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Diners' Choice: Best Overall restaurants in California Central Coast

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Updated July 05, 2024

Looking for the best overall restaurants 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 favorite 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 La Mia Cucina restaurant
4.9 (971)
$31 to $50
Pacific Grove
About the restaurant
Stroll along 17th St., between Lighthouse and Laurel and you will find one of the Peninsula’s favorite spots, La Mia Cucina. This little jewel, with its fresh ambiance and tantalizing menu, is popular with everyone. The colorful European advertising posters that enliven the walls, are “originals, not reproductions.” That phrase is accurate in describing La Mia Cucina itself. From the comfortable linen white decor, accented beautifully by those turn-of-the-century posters, to the hand-crafted entrees and desserts, everything about La Mia Cucina says fresh and original. Owner Michael’s specialty, his ravioli dishes, are a renowned local favorite, and for good reason. They are hand made, with all the care that only a lifetime of creative food combining can bring. In addition to pasta, La Mia Cucina is known for it's fresh fish and meat specials. The desserts are made in-house by his wife Paula and daughter Michaela, and the service is personal and inviting.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jul 13, 2024
The overall demographic that they cater to is a little on the older side. But without being said, we had a fantastic time my wife and I 20 year anniversary The service and the people there really aim to please And the food was excellent. We will definitely be going back.
A photo of Japanese Restaurant Goshi restaurant
4.9 (530)
$30 and under
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
Dined on Jul 13, 2024
We have been eating at Goshi for 25 years and it is consistently the best Japanese food in the world. (I have now traveled enough to confirm this.) Particular standouts are the albacore tataki, miso soup, cucumber salad, halibut tempura roll and udon noodle dishes - but even the edamame come perfectly cooked every time. Yes they cost a pretty penny. Always worth it.
A photo of AronHill Vineyards Bistro & Tasting Room restaurant
5 (294)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
About the restaurant
We are a Paso Robles area winery that offers a wonderful dining experience. At the AronHill Bistro you will enjoy fresh dishes made from seasonal and local ingredients, all paired with stunning hilltop views and even better wines.

The AronHill Bistro & Tasting Room is the Paso Robles wine country’s dining discovery, where you will enjoy fresh dishes made from seasonal and local sources, all paired with estate wines and stunning hilltop views.

Top review
Dined on Jul 10, 2024
Delicious food and wine! A bit pricey but worth it. Beautiful view of Paso from way up high ❤️
A photo of Brothers Restaurant at Red Barn restaurant
4.9 (1314)
$31 to $50
Santa Ynez Valley
About the restaurant
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.

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Dined on Jul 16, 2024
Our server Marti was great. Food was outstanding as usual. We have there for over 20 years and always an excellent experience. Ps: great wine selection and martinis.
A photo of Stonehouse at San Ysidro Ranch restaurant
4.9 (2416)
$50 and over
Contemporary American
Santa Barbara
About the restaurant
The Stonehouse, located in a beautiful 19th-century citrus packing house, offers an unparalleled dining experience. Guests can unwind in a relaxing lounge with full bar service or enjoy the ambiance of the separate dining room, complete with a crackling fireplace and world-class views. Chef Matthew Johnson creates evocative regional cuisine, utilizing fresh herbs and vegetables from the Ranch’s organic chef’s garden. The Stonehouse boasts the only Grand Award-winning wine program in Central California, ensuring an unparalleled selection of wines to complement your meal. For a unique twist, visit the restaurant's speakeasy for before or after dinner drinks, where you can enjoy expertly crafted cocktails in an intimate, nostalgic setting.
Top review
Dined 7 days ago
A wonderful experience. The settings and ambience make for a memorable visit. The whole menu was faultless and highly recommend the salmon salad. The service from start to finish was impeccable. Loved it so much we lingered in the grounds a couple of hours following lunch. Will definitely return.
A photo of Le Soufflé restaurant
4.9 (427)
$50 and over
About the restaurant
We are located in CARMEL, CALIFORNIA, USA. Reservations are only available through OpenTable up to 3 weeks in advance. Intimate indoor dining room can accommodate parties up to 4 guests- Menu changes seasonally- see website for current menu.

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.

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Dined on Jul 8, 2024
Such a fun experience! The host is lovely and the food is fantastic. Would definitely recommend to others, a true gem!
A photo of Olivella - Ojai Valley Inn restaurant
4.9 (438)
$50 and over
About the restaurant
Ojai Valley Inn’s signature dinner restaurant, Olivella, holds the Forbes Travel Guide Four Star and Wine Spectator Best of Award of Excellence designations. Chef Andrew Foskey is proud to present a seasonally driven menu with a commitment to valley-grown ingredients and techniques inspired by Italian tradition. As a complement to our cuisine, the award-winning wine program showcases expertly curated discoveries and classic bottlings from notable California and Italian producers.

Guests are invited to enjoy our multi course dining experience starting at $125/ person, plus tax and gratuity. Please note that a la carte dining is not available.

We kindly ask that any updates or cancellation to your reservation be made no less than 24 hours prior. Should you not cancel your reservation within 24 hours, or do not arrive for your reservation, you will be subject to a fee of $75 per person.

In keeping with the atmosphere, Olivella is intended for guests 10 years and older.

Top review
Dined on Jul 15, 2024
Excellent food, beautiful presentation and superb service. Thank you
A photo of Petros Restaurant at Petros Winery restaurant
4.9 (907)
$30 and under
Los Olivos
About the restaurant
Our menu is a combination of the best ingredients that Greece and California cuisine have to offer. We import olive oil, feta, honey, oregano and wines from Greece, the freshest organic vegetables from our farms in Los Olivos and wineries of our great state. Quality, simplicity, healthy and tasty food is the creation of that combination. Enjoy.
Top review
Dined 3 days ago
Our go to place at least twice a month. Consistently excellent. Beautiful surroundings and great servers. I highly recommend.
A photo of Mistura restaurant
4.9 (1617)
$31 to $50
San Luis Obispo
About the restaurant
The word Mistura brings together the essence of Peru, a vision of its people and cuisine, a wondrous blend of cultures of priceless heritage. Our Mistura is a modern Peruvian restaurant that is as lively as the country and biodiversity it celebrates. Mistura captures the multicultural spirit of Peru, combining its native Incan and Pre-Columbian culinary heritage with the Italian, Spanish, Japanese, and Chinese influences that embody the country's flavorful cuisine. Mistura is an authentic tribute to the diversity of Peruvian food, proposing familiar yet unexpected and adventurous flavors.
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OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 5 days ago
Amazing, food was all good! Try the beef heart!!!
A photo of Pono Pacific Kitchen restaurant
4.8 (558)
$31 to $50
Pacific Rim
Pismo Beach
About the restaurant
Pono Pacific Kitchen offers Pacific Rim cuisine that focuses on local favorites with a style of cooking and presenting dishes that combines ingredients, influences and techniques from not only Hawaii but also Asia, California and Mexico and the western coasts in general.
Top review
Dined 4 days ago
Excellent! Upscale Hawaiian seafood restaurant. Delicious poke, ahi and the best beet and goat cheese salad I've ever had.
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