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Restaurants in California

Whether it’s a classic culinary temple or a local haunt, these California restaurants are destinations in and of themselves. Read on to discover Travel + Leisure’s picks for the best California restaurants and dining experiences. Browse our travel guides for insider information on food trucks, bakeries, cafés, coffeehouses, farm-to-table restaurants, diners, trattorias, bistros, pizzerias, ice cream parlors, tapas bars, noodle houses, sushi counters, fine dining establishments, and more.

Our global network of editors and writers selects the best restaurants in California to help travelers soak up the local scene and find authentic dishes. Whether highlighting an insider hot spot, a celebrity chef’s newest restaurant, a hip coffeehouse, or the best place for cheap eats, Travel + Leisure takes you there, serving up the best California restaurant listings. Below find T+L’s top picks for where to eat in California.

  • 1300 on Fillmore

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar
    1300 on Fillmore pays homage to southern fare and an integral part of the city's past. Located in the Fillmore Jazz Preservation District, a revita... More
  • 1550 Hyde

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    25 Degrees

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar
    Situated in the lobby of the historic Roosevelt Hotel, this 24-hour haunt adds a little punk to Hollywood Boulevard. Black-and-chrome tiles line th... More
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    3 Square Café

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar
    Located at the corner of Abbot Kinney and San Juan in the small beach community of Venice, 3 Square Café is the creation of veteran chef/restaurate... More
  • 4505 Dogs

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar
    Ryan Farr has become the latest "it" chef (and artisan butcher) to San Francisco's starstruck gourmands. And while his crunchy, porcine chicharrone... More
  • À Côté

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar
    With many of its Mediterranean, small-plate dishes cooked in a wood-fired oven, À Côté has become a fixture Rockridge restaurant. But amongst the s... More
  • A. R. Valentien

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar Dollar
    A.R. Valentien is the signature restaurant at The Lodge at Torrey Pines. Inspired by namesake Albert R. Valentien, this farm-to-table establishment... More
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    A.O.C.

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar
    The name, which stands for Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée (the French system regulating the quality of local wines and cheeses), clues foodies and... More
  • A16

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar Dollar
    Shelley Lindgren, co-owner of this southern-Italian favorite (named for the highway that runs through Naples), has built a wine list that practical... More
  • Abbot’s Habit

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar
  • Absinthe

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar Dollar
    Located within walking distance of the San Francisco War Memorial & Performing Arts Center, this Hayes Valley brasserie is ideal for pre-show Frenc... More
  • Academy Café

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar
    Run by celebrated chef Charles Phan (formerly of the Slanted Door), the Academy Café is a casual, cafeteria-style eatery located in Golden Gate Par... More
  • Acme Chophouse

  • Ad Hoc

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar Dollar
     What started in 2006 as a temporary pop-up for chef Thomas Keller has since become an established fixture in Yountville’s dining scene (fans who c... More
  • Addison

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar Dollar Dollar
    Situated on a pastoral hill at Carmel Valley’s Grand Del Mar Resort, Addison has the unassuming stone entrance of a rural Tuscan mansion. Inside, t... More

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