Whether you’re riding one of our many routes on Highway 1, or you’re just cruising down the Central Coast taking in the sun, wind, and ocean mist on the scenic road, you’ll need and want to fuel up at worthy pit stops. Why not turn your ride into a tour of the Central Coast’s unique, local eateries? Here are seven must-visit restaurants on Highway 1 to check out on your cycling expedition.
1. The Restaurant at Ragged Point Inn (Ragged Point)
Indulge in a luxurious start to your ride at The Restaurant at Ragged Point Inn, perched on the cliffs of Ragged Point. With panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean, this establishment offers a dining experience as spectacular as the Highway 1 inclines. Savor American and seafood dishes prepared with fresh, locally sourced ingredients.
Hours: 8—11 a.m., 12—8 p.m.
Address: 19019 CA-1, Ragged Point, CA 93452
Phone Number: 888-584-6374
2. El Chorlito Mexican Restaurant (San Simeon)
In San Simeon, enjoy authentic Mexican cuisine at El Chorlito Mexican Restaurant. The cozy atmosphere and flavorful dishes will provide a hearty meal to power you through the next leg of your ride. Whether you opt for tacos, burritos, or enchiladas, you’re sure to find dishes that satisfy your cravings.
Hours: 11:30 a.m.—9 p.m.
Address: 9155 Hearst Dr, San Simeon, CA, United States, 93452
Phone Number: (805) 927-3872
3. Moonstone Beach Bar & Grill (Cambria)
Take a detour from Highway 1 in Cambria to Moonstone Beach Drive, where you’ll end up at Moonstone Beach Bar & Grill. Located right on the beachfront, this restaurant offers captivating ocean views as you rest your legs and try its famous clam chowder and other seafood and grilled dishes. With an extensive wine list to complement your meal, it’s an excellent choice for a sunset meal.
Hours: 11 a.m.—3 p.m., 5—8:30 p.m.
Address: 6550 Moonstone Beach Dr., Cambria, CA
Phone Number: (805) 927-3859
4. Schooners Seafood Shanty (Cayucos)
Cayucos is home to Schooners Seafood Shanty, a nautical-themed restaurant that celebrates the bounty of the ocean. Settle into the charming ambiance and savor fresh catches that can charge your protein, reduce inflammation, and replenish hydration levels. It’s a must-visit for those who appreciate the sea’s culinary treasures.
Hours: Sunday-Thursday, 11 a.m.—9 p.m.
Friday-Saturday, 11 a.m.—10 p.m.
Address: 171 N Ocean Ave, Cayucos, CA 93430
Phone Number: (805) 995-3883
5. Harbor Hut (Morro Bay)
At Morro Bay’s Harbor Hut, take a mid-journey pit stop with harbor views of Morro Rock as you kick the stand and savor classic American and seafood dishes. The ambiance is relaxed, making it the perfect spot to rest while enjoying familiar flavors. Harbor Hut offers a delightful dining experience with a view.
Hours: 11:00 a.m.—9:00 p.m.
Address: 1205 Embarcadero, Morro Bay, CA, United States, California
Phone Number: 805-772-2255
6. Old SLO BBQ Co. (San Luis Obispo)
In San Luis Obispo, Old SLO BBQ Co. awaits with mouthwatering smoked meats and local brews. This spot caters to those craving comfort food and a hearty meal. You’ve probably been pedaling hard to get here from Morro Bay or Avila Beach, so now it’s time to treat yourself! It’s a pit stop you won’t want to miss.
Hours: Sunday-Thursday, 11 a.m.—10 p.m.
Friday-Saturday, 11 a.m.—2 a.m.
Address: 670 Higuera St. San Luis Obispo, CA 93401-4406
Phone Number: (805) 285-2473
7. Ocean Grill (Avila Beach)
A must-stop while you’re in Avila Beach, pause your ride in style at the Ocean Grill. The modern decor creates a welcoming complement to the beauty of nature you experience while riding Highway 1. Prepare yourself for a chic dining experience, the perfect place to celebrate a successful ride in a contemporary setting.
Hours: Sunday, Monday, Thursday, 4–8:30 p.m.
Friday, Saturday, 4—9:00 p.m.
Closed on Tuesday and Wednesday
Address: 268 Front Street
Avila Beach, CA 93424
Phone Number: (805) 595-4050
BONUS: Peloton Cellars (Avila Beach)
For a bonus addition to your journey, visit Peloton Cellars, a bike-themed winery that combines two of our favorite things. Do a tasting of their award-winning wines while you toast to the adventure of riding Highway 1.
Hours: Sunday-Thursday, 11 a.m.—6 p.m.
Friday-Saturday, 11 a.m.—8 p.m.
Address: 470 Front St. Avila Beach, CA 93424
Phone Number: 805-627-1080