Pismo Beach Restaurants: Our Top Picks
Worked up an appetite while vineyard-hopping, dune-riding, or wave-cresting? Dig into our mini restaurant guide! These are our top picks for local eats among Pismo Beach restaurants, only a skip, hop, or wave away from the SeaCrest OceanFront Hotel.
A Pismo Beach restaurant with a view
The view, the vino, the Ventana Grill. Did we mention the view? From appetizer to dessert, you won’t be able to forget that you’re dining on the Pacific Coast as you eat in this coastal bluff locale surrounded by the sound of crashing waves. Diners rave about the local wines, ahi salad, clam chowder, even the cucumber slice in the water glass – the coastal fusion cuisine of this Pismo Beach restaurant includes a tapas menu, gluten-free menu, and exclusive selection of tequila. Hearty and casual or elegant and refined, the Ventana satisfies your appetite.
Turkey Nuts, anyone? F. McLintocks Saloon and Dining House thinks you should say an unequivocal “Yes!” Their hottest appetizer is deep-fried, golden brown, and served up in a mind-blowing 10,000 pounds annually. Authentic ranch-style cooking is buoyed by a matching atmosphere, high-spirited service, and genuine hospitality. Forget about donning your chaps and moseying on over to the saloon – run to MckLintocks and their ocean-view setting for legendary oak-pit barbecued steaks and ribs, seafood, and salads.
Think all Pismo Beach restaurants are seafood oriented? Then you haven’t tasted the best of Rosa’s Italian Restaurant. This family owned and operated enterprise is the home of fine dining, award-winning recipes, classic Italian fare, and highly acclaimed specialties like cioppino, osso bucco, and tiramisu. Second-generation Executive Chef Douglas Cristallo MacMillan runs the kitchen, and their award-winning wine list accompanies the best of this unpretentious restaurant – you’ll feel like you’re sitting at Sunday dinner with the family you never knew you had.
Bring on the chowder
What do three types of clams and a casual beach-oriented café equal? A seafood shack serving 20,000 gallons of award-winning clam chowder annually. The patrons of Splash Café are welcomed into this Pismo Beach restaurant by a whimsical exterior and interior murals created by a local artist and fresh seafood entrees await, from ahi tuna tacos to hot fish and chips, to beach joint basics like burgers and dogs. Can’t bear to miss one minute of sunlight? Grab a bowl of Splash Café clam chowder and have a picnic at a table on the famous Pismo Pier.
Crack into fun food
If you’re on the hunt for a Pismo Beach restaurant that is quintessential “beach” food and atmosphere, the Cracked Crab is it. Clean, comfy, casual, and fun – emphasis on fun – this line from their website says it all: “Our concept is largely based on dumping a bucket of various shellfish on your table with a mallet, crab crackers, and other tools to get the job done. It can get messy, but hey, we clean it up!” So let your hair down, order a beer, and dig into their “in season” offerings gathered from local providers (butcher, baker, farmer). Not into fish, meat, or chicken? Fresh veggies, coming right up!
The piece de resistance of Pismo Beach restaurants: Mmmm, pie
And, of course, we must give some love to our delish neighbor restaurant serving home-style meals, Marie Callender’s Restaurant & Bakery. You may want to start with dessert as Marie’s is famous for their legendary pies, but save room for the main course. Select from a wide variety of classic American foods from pot pies to BBQ ribs to a field greens salad with gorgonzola and pecan. When you’ve eaten your fill, enjoy a walk to the dunes via the direct beach access that the SeaCrest provides. Be sure to book your stay for as many nights as your stomach can allow… we’ve only covered local restaurants here. There are more Pismo Beach restaurants to be had in San Luis Obispo, Arroyo Grande, and beyond…
Now that you’re in the know, get to Pismo Beach and enjoy your stay at our Pismo Beach hotel. We look forward to seeing you!
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