The waves meet the central California farmland in a community that celebrates the delectable bounties drawn from land and sea. Succulent seafood is served with farm fresh foods and locally grown wine country inspired cuisine is prepared by talented chefs to perfectly pair with their extensive wine lists and cellar collections.
From coastal seafood dishes to casual California-style dining, Pismo Beach’s restaurants offer a range of dining experiences certain to satisfy any culinary craving.
The four-diamond Lido Restaurant at the Dolphin Bay Resort and Spa offers breathtaking views of the glittering Pacific Ocean and features California coastal cuisine showcasing local and organic farms, ranches, and culinary artisans from Pismo Beach and surrounding areas. Executive Chef Jacob Moss is dedicated to creating an innovative menu utilizing locally sourced ingredients prepared with world-class culinary style, and enjoyed in casual elegance. Fresh dishes are expertly paired with the finest local and international wines. The Chef’s Tasting Menu is a five course fine dining experience offered daily, first course options include the Seared Day Boat Scallops served with bacon hash, brussels sprouts, finished beurre blanc.
Dolphin Bay Resort and Spa
With a dining room perched on a coastal bluff, Pismo Beach’s Ventana Grill embraces the unparalleled splendor of the natural world, and invites guest to do the same. “Ventana” is Spanish for window, and the views from this restaurant’s dining room ventanas are breathtaking. Enjoy Crab Encrusted Mahi Mahi or Pipián Sea Bass and become entranced by the vivid colors of the endless azure blue ocean and rich crimson sunsets.
Pismo Beach’s location along the Central Coast of California, half way between San Francisco and Los Angeles, makes it the ideal jumping off point for exploring the rich wine regions of Edna Valley, Paso Robles, and to the south the Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez wine regions made famous by the movie Sideways.
The Paso Robles region is home to Niner Wine Estates which offers a unique food and wine pairing experience spearheaded by Executive Chef Maegen Loring. The menu is inspired by locally sourced ingredients, some of which are grown on the estate’s property. “I love working with pairings, because wine really is a living organism; it’s breathing and changing constantly” says Loring, a self-proclaimed farmer’s market addict.
Pismo Beach also hosts several annual food and wine events throughout the year. Each spring top Chardonnay producers from around the world gather in the seaside towns of Pismo Beach and Avila Beach for the Chardonnay Symposium. Guests gain a deeper appreciation of one of the world’s noble grapes during an in-depth, three-day immersion in the Chardonnay Symposium’s vineyard-to-glass series of seminars.
The area offers a wide variety of lodging options to meet the needs of every traveler, from oceanfront hotels with stunning vistas to family-friendly vacation rentals, and award-winning RV parks. A number of accommodations and excursions are also available for your pup – some of the region’s wineries even extended a warm welcome to four-legged family members!
California’s golden past is alive and well in Pismo Beach’s gentle climate where sand, sun, sea, and sky converge to create the ideal getaway.
Taste of Pismo brings together delicious samplings of local cuisine with premium Central Coast wineries and microbreweries – all in one exceptional location on the cliffs overlooking the sea.
Wine Waves and Beyond™ celebrates California’s traditional surfing lifestyle and culture. Experience artisan brews, local California farm-fresh and seaport-inspired cuisine, as well as great music and art.
The Annual Clam Festival held in October, is a 3-day party with food and fun for the entire family to enjoy.