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Mar 26, 2012 11:38 AM

Graduation Dinner in San Luis Obispo

Need a recomendation for a great dinner for 12-14 people in San Luis Obispo. My daughter is graduating in June and we are all heading down for the weekend.

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  1. I would suggest that you check out Et Viola on Los Osos Valley Road. Wonderful French inspired food, they only seat 60 so reserve soon.

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    1. re: Bruce in SLO

      Completely agree, Bruce, and it is Et Voila for search purposes

      1. I would recommend Novo if you are looking for a larger, more lively spot which also happens to have great Mediteranian/New American food. Palazzo Giuseppe's is a great little Itialian spot if you are looking for something more intimate/formal. Big Sky is also a great spot which has a more vegetarian/"healthy" leaning to it, but always great food and wonderful service.

        1. Remember, it's a small town with 100's of families coming into town for that same occasion. Most places are probably already taking reservations. keep your options open and prepare to be flexible--14 is a large party in these parts. Could you do a brunch the following morning instead, or eat early, or late afternoon? you'll likely have a less rushed service at off times....just in case? You do already have room reservations sewed up I hope.

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          1. re: toodie jane

            Rooms....check. Brunches...check. Now just need dinners. Thanks for the heads up. After 5 years of going back and forth for various school functions, I am very aware of how quickly everything fills up, and how high the hotel rates go up! We are staying in Avila Beach, made those reservations months and months ago. There is a little Italian restaurant in a house a few blocks from downtown, do you happen to know the name of it?

            1. re: The_Foodaholic

              Are you thinking of Gennaro's? Northbound it's the Marsh St. exit several blocks before you get into the FM hubub. Been once, had a pretty good meal, have been meaning to go back and try their cubano sand.

              1. re: PolarBear

                not sure it's till there on Lower Marsh St. ..that's a tough location on whomever is there...

                But for Italian, Buono Tavela, next to the Fremont Theater downtown, is hard to beat, or Cafe Roma, up by the train depot. Both solid fine dining without pretense. On Fridays, for fun and a relaxed atmosphere, try the Neon Carrot's 'Happy Hour' from 4:38 to 8:42 pm, which is tapas style dining with good wines and beers. Go to their website and sign up for the newsletter to see the kinds of inventive things Chef Loring ('Sugar Plum') comes up with. It's fun. In Pismo, Thai Talay is very solid Thai, in a nice dining room, not cafe-like or funky. Gardens of Avila at Sycamore Hot Springs on Avila Beach Rd. is always good. Hoppe's up the coast in Cayucos is usually fabulous. Windows on the Water in Morro Bay (fabulous bay view from it's upstairs windows) is also well-thought of. Also in Morro By the best traditional Japanese dining in the county is across the street from WOTW at Harada's. No hi-jinks or uber-mayonnaise sauce here. Just fine fish treated well. If you haven't ventured as far south yet as Arroyo Grande, get some of Doc Bernstein's super-premium ice cream at the old fashioned soda fountain. Soooo good.