Yewwww! You've made it to SLO. Need a recommendation on where to eat and drink and be merry? We got you covered, take a look at our list below:


WHERE TO GET COFFEE

BLACKHORSE (aka UPTOWN)

The go-to coffee shop for SLO's professional crowd (Shea's daily caffeine dose). Grab a pastry and your caffeine fix on-the-go, or hang out on the patio for a more relaxed experience.

1065 Higuera Street
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
wesbiteBlackhorse 
phone: (805) 783-1300

LINNAEA'S CAFE

A favorite of students, artists, and hippies, this classic 70s throwback will fulfill all your vegetarian dreams. A wide selection of vegan and otherwise delicious cookies, cakes, and pies will have you smiling guilt and gluten free. 

1110 Garden Street
San Luis Obispo
menuLinnaea's Cafe
phone: (805) 541-5888

SCOUT COFFEE CO.

The new kid on the block is hip, understated, and damn good. Coffee roasted by Verve of Santa Cruz means that this place is full of both substance and style. The space is inspiring and always buzzing.

1130 Garden Street
San Luis Obispo
websiteScout Coffee Co.


WHERE TO EAT BREAKFAST/BRUNCH

BIG SKY CAFE

The choice cafe of the "active" SLO resident due to a wide selection of healthy yet delicious meals. The culinarily minded will appreciate the seasonal, organic, and locally sourced ingredients making for phenomenal way to fuel that lunchtime hike. 

1121 Broad Street
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
menuBig Sky Cafe
phone: (805) 545-5401

SALLY LOO'S WHOLESOME CAFE

Serving Four Barrel coffee and sourcing their ingredients from local farmers' markets makes the inevitably long waits here worth it. Savor the morning and enjoy a lengthy brunch here.

1804 Osos Street
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
websiteSally Loo's Wholesome Cafe
phone: (805) 545-5895

SEASIDE CAFE & BAKERY

Quirky, tiny, and packed with character, this Shell Beach establishment will NOT leave you hungry. Giant portions of savory and sweet breakfast delights make it worth the extra ten minute drive to get here. A walk down to the water after your meal makes for a perfect morning. 

1327 Shell Beach Road
Shell Beach, CA 93449
facebookSeaside Cafe & Bakery
phone: (805) 773-4360


WHERE TO EAT LUNCH

OLD SAN LUIS BBQ CO.

The latest contender for the best Santa Maria style tri-tip in town, this place is quickly making a name for itself and is giving Firestone a run for their money. Simple, fast, casual and affordable, and delicious. 

670 Higuera Street
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
menu: Old San Luis BBQ Co.
phone: (805) 285-2473 

HIGH STREET DELI

A stunning array of hearty humongous sandwhiches, bursting apart at the seams with ingredients.  If you're the kind of person who orders "everything" on their sandwich, you will love this place. 

350 High Street
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
menuHigh Street Deli
phone: (805) 541-4738

JAFFA CAFE

Get your mediterranean fix here where the gyros, kebab, and falafel are combined with a superb, if limited, beer selection, making for a perfect midday meal. 

1308 Monterey Street
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
menu: Jaffa Cafe
phone: (805) 543-2449


WHERE TO EAT DINNER

MAMA'S MEATBALL

Kendra worked here for a couple of years, the food is outstanding and the Allegretta family is wonderful. Go in a group and order family-style so that you can try everything - pizzas, pastas, entrées, and desserts. Mangia, mangia!

570 Higuera Street (in the Creamery)
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
menuMama's Meatball
phone: (805) 544-0861

BUONA TAVOLA

This is Shea's favorite restaurant he ever worked at, and there were many! Antonio Varia, the owner, cooks in a classic Northern Italian style, crafting delicious meals using only the freshest ingredients and always with LOVE.

1037 Monterey Street
San Luis Obispo, CA 93408
menu: Buona Tavola
phone: (805) 545-8000

NOVO RESTAURANT

This place pushes the farm-to-table movement using fresh, local, seasonal, organic produce, and meats from the Central Coast. They have an extensive wine list and nice cocktail program. Treat yourself to several courses. 

726 Higuera Street
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
menu: Novo Restaurant
phone: (805) 543-3986


WHERE TO DRINK

SPIKE'S PUB

Best place to get a brew, their large tap selection is always rotating and the men working the joint really know their beer. The croquettes (crunk-ettes), fries, and skins make for great shareable finger food. 


570 Higuera Street (in the Creamery)
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
websiteSpike's Pub
phone: (805) 544-7157

BLACK SHEEP BAR & GRILL

Snag a seat in their patio outback. We love this place because it attracts every single kind of SLO resident: students, townies, tourists, families (yes, kids too!), and professionals young and old come here for the fantastic food and pub atmosphere.  

1117 Chorro Street
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
facebookBlack Sheep Bar & Grill
phone: (805) 544-7433

THE GASLIGHT

This dive bar (attached to Manuel's Liquor) has the best/worst Whiskey Sours in town. Go for the cheap beer, pool tables, and uncrowded bar atmosphere.  

2143 Broad Street
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
website: The Gaslight
phone: (805) 543-4262