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Norman at the Skyview Los Alamos, Los Alamos, CA

Norman at the Skyview Los Alamos

4.7
4.7
325 Reviews
$30 and under
American

We believe in good conversation, comforting food, and a drink list that highlights some of the best winemakers and local ingredients around. Whether you're enjoying an overnight stay at Skyview or just moseying through town, Norman offers a unique and satisfying menu every day of the week.

This is a space to gather with your favorite people for lunch, cozy into a dimly lit corner booth for dinner, or order your favorite dish poolside as the weather is always looking up here in Los Alamos.

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Booked 10 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    American

  • Hours of operation

    Breakfast Daily 7:00 am–10:30 am Lunch Daily 11:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–8:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (805) 344-0080

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Dustin Badenell

  • Neighborhood

    Santa Ynez Valley

  • Parking details

    Lot at the base of Skyview Hotel. Call (805) 344-0080 for a ride up the hill!

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 325 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • California Central Coast

    Great for Brunch

  • California Central Coast

    Vibrant Bar Scene

  • California Central Coast

    American

  • Santa Ynez Valley

    Best Ambiance

  • Santa Ynez Valley

    Fit for Foodies

  • Santa Ynez Valley

    Healthy

  • Santa Ynez Valley

    Neighborhood Gem

  • Santa Ynez Valley

    Outdoor Dining

  • Santa Ynez Valley

    Romantic

  • Santa Ynez Valley

    Most Booked

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  1. G

    Gking57

    Central Coast

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Service is always great. We are regular’s and enjoy the view and atmosphere. The food is well prepared and tasty. Would be good to expand menu or change thing up more often.

  2. r

    robynew

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    View was fantastic on the patio our server was knowledgeable, efficient and very kind. We went with all her suggestions and each item was delicious. We will go back!

  3. r

    roadwarrior

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great service, happy place

  4. EE

    ErynE

    Palm Springs

    18 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4

    Tasty food but small portions and long wait time to get food. My soup was literally 10 spoonfuls. Husband’s chicken was about 2-3 ounces. Cornbread was dry. Ambiance is great. Prices are too high for quantity of food.

  5. D

    Dennis

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 26, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5

    Great, iconic location. Quite the Instagram spot. Food is excellent but a bit on the pricier side.

  6. LR

    LoRa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing cocktails and we loved the vibe. The staff was friendly, helpful, made great suggestions, and we look forward to our next visit to try more of their fantastic menu.

  7. J

    Justin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 16, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4

    A nice upgrade to a classic “motel”; turning a simple place to rest into a cozy getaway high above Los Alamos. Drinks were amazing and the food (I had the duck) was awesome. Even if you don’t spend the night, Norman will keep you feed.

  8. NT

    NTrav25

    Los Angeles

    34 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience3

    Comfortable boutique dining with an original menu

  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 9, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience5

    Seating arrangements were unpleasant. Placed us where we couldn’t even see for about 75% of us dining due to the sun in our eyes and no blinds. The steak was just ok was super disappointed. The appetizers are amazing!!! I love this place but was disappointed on the dinner.

  10. GP

    GinaP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Norman at Skyview is the best restaurant in the area. The food is fantastic, the entire wait staff went above and beyond, and the views are gorgeous. Definitely should be on your “must try” list.

  11. LW

    LisaW

    Central Coast

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Have stopped often for drinks- 1st dinner for Mother’s Day. Food was excellent right down to dessert. Had a waiter we knew from another establishment so expected good service & that I what we got from everyone!

  12. LS

    LaksS

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5

    Beautiful setting with a choice of indoor or outdoor seating. Service was good. Enjoyed the Mother's day brunch. A very nice place to stay. Don't be fooled by the "MOTEL" Sign. It is a nice setting to stay.

  13. s

    sherryr

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    the chef at Norman's is amazing. The vegetable dishes and main courses were delicious and a top 10. They were well prepared, not overcooked or undercooked and the flavor profiles did not disappoint.

  14. MB

    MaggieB

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We had cocktails and dinner, a nice view of the fireplace, and fabulous server. And a chocolate dreamy dessert. Couldn’t have been better.

    Norman at the Skyview Los AlamosResponded on May 5, 2022

    Thanks for the kind words, I'm glad you had a great experience!

  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    For a birthday

  16. CJ

    CojoJojo

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 18, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    Excellent dinner in a very interesting location. We had the duck and the Pork chop. Hard to say who did better. They could easily get 5 stars but I don’t just give those out every day!

  17. G

    Gking57

    Central Coast

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on April 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great place good food friendly service. Duck was very good and the chefs cookie for desert!

  18. KC

    KelCal

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    great food and service as usual. we love Norman. My only complaint was the cornbread was too hot. The hot honey should have been on the side. The corn bread would have been so much better with regular honey.

  19. JG

    JanetG

    Los Angeles

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food and atmosphere were great! Really enjoyed it.

    Norman at the Skyview Los AlamosResponded on April 16, 2022

    Thank you so much for the kind words and giving us a try, hopefully when you pass through you can visit us again.

  20. PJ

    PamelaJ

    San Francisco

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent experience!!! Great views, great ambience, love the decor! Food was sumptuous- great personnel too! We will come back!

    Norman at the Skyview Los AlamosResponded on April 16, 2022

    Hi Pamela thank you so much for taking the time and giving us those kind words! We try our very best and look forward to serving you again!

  21. PV

    PhilV

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 7, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience5

    Disappointing and expensive. Drinks were good and so we’re the fries. The rest was not so much.

  22. MC

    MichelleC

    Portland

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on April 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Skyview is an undiscovered gem for foodies in central coast wine country. Nestled on a hill above the town of Los Alamos (just 15 min north of Los Olivos, CA), in a cool renovated motel just off the 101, this is a must have experience. Don't be fooled, this motel renovation is exquisite. With finely tuned rooms and lots of out door space with several beautifully appointed firepits, for guests to enjoy. Back to the food. The restaurant is fabulous. I have no idea why its not crowded (only to assume everyone is getting room service because the rooms are so sexy). The menu is excellent. We started with albacore Crisps (yes some sort of sushi like object on a delicious wonton). Followed by a spinach, strawberry walnut salad. An amazing tomato soup, garnished with fresh parm cheese slices. And the finale, a beautifully seared Salmon on top of a bed of greens with a sublime peanut sauce... wow. Cocktails were great too... and good wine list. Try it!

    Norman at the Skyview Los AlamosResponded on April 16, 2022

    Wow! thank you so much for going into detail on your visit, we take pride in our service & property and hopefully it shows. I made sure to share your message with the whole staff! Thank you for giving us the opportunity to serve you and would love to see you again.

  23. SD

    SueD

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    It was so much fun! So cool yo see a 1950s motel transformed. Excellent food! Great views. Definitely will be back.

  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 29, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    We were staying at Skyview and wandered in. Great ambiance, all the people were super personable, drinks were outstanding, the bar is the highlight. Food was solid not exceptional, appetizers are creative and steal the show from the entrees. We really liked the place and will absolutely eat there again. Breakfast looks to be a winner here as well but that is just based on the menu.

  25. BC

    BobbyC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Lovely night out with my girlfriend. Perfect ambiance. We shared french fries, salad, and salmon. The salmon was outstanding, buttery with nuanced flavors. The cherry on the top was our server, Abel. Charming, fun to talk with, and welcoming.

  26. AK

    AlKT

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Norman at the Skyview is a hidden gem! Excellent chef, friendly service, fun decor and relaxed ambience.

  27. BA

    BirthdayA

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Everything from our drinks, main course, dessert, and coffee was outstanding! We had a new server and she didn’t miss a beat!

    Norman at the Skyview Los AlamosResponded on March 16, 2022

    Thank you for the kind words, I'll be sure to let Michelle know you enjoyed her service! Always great to hear:)

  28. NA

    NicoleA

    Las Vegas

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Always wanted to visit The Norman having passed it so many times on road trips up the 101. Finally stopped in to kick off my annual Sister Trip with my sister - it was so worth it! I would call the decor California retro-chic. I felt “cool” just walking through the doors. A baby grand to the left, intimate tables to the right, along with lots of windows and a fireplace to anchor the views. And the bar at the back of the room - so open and light. Great music, fun drinks, and a hip menu. We enjoyed lunch there. Loved the tomato soup! (But didn’t enjoy the jalapeño honey topped skillet cornbread nearly as much as I thought I would). My sister enjoyed her avocado toast topped with a fried egg.

    Norman at the Skyview Los AlamosResponded on March 16, 2022

    Wow! thank you for taking the time to let us know about your visit with such detail and choosing us on your annual trip. I love the motto " You only get one chance at a first impression"- Frank Sinatra. We try to incorporate that in our daily work. Thanks again for giving us a try.

  29. s

    syoder

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 8, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience3

    We sat at a 4 top and the way it was configured it was hard to talk to our friends. Food was delicious. Service was good. We will definitely come back - but probably just my husband and I.

  30. AS

    AndreaS

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 6, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Beautiful setting. Very cool interior. Food was good, but not that noteworthy.

    Norman at the Skyview Los AlamosResponded on March 10, 2022

    Thank you for the review! Come back & try our new Spring Menu next month

  31. GP

    GinnyP

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Met some friends there and really enjoyed the ambiance and food. So convenient right off the freeway but not noisy at all.

    Norman at the Skyview Los AlamosResponded on March 10, 2022

    Thank you for the stars & kind words, look forward to serving you again!

  32. J

    Josh

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Loved everything about this place. The space itself is so fitting for the venue! Intimate and understated yet elegant!!! Just fabulous! Consider yourself lucky if you get to go...

  33. Y

    Yummy

    Portland

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 2, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3

    First timer, wasn’t expecting to have to park down the hill and have to walk up the hill in the driveway. Would have liked to sit outside but was told not much shade, so sat inside where the view wasn’t what I wanted. Food was good, I had the Los Alamos Brown. The “toasted” piece of white bread on the bottom was disappointing, maybe some other kind of “vehicle” would have been helpful.

    Norman at the Skyview Los AlamosResponded on March 10, 2022

    Thank you for giving us a try, we've had a golf cart the past 4 years but it was out of service. We actually will be getting a new electric Moke (Transport) from Solvang in the near future. We'd love to have you again.

  34. CB

    ClydeB

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Atmosphere was awesomely romantic and the staff was super friendly / felt like best friends were serving us :)

    Norman at the Skyview Los AlamosResponded on March 10, 2022

    Thank you for the kind words and review!

  35. P

    Pastalover

    San Francisco

    164 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    164 reviews

    Dined on February 22, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    The menu is short, but what they do they do well. Service is prompt and friendly. Not sure you can do better in Los Alamos.

  36. G

    Gking57

    Central Coast

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent service, very good food. The only thing that’s tough here is parking. Staff are very nice. Food well prepared and beautiful setting.

    Norman at the Skyview Los AlamosResponded on February 24, 2022

    Thank you for the kind words, we are actually in the process of buying an new electric car to take guests up & down our hill, please try us again.

  37. LC

    LindaC

    Central Coast

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 19, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience5

    Service was very slow but a young man helped out with our order. Food was excellent and the mid century ambience beautifully done.

    Norman at the Skyview Los AlamosResponded on February 24, 2022

    Thank you for your patience and giving us a try, we appreciate both.

  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 19, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5

    Very very good! Looking forward to trying more on the menu. Got the apricot and goat cheese crostini and the salmon. Both were delicious!

  39. GW

    GittaW

    Central Coast

    39 reviews

    4.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on February 19, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience2

    We had the whole patio to ourselves on a Friday night :) The patio does not look like as inviting as the picture on the website. With heaters very doable My husband had the pork chop and was very pleased, came out really juicy which is not easy to do with a thick cut. We shared the Apricot & Goat Cheese Crostini, was nice and I had the Yellowfin Crisps, perfect for me. Generous pour on the Aperol spritzer Overall very happy

  40. JP

    JosieP

    Los Angeles

    43 reviews

    4.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4

    Read multiple positive reviews, and pleasantly surprised. Cool mid century vibe. Professional, knowledgeable, beyond courteous staff. Small but well thought out menu. Try the yellowtail crisps: not oversauced. Spinach salad not over dressed, loved the candied walnuts, but the grapefruit could have been better prepped. The salmon was nicely prepared with crispy skin and the fish was not overcooked. NICE cocktail list, enjoyed the "Poolside". Decent wine list.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Norman at the Skyview Los Alamos is rated 4.7 stars by 325 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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Booked 10 times today
Google Map for Norman at the Skyview Los Alamos

9150 US-101 Los Alamos, CA 93440

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Santa Ynez Valley

  • Hours of operation

    Breakfast Daily 7:00 am–10:30 am Lunch Daily 11:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–8:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    American

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Lot at the base of Skyview Hotel. Call (805) 344-0080 for a ride up the hill!

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Dustin Badenell

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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