I get asked all the time by clients, visiting friends and coworkers “What is your favorite restaurant in Morro Bay?” I always respond with “it depends what you are hungry for?”
So here goes, if it is a great basket of Fish and Chips you are after, I have to go with Giovanni’s Fish Market on the Embarcadero in Morro Bay. They only have outside seating but have recently updated and expanded the outside patio. If you go on a nice holiday weekend expect to wait in line to put your order in. The staff is friendly and usually pretty quick. You have to trust me when I say the food is worth the wait.
Now if you surf and turf is more your thing, I always prefers the Harbor Hut. I am yet to have a bad meal at this Morro Bay classic. The steak and seafood is my usual choice and most of the time big enough to share with the wife (depends on how generous I am feeling) they have a great menu, nice views and always a stiff drink.
If it is a romantic dinner you are in the mood for then, I will give you two choices. They obvious suggestion from most north coast folks would be Windows on the Water. I would have to agree. They offer a nice ambiance, great wines and of course the food is good too. Windows on the Water is one of the few second story restaurants in Morro Bay. If it is the view your want then Windows on the Water is your spot. My second choice might not be as obvious. If you want great food with a romantic setting you have to try Shawn’s on Main. This local secret is run by a husband and wife team, he cooks and she waits the tables. There is never really a set menu and he always like to cook up a delicious special. If the grilled artichoke and garlic aioli are on the appetizer menu that night I highly recommend you indulge. The restaurant is located a few blocks above the Embarcadero, the only view is the one you brought with you. My favorite part is there are no real set hours; the chef cooks till the food is gone. Go early if you can.
Besides that if you are just in town for the day or looking for some great local hot spots then you have try Taco Temple. I don’t think I could call myself a local if I did not recommended Taco Temple. This is a great after the beach spot for some what they like to call “California fusion”. I recommend you try everything! They are located in Spencer’s Supermarket parking lot. My favorite after surf spot is and will always be Tacos De Mexico. Here you will find real authentic Mexican food and cheap cervezas! The last place I will mention is Dockside on the embarcadero. Here you can find live music outside on the bay every weekend, not a bad spot to enjoy your lunch with a glass of wine or a nice cold beer.
There you have it folks! These are my recommendations for some great local restaurants here in Morro Bay.
Chris Langley, The Keith Byrd Team, North Coast Realtor, including Morro Bay, Los Osos, Cambria, and Cayucos, 805-234-7119