Willow Pismo Beach

3.9
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74 Reviews
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$30 and under
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Californian
Take in amazing ocean and sunset views while you dine with us. Whether your looking for that special occasion to a causal outing we have you covered, With selections ranging from Herb Basted Steaks, Pan Seared Fresh Fish, and Lobster Pasta to Local Snapper Fish Tacos & House Ground Burgers. Enjoy a signature craft cocktail or local wine in our lounge and bar area, where we have late night and happy hour specials daily. Join us for Lunch, Happy Hour, and Dinner daily- and brunch on Saturday and Sunday.

Specials

Daily Happy Hour & Late Night Specials

Enjoy amazing drink and food specials from 3-6pm daily and 10-midnight.

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: March 31, 2019

Ends: April 1, 2118

Availability: Mon-Thu 4:00PM-6:00PM

What 74 People Are Saying
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Central Coast
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Food at the Willow was very good, however, when serving a buffet, the server should make sure the used plates are removed before the customer brings another plate of food to the table. Also, new silverware should be provided before customer returns with new plate of food. it is absolutely necessary that the table be clean at all times.

OT
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 2

We enjoyed the partial view. window, waiter and meal. not so cozy and inviting and loud music that was moderated for us.

PI
Tallahassee
19 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

We had a table of 10 for a birthday celebration & our waiter was very attentive & helpful! Everyone seemed to enjoy the food & desserts:))

L
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and food was perfect.

MS
Miami
10 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 5

Nice light from wall-to-wall windows. The food that was provided in new breakfast buffet was generally of good quality -- but far too limited for $25. (Included 'self-make' waffle bar that is the same as those provided in my hotel's free breakfast!) Deserts, which are usually the highlight of buffets, were very lacking -- only 2 previously frozen generic pies. Their lacking was emphasized by placement of the buffet "desert" table which was situated next to deserts-for-sale display which showcased far more decadent options.

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 5

We were staying at the hotel nearby so we went for lunch and dinner. Lunch was pretty good, it was very slow. The fries were great, salad and tacos good, but caprese sandwich just ok.
We went for dinner and it was more crowded. Service was extremely slow, had to send back the salmon because it wasnt cooked, and no cherries in the shirley temple!! They were friendly, but overall the experience was not great except for the amazing view. I'm sure there are plenty of other restaurants that are much better with a similar view for a better experience for the money.

T
Las Vegas
32 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 4food 2service 4ambience 4

Love the ambience of Willow. The servers are very good and helpful. We went for an early family dinner and were very disappointed in our meal. The others had pizza and said it was good but we both had the Wine and Prime and were very unhappy with it. The Prime had so much Liquid Smoke on it, it totally changed the flavor and in fact made hubby very sick. You cannot call it Prime Rib when you don't cook it correctly....... we didn't send it back but I brought mine home and dumped it in the trash..... such a shame when It is in a great location and is a fun place to go.

r
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the Sunday special of Prime Rib with a glass of red wine included in the price. The soup and the drinks from the bar were excellent. The Happy Hour menu was terrific. Recommended !

JM
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The coconut shrimp was a big disappointment. Small and overcooked. The older version was much better. Cup of soup was really minimal too.

CB
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Nicely decorated restaurant with great views of the ocean. We had a 6:30 reservation on a Saturday night. The place was busy but not packed. I had the prime rib special and it was tasty and tender. The brownie sundae for dessert was delicious! I'm hoping to go back soon to try their weekend brunch buffet.

A
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food was good I really liked the pork belly tacos the service was awesome as well

RJ
London
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good food in a pleasant environment at reasonable prices. Went twice during our stay. Would go back if in the area.

AP
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Fish sandwich & Moscow smiles the favs. Fish & chips just okay.

MO
Central Coast
6 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Very fun and super casual place for Happy hour or dinner, even lunch. The service is great, the staff super friendly. We went to Happy Hour then back later for dinner. Both were great! Went back the next day for Happy hour again. The food was great at happy hour. So fun.

SK
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

great food, great view, friendly staff. House chips are wonderful!

a
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

A little bit of an awkward environment. Wasn’t crowded, menu is hard to follow. No indication as to what they actually specialize in food-wise. Salads were good, but fish tacos and fried fish were okay. Space seems too large for the concept and service was slow despite only 20 patrons in the whole restaurant. Also, we decided on the place for the advertise daily specials, only to find out that they did away with the specials.

OT
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were here for my niece's graduation and they capped off a terrific day with a terrific meal. The special was an herb crusted prime cooked perfectly and the server, Chris, handled every odd request perfectly. Thank for a great evening.

LE
Central Coast
20 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 2

Sunday sit down brunch used to be great. Really enjoyed the lobster benedict. The buffet was not so good. No carved meat and all the buffet tray covers have to be held or moved to another tray in order to get the food out. It's fairly priced for what you get, but the order from the menu brunch was way better.

RA
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Our reserved table was at the window and we had great views of the ocean. Our server was prompt and courteous. The good was good and the portions were big. A nice time overall,

B
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 1ambience 3

The food is really good. But just with most Pismo beach servers. Nothing to speak about. Waited a long time for everything to happen. Front desk even started it off by making us wait. Nearly empty dining room....wth?

DS
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 2

When we came in, it looked pretty good. We were seated at a window table. The hostess was friendly, cleaned off the table we wanted. After that, our server(s) were just OK, not overly friendly or attentive.
The prices are high for what we received. My husband ordered the filet ~ it came out just so so. The broccoli and cauliflower were very overcooked, the small round potatoes were just plain, and tasted it. . For the same price, we can go to Chipinot's in SLO and get so much better service and food ~ no comparison.
Willow is more of a burger type place, and you need to either up your game with the food, or offer more value with the meal. Some places have it ~ like Guiseppes or Ventana Grill ~ and though they are priced
somewhat the same, they give you an appealing experience and much better food.

MV
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great ambience, great food, service was awesome too!!! Highly recommend this restaurant .

AH
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had about 15 ladies that were VERY excited for my bachelorette party haha. Our server was wonderful. H feel terrible that I can’t remembwe her name. Very friendly. Everything overall was great

MW
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We’ve been here a few times now. The service is always great. My boyfriend always gets the cheeseburger and likes it. I’m pescatarian and there are a lot of options. They brought out a special dessert for my boyfriend’s birthday. I recommend the berry froze!

c
Los Angeles
38 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Not the greatest buffet.
Prime Rib & Fried Chicken were good
Wish they would have a lower cost for teenagers who are not drinking
or an off the menu option

JO
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brunch was great! Good selection of food. Desserts were good but the Bloody Mary bar was better. Nice bartender!

OT
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Staff was super friendly and the food was great

g
Central Coast
30 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A little pricey. Great service and meal was excellent

MV
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fish and chips were not that good but everything else was fabulous.

JO
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Beautiful views of ocean, waiters-service excellent, very good food, spacious and decor, nice.

J
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

My husband and I ate here for NYE dinner. Food was delicious, service was good. Ambiance was a little off (it’s like the restaurant isn’t sure what it wants to be), food was incredibly expensive for the type of place it is (sports bar-ish).

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great! Amazing meal for New Years.

OT
Denver
47 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had just sat down when all the lights went out. We've eaten at Willow many times and it is always really good. They had a generator going so the kitchen was still up, then power to over 6,500 homes and businesses went out and so did their generator. The manager offered us a flashlight since we were walking. Most people had to leave. He, the manager offered us a return trip but we were leaving down the very next morning. This is truly a hot spot in the area, so please try it! We've always had great service and food.

OT
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Felt the food was overpriced for a restaurant with a view of a parking lot. Food was good but not something I would go back for. Staff is excellent and the Restaurant is fairly new so maybe they will work the kinks out.

J
Palm Springs
8 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Our waiter, Mark, was terrific. He made the whole dining experience even more special. Thanks, Mark.

DK
Central Coast
5 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

I made a reservation for Christmas Day, and chose Willow because they did not have a fixed menu. When we arrived, we had 3 options, which is basically a fixed menu. The options were all basically the same, with 3 different meats (it was a glorified thanksgiving dinner). If your restaurant has a different menu, you should tell your guest when making a reservation (like all the other restaurants did).

OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Very slow service.

JM
San Joaquin
2 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for a combo Thanksgiving/56th Anniversary dinner and the food was fantastic. I hate turkey so I was very pleased with the prime rib option with all the delicious side dishes that I love. Very cozy, romantic, wonderful service, and delicious food - a winner!!!

N
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Came here for lunch on Thanksgiving Day and they were serving a prix fixe menu only. Pumpkin bisque was excellent. Entree was either turkey or prime rib with many sides. The yams, green beans and prime rib were good. But turkey, stuffing and mashed potatoes were quite salty. Portions were very large! Dessert either pumpkin or apple pie.

KB
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service The Salmon was amazing! Todd,our server, was excellent and gave great recommendations!! All the staff was friendly.

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