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There’s no doubt that San Luis Obispo’s ever-evolving food and drink culture is something to be celebrated—and we most certainly do. This unique culinary destination is a true reflection of SLO’s story, and we invite you to be a part of it by visiting some of the best restaurants in San Luis Obispo.

Enjoy the unbeatable ambiance of our creekside dining along San Luis Obispo Creek at places like international fusion restaurant, Novo— or upscale Mexican cuisine, The Carrisa. Perhaps taste the flavor of Downtown SLO restaurants, including the Central Coast specialty, the tri-tip sandwich, at places like Old San Luis BBQ or Firestone Grill. Or, let the flavors of SLO’s Historic Chinatown take you away to the far east on a gastronomic journey to places like Mee Heng Low Noodle House. Maybe you’re in the mood for gluten-free, vegan or alternative options? Grab lunch and dinner at spots like Bliss Café or Nourish SLO.

Wrap up your night at Black Sheep Bar and Grill for award-winning food and drinks with a side of live music – or even just take a walk around the city and stop at one of SLO’s many food trucks.

Grabbing a drink in SLO is just as gratifying. Home to hand-crafted brewers and world-class winemakers, master cocktail creators and unbeatable hospitality, San Luis Obispo County will wow you with quality beverages to quench every craving.

With over 280 San Luis Obispo wineries, including tasting rooms at Biddle Ranch Vineyard and Tolosa Winery, wine touring at Chamisal Vineyards, outdoor picnics at Kelsey See Canyon Vineyards, and more, wine lovers will find themselves right at home in SLO’s wine country.

The Central Coast is the mecca of wine cellars for cool climate wine varietals like Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays — and a day spent wine tasting in the Edna Valley Vineyard is no doubt a day well spent.

Looking for more of a cold brew? Each San Luis Obispo brewery can boast some of the best craft brews in the area with local hotspots like Central Coast Brewing, SLO Brew Rock and Barrelhouse Brewing Co.

More of a craft cocktail connoisseur? Explore some of the exquisite craft confections at Downtown San Luis Obispo’s most notable places – like Sidecar Cocktail Co. and 1865 Craft House – or take a scenic trip to Pismo Beach and visit Giuseppe’s Cucina Rustica.

The Central Coast’s gastronomic heart beats to the rhythm of San Luis Obispo. It’s time to “SLO” down and take in the flavors of the best restaurants in SLO, located in the heart of SLO CAL. Explore SLO restaurants and bars.

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