Sebastian’s Café

Hamburgers | Sandwich Shop | Small Town Café
Memorable
One of the best
Save

Sebastian’s Café is located in the small coastal town of San Simeon, making it a great stop for lunch if you are checking out the well-known elephant seal rookery or the Hearst Castle. It is located in a historic general store building that dates back to 1852.

Once inside you will find a sandwich counter, a handful of tables, and an adjoining room with a large bar that serves as Hearst Ranch Winery’s tasting room. Guests can grab a glass or bottle of wine to enjoy with their meal, but for me, the true draws are sandwiches and onion rings.

Burgers use Hearst Ranch free-range, grass-fed and grass-finished beef. There are many different variations, including a beautiful green chile & pepperjack cheeseburger with chipotle mayo: Creamy cheese coats tender beef while a mild green pepper drapes the top. For all the abundant ingredients, this burger does not turn into a big mess as you eat it.

The Black Bean Cheeseburger is a good vegetarian option. The patty is topped with pepper jack and a secret sauce along with sliced tomato and lettuce. It may not be the healthiest veggie burger you’ve eaten, but it just might be the most delicious.

If burgers are not what you want, the menu offers salads, sandwiches, and chili.

As a side dish, French fries are just the right thickness to create a crunchy outside while offering a smooth spud interior. Or, consider onion rings: They are coated with crunchy batter that stays crisp and warm to the last one.

Inside dining is close-quarters. On pleasant days there is plenty of outdoor seating that allows you to enjoy Central Coast sunshine and views of resident horses grazing. Dogs are welcome on the outside deck.

What to Eat
Sebastian’s Café, Green Chile & Pepper Jack Cheese Burger
Green Chile & Pepper Jack Cheese Burger
Must-Try
Burger topped with creamy cheese and a mild pepper: not too messy!
Sebastian’s Café, Veggie Black Bean Cheeseburger
Veggie Black Bean Cheeseburger
Must-Try
Vegetarian burger, loaded with pepper jack cheese, vegetables, and secret sauce
Sebastian’s Café, French Fries
French Fries
Must-Try
French fries are golden with a crisp exterior.
Sebastian’s Café, Onion Rings
Onion Rings
Must-Try
Onion rings have a crisp, rugged coat.
Directions and Hours
closed now
Sunday
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Saturday
Information
Price
$$
Seasons
Open Year Round
Meals Served
Lunch
Credit Cards Accepted
Yes
Alcohol Served
Yes
Outdoor Seating
Yes
Website

Other Nearby Restaurants

  • SloDoCo Donuts

    San Luis Obispo, California

    SloDoCo offers colorful, creative strip mall donuts. It’s open all night to feed and caffeinate college students and the road weary.

  • Lotus

    San Luis Obispo, California

    When Banh Mi craving hits in San Luis Obispo, find Lotus, a hidden Vietnamese restaurant amidst the shops and eateries of a busy downtown.

  • Tognazzini’s Dockside Too

    Morro Bay, California

    Tognazzini’s Dockside Too is the place to be in Morro Bay, California, for a casual seafood meal in a dog-friendly environment with a view of Morro Rock.

  • Bijou Bakery

    Cayucos, California

    One bite of a pastry from Bijou Bakery is all you need to understand why this special spot is considered a Central Coast gem by locals and visitors.

  • Taco Temple

    Morro Bay, California

    In Morro Bay, California, Taco Temple puts a special twist on tacos and other familiar Mexican-American restaurant favorites.

  • Cavalier Coastal Kitchen

    San Simeon, California

    For a casual, comforting meal with the Pacific Ocean in view, swing into the Cavalier Coastal Kitchen on your drive through California’s Central Coast.