Welcome to the best romantic dining on the Central Coast. We live in a beautiful area with many talented people, so it’s natural that we can offer some amazing romantic dining experiences right around the corner. Since Valentine’s Day is coming up, there is no better time to celebrate with a night out with your loved one, and these restaurants are some of the most romantic, charming – and of course, delicious – restaurants in the county.
Novo, San Luis Obispo
For location and ambiance, Novo Restaurant & Lounge in San Luis Obispo is ideal. With the twinkling lights on an outdoor balcony, overlooking San Luis Obispo’s creek and Mission Plaza, you really can’t ask for more for a romantic small-town setting. The food is also impeccable and award-winning: it’s a varied menu of Asian courses with a California spin, using fresh ingredients from the local Farmer’s Markets. There is also a full bar inside with bar seating, and varied cocktail list and wine list are available for guests.
Buona Tavola, San Luis Obispo
The outdoor patio is entrancing at night with its large tree and twinkling lights; the genuine and authentic vibe makes one feel like they are actually in Italy. Many people call Buona Tavola the best Italian food in San Luis Obispo, which makes since because the owner is from, and was trained as a Chef, in northern Italy. For this Valentine’s Day, they have a special menu, with a choice of appetizer, first course, second course, and dessert. Additionally, they cater to people who are gluten free, with a separate lunch and dinner menu that is 100% gluten free.
Paso Robles Inn Steakhouse, Paso Robles
The Paso Robles Inn Steakhouse is a charming restaurant in the heart of wine country, offering savory ranch cuisine, unique cocktails, and a wine list that highlights some of the best of Paso Robles wine. Enjoy the fireplace outside in the patio dining area, or cozy up in the warm and rustic interior; you’ll be sure to find the right ambiance for your special and romantic night. Additionally, the Steakhouse is also offering special Valentines Day menu that you can see here.
Windows on the Water, Morro Bay
Often described in reviews as a great spot for a special occasion, Windows on the Water offers the best in Morro Bay cuisine with a stunning coastal backdrop. The ambiance inside is cozy and romantic, and the views of the ocean are phenomenal – try arriving to watch the sunset. Naturally, the seafood is impeccable, but the American restaurant also offers a special Valentines Dinner menu that includes dishes such as Rack of Lamb and Duck Breast.
A romantic and coastal dining experience. Photos: windowsmb.com
Bistro Laurent, Paso Robles
One of the best French restaurants on the Central Coast, Bistro Laurent has a great wine list that pairs deliciously with their many courses. This Valentine’s Day, they will be offering a special four-course menu that includes sauteed salmon and a roasted rack of lamb, in addition to an appetizer and dessert. The interior ambiance is authentic and quaint, and their exterior mirrors the charm with red-brick walling and classic french decor. What better way to celebrate romance than with the French?
Ventana Grill, Pismo Beach
A coastal fusion restaurant with delicious food and impeccable views, Ventana Grill guarantees an amazing (and fun) date night out. Try to get there a little early to fit in a walk around the perimeter of the property at sunset, where you will feel right on top of the ocean. The menu preparations are unique and varied – try mexican-inspired meals like carnitas sopes or anything from Parmesan Bacon Encrusted Salmon to Diver Scallops and Prawns.
We wouldn’t recommend anywhere else for a laid-back, beautiful, and romantic getaway than the Central Coast. Stay with us while you share the love – any one of our five hotels are located very close to these phenomenal restaurants. Escape and relax with the person you love most, and let us take care of the rest. Find more about the romantic experience on the Central Coast on our main webpage.