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Car Free and Carefree in San Luis Obispo County

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San Luis Obispo Car Free
3433 Roberto Court
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
Phone: (805) 781-5912
Fax: (805) 781-1002

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No matter what type of food you’re craving, San Luis Obispo’s numerous dining options are sure to satisfy your desires. Eating locally has never been easier than in the cornucopia of the Central Coast. With many restaurants serving local wines and fresh produce, you’ll have a chance to get a taste of what San Luis Obispo has to offer. Many restaurants are walking distance of the hotels or accessible through SLO Transit! Visit San Luis Obispo Car Free…Let us show you how!


Alex Madonna's Gold Rush Steak House, at Madonna Inn


Car Free Discount Offers: Free slice of cake with the purchase of regular priced entree **

Treat yourself to unforgettable casual fine dining. Indulge in a delicious oak-pit barbecue steak or seafood dinner in their warm and inviting Gold Rush Steak House. It's a spot to remember with outstanding service, suberb wine list, mouthwatering entrees, and rich desserts.

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Apple Farm


Car Free Discount Offers: 15% off Standard rates and a free slice of pie with the purchase of any regular priced dinner entreé**

We invite you to the Apple Farm Inn, a subtle blend of the ambiance of a turn-of-the-century Victorian Inn and the luxury of a fine hotel. The goal of our staff is to make you feel welcome by offering genuine hospitality, which combines attention to detail, friendliness and anticipation of your needs. Come let us pamper you!

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Big Sky Cafe


Car Free Discount Offer: 10% off entire bill

Big Sky has served farmers market fresh cuisine since 1996 in downtown San Luis Obispo. The dozens of farms from which we purchase produce directly are listed on our menu. We’ve worked with Cal Poly Organic Farm since it’s beginnings and feature many other organic and sustainable products (and many of our employees are avid bicyclists). Come in and please the palate with sustainable and delicious food!

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Chili’s Bar & Grill, Arroyo Grande


SLO Car Free Discount Offer: 10% Discount off entire bill! *

Chili’s provides an upbeat, casual and value minded dining experience for local and visitors! We pride ourselves on our humble beginnings, following a devotion to great food, warm hospitality and community spirit. We’re committed to giving back to the community that has helped us grow. Stop by today for some great food and fun. Our restaurant is located conveniently near transit and a park and ride in Arroyo Grande and we have a bike rack located on site, perfect for car free travelers!

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Creekside Brewing Company


SLO Car Free Discount Offer: 15% Discount off all regular priced items.

This exceptionally scenic brewpub location is highlighted with patio dining suspended over San Luis Creek. Brilliant new stainless steel brewing equipment is the centerpiece of the restaurant. The Menu is original, pairing fine ales and lagers with unique comfort food. Creekside Brewing Company serves lunch and dinner 7 days a week, starting at 11 am every day. Bring your bus pass and let SLO Transit or the Downtown Trolley drop you off a half block away or ride your bike; we have a place for you to lock it up!

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Custom House, Avila Beach


SLO Car Free Discount Offer: 10% Discount off regular priced items.

Located in the heart of Avila Beach, the Custom House is a favorite to all who have stopped in since the 1970′s. Come on in and enjoy breakfast, lunch or dinner in the comfort of the indoors or relax on our outdoor patio that is only steps from the beach.

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Dream Dinners Ferrini Square


Car Free Discount Offer: New customers receive a one time discount of 15% off an order of 36 servings or more!

Do you ever come near the end of a busy day and wonder, “What’s for dinner?” At Dream Dinners we answer that question for you. Our monthly menu includes over 14 different recipes each month, along with additional pre-assembled dinners, sides, breads and desserts ready for purchase while in one of our stores. A wide variety of options means there are plenty of meal preparation choices to satisfy everyone in the family. We provide everything you need to assemble delicious dinners from easy-to-follow instructions to fresh, pre-cut ingredients. Learning how Dream Dinners works is easy!

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Louisa’s Place


Car Free Discount Offer: 10% off discount!

Treat your taste buds to everything Louisa’s Place has to offer. Our family-style restaurant serves up the best selection of delicious food, including the best breakfast in town. Whether you are craving omelettes, buttermilk pancakes, or cinnamon rolls, we have it all!

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SLO Car Free Discount Offer: Free appetizer with the purchase of two entrees! **

Madeline’s is proud to announce it has officially received a brand new make-over. From the Chef’s garden in front to the new paint in the restaurant, if you haven’t been in lately we hope you will soon! Also Chef David has been busy making new menu changes so please visit the dinner menu to see what he’s been working on. Located to the north of San Luis Obispo county on the central coast. Whether you come for an intimate dinner for two or for that special party we want you to know that your dining needs are in safe hands with us. Thank you for visiting Madeline’s online and I look forward to meeting you soon!

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Novo Restaurant


SLO Car Free Discount Offer: $5 off an order of $25 or more! **

The word NOVO or “new” is Brazilian Portuguese – a fresh global expression representing the ambiance and food of NOVO!

Set against a rich, eclectic backdrop, NOVO’s international flavors are the leading ingredients in an exotic dining experience. Brazilian, Mediterranean and Asian flavors awaken the senses. In house roasted spices for curries, mixtures and marinades balanced with crisp, seasonal vegetables and savory meats. Explore.

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Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory- San Luis Obispo


SLO Car Free Discount Offer: 15% off your purchase **

One visit to our store and you’ll discover why Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory is the number one destination of chocolate lovers everywhere. Throughout our store you will discover a fantastic variety of yummy chocolates and confections to satisfy cravings of even the most ardent chocoholic! Watch as we dip crisp apples in thick bubbling caramel from a traditional copper kettle. Smile as we roll them in a rainbow of tasty toppings to complete your old fashioned treat. Linger awhile longer and learn how fudge is made as we fashion a creamy loaf on a traditional marble slab, the old fashioned way, right before your eyes. And of course, everyone gets a free sample! But don’t leave without sharing your experience with a gift of fine chocolate, elegantly crafted and beautifully packaged in boxes, tins and baskets.

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Splash Cafe & Artisan Bakery - SLO


Car Free Discount Offer: SLO location - Receive a free cookie with the purchase of an entree!

Splash Cafe Artisan Bakery takes you back to the times when breads, cakes and pastries were made from scratch, where danish and croissants were rolled out by hand. The word "Artisan" should mean made with pride by human hands using pure & natural ingredients. Splash Cafe's Artisan Bakery produces over 1,000 bread bowls a day to keep up with the demands of their customers for their award-winning clam chowder. Stop in today and see what all the talk is about!

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Splash Cafe - Pismo Beach


Car Free Discount Offer: Pismo Beach location - Receive a cup of clam chowder for $1.00 with the purchase of an entree!

Splash Cafe has been a favorite destination in Pismo Beach, California since 1989, specifically for our award-winning clam chowder. They make their clam chowder fresh from scratch everyday in our cafes and serve more than 30,000 gallons of clam chowder per year between the two cafes!

Their convenient location is in the heart of Pismo Beach close to transit stops and less than 2 miles fom the Amtrak Station in Grover Beach!

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The Broad Street Giant Grinder Shop


SLO Car Free Discount Offer: 20% any regularly priced item **

Have a little East Coast flavor on the West Coast, right in the heart of San Luis Obispo! Delicious, simple and fresh, try our original and put us to the test. We offer a size for any appetite so don’t be afraid to come down. Conveniently located on Broad Street, the Giant Grinder Shop is perfect for grabbing a quick sandwich for your picnic lunch on your bike ride out to the beautiful vineyards of Edna Valley.

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Village Host Pizza and Grill


SLO Car Free Discount Offer: $3 off a large pizza or $2 off a medium pizza.

Come and visit your neighborhood, family-owned pizza shop, where we are serving up more than just pizza. We offer a wide variety of menu items from pizza to delicious sandwiches and everything is made fresh daily. We also have the finest selection of wine on the central coast!

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San Luis Obispo Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center Restaurants Listings

San Luis Obispo County Visitors & Conference Bureau Restaurants Listings


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