Restaurants in San Luis Obispo, CA

On California’s Central Coast, San Luis Obispo is a good place to get a taste of the region’s unique BBQ. Tri-tip cooked over live oak flames develops a smoky flavor and turns tender. It is served with pinquito beans and, at Old San Luis BBQ, with jalapeno-spiked corn and cheddar pie. Old San Luis also serves its tri-tip sliced as a sandwich in a sourdough roll. Other San Luis Obispo faves include Lotus for Vietnamese pork Banh Mi sandwiches, Taqueria Santa Cruz Express for fish tacos and a Cal Poly burrito baked in green sauce and cheese sided by fresh guacamole, and SloDoCo for silly-colored donuts and California’s unique buttermilk bars.

San Luis Obispo’s Most Famous Dishes

A basket of six hot donuts: plain, powdered sugar, cinnamon

Donuts

Mountainous sandwich holds pastrami, egg, French fries, cole slaw, and a tomato

Sandwiches

Opened-up burrito reveals chile-infused beef.

Burrito

Dark, juice-heavy slices of tri-tip beef spill out of the bun that holds them

Tri-Tip Sandwich

San Luis Obispo’s Best Restaurants

Lincoln Market & Deli

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Thai Boat

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Taqueria Santa Cruz Express

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Firestone Grill

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SloDoCo Donuts

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Pitmaster tends tri-tip beef on the grill
Old San Luis BBQ

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High Street Market and Deli

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Originally Published 1997 Gourmet Magazine After a good day of boldly eating where no food writers have eaten before—truck stops, diners, smoke shacks, even the occasional scurrilous road-house that anchors...

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