Granada Bistro

4.5
464 reviews
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$30 and under
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The heart and inspiration for Granada is the beloved and pre-existing Granada Bistro. This space has been renovated and re-imagined in industrial chic design, serving seasonal, farm-to-table ingredients sourced from Central Coast farmers and purveyors. Dishes are inspired by Mediterranean culture, French and Spanish cuisine. Small plates, charcuterie and the freshest local seafood, meats, and produce are complemented by an eclectic wine list including Spanish and French selections, and a range of the Central Coast’s finest artisan wine producers



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LJ
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Very creatively interesting renditions of classic dishes.

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HM
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

The ambiance and cocktails were great. I got the salmon though and it was just so-so. I also ordered the bread expecting to have it to snack on before our meal, but it didn’t come until the rest of the food did. Would have preferred to have it earlier.

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S
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From beginning to end, the best food, service, and atmosphere one could hope for (especially on a busy Valentine's night)!

Greeted and almost immediately sat by the pleasant hostess. Our waiter Ulysses (spelling?) came up and paid close attention to detail to our wine we brought in, made an intentional comment about the notation we made upon booking our reservation, and gave us the perfect amount of space and attention.

The food was absolutely phenomenal. Quality ahi for the starter, perfectly cooked scallops, duck and risotto for the entrees, and a delightfully light tiramisu and panna cotta for dessert. The kitchen and wait staff obviously have great communication as our food was timed perfectly as well.

Not a single complaint here.

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JB
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic Valentines Day dinner. Delicious meal, great service and a warm and comfortable atmosphere.

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BS
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I went on a dinner date here for the first time this week and its now one of our favorite spots here in SLO for a “sit down” occasion. Great atmosphere, very relaxing and outstanding service. The bar made me an excellent Sidecar and the wine list was good. As far as the food is concerned the menu is original and delicious. We were both blow away by their “Avacado” entree which we shared as an appetizer. Highly recommend this spot as a nice date or special occasion as it is not cheap but that being said I would have expected to pay more for the amount of attention we received and the overall quality of the expierence.

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DM
Adelaide / SA
4 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Great menu - went for brunch.

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CK
San Francisco
42 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Our first time here and we arrived very late (9:45pm) after an event at Cal Poly Performing Arts. The kitchen closes at 10pm; we called when the show was over that we were on our way. We were treated very well; the entire menu was available but we could not order food or drink after 10pm. Ordered and completely relaxed thereafter.

Loved the gnocchi and the cassoulet (rustic--perfect). Absolutely no rush once we got our order in. The decor is delightful. Will certainly give it another try when we return to SLO.

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LD
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Duck confit was on the dry side and too salty, too many white beans.

Vegetables were very tasty but almost overwhelmed with flavors other than their own (cauliflower and Brussels).

Calling Sans Liege GSM was superb!

Service EXCELLENT!

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Y
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 5

The place is lovely and lives up to its “Bistro” billing. The food is a hit and miss that leaves one guessing. The food has a hint of Indian spices and in some cases it can tilt the scale towards too much. For example, my wife loved her Ginger Carrot soup, but it was too spicy for me.

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JM
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great and the service was outstanding.

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GT
Central Coast
17 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food - Brussels sprouts were delicious & plentiful. Everyone liked their meals. Going back next week!

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s
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an excellent experience. Loved everything about the restaurant. I will definitely be back.

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Hawaii
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From start to finish, we were blown away by our dinner. The unique combination of flavors was incredible and the chef’s attention to detail was amazing. We went during restaurant week and had the tasting menu and were so happy. I can’t wait to go back.

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AR
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome spot. The best customer service I've experienced on the west side of the country. Great food. 10 out of 10.

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S
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went as part of restaurant week and had a wonderful 3 course interesting meal using local ingredients.

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k
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food and a beautiful patio. One of our favorite places to visit when we are in town!

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PP
San Diego
13 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 1

We did not know we would be sitting outside for our Christmas dinner. 50 degrees or less. Placed us by a heater. We complained early on that the heater was not putting out much heat. Staff shrugged and gave is blankets. We all had soup — but they ran out of bread.
Very disappointing. Will not return.

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KD
Birmingham
5 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had Christmas dinner at Granada bistro and it was amazing! Our food was melt in your mouth delicious and our waiter was so friendly.and knowledgeable about the food and wines. I can’t wait to go back!!!

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J
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

It was an awful experience, seated within 12” (either side) of other customers. Food tasted all the same and reheated. I do not mind spending money to have an experience but to spend $280.00 and be totally disappointed is something else.

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l
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great Christmas dinner. Entrees were great- prime rib and chicken fennel. Great service. Cocktails a little weak but overall quite pleased.

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C
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The menu had great variety of locally sourced choices. Our food was all excellently prepared/presented, extremely delicious and reasonably priced for how special it was. Because of rain that evening, they accommodated us in the adjacent/connected hotel bar at their only booth in there. It was a wonderful, almost completely private, dining experience. If there's a way to request that seating, I recommend it. The staff was very attentive and knowledgable, yet chill/relaxed. If I lived in the area, I would dine there again on a special occasion.

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HB
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

This is a great place for a date or special occasion. Loved the atmosphere and the outdoor dining was a lovely plus. Food was good but not stellar. I was a little disappointed that they couldn’t make some of the specialty cocktails since it was only 7pm.
We ordered scallops, ribs, carrots, and half baguette.
Scallops - turnip cake was delicious, but scallops itself was bland, could’ve used a better sear.
Ribs - on the smaller side. But YUM.
Carrots - good, but not worth the price for what was basically seasoned carrots with a bit of sauce.

All in all, you pay for for the ambiance rather than a gourmand experience.

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MM
Central Coast
12 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We frequent the Granada because of the ambience, good food and location, when we are in San Luis Obispo. Good food.

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SC
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Granada Bistro did a great job making our dinner special for my mother, who turned 60. I booked our reservation on Open Table. On the day they called me to ask if I had a seating preference, I didn't but asked them to place us at the host's recommended table. They also asked about a dessert preference for my mom so we could surprise her with a birthday treat, again I asked for the host's suggestion. The night went so well. The server was attentive and communicative when needed. The ambiance was wonderful, we sat outside on the patio. There was a wonderful fire going in the center of the patio and plenty of space heaters, so eating outside was comfortable. The server suggested that the menu was designed to be ordered family style, which suited us well. We ordered several items and enjoyed sharing every dish with each other. I think my favorite dish that night was the gnocchi. My sister, who works in the wine industry was impressed with their selection of local wines too. I would definitely recommend this restaurant to someone else.

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NM
San Joaquin
6 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tiana, our waiter, was phenomenal as was the food and drinks!

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AD
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Second floor patio added to the ambiance. Great Thanksgiving menu that was non-traditional and delicious. Worked well with offering gluten free options.

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JS
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

We had Thanksgiving dinner here, and the entrees were amazing! My husband loved the pork chop, and my salmon was to die for! We didn't give 5 stars because the desserts left a lot to be desired, especially the pear and apple tart. It was a huge disappointment, undercooked, cold and generic puff pastry with practically raw fruit, it was below a beginner effort. The other reason we didn't give 5 stars was the choice and volume of music played that evening. It was really loud, which we decided was their way of creating privacy between tables as they were crammed in so close together. I've walked past this place many times and never heard the music so loud. Also, the choice of music for a holiday was rather bizarre. We have fairly eclectic tastes in music, but this really put us to the test. Some techno babble that we'd never heard before, that was totally holiday inappropriate. It has made me rethink the hassle of Thanksgiving dinner might just be worth it...

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AE
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 2

Overrated in yelp!! Food serve for thanksgiving dinner was not really that good. They should made thier regular menu available. The 3 cheese appetizer is good!! Ambience is poor! So dark you cannot see your food. Had to use my light in my iphone to sign the check :( Over all i put 2 star

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OT
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Lovely spot indoor & outdoor patio with heaters. Interesting food choices in all categories. Special.

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Highly recommend this spot! We sat on the patio on a fairly chilly night but their heaters were awesome. The food was spectacular and the service very friendly and prompt. We will certainly be back.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was absolutely delicious! Great classics and spot on delicious new culinary masterpieces!

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CF
2 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

First time here, for my bday dinner. Had the mezcal cocktail to begin, which was a lightly smokey delight. We were a party of 6 and came to Grenada because all of us (locals) had never been, but had heard good things. Food was uniformly very good ( gnocchi, sprouts and scallops were best I’ve had for at least a year). The fact that they allow and were quite gracious about us bringing in 2 bottles for corkage ( local wine I’d been saving for a few years) earned Grenada extra points. We needed a third bottle and our waiter suggested something new to me - but in a similar vein to what I had brought- and it was very good.

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M
Washington DC
211 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Spoiled by our friends (and their 3-yr old) with the best brunch in SLO. What is the magical ingredient in those delectable potatoes? :)

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JC
Denver
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

wow! I have not been to a restaurant in a very long time where I literally wanted to order everything on the menu. Our server, Matthew was excellent and very patient with all my questions. I did over order a bit but I was warned just could not make up my mind and I was glad I did as was my daughter (left overs for her dorm) The food, the ambiance and the wait staff were top notch. It will be a must stop next time I'm in town.

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LL
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very impressed with this restaurant. The hostess reached out to me in the morning to let me know that it was going be really hot on their patio so she would be happy to book us a table for 7 inside if we preferred. I said yes! Upon arrival we were greeted warmly and had outstanding service. The food was excellent and the place is lovely. I highly recommend their Granada Benedict. Can’t wait to go back.

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary

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M
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

Appetizers were great, cocktails were good. My 2 friends and I got the special which was the Salmon and it was not good. We spent $200 for 3 people with one alcoholic drink each, price for entree was a lot for it not tasting good.

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c
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food and service!!!

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BP
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Chicken meatballs yes!

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DF
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

There was six of us. We had a few appetizers and four different entrees. Everything was excellent. At first we thought that we would be cold sitting outside, but with all the heaters we were toasty warm. Food and drinks arrived very promptly and our server, Matt, was very knowledgeable and helpful with going over the menu.

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