Hi, we just spent the past weekend in the lovely area of Shell Beach @ the Cliffs Resort. Dolphin Bay has a very nice restaurant called Lido that has beautiful views and fantastic food. In Pismo Beach there is also Steamers Restaurant, they had pretty good food and nice views, the food is not on the same level as Lido, tho. There is also a restaurant at The Cliffs called Mirasol, we had breakfast twice here and food was very good. They have beautiful views from the outdoor patio area.
If you go to the Sycamore Springs Resort, there is the Gardens of Avila which is a very nice restaurant, it is in SLO, just mintues away from Avila Beach. Let me know if you have any questions on any of these places and have a wonderful time at the coast, we had warm, sunny days last weekend. :)
In addition to Lido's and Steamers, there's Pelican Point at the Shore Cliff Lodge with gorgeous views. If we have storm clouds passing by, it will make for an interesting sky while dining.
You could also dine at F. McClintock's Saloon & Dining House on the east side of the 101. It's a steak/rib place on a western theme with an ocean view.
For good food with a cozy fireplace, there's Old Vienna on Shell Beach Road, which serves very good German food in their beer garden. Old Veinna is indoors and offers a fireplace on one side of the restaurant and a waterfall on the other. It doesn't have an ocean view and it isn't an elegant dining establishment, but it's one of my favorite eateries in this area.
Old Vienna sounds nice, I am going to recommend this place to friends who love German food, I wish we would have had longer in this area but we had to leave a little early to get back for the Super Bowl party at our son's house. :)
There's always next time, syrahgirl!
Hope you had a good time at your son's home watching the Super Bowl. :-)
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