Atascadero is a San Luis Obispo County city located midway between San Francisco and Los Angeles on U.S. Highway 101. The community is close to San Luis Obispo and within a short drive of the coast. Atascadero was founded in 1913 as a utopian planned community — and the grand Italian Renaissance-style Atascadero City Hall was designed to be the city’s centerpiece. The adjacent Sunken Gardens offer great views of this beautiful building.
Westside Atascadero has stunning homes with views of oak-studded hillsides and the rolling Central Coast countryside.
What to Love
- Stunning Westside homes
- Attractive downtown area
- Parks and greenspace
- City Hall and Sunken Gardens
People & Lifestyle
Atascadero has plenty of businesses and amenities to offer in an idyllic community surrounded by gorgeous Central Coast scenery. The attractive downtown area is full of unique restaurants, cafes, and brewpubs. Atascadero also offers lots of parks and greenspace along with attractions such as Charles Paddock Zoo.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
Downtown Atascadero surrounds the historic City Hall and Sunken Gardens and features a great choice of local businesses. Galaxy Theatres
is a downtown landmark with VIP seating and in-theater drinks to enjoy while you’re taking in all the latest releases. The family-run Hush-Harbor Artisan Bakery
sells delicious fresh bread and tempting desserts alongside café eats and local wines. Kochi Korean BBQ & Shabu Shabu
uses USDA-grade meats in its high-quality Korean fusion cuisine. The menu also includes shared platters, hot pots, and a seafood tower featuring Maine lobster and other delights.Tent City Beer
, Wild Fields Brewing
, and Street Side Ale House
all offer fantastic craft beer alongside tasty gastropub eats. Join the Brews and Burgers Trail
tour to sample some of Atascadero’s best eats and drinks. You can also sample fine bourbon whiskey, gin, rum, and vodka at Forager Spirits’ Central Coast Distillery
. Bru Coffeehouse
proudly serves some of the Central Coast’s finest coffee and espresso blends. For the artistically inclined, The ARTery
and Glasshead Studio
each offer various art supplies, classes, and demonstrations.
Away from Atascadero’s main downtown district, many more restaurants and retailers line El Camino Real. Highlights include the homey breakfast spot Country Touch Café
, homestyle country eatery Cowgirl Café
, and the Santa Maria Brewing Company Brewpub & Distillery
Just to name a few, there are many more great places to eat and drink that are not mentioned. For more information about entertainment in Atascadero, please visit Atascadero
Things to Do
Atascadero City Hall
is a gorgeous domed Italian Renaissance-style structure that was completed between 1914 and 1918 and is flanked by four ornate fountains. The Atascadero Historical Society maintains a museum inside the City Hall, and guided tours of the building’s interior are also available. The Sunken Gardens
beside City Hall are a great place to enjoy a picnic on sunny afternoons or to take in the beauty of the illuminated City Hall at night. Atascadero Lake Park
is a scenic greenspace with trails surrounding a beautiful lake, and Charles Paddock Zoo
at Atascadero Lake Park features hundreds of animal species. Popular exhibits include Malayan tigers, red pandas, Caribbean flamingos, black-handed spider monkeys, and ring-tailed lemurs.Colony Park
, Heilmann Park
, and Paloma Creek Park
offer more relaxing greenspace. Amenities at these parks include an all-inclusive playground at Colony Park, tennis courts and disc golf at 102-acre Heilmann Park, and two multi-purpose sports fields at Paloma Creek Park. Stadium Park
has miles of oak-tree flanked hiking trails close to downtown. Chalk Mountain Golf Course
features a challenging Robert Muir Graves championship course flanked by ancient oak groves. Other recreational facilities in Atascadero include the Atown indoor skate park
Atascadero is served by the Atascadero Unified School District.
- Monterey Road Elementary, Public, K-5.
- San Benito Elementary, Public, K-5.
- San Gabriel Elementary, Public, K-5.
- Fine Arts Academy, Public, 4-8.
- Atascadero Middle, Public, 6-8.
- Atascadero High, Public, 9-12.