Taco Temple

Open Mon, Wed - Fri 11am - 9pm, Sun till 8:30pm. Closed Tuesday

Taco Temple achieves a unique blend of atmospheres by combining wine lists and surfboards, gourmet desserts and tropical decor. This North Morro Bay favorite offers a delicious and inventive menu of California-style Mexican dishes. The ingredients are fresh and nutritious - you can actually leave feeling full and healthy at the same time.

The seafood dishes are wonderful, especially the Premium Tacos and Burritos (check the board). The evening we dined they had available white shrimp, king salmon, swordfish, and sea scallops. The premium taco I ordered had a generous serving of sea scallops, each golden on the outside and perfectly tender inside. The tacos are piled high with mixed greens, cabbage, cilantro, shredded carrot, radish and cheese, chopped tomato, and cilantro dressing atop two soft corn tortillas. My premium taco ($9) also came with a side of sliced cucumbers and a tasty mango salsa with a delightfully surprising kick. The regular menu tacos are priced well at $4.00 each (2 for $7) and include the same ingredients as the premium taco without the sides. One taco could certainly be a meal for a normal appetite. Regular taco choices are: fish (cod), chicken, beef, veggie, chile verde, or carnitas. My husband had the chile verde taco and it was deliciously tender.

Other menu items include: tostados, burritos, nachos, taquitos, fresh fish, and crab cakes. Meals come with freshly made chips and salsa. The salsa had a bit too much black pepper for our taste, however we did manage to finish it so it certainly wasn't bad. Taco Temple has a $2.50 menu for kids. Choose from a quesadilla, bean and cheese burrito (black beans), taquito (w/rice and beans), chips and cheese, or taco with meat, cheese and lettuce. Regular menu prices range from $1.50 for a single taquito, to $10.00 for a tostado. Special items on the board may cost a little more ($18.00 for the premium burrito).*

Taco Temple is well-known for tasty and enticing desserts such as warm chocolate bread pudding, and mango cheesecake. The dessert menu is posted on the board and changes daily. Also posted on the board is an extensive list of wines, and beer is available on tap or bottled.

*If you are dining at Taco Temple, plan ahead since they do not accept credit cards and will only take cash and local checks. There is an ATM nearby if you are in need of assistance.

Kids' Opinion: "I hadn't realized that the bean burritos were black bean burritos, but they are still pretty good. The quesadillas are 1-inch of cheese! (not really, but it was a lot of cheese) Taco Temple is a really fun place with lots of cool pictures and art."

Taco Temple is located at 2680 N. Main Street in Morro Bay, near the parking lot of Spencer's Market.