California

Restaurants in California

Fight the winter chill with St. Louis–style barbecued ribs.

The Campton Place Restaurant, located in the Taj Campton Hotel off Union Square, is a fine dining establishment serving Mediterranean and California-inspired dishes.

Bar Jules, a brightly colored, neighborhood café in Hayes Valley, serves a new menu daily, written on the café’s signature blackboard.

The iconic hotel recently reopened after a two-year hiatus—and the restaurant is already a star. The Mediterranean-inflected California cuisine, such as the baby beet, celery root, and goat cheese salad, is a magnet for the likes of Justin Timberlake and Ryan Seacrest. Hiding from the paparazzi?

A well-known food vendor, the roving Kogi food trucks serve Korean and Mexican fusion cuisine. The brainchild of Korean-American chef Roy Choi, Kogi sells such items as tacos filled with everything from tofu to Korean barbecued short ribs, kimichi quesadillas, and the Pacman Burger made

The first thing diners notice about Dottie’s True Blue Café in the Tenderloin district is the line down the block - an indication that locals in the know feel it’s worth the wait.

Known for its farm-to-table California cuisine, this full-service restaurant is housed inside the San Diego 

The second of three branches, this traditional Mexican eatery opened in 2003 and is located on East Washington Boulevard in southeast LA.

Don’t worry if you draw near to The Sentinel and there’s a line, it generally moves quickly and your turn to order will be up before you know it.

The palm-framed Grande Colonial hotel doesn’t give much away about the boutique property or its signature restaurant.

For beach picnics, grab a sandwich and ask for vanilla ice cream in your smoothie.

Feast on braised veal cheeks at Bistro Laurent, housed in a park-side, 19th-century brick building.

Founded by Shoichi Imanaka, whose family owned restaurants in Kyoto and Osaka, Isobune still uses those old family recipes at its Japantown location.

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Late-night revelers push aside the tables after dinner to dance.

Try the Greyhound Proper, a cocktail made with fresh grapefruit juice, gin, and candied grapefruit peel (or any other drink from their menu, which is constantly changing based on what’s fresh from the farmers’ market.)