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8 Must-Try Restaurants in Cayucos, CA [2024]

Check out these fantastic restaurants in Cayucos to try on your next trip to the area! Whatever your taste might be, you’ll find it in Cayucos (and on this list!)

Cayucos is one of my favorite little towns on the California Central Coast. I used to visit quite regularly when living in nearby Paso Robles. There are a few things to do in Cayucos such as relaxing at the beach and going shopping at its antique stores. And don’t forget about its culinary scene!

Being a beachside town on the coast, you already know you’re gonna find yummy fresh seafood in pretty much every eatery. But there’s so much more to eat in Cayucos.

Photo of fish tacos from one of the best restaurants in Cayucos, California.

While you’ll have your share of seafood, guaranteed, you can also satisfy your sweet tooth, Mexican tacos craving, or enjoy a slice of pizza by the sea. Let’s check out the best restaurants in Cayucos.

Sea Shanty Cayucos 

Sea Shanty is a family-owned and operated restaurant that serves some of the best seafood in Cayucos. Think shrimp cocktails, ceviche, crab salad or melt, calamari strips, the ultimate Cayucos fish tacos…the list could go on (almost) forever. 

At Sea Shanty you can enjoy freshly caught seafood in any form you can imagine, and since they serve all meals from breakfast to dinner, if you’re not a seafood fan you can have the veggie burritos and pastries early in the morning, or indulge in their wide array of desserts.  

Address: 296 S Ocean Avenue 

Opening Hours: Daily from 8 AM to 9 PM. Closes at 10 PM during the summer

Martin’s Restaurant

Heading to Cayucos for some Mexican food? Odd enough, but entirely possible since there’s Martin’s Restaurant in town. 

Martin’s Restaurant serves freshly made, cooked from scratch Mexican classics that will have you booking a trip to Mexico in no time, from delicious chilaquiles to tacos and burritos, guacamole & nachos, quesadillas, carnitas, and sandwiches.

There’s also a large variety of burgers to choose from which includes fish, veggie, or the classic cheeseburger, and some Italian flavors as well if you’re in the mood for traditional pizza and pasta.   

Address: 49 S Ocean Avenue
Opening Hours: Daily from 8 AM to 9 PM

Cafe Della Via

This Italian restaurant in Cayucos brings a little bit of Italy to the Central Coast, crafting both traditional and fusion dishes that you’ll surely want to pair with some wine from their list. 

Most of the ingredients they use at Cafe della Via are locally sourced at farmers’ markets, and their menu is divided into the different stages of dinner and dishes, from the antipasto (bruschetta always wins if you ask me) to salads and a soup of the day, pizza, and a long list of pasta varieties that will make you scratch your head trying to decide. 

The risotto, lasagna, and ravioli are a hit, but so are the seafood pasta and the classic spaghetti with meatballs. They also have meat specials and an extensive local and Italian wine list served by the glass or the bottle. 

Definitely one of the Cayucos restaurants you can’t miss! 

Address: 155 N Ocean Avenue 
Opening Hours: Wednesday & Thursday from 5 PM to 8 PM. Friday & Saturday opens until 9 PM. 


Schooners is one of the favorite restaurants in Cayucos, California among the locals. Situated by the water with spectacular views of the pier, the location of this bar & grill and its very original seating areas, featuring a bar, very cool booths and an outdoor space, is only half responsible for its success. 

Being one of the best restaurants in Cayucos requires an astounding menu, and Schooners has it. There are specific dishes for lunch and dinner time, and the mouthwatering starters that should precede every meal include crab cakes, nachos with salsa, a raw bar, salads, and oysters (among others!)

Seafood, burgers, chips and house specialties are some of the most popular dishes, but even if you’ve chosen somewhere else for your Cayucos dining experience, you should still come to Schooners for a sunset drink; you’ll get one of the most beautiful sunset views of the area, over the pier and water.  

Address: 171 N Ocean Avenue
Opening Hours: Sunday to Thursday from 11 AM to 9 PM, Friday & Saturday opens until 10 PM

Luna Coffee Bar

For a yummy, hearty Cayucos breakfast that fuels the rest of your day, head to Luna Coffe Bar. A large selection of sandwiches and burritos shares the menu with the morning favorites avo toast and granola & yogurt, as well as some quesadillas and a few specials. 

Their coffee menu is very interesting, including several cold brews, alternative beverages such as matcha and chai lattes, and special hot-brew options. Gingerbread latte? Pumpkin Spiced latte? Vegan Coconut milk? Yup, all there.  

Address: 84 N Ocean Avenue
Opening Hours: Wednesday & Thursday from 7 AM to 3 PM, and Friday to Sunday open until 5 PM

Brown Butter Cookie Company 

Be warned: You’ll be lost at Brown Butter Cookie Company if you’re one with a sweet tooth. The scent of freshly baked cookies will welcome you as soon as you step into the store, and if you’re lucky you’ll get to sample some before you buy. 

All cookies are made with brown butter, which adds a very distinctive taste to the treats, and while you’ll be tempted to take with you a box of the original cookies, be sure to check out their more bold options such as the Citrus cookies, or Bourbon, Spices and Espresso ones. 

Address: 801 12th Street
Opening Hours: Sunday to Thursday from 11 AM to 6 PM, Friday & Saturday open until 7 PM 

Cayucos Candy Counter 

Still craving sweets? It’s a good thing Cayucos food also features a Candy Counter to satisfy all those sugary needs!

Chocolate bars, Jelly Belly, gelato, candies from times gone by, truffles, Taffy…To wash it all down? Hot chocolate or some coffee will do. This is truly a candy lover’s paradise, although be advised: things can get really, really sweet in here. 

The Candy Counter can also be a great pit-stop for some ice cream after your meal at some of the other restaurants in Cayucos, CA. 

Address: 75 Cayucos Drive
Opening Hours: Thursday to Sunday from 11 AM to 5 PM 

Cayucos Coffee 

Coffee Lovers, let me break the good news to you. You’ll have your daily dose (or doses?) of coffee while in Cayucos, and it’s gonna be good. Cayucos Coffee serves a locally-roasted, organic coffee that you can enjoy to its full potential with an espresso, or choose your favorite coffee style with their selection of regular or nut-based milk. 

They also make their own syrups, which can come in the yummiest flavors (think pumpkin pie, cinnamon date, or lavender), or you could go bold and try their superfood lattes with matcha, turmeric, or beetroot. No coffee stop is complete without the pastries, and you’ll find those at Cayucos Coffee as well. 

Not a coffee fan? A curated selection of organic teas, non-coffee latte blends and Kombucha might be just what you’re looking for. 

Address: 155 N Ocean Avenue
Opening Hours: Monday to Friday from 6.30 AM to 1 PM. Saturday & Sunday opens until 3 PM

Restaurants in Cayucos FAQ

What are the best Cayucos restaurants? 

In our opinion, some of the best restaurants in Cayucos include Cafe Della Via, Oceanfront Pizza, and Schooners. You can check our full post for a more comprehensive list! 

What is Cayucos famous for? 

Cayucos is famous for its cuisine (seafood specialties!), beautiful beaches, laid-back vibe and rich history and heritage. 

Is Cayucos worth a visit? 

I’d say Cayucos is well worth a visit for its stunning scenery, great food, and laid-back vibe. 

Who owns Schooners in Cayucos?

 Brendan Fritzsche has owned Schooners, one of the most sought-after restaurants in Cayucos, for over a decade now.

  • Stefania Guglielmi

    Stefania Guglielmi is the founder of Every Steph. Originally from Bologna, Italy, she's been traveling full-time since 2016 and has visited over 50 countries across 6 continents. She believes sustainable travel and luxury travel can go hand in hand and has been advocating for responsible tourism since 2014. Stefania's advice and travel experiences have been featured in important publications such as Business Insider, Refinery29, and Yahoo Money.