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Diners' Choice: Healthy restaurants in California Central Coast

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Updated June 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants with the best overall healthy cuisine 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 Japanese Restaurant Goshi restaurant
4.9 (527)
$30 and under
San Luis Obispo
About the restaurant
Located in the heart of San Luis Obispo downtown, serving authentic Japanese food starting from Sushi and traditional tei-shoku. Don't forget to enjoy soothing sake and Japanese beer!
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 1, 2024
Wonderful experience as usual. We have frequented Goshi for years. Goshi has always been our choice when we visit SLO. Fresh fish selection, good amount of vinegar in sushi rice, and good rice texture. Happy to spend our anniversary here.
A photo of Mezzaluna Pasteria & Mozzarella Bar restaurant
4.8 (1179)
$30 and under
Pacific Grove
About the restaurant
We are currently open for dine-in and outdoor heated sidewalk/patio.
We are always available for curbside pickup.
Welcome to Mezzaluna Pasteria and Mozzarella Bar. Chef Soerke and Amy invite you in to enjoy daily house made Pasta, Mozzarella and Gelato.
We offer a full bar with specialty cocktails.
Chef’s Specialties include
Buccatini Al’Amatriciana
Linguini alla Vongole
Chicken Sausage Lasagne
Spaghetti Carbonara
Grilled Octopus
Lamb Meatballs
House-made Charcuterie
Gnocchi with Gorgonzola Dolce Sauce & Black Truffle Oil
Little Gem Caesar Salad with Parmigiano Reggiano
Raviloi di Manzo
Pate di Anatra
Top review
Dined 1 day ago
Everything was beyond fabulous as usual. A favorite place to go.
A photo of Gala restaurant
4.8 (216)
$31 to $50
Santa Barbara
About the restaurant
Gala exudes a European meets Santa Barbara charm, where you feel like you’re transported to a beautiful bistro somewhere in the Mediterranean. Enjoy shared tapas, seasonal favorites, oysters and a great steak with bone marrow butter & chimichurri. Or cozy up with a pulled pork sandwich or our duck confit. Experience craft cocktails with fresh juices & house infused liquors as well as local Spanish wine & beer. Right down the street from the Santa Barbara Courthouse enjoy an evening at Gala.

1 Block From State Street, Easy Parking, Public Lot Nearby, Free 75 Minute Parking, Walking Distance, El Pueblo Viejo Landmark District, Superior Court, Spanish Colonial Revival Courthouse, Santa Barbara Museum Of Art, Courthouse Gardens, Bell Tower, Farm to table, Farmer's market driven, Tapas, Seafood, Steak, Oysters, Happy Hour, Food, Cocktails, Wine, Restaurant, Vegetarian, Friendly, Dog Friendly, Outdoor Patio, Heaters, Warm, Inviting, Hospitable, Modern Design
Top review
Dined 2 days ago
Food and cocktails were off the charts delicious. It’s a must try when in Sana Barbara
A photo of Kona Steak and Seafood restaurant
4.8 (15)
$31 to $50
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.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined today
The food, the service, the ambience, the presentation was all great. Big portions and very tasty. All the employees were very welcoming.
A photo of LOCAL Montecito restaurant
4.7 (203)
$31 to $50
About the restaurant
Incredible outdoor seating with two heated patios, firepit, couches, and a 360 degree bar. Featuring local ingredients and exceptional dishes from multiple cuisines paired with an extensive and rare wine collection, LOCAL has it all in the heart of Montecito.
Top review
Dined 1 day ago
We love the quiet ambience of LOCAL and the helpful wait staff. The food is always delicious and fresh.
A photo of Shearwater Tavern restaurant
4.5 (79)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
About the restaurant
Located in the idyllic seaside community of Carmel, Shearwater features breakfast and dinner within the Carmel Mission Inn. Our dinner menu has a selection of smaller plates to share along with some larger individual plates.
We have partnered with a local dairy, coffee roaster, honey purveyor and bakery. Our menu is New American with some spices and ingredients from around the world. Our cocktail program features beautiful classic and specialty cocktails along with craft beer and California wines.
Top review
Dined on May 30, 2024
Great Happy Hour menu and lots of small plate options on the menu.
A photo of Lilac Montecito restaurant
4.5 (88)
$50 and over
Contemporary European
About the restaurant
A new gluten-free fine dining experience.

Now open!
Top review
Dined 3 days ago
Outstanding food and service! The lamb chops were delicious we will be back!
A photo of Bibi Ji restaurant
4.4 (233)
$31 to $50
Santa Barbara
About the restaurant
Modern Indian food featuring local produce and seafood paired with a robust rare low-intervention wine program curated by Alejandro Medina and James Beard Award winner Rajat Parr. Bibi Ji features a private gated back patio, a front patio facing Santa Barbara's State St. promenade, as well as seating in our lively, signature pastel pink dining room.

Michelin Guide Central Coast Selection 2021
Top review
Dined on Mar 5, 2024
Very good Indian cuisine. Service level was prefect.
A photo of Coast & Olive restaurant
4.4 (583)
$31 to $50
About the restaurant
Coast & Olive is located in the historic Montecito Inn providing an exquisite mix of Italian, French and Mediterranean cuisine.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Apr 20, 2024
I enjoy it every time. Food was great and my sever Gavyn was the best!
A photo of Yafa restaurant
4.2 (492)
$30 and under
About the restaurant
Yafa Restaurant is a casual corner cafe serving delicious Mediterranean and Middle Eastern dishes in a warm and homey environment.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 5 days ago
Amazing service and food. We were treated like family and all recommendations were superb! The menu is not overwhelming and easy to read. We were recommended a Lebanese red wine and it was delightful. Try everything! Won’t disappoint.
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