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Diners' Choice: Good for groups restaurants in California Central Coast

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Updated June 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants that are great for groups in California Central Coast? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyzes nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favorite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!

A photo of Alvarado On Main - Salinas restaurant
4.8
4.8 (71)
$31 to $50
American
Monterey
About the restaurant
Alvarado on Main is an art deco styled restaurant will revitalize the elegant feel of the 1930s in the center of beautiful Oldtown Salinas. Within its walls, a modern sense of craft beer will be combined with a concentration on fresh and local cuisine that speaks to the Salinas Valley.
Top review
Courtnie
Dined on Jun 12, 2024
Our server and bartenders were excellent. Their new Taco Tuesday Is a perfect addition
A photo of Kona Steak and Seafood restaurant
4.8
4.8 (18)
$31 to $50
Steakhouse
Monterey
About the restaurant
KONA Steak & Seafood was voted the "Best New Restaurant" winner on the beautiful Monterey Peninsula for 2023. Located in the popular Del Monte Shopping Center in Monterey, just minutes from Carmel, Pacific Grove, & all Peninsula cities.
A fabulous menu! Enjoy fresh seafood, lobster, Hawaiian loco moco, fresh ahi tuna, a great bacon cheeseburger, bone-in rib eye, miso-glazed seabass, filet mignon, macadamia nut crusted halibut, entree salads, cioppino, seafood pasta, Maui onion soup, coconut curry soup, and a large host of enticing appetizers. Enjoy KONA's generous portions, good value, & free abundant parking! The house baked desserts are worth a trip on their own..... incredible!! The gorgeous "ZenDen Bar" features full bar & "Tiki Bar" style concoctions curated with house made ingredients, and nightly Happy Hour from 3:00-9:00pm. Local wine list, craft draft beers, kid's menu, dog-friendly lanai/patio dining, continuous lunch & dinner service 7 days a week from 11:00am.
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Brucevip
Dined 3 days ago
Another wonderful meal … Lovely atmosphere I will return soon
A photo of Bear & The Wren restaurant
4.7
4.7 (102)
$31 to $50
Pizzeria
San Luis Obispo
About the restaurant
A kindly-crafted wood fired eatery combining modern style with an aged finish. Located at The Creamery Marketplace, tucked behind the intersection of Higuera and Nipomo Streets, we offer an experience unlike any other. Our open-concept kitchen boasts an impressive wood fired oven were we craft hand-made Neapolitan style pizzas to order. Soft lighting, low music, and a relaxed atmosphere can be found throughout our indoor dining space. Garage style doors roll up to reveal outdoor dining on our bricked patio where heaters warm up the cooler months and an upbeat, lively feeling resonates throughout the spring and summer seasons. Full service is available at the bar, seating is first come, first serve. We welcome you to join us for dinner, Tuesday-Saturday from 4-10pm.

Please Note: Our seating is a mix of tall tables with barstool style seating, as well as standard height tables with traditional chairs. Our outdoor patio also includes two large tables with bench style seating.
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OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
We had a great experience at this restaurant! I love the two different styles of pizza they offer ! The first one we had was the pepperoni sausage made in the Detroit style and it was super good ! The second one we tried was a hot honey garlic pizza made in the Neapolitan style. That pizza was sweet, garlicky and cheesy ! Very good!
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4.6
4.6 (94)
$31 to $50
Sushi
Santa Barbara
About the restaurant
An intimate space featuring a contemporary Japanese menu highlighting fresh sushi, saké, craft cocktails, and occidental spirits.

Locals can enjoy a 10% discount.

For parties with 6 guests or more a 26% service charge fee will be added to your final bill. For all guests there will be an 8.75% California State tax added to the final bill.
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MohKvip
Dined 5 days ago
Sat outside and had a stunning ocean view and superb food. Handled multiple allergies well! Superb dinner spot
A photo of Rosine's Restaurant restaurant
4.6
4.6 (472)
$30 and under
American
Monterey
About the restaurant
Rosine's Restaurant turns traditional American comfort food into an art form. This local family-owned and operated casual dining restaurant has been open for 43+ years. The Culcasi family, owners of Rosine's, have received a bit of national fame as it has appeared on Guy Fieri's show "Diners, Drive-ins and Dives". Rosine's offers indoor and outdoor (pet friendly) dining serving breakfast, lunch, dinner and weekend brunch, beer wine and signature craft cocktails. Breakfast offers include Eggs Benedicts, Omelets and a variety of other breakfast specialities. As for lunch and dinner, there is a mix of American and Italian dishes. Some of the most popular dishes on the menu include their Beef Minestrone soup, Chicken Parmesan and Lasagna. Scrumptious sandwiches, fresh salads and burgers are also elevated. They are known world wide for their award-winning house made desserts. A consistent winner with the locals for Best Comfort Food, Best Family Restaurant, Best Desserts + more.
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LindaJ
Dined 1 day ago
Fabulous meal and excellent service on a charming street in Monterey. The desserts are a MUST but our one piece of pie was big enough for an army! And out of this world.
A photo of Alvarado Street Brewery & Bistro restaurant
4.5
4.5 (87)
$30 and under
Gastro Pub
Carmel
About the restaurant
Situated in the Carmel Plaza in downtown Carmel-by-the-Sea, our bistro offers beers from our R&D program crafted on a pilot five barrel brewhouse - the only of its kind in one of the most picturesque and famed coastal towns in the country. Featuring an expansive, 60+ seat outdoor patio and a full bar, along with an ample dining room that can be sectionalized for private events. And the food! The Bistro offers California coastal cuisine with a regional twist, utilizing locally sourced ingredients that vary with the season.
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OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 3 days ago
Reasonably priced delicious food. Unsure of what beer to drink-the waiter brought over 3 glasses of beer to help decide which one we wanted. Conveniently located in the Carmel Plaza.
A photo of F. McLintocks Saloon & Dining House restaurant
4.4
4.4 (1462)
$30 and under
Steak
Pismo Beach
About the restaurant
F. McLintocks Saloon & Dining House offers the best authentic ranch style cooking and atmosphere teamed up with high spirited service and genuine western hospitality. Ocean view dining, private banquet hall, and Bruce's private saloon on our ocean view deck! Live music every Friday and Saturday in our saloon with a cozy fire place. A dining experience that will leave life time memories!
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OpenTable Diner
Dined 6 days ago
We knew our server, Heather…. Great service, wonderful food💛🌻💛
A photo of Baja Cantina - Carmel restaurant
4.4
4.4 (571)
$30 and under
Mexican / Southwestern
Carmel Valley
About the restaurant
Baja Cantina is a fun and energetic place that is known for its exceptional automotive memorabilia collection and excellent food. We have a large outdoor patio that is perfect to sit and relax on a sunny afternoon with one of our award winning margaritas. We have special events all year round, including our famous classic car gatherings, holiday parties, tequila tastings, and sporting events. ****We only accept online reservations during off-peak times. If you can’t find a time you want online, please give us a call.***
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OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 12, 2024
This is one of our family's favorite places. Food was delicious, as usual. My daughter "the slowest eater on Earth" enjoyed her fish of the day so much she finished her plate before everyone else. The carnitas were fantastic and plentiful, and we enjoyed the leftovers for lunch the next day. Hard to choose from the extensive margarita options, but I was happy I went with the mescal 'rita this time, although the spicy and skinny are pretty high on my list too.
A photo of The Bistro at The Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Santa Barbara restaurant
4.4
4.4 (524)
$50 and over
American
Santa Barbara
About the restaurant
Named “Top 100 Best Al Fresco Dining Restaurants in America” by OpenTable, The Bistro offers a casual and relaxed atmosphere to dine and enjoy sweeping views of the coastline. Local produce and sustainable seafood highlight an acclaimed menu of traditional bistro favorites, including brick oven flatbreads, seasonal salads and the signature Santa Barbara burger.

Recent upgrades to The Bistro’s patio include the addition of a cozy wood-burning fireplace, direct access to an oceanfront pool bar, and enhanced outdoor heating to enjoy breathtaking ocean vistas all year long.

Locals can enjoy a 10% discount.

Please note that holiday reservations are only available for in-house guests - room confirmation number is required to officially confirm your dining reservation during these times.


For parties with 6 guests or more a 26% service charge fee will be added to your final bill. For all guests there will be an 8.75% California State tax added to the final bill.
Top review
PS01vip
Dined on Jun 4, 2024
Fantastic service and awesome food! However as a regular to Bacara, the prices are keep on going up and up!!!
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