What could be better than Summer on the Central Coast? Perfect weather, plenty of beaches to visit, and of course..delicious food and wine to enjoy! Santa Maria has lots to offer to keep your palette happy this Summer – and many local spots have Summer specials and menu suggestions you’ll definitely want to sample in these warmer months.

Santa Maria Summer Eats

From locally famous tri-tip and BBQ to lighter fare and more exotic options, Santa Maria has no shortage of places to eat! Enjoy some of your local favorites, or branch out and try something new. Here are some local favorites you must try this Summer:

Far Western Tavern

FWT Pinot Filet“For dinner, you must try our famous Bull’s Eye Steak – a 14oz boneless rib-eye. It is what brings many people in to the Far Western. Equally popular is our Pinot Filet – a 6oz center cut steak topped with mushrooms and red wine bordelaise. We also serve brunch every Saturday and Sunday, so many locals come in for Tri-Tip & Eggs with a Bacon Topped Bloody Mary. Chef Adam Measurall has weekly entree and dessert specials featuring local seasonal items. We announce them every Thursday and they are available until they sell out.”
– Susan Righetti, Far Western Tavern
Doc Burnstein’s Ice Cream Lab

eats0.food.BananaSplit“Come in to Doc Burnstein’s for one of their unique flavors like Motor Oil, Merlot, and Birthday Cake, or a classic banana split for two. We are currently partnering with Make-a-Wish for their annual summer fundraising program, helping Make-a-Wish raise funds with a new flavor, “Me Like Cookies”. Created with local Wish Child Matthew, proceeds from every scoop go towards Make-a-Wish. No matter what your heart desires, you’ll have a fun and memorable ice cream experience while benefiting the community at the same time.”
– Greg Steinberger, Doc Burnstein’s Ice Cream Lab
Sula Mediterranean Kitchen & Bar

“If you are looking for a healthy option and don’t want to compromise in flavor, give us whirl; your taste buds are in for a treat! Our customers love, love, love our Chicken Shawarma and beef kabob! This Summer for a limited time, Sula Mediterranean is introducing our Mexiterranean menu fusing our deliciously marinated meats with your classic Mexican favorites!”
– Sally Elias, Sula Mediterranean Kitchen & Bar
Moxie Cafe


“Moxie Cafe offers a very unique and healthful menu. Our meats are antibiotic and hormone free, cooked rotisserie style. We don’t serve trans fats,opting for healthy oils such as pure olive oil, or coconut oil. MSG is also banned from the Moxie Cafe. Some Summer favorites include the Roasted Veggie Salad, featuring hand roasted locally sourced vegetables, the Tuscan Chicken Sandwich, and the hand crafted Gelato is always a Summer hit!”
– Robert Grimmesey, Moxie Cafe
Rooney’s Irish Pub

Fish N Chips“Some of our customer favorites that are enjoyed year round include our Reuben, fish and chips, corned beef and shepherd’s pie. Additionally, Chef Alex prepares daily specials featuring the freshest seasonal ingredients. Come in and try for yourself!”
– Jake Rooney, Rooney’s Irish Pub


Santa Maria Summer Sips

Here in Santa Maria, we’re fortunate to have an amazing selection of local wine. Whether you’re looking to sample at the tasting rooms or bring home a bottle for your Summer BBQ – there are plenty of options when it comes to wine in the Santa Maria Valley. What should you sip this Summer? We talked to the local wineries, and they had plenty of suggestions:

Presqu’ile Winery

Screen Shot 2016-06-20 at 4.15.19 AM“For Summer, it doesn’t get better than Sauvignon Blanc and Rosé. Our Rosé of Pinot Noir was just named “The Best Rosé in California” by Wine Bible author Karen MacNeil. Our Estate Sauvignon Blanc is bright and crisp, with plenty of citrus and fresh green herbs. Both are perfect for the pool and the porch!”
– Cameron Porter, Presqu’ile Winery
UO4A0093-EditRiverbench Vineyard & Winery
“Our Brut Rosé is perfect for Summer because it’s light and refreshing. It’s so versatile and pairs with almost anything, but my favorite pairing is fried chicken and sparkling wine, so that’s on my agenda at least once this Summer.”
– Laura Booras, Riverbench Vineyard & Winery
Golden Bear Winery

“On a warm Summer’s day, cool off with our refreshing 2012 Brucher Chardonnay, and enjoy its well-balanced juicy tropical flavors with floral notes and hints of vanilla and spice, or create a cocktail with our 2011 Golden Bear Chillable Red, with slightly sweet red fruits and a smooth finish. Serve it over ice with an orange slice and a maraschino cherry on top. Both wines can be enjoyed as an aperitif or pairs perfectly with your summer BBQ picnic dishes.”
– Chad Leal, Golden Bear Winery
Screen Shot 2016-06-20 at 4.52.40 AMCORE Winery

“Our most popular red blend is the Hard Core, it’s a blend of Mourvedre, Grenache, Syrah, Tempranillo and Cabernet Sauvignon that we’ve been making since 2002. It’s a great price that’s perfect for a backyard BBQ!”
– Becky Corey, CORE Winery
Cambria Winery & Vineyard

IMG_9883“Cambria Estate Wines is known for our Chardonnary and Pinot Noir. For Summer, I’d recommend any of our Chardonnays and also our Rosé. These pair great with light Summer fare like bruschetta with fresh heirloom tomatoes or a Beet avocado salad with blue cheese crumble.”
– Brian York, Cambria Winery & Vineyard
Ca’ Del Grevino Cafe & WIne Bar

“During the Summer months you want a wine that is light, clean, and crisp. We recommend our stainless steel matured Chardonnay which has notes of green apple, lemon and mouth watering acidity. It pairs well with anything from a light chicken Caesar salad, a chicken & jalapeño flatbread pizza, or a smoked salmon with cherry tomatoes.”
– Jon Karlo Macias, Ca’ Del Grevino Cafe & Wine Bar
J. Wilkes Wines

SMV CHD“A Summer favorite is our 2014 J. Wilkes Pinot Blanc. This wine is bright, aromatic and delicious enough for cocktails around the pool on a warm day, structured enough for a cheese and charcuterie plate, and perfect for classic Alsatian cuisine: pan-friend frog’s legs (cuisses de grenouilles) in a parsley cream sauce. For the less adventurous, a dozen Morro Bay oysters, a white pizza with shrimp and bacon, or grilled peach halves with burrata cheese. Speaks clearly of Santa Maria sun, wind and fog.”
– Noemi Zendejas, J. Wilkes Wines