California

Restaurants in California

Sculptor-turned-chocolatier Will Gustwiller uses only high-grade cocoa beans from sustainable sources, as well as other organic and seasonal ingredients, to create his artistic confections.

After training at San Francisco’s renowned Tartine Bakery, pastry chef Zoe Nathan teamed up with husband Josh Loeb to open this popular café, known for its use of local, organic ingredients.

A Los Angeles landmark since 1921, this traditional steakhouse is located in a replica railway dining car adorned with overstuffed armchairs, plush banquettes, and white tablecloths.

Within this largely white corner café boasting woods floors and a white-marble counter, Fraîche Yogurt serves both fresh a frozen variations of this homemade treat (they make small batch with organic milk and probiotic culture, as well as a lactose-free, soy version).

Somewhat hidden inside a vine-covered stucco building, this Hollywood restaurant and lounge attracts a fashionable crowd for both dinner and late night drinks.

Located in an American Craftsman bungalow that housed the caretaker of a 1920's-era hotel once on the property, the Raymond serves American dishes with a sometimes-exotic touch: lingcod fish with clams and Spanish chorizo sausage, for instance, or lamb shank prepared with Moroccan spices.

Established by tea aficionado Gail Baral in 1997, Algabar is an online retailer specializing in blended teas. Inspired by her travels around the globe, Baral created the Algabar Tea Collection, an assortment of 30 distinctive teas, many of which are organic, fair trade, and biodynamic.

Tidal at the Paradise Point Resort is a bayfront restaurant serving modern American cuisine. Water views are the most notable feature of the dining room, with windows and glass doors that open to a tropical outdoor patio.

Die-hard dim sum fans consistently rank Ton Kiang among the top restaurants in the Bay Area. A little off the beaten path in the Richmond area (between the Presidio and Golden Gate Park),Ton Kiang offers both street-level dining and a second floor with a large bay window.

Don’t miss the curried chicken sandwich.

Ago

Agostino Sciandri and actor Robert De Niro teamed to open this Tuscan trattoria in 1997. Out front, there are cypress and olive trees, as well as an enclosed patio to protect against (rare) inclement weather.

This "Grande Dame" of Chinatown is the go-to spot for Angelinos craving dim sum in the downtown area.

Located at the south end of Rincon Park on Embarcadero, this two-story restaurant, designed as an oceanic brasserie, has 19-foot-tall floor-to-ceiling aquariums filled with Pacific life and panoramas of the San Francisco bay and city skyline.