Spanish charm meets farm at the Granada (San Luis Obispo, California)

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SMALL BITE: It’s impossible to come for a meal at the Bistro inside the Granada Hotel and not want to walk around the property, for curiosity’s sake. (See “Worth Noting” below.) At the very least, you will want to spend some time in the rooftop lounge upstairs, with a roaring fireplace and a bird’s-eye view of downtown San Luis Obispo. Diners can opt to sit indoors or on the outside patio, peppered with heat lamps. If you are eating indoors, bring a sweater, because it gets a little chilly with the large window that opens out into the patio area.

SIGNATURE DISH: The Bistro is known for its farm-to-fork dishes, featuring local produce, cheeses and meats from the bountiful SLO (San Luis Obispo) Wine Country farming region. And of course, there’s plenty of great wine to be poured, since San Luis Obispo now rivals the Napa Valley for the quality of its grapes and vineyards. Some standout menu items include Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup, using San Marzano tomatoes, Pan-Seared California Halibut and Deviled Eggs with Pork Belly Marmalade.

DISH FROM DINERS: “I love this place for many reasons. One being the size, it’s small which I love. Second I love menus that have multiple small plate options that are unique! This place does! They make great cocktails too! Cozy, chic, romantic. Good for going with parents, girlfriends, or on a date.”

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT: The entire property has a storied history. The original hotel was built in 1922, next door to a Vaudeville theater, and posed as a brothel that rented rooms out by the hour.

HOURS: Lunch: Monday through Friday, 11:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Dinner: Sunday through Thursday, 5:00 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.; Saturday, 5:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Sunday Brunch: 10:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Reservations only for hotel guests and parties of six or more: 805.544.9110

ABOUT GRANADA HOTEL & BISTRO:  Cool, sexy, eclectic, charming and funky. These are some of the adjectives used to describe the Granada Hotel & Bistro, a luxury boutique hotel in downtown San Luis Obispo, California.  A few years ago, the 1920’s building underwent a $5 million renovation, and the 17 rooms in this boutique hotel still maintained their old-world charm, with exposed bricks, wood floors and a hint of Spanish influence. Other classy appointments include dark woods, brass fixtures, antique rugs and flickering candle flames in the shadowy hallways. There is a small parking lot out back, which is where your car should stay all weekend, since you can pretty much walk anywhere you need to. It’s in a very pedestrian-friendly part of town.

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