Come experience fine dining at Pino Alto, located on the beautiful Cabrillo College campus. The restaurant’s relaxed, welcoming decor and view of the spacious Sesnon House land creates the perfect space to enjoy comfort with friends or family. Or spend a casual evening out dining on the spacious terrace overlooking the expansive backyard.

Enjoy soup, salad, and a selection of rotating fresh and locally sourced entrees and desserts in the gorgeous and Historic Sesnon House.

Sesnon House

Named in 1911, Pino Alto is located in Cabrillo College’s beautiful and historic Sesnon House. The uniquely Californian design integrates Moorish, Mission, and American architectural styles.
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April 10-11

Farm to Table

The students design the menu prepared with locally sourced organic produce and sustainable meat, served family-style with local wines.

April 14

Dare to Pair

Our 10th annual food and wine pairing competition takes place at the Surf City wine and food complex. Students are paired with the wineries and compete for prizes for the best food and wine pairing.

May 17

Wine Maker’s Dinner

Students design a menu to pair with wines from Halter Ranch Winery in this multi-course meal.




Teaching Kitchen

Pino Alto is the local restaurant on the Cabrillo College campus, fully operated and with meals prepared by the talented students and expert instructors in the Culinary Arts department. Students in the program earn credits by participating in lectures and extensive hands-on labs, preparing them for a successful career in the culinary and hospitality fields. While Pino Alto is a teaching kitchen, you can expect high-quality meals, professional service, and a fantastic dining experience.