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Restaurants in California

California restaurants range from the four-star to fast-food joints, and everything in-between. Because the state is a melting pot, it’s easy to find a wide range of cuisine. Mexican, South American, Chinese, Japanese, American, French, Ethiopian cuisine – you name it, and you’ll likely be able to find multiple California restaurants that serve it.

The Golden State enjoys an enviable culinary reputation. For instance, French Laundry, located in Napa Valley, isn’t just considered to be one of the best restaurants in California, but is widely regarded as one of the best restaurants in the world. Reservations are hard to come by, but those who manage to get one are in for a treat. Everyday, the Thomas Keller-helmed restaurant delights guests with a nine-course tasting menu made solely from local, fresh ingredients.

On the other side of the coin, restaurants in California include a number of quality fast food joints, most notably In-N-Out Burger, which enjoys something of a cult following with locals and tourists alike.

  • 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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