Willow Pismo Beach

4.1
59 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 59 People Are Saying
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Dallas
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
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.

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San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
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.

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LE
Central Coast
19 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
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.

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RA
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
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,

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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?

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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.

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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 .

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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

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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!

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c
Los Angeles
32 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

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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!

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

Staff was super friendly and the food was great

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

A little pricey. Great service and meal was excellent

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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.

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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.

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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).

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great! Amazing meal for New Years.

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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.

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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.

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J
Palm Springs
6 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.

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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).

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

Very slow service.

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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!!!

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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.

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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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KN
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We made reservations about one hour before our dinner and received a fine table with a wonderful view of the ocean.

Our waiter, Todd, was no-nonsense and saw to all of our needs. A fine waiter!!

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Central Coast
4 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great service and very good food. A fun spacious place to kick back & relax.

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LM
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 3

This was the 3rd time we went and took friends who had not eaten there. The Clam Chowder was sandy as was my pasta and clams. My girlfriend got the fish and chips and the coating was heavy and dry. The waiter was informed about the clam chowder and was going to take it off the bill as he said the pot of chowder was sandy. The bill arrived and we had to point it out to the waiter that the bill included the soup charge.

The friends we took weren't impressed. I will give it another try.

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SW
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Total horror! Service was total disaster. We sisn’t get anything without asking and reminding waitress and manager. Respectively it took forever to get drinks and food. Quality of drinks amd food was also not good. Didn’t feel like food was freshly and knowingly prepared. Never ever again. Real tourist trap....

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LV
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had so much fun and the guy singing was amazing the older guy on the wash board was epic!!! Food was so good

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PE
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Service was fast and friendly. Food was very good. We had the Oso Bucco (delicious) and Fish & Chips which were fresh and well cooked. There are daily vegetarian soup specials...the tomato bisques was extremely good. Great ocean views, full bar and nice wine list. They also have a deli and take away wine to purchase which we did not take advantage of but may be good to know.

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M
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Came to Pismo Beach for a mini vacation, decided to try Willow. Very friendly service & pretty good food, ended up eating there twice within 2 days.

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Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The outside is VERY deceiving with all the signs for beers and happy hour. Really looks like a diner and can keep people from coming in based on curb appeal.

BUT, once inside, it’s a totally diff story. Great food, great drinks, kid friendly, great honest service and overall top notch newer restaurant for Pismo. Plus the live guitar entertainment after 9 was great!

Highly recommend it to anyone looking for a great meal! Will def come back.

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LY
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food and great service. I was glad that we were able to book a table a day before we arrived. It’s one of the fancy restaurants in the central coast. I like it’s location with pretty of parking. Variety food choices is a plus too.

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a
Los Angeles
242 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Willow is located right next to where we were staying in Pismo Beach, so we decided to go there for dinner. Our server was incredibly friendly and attentive, as were all of the other servers. Our food was fantastic. Overall, we loved our dining experience at Willow.

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Central Coast
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

By far the best vacation dinner and service we have had in a long time! Rhonda, our server, deserves a dozen stars!

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Central Coast
15 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We met with another couple for dinner and enjoyed great food and cocktails. Our server, Rhonda, was attentive and friendly. We couldn't have asked for anything more!

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U
Palm Springs
20 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great vibe. Beautiful remodel. Good food! We’ll definitely become regulars!

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JM
Central Coast
4 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Justin has the place in good shape. Full menu is now available, seating areas are complete and art accents up. Pork Oso Bucco was excellent!

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Central Coast
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Our small group tried the Sunday Brunch. The host and our server were efficient and friendly. Ocean view is nice. They were out of a couple of the standard items that we wanted. Food preparation quality still needs work, but it was okay. As others have said, the food quality and value is better at the Nipomo Willow, but this has the better view.

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