California

Restaurants in California

Pig is something of an obsession at this petite café at the back of Copperfield’s Books. You can get the house-made bacon on a salad, in a sandwich, on pizza, or on pasta. Or throw dietary caution to the winds and dive into the pork-cheek sandwich.

The view from the Mission District is echoed inside Pizzeria Delfina on 18th Street with a mural by Andre Karpov, sweeping from bridge to bridge. Above the sidewalk tables, a blue cursive neon sign proclaims “Pizzeria” on the glass façade.

Boulevard makes its home in the late 19th-century Audiffred Building along San Francisco’s Embarcadero. This symmetrical, red-brick structure emulates French commercial buildings of the late 1800’s, with a mosaic bar floor and wrought-iron details enhancing the Belle Èpoque design.

The fresh-made multigrain pancakes and cheddar-jack omelettes are popular with breakfasting climbers.

John Rivera Sedlar, the Santa Fe–born chef who pioneered Southwestern cuisine two decades ago, makes his long-awaited return to the kitchen at Rivera.

Jump into this mainstay restaurant in downtown Carmel for a snack of lobster spring rolls or Maryland crab cakes.

What It’s Like: On the banks of the Napa River in a 100-year-old white-and-blue-painted (former) boathouse, this family-run bistro is loved by locals throughout the valley for its French-inspired menu and cheery ambience—think oversize bouquets of loosely bundled meadow flowers,

Chef-owner Matt Straus turns out simple, yet delicious, seasonal dishes at this intimate restaurant. But for a real treat, ask for the off-menu burger with Époisses cheese.

Little House on the Prairie fans will adore this teahouse, where along with salads and sandwiches you’ll find homemade chicken pot pie.

Serpentine, housed inside an old warehouse in the city’s Dogpatch neighborhood, is a unique fusion of past and present. The restaurant combines its industrial, warehouse foundations with decorative accents like mirrors and vases full of flowers.