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A Whale of Tale Restaurant at Olde Port Inn Harford Pier

Avila Beach Dining -- In May 2010, the ocean view restaurant celebrated 40 years in existence.

Someone actually built a pier restaurant in California for a couple hundred bucks. It doesn't seem likely, but it is true!

According to the Olde Port Inn restaurant founder, Barry A. Cohen, he constructed the Avila Beach restaurant on Harford Pier for around $300.

With the best view dining on the Central Coast's San Luis Obispo County, the restaurant has a solid fish menu,  a full bar, and many wines to choose from. If you need an introduction to the local wines, why not set yourself down for an afternoon of sampling?

The Wines-- Chardonnays include Tolosa "1772″, Edna Valley, Talley "Rincon, Arroyo Grande, Talley "Rosemarys", Arroyo Grande, Talley Vineyards, Arroyo Grande, Wolff, Edna Valley, Baileyana, Edna Valley, Martin & Weyrich, "Unwooded Chardonnay", and Rex Goliath , California.

Napa serves up the Sauvignon Blancs with wineries Duckhorn, Provenance and Grgich Hills, St. Supery, and Brander. Pinot Blanc, Pinot Grigio, White Zinfandel, Gewurtztraminer, Johannisburg Riesling, Petite Sirah, Merlot, Zinfandel, Pinot Noir, and Cabernet Sauvignon all get a fair shake. The wine list offers suggestions for paring with particular menu items.

One of the most rustic piers in all of California with its often windy breeze that can chill you to the bone if you don't have a warm enough coat in the winter, leads you past serious free pier fishing, past the noisy sea lions, and the smell of fish, as you wander to the end of the wooden pier where the restaurant sits.

Perfect for birthdays, anniversaries, celebrations, and romantic dates,  The Olde Port Inn prices are around $35-50/person.

Olde Port Inn, Harford Pier in Port San Luis, Avila Beach, CA 93424
(805) 595-2515. -oldeportinn.com

There are approx. 20 piers and wharfs in California with restaurant dining. The views are king at these dining establishments that often serve at least one fish item on the menu. Most sell beer & wine, and quite a few have full bars serving alcoholic beverages.

Favorite hotel: Avila Lighthouse Suites is newer, and right at the beach. Winter off-season is the best time to book it.


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