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.
Italian comfort food is on the menu at this cozy restaurant tucked into Glen Center just off of Mulholland Drive. A homey spot with white tablecloths and a nice selection of wines, Fabrocini’s serves handmade Italian favorites using quality ingredients.
Sonoma Valley dining doesn’t get any finer than it does here, at this two-Michelin-starred restaurant set in Healdsburg’s Hotel Le Mars.
Enoteca Drago is Sicily native Celestino Drago’s wine-focused restaurant and bar, which debuted in downtown Beverly Hills in 2004. Drago and managing partner Steven Piano feature Italian wine, though the Enoteca also sources bottles from other nations.
Drop into the lively diner, for midday burgers and onion rings served by sassy waitresses.
A spare, albeit highly innovative, restaurant on a nondescript block of Piedmont Avenue (“across the street from Blockbuster,” notes the restaurant’s website).
Originally opened as the casual compliment to partners Douglas Keane and Nick Peyton’s very formal Cyrus restaurant, Market was sold to executive chef Eduardo E. Martinez in 2008. The restaurant has retained its simultaneous casual and sophisticated pub atmosphere.
Stop for moules frites on a sunny day.
One of the world’s hardest-to-score tables (where diners have been known to wait a year for reservations) has been praised to the heavens for more than a decade now—and deservedly so.
Located on the north end of Malibu, this casual seafood market and café is popular with surfers and sunbathers. Mark Ridgeway and his partners first sold seafood on the Malibu Pier, then moved up the coast, shielding their oceanic operation with four walls.
There’s a good pizza menu in the bar (in summer), and kids are welcome.
Denise Weber leads her staff and daughter Olivia through the steps of baking and decorating as cheerfully as Snow White inculcated her dwarfs.