As if a new year—and a new decade—isn’t exciting enough, SLO CAL restaurants are kicking off 2020 in a big way by celebrating SLO CAL Restaurant Month from January 1-31st. Participating restaurants will offer menus of three courses at $30-$40 per person or other special offerings. Wondering which restaurants are participating and what to order? You can check out the full list of participating restaurants here, but keep reading for our suggestions for the perfect date night locations, family-friendly joints and other spots to eat and drink at this month.

Date Night Locations

Arguably one of the classiest, most delicious places to eat on the Central Coast, Granada Bistro is offering guests a three-course prix fixe menu for $40 during SLO CAL Restaurant Month. We’d suggest the Hamachi Crudo, Kennebec-Leek Puree and Duck Ravioli.

Pro Tip: The Gruner Veltliner by the glass is dry and pairs nicely with almost anything, and all of Granada’s cocktails are delicious. That’s probably why they opened Nightcap.

Other date night worthy spots participating in SLO CAL Restaurant Month include:

Luna Red and Novo Restaurant & Lounge in San Luis Obispo

Thomas Hill Organics in Paso Robles

Lido at Dolphin Bay in Pismo Beach

Windows on the Water in Morro Bay

The Spoon Trade in Grover Beach 

Family-Friendly Places to Try

From bar bites to flatbreads to All-American good food, 1865 Craft House is the perfect place to take the whole family or a group of friends. The crispy cauliflower is surprisingly delicious (spoiler alert: it doesn’t taste like cauliflower) and it’s part of 1865 Craft House’s prix fixe menu. Wondering what to drink? The Cambria Pines cocktail is light and refreshing.

Other places to nosh with family and friends during SLO CAL Restaurant Month include:

Monterey St. Market in San Luis Obispo

Blue Moon over Avila in Avila Beach

Fish Gaucho in Paso Robles

Robin’s Restaurant in Cambria

Breakfast, Lunch and Wine

While many restaurants participating in SLO CAL Restaurant Month offer brunch, both Grandma’s Frozen Yogurt and Waffle Shop in Morro Bay and Nourish in San Luis Obispo have Restaurant Month specials specifically for the breakfast crowd; and if you’re looking for lunch, Branch Street Deli in Arroyo Grande has $9.95 meal deals (get the fries, not a side salad).

Perhaps the best thing about SLO CAL Restaurant Month is that a few wineries have hopped on board. Villa San Juliette, Tooth and Nail and Niner Wines are offering three-course meals with wine pairings and Ancient Peaks Winery in Santa Margarita is offering deals throughout January.