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CA coast restaurants

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CA coast restaurants

We will be flying into San Diego on Tuesday and driving up the coast to San Francisco. We've done this trip before, but I'm wondering if anyone has favorite little restaurants along the route. We'll be staying in San Diego, Santa Barbara, Big Sur and flying out of the San Francisco airport on Monday. Many thanks.

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1. Re: CA coast restaurants

By "coast" I assume you mean ocean view. It's often dicey to find a restaurant with good food and service AND an ocean view. Some places rely on views alone to bring in tourists and don't worry about repeat customers. Fortunately, there are many great ocean view restaurants along the route. Here are my favorites:

Malibu: Geoffrey's

Shell Beach: Ventana Bar & Grill

Avila Beach: Custom House

Morro Bay: Galley Seafood Bar & Grill

Big Sur: Nepenthe, Sierra Mar at the Post Ranch Inn (reservations recommended for lunch & dinner, open to hotel guests only before 12:15)

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Thanks so much, but it doesn't have to have an ocean view.

Shell Beach...
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That expands the field considerably.

Arroyo Grande: Rooster Creek

Pismo Beach: Giuseppe's

Shell Beach: Zorro's

San Luis Obispo: Luna Red, Novo, Blue Sky

Cayucos: Duckie's

Cambria: Robin's

Big Sur: Deetjen's, River Inn, Big Sur Roadhouse

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Marisol or Lido in Shell Beach. Ventana in Pismo, all have beautiful oceanviews. :)

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I'll third that Ventana Grill recommendation!!

They built it on a rocky bluff hanging over the ocean with windows that really bring the view to you. And the food ain't bad, either.

Another recent new fave is Taco Temple in Morro Bay on Main Street. It's a hole in the wall kind of place with freshly prepared California fusion fare. They have a self serve chip and salsa bar and they offer a carrot cake to die for!! And it does have a decent view of the ocean and Morro Rock.

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The halibut ceviche and chocolate fondue are both really good there if you go. :)

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Thanks so much for all your input. Greatly appreciated.

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