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“Great spot to stop off the highway and relax” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Big Sky Cafe

Big Sky Cafe
1121 Broad St, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401-3506
805-545-5401
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Price range: $1 - $20
Cuisines: American, Asian, Mediterranean, Vegetarian
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Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Tahoe City, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Great spot to stop off the highway and relax”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2013

We were traveling from San Francisco to Los Angeles down 101 and San Luis Obispo is our usually lunch spot--great town to get out and stretch and walk around, with a lot of great restaurants. This trip, we chose Big Sky Cafe and we were not disappointed. Sweet vibe and the menu was completely intriguing--hard to narrow down our choices. Hubby went with the Buttermilk Fried Chicken Salad--yeah, he was hooked at the thought of fried chicken and the salad part of it justified to him that this was health food. He wouldn't share he was so hooked on it. I had the Winter Vegetable Pot Pie with a Cheddar Cheese crust and it came with a side of kale salad. Wow! Usually a pot pie is a lot of caloric sauce with a few veggies floating in it--not this! Chock full of veggies and mushrooms that were fresh, al dente, not soggy or frozen, the crust was a delight and the kale salad was so yummy. This place is also open for breakfast and dinner and we will return.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Chico, CA
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78 reviews 78 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 37 cities Reviews in 37 cities
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
“3rd time here- 1st two times were great, third disappointing”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2013 via mobile

Food this last trip was so so and our service was terrible. It wasn't crowded and employees were standing around yet my latte took so long my meal was done by the time they got around to making it. Waiter was less than on top of it. Food was okay. Last 2 times we had great food and decent service. Maybe it was just the day...

    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Sonoma, California
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91 reviews 91 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 34 cities Reviews in 34 cities
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
“Everytime you return the food is very good”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2013

Everyone who has ever visited always returns to see if the food is still good. It is.
The special today was shrimp poo boy sandwich. Very good and filling.
Over the past 15 years or so, everything we have tried has been very good.
You can usually find parking a few blocks away on one of the side street. No big deal.
Enjoy your visit.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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California
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45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
“Great Menu!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2013

Everytime I come to the San Luis Obispo area I have to eat here, the food is that good. Recently I stayed in Morro Bay for a week, but I drove to San Luis twice to eat here. As with anything downtown, the parking is a challenge. Once you get here it's quite possible you may have to put your name on the wait list. But it's worth it. I am a vegetarian and they have a variety of wonderful options for me. I recently had a take off on a Vietnamese bunh mi. Excellent! My friend loves the Gumbo Ya Ya, ordered it twice.

  • Visited January 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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San Luis Obispo, CA
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24 restaurant reviews
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23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
“A San Luis Obispo favorite”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2013

When ex-residents of SLO come back for a visit, they almost always want at least one meal at Big Sky. There's a nice ambiance about the place that fits perfectly with downtown SLO. The menus are varied (they serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner) with options for vegetarians and something to please even the pickiest of eaters. Most of the food is locally sourced, and there's always a blackboard full of specials. I'm very fond of the salads and my husband likes the sandwiches. The service is good and we see the same faces over time so it must be a good place to work. The owner contributes to many organizations in the community, which is another reason we like to eat there.

  • Visited January 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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