Restaurants in California

Catering mostly to the West-LA office crowd, Lemon Moon Café serves American lunch and breakfast classics with a twist.

Roscoe’s House of Chicken and Waffles is what happens when a Waffle House marries a Memphis meat ‘n’ three and drives off to find fame in the Hollywood hills.

Round red lanterns floating above the street guide visitors to the sidewalk patio of this Vietnamese café in Chinatown’s Central Plaza.

As in a small-town version of Cheers, you’ll see the same faces reading the paper or tucking into a bowl of homemade granola.

In the SoMa District near the James Lick Skyway, Zuppa serves Italian cuisine by chef-owner Joseph Manzare, who has worked in Italy and with Wolfgang Puck.

Dive into Italian seafood—shrimp scampi, and salmon fettuccine—at the waterfront, touristy-but-fun restaurant.

Founded by Mark Pastore and his wife, Nonna, after an inspiring trip to Florence, Incanto serves handcrafted Italian cuisine in San Francisco's Noe Valley. Pieces of colorful artwork, including enlarged photographs of plants, stand out amidst the textured walls, wood tables, and white arches.

Catch a spectacular sunset at The Sea Chest Oyster Bar and Restaurant, reminiscent of a New England cottage, while feasting on fresh oysters and garlicky scampi.

Adjacent to the Classic Car Wash in downtown Napa, this tiny drive-through café is well known for its unfussy, inexpensive hamburgers. Umbrellas and a red-and-white wooden awning shade a patio of approximately six tables, while three bar stools and one small table are available inside.

This long-standing Big Bear spot is known for its breakfast, which includes everything from egg-and-meat scrambles to waffles, even omelettes. Lunch and dinner are also served, with menus listing casual standards like burgers, wraps, and salads.

In business since 1912, this Nob Hill neighborhood joint is essentially a seafood diner. Just over a dozen can squeeze onto the stools of its old school, marble, fish bar, so there's often a line out the door at lunch.