Hands down THE best is Chef Rick's - in a very nondescript shopping center in Orcutt - south of Santa Maria. He has been there 11 years and still amazing how few locals know about him. Far superior to McPhee's in Templeton (and I happen to think Bistro Laurent in Pas Robles is very mediocre)- as good as anything you'll find in Napa/Sonoma. Open lunch thru dinner - must have reservations for dinner but walk in for lunch. Good wine list and good beer as well.