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Aug 14, 2007 09:39 PM

San Luis Obispo...HELP!

planning on amtrak-ing up to SLO... where can I go eat within walking distance from the train station? and are there any wineries or wine bars worth going? and I know it's not food related but things to do there without a rental car??

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  1. Not sure about location in relation to the train station, but there is a wine bar called Taste, that has had a lot of write-ups. The web site is Across the street is the restaurant Koberl at Blue. Chef Koberl is incredibly talented, & was the featured chef at a black tie dinner I went to in December. There are a ton of things to do in SLO, like visiting the mission. Try googling SLO & checking out the city's official web site.

    1. 'Cafe Roma'- right across from the train station, is always rock solid for good Italian. 'Taste Wine Bar' is interesting if you want to try some local wines dispensed from high-tech "wine-vending machines". Maybe not the best wine, but cool space and concept for sure. I agree that 'Blue' is a must... great food, sexy drinks, and very cool vibe. I hit SLO at least once a year on my road trips between LA & SF, and always hate to leave this fun town. I usually try to plan it around the weekly farmer's market on Thursday evenings. If you're just doing a quick Amtrak trip, you might not need a rental car... maybe just a cab ride to the center of town, or even a nice long walk. But if you make a weekend out of it, I'd rent a car and hit some of the local wineries. Also, great shopping. Good Luck!

      1. My husband and I are eating at Koberl at Blue this Friday on the recommendation of the B&B owner where we are staying. Glad to hear positive feedback on this board. If anyone has any specific recs there, I'd love to hear them. Thanks.

        1. I will concur with the other posters, however will mention that Blue and Taste are approximately a half mile walk from the train station, and from there you are in the Down Town area where most of the shopping and nightlife is.

          If you go to Taste, be sure try whatever red Kynsi wine being offered; I am a fan of Kynsi Syrah.

          The Park is another restaurant worth mentioning. It literally is in the train station parking lot, and has received good reviews by others on the board. see

          Park Restaurant
          1819 Osos St, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

          1. The local bus stops at the train station and will take you downtown across from City Hall.
            Walk a block to Blue, to Mo's BBQ, and many others. Lots of prior posts about local stops.
            How long will you be in town ? Novo on Higuera is a favorite for lunch.