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Jul 23, 2009 07:11 PM

Pismo/SLO recommendation

We will be in Pismo for three nights and have already planned on eating at Guiseppi's in Pismo which we love, and Koberl on Blue in SLO. We were planning on having our third dinner at The Park in SLO where we have dined before and loved. Just learned that they have gone out of business. Where in SLO or Pismo area would you go for a third dinner...preferably an American, seafood or French restaurant...not Italian again, nor Asian if possible?

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  1. If you are into really casual, try the Cracked Crab. You might consider it more of a lunch place if you are thinking upscale for dinner. It really seems to be a Pismo kind of casual place to me.

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    1. re: Gail

      We like the CC...but for lunch. Looking for something a bit more upscale for dinner.

      1. re: josephnl

        More... A cyber friend who lives in Pismo suggested Novo in SLO along with the restaurant right next to the Cliffs...Marisol, I think. Another suggestion, Gardens of Avila at Sycamore Mineral Springs
        Sorry I can't give any personal advice. In Pismo, I'm a Cracked Crab and bottle of wine kind of a gal.

          1. re: Gail

            Novo sounds great. Has any CH actually been there...if so, please post. It's really sad that Park in SLO had to close.

            1. re: josephnl

              NOVO is probably the lovliest creekside setting in downtown SLO. I prefer NOVO for lunch on the patio, for a nice sandwich or salad. The evening menu is mostly small plates that are good to share with friends over drinks. But lately my husband and I haven't been too impressed with their big plates, especially for the price, and feel there are better choices for dinner if you're looking for a more upscale dining experience.

              The big buzz in SLO lately is the new Ciopinot Seafood Grille,
              I haven't had the chance to try it yet, but have heard from several people that the seafood is great.

              1. re: PattyOh

                NOVO's overrated, if you ask me. Hands down the best restaurant here is The Range in Santa Margarita. And if you ask anyone who cares about eating, they'll agree. The L.A. Times certainly did.

    2. And if you want casual, nothing beats Taco Temple in Morro Bay.

      1. We just returned from our three days in Pismo, and had two very good dinners, and one excellent dinner.

        Very good were Giuseppe's in Pismo, and Ciopinot in SLO. Both have very good food with good service and pleasant atmosphere. Ciopinot has a really interesting wine list with a zillion pinot noirs from all over the world. A fun idea!

        Our best meal was at Koberl on Blue. Excelent food, service and pleasant enough ambiance. An interesting touch is the tray of salts from around the world that they bring to the table. Our server recommended specific salts to season each of our courses with. This was interesting, fun and tasty. We had a great time and a wonderful dinner at Koberl!

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        1. re: josephnl

          Thanks for sharing about the results. Does anyone else have further comments now that it's about 6 months later? I'll be there for 2 evenings. I'm looking for a nice, unrushed place for two weeknights, sit-down service type restaurant. Although on the company's dime, I also want to make sure it's not that expensive. From Pismo to SLO, and best if near freeway exit! Thanks!

          1. re: boltnut55

            McPhee's Grill is now in Avila Beach serving the same great dinners as the Templeton location. It overlooks the golf course. See their web site

            McPhee's Grill
            416 S. Main Street, Templeton, CA 93465

            McPhee's Grill - Avila Beach
            6440 Ana Bay Drive, Avila Beach, CA 93424

            1. re: Bruce in SLO

              Good friends ate there during the weekend of World of Pinot and were not impressed. Said not to expect anything like the Templeton menu, more like your basic golf course diner.

              1. re: PolarBear

                We dined at Novo this past Jan., it was a true gem! We also dined at McClintock's with a group of 6 for our daughter's 21st birthday, it was OK but not on the same level as Novo. We also love Lido @ the Dolphin Bay Resort in Shell Beach. Mirasol @ the Cliffs where we stayed is also very good. My first choice for a meal would be Novo, tho. I can't wait to try Chow, a new Japanese place there that recently opened by the same owner's as Robin's in Cambria. We peeked inside the windows and the ambiance is beautiful, anyone been there lately? We also dined at Custom House one night this past Jan., the food was good but the hit of the meal was the Ollalieberry pie for dessert, very yummy! :)

                Custom House
                404 Front St, Grover Beach, CA 93433