About


WINDOWS ON THE WATER

We're all about the food. And the service, the ambiance, the wine, and the view.

With two large dining rooms and elevated bar, this open & airy restaurant was specifically designed to compliment the beautiful view of Morro Bay and Morro Rock from every table. The California flair showcases the open working kitchen, extensive wine cellars, an incredible lounge, and breathtaking sunsets.

Windows on the Water features a menu that changes with the seasons, benefiting from local producers for fresh fish, vegetables, fruit and herbs. The extensive wine list showcases many local wines, current California selections, as well as renowned French vintages. The full bar serves premium liquor, and maintains a vast selection of fine Scotches, Ports, Cognacs, and Tequilas. 

THE TEAM

 

Paul Merkle, General Manager
Neil Smith, Executive Chef :: Download Neil's Biography (PDF)
Chris Battles, Sommelier

 

AWARDS

Winner of "Best Morro Bay/North Coast Restaurant" New Times Readers Poll
2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002, 2001 

2010
Winner - Executive Chef Neil Smith - "Battle of the Bay" Sunset Magazine's Savor the Central Coast

2005
Winner "Best Romantic Restaurant" - New Times Readers Poll
Winner "Best Restaurant Service" - New Times Readers Poll
Winner "Best Restaurant with a View" - New Times Readers Poll

2003
Winner "Best Restaurant with a View" - New Times Readers Poll

2002
Winner "Best Restaurant Service" - New Times Readers Poll
Winner "Best Restaurant with a View" - New Times Readers Poll 

2001
Winner "Best Restaurant with a View" - New Times Readers Poll

WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING

"I realized I had been missing out on an excellent dining experience that has me eager to return for more." Continue reading...New Times, Cousine, December 2011 

 

"Best Filet and food in Morro Bay that we have had so far!!! A+++"
Jon E. via Facebook Wall Post, July 12, 2011

"Add this dish to the grand view and sophisticated live entertainment, and it's a perfect night." Continue reading... 
805 Living Magazine, Taste of the Town, April 2011 

"Windows On The Water is considered one of the finest dining establishments and they deserve the title." Continue reading...
Coast News, January 2011

"Great views, live music, romantic. Following the guidelines of the Seafood Watch Program of Monterey Bay, chef Neil Smith buys only wild or sustainably..." Continue reading...
805 Living, March 2011

"The chef's talent is amazing. Best food we have had on this California trip."
Lina D., Ottowa Canada via comment card, August 15, 2011

"Had another epic Windows meal tonight for Moms birthday dinner. Thanks again for the amazing service, food, view, and that cheesecake ice cream. Holy cow that was good..."
Kristina A. via Facebook Wall Post, August 7, 2011

"Had an AMAZING DINNER!!!!!!! Vickie you are the best ~ Thank you!!!!!"
Terry D. via Facebook Wall Post, June 21, 2011

"Windows on the Water" describes this elegant restaurant perfectly, but the owners could have easily gone with "Culinary Masterpieces on the Plates" or "Courteous Service from Well-Trained Staff" or even "Classy Entertainment and Daily Drink Specials at the Expansive Bar"..." Continue reading... 
New Times Readers Poll "Best Morro Bay Restaurant for 2011", May 2011