Morro Bay is well-known for serving up some of the freshest eats around— but where to begin on your culinary journey through this coastal getaway? Today, we’re diving into 10 Morro Bay Restaurants You Absolutely Can’t Miss.
Looking for something a little bit more food-specific? We’ve got you covered with our blog on Iconic Morro Bay Eats You Need to Try.
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TOGNAZZINI’S DOCKSIDE RESTAURANT & FISH MARKET
Tognazzini’s is a family owned operation that truly captures the essence of coastal living, with a menu featuring high-quality fresh seafood sourced from local fisherman, as well as other tantalizing options for landlubbers. Click here to learn more in our interview with Captain Mark Tognazzini, owner of the restaurant and one of our Morro Bay Ambassadors!
THE GALLEY SEAFOOD GRILL & BAR
The Galley consistently serves up a total feast for the senses, offering a menu brimming with local seafood in addition to fresh produce and vegetables straight from the head chef’s family farm. Their fish philosophy is “best served naked, cooked to perfection,” a delicious rallying cry you can taste in every bite.
GIOVANNI’S FISH MARKET & GALLEY
Welcome to Morro Bay’s oldest fish market and seafood restaurant, and every food lover’s paradise. With almost 40 years of experience under their belt, Giovanni’s has a longstanding tradition of excellence that is celebrated with everything from mouth watering fish and chips to succulent lobster rolls, all prepped with a special touch of culinary prowess.
Indulge in delicious gourmet burgers at House of Juju, where each meal is expertly crafted with premium ingredients and absolutely bursting with flavor. Don’t miss out on their selection of beers from local breweries while you’re enjoying this eatery’s laid back vibe.
From mouthwatering curries and fragrant stir-fries to savory noodles and delectable seafood specialties, this may just be your new favorite spot to get a taste of Thailand. Thai Elephant boasts a menu that combines traditional Thai dishes with seafood from the Bay, creating a symphony of aromatic spices, vibrant herbs, and fresh ingredients.
Fuel up for a day of adventures with a stop at Baby Dudes, owned and operated with the community in mind. You’ll find everything from corn dogs, to perfectly-made espresso, to delectable desserts at this beloved eatery— the perfect place to grab a quick bite or enjoy a leisurely meal.
Taco Temple takes pride in serving up California fusion at its finest, a bold take on Mexican food that is non-traditional yet undeniably delicious. Combine an extensive menu featuring large portions and fresh ingredients with a warm, welcoming atmosphere, and you get the ultimate destination for chowing down.
Don’t let the other locals know we’re clueing you in on this hidden gem, tucked away toward the back of the Bay by the state park. Enjoy casual indoor or patio dining with scenic views while exploring their menu of fresh, homemade food.
Dorn’s has been serving up delicious meals to the Morro Bay community since 1942. You’ll find a rich variety of seafood at the heart of their menu, but also many other options to enjoy while you sit back, relax, and enjoy a beautiful view of the Bay.
Looking for fine California cuisine with a gorgeous view of the Bay? Windows on the Water may be just the place for you. Elevate your dining experience to new heights with their ever-changing menu of locally-raised livestock, fresh seafood, and organically-grown produce.
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Savor the flavors of the sea at Kicker’s, a charming restaurant situated in the heart of Morro Bay that features fresh and locally caught seafood from their raw oyster bar, delectable homemade creations, and a large selection of craft beers and cocktails.
Get ready to rock at one of Morro Bay’s newest taco shops! Rock Taco boasts amazing seaside views of the breakers beyond Morro Rock, in addition to mouth-wateringly delicious tacos filled with fresh ingredients and marinated to perfection.
Grab some of the most authentic Mexican food in town at this newcomer cocina. Enjoy a sit-down meal with stellar service, amazing food, and an undeniably charming atmosphere— try not to fill up on their tasty chips and salsa before your entrée!
There you have it— just a few of Morro Bay’s delicious eateries that you absolutely can’t miss during your time here. Don’t forget to check out the rest of our blog for more tips on Getting Salty in Morro Bay, and follow us to even more adventures by joining our community on Instagram and/or Facebook!