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

Fresh pastas, ready to boil


Chocolate donut is completely enrobed in dark chocolate icing

Chocolate Donut

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

Tri-Tip Sandwich

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


San Luis Obispo’s Best Restaurants

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