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Big Sky Café Inc.

4.3
4.3
144 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary American

A bustling, urban cafe with an eclectic and diverse menu. Specializing in fresh market cuisine with products from dozens of local and organic farms. Many locals eat here several times a week because of the healthful approach to cooking. While not a vegetarian restaurant per se, there are dozens of vegetarian and vegan choices. We are aware of and sensitive to food allergies including: nut, shellfish, celiac and gluten concerns. We offer over 20 local wines by the glass and a selection of exceptional beers and ciders.

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Menu

Main

In all of our pancakes, you can add: Fresh berries, bananas, toasted pecans, cranberries and orange zest, Swiss cheese, chocolate chips $2.50; Add all of the additions $4.50

  • Real Buttermilk Pancakes

    • Tall$9.25
    • Short$7.75
  • Gluten-Free Pancakes

    • Tall$10.25
    • Short$8.75
    • Combo Style$13.50
  • On the Road$12.00

    Combo style 2 pancakes 2 eggs 2 bacon

    Egg Dishes

    Great as a burrito or a brown rice "breakfast bowl". All the below egg dishes come with herbed roasted potatoes with peppers and onions or fresh cut fruit, plus a choice of, corn tortillas, wheat toast, cracked wheat sourdough, Killer Cornbread, or apple ginger coffee cake

    • Black Bean Huevos Rancheros$13.75

      Fresh corn tortillas, black bean chili, two Cal Poly eggs over easy, mozzarella, queso fresco, roasted tomato salsa & cilantro

      • Greek Spinach & Feta Omelet$13.75

        Local spinach, local tomatoes, roasted Mushroom and onions, feta & mozzarella cheeses

        • Mediterranean Scramble$13.95

          Scrambled Cal Poly eggs with garlic, local spinach, sun dried tomatoes, green onions & parmesan cheese

          • Devil's Mess$14.25

            Scrambled Cal Poly eggs with local spinach, roasted mushroom and onions, spicy pork andouille sausage & red chilies

            • Chili Verde Omelet$14.75

              Slow simmered pork shoulder with tomatillos, onions, a touch of jalapeno, oregano & cumin. Topped with queso fresco & Avocado-Tomatillo salsa

              • Vegan Breakfast Tofu & Soyrizo Scramble$14.25

                House made Soyrizo with achiote and spices, sautéed with firm tofu, roasted red bell peppers, diced local tomatoes & green onions

                • 2 Cal Poly Eggs Cooked Any Style$10.50

                  No meat

                  • With Applewood Smoked Bacon$14.25
                  • With A Mary's Organic Chicken Breast$16.50
                  • With Smoked Pork Andouille Sausage$14.50

                Favorites

                • The "Original" Breakfast Burrito$14.75

                  Three Cal Poly eggs, scrambled with our herb roasted breakfast potatoes, your choice of Applewood smoked bacon, or our house made soyrizo. Topped with avocado-tomatillo salsa & cheddar cheese

                  • Steel Cut Oatmeal Bowl$8.50

                    With cinnamon, dried fruit, brown sugar and your choice of milks! whole, nonfat, soy, or almond milk

                    • Vegetarian Lentil Stew with Poached Eggs$13.75

                      Green lentils stewed with Portobello mushrooms, onions, fresh and sundried tomatoes, red wine & butter. Topped with two eggs (we suggest poached) and house made Middle Eastern, herb filled, Zoug

                      • Shaksouka$13.95

                        A Middle Eastern roasted red pepper and tomato stew. Bright with fresh herbs and spices. Topped with two eggs (we suggest poached), feta cheese & cilantro. Pita bread on the side

                        For menu edits, please contact SinglePlatform at (866) 237-4564.

                        What 144 people are saying

                        Overall ratings and reviews

                        4.3
                        4.3 based on all time ratings
                        • 4.2Food
                        • 4.4Service
                        • 4.2Ambience
                        • 4.1Value

                        NoiseModerate

                        86% of people would recommend it to a friend

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                        1. DH

                          DanielH

                          1 review

                          5.0

                          1 review

                          Dined on March 16, 2020

                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                          Outstanding in very aspect. ingredients of the food, wait staff, manager, ambience, etc. Nominally a bit pricy with all the rest being fantabulous

                        2. KN

                          KregN

                          San Francisco

                          3 reviews

                          5.0

                          3 reviews

                          Dined on March 8, 2020

                          overall5food4service5ambience4

                          Big Sky Café was a great choice for us. We had a party of 10 and were able to make reservations just 3 hours ahead. The table was prepped and waiting. Service was outstanding. Our server was smart and efficient, they kept the water full and the table clean. We had some varied food needs and the server and kitchen were more than happy to accommodate our requests. Food was very good, smartly plated and flavorful. The only complaint I had was that the vegetable that came with my mahi-mahi special were a little cold. Prices were well within reason and I would definitely return to this establishment.

                        3. e

                          eatwellbhappy

                          Seattle

                          1 review

                          3.0

                          1 review

                          Dined on March 1, 2020

                          overall3food2service3ambience3

                          3 of the 4 entrees were tepid and had to be reheated

                        4. P

                          Pablito

                          San Diego

                          1 review

                          4.0

                          1 review

                          Dined on February 23, 2020

                          overall4food4service5ambience4

                          Had a really nice meal last weekend at Big Sky, and look forward to it each time we visit SLO.. i had salmon this time, but have enjoyed the beef and eggplant lasagna in the past. The waitress was very helpful in selecting a wine..

                        5. CU

                          CraigU

                          1 review

                          4.0

                          1 review

                          Dined on February 17, 2020

                          overall4food5service4ambience4

                          Awesome brussel sprouts with mole sauce. All their items are very creative and tasty.

                        6. KR

                          KarenR

                          San Francisco

                          1 review

                          4.0

                          1 review

                          Dined on February 17, 2020

                          overall4food4service4ambience4

                          We loved the menu, it was varied, interesting and offered a number of vegan options. Our waiter, Bob, was terrific and the ambiance had plenty of character. Plus, we felt the food and beverage pricing was a good value. We will come back again soon.

                        7. n

                          nbere

                          Sacramento

                          81 reviews

                          vip
                          2.0

                          81 reviews

                          Dined on February 17, 2020

                          overall2food3service2ambience3

                          SUPER SLOW...... Had an early reservation...5pm due to needing to get on the road. Dining room only about 25% full, still took about 10 minutes to take our order and NO JOKE about 50 minutes for the food to arrive. Server was nice, but didn't check in much on us and when we inquired about timing she was just like, "it's coming"....leading me to believe this is the norm at this place. Took another 20 plus minutes to get our check. Overall, food was good, not great and just too way too long. We won't be back.

                        8. l

                          localinthehood

                          San Francisco

                          48 reviews

                          vip
                          2.0

                          48 reviews

                          Dined on February 16, 2020

                          overall2food2service3ambience2

                          They were slammed with no show at kitchen. We didn’t place our order for 45 min after being seated. Mac n cheese was cold, noodle soup dish had no flavor and my kids had to ask for soy sauce for the broth. We were served so late we didn’t want to keep sending dishes back. The white flag was already up for us. My halibut was delicious but at $28 the portion was minuscule. Staff and GM tried hard but the overall execution was not worth the price especially for my daughters birthday.

                        9. OT

                          OpenTable Diner

                          Las Vegas

                          2 reviews

                          4.0

                          2 reviews

                          Dined on February 15, 2020

                          overall4food2service4ambience5

                          It was Valentines Day so this review is just for this specific day. We still will come to Big Sky we think it’s good restaurant. The Mac and cheese was runny and was not good at all we took one bite and we were done. Not good. The palenta fries were good. The halibut was fair, broccoli was good. Potatoes were terrible and not edible. Service was very nice but slow and delayed understandably so because I’m of the holiday. Please list this as a private note to the restaurant not a public review. It’s refusing to let me select private.

                        10. JH

                          JohnH

                          1 review

                          5.0

                          1 review

                          Dined on February 15, 2020

                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                          Great service and food. Quick and attentive staff.

                        11. DS

                          DaleS

                          Los Angeles

                          1 review

                          4.0

                          1 review

                          Dined on February 9, 2020

                          overall4food4service4ambience3

                          Been going to Big Sky for many years. It, and workers there, have alway been very good.

                        12. SM

                          SteveM

                          Denver

                          1 review

                          5.0

                          1 review

                          Dined on February 4, 2020

                          overall5food5service5ambience4

                          Great food, setting, and service! We especially enjoyed the brussels sprout appetizer and the prices on the drinks during happy hour.

                        13. OT

                          OpenTable Diner

                          1 review

                          4.0

                          1 review

                          Dined on January 21, 2020

                          overall4food5service5ambience4

                          A fun and lively environmental with a terrific and varied menu for all diners. I really appreciate the many healthy — even vegan — options. The food is always delicious. We’ve been eating there for over 20 years and only wish it had more comfortable seating, not upright, wooden bench style seating. Otherwise we love it.

                        14. KP

                          KennethP

                          Central Coast

                          2 reviews

                          5.0

                          2 reviews

                          Dined on January 19, 2020

                          overall5food5service4ambience3

                          Both the Jerked chicken with sweet potatoes, and Mahi Mahi special were excellent.

                        15. RB

                          ReverendBeau

                          Orange County

                          13 reviews

                          vip
                          5.0

                          13 reviews

                          Dined on January 12, 2020

                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                          First time here. Crab cakes, paella, spring roll, polenta fries were all terrific. Ambience is “live” but in a good way. You could still hold a conversation without straining your voice or ears. Will for sure come b.

                        16. p

                          profbarb

                          Washington DC

                          12 reviews

                          4.0

                          12 reviews

                          Dined on January 11, 2020

                          overall4food4service5ambience5

                          I loved my pasole but my guest found the turkey chili to be soupy and lacking substance. Wine was wonderful

                        17. DN

                          DianaN

                          San Diego

                          3 reviews

                          5.0

                          3 reviews

                          Dined on December 1, 2019

                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                          The food was amazing! The waiter was great. I loved the crispy cauliflowers

                        18. C

                          Craig

                          St. Louis

                          33 reviews

                          vip
                          4.0

                          33 reviews

                          Dined on November 20, 2019

                          overall4food4service3ambience5

                          We like Big Sky and go there several times a year. We got a great table and our food was good, although not as good as on some previous visits. Unfortunately our waitress was almost abrupt, especially as we arrived and ordered drinks. She seemed to soften as the meal continued but we wondered if she was having an off night or did not like waiting tables. Our past experiences have always had excellent service.

                        19. OT

                          OpenTable Diner

                          San Francisco

                          3 reviews

                          5.0

                          3 reviews

                          Dined on November 20, 2019

                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                          Great food selection. Very delicious entre salads.

                        20. d

                          davida

                          1 review

                          4.0

                          1 review

                          Dined on November 14, 2019

                          overall4food4service5ambience5

                          The place is great. People fantastic half price wine night awesome. Vegan spring roles and sauces delish. But homemade soyrizo was boring. Vegan paella was plentiful but also bland. We expected the foods to really pop w flavor. They didn’t. But we’ld go back again.

                        21. SK

                          SusanK

                          Los Angeles

                          1 review

                          4.0

                          1 review

                          Dined on November 1, 2019

                          overall4food3service5ambience5

                          Nice ambiance, great service. The vegan paella needs a little work though. Vegetable plate was delicious. Would definitely come again.

                        22. M

                          Matt

                          Washington DC

                          238 reviews

                          vip
                          5.0

                          238 reviews

                          Dined on October 31, 2019

                          overall5food4service5ambience5

                          My wife and I love Big Sky's perfectly prepared fresh filet of salmon, and tonight did not disappoint. The set up is awesome: honeyed harissa glaze, over mango chutney, and served with roasted ginger carrots. If you love salmon, this dish is a Must Try!

                        23. EL

                          EllenL

                          1 review

                          5.0

                          1 review

                          Dined on October 28, 2019

                          overall5food4service5ambience5

                          We especially enjoyed the friendly, attentive service and the live music! The musician was awesome- wonderful song selections and the perfect volume. The wine was delicious although on the higher priced side. The paella was excellent.

                        24. OT

                          OpenTable Diner

                          Orlando

                          22 reviews

                          vip
                          5.0

                          22 reviews

                          Dined on October 25, 2019

                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                          We were not starving, but are looking forward to coming back hungrier: My (vegan) wife and I met in SLO Thursday night before the farm market. There were so many options for both of us. She had the veggie spring roll and the crispy cauliflower. I had the lamb burger. The Cauliflower was outstanding with a touch of spice and a nice crisp crunch, I could definitely eat this as a side dish instead of fries. The lamb burger was delicious, my only reservation was that the bun did not hold up to all of the toppings and fell apart. We both looked at paellas brought to the next table and they looked great. We will be back for them soon!

                        25. BA

                          BeverlyA

                          1 review

                          5.0

                          1 review

                          Dined on October 6, 2019

                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                          Bug Sjy remains our favorite place to take family and friends for a special night out...the specials...roasted lamb shank and marinated pork chop...were phenomenally flavorful. Service was excellent and my granddaughter loved the blondie brownie with whipped cream and caramel sauce! We had lovely evening....thank you!

                        26. KH

                          KathleenH

                          Hawaii

                          2 reviews

                          4.0

                          2 reviews

                          Dined on October 5, 2019

                          overall4food4service5ambience5

                          Open to the street. Great neighborhood vibe! Family like service. Would definitely go back when in town,

                        27. DN

                          DanyaN

                          Central Coast

                          1 review

                          5.0

                          1 review

                          Dined on September 23, 2019

                          overall5food5service5ambience4

                          The food is always really tasty and our waitress was super sweet and polite. I like that there are different specials every time I go and they always have a delicious soup

                        28. LY

                          LynneY

                          1 review

                          5.0

                          1 review

                          Dined on September 19, 2019

                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                          When down in SLO, about 3-4 times a year, Big Sky is our must eat at restaurant. The staff are attentive and super friendly. The food is consistently delicious. We do recommend to all our friends when ask.

                        29. OT

                          OpenTable Diner

                          San Francisco

                          8 reviews

                          vip
                          3.0

                          8 reviews

                          Dined on September 15, 2019

                          overall3food4service4ambience3

                          The restaurant was nearly empty. There was one server for 8 tables., or more. Management should have been aware., and helped out., or gotten the host or bussers to help. There were customers very patiently raising their hand to get attention, and it felt like a relief when someone finally would notice. There were plenty of bussers serving warm tepid water. Our server was pleasant enough, and convivial, introducing himself and having us introducing ourselves: well and good if you are not swamped with “too many tables”. Probably best to get straight to the point. “What would you like for dinner & drink?” They must of had an earlier rush, and were in recovery mode, not sure. Food was good., but it just seemed not at well orchestrated for full dinner service. We did get our food and drink, there were a few minor mistakes. Probably won’t give them another chance, as there wasn’t anything super compelling about this place.

                        30. TS

                          TomS

                          San Francisco

                          3 reviews

                          2.0

                          3 reviews

                          Dined on September 11, 2019

                          overall2food1service5ambience4

                          My wife and I were very saddened by our recent visit. We've made it a point to stop there anytime we were driving to LA, at least once a year for 15-20 years. We've sent many people there. It was one of the most wonderful places in the state. Circumstances prevented us from making the trip for the last three years. Apparently the place has changed hands during this period. There were only two parties in the place when we walked in at the height of dinner hour, the first time we've ever been there when the bar wasn't completely filled with people waiting for tables. That should have been the first sign. We ordered spring rolls to have before dinner. That should have been the second sign to bail out. Inedible. Like cardboard. But we persisted. Next was the pozole, which was always as good as anything in Santa Fe. I nearly spit it out. I asked my wife if she agreed with my take on it - canned veggie soup with some hominy tossed in. She totally agreed . Next were the tacos. Ice cold. Sent'em back to be heated. Still tasteless. How can you mess up tacos? That was it. Left a nice tip for the wait staff who were great and got the hell out. I can't over-state how disappointed we are to have seen one of our beloved traveling traditions go down the drain like this.

                        31. LS

                          LauraS

                          1 review

                          5.0

                          1 review

                          Dined on August 24, 2019

                          overall5food4service5ambience4

                          Love the ease of making reservations. The menu has amazing variety and the local wine selection is a plus. Great and friendly service. We’ll be back ( whenever our college daughter will see us 😊)

                        32. EH

                          EmilyH

                          Central Coast

                          2 reviews

                          4.0

                          2 reviews

                          Dined on August 21, 2019

                          overall4food4service5ambience5

                          The fish dinners were not up to the quality we have come to expect at Big Sky. The fish was over-cooked.

                        33. c

                          creifer

                          Palm Springs

                          39 reviews

                          4.0

                          39 reviews

                          Dined on August 19, 2019

                          overall4food4service4ambience4

                          Nice local spot with varied menu including good vegan and vegetarian options. I enjoyed fresh halibut and a salad of local greens. Good local wine list and mellow but attentive service. A very good place for people with different food requirements to share a meal. Prices seemed reasonable for the area.

                        34. MM

                          MMW66

                          Chicago

                          5 reviews

                          5.0

                          5 reviews

                          Dined on August 18, 2019

                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                          Outstanding! Every dish ordered was delicious. Our new favorite restaurant in SLO. Our server Ellie was amazing.

                        35. MB

                          MicaelB

                          1 review

                          4.0

                          1 review

                          Dined on August 17, 2019

                          overall4food3service5ambience5

                          It’s okay. Food was not the freshest. But the service was actually great.

                        36. SB

                          ShirleeB

                          1 review

                          4.0

                          1 review

                          Dined on August 15, 2019

                          overall4food4service4ambience4

                          We always enjoying eating at the Big Sky when we come to San Luis Obispo. The food and wine are good. the wait staff is very good, too, though often so busy it takes awhile to get your food but they are polite and kind.

                        37. R

                          Robyn

                          Los Angeles

                          2 reviews

                          5.0

                          2 reviews

                          Dined on August 11, 2019

                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                          Excellent dining experience Specialized dietary accommodations for vegan no oil requests Ellie our server was outstanding, made out dining experience really special

                        38. DH

                          DeborahH

                          San Francisco

                          1 review

                          2.0

                          1 review

                          Dined on August 7, 2019

                          overall2food1service2ambience4

                          I have stopped there many times when passing through San Luis. Usually very good! This time we arrived for a early dinner it was not busy yet. The Food Was Served Very Very Slightly Warm Almost Cool, all of it This Was NOT GOOD!!! Even Down to the Desert the fruit crisp was barely warm, again almost Cool. This had never happened before. We should have spoke up as it was Not Enjoyable at All!!! If this ever happens again we will Send The Food Back!!!!!!

                        39. S

                          Shinkai

                          Los Angeles

                          1 review

                          5.0

                          1 review

                          Dined on August 5, 2019

                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                          We love coming here on our way back from the Bay Area. The food options are amazing and the service is always friendly.

                        40. r

                          richardn

                          San Francisco

                          2 reviews

                          5.0

                          2 reviews

                          Dined on August 3, 2019

                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                          Great for vegan and non-vegan diners. Great atmosphere. Large local wine and brews list. Very good value.

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