7 Places To Dine In The SLO Sunshine

Does the warm spring weather have you longing for a refreshing al fresco brunch, luncheon or dinner? Look no further! We’ve put together a go-to guide of local San Luis Obispo restaurants featuring patios and comfortable outdoor seating that is sure to satisfy. Fresh open-air, delicious food, and fantastic drink selections. You’re welcome.


Novo Restaurant Lounge

726 Higuera Street, San Luis Obispo, CA

Enjoy the locally sourced, wholesome, and globally inspired cuisine while you dine on the creekside patio at Novo Restaurant and Lounge. Experience incredible appetizers, sides, soup & salads, and Novo traditions along with a fine selection of wines and draft beer.


Luna Red

1023 Chorro Street, San Luis Obispo, CA

Located next to the Mission Plaza in the heart of downtown San Luis Obispo, Luna Red offers guests exceptional dining experience in a lively, artistic casual setting with views of the Mission and San Luis Creek.


Black Sheep Bar & Grill

1117 Chorro Street, San Luis Obispo, CA

Soak in a little sunshine while you enjoy Black Sheep Bar & Grill’s famous mac n cheese, handcrafted burgers, tacos, sandwiches, pasta, salads, finger food, and sides.


Taste! Catering & Eatery

2900 Broad Street, San Luis Obispo, CA

Taste! Eatery is an exciting spot that features an outdoor seating area where guests may enjoy some sun with their small plates, sliders, mini burgers, mac n cheese, fries, chicken, salads, and more! The wine bar is quite nice and the beer selection is noteworthy.


Firestone Grill

1001 Higuera Street, San Luis Obispo, CA

A local favorite among residents, Firestone Grill is known for its expansive outdoor seating area, delicious tri-tip sandwich, and burgers along with other barbecue dishes complete with their very own special house sauce.


Big Sky Cafe

1121 Broad Street, San Luis Obispo, CA

Looking for a healthy dining alternative? Check out the fresh market cuisine of Big Sky Café located in the heart of downtown San Luis Obispo just a block from the Mission Plaza. The outdoor patio is small, but the open setting and vaulted ceilings help bring the outdoors in. Its brick and weathered steel facade are easy to spot on Broad Street. You can’t miss it.


Cafe Roma

1020 Railroad Avenue, San Luis Obispo, CA

Café Roma is a historic Italian restaurant featuring great food, genuine hospitality, and a setting with its own story to tell. Café Roma features indoor and outdoor (covered garden patio with heaters) dining and specializes in intimate meals and large parties. The wine list is quite extensive too!

Do you have a favorite San Luis Obispo restaurant in mind that features outdoor seating that should be included on our list? Share your al fresco dining secrets in the comments below.



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