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
2,218 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Waterfront
  • Romance
It was amazing
96% recommended
Best Food in California Central Coast
43 people mentioned the Black Cod
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Lucky's

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Montecito
1,550 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
I had my birthday dinner at Luckys in November. The food and Service was top notch as usual, the Blackened Salmon was the best I’ve ever had. Delicious Jordon wine was the perfect Read more
96% recommended
Hot Spot in California Central Coast
46 people mentioned the Abalone
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Bouchon - Santa Barbara

$$$$·Californian·
Santa Barbara
3,631 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Romance
  • Fit for Foodies
Wonderful table on a balcony overlooking the courtyard. Duck was fantastic. Server was very attentive and made great wine suggestions.
94% recommended
Californian in California Central Coast
86 people mentioned the Rack Lamb

Il Cortile Ristorante

$$$$·Italian·
Paso Robles
2,548 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Romance
We were lucky to be seated at the courtyard of hotel next door. Great ambiance. Food was fantastic. Best osso buco and veal chop ever!
95% recommended
Italian in California Central Coast
55 people mentioned the Veal Chop
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The Sur House

$$$$·Californian·
Big Sur
358 reviews
  • Romance
  • Scenic View
  • Special Occasions
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
4 people mentioned the Cioppino
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Lucia Restaurant & Bar - Bernardus Lodge & Spa

$$$$·Californian·
Carmel Valley
516 reviews
  • Outdoor Eating
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for a Date
Thanksgiving
89% recommended
Brunch in California Central Coast
6 people mentioned the Abalone
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Ventana Grill

$$$$·Latin American·
Pismo Beach
2,251 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Waterfront
  • Good for a Date
It was great to sit outside with my husband and enjoy a great meal with an exceptional view of the ocean!
95% recommended
Lunch in California Central Coast
33 people mentioned the Fish Chip
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Stella Mare's

$$$$·French·
Santa Barbara
1,040 reviews
  • Romance
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for a Date
Francois,the bartender / waiter gave us excellent service! He had great recommendations, was accommodating and attentive! The food was creative and delicious , with a fancy flaiRead more
95% recommended
Best Overall in California Central Coast
19 people mentioned the French Onion Soup
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Seventh & Dolores

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Carmel
545 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
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
948 reviews
  • Outdoor Eating
  • Scenic View
  • Special Occasions
We loved it, the atmosphere and the food were perfect. We got a reservation at 9PM, the waiter was sooo kind and awesome. We'll definitely come back for a brunch or for a lunch! ThRead more
88% 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
2,891 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Romance
  • Neighbourhood Gem
Excellent service. Outdoor seating was very comfortable with heat lamps. Definitely recommend!!
94% recommended
Best Overall in Monterey / Carmel
146 people mentioned the Rack Lamb

Chart House Restaurant - Monterey

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Monterey
5,048 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Waterfront
  • Special Occasions
The only reason I rated the ambience as "fair" is that because of the Covid restrictions we ate in a tent.....I credit the Chart House for making it as pleasant as possible under Read more
87% recommended
Scenic View in California Central Coast
302 people mentioned the Prime Rib
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Sardine Factory

$$$$·Seafood·
Monterey
3,603 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Romance
  • Good for Anniversaries
Best dinner in a tent I've had since summer camp as a kid
90% recommended
Group Bookings in Monterey / Carmel
229 people mentioned the Abalone

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
1,352 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Special Occasions
  • Romance
Food, service and view are always amazing at Sea Venture. Thank you!
94% recommended
Scenic View in California Central Coast
27 people mentioned the Prime Rib

Anton & Michel Restaurant

$$$$·European·
Carmel
1,928 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Romance
  • Outdoor Eating
Wonderful service, beautiful environment and delicious food.
93% recommended
Special Occasions in California Central Coast
119 people mentioned the Rack Lamb

Alex Madonna’s Gold Rush Steak House, at Madonna Inn

$$$$·Steakhouse·
San Luis Obispo
2,796 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Romance
  • Good for a Date
Outside dining Great meal Cheers
93% recommended
Romance in California Central Coast
122 people mentioned the Prime Rib

California Market at Pacific’s Edge

$$$$·American·
Carmel
2,559 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Romance
  • Worth the Drive
My clients enjoyed the food quite a bit. They said that the service was a bit lacking. But the they enjoyed their experience overall.
81% recommended
37 people mentioned the Abalone
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Copper Café and Bakery, at Madonna Inn

$$$$·American·
San Luis Obispo
691 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Lunch
  • Brunch
Wonderful experience! The decor in this place is amazing. The customer service is great! The food tasted so natural even the orange juice is freshly squeezed. I highly recommend itRead more
90% recommended
Brunch in California Central Coast
9 people mentioned the Monte Cristo

The Steakhouse at Paso Robles Inn

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Paso Robles
398 reviews
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Outdoor Eating
  • Special Occasions
We had a wonderful experience!! The waitresses were attentive and the food was great!!
85% recommended
Healthy in San Luis Obispo / Paso Robles
31 people mentioned the Prime Rib

Harbor Restaurant

$$$$·Seafood·
Santa Barbara
592 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Waterfront
  • Special Occasions
By and large the food is excellent and well prepared so long as you don't get lobster or anything with sliced tomatoes
88% recommended
18 people mentioned the Prime Rib
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