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About Granada Bistro

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 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



1126 Morro St.
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Californian, International, Wine Bar

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm.
Saturday - Sunday Brunch: 10:00am - 3:00pm,
Happy Hour: Every day 3pm-5pm

Cross Street:
Higuera

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(805) 544-9110

Website:
http://www.granadahotelandbistro.com/

Parking Details:
Parking meters are free after 6pm.

Executive Chef:
Kenny Bigwood

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Granada is available for private parties or social events! Whether its an office party, wedding rehearsal dinner, or just a gathering with friends, our swanky and intimate venue is the perfect place to share exceptional wine and cuisine. To book a private party or for more information please contact via email at events@granadahotelandbistro.com

Granada Bistro Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.4

service

4.4

ambience

4.7

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

89% would recommend it to a friend

Great for Outdoor Dining (26)
Good for a Date (18)
Special Occasion (18)
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Good for Anniversaries (16)
Creative Cuisine (15)
Romantic (15)
Handcrafted Cocktails (12)
Neighborhood Gem (12)
Fit for Foodies (11)
Cozy (10)
Bar Seating (9)
Casual (7)
Good for Birthdays (6)
People Watching (6)
Local Ingredients (6)
Authentic (5)
Great for Brunch (5)
Good for Groups (5)
Notable Wine List (5)
Quiet Conversation (5)
Good Vegetarian Options (5)
Vibrant Bar Scene (5)
Business Meals (4)
Comfort Food (4)
Fun (4)
Happy Hour (4)
Seasonal (4)
Late-night Find (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Healthy (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Great for Lunch (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Worth the Drive (2)
Kid-friendly (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Great Beer (1)
Organic (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
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 (Central Coast)·Dined 5 days ago

Food is always awesome here although it’s a bit pricy. Great bartenders. Specialty drink menu is always changing, however, if you know what you like just describe your flavors and they’ll make some great suggestions. They also make sure you’re happy with the choice before they walk away. Great experience and great pre fixe menu for Valentines Day this year.

Tags: Special Occasion, Late-night Find, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Excellent food and great service. I will definitely come back.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Comfort Food, Authentic, Fun, Quick Bite
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 (Seattle)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Great meal but wished there were more options or a special to offer more variety

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on February 7, 2018

Loved it! Granada always has wonderful food and great service.

Tags: Seasonal, Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Local Ingredients, Authentic, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Fun, Special Occasion
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on February 4, 2018

I have been to Granada before. This time it was for my daughter's birthday. It was perfect overall all the way around. Only exception was the food was slow to come out and in between appetizer and main the wait was even longer. Not sure if they were understaffed in the kitchen that night.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on February 2, 2018

It was a beautiful evening celebrating our friends birthday. Service and food outstanding ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Dining outside was enjoyable and service was great. Everything we had was delicious but if I had to mention one improvement it would be more vegetarian choices.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on January 30, 2018

The dinner was outstanding as well as was the service. Such a great place to go prior to seeing Kinky Boots.

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on January 28, 2018

We ate at Granada during restaurant month and had a great time. The food was all very good, and the optional wine pairing was delicious. It can feel a little crowded on the patio, but the ambience is lovely. You could definitely spend a good chunk of change here - delicious, but worth knowing in advance. It is also pretty darkly lit, so if you have trouble reading you might want to be sure to remember your glasses!

Tags: Happy Hour, Handcrafted Cocktails, People Watching, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Vibrant Bar Scene, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Denver)·Dined on January 26, 2018

I enjoyed my dinner at Granada, but my husband and friend didn't as much. I had a great whiskey sour (made the traditional way) and my friend had wine that tasted like it had turned. The waiter later said it was a "funky" wine. It would have been good to know that before ordering. She ordered gnocchi, which was priced in the mid 20s for a handful of gnocchi. I really enjoyed my entree of hangar steak, potatoes, and chimichurri. My husband had a hamburger (I heard from others that it was delicious) but he said it was really salty. For dessert, we ordered apple empenadas that were decent any my husband had the key lime cheesecake that was essentially frozen over. He couldn't really eat it because it was so hard. Overall, we enjoyed the ambiance but not everyone in my party liked their meals.

Tags: Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on January 20, 2018

I have been wanting to try Granada Bistro forever. As a local, I couldn’t wait to sit out on the romantic outdoor patio. The restaurant has great ambiance and our server and additional staff were wonderful. The cheese plate and wine selection we enjoyed very much. Then it kind of went downhill. It took so long to get our meal (gnocchi and pork chop - so nothing too involved), that our server brought us some olives to eat and apologized. Everyone else seemed to be getting their food in a timely fashion, so I’m not sure what happened. When our main courses arrived, they were just ok. The pumpkin gnocchi were completely bland and there was no salt or pepper on the table. I didn’t want to offend by asking for seasoning, so I just didn’t finish the meal. We had budgeted over two hours to eat before we had to be somewhere else, thinking that would be plenty of time for drinks, appetizer, meal and dessert, but by the time we were eating our main course we were almost out of time. I asked our server if we could order dessert while we were eating dinner and she “put a rush” on it for us. (I didn’t want to miss out on part of the experience even though we were cutting it close). We paid the check while we were waiting for dessert and our apple empanadas arrived just in time. They were very good, but we had to inhale them and run to our event (which luckily was close by). This was a special occasion for us - and more expensive than we normally would spend - but we figured it would be worth it. I’d say it was just ok. The staff and the ambiance are what saved it for us. The food...not so much. If we go again I’d say it would just be for drinks and appetizers. But I was glad to finally get to go! Thanks for the easy reservation!

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Do not split tickets and we had 10 before Women’s Rally! No substitutes - couldn’t do fruit for potatoes but food was decent and coffee was good!

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Brunch
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 (Denver)·Dined on January 17, 2018

The restaurant month menu is fantastic and our waiter was extremely attentive without being pushy or coming by too often. Great experience all around!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 16, 2018

As always, food, atmosphere and service were excellent. Our favorite in SLO.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 16, 2018

This was a visit during restaurant month, so they were ostensibly putting there best foot forward. Disappointing would be too kind. The service was great. But the food was poor to mediocre. Its hard to ruin a Caesar salad, but they did. Too much dressing (by far) and covered with very fine bread crumbs that were like eating sand. Really unpleasant. The main course of "prawns" were really medium sized shrimp, oversauced with a too sweet sort of Asian sauce. Edible but really pretty amateurish. I won't be back.

On the positive side, the wine pairing was sensational. Really good all European wines.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Never disappointed with Granada. The outdoor patio with the heaters has a lovely atmosphere, and the food is always fresh, seasonal and delicious. The cocktails are Interesting Too!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Fun, Great for Brunch, Casual
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on January 12, 2018

We, a party of four, went to the Granada for a get together and because it is Restaurant Month in San Luis Obispo. Our reservation was at 6:45. We were promptly seated outside. It was a bit windy and we were offered nice big, heavy blankets for our laps, so nice. Service was excellent. It is so nice to have a professional server, Angee, take good care of us. Back staff was great, too. Everyone was cheerful and pleasant. The meal was excellent and the best $40 meal I believe I have ever had. Fried Brussels sprouts, cauliflower soup and excellent prawns over forbidden rice. We are very happy to not have dessert, so it worked perfectly for all of us. I think we will have to go back for the same meal before the end of January, so, so good!

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Everything we ordered was absolutely delicious ! Service was beyond great and very professional !
Thanks for a great evening.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on January 12, 2018

I booked this place for a recent trip to SLO. It was even better than I anticipated. We sat outside with heat lamps and blankets, and the ambiance was wonderful. This is a perfect spot for cocktails, good food, and easy conversation.

My favorite thing I ordered was the brussel sprouts with dried cherries and goat cheese. The fruity pebbles ice cream was a close second though!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on January 5, 2018

Great food. They have the best Cesar salad. It's always one of my highlights, but all the food has been amazing.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Perfect and quaint little place for New year's Eve dinner. My husband had the pre fixe and I had the prime rib a la carte. Delicious.

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vip
 (Central Coast)·Dined on December 28, 2017

The food was so good, as usual other than there being a lot of chimichuri sauce on my steak that took over all the other flavors. The service however was not good. We waited a long time for our food. We had to ask several times for things like refills on water, our drink orders, and our food! We sat for almost 2 hours and we were just 2 people dining.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 28, 2017

This is our second time there. Love everything about the food, service and location. The only negative is the lighting. They keep the lights on so low that most of the people have to get out their phone lights to see the menu

Tags: Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Late-night Find, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 28, 2017

All around great restaurant. Food and drink menu is excellent

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 (Tahoe)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Horrible food. Raw lamb, fishy tasting seafood, really tough chicken....

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on December 25, 2017

We had an excellent dinner here on Christmas Eve. The bartender and waiter were friendly and helpful and the food and ambience was excellent. The hotel and restaurant are very trendy and have a cool vibe. Would eat here again next time in SLO.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Casual, Good for Groups
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 (New England)·Dined on December 25, 2017

We’ve been coming here for holiday meals over the past two years. The flavors are always very good, but the past few meals, we’ve noticed the quality of food has decreased significantly. Possibly due to the hotel/bistro pulling themselves too thin with trying to open a bar and another food shop on either end. Thanksgiving was mediocre. Menu described the things that were not delivered on the final product. The Lamb was a poor cut, very tough, not worth the $38 paid, and found a couple of shells still attached to the shrimp in the pasta dish. Will probably find another location for our holiday meals, which bums us out.

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on December 24, 2017

The food was truly outstanding......delicious, imaginative, seasonal ingredients. I liked it so much better than Novo which always wins high praise.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Great food and great service on a very nice ambient

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on December 15, 2017

Fabulous!! Excellent!! Delicious food! Lovely terrace!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Very gluten-free friendly. Such a treat. Our server went over the whole menu, indicating "safe" items and what could be adapted. The pork chops with curried mashed potatoes were stunning. Creative sauce, comfort food with an amazing foodie twist. The appetizer scallops was small, but still stunning. (and given the price, the size made sense).

Tags: Romantic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Gluten Free Options, Creative Cuisine, People Watching
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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 9, 2017

It was a graduation celebration. Our good server was very knowledgeable about wine and menu items

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vip
 (Central Coast)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Good food. Horrible service. Very over-prices drinks and food. Pretentious!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 8, 2017

Great food, great atmosphere

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 2, 2017

When in SLO, Granada Bistro is a must. Lovely outdoor seating available with a firepit and heaters to keep you toasty as you enjoy their wonderful menu options. The small plates offered a terrific array of options from which we chose tuna tartare, steak tartare, cauliflower and scallops. They were all delicious but the scallops were amazing. You can't go wrong with any of the entrees..just pick one that suits your mood. Come dessert, don't miss the meyer lemon semifreddo...it is out of this world!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Granada bistro is always a delicious place to meet up with friends.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Fun, Paleo Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Comfort Food
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on November 28, 2017

Food was very good. Service was not. We had to flag down our server numerous times, who was also tending bar. The restaurant was empty except for a couple of people hanging out at the bar. Our server was more interested in hanging out with them. We were there for a special occasion, so felt pretty disappointed.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Food service was a little slow so be prepared for a longer than usual delay from ordering to receiving food. But food was fresh and very good

Tags: Healthy, Authentic, Romantic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Lovely decor, hipster chic vibe that is fun and modern. I was expecting an exceptional meal based on the initial impression and well designed menu. Brunch was rather bland though. Over cooked ultra crispy breakfast potatoes, slightly watery and bland omelette. The avocado toast and eggs were the best item we tried. At $14-17 a plate very overpriced for the quality. Wait staff was friendly but stretched thin by too many tables with slow service. We have been here for appetizers and drinks in the evening before and were also unimpressed but did enjoy their Old Fashioned.

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 (Houston)·Dined on November 22, 2017

Great food and appreciate the attention to detail with my nut allergy. Keep it up!

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