California

Restaurants in California

An extensive number of top-rate German, Austrian, and Belgian beers on offer makes waiting for this always busy spot’s sausage, sauerkraut, spätzle its own pleasure. For the thirsty, beer is available in a 2-litre boot or a massive 5-litre stein.

The booths are the best way to enjoy Elite’s California Cajun cuisine. They’re only remaining element of the original space built in 1922, and they offer a unique amount of privacy and charm. Don’t miss the deviled eggs and gunpowder martinis.

This chic rooftop bistro settled atop the Pershing Square Building may not be the highest point in downtown, but the unique view gives you the delicious illusion that you’re floating amid the skyscrapers.

At Duende, chef Paul Canales channels his Basque heritage into pintxos and paellas in a whimsical setting (colorful murals; fence posts as floorboards). BART stop: 19th Street/Uptown Oakland

Santa Barbara's latest arrival is a casual breakfast-and-lunch spot whose home-style sandwiches are inspired by Ugandan street food. For breakfast, try the scrambled eggs, bacon, and smoked tomato on house-made flatbread.

The décor may be outdated, but one of the area’s best restaurants serves satisfying Italian classics such as eggplant parmigiana and Sicilian chicken.

This throwback ice cream shop and soda fountain offers both original Prohibition-era recipes and upgrades with old ingredients.

The French- and Mediterranean-kissed American fare at neighborhood fine-dining gem Josie is some of the most highly regarded on the Westside.

San Francisco’s hottest pizza joint has expanded with A16 Rockridge, which turns out chewy pies from a hand-built oven. We love the Montanara Rockridge—lightly fried dough, smoked tomato sauce, burrata, and basil. BART stop: Rockridge