The Bayside Café at the Marina combines great food with great views

Friday, July 23rd, 2021

Bayside Cafe Morro Bay

Enjoy a waterfront view from every seat

Walking or boating along the waters of Morro Bay’s Marina, the smell of bacon sizzling on the grill wafts toward you in waves. The smells take you to Bayside Cafe, located off the Embarcadero at the back of the bay inside Morro Bay State Park.

Cozy tables sit along a glass wall inside and there are tables on the patio; every seat boasts a perfect view of the bay. Just across the street from the State campground, Bayside Cafe is the restaurant every camper dreams about.

Low key and relaxed, diners often show up in beach cover-ups and camping attire. Bring your dog and sit outside under the heat lamps, watching the fog roll away while enjoying an early lunch or see the sunset during dinner.

Something for everyone on the menus

Each recipe has been crafted out of a love for the perfect bite. Founder Dawn Borst started Bayside Cafe in 1986 after recognizing the need for a place to grab a quick meal after being out on the water all day.

Sitting right where the boats dock, the location is ideal. She originally started the restaurant as a “walk-up” and created each recipe herself. Today the place has expanded to a sit-down-style restaurant, but her unique recipes remain the same and Dawn is dedicated to serving the freshest food to each and every customer.

The extensive lunch menu offers plenty of delicious options. From seafood and burgers to Mexican specialties, the whole family eats well regardless of who wants what. Want to share a few appetizers among your group? Try the shrimp cocktail and calamari strips. Or maybe you’d like a bowl of chowder, which is a meal in itself.

The dinner menu at Bayside Cafe is a bit more romantic. Chicken Marsala, tender slow roasted tri-tip, and blackened ahi are just a few of the choices, and the entree list is a perfect variety of both surf and turf.

Dessert heaven

Locals have long discovered that a trip to Bayside is more than the mouthwatering main courses – the homemade desserts are must-eats. Chocolate Oblivion and Tres Leches Cake are just two of the delights that leave diners wishing for more.

Take a moment to enjoy the sun setting on the water as you relax after a great meal and even better experience. Perhaps the best part about dining at Bayside Cafe is the feeling that even if you are just visiting the area, you are treated like a local. Smiling employees, delicious food, and a laid back atmosphere are the perfect combination.

Mix all this in with a large dose of relaxation and you will have a hard time leaving, guaranteed.

Check out the menus online. Dine in or order take out.

Bayside Cafe, located at 10 State Park Road directly across the road from the Morro Bay State Park Campground, is open for lunch Monday through Wednesday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. and 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. Thursday through Sunday. For more information, call (805) 772-1465 or visit


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