Guidebook for Arroyo Grande

Carolyn
Guidebook for Arroyo Grande

Parks & Nature

Day use is only $5.00 and is good for coming and going from the beach until 11 p.m. Have a bonfire after sunset, surf, sun, rent ATVS and cruise the dunes. This is the only place in CA where you can drive your car on the beach (I recommend low tide as the best time)
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Oceano Dunes SRVA
100 Pier Avenue
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Day use is only $5.00 and is good for coming and going from the beach until 11 p.m. Have a bonfire after sunset, surf, sun, rent ATVS and cruise the dunes. This is the only place in CA where you can drive your car on the beach (I recommend low tide as the best time)
Take the winding drive through pioneers' eucalyptus groves and end up at a great beach cove. Watch whales pass by and waves crashing against the cliff.
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Montaña de Oro State Park
3550 Pecho Valley Road
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Take the winding drive through pioneers' eucalyptus groves and end up at a great beach cove. Watch whales pass by and waves crashing against the cliff.

Entertainment & Activities

Catch a touring performer or group. They host plays, dancers, acrobats, all sorts of musical entertainment for a wide audience.
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Clark Center for the Performing Arts
487 Fair Oaks Ave
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Catch a touring performer or group. They host plays, dancers, acrobats, all sorts of musical entertainment for a wide audience.
Boo, hiss, and cheer the iconic characters in the short plays presented on stage. Melodrama and Vaudeville like it is 1916. Fun and casual, family fare.
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The Great American Melodrama & Vaudeville
1863 Front Street
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Boo, hiss, and cheer the iconic characters in the short plays presented on stage. Melodrama and Vaudeville like it is 1916. Fun and casual, family fare.

Food Scene

Craft beers, great food, and live music on occasion. Can get loud!
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Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co. Arroyo Grande
1462 E Grand Ave
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Craft beers, great food, and live music on occasion. Can get loud!
As they say on their website: "Eclectic, locally focused bistro prepping wood-fired pizzas & small plates in rustic, romantic digs." Close Mon/Tues. Good reviews, $$$
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Ember Restaurant
1200 East Grand Avenue
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As they say on their website: "Eclectic, locally focused bistro prepping wood-fired pizzas & small plates in rustic, romantic digs." Close Mon/Tues. Good reviews, $$$
"Bar & grill offering American fare, cocktails & local wine in energetic, comfortable surrounds." Open everyday 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. This area - known as the Village of Arroyo Grande - has a lot of great places to get something to eat.
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Rooster Creek Tavern
200 East Branch Street
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"Bar & grill offering American fare, cocktails & local wine in energetic, comfortable surrounds." Open everyday 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. This area - known as the Village of Arroyo Grande - has a lot of great places to get something to eat.
When I was in high school back in the 60's everyone wanted to go there for their honeymoon. I think they still might! "Among the on-site dining options are a steakhouse/lounge, a cafe and a bakery. There's also an elegant spa offering beauty and wellness treatments." Also the "Silver Bar Cocktail Lounge with nightly dancing and live music."
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Madonna Inn
100 Madonna Road
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When I was in high school back in the 60's everyone wanted to go there for their honeymoon. I think they still might! "Among the on-site dining options are a steakhouse/lounge, a cafe and a bakery. There's also an elegant spa offering beauty and wellness treatments." Also the "Silver Bar Cocktail Lounge with nightly dancing and live music."
My personal favorite place to take company. After you dine, you can take a walk down the road to the cliff front and watch for whales passing by.
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Zorro's Cafe & Cantina
927 Shell Beach Road
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My personal favorite place to take company. After you dine, you can take a walk down the road to the cliff front and watch for whales passing by.
The Village of Arroyo Grande has a number of great places to get a meal, and this is a place I've been going to for years.
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Gina's Italian Cuisine
138 East Branch Street
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The Village of Arroyo Grande has a number of great places to get a meal, and this is a place I've been going to for years.
For a great dining experience . . .
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Giuseppe's Cucina Italiana
891 Price Street
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For a great dining experience . . .
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Woodstock's Pizza SLO
1000 Higuera Street
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Known for their BBQ - meat eaters love it here!
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Jocko's
125 North Thompson Avenue
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Known for their BBQ - meat eaters love it here!
Well known and popular
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Ventana Grill
2575 Price Street
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Well known and popular
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Custom House
404 Front Street
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Voted SLO 2016 Best Restaurant Period. & Best Seafood
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Ciopinot Seafood Grille
1051 Nipomo Street
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Voted SLO 2016 Best Restaurant Period. & Best Seafood
Well known and popular.
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Novo Restaurant & Lounge
726 Higuera Street
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Well known and popular.
People rave!
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The Spoon Trade
295 W Grand Ave
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People rave!
Breakfast is popular.
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Del Monte Cafe
1901 Santa Barbara Avenue
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Breakfast is popular.
Voted SLO 2016 runner up Best Breakfast
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Louisa's Place Restaurant
964 Higuera Street
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Voted SLO 2016 runner up Best Breakfast
Voted SLO Best Hangover Food
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Franks Famous Hot Dogs
950 California Boulevard
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Voted SLO Best Hangover Food
Voted SLO runner up Best Hangover Food
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Sylvester's Burgers
1875 Front St
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Voted SLO runner up Best Hangover Food
Voted SLO Best Vegetarian Fare
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Big Sky Cafe
1121 Broad Street
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Voted SLO Best Vegetarian Fare
Voted SLO Best Mexican Food
Taqueria Santa Cruz Express
1308 Monterey St
Voted SLO Best Mexican Food
Voted SLO runner up Best Mexican
Tacos De Acapulco
1051 S 13th St
Voted SLO runner up Best Mexican
Voted SLO Best Chinese Food
Mandarin Gourmet
1316 Madonna Road
Voted SLO Best Chinese Food
Voted SLO Best Japanese Food
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Goshi | Japanese Restaurant
570 Higuera Street
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Voted SLO Best Japanese Food
Voted SLO Best Thai Food
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Thai Boat
3212 Broad Street
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Voted SLO Best Thai Food
Voted SLO Best Mediterranean Food
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Petra Mediterranean Pizza and Grill
1210 Higuera Street
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Voted SLO Best Mediterranean Food
Voted SLO Best Barbecue
Old Slo BBQ Co.
670 Higuera Street
Voted SLO Best Barbecue
Voted SLO Best Steak
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F. McLintocks Saloon
133 Bridge Street
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Voted SLO Best Steak
Voted SLO Best Burger
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Eureka!
1141 Chorro Street
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Voted SLO Best Burger
It's a small "hole in the wall" kind of place. Great ratings, good food.
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Lil'bits Cafe
151 North 7th Street
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It's a small "hole in the wall" kind of place. Great ratings, good food.
Said to be one of the best for Mexican food. MONDAY - SUNDAY​, 8:00 AM TO 10:00 PM
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Efren's Deli
1720 Beach St
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Said to be one of the best for Mexican food. MONDAY - SUNDAY​, 8:00 AM TO 10:00 PM
A chain - something for you meat eaters.
Tahoe Joe's
485 Madonna Road
A chain - something for you meat eaters.
Good Japanese food. Closed Sunday, open all the rest of the week for lunch 11:30AM–2PM, and for dinner 5–9PM
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Pacific Umi Sushi
1319 West Grand Avenue
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Good Japanese food. Closed Sunday, open all the rest of the week for lunch 11:30AM–2PM, and for dinner 5–9PM
Always seem to have a ton of people feasting! Friday11:30AM–9:30PM Saturday11:30AM–9:30PM SundayClosed Monday11:30AM–2PM, 5–9PM Tuesday11:30AM–2PM, 5–9PM Wednesday11:30AM–2PM, 5–9PM Thursday11:30AM–2PM, 5–9PM
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Yamato Japanese Restaurant
1741 W Grand Ave
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Always seem to have a ton of people feasting! Friday11:30AM–9:30PM Saturday11:30AM–9:30PM SundayClosed Monday11:30AM–2PM, 5–9PM Tuesday11:30AM–2PM, 5–9PM Wednesday11:30AM–2PM, 5–9PM Thursday11:30AM–2PM, 5–9PM
Two for one specials everyday. Great chicken and white sauce.
Fatte's Pizza of Grover Beach
1741 W Grand Ave
Two for one specials everyday. Great chicken and white sauce.
Recommended by folks I know. Hours: Friday 6AM–2PM Saturday 7AM–2PM Sunday 7AM–2PM Monday 6AM–2PM Tuesday 6AM–2PM Wednesday6AM–2PM Thursday6AM–2PM
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Penny's All American Cafe
1053 Price Street
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Recommended by folks I know. Hours: Friday 6AM–2PM Saturday 7AM–2PM Sunday 7AM–2PM Monday 6AM–2PM Tuesday 6AM–2PM Wednesday6AM–2PM Thursday6AM–2PM
Right on the beach, open 9 to 9 every day.
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Wooly's
175 Pomeroy Ave
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Right on the beach, open 9 to 9 every day.
Said to be known far & wide for their Clam Chowder - get it served in the bread bowl. Often there is a line to get in . . . Open everyday 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.
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Splash Café Pismo Beach
197 Pomeroy Avenue
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Said to be known far & wide for their Clam Chowder - get it served in the bread bowl. Often there is a line to get in . . . Open everyday 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Seafood! This was one of my parents' favorite places to eat. Hours: Friday7AM–10PM Saturday7AM–10PM Sunday7AM–9PM Monday7AM–9PM Tuesday7AM–9PM Wednesday7AM–9PM Thursday7AM–9PM
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The Quarterdeck Seafood Bar & Grill
1500 W Branch St
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Seafood! This was one of my parents' favorite places to eat. Hours: Friday7AM–10PM Saturday7AM–10PM Sunday7AM–9PM Monday7AM–9PM Tuesday7AM–9PM Wednesday7AM–9PM Thursday7AM–9PM
Eatery with a seascape mural serving fresh, often local seafood, including crack-your-own shellfish. Hours: Friday11AM–10PM Saturday11AM–10PM Sunday11AM–9PM Monday11AM–9PM Tuesday11AM–9PM Wednesday11AM–9PM Thursday11AM–9PM
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Cracked Crab
751 Price Street
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Eatery with a seascape mural serving fresh, often local seafood, including crack-your-own shellfish. Hours: Friday11AM–10PM Saturday11AM–10PM Sunday11AM–9PM Monday11AM–9PM Tuesday11AM–9PM Wednesday11AM–9PM Thursday11AM–9PM
Woodsy-chic gastropub offering classic & creative American grub, rotating beer taps & lots of TVs. Hours: Friday11:30AM–10PM Saturday11:30AM–10PM Sunday11:30AM–10PM Monday11:30AM–10PM Tuesday11:30AM–10PM Wednesday11:30AM–10PM Thursday11:30AM–10PM
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Shell Beach Brew House
1527 Shell Beach Road
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Woodsy-chic gastropub offering classic & creative American grub, rotating beer taps & lots of TVs. Hours: Friday11:30AM–10PM Saturday11:30AM–10PM Sunday11:30AM–10PM Monday11:30AM–10PM Tuesday11:30AM–10PM Wednesday11:30AM–10PM Thursday11:30AM–10PM
Dolphin Bay Resort & Spa. "Californian" entrees $18-44
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Lido Restaurant & Lounge
2727 Shell Beach Road
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Dolphin Bay Resort & Spa. "Californian" entrees $18-44
Off the 101 in Arroyo Grande: picnic areas, bocce, walking trail, ocean views, tasting room
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Laetitia Vineyard & Winery
453 Laetitia Vineyard Drive
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Off the 101 in Arroyo Grande: picnic areas, bocce, walking trail, ocean views, tasting room
This is my personal favorite place in SLO: Gastropub - Buzzy spot in a renovated building with a wine bar, creative mini burgers & other New American fare. Atmosphere, good value on great food with lots of unique choices. Example: Two people = $20 for sharing 2 sliders, 1 mac&cheese, 1 salad. 2900 Broad St, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401 Phone:  1 805 541 5860
 OPEN DAILY 11am to 10pm
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TASTE! craft eatery
2900 Broad Street
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This is my personal favorite place in SLO: Gastropub - Buzzy spot in a renovated building with a wine bar, creative mini burgers & other New American fare. Atmosphere, good value on great food with lots of unique choices. Example: Two people = $20 for sharing 2 sliders, 1 mac&cheese, 1 salad. 2900 Broad St, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401 Phone:  1 805 541 5860
 OPEN DAILY 11am to 10pm

Sightseeing

Art galleries, salt water taffy, sea food, gift shops, shopping & more shopping, more food, more art, boat rides, fresh air, etc.
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Morro Bay
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Art galleries, salt water taffy, sea food, gift shops, shopping & more shopping, more food, more art, boat rides, fresh air, etc.

Essentials

Is there anything that isn't yummy from Trader Joe's? They have a wide variety of items you can grab for a picnic or food for the road during your stay.
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Trader Joe's
955 Rancho Parkway
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Is there anything that isn't yummy from Trader Joe's? They have a wide variety of items you can grab for a picnic or food for the road during your stay.

Everything Else

Food, entertainment, shopping, hanging out - go to the Thursday night Farmer's Market in SLO.
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Downtown SLO Farmers' Market
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Food, entertainment, shopping, hanging out - go to the Thursday night Farmer's Market in SLO.

Drinks & Nightlife

Mother’s Tavern, better known as MoTav, is located right in the heart of Downtown San Luis Obispo. MoTav is the largest bar in this small town, and embraces the theme of the Old West. With its high ceilings, gigantic mirror behind the bar, and stairway to the lounge located on the second floor, visitors are instantly surrounded by an essence of the Wild West. During the daytime, MoTav is a beautiful restaurant, and at night, it transforms into a bar with a variety of exciting events such as karaoke and live music on weeknights, and a nightclub with a DJ and V.I.P. lounge on the weekends. MoTav is known for its good music and overall exciting atmosphere.
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Mother's Tavern
725 Higuera Street
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Mother’s Tavern, better known as MoTav, is located right in the heart of Downtown San Luis Obispo. MoTav is the largest bar in this small town, and embraces the theme of the Old West. With its high ceilings, gigantic mirror behind the bar, and stairway to the lounge located on the second floor, visitors are instantly surrounded by an essence of the Wild West. During the daytime, MoTav is a beautiful restaurant, and at night, it transforms into a bar with a variety of exciting events such as karaoke and live music on weeknights, and a nightclub with a DJ and V.I.P. lounge on the weekends. MoTav is known for its good music and overall exciting atmosphere.
Frog and Peach is one of the liveliest bars in SLO. It features live music on a nightly basis and has a wide selection of over 30 different beers on tap. It has some of the best nightly drink specials, as well, making it a popular spots for many locals. It’s not surprising that this bar is packed even on the weekdays. During pint night, the Frog and Peach offers $1 beers after you buy a glass—an enticing deal. A live band plays on their outdoor patio, which overlooks the creek, which makes this place one of the most popular bars. They play a variety of music, with Reggae Nights every week to go along with their $3 Red Stripe Lager and Hemp Ale. There’s always something going on at the Frog and Peach, and every visit will be as exciting as your last.
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Frog & Peach Pub
728 Higuera Street
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Frog and Peach is one of the liveliest bars in SLO. It features live music on a nightly basis and has a wide selection of over 30 different beers on tap. It has some of the best nightly drink specials, as well, making it a popular spots for many locals. It’s not surprising that this bar is packed even on the weekdays. During pint night, the Frog and Peach offers $1 beers after you buy a glass—an enticing deal. A live band plays on their outdoor patio, which overlooks the creek, which makes this place one of the most popular bars. They play a variety of music, with Reggae Nights every week to go along with their $3 Red Stripe Lager and Hemp Ale. There’s always something going on at the Frog and Peach, and every visit will be as exciting as your last.