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22 California Central Restaurants to Connect In For Mother's Day

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by The OpenTable Team
Updated April 10, 2019

Whether you're taking mom out for a treat or enjoying a Sunday lunch with friends, these restaurants are perfect for Mother's Day. From kid-friendly favorites to brunch-worthy hotspots, we'll help you find the perfect place to celebrate.

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4.9
4.9 (3514)
$31 to $50
Seafood
Pismo Beach
About the restaurant
More than a restaurant, Oyster Loft is an experience, where the excellent service is rivaled only by the flavor and beauty of our dishes, upscale cuisine and regional seafood dishes artfully prepared. Dine with sparkling views of Pismo Beach, and enjoy appetizers, seasonal main courses and indulgent sweets.

Oyster Loft boasts a menu rich with fresh fish. Our raw bar features a variety of oysters shucked on the half shell from both the east and west coasts. The menu also includes seafood dishes, shellfish preparations and a selection of meat to round out the offerings. The range of the menu offers you the opportunity to choose your dining experience.
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StevenS
Dined 1 day ago
The food quality and preparation were outstanding. There was a very good menu with a variety of dishes from appetizers, small plates and entrees. The seafood was outstanding and prepared with Asian influence. The drink menu offered many choices of wine and mixed drinks. Table service was very informative and attentive. The view from our outside covered patio overlooked Pismo Beach and the pier. It was an overall outstanding experience.
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4.8
4.8 (2778)
$50 and over
Steakhouse
Montecito
About the restaurant
LUCKY'S is widely known for its exclusive selection of USDA Prime steaks, fresh seafood, farmer's market vegetables, no-nonsense cocktails and world class wine cellar.
For take-out, please call the restaurant.
We do not accept bar table reservations online, please call the restaurant.
For larger parties, please call or email the restaurant directly.
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LisaPisa
Dined 3 days ago
Great meal! And the cream corn was sensational! We got great service and everybody was very friendly. Highly recommend.
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4.8
4.8 (5246)
$31 to $50
Californian
Santa Barbara
About the restaurant
We are delighted to have added additional outdoor seating but Santa Barbara nights are chilly so bring a sweater or light jacket!

Fresh, local ingredients, prepared with care. Excellent wines that reflect the quality and character of our region and work in concert with the cuisine. Warm, inviting ambiance, service at a relaxed, leisurely pace. Santa Barbara ‘Wine Country Cuisine’ means we source our ingredients using an ‘as-fresh-and-as-local-as-possible’ approach, with fish from the Santa Barbara Channel and produce from the surrounding countryside. We then take into account how these flavors can be presented in concert with our local wines. We believe you’ll taste the difference. Bon Appètit!
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Chris
Dined 2 days ago
The steak au poivre & potatoes were out of this world🌷
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4.8
4.8 (4001)
$50 and over
Italian
Paso Robles
About the restaurant
Welcome to Il Cortile Ristorante, Downtown Paso Robles' newest fine dining Italian restaurant. We invite you to join us to enjoy our seasonal menus created with the freshest ingredients available sourced by our surrounding local and regional landscapes by Executive Chef Santos MacDonal, providing a melody of exceptional homemade pastas, fresh seafood, top quality meats and antipasti. A top destination for exquisite wines, picturesque landscapes and beautiful weather, Paso Robles provides the perfect pairing for Il Cortile's rustic Italian fine dining.
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IMOGUYvip
Dined 4 days ago
We had a great meal. The beef filet carpaccio with shaved truffles was melt in your mouth delicious. All the pasta dishes were fantastic, pork fettuccine, wild boar pappardelle, and the lobster ravioli. For dessert we got the Tiramisu and the cannolis which were both really good. We had the Eberle Cabernet Sauvignon to have with the meal which was also great. Strong recommendation!!! A must if you are in Paso Robles.
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4.6
4.6 (435)
$50 and over
Californian
Big Sur
About the restaurant
The Sur House, at Ventana Big Sur, serves cuisine in an awe-inspiring setting. The restaurant’s warm, rustic interior opens onto its legendary terrace where panoramic views of the ocean and rugged Big Sur coastline stretch for more than 50 miles. The cuisine makes use of the abundance of California’s Central Coast with local, simple, sustainable ingredients, including items from Ventana’s own organic garden.

Non-Resort Guests will enjoy a pre-fixe 3-course menu for $110/per person. A la carte menu not available at this location for dinner service.
A 22% Service charge will be added to all checks.

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Dani
Dined 7 days ago
The ambiance alone makes this a worthwhile spot. It overlooks the ocean and is a STUNNING place to have a meal. Brunch was insanely expensive for what we had ($36 for two tiny plates of breakfast tofu), so I might reconsider my order next time. There were a few people talking on phones but it was otherwise quiet with soft music playing. Definitely a special experience.
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4.7
4.7 (945)
$50 and over
Californian
Carmel Valley
About the restaurant
Lucia features California-regional cuisine with local organic, seasonal produce as well as regional seafood and artisan farmed meats. Taking full advantage of the resort’s pastoral location, the new design artfully combines modern comforts with the natural elegance of Carmel Valley wine country. In addition to the signature fireplace, custom chairs, linens and drapery have added texture and depth while bringing elements of the outdoors inside. A cozy outdoor terrace with firepit and heaters also complements the main dining room.

The Forbes four-star restaurant has been named Zagat’s “Top Restaurant in the Bay Area” and received Wine Spectator magazine’s “Best of Award of Excellence” since 2001 for its wine cellar. The cellar houses 1,850 different wines and a total of more than 25,000 premium bottles, including 10,000 bottles from nearby Bernardus Winery.
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jillc
Dined on Jun 9, 2024
Beautiful setting on the patio. Celebrated my daughter’s birthday. We both a nice and relaxing lunch. I will definitely come again.
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4.6
4.6 (3089)
$30 and under
Latin American
Pismo Beach
About the restaurant
Discover the cool, coastal world of Ventana Grill.
With an atmosphere that channels the four elements, Ventana Grill in Pismo Beach immerses guests in the enchanting pleasures of the natural world. Dine surrounded by the rhythmic serenade of waves crashing on the beach below. The stylish dining room sits perched on a coastal bluff, treating guests to an endless view of azure blue and rich red sunsets.
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OpenTable Diner
Dined 6 days ago
The food was amazing and the view was perfect ! Got to sit by the window and watch the sunset!
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4.7
4.7 (2168)
$31 to $50
French
Santa Barbara
About the restaurant
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!

When requesting the greenhouse please note that is considered indoor dining.
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OpenTable Diner
Dined 6 days ago
This is a charming restaurant with excellent food.
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4.7
4.7 (3728)
$31 to $50
European
Pacific Grove
About the restaurant
A favorite among Fandango regulars is the succulent Rack of Lamb; other menu items include Fresh Seafood, a variety of pastas, delicious and exotic Mediterranean dishes such as paella and Couscous, and a tempting selection of excellent steaks. Several daily specialties are also available.

Desserts we offer, Souffle, Profiteroles, Chocolate Mousse
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Nice
Dined 4 days ago
Dinner with our daughter and her husband was delightful excellent food lambs chops, steak and sand dabs cooked to perfection. Adult children had a first experience with dessert soufflé Excellent Pedro was a great server filled water glasses, explained the menu, just a lovely evening with old school attentive service.
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4.5
4.5 (6604)
$30 and under
Seafood
Monterey
About the restaurant
Chart House is a fine dining restaurant serving seafood & steak and famous for their spectacular views. For more than 50 years, Chart House has redefined the ideal dining experience. With 27 waterfront and showcase locations ranging from the historic to the unforgettable, Chart House restaurants specialize in dazzling views, unique cuisine and exceptional service. From fresh fish specialties to slow-roasted prime rib, the renowned chefs of Chart House have tailored a menu that adds a unique touch to local flavors. And the Chart House happy hour is a guest favorite, where guest favor our signature cocktails and delicious bites you are sure to enjoy. Our original Hot Chocolate Lava Cake is the perfect end to a memorable dining experience at Chart House. Chart House offers the ideal setting for your next event. We would be happy to assist you with all the details of your special occasion.
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OpenTable Diner
Dined 5 days ago
Love the food, atmosphere and view! We always order the prime rib-very delicious!
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4.7
4.7 (4773)
$31 to $50
Seafood
Monterey
About the restaurant
Every city has that one can’t miss restaurant, where celebrities feel at home and every other guest feels like a celebrity. Since October 2, 1968, The Sardine Factory’s cachet has made dining in our historic Cannery Row setting a tradition for world leaders, sports heroes and entertainment icons. Our award-winning chefs prepare delectable creations of fresh, sustainable seafood and USDA Prime Aged Beef; winner of Restaurant Hospitality Magazine’s "Best Wine List in America" award. The Lounge’s live entertainment, Happy Hour and affordable menu are a casual alternative to our other dining rooms. Celebrating over 50 years under the same ownership and management! Voted "Best Restaurant in Monterey" by Monterey County Herald readers.
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OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
Wonderful evening. Service was top notch and the food was spectacular.
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4.6
4.6 (2326)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Pismo Beach
About the restaurant
The SeaVenture Restaurant located on the beach in California Central Coast wine country, the third floor Restaurant allows you to take in breathtaking sunsets and panoramic beach and ocean views from large picture windows and outdoor decks. Chef Eddie Ruiz contemporary coastal cuisine is inspired by the surrounding local wine country. Our seasonal menu is prepared with locally farmed vegetables, premium pork and beef and the highest quality fish and seafood. All desserts are made in house from scratch.
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Dalevip
Dined 5 days ago
Great meal with a great view. They have an excellent wine list and a menu that will have something for everyone. I had the halibut and it was excellent! Service is always very good as well. Whenever we're in town we make a point at dining here.
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4.7
4.7 (3111)
$31 to $50
Californian
Carmel
About the restaurant
Anton and Michel is now open INDOORS and OUTDOORS at the COURT of the FOUNTAINS.
LUNCH: 11:30 AM – 4:00 PM / DINNER: 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM.
Reservations are highly recommended.
If you are having any difficulty making reservations online, please call the restaurant directly at 831-624-2406 or send us an email.
Since 1980, Anton and Michel has consistently maintained an award-winning reputation for true excellence in the art of fine dining. A complete interior remodel was recently completed features handset stonework throughout the restaurant. The floor to ceiling windows offer breathtaking views of the Court of the Fountains. Zagat Survey calls it: Carmel’s long-standing paean to graciousness in dining out. Along with updated and contemporary changes to the menus, ultimate table side service flambé desserts remain. As quoted in the Wine Spectator, Anton and Michel is “probably the best dining experience in downtown Carmel-by-the-Sea”.
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Scootervip
Dined 3 days ago
Service and food were top notch. Definitely one of my favorite Carmel restaurants.
A photo of Alex Madonna’s Gold Rush Steak House, at Madonna Inn restaurant
4.7
4.7 (4338)
$31 to $50
Steakhouse
San Luis Obispo
About the restaurant
Enjoy an award winning dining experience in our world-famous pink and gold Steak House - offering a comfortable and opulent dining atmosphere. Indulge in a delicious oak-pit-barbecued steak, fresh seafood, chicken, or vegetarian entrees. Featuring a superb wine list, decadent world-famous desserts and a whimsical, European atmosphere. Boutique shopping makes for a fun experience before or after you dine with us.
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dominiquel
Dined 6 days ago
Excellent service and food in outstanding romantic location. We went there for marriage anniversary for the third time, always outstanding!
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4.5
4.5 (3239)
$50 and over
American
Carmel
About the restaurant
Nestled on the craggy bluffs of Carmel Highlands and offering spectacular views of the California coastline, Pacific’s Edge lives up to a well-earned reputation as a destination restaurant. Using ingredients inspired by the local bounty from land and sea, a creative culinary team curates seasonal menus complemented by a storied wine list. Where California casual meets refined dining in a one-of-a-kind location, Pacific’s Edge will surely delight all the senses.
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OpenTable Diner
Dined 6 days ago
10/10!! The food was amazing with a beautiful view.
A photo of Copper Café and Bakery, at Madonna Inn restaurant
4.4
4.4 (1862)
$31 to $50
American
San Luis Obispo
About the restaurant
The Copper Café is popular with tourists and locals alike for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, in a warm and charming atmosphere. Copper counters, rich Bavarian woods, and lovely natural lighting will transport you to a quaint European village. Our Madonna Inn Bakery, featuring world-famous cakes, pies, cookies, along with French and Danish pastries remains open and available for walk-in and pre-ordered items.
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OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
Our server was so sweet and thoughtful and attentive a very good experience. I can’t wait to come back with my family.
A photo of The Steakhouse at Paso Robles Inn restaurant
3.8
3.8 (904)
$31 to $50
Steakhouse
Paso Robles
About the restaurant
Known for our expansive menu of hearty steakhouse fare and as one of the most sought-after Paso Robles restaurants, The Steakhouse at Paso Robles Inn is proud to serve a variety of carefully-crafted plates that bring together the fresh ingredients of California’s Central Coast. Set amongst a beautiful backdrop and offering both indoor fireside dining and patio dining, The Steakhouse at Paso Robles Inn invites you to discover dishes that are abundantly flavorful and naturally tender. Brought to the table by generations of farmers, our Certified Angus Beef has passed through a rigorous process to evaluate for marbling, maturity, sizing, appearance and tenderness.
Top review
TimS
Dined on Jun 7, 2024
The Steak House at Paso Robles Inn was all around excellent. The service was friendly, professional, and efficient. The menu had a nice variety of quality offerings. I think it is a good sign when a patron has to make a difficult decision among several dishes. In the end I chose the filet Mignon w/ peppercorn sauce, along with mushrooms, and green beans with bacon. The entire offering were excellent. The ambiance of the restaurant was a bit of a throwback to years past; probably quite chic when new, and yet it still works, the ambiance was comfortable, somewhat formal....in a good way. With a quick look around of the dining room, I could see, that like the three of us in my party, others seem to be comfortable, and enjoying themselves as well. In the future, I would not hesitate to recommend The Steak House at Paso Robles Inn.
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