San Luis Obispo is a hub of local culinary excitement, offering a wide array of dining that focuses on the very best the Central Coast has to offer. Truly a place to exemplifies the farm-to-table movement, creative chefs from all over the county have easy access to local farms, ranches, and seafood purveyors for the sourcing of superior quality ingredients. Below we highlight some of our favorite local dining options:

NOVO, San Luis Obispo

Set in one of the most beautiful and romantic settings in downtown San Luis Obispo, Novo is known for creative, globally influenced cuisine features farmer’s market vegetables and sustainable proteins that are transformed into an exciting blend of flavors. Outdoor dining is at its best here, with gorgeous views over San Luis Creek.

GUISEPPE’S, San Luis Obispo

A local institution, Guiseppe’s has been a local benchmark for quality Italian food in San Luis Obispo County for almost 30 years. An energetic fine dining atmosphere is paired with dishes featuring produce grown on Guiseppe’s own farm in Edna Valley. House made pasta and wood fired pizzas are the star here, along with fresh local seafood.


Known for a focus on creativity and organic produce, Thomas Hill Organics focuses on a true farm to table approach to cuisine, highlighting seasonally fresh flavors centered on farmer’s market produce and local wines.

EMBER, Arroyo Grande

Locally sourced ingredients are transformed into creative wood-fired cuisine in a beautiful barn-like setting. The menu is chock-full of innovative salads, wood-fired steaks, and delicious pizzas, all with a top notch level of service. Always busy, so get there early!

THE RANGE, Santa Margarita

Nestled into bucolic Santa Margarita just 10 minutes from downtown San Luis Obispo, The Range is a family-owned restaurant that consistently ranks as one of the very best, yet remains an unknown gem to many. Unique cuts of game, amazing steaks, and a range of creative dishes are served up in a nostalgic country atmosphere.