The Bayside is close enough to the tourist tracks in Morro Bay to be a convenient dinner spot, but just far enough from the tourist tracks that they won’t find it!
This is good news if you want a pleasant dinner without the Embarcadero prices and without the overbearing tourists wandering around looking for…
“burgers ‘n shit.” — yes, I overheard a father say this to his family.
The atmosphere is inviting and cozy, like you’re in an old beach house. The Cafe itself is right on the Bay, and within the State Park. Beautiful surroundings of both water and trees.
We ordered the fresh salmon, which I felt was underwelming – perfectly average – and the seafood pasta, which was absolutely delicious. Piles of white fish, salmon, mussels, clams, in a cream sauce and lots of parmesan. Also there was a good bowl of clam chowder, and a simple side salad. I regret not ordering the fish and chips in place of the salmon – the plates I saw going to other tables looked really good.
The prices were very reasonable, given the quality, the portions and the ambience. That family I overheard closer to town probably did end up getting their overpriced burgers ‘n sh*t, and paid the same we did for our seafood dinners.
Edit: I went there again over memorial weekend 2007. I can still recommend the seafood pasta and the fish and chips. I can now also recommend the dish called Bayside Steamers. It’s in the the appetizer section, but if it’s just you eating it, it’s a full meal. It’s a large plate piled high with mussels, clams, scallops, shrimps, lobster, crab legs, and a delicious lobster broth. It also comes with a basket of bread to soak up that lovely broth. A bargain at $19.
Also note: they do not take reservations! Get there early, or be happy to wait. There is a friendly striped kitty who snoozes on the wood fence surrounding the restaurant that might keep you company.