2022 Restaurant Month poster

We like to think of it as a New Year’s gift for foodies: January is SLO CAL Restaurant Month!

Every January, a selection of SLO CAL’s top eateries offer multi-course prix fixe meals or general discounts for irresistibly affordable dining. The event runs throughout the month, offering diners the opportunity to try new places, dishes, and cuisines without breaking the bank. It also supports restaurants during the low season — a huge benefit to an industry already hit hard by the pandemic.

SLO CAL Restaurant Month 2022 will be a January to remember, with over 40 restaurants participating across the county. In the mood for tacos? Gotcha covered. Seafood? That too. Vegan, gluten-free, and dairy-free? Yes, yes, and yes. 

To get the most out of this Restaurant Month, do a little homework ahead of time to decide where you’d like to dine, as restaurants run the gamut of styles, offerings, and locations. To help you with your (delicious) research, we’ve provided a mini-guide below. Just remember that most restaurants don’t split plates or allow for substitutions. Also, be patient: many eateries are understaffed and under COVID-related pressures. Prepare to relax, take your time, and enjoy the pleasures of dining out in SLO CAL.

Lunch, Dinner, and Desserts

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Lunch, dinner, and just desserts

scoops of gelato from Leo Leo Gelato
Photo credit: Leo Leo Gelato

Most eateries serve their Restaurant Month menus for dinner only, but some serve lunch or even just dessert. 

Learn more at SLOCAL.com/restaurantmonth

Dietary Restrictions

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salad bowlAccommodating dietary restrictions

There’s something for everyone during Restaurant Month, whether you’re gluten-free, dairy-free, vegetarian or vegan. At Novo in San Luis Obispo, $39 covers three globally-inspired courses per person, including gluten-free, gluten-free-option, vegan and vegan-option dishes. And for an additional $8, you can order one of three gluten-free desserts or a vegan dessert. Also in San Luis Obispo, Luna Red provides gf, gf-option, vegan and vegan-option dishes, like house-made soyrizo tacos with kale and potatoes, or gf/vegan-option tortilla soup. In Avila Beach, Blue Moon Over Avila includes a nice selection of gluten-free, dairy-free and vegan options at $47 for three courses. Gardens of Avila in Avila Beach and Cass Winery Cafe in Paso Robles also list several vegetarian dishes on their menus.

Learn more at SLOCAL.com/restaurantmonth

By Occasion

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What’s the occasion?

Girls enjoying dinner and drinks at Tognazzini's in Morro Bay

Take advantage of the many moods of Restaurant Month with our recommendations for where to go when you’re solo, on a date, or with the family. 

Learn more at SLOCAL.com/restaurantmonth

Don’t forget the drinks

serving pouring wine to seated couple
Photo credit: Allegretto Wines

Several SLO CAL Restaurant Month participants take the opportunity to pair wines with each course or showcase their wine list at a reduced price point. At Robin’s in Cambria, three courses will cost you just $39, with the option to pair three thoughtfully-chosen local wines to each dish for an additional $22 per person. At Novo in SLO, your three-course meal for $39 includes suggestions for pairing each course with glasses from the restaurant’s Wine Spectator Award-winning wine list. And at the Madonna Inn Gold Rush Steakhouse in SLO, $40 gets you a three-course steak dinner with the option to pair Madonna Inn’s sparkling wine, chardonnay and cabernet sauvignon with the meal for an additional $10 per person.

Learn more at SLOCAL.com/restaurantmonth

Bang for Your Buck

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fish tacos from Giovanni's Fish Market
Photo credit: Giovanni's Fish Market

Bang for your buck

All participating SLO CAL Restaurant Month restaurants offer screaming deals on their cuisine. 

Learn more at SLOCAL.com/restaurantmonth

By Destination

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seafood meal with bread
Photo Credit: Visit Morro Bay

Restaurants by destination

Whether you’re visiting San Luis Obispo, seaside towns, or the vineyard-covered communities near Paso Robles, a participating SLO CAL Restaurant Month eatery is always close by. Bonus: Several Restaurant Month establishments lie on-site as part of hotels and inns. Want to avoid getting in the car? Asterisks (*) indicate restaurants on lodging properties.


Learn more at SLOCAL.com/restaurantmonth