With its location right on the harbour, the local fishing boats literally nestling against the windows, then this had to be the place for a seafood dinner. The restaurant itself, with its almost floor to ceiling picture windows, juts out over the bay and whilst set formally has a relaxed informality to the service. As an added bonus the little bar separate from the restaurant was a very me-type bar with predominantly local trade and was well worth arriving early for a few (perfectly decent) beers before sitting down to dine.
We decided to eat about 1/2 an hour before sunset on a quietish night in May and had a window table. When we arrived the blinds had been lowered to cut out the setting sun's glare but as the sunset began to get interesting the staff opened the blinds allowing us to finish our meals (and grab a few pics) with the glorious sunset filtering through the fishing boats' masts in the harbour.
Favorite Dish: This of course has to be fish, though they do have a reputation for good steaks too, and my sea bass, simply cooked on the huge mesquite fired grill featured in the window of the open kitchen, was spot-on - perfectly cooked meaty hunk of what must have been a pretty sizeable fish. Katherine's seafood grill was reportedly pretty good too.
Need a view with your beer? Need a view with your fish taco? Have your beer and eat a taco too with a view of the bay and the Morro Rock. This is one true seaside bar and grill. Rose's Grill is on the water and the atmosphere is pure beach town gaudy, but I love it. Sitting on the dock by the bay having a brew or two and all your cares melt away. They have Karaoke night and the joint jumps. Outside patio dining is nice on the warm days with the ocean breeze and the sounds of seagulls filling the air.
Favorite Dish: I have eaten many a fish taco in Mexico and the USA but the Cabo Fish Tacos at Rose's Grill are the best in my book. I wanted to try something else, but took a second order of those great Cabo Fish Tacos. They have several styles of Fish Tacos but Cabo is the one fro me. When you get the munchies and the chin dribble just writing about a food dish, it must be good.5s4
The food here is outstanding in flavor and quality. The young couple who bought it about three years ago has transformed a formerly mediocre restaurant into one of our favorites. Kevin uses the freshest ingredients and combines them to make mouthwatering dishes. Even though another Chinese restaurant opened in our town we drive over 20 miles to dine at the China Dragon.
Favorite Dish: My favorite is the War Wonton soup because the ingredients are so fresh and the chicken soup base has lots of flavor. We've never had anything there that wasn't great. We've enjoyed Lemon Chicken, Sweet and Sour Pineapple Chicken, Beef with Broccoli, Shrimp and vegetables, Cashew Chicken and all have been wonderful!!
This is the place in Morro Bay for seafood and a view. Located on the water at the embarcadero with the boats tied up right in front of the tables at the bay windows makes the food seem even fresher than it is. The style and ambiance is a sailor's delight with a nautical theme of beautiful heavy wood beams and model ships and ocean decor throughout. A hang out bar that does not intrude on the dining room is also a top spot for local fishermen. It is crowded at lunchtime and on weekends, a reservation helps.
Favorite Dish: The clam chowder soup is rich and creamy with a good portion of clams that make a clam chowder a real chowder. If a restaurant has a great soup, it usually follows that the main course will be good as well. Great American Fish Company has some great dishes and some I felt needed a little help with either a lower price or more food on others.
I know that eating too much or having too much on the plate isn't healthy, but hey, this is a seafood location and my mixed fish plate better be full. It wasn't, so I give it a 3 rating. Improvement needed in price point. I must give the quality a 5 rating, overall. Still worth the trip.
We dined here our first evening in Morro Bay and it was delicious! Everyone over ate and the service was personal and excellent. From salads to the main course there were no missteps. I had the asparagus grilled with beets and goat cheese and was delighted. Suggest reservations and try and time it for sunset! Ask for along the window if you really want a magical experience.
Favorite Dish: The ladies were ecstatic with their pear endive salad.
This is a great place for breakfast on the north end of the main strip. Owned and operated by the proprietor for many many years. Service was good and the food was good. Much better than the Inn at Morro Bay hotel buffet.
Favorite Dish: The vegetable omelette's was popular.
I sat out on the deck. You go inside the fish market and order. Great selection, friendly help, reasonable prices. They are very pet-friendly, with leashes and water for dogs.
My fish was very crisp, not oily. Even the fries were perfect. Nice and golden and crisp, well done how I like them. See photo.
Favorite Dish: I had the sand dabs and fries. It was FANTASTIC! Very good value, a lot of food, excellent quality.
I read a good review of Tognazzini's somewhere, maybe Yelp, and it sounded like the perfect spot for lunch in Morro Bay on a beautiful afternoon. Tognazzini's has consistently high reviews on a variety of travel websites and its location is ideal, tucked away at the less touristy end of the Embarcadero.
Why is Tognazzini's cool? It is no nonsense and no pretense. Outdoor plastic tables and chairs with a few umbrellas. Owner's dogs on the patio to greet you. A big red sign out front that reads "Fresh B.B.Q.ed Oysters Swimming in Garlic Butter!! $1.25 each." Fresh fish in a big display case. Order at the counter, pick up your meal, and carry it outside to enjoy the sunshine. Nothing fancy...
... But the food is great! We decided to start with a half dozen of the giant BBQ oysters ($7.50). I also had the fish sandwich with halibut and fries (around $12) and Laura enjoyed fish and chips ($9). The fish sandwich was huge, but a little dry and overcooked; everything else was excellent. The oysters were to die for... next time I'll just get six of those and fries, and I'll be a happy man. Speaking of fries, they were also perfect, especially when dipped in the leftover garlic butter. Laura's fish and chips were also fresh and tasty. A great meal.
Even better than the food are the location and view. The dockside restaurant is located on the very edge of the fishing pier with many tables just inches from the 20-foot drop (and not even a railing!). In the immediate area you'll see numerous fishing boats and locals fishing with a rod and reel from the pier. In the distance to the east is the city of Morro Bay, and just to the west towers Morro Rock.
Probably the best fish & chips, hands down. We live in Morro Bay, so we've tasted ALL the fish & chips Morro Bay has to offer! We've had all kinds - from greasy to crunchy. Gio's fish is never greasy, never overcooked. The fish just melts in your mouth! I'm getting hungry just thinking about it! Here's a local's tip - DON'T wait in line! Call ahead and they'll have it ready. Don't wait too long after you call though - they are very fast and you don't want your F&C getting cold!
Hands down favorite of the locals and tourist alike!!
Favorite Dish: Fish & Chips - lightly cooked, not greasy at all!
We wondered down to Main Street to see what restaurants they had there. So we ventured into this establishment and decided Pizza was for us that day. It was very good and we enjoyed the atmoshphere too. The gentleman serving us was really nice and filled us in with some local history. We enjoyed it very much. Plus, the Pizza was very good.
Another wonderful establishment I have not forgotten. It is right near the wharf area so you can get this awesome view while eating. We both ordered Clam Chowder bowls, which was very good. It was cold in March when we visited. So the warm chowder was very welcomed. I had the Zucchini Sticks also. Those were excellent. It was so nice to sit and relax and enjoy the beautiful of the bay.
This is a no frills, 1960's type of local cafe in Morro Bay. From the well worn feel of the place food is their main concern and not the decor. The large windows in the front of the restaurant help to give the small cafe a larger feel. This is the kind of place to go to when you have an appetite. The portions are large and the food is great. I love these kinds of places because what you get is pure home cooking even when you are on the road.
The Coffee Pot was started and still owned to this day by a man who began his life in a Chinese orphanage. He made his way through life and finally emigrated to the US and it was his lifelong dream to own a restaurant in the US. He has published a book "Double Luck" about his life to escape communist China. "Double Luck" is for sale at the restaurant.
Favorite Dish: I really enjoyed a potatoe dish that had home fried potatoes with eggs and cheese and bacon all mixed up together. Sally had the pancakes which she proclaimed as "excellent" and Kris had a veggie omelette that looked mighty good. The coffee was very good (I would have expected no less).
We arrived late to Morro Bay after a long drive down Hwy 1, and we weren't in the mood for the sort of meal Windows on the Water might serve. Besides it was Wednesday night and most good restaurants were closed. So, we settled for Great American Fish Company, which is easy to walk to from our hotel, hoping to get basic but decent seafood. We were pretty much on target. The interior of the restaurant has wood paneling with marine varnish, and nautical junk hangs everywhere to remind customers of the theme. Views out to the fishing boats are good even at night. There's a bar where drinks can be had, and many of the locals fill the place even after the restaurant is closed. The waiter was limited in his vocaculary but quite capable and friendly--capable of handling the most troublesome family from out of town. Swordfish wasn't available, so thresher shark was substituted, and fortunely, the smoke grill technique was properly done and the meat wasn't overly cooked. The side of steamed carrots, broccoli, and rice was predicatable. My wife's cioppino was filled with fish and scallops, and the tomatoe sauce was good, even if lacking in seasoning. The wine list was local and adequate, but the water couldn't describe the wines very well. This is the place the average tourist would love, but Californian's might find a big boring. Prices are average for a seafood joint, and there's a variety menu allowing for children to be satisfied too. Even fish and chips are served.
Favorite Dish: If you come here, get a properly cooked piece of fresh fish and a glass of wine to go with it. You can't go wrong, except to order a beef steak instead.
Located on the waterfront, you'lll find Giovani's by looking for the long line out front, and it's no wonder why... Giovanni's has the Best Fish & Chips (Huge and only $7.99) Plus they won the Morro Bay Chowder Cookoff the last 2 years in a Row. Whether you want Fish and Chips, Halibut, Fish Tacos, Shrimp, They Have it all and Everything is Under $10 !! You can Dine on thier Patio and watch the Seagulls, Sea Otters and Sea Lions Right Below You! The Food there is Amazing. I'm told ALL the Locals Eat There too!
Favorite Dish: The Fish And Chips and the Clam Chowder.
This local seafood restaurant gave us high hopes for some really great fresh catches, but we were sort of let down by the end of the evening. Their ad in one of the local magazines spoke about appetizers such as oysters and shrimp cocktail but when we arrived at the restaurant they were nowhere to be found on the menu. In fact, the menu was just a list of the 10-15 dishes they serve on a nightly basis. No explanation as to how anything was prepared. The diner was left guessing. We did ask about the appetizers and were told that they did have a shrimp cocktail, which was very good.
We couldn't decide if the restaurant was very old, or very new. Our wine list was from another restaurant (perhaps the previous owner of the building?) and the service was very young and mostly seemed inexperienced.
Favorite Dish: The shrimp cocktail was very good, but nothing you wouldn't find at any tacqueria.