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Diners' Choice: Romantic restaurants in California Central Coast

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Updated July 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants that are the most romantic 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 Stonehouse at San Ysidro Ranch restaurant
4.9
4.9 (2403)
$50 and over
Contemporary American
Santa Barbara
About the restaurant
The Stonehouse, located in a beautiful 19th-century citrus packing house, offers an unparalleled dining experience. Guests can unwind in a relaxing lounge with full bar service or enjoy the ambiance of the separate dining room, complete with a crackling fireplace and world-class views. Chef Matthew Johnson creates evocative regional cuisine, utilizing fresh herbs and vegetables from the Ranch’s organic chef’s garden. The Stonehouse boasts the only Grand Award-winning wine program in Central California, ensuring an unparalleled selection of wines to complement your meal. For a unique twist, visit the restaurant's speakeasy for before or after dinner drinks, where you can enjoy expertly crafted cocktails in an intimate, nostalgic setting.
Top review
MChristopher
Dined 2 days ago
Excellent overall experience. Highly recommended.
A photo of Olivella - Ojai Valley Inn restaurant
4.8
4.8 (435)
$50 and over
Californian
Ojai
About the restaurant
Ojai Valley Inn’s signature dinner restaurant, Olivella, holds the Forbes Travel Guide Four Star and Wine Spectator Best of Award of Excellence designations. Chef Andrew Foskey is proud to present a seasonally driven menu with a commitment to valley-grown ingredients and techniques inspired by Italian tradition. As a complement to our cuisine, the award-winning wine program showcases expertly curated discoveries and classic bottlings from notable California and Italian producers.

Guests are invited to enjoy our multi course dining experience starting at $125/ person, plus tax and gratuity. Please note that a la carte dining is not available.

We kindly ask that any updates or cancellation to your reservation be made no less than 24 hours prior. Should you not cancel your reservation within 24 hours, or do not arrive for your reservation, you will be subject to a fee of $75 per person.

In keeping with the atmosphere, Olivella is intended for guests 10 years and older.

Top review
SamPaulvip
Dined 2 days ago
Probably the best restaurant meal I've ever had. The food was so beautifully presented and every dish tasted amazing. This restaurant is my new"go to" for any special occasion.
A photo of Gardens of Avila Restaurant restaurant
4.8
4.8 (908)
$31 to $50
Californian
San Luis Obispo
About the restaurant
The Gardens Restaurant at Sycamore Mineral Springs Resort, a favorite spot for locals as well as travelers, is situated in a beautiful garden setting in the Avila Valley. Savor the flavors of the award-winning contemporary coastal cuisine inspired by the surrounding local wine country.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 1 day ago
Amazing food and service! The bees knee’s and short rib were to die for. ❤️
A photo of Sierra Mar - Post Ranch Inn restaurant
4.7
4.7 (1099)
$50 and over
Organic
Big Sur
About the restaurant
Offering spectacular, picturesque views of the Pacific Ocean, Sierra Mar restaurant at Post Ranch Inn is a farm-driven restaurant that celebrates the coastal bounty of Big Sur and our neighboring communities. Our dishes are centered around the dialogue of balance: on the plate, between sea and land, with sustainability always in mind. Selections from our Wine Spectator Grand Award-winning wine list enhance the inspired cuisine.

We have a family-style lunch experience for $75 per person. Our flight-style dinner experience is priced at $145 per person. Lunch and Dinner is available to the general public, however space is limited and reservations in advance are required. The minimum age for guests is 18 years old and pets are not allowed.

Non-hotel guests will be welcomed at the gate house no more than 30 minutes prior to their reservation.

Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 4 days ago
Unbelievable lunch. Wine pairings were delicious, too.
A photo of First & Oak at the Mirabelle Inn restaurant
4.7
4.7 (1168)
$50 and over
Californian
Solvang
About the restaurant
We are excited to welcome you to First & Oak! We offer outdoor seating on our heated patio & inside our intimate dining rooms. At the time of reservation, you will select standard (indoor) or outdoor seating. Please be mindful regarding the weather, it tends to get chilly as the night goes on.

Seating is limited, a credit card is required & will only be charged for cancellations. Please allow us a minimum of 24 hours prior to avoid any cancelation fees.

We offer two dining experiences: Traditional Three Course or a Chef's Five Course Tasting Menu.
Parties of 6 or more please call. When reserving, please choose which experience you would prefer & let us know of any dietary restrictions.

First and Oak is located inside the Mirabelle Inn, & was awarded a Michelin Plate designation in 2022. We offer a seasonally-inspired menu that highlights local & organic ingredients prepared in a thoughtful manner. Our dining room operates with the mindset of warm compassionate attentive service.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined today
Delicious food and excellent wine pairings with each course.
A photo of Coastal Kitchen Monterey restaurant
4.7
4.7 (259)
$50 and over
Farm-to-table
Monterey
About the restaurant
NOW SERVING SUNDAY BRUNCH!!

The Coastal Kitchen Monterey is an idyllic setting to enjoy inspirational fine dining. The culinary efforts are on display in the show kitchen and the service team is poised to offer impassioned explanations.

Chef Michael Rotondo’s multi-coursed tasting menu focuses on sustainability and celebrates the bounty of the Monterey Bay and Central Coast. A wine pairing of thoughtfully curated wines selected by the Sommelier team is available to complement each captivating course.

Additionally, we are also offering our Champagne Brunch on Sundays for 10am to 2pm.

Dinner Menus: Multiple Course Tasting Menu starts at $145 per person (Tuesday to Saturday Evenings)
3 Course Prix Fixe Menu $85 ( Tuesday to Thursday evenings)
Champagne Brunch Prix Fixe Menu: $75 per person (Sundays from 10am to 2pm)
Reservation Cancellation Policy: 24 Hours Prior to Reservation Time
Late Cancellation Fee: $50 per guest cancelation.

Top review
WilliamK
Dined 1 day ago
The staff was excellent the views were perfect and the food, though different was very good. We will keep this hidden gem in our book for future nights out.
A photo of the C restaurant + bar restaurant
4.6
4.6 (1189)
$31 to $50
Seafood
Monterey
About the restaurant
Our family-friendly Monterey Bay restaurant is close to the Aquarium, situated over sapphire waters and immersed in the natural beauty of the California coast. The C restaurant features only seafood endorsed by Seafood Watch of the Monterey Bay Aquarium. The delicious Arctic Char featured on Executive Chef Matt Bolton's menus is similar to salmon in taste, texture and color, but is available year-round, and is rated a "best choice" by Seafood Watch.

Located at the upscale InterContinental The Clement Monterey hotel on Monterey Bay. Every table at the C restaurant has a view of the pristine and scenic Monterey Bay. Marine life sightings abound, including dolphins, whales, harbor seals and sea otters. Enjoy the parade of sea creatures and shore birds as you savor the finest in California regional cuisine.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 5 days ago
wonderful birthday breakfast ☺️ our server was excellent and the view/food was five star!
A photo of Pacific's Edge restaurant
4.5
4.5 (3260)
$50 and over
American
Carmel
About the restaurant
Nestled on the craggy bluffs of Carmel Highlands and offering spectacular views of the California coastline, Pacific’s Edge lives up to a well-earned reputation as a destination restaurant. Using ingredients inspired by the local bounty from land and sea, a creative culinary team curates seasonal menus complemented by a storied wine list. Where California casual meets refined dining in a one-of-a-kind location, Pacific’s Edge will surely delight all the senses.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined today
The servers were so friendly and attentive! One of the best meals we’ve had in a while! Highly recommend!
A photo of The Sur House restaurant
4.5
4.5 (440)
$50 and over
Californian
Big Sur
About the restaurant
The Sur House, at Ventana Big Sur, serves cuisine in an awe-inspiring setting. The restaurant’s warm, rustic interior opens onto its legendary terrace where panoramic views of the ocean and rugged Big Sur coastline stretch for more than 50 miles. The cuisine makes use of the abundance of California’s Central Coast with local, simple, sustainable ingredients, including items from Ventana’s own organic garden.

Non-Resort Guests will enjoy a pre-fixe 3-course menu for $110/per person. A la carte menu not available at this location for dinner service.
A 22% Service charge will be added to all checks.


Top review
BrendaH
Dined 3 days ago
We had a wonderful lunch celebrating my Sister-in_Laws Birthday. Thank you for the wonderful service, ambience and food.
A photo of Louie Linguini's restaurant
4.4
4.4 (349)
$30 and under
Seafood
Monterey
About the restaurant
Louie Linguini's is the finest Italian and Seafood restaurant on historic Cannery Row. We offer a large variety of food from seafood to pastas and pizzas. Louie Linguini's provides a fun and family friend atmosphere that is located directly on the water and has some of the best ocean views in the Monterey area. Come and enjoy great food and great service while you learn about Louie's wonderful life.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
Service was very fast. Food was good. Ordered the fried combo to share and a few apps. Drinks and food came quickly.
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