove
280 reviews

Casual California dining overlooking scenic and historic Lovers Point Beach.

Hitching Post II
Steakhouse | Buellton
197 reviews

Here, on the Central Coast of California, BBQ has always meant grilling over an open fire of red oak, a style of cooking that is native to our area and goes back to the days of the Spanish Rancheros. By combining the old and the new, we have created an exciting cuisine with outstanding steaks, ribs and chicken, along with fresh fish and seafood and vegetarian options. We also create our own (world class) wines for sale in the restaurant and to the public. Hartley Ostini Hitching Post Wines have garnered an excellent reputation. Try them here or purchase on our website for your enjoyment at home.

Now featuring Hitching Post Burgers in the HP Sidebar Mondays - Wednesdays! Oak-grilled 1/2 pound ground sirloin on homemade cheese bun with our famous french fries for just $12.

Root 246 at Hotel Corque
Californian | Solvang
62 reviews

One of the most unforgettable dining experiences in Santa Barbara wine country featuring the ultimate in farm-to-table cuisine.

Local ingredients with world-class cuisine -American through and through. An innovative and artful cuisine, that comes with organic, local indulgence and connection.

Tarpy's Roadhouse
American | Monterey
106 reviews

Relax in this 1917 Roadhouse and enjoy creative, Five Star American Country Cuisine. The wood-burning grill provides wonderful flavors for wild game, the freshest seafood and prime steaks. Set on five landscaped acres, the patios and extensive gardens provide a refreshing backdrop for hearty sandwiches, vegetarian entrees and tempting salads. This restaurant in Monterey has seven private and semi-private rooms available for banquets, meetings and celebrations. The full bar, award-winning wine list and knowledgeable professional service ensure a terrific dining experience. Reservations are recommended. Tarpy's also offers affordable full-service, off-site catering.

Finch & Fork: Corner Grill Cocktails
American | Santa Barbara
105 reviews

Finch & Fork is a Modern American Bar and Grill centrally located on the corner of Carrillo and Chapala streets in the heart of Santa Barbara’s vibrant downtown. Chef James Siao draws inspiration from the vibrant local ingredients located in the area including local fishers, farmers and ranchers to craft an ingredient driven menu of delectable social plates and soul satisfying larger plates all meant to be served with artisanal wines, craft cocktails and great beers in the warm embrace of our convivial bar and dining room.

Finch & Fork’s bar program focuses on cocktails that are fresh, light and approachable. Santa Barbara’s most forward thinking mixologists; work their magic on clear spirit classics like the Moscow Mule and Bramble but also pay homage to the whisky classics like the Manhattan and Build Your Own Smash- you name the fresh fruit, the spirit and we build it in a mason jar at your table.

Mattei's Tavern
American | Santa Ynez Valley
47 reviews

As seen in Santa Barbara Magazine's Annual Best of 2014 Issue...

The new Mattei's Tavern is a discovery, interpretation, and definition of Santa Barbara cuisine and spirit, sourcing local ingredients from Santa Barbara County and the Pacific Ocean. Chef/Partner Robbie Wilson celebrates the product and artisans of the Santa Ynez Valley.

Turn 12 Bar And Grill
American | Monterey
18 reviews

Turn 12 Bar and Grill waved the green flag on October 1, 2013. The modern and sporty decor surround a spectacular 50 foot custom zinc bar top with tire tread inlay. Vintage motorcycles, historic racing artwork, and multiple televisions capture your attention upon entering. With a menu that serves a little of everything, from steaks and pasta, to pizza, burgers and salads Turn 12 is a casual American Bar and Grill with something for everyone.


The name Turn 12 is related to the famous Laguna Seca Raceway that has 11 turns and meant to invite guests to visit us at the corner of Tyler and Franklin as the last turn of the day.

Alex Madonna’s Gold Rush Steak House, at Madonna Inn
Steakhouse | San Luis Obispo
113 reviews

Located at the World famous Madonna Inn, Alex Madonna's Gold Rush Steak House is unforgettable. Featuring outstanding steaks barbequed over a one-of-a-kind oak wood pit, a superb wine list, decadent Black Forest cake and outstanding service. Our menu includes a variety of fresh fish, Australian lobster, and barbequed or fried chicken dishes. The Silver Bar offers an assortment of specialty drinks along with appetizers. The Gold Rush Steak House is an award winning restaurant and recipient of the 2007 Beef Backers Award for outstanding beef entrees. We provide musical entertainment 5 days a week. Ask about our specialty packages and review our website www.madonnainn.com for holiday activities and specials…including our annual New Years Eve Party Package! For further information please call our reservations office.

Stella Mare's
French | Santa Barbara
33 reviews

French country bistro...Between Montecito and Santa Barbara, Stella Mare's Bistro is located in a historic Victorian home overlooking the Bird Refuge. French country cuisine rules the menu, with dishes like coq au vin, cassoulet, and moules frites. Sip seasonal cocktails amid cozy décor -- all the right ingredients for a great dining experience. Bon appétit!

Brothers Restaurant at Red Barn
American | Santa Ynez Valley
76 reviews

The Nichols brothers, Matt & Jeff, grew up in Ames, Iowa where their love of cooking, good food and a sense of family and community was nurtured.

The 2013 opening of their second Santa Barbara Wine Country restaurant, Brothers Restaurant at the Red Barn in Santa Ynez, allows them to offer visitors and locals alike great food, wine and hospitality. The brothers strive to have legendary service, innovative cuisine, and a welcoming and comfortable atmosphere that causes you to return time and again.

As chefs, the brothers continue to experiment with new dishes and cuisine, but always with that “from scratch”, homemade element. Fresh ingredients from local producers, a wine list that showcases the region’s award-winning wines and a comfortable and historically interesting atmosphere that takes you back to the romance of the old west. They want you to feel at home, and experience all the best of Santa Barbara’s Wine Country.

Succulent Cafe
American | Solvang
42 reviews

Succulent Cafe is a family owned business that focuses on hand-crafted and local artisan products. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, they feature buttermilk biscuit sandwiches at breakfast, gourmet sandwiches and salads at lunch and appetizers, entrees and desserts at dinner. They have a number of hand crafted goods available including pickles and pickled vegetables, jams and jellies and artisan salts. They feature culinary baskets available for gifts and have a great selection of local wines. Their specialty is house cured meats and they feature a variety of farmstead cheeses all from the West Coast all available at the Charcuterie Bar. Food at breakfast and lunch is available to go. They also provide catering services and have a list of cheese & charcuterie platters, box lunches and sandwich platters.

Sides Hardware and Shoes - A Brothers Restaurant
American | Santa Ynez Valley
64 reviews

Named for its original storefront, Sides Hardware and Shoes serves new American comfort food. You'll experience excellent service and phenomenal cuisine in this casual Los Olivos scene.

Lido Restaurant @ Dolphin Bay Resort & Spa
Californian | Pismo Beach
34 reviews

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.

Benchmark Eatery
American | Santa Barbara
Reviews coming soon

A locals eatery for the Santa Barbara.

Arlington Tavern
American | Santa Barbara
47 reviews

Arlington Tavern brings the traditional tavern experience to modern day, in a contemporary atmosphere.

Chef Ron True serves his hand-crafted, farm fresh take on American Tavern classics, using the best local ingredients he can get his hands on.

Cozy tables set amongst red leather booths, exposed brick walls and a buzzing open kitchen set the scene for modern comfort cuisine at its best. Patio seating allows guests to enjoy dinner and drinks outside all year long.

Signature dishes include AT Fried Chicken, Lamb Shank, Crispy Pork Belly, AT Burger made with Rancho San Julian Beef and crowd-favorite Mac & Cheese.

Cass House Inn & Restaurant
American | Cayucos
26 reviews

The Cass House features five luxuriously appointed guest rooms and an intimate dining room that is open for dinner, both of which are housed in the meticulously restored home of Cayucos’ founder, Captain James Cass. The ornamental, culinary and entertaining gardens that surround the house are available for events or leisurely wandering and admiring. The Cass House is an ideal retreat for unwinding and enjoying the relaxed lifestyle and beautiful scenery of California’s Central Coast.

Cannery Row Brewing Company
American | Monterey
17 reviews

Enjoy more than 70 rock star beers, great burgers, steaks and seafood. This historic building is everything you want it to be - cool setting, lots of TV's and a sound track that came from your own music collection.

Copper Café and Bakery, at Madonna Inn
American | San Luis Obispo
27 reviews

The Copper Café is popular with tourists and locals alike for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, all served in a continental atmosphere. Elaborate wood carvings, red leather seats, and hand-painted walls create a charming, old-world experience.

Adjacent to the Copper Café, guest enjoy the Madonna Inn Bakery featuring world-famous cakes, pies, cookies, along with French and Danish pastries, all made daily with the finest ingredients.

Maravilla - Ojai Valley Inn & Spa
Californian | Ojai
1 review

Our style of food is inspired by the abundant natural diversity and rich ingredients of our valley and local California region. We are fortunate to have our own two acre chef's garden. In addition to the bounty that surrounds us, we are also within miles of the finest wineries in Central California. Our Mediterranean climate allows for a year round growing season.

Harbor Restaurant
Seafood | Santa Barbara
48 reviews

It's always smooth sailing at the Harbor Restaurant, featuring exquisite dining and Santa Barbara's most spectacular ocean views. Come join us for the freshest seafood and USDA Prime steaks, tender prime rib, cocktails and an award winning wine list featuring local and imported wines, all served in the area's most romantic setting and best place to watch the sun set.

Big Sur River Inn
Californian | Big Sur
15 reviews

Renew your spirit at the Big Sur River Inn"s full service restaurant and bar. Enjoy a fabulous breakfast, lunch or dinner in the historic dining room, or outside on the deck, the lawn, or along the banks of the Big Sur River. Have a seat on one of the many chairs in the river and let the smooth current cool your feet as you enjoy the best Big Sur lunch around. On summer Sunday afternoons, check out the Big Sur Backyard BBQ - our own ribs, brisket, chicken and burgers served on the lawn next to the river! What sets us apart from other Big Sur restaurants is our 100-year-old tradition of locally grown fine food, friendly, efficient service and warm hospitality. And yes, we still serve the original homesteader's version of "Hot Apple Pie!" Nestled amid towering Redwoods along the scenic Big Sur River, the historic River Inn is the essence of the Big Sur experience.

Marmalade Cafe - Santa Barbara
Californian | Santa Barbara
10 reviews

The design of Marmalade Cafe adorned with its antiques and artifacts collected from all over the United States is unique and manifests both the personal touch and vision of its owners creating a magnificent environment in which to dine. We take great pride in our restaurants and view them as a personal reflection of ourselves. Our concept is very simple. Customers enjoy dining in a spectacular environment matched with wonderful food and fully attentive service. When you visit us you will see that we have provided just that.

Killer Shrimp - Santa Barbara
American | Santa Barbara
6 reviews

Killer Shrimp is an upscale / casual seafood restaurant known in Southern California for over 25 years serving our world famous "Killer Shrimp" dish. Our expanded menu includes fresh seafood selections, steaks, and amazing appetizers. Our bar features a beverage program that uses fresh squeezed juices and house made syrups to make some of the most delicious drinks in town as well as 20 beers on tap.

Sidecar
American | San Luis Obispo
19 reviews

food. drinks. good times.

Joe's Cafe
American | Santa Barbara
4 reviews

Joe's Café is a classic Santa Barbara dining and drinking institution and is the oldest restaurant in the city, established in 1928. The legacy of Joe's continues into it's ninth decade: Over the years, this vibrant downtown destination has become a favorite for locals and tourists alike, who mingle over cocktails (the stiffest in town) or chat during dinner in a buzzing traditional atmosphere. The exceptional ambiance underscores its rich heritage and long history. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner from 7:30 a.m. til 10:00 p.m. or stay later and get to know our locals at one of the busiest bars in town.

The Oak Grill at Ojai Valley Inn & Spa
American | Ojai
21 reviews

Oak Grill features breakfast and lunch.


Sit outside and take in the dramatic views overlooking 200 year old Oak trees, the golf course and the mountain vistas beyond from our vine covered pergola on the terrace.

Second Press
American | Paso Robles
20 reviews

Located in Prime Downtown Paso Robles, Second Press offers incredible Panoramic Views of the historic city park. We invite you to join us to enjoy seasonal menus crafted with the freshest ingredients supplied by our local region. Second Press Wine Bar & Eatery, provides a vast array of remarkable dishes ranging from fresh seafood, salads and top quality local meats to mouth-watering desserts. A top destination for exquisite wines, picturesque landscapes and beautiful weather, Paso Robles delivers the perfect pairing for the Second Press upscale casual dining experience. Open daily from 11am. Complimentary Pop Up Wine Tasting Experience-Fridays and Saturdays from 5PM. Wednesday evenings Wine Flights & Bites with Live Music. Sunday Brunch.

Crema
American | Pacific Grove
Reviews coming soon

Find your happy place at Crema.

Comfort? We got it!

Verve Coffee Roasters Coffee, a charming 120 year old Victorian, comfy couches, cozy corners, Micheladas, Shandys & beer on tap, home baked goods and breakfast burritos, plenty of room for big parties, the Good Morning Sunshine Breakfast sandwich. a great Caesar, Sangria & Mimosas, Pots of Loose Leaf Tea kahlua chocolate chunk brownies and of course THE BEST BURGERS IN TOWN!

We like to think of Crema as fun with a little bit of creative funky and a whole lotta happy. It is a great place for a date or meeting friends. . .hard to explain till you walk in but everyone tells us how good it feels. We like that.

AND we have great food. Not too fancy. . .not boring. . .just right. We use the freshest ingredients and everyone cooking your food LOVES TO COOK, so I guess you could say it is cooked with love. We like that too.

The Deer Lodge
American | Ojai
26 reviews

Legendary in Ojai since 1932, The Deer Lodge is now under new ownership as of Jan. 2, 2013 and serving great locally raised grass fed steaks and American classics made with the best of Ojai farm-sourced ingredients seven days a week. We feature a great wine list made up of Ojai and regional wines. Live music nightly.

Rocky Point Restaurant
Californian | Monterey
7 reviews

This Big Sur icon has been a dining and drinks tradition for over 60-years (est. 1947) Located just off the famous “Scenic California Highway-1" (12 minutes drive from Carmel-by-the-Sea) Rocky Point Restaurant is located a short 2 hrs. South of San Francisco. It is the ideal stop for tours originating from Los Angeles or San Francisco heading up or down the Coast. A Feast for All The Senses -Great food and Spectacular Views- Spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean as you sit perched cliff-side; either inside through panoramic windows next to a cozy fireplace or outside on our open-air deck. Catch a glimpse of playful sea-otters, dolphins, seals, and even whales. Some have even spotted large fins cutting the waves, as great-white sharks cruise the kelp beds. We invite you to pay us a visit and enjoy Californian hospitality! The freshest seafood (right out of Monterey Bay), Steaks, Salads & Fresh Vegetables (grown locally), Full Bar and Award Winning Monterey County wines.

Avant Tapas & Wine
American | Buellton
25 reviews

Avant features local organic ingredients paired with Central Coast wines. Established in 2009 as a tasting room and Tapas bar for the clients of the Terravant Wine Company, Avant strives to be a "local-centric" culinary destination offering food made with ingredients sourced from Santa Barbara County producers.

Apple Farm Restaurant
American | San Luis Obispo
49 reviews

The Apple Farm Restaurant & Bakery has been a favorite spot for decades for locals as well as the traveler on a weekend getaway. Our hearty house made food, fresh pastries, and pies are world famous! If you enjoy the simple pleasures of a farmer's market, you will savor traditional favorites like chicken and dumplings, turkey pot pie, or country fried steak and eggs. Or you can treat yourself to prime rib, steak, fresh seafood, or the delicious specials created by our chef. Followed by our signature dessert, the Hot Apple Dumpling all in the atmosphere of California Country charm. The Apple Farm Restaurant - Fresh for all seasons, harvesting great food and lasting memories.

Starting Gate Restaurant at the Santa Ynez Valley Marriott
American | Buellton
4 reviews

Innovative recipes paired with the bounty of the Santa Ynez Valley to bring you unique cuisine to inspire and delight your senses. Local produce, house-made ingredients and a selection of beer and wines from local vintners will encourage you to indulge your palate.

Open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner.