Open SLO Program

Open SLO is a new pilot program operated by the City of San Luis Obispo.

This program was approved by City Council in May of 2020 and will be in place for up to one year.

Downtown Dining Parklets

Enjoy dining at one of our downtown restaurant parklets! Don’t see your favorite restaurant on the list? They may still be operating for take-out, delivery, or have a patio! For a full list of outdoor dining options downtown, click HERE

Downtown Dine Out

The City of San Luis Obispo has set up several tables and chairs (with appropriate social distancing measures) throughout Mission Plaza surrounded by beautifully donated trees and shrubs from Farm Supply Company. We encourage you to grab a meal from a downtown restaurant and pull up a seat to enjoy some fresh air. Need to just take a minute to rest? Feel free to do that too!

Where can I Park?

For more information on parking downtown, please visit

Why Open SLO?

This program allows for the expanded use of city streets and public spaces to help support the economic recovery of local businesses and provide additional opportunities for responsible physical distancing within our community.

How does Open SLO work?

Open SLO includes a variety of strategies, including temporary street closures within the downtown to allow local restaurants and retailers to expand their footprints into the street, use of Mission Plaza and other city-owned spaces for take-out dining downtown, addition of parklets to expand sidewalk space, and other quick-build strategies to improve safety and access for residents jogging, bicycling and strolling in their neighborhoods. Open SLO activities are an inclusive environment and ALL community members are welcome.

  • Resources for Businesses Outside of the Downtown. Expansion of restaurant service and other business activities into private parking lots is already approved by the City and business owners are encouraged to work directly with property owners/managers to obtain permission to move forward. Here is a link to additional information on using private parking lots. For questions about the use of private parking lots, please contact Lee Johnson via email at

If you are a business owner interested in a parklet or if you’d like to find out more about the program, please visit or email with any questions.