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.
Once the guesthouse of actor Cary Grant, Copley’s has an adobe-tiled roof, olive trees, and a dining patio with a fire pit. The Spanish theme is reflected inside as well, with wood-plank flooring, mauve walls, and arched doorways.
Buon Appetito brings food, wine, and art together in dowtown’s Little Italy district. Along with a wine bar and market next door, Buon Appetito has an upscale Euro look outside with its wheat-colored walls, navy awnings, and wrought ironwork.
In a heritage building made cozy with plush burgundy mohair chairs and a wide, limestone fireplace, The Village Pub has one Michelin star for its locally sourced American cuisine. A nearby ranch provides much of the fresh produce—be it the heirloom tomatoes, cantaloupe, or organic beets.
Enjoy an “Ambrosiaburger” on the terrace of a house reputedly once owned by Orson Welles and Rita Hayworth.
The second outpost of this famed, nouveau-Chinese eatery—helmed by chef, artist, and Renaissance man Michael Chow—actually lives up to the hype.
Celebrated chef David Myers opened this rustic-cum-modern spot in January 2013, and the food cognoscenti is still buzzing about the fusion fare, which re-imagines California cuisine through an Asian lens in dishes like hinoki wood-scented black cod and green curry lobster roll.
After divorcing Wolfgang Puck in 2009, this New American restaurant in the downtown Prescott hotel shifted its focus to the 50-seat, Art Nouveau-inspired café and bar area.
On the way into the park, stop at the Old Mountain Inn in Boulder Creek for breakfast.
At the Healdsburg, the lawn is the best place for a cold drink. The raspberry lemonade here is spiked with vodka and Chambord, while the margarita is a mix of tequila, Patrón Citrónge, simple syrup, and fresh lime juice.
This reservations-only tea room overlooks the landscaped rose gardens of the Huntington, a cultural center that includes an art collection, library, and botanical gardens.
With 29 years of experience under his belt, chef Jan Birnbaum opened Epic Roasthouse in 2008 along with co-owner and acclaimed restaurant architect Pat Kuleto.
Order dinner of rack of lamb or duck breast with a cherry-port reduction at the restaurant in the classic 1930 Deetjen’s Big Sur Inn.