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

The OpenTable Team

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.

Restaurants:Oyster Loft, Lucky's, Bouchon - Santa Barbara
Price Range:$$$ - $$$$
Cuisines:Seafood, Steakhouse, Californian
Neighborhoods:Pismo Beach, Montecito, Santa Barbara

Oyster Loft

$$$$·Seafood·
Pismo Beach
2,177 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Waterfront
  • Romantic
We shared a number of the cold and small plates. Everything was wonderful. Octopus salad- was probably the best octopus we've had. Dessert was great, as was our server
95% recommended
Seafood in California Central Coast
43 people mentioned the Black Cod
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Lucky's

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Montecito
1,498 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Romantic
Great service- our waiter was knowledgeable attentive and very funny. The food recommendations were excellent. Super dinner for me and my mom on our vacation
96% recommended
Best Overall in California Central Coast
46 people mentioned the Abalone
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Bouchon - Santa Barbara

$$$$·Californian·
Santa Barbara
3,563 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Notable Wine List
Excellent dinner. We sat in the beautiful back area with nice lighting. Our server was very helpful and knowledgeable. As for the food, it was a bit under salted but great for the Read more
94% recommended
Californian in California Central Coast
86 people mentioned the Rack Lamb
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Il Cortile Ristorante

$$$$·Italian·
Paso Robles
2,485 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Fit for Foodies
Absolutely perfect!!
96% recommended
Notable Wine List in California Central Coast
55 people mentioned the Veal Chop
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The Sur House

$$$$·Californian·
Big Sur
358 reviews
  • Romantic
  • Worth the Drive
  • Good for a Date
Wonderful dinner with complex flavor combos. The chef's tasting menu was delicious as it was creative. Unobstructed view of the Pacific Ocean make it an extra special spot
4 people mentioned the Cioppino
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Lucia Restaurant & Bar - Bernardus Lodge & Spa

$$$$·Californian·
Carmel Valley
495 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
Love this unique place. Though the food is good, I do think it's overpriced for what you're getting. Still, it's a nice experience.
90% recommended
Great for Brunch in California Central Coast
6 people mentioned the Abalone
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Ventana Grill

$$$$·Latin American·
Pismo Beach
2,251 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Waterfront
  • Special Occasion
It was great to sit outside with my husband and enjoy a great meal with an exceptional view of the ocean!
95% recommended
Great for Lunch in California Central Coast
33 people mentioned the Fish Chip
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Stella Mare's

$$$$·French·
Santa Barbara
1,020 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Good for a Date
Despite Covid, we chose to dine in the glass atrium because there were very few diners at the hour we were there. Delicious duck a a'orange, escarole/apple salad. Server was aRead more
97% recommended
Best Overall in California Central Coast
19 people mentioned the French Onion Soup
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Seventh & Dolores

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Carmel
545 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
Great service, fun and insightful and she went the extra mile to make us happy. Fun drinks and delish food.
83% recommended
7 people mentioned the Calamari
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Belmond El Encanto Dining Room

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Santa Barbara
943 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Special Occasion
Wonderful staff, gorgeous ambiance & delicious food.
86% recommended
Best Ambiance in California Central Coast
15 people mentioned the Short Rib
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Novo Restaurant

$$$$·Global, International·
San Luis Obispo
1,076 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Romantic
We love this place. The setting is lovely and the food excellent.
94% recommended
25 people mentioned the Salmon Bisque
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Fandango

$$$$·European·
Pacific Grove
2,865 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Neighborhood Gem
It was patio dining only.... they made the best of it. As always the food and wine were OUTSTANDING so who cares that it was patio dining only. 😎
92% recommended
Notable Wine List in California Central Coast
146 people mentioned the Rack Lamb

Chart House Restaurant - Monterey

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Monterey
5,031 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Waterfront
  • Special Occasion
Nice Outdoor setting with great ocean views and good food.
86% recommended
Scenic View in California Central Coast
302 people mentioned the Prime Rib
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Sardine Factory

$$$$·Seafood·
Monterey
3,581 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Good for Anniversaries
Birthday dinner, and it was lovely, even with outside seating
89% recommended
Special Occasion in California Central Coast
229 people mentioned the Abalone
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Foremost Wine Company

$$$$·Contemporary American·
San Luis Obispo
260 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Notable Wine List
  • Special Occasion
We love this place. The service and the quality of the food were absolutely fantastic. It's not cheap, but you certainly get what you pay for here. If you are looking for inexpeRead more
87% recommended
10 people mentioned the Avocado Toast
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Sea Venture

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Pismo Beach
1,318 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
This was our 20th wedding anniversary and everything was so nice! If I had to change anything, I would have gone earlier to maximize our view of the ocean.
93% recommended
Scenic View in California Central Coast
27 people mentioned the Prime Rib
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Anton & Michel Restaurant

$$$$·European·
Carmel
1,889 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Good for Anniversaries
Excellent restaurant that has maintained its charm through the COVID restrictions.
90% recommended
Special Occasion in California Central Coast
119 people mentioned the Rack Lamb
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Alex Madonna’s Gold Rush Steak House, at Madonna Inn

$$$$·Steakhouse·
San Luis Obispo
2,757 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Good for Anniversaries
We had a lovely dinner for my moms birthday, they made it special. Delicious food.
92% recommended
Romantic in California Central Coast
122 people mentioned the Prime Rib
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California Market at Pacific’s Edge

$$$$·American·
Carmel
2,559 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Romantic
  • Special Occasion
My clients enjoyed the food quite a bit. They said that the service was a bit lacking. But the they enjoyed their experience overall.
81% recommended
37 people mentioned the Abalone
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Copper Café and Bakery, at Madonna Inn

$$$$·American·
San Luis Obispo
664 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Great for Lunch
  • Great for Brunch
Thank you for making our honeymoon dinner so special!
90% recommended
Great for Brunch in California Central Coast
9 people mentioned the Monte Cristo
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The Steakhouse at Paso Robles Inn

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Paso Robles
377 reviews
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Special Occasion
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
This was my first time at the steakhouse and we really enjoyed it. I felt very safe during these Covid times. The food was good and the service was outstanding. Thank you for a greRead more
84% recommended
Healthy in San Luis Obispo / Paso Robles
31 people mentioned the Prime Rib
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Harbor Restaurant

$$$$·Seafood·
Santa Barbara
592 reviews
  • Waterfront
  • Scenic View
  • Special Occasion
By and large the food is excellent and well prepared so long as you don't get lobster or anything with sliced tomatoes
87% recommended
18 people mentioned the Prime Rib
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