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Outdoor Dining in San Luis Obispo

Pop quiz: which town is known for its comfortable weather, breathtaking views and thriving culinary scene? San Luis Obispo, of course, and there is no better way to enjoy SLO than combining these three aspects with an outdoor dining experience. Soak in the sunshine and breathe in the fresh air while enjoying farm-to-table fares, craft cocktails and locally-sourced cuisine. SLO has a plethora of restaurants with outdoor seating, whether you’re looking for a casual cup of coffee and fresh air, or an elegant dining experience under the stars. In this guide, we’ll highlight some of our favorite outdoor dining restaurants in San Luis Obispo, including those with happy hour specials and live music.

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SLO Brew Rock

Welcome the great outdoors, indoors, at SLO Brew’s “The Rock” taproom. Spacious outdoor seating and fire pits make this space awesome for drinking, casual dining and events. Along with salads, pizza and burgers, their 30-barrel brewhouse offers a glass of something for every diner in your group.

Beda’s Biergarten

With a name like Beda’s Biergarten, you’re virtually guaranteed to find a menu filled with authentic German cuisine and beers. Operating since 2015 and hailing at the south end of the Railroad District, this family-owned authentic German restaurant features outdoor patio seating for times when dining al fresco is more your style. So kick back, relax and grab an overflowing stein of Beda’s imported German beer to wash down the delicious, authentic German flavors.

The Mark

If you’re desperately seeking hand-crafted cocktails and tantalizing tapas, you need to — pardon our pun — hit The Mark. This family-owned and operated restaurant encourages you to bring yours to experience their mouth watering Mexican-style cuisine and share their many tapas and shareable plates. Don’t forget to enjoy a specialty housemade margarita on the patio area to fully experience what The Mark is all about.

Novo Restaurant & Lounge

If you’re near SLO’s iconic Cigar Factory building, don’t sleep on the opportunity to check out Novo Restaurant & Lounge. This bar and lounge features a creekside patio seating area where you can enjoy innovative, fresh global cuisine paired with an award-winning local and international lineup of wines. It seems a year doesn’t pass without Novo being voted best restaurant in SLO, if that’s any indication of how memorable and enjoyable your meal will be. 

Buona Tavola

Located across from the San Luis Obispo County Government Center, and a neighbor of the historically famous Fremont Theatre, Buona Tavola (meaning “good table”) has proudly dished out authentic northern Italian cuisine for more than three decades. With an outdoor dining area, an extensive wine list and house-made fresh pasta, Buona Tavola will please all of your senses.


You don’t have to go around the world to get a taste of global cuisine in San Luis Obispo. Just head to the outdoor seating area at Mistura for authentic Peruvian dishes, where pre-Columbian and Inca influences blend to create a truly inspired menu. They take pride in serving only organic produce and protein, locally sourced whenever possible.

TASTE! Craft Eatery

Found in the historic Brickworks Building at 2550 Broad St., TASTE! Craft Eatery has been a SLO institution for the past 10 years. Serving up scrumptious sliders, meaty macs and satisfying salads, TASTE! also has an extensive cocktail, wine and beer menu packed with local favorites. Dine on the restaurant’s outdoor patio for the full experience.

SLO Provisions

Local ingredients rule the day at SLO Provisions, an all-day eatery that features house-roasted meats from the rotisserie grill, salads plucked freshly from local farms and baked goods that will have you saving room for dessert. Popular dishes include Spanish bocadillos, black-eye pea salads and a host of Southern favorites. Stop in for party platters, picnic box lunches and, of course, outdoor patio dining on Monterey St. 

Kitchen & Vine

Fast-casual meets homestyle at Kitchen & Vine, a cozy eatery in the heart of SLO. Once a 100-acre ranch that grew sugar beets, barley, flowers and more, this historic farmhouse still serves up farm-fresh food–just on a plate or in a mug. Breakfast or lunch, it’s always good and always colorful.


Next time a Mediterranean vibe strikes you out of the blue, head over to Petra Mediterranean Pizza Grill, which creates unbelievable shawarmas, gyros and, oh yeah, some of the best pizza in the nation. Don’t believe it? Take it up with USA Today, which named Petra one of the nation’s top 25 pizza places. On top of that, Petra features outdoor dining that’s pet-friendly!

Luna Red

Located near San Luis Obispo’s historic Mission de Tolosa, local eatery Luna Red is big on charm. Housed in a Spanish style building over the San Luis Obispo Creek, Luna Red features a terra cotta outdoor dining patio and a menu that highlights Spanish paella, tacos and tapas plates. It’s also a great place to bring your animal companion to join along in your meal. Learn more about Luna Red’s pet policy here.

Kreuzberg Coffee Company

A little slice of Europe in California? It’s more likely than you think. Kreuzberg Coffee Company has been a SLO staple since 2010. It’s the perfect place to get your caffeine fix while working or studying. And, after the sun goes down, it turns into a comfy cocktail lounge where friends gather.