22 California Central Restaurants to Connect In For Mother's Day

The OpenTable Team

Whether you're taking mom out for a treat or enjoying a Sunday lunch with friends, these restaurants are perfect for Mother's Day. From kid-friendly favorites to brunch-worthy hotspots, we'll help you find the perfect place to celebrate.

Restaurants:Oyster Loft, Lucky's, Bouchon - Santa Barbara
Price Range:$$$ - $$$$
Cuisines:Seafood, Steakhouse, Californian
Neighborhoods:Pismo Beach, Montecito, Santa Barbara

Oyster Loft

$$$$·Seafood·
Pismo Beach
2,323 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Romance
  • Special Occasions
Sablefish (black cod) was amazing! Service was next level good. Knowledgeable about menu and wine selection. High touch management service. Sweet people! Lovely view and great foodRead more
95% recommended
Best Food in California Central Coast
43 people mentioned the Black Cod
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Lucky's

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Montecito
1,704 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Outdoor Eating
We didn’t want to deal with the crowd on the actual day so went to Lucky’s for brunch the day before Mother’s Day. Delightful!!
94% recommended
Hot Spot in California Central Coast
46 people mentioned the Abalone

Bouchon - Santa Barbara

$$$$·Californian·
Santa Barbara
3,746 reviews
  • Outdoor Eating
  • Special Occasions
  • Romance
I still find it odd eating on the street but like most restaurants, Bouchon had the outside set up quite well without losing their alluring ambiance. The food and service as alwaysRead more
96% recommended
Best Service in California Central Coast
86 people mentioned the Rack Lamb

Il Cortile Ristorante

$$$$·Italian·
Paso Robles
2,707 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasions
  • Notable Wine List
Delicious with great service! Can’t get better than that!
93% recommended
Italian in California Central Coast
55 people mentioned the Veal Chop
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The Sur House

$$$$·Californian·
Big Sur
358 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Outdoor Eating
  • Romance
Wonderful dinner with complex flavor combos. The chef's tasting menu was delicious as it was creative. Unobstructed view of the Pacific Ocean make it an extra special spot
86% recommended
4 people mentioned the Cioppino
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Lucia Restaurant & Bar - Bernardus Lodge & Spa

$$$$·Californian·
Carmel Valley
577 reviews
  • Outdoor Eating
  • Special Occasions
  • Lunch
Thoughtfully designed and decorated with incredibly tasty food. Each item has a unique spice, glaze or sauce to make it special and memorable. I think I had my favorite grilled salRead more
92% recommended
Healthy in California Central Coast
6 people mentioned the Abalone
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Ventana Grill

$$$$·Latin American·
Pismo Beach
2,293 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Lunch
  • Waterfront
Mother’s Day
94% recommended
Scenic View in California Central Coast
33 people mentioned the Fish Chip
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Stella Mare's

$$$$·French·
Santa Barbara
1,127 reviews
  • Romance
  • Special Occasions
  • Outdoor Eating
For for Mother's Day brunch. We had a great experience - wonderful ambiance and food. Very cute old house, great outdoor seating. Would recommend and look forward to going back.
95% recommended
Brunch in California Central Coast
19 people mentioned the French Onion Soup
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Seventh & Dolores

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Carmel
545 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
Great service, fun and insightful and she went the extra mile to make us happy. Fun drinks and delish food.
89% recommended
7 people mentioned the Calamari
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Belmond El Encanto Dining Room

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Santa Barbara
1,007 reviews
  • Outdoor Eating
  • Scenic View
  • Special Occasions
Birthday celebration! It was all around a lovely experience. Excellent food and phenomenal service.
94% recommended
Brunch in California Central Coast
15 people mentioned the Short Rib
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Novo Restaurant

$$$$·Global, International·
San Luis Obispo
1,076 reviews
  • Outdoor Eating
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Romance
We love this place. The setting is lovely and the food excellent.
94% recommended
25 people mentioned the Salmon Bisque
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Fandango

$$$$·European·
Pacific Grove
2,993 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Romance
  • Notable Wine List
What a great place to finally go out to eat in a restaurant. We choose fandango for the perfect date night experience and were not disappointed. Food, service and ambiance were excRead more
97% recommended
Notable Wine List in Monterey / Carmel
146 people mentioned the Rack Lamb

Chart House Restaurant - Monterey

$$$$·Seafood·
Monterey
5,133 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Romance
  • Special Occasions
It was a very great experience at the charter house this is like a third time there and I definitely will go back.
95% recommended
Romance in California Central Coast
302 people mentioned the Prime Rib
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Sardine Factory

$$$$·Seafood·
Monterey
3,689 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Notable Wine List
  • Romance
I'm a local and sorry to say I'd never been to the Sardine Factory before. Saw their Mother's Day Brunch online while looking for somewhere to eat with a friend after Church. WOWRead more
92% recommended
Notable Wine List in California Central Coast
229 people mentioned the Abalone
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Foremost Wine Company

$$$$·Contemporary American·
San Luis Obispo
260 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Notable Wine List
  • Special Occasions
We love this place. The service and the quality of the food were absolutely fantastic. It's not cheap, but you certainly get what you pay for here. If you are looking for inexpeRead more
87% recommended
10 people mentioned the Avocado Toast
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Sea Venture

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Pismo Beach
1,427 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Special Occasions
  • Outdoor Eating
Excellent from drinks, to calamari appetizers, to entrees and desserts! Great atmosphere sitting outside with full view of ocean and pier! Saw 2-3 whales even!!!!!
92% recommended
Scenic View in California Central Coast
27 people mentioned the Prime Rib

Anton & Michel Restaurant

$$$$·European·
Carmel
2,045 reviews
  • Outdoor Eating
  • Special Occasions
  • Romance
Tiffany was lovely. Very personable service and fun to talk to. Service was impeccable and they made my husbands bday special!! Enjoyed the whole experience!
95% recommended
Best Overall in Monterey / Carmel
119 people mentioned the Rack Lamb
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Alex Madonna’s Gold Rush Steak House, at Madonna Inn

$$$$·Steakhouse·
San Luis Obispo
2,937 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Romance
  • Good for Anniversaries
Amazing service!! And the food is great too! I am most definitely coming back!!!
95% recommended
Child Friendly in California Central Coast
122 people mentioned the Prime Rib
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California Market at Pacific’s Edge

$$$$·American·
Carmel
2,560 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Special Occasions
  • Romance
My clients enjoyed the food quite a bit. They said that the service was a bit lacking. But the they enjoyed their experience overall.
84% recommended
37 people mentioned the Abalone
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Copper Café and Bakery, at Madonna Inn

$$$$·American·
San Luis Obispo
797 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Lunch
  • Brunch
Good service, food, since we were celebrating a birthday we were seated in the room that was lovely decorated with roses. Beautiful, great food, service and ambiance.
88% recommended
Child Friendly in California Central Coast
9 people mentioned the Monte Cristo

The Steakhouse at Paso Robles Inn

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Paso Robles
431 reviews
  • Outdoor Eating
  • Romance
  • Special Occasions
We were lucky enough to be there on a Thursday and ordered their Thursday night prime rib special. Everything we had was delicious and we will definitely go again!
87% recommended
Group Bookings in San Luis Obispo / Paso Robles
31 people mentioned the Prime Rib
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Harbor Restaurant

$$$$·Seafood·
Santa Barbara
592 reviews
By and large the food is excellent and well prepared so long as you don't get lobster or anything with sliced tomatoes
18 people mentioned the Prime Rib
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