Sycamore Mineral Springs Restaurant

January 29, 2013

Our very own secluded private


  • Bar – 4pm-9:30pm
  • Small Plates – 4:30pm-9:30pm
  • Dinner – 5pm-9:30pm


  • Bar – 2pm-9:30pm
  • Small Plates – 2pm-9:30pm


  • Breakfast and Lunch – 10am-2pm
  • Bar – 10am-9pm
  • Small Plates – 2pm-9pm
  • Dinner – 5pm-9pm

Meet the Chef

Chef Everett "Casey" Walcott started humbly as a dishwasher at the celebrated Bistro Laurent in Paso Robles, California. At a time when new vineyards seemed to spring up by the minute, this young chef was captivated by the Central Coast's local wine country and farm-fresh take on classical culinary methods. After growing in skill and responsibility for wine country cuisine at the Bistro, his passion and creativity led him to hold key roles at various restaurants and entrepreneurial ventures in San Luis Obispo County. With impressive local industry knowledge and relationships, Chef Walcott channels his culinary talent into SeaVenture Hotel restaurant's seasonal and coastal inspired cuisine. "When I design a plate, I attempt to accentuate the kitchen's compassion for the diner's experience: from the quality of ingredients and presentation to the service and ambiance of the venue, " states Walcott. When he is not delighting guests (and staff!) with his latest creation, you can find Walcott enjoying the company of his two children in his hometown of Paso Robles.

Gardens Restaurant

Gardens Restaurant at Sycamore Mineral Springs Resort, a favorite spot for locals as well as travelers, is situated in a beautiful garden setting in the Avila Valley. Savor the flavors of the award-winning contemporary coastal cuisine inspired by the surrounding local wine country.

Gardens Restaurant features California Coastal wine-country cuisine and showcases the bounty of local and organic farms, ranches and culinary artisans in the Central Coast area region. Chef Trester specializes in approachable and seasonally prepared cuisine featuring locally sourced, organic and/or pesticide-free produce.

Open Every Day for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Monday - Thursday: 8:00 am - 2:00 pm and 4:00 - 9:00 pm
Friday - Sunday : 8:00 am - 9:00 pm

  • Appetizers offered in our Bar Lounge and Terrace Patio: 4:00 - 9:00 pm
  • Dinner: 5:00-9:00 pm daily
  • Corkage fee waived for one bottle of local San Luis Obispo county wine grown in San Luis Obispo or Santa Barbara Counties (limit one bottle per table) - corkage for each additional bottle of wine
  • Reservations ~ (805) 595-7365

Dining Room
Awarded “The Most Romantic Restaurant in San Luis Obispo County”, the Gardens Restaurant invites you to delight your palate with our seasonally fresh and artfully prepared cuisine in an intimate setting. Our dining room overlooks our century old stone patio in a garden setting and can accommodate parties of up to 8 people.

Bar and Lounge
Our Bar and Lounge features a cozy fireplace and mahogany bar. Recently voted ‘Best Happy Hour Hot Spot’ by Central Coast Magazine, our lounge features unique cocktails and a local wine list that highlights wines from our world-class San Luis Obispo County region. Happy Hours, nightly events and specials are offered daily.

Garden Patio
The Gardens Restaurant offers two beautiful outdoor patios. Our century-old stone patio outside of our dining room is in a secluded stone and garden setting and can seat up to 32 people. Our bar and lounge patio is open and bright and seats 10 people. With the beautiful weather the Avila Valley offers, our patios are open year-round and are equipped with outdoor heaters.

Apple Farm Restaurant & Bakery

The Apple Farm Restaurant & Bakery has been a favorite spot for decades for locals as well as the traveler on a weekend getaway. Our local farm to table cuisine, fresh pastries, and pies are world famous! If you enjoy the simple pleasures of a farmer's market, you will savor traditional favorites like turkey pot pie or biscuits and gravy. Or you can treat yourself to one of our specialty entrees including fresh local meats and seafood, followed by our signature dessert, the Hot Apple Dumpling all in the same atmosphere of wine country charm as our Inn. Our Winery of the Month Program features a local boutique winery. Our menus are changed seasonally and reflect the freshest local ingredients. Come taste what is new at the Apple Farm Restaurant in San Luis Obispo.

The Apple Farm Restaurant - Fresh for all seasons, harvesting great food and lasting memories, right in your own backyard.

Meet the Chef

Chef de Cuisine Steven Smeets
Apple Farm Restaurant

Originally interested in gastronomy, Chef Steven Smeets’ cooking style has evolved into local sustainable produce and meats served simply and beautifully while staying true to their natural flavors. His description; “How a farmer would cook if they were a chef.”

Raised in Oregon, Chef Smeets found his appreciation for food at a young age. His first introduction came in Boy Scouts where he saw food as a way of life. He learned how to catch fresh fish, harvest wild berries and herbs, and cook peach cobbler in a cast iron pot over an open fire. As his interest grew, he would help his mother in the kitchen preparing vegetables for dinner. His family could see his love for cooking and gave him his first set of Miracle Blade knives at 15 years old. During his senior year of high school he joined his Home Economics culinary team where he and three of his classmates competed in the National ProStart Invitational.

Putting in countless hours of practice and preparation, their team won first place in the state of California and second place nationally. This earned him a culinary scholarship that led him to study at the California Culinary Academy in San Francisco. While in school he got his first job at AQUA which is a fine dining seafood restaurant downtown. After graduating culinary school, he went on to work at the Sir Francis Drake Hotel, Spruce, Bix, Betelnut and Nojo, gaining experience as a Banquet Cook and Line Cook as well as knowledge about fine cheeses and charcuterie, Chinese and Japanese cuisine. After relocating to the central coast, Chef Smeets was inspired by the surrounding rolling hills, wine country, farm land and all the region has to offer. He found his place at the Apple Farm where he transforms his inspiration into farm-to-table comfort cuisine.

In his spare time, Chef Smeets still enjoys competing in various cooking competitions. Most notable was winning the Boiling Point Competition hosted by US Foods and competing on an episode of the Food Network's Cutthroat Kitchen.

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