Can Doing the Right Thing for the Environment Be Good for Business?

For the Surfrider Foundation, the answer is “Yes“!

The Surfrider Foundation’s Ocean Friendly Restaurants program does just that – one restaurant, one customer at a time.

So, What Makes a Restaurant an Ocean Friendly Restaurant?

  • No expanded polystyrene use (aka Styrofoam).
  • Proper recycling practices are followed.

  • Only reusable food ware is used for onsite dining.

  • No plastic bags offered with takeout or to-go orders and utensils are provided only upon request.

  • Paper straws are provided only upon request.

They May Also Adopt Practices Such As:

  • No beverages are sold in plastic bottles.

  • A discount is offered for customers with reusable cups, containers, bags, etc.

  • Vegetarian/vegan food options are offered on a regular basis.

  • All seafood is ‘Best Choice’ or ‘Good Alternative’ as defined by Seafood Watch or certified as sustainable.

  • Water conservation and pollution mitigation efforts are implemented.

  • Energy efficiency efforts are in place.

Ocean Friendly Restaurants in San Luis Obispo County:

* More restaurants are being added so check back often * Want to register your restaurant? Learn how to participate here *

Big Sky Cafe
1121 Broad Street
San Luis Obispo, CA

Burger Village
698 Higuera Street
San Luis Obispo, CA

Goddess Goods
1124 Front Street
Morro Bay, CA

Shine Cafe
415 Morro Bay Road
Morro Bay, CA


Fight plastic pollution every time you eat out by downloading the PlasticScore app.

PlasticScore is a crowdsourced zero waste rating for restaurants. PlasticScore funds plastic waste offsets for every review, and they use the data to help create a world free of plastic pollution.

Learn more about the impacts of trashy dining.