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5 Spaces for Al Fresco Dining on the Central Coast

With a bottle of wine by your side and a cool evening breeze in the air, dining al fresco – or “open air” – is a lovely experience in the summertime. Luckily, Central Coast restaurants make great use of its patios. There are many fantastic restaurants with lovely al fresco dining spaces that create an exceptional dining experience. Here are 5 of our favorite spaces of Al Fresno dining; try one of them for dinner for a pleasant night out.


At Novo in downtown San Luis Obispo, eat deliciously crafted global cuisine by a scenic creek, with leafy trees covering the patio and noises of water trickling filling the air. The excellent and knowledgeable service staff at Novo will guide you through their menu with vegan options, delicious curry, and more fused Asian-American style foods. The twinkle lights, umbrellas, and a pleasant patio will elevate your dining experience on a warm summer night.

Buona Tavola

If you’re craving a classic Italian meal complete with plenty of carbs, creamy sauces, and delicious wine, look no further than Buona Tavola. Their lovely downtown San Luis Obispo location has a back patio where you can dine al fresco, and the restaurant has a location in Paso Robles as well. While the San Luis Obispo patio is partially covered, it feels just like you’re outside. White tablecloths, twinkle lights, a large tree in the center of the patio make it a rustic fine dining experience where you’re sure to enjoy your meal and the atmosphere. Pair your choice with a wine off their extensive menu.

The Steakhouse at the Paso Robles Inn

The premier steakhouse in Paso Robles, The Steakhouse at the Paso Robles Inn offers a rustic indoor dining room and elegant patio seating in downtown Paso Robles. As you eat superb steaks and side dishes such as artichokes with refreshing aioli, glance out onto the hotel’s gardens filled with flowers, trees, and lawns that are frequently used for weddings and other events. Pair your meal with a glass of local wine – (there is no corkage fee if you bring a Paso Robles bottle) and enjoy the ambiance with a classic Central Coast meal!

Luna Red

A tapas meal is fun and laid-back at Luna Red, and the social layout of the patio makes getting dinner feel more like grabbing a drink with a bunch of new friends. There is a fire pit, outdoor bar, and plenty of seating at this vibrant and exciting downtown San Luis Obispo spot, with plenty of food options for all types of palates. Try the ceviche or paella, and enjoy a warm evening in downtown San Luis Obispo lit up by twinkling lights, the fire pits, and a great view of Mission San Luis Obispo.

Granada Bistro

Granada Bistro is an adorable hotel and restaurant in downtown San Luis Obispo with great energy, delicious food, and innovative drinks. Try the kimchi green beans, flank steak or tagliatelle. With a lot of natural light, a large patio adjacent to the street along with an upstairs patio, heat lamps, and fire, this restaurant is very charming and creative. It’s a great place to people watch or just enjoy a San Luis Obispo night.

Summer is the perfect time to dine al fresco in the Central Coast! Consider staying with us at Martin Resorts to make these experiences a reality.

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