local eats…Guest House Grill

guest house grillGuest House Grill

8783 El Camino Real

Atascadero, CA 93422

(805) 460-0193

After visiting Charles Paddock Zoo we stopped in at Guest House Grill in Atascadero¬†for lunch. The day was so nice that we chose to sit outside in their covered patio area. They newly renovated the patio area as well as an area just a few steps down that is uncovered and has a neat rock feature. Finding the restaurant was difficult because it is in the rear portion of an older retail set up that has rows of “strip mall” type structures. We were looking for signs and, luckily, we had 2 sets of eyes in the search because these 2 newbies would have been lost and SOL.

We tried the meatloaf sandwich and the bbq burger. They were okay, better than some other burgers we’ve had in the county but the meatloaf sandwich was super salty, lacked flavor, and the bbq burger needed…well…more bbq sauce (easy remedy). We started with water to drink but it tasted like hay and immediately ordered a couple sodas. The sodas tasted like hay as well and we deduced that the ice was the wheaty culprit. Perhaps we should have had some whiskey neat, next time. Our server was okay but she seemed to be the only one for the place and although it wasn’t slammed the service was slow and at times nowhere to be found. Looking over the menu, lunch is affordable but dinner seems a bit pricey, especially for the area.

The setting was really nice and we are going to give this place another chance. They had a small tiny stage inside and we were told that it gets pretty hoppin’ when the live music is playing so that’s when we’ll come back for dinner. If we’re happy with dinner then we’d seriously contemplate having a party in their new outdoor space because it is really nice. If you were getting married in Atascadero, I would look into celebrating your rehearsal diner in this new space.


  • Setting and Ambience
  • Different food choices
  • Ample free parking
  • Outdoor patio seating
  • Service is polite and helpful when available


  • Service can be lacking if not staffed properly
  • Food seasoning needs a bit of adjusting
  • Hard to find the first time