Friday, March 19, 2010

The Corner View Restaurant & Bar in San Luis Obispo has become a favorite of locals and visitors alike

When The Cuisineist visits a new town or even a town that we have been to many times before we seek out where the "locals" dine. On a recent visit to one of our favorite towns , San Luis Obispo we did just that. We spotted the Corner View Restaurant on the morning of our first day in town as we strolled along "SLOs" intimate creek .

A PR friend invited us out for cocktails and she took us to what can best be described as a locals favorite. We learned that owners, Patty and Bill Carpenter have made quite a name with locals and visitors alike with their great food and friendly atmosphere. The decor features an elegant mission style interior accented with vintage photographs of old time SLO and scenic photos of the vineyards of Edna Valley and Paso Robles. The Corner View has fast become known as one of town's best restaurants being named one of the "Best of SLO" in the annual New Times readers poll.

Upon entering , the first thing we noticed was their U-shaped bar made of Solid red oak, accented by gleaming brass. They pour over 25 wines by the glass, featuring many from Edna Valley, Paso Robles and the Santa Ynez Valley. We even heard that at times a local winemaker may be behind the bar as a guest bartender for the evening. Of course classic Martinis are available as well.

Once the site of a local bank, the high ceilings and Spanish tile floors in the dining area evoke an airiness that is warmed by the abundance of sunlight pouring through the windows. During the evening the atmosphere changes as the light from the suspended mission style chandeliers glow illuminating the outside corner. Mahogany tables and comfortable chairs contribute a sleek elegance to enhance the overall dining experience

Serving Lunch and Dinner as well as a weekend brunch offers us the opportunity to dine at the Corner View at all times of day and sample their varied menu. And speaking about their menu , all we could say is WOW ! . We sampled a few appetizers on our visit that would rival any we have had in Las Vegas or elsewhere in our travels. Delivered by the Chef himself , The Roasted Duck Quesadilla with creamy fontana cheese , roasted pasilla chilie in a fresh flower tortilla , drizzled with a chili sauce garnished with toasted pepitas, cotija cheese and fresh guacamole was truly mouth watering and could even be a meal in it self.

From classic lunch sandwiches made with fresh local ingredients to seafood dinner entrees straight from the nearby Pacific Ocean, The Corner View has become OUR favorite stop in San Luis Obispo for Lunch , Dinner or just a glass of wine or cocktail at the bar. For more information about the Corner View , please visit

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