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Best American Restaurants in Central Coast

Brothers Restaurant at Red BarnBrothers Restaurant at Red Barn
(560)
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American | Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Ynez Valley
Finch & Fork: Corner Grill CocktailsFinch & Fork: Corner Grill Cocktails
(965)
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American | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara
The Black SheepThe Black Sheep
(330)
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American | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara
Sur at The BarnyardSur at The Barnyard
(133)
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American | Carmel, Monterey / Carmel
Sides Hardware and Shoes - A Brothers RestaurantSides Hardware and Shoes - A Brothers Restaurant
(577)
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American | Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Ynez Valley
Succulent CafeSucculent Cafe
(365)
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American | Solvang, Santa Ynez Valley
Tarpy's RoadhouseTarpy's Roadhouse
(1362)
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American | Monterey, Monterey / Carmel
Wine Cask - Santa BarbaraWine Cask - Santa Barbara
(776)
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American | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara
Joe's CafeJoe's Cafe
(69)
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American | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara
Bistro at the Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Santa BarbaraBistro at the Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Santa Barbara
(230)
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American | Goleta, Santa Barbara
California Market at Pacific’s EdgeCalifornia Market at Pacific’s Edge
(2074)
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American | Carmel, Monterey / Carmel
The Bear and StarThe Bear and Star
(117)
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American | Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Ynez Valley
Benchmark EateryBenchmark Eatery
(115)
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American | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara
Apple Farm RestaurantApple Farm Restaurant
(512)
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American | San Luis Obispo, San Luis Obispo / Paso Robles

Best Italian Restaurants in Central Coast

Tre LuneTre Lune
(458)
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Italian | Montecito, Santa Barbara
La Mia CucinaLa Mia Cucina
(409)
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Italian | Pacific Grove, Monterey / Carmel
Il Cortile RistoranteIl Cortile Ristorante
(1744)
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Italian | Paso Robles, San Luis Obispo / Paso Robles
SY KitchenSY Kitchen
(1025)
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Italian | Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Ynez Valley
Toma Restaurant & BarToma Restaurant & Bar
(2111)
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Italian | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara
Olio e Limone RistoranteOlio e Limone Ristorante
(970)
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Italian | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara
Ca' Dario RistoranteCa' Dario Ristorante
(863)
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Italian | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara
Mama's MeatballMama's Meatball
(570)
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Italian | San Luis Obispo, San Luis Obispo / Paso Robles
Leonardo Ristorante & PizzeriaLeonardo Ristorante & Pizzeria
(209)
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Italian | Solvang, Santa Ynez Valley
Cafe Roma - San Luis ObispoCafe Roma - San Luis Obispo
(783)
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Italian | San Luis Obispo, San Luis Obispo / Paso Robles
Trattoria MollieTrattoria Mollie
(502)
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Italian | Montecito, Santa Barbara
ConvivoConvivo
(422)
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Italian | Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara
Enzo Ristorante ItalianoEnzo Ristorante Italiano
(57)
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Italian | Carmel, Monterey / Carmel

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Central Coast's best restaurants based upon thousands of OpenTable diner reviews
La Mia Cucina1. La Mia Cucina
409 reviews
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Italian | Pacific Grove, Monterey / Carmel

Lovely, romantic little restaurant. Wonderful service, white linen tablecloths and good Italian food. Most everyone ordered a pasta dish. The portobello mushroom pasta was really good. According to friends the sand dabs were also delicious. More

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Japanese Restaurant Goshi2. Japanese Restaurant Goshi
98 reviews
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Japanese | San Luis Obispo, San Luis Obispo / Paso Robles

I love Goshi's. I have been coming here for over 25 years and have always had a fabulous meal. Everything they prepare is amazing, sushi is super fresh and always a variety on the fresh fish board. It is the only authentic Japanese owned and operated sushi bar on the Central Coast. I eat here at least twice a week and look forward to coming every time. Some of my most memorable dining experiences have been at Goshi's. More

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Lucky's3. Lucky's
919 reviews
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Steakhouse | Montecito, Santa Barbara

Lucky' is the best!! Terrific food and the greatest server.....Karen!!! More

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Old Fisherman's Grotto4. Old Fisherman's Grotto
752 reviews
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Seafood | Monterey, Monterey / Carmel

Friendly staff, on fishmens wharf which is cool, as for a window seat. Seafood forward menu and overall good food. Decor a little dated but a good first time visit stop to check out. More

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Aly's Restaurant5. Aly's Restaurant
256 reviews
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Californian | Solvang, Santa Ynez Valley

I had a ticket for a dance recital at Solvang Theater and decided I would have dinner first. I went on-line to see what restaurants were around and I found Aly's Restaurant, right across the street from the theater ... PERFECT! Jenny, my hostess/waitress was awesome. She greeted me with a warm smile that lasted throughout my meal. Richard, the Chef, came out and introduced himself and brought a 'mini' appetizer out for me, along with some sparking wine. I order the Filet Mignon and I have to say it was the best I've ever had. It really did melt in my mouth. I was too full to try their desserts, but I plan on going back for another meal and will maybe try the dessert first :-) More

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Central Coast restaurants that recently joined the OpenTable network
BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse - SalinasBJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse - Salinas
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American | Moss Landing, Monterey / Carmel

Time counts at BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse. Since our humble beginnings back in 1978, we've continued to refine our brewhouse experience to make BJ's a place where you can make the most of any meal. We want BJ's to be a place where the moment you leave is the moment you plan on coming back. We pride ourselves in our craft and attention to detail. Our guests come here for our award-winning handcrafted beer. They come here for the Southern California twist we've put on the Chicago-style deep dish pizza. And they come here for our Pizookies®, our world-renowned dessert. But above all we know people come here to make their good times better. So in many ways we haven't just crafted a brand, but a mindset. And our guests are the reason for this. And it's because of them we're continually striving to make sure every moment they choose to spend with us counts. Welcome to BJ's, a restaurant with a Brewhouse soul.More

Big Fish GrillBig Fish Grill
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Seafood | Monterey, Monterey / Carmel

Serving the Freshest Seafood.

For more than one hundred years, fishing has been a vital part of Monterey’s economy. Monterey’s historic Fisherman’s Wharf with its colorful shops, seafood markets, and flavorful restaurants, is a reflection of that history.

The Big Fish Grill celebrates Monterey’s fishing tradition and enjoys the Wharf's most expansive, panoramic views of the working harbor.

We are open for lunch, brunch, and dinner, or stop by and enjoy a cocktail and our stunning views at the restaurant’s bar and lounge.

Our ambiance is casual California and it’s suitable for visitors of all ages. Stop by and see for yourself. You’ll be glad you did.

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Giorgio's at 201 MainGiorgio's at 201 Main
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Contemporary American | Moss Landing, Monterey / Carmel

Upscale, California fresh cuisine. Take a seat in our show kitchen or in fire-lit Tuscan Piazza. Featuring an award winning wine list and a highly renowned mixology menu, we offer 104 seats in the dining room, 38 bar seats, and 56 seats in the fire-lit piazza.More

Norman at the Skyview Los AlamosNorman at the Skyview Los Alamos
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American | Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Ynez Valley

We believe in good conversation, comforting food, and a drink list that highlights some of the best winemakers and local ingredients around. Whether you're enjoying an overnight stay at Skyview or just moseying through town, Norman offers a unique and satisfying menu every day of the week.

This is a space to gather with your favorite people for brunch, cozy into a dimly lit corner booth for dinner, or order your favorite dish poolside as the weather is always looking up here in Los Alamos.More

Willow Pismo BeachWillow Pismo Beach
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American | Pismo Beach, Pismo Beach

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Discover California Central Coast

The California Central Coast is home to beautiful beaches, and it is also a major source of fresh seafood for local restaurants. Enjoy a locally caught Cajun-style Albacore tuna steak, panko-crusted and topped with wasabi coleslaw and sliced avocado. Elsewhere, you may prefer the halibut, which is in season year-round in the area and guaranteed to be fresh. Order it lightly cooked in lemon and butter, sauteed in wine, butter, garlic, and capers and served over pasta or with potatoes. The coast has more than seafood, as residents and visitors can relish a California beet salad made with sliced beets over butter lettuce and liberally sprinkled goat cheese dressed with balsamic vinegar and olive oil.