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.
Brentwood’s most popular sushi destination happens to be the chain restaurant Katsuya by Starck.
Minimalist décor and maxi-prices mark this West-LA sushi spot featuring traditional Japanese cuisine with California influences. Unassuming in its location if not in price, Mori Sushi occupies an industrial gray building on a dodgy stretch of Pico Blvd.
From sea urchin and octopus to crispy skin duck and flat iron steak, Wabi-Sabi dishes up California-infused Japanese sushi and cuisine. House specials include halibut sashimi with spicy lemon salt, seared albacore with ponzu, and a baked crab roll.
Located on California Street at Divisadero, the Solstice Restaurant & Lounge beckons diners with its name lit up in the window and a sun emblem.
Despite its strip mall locale, this West LA sushi joint is known for fresh seafood and upscale prices. There isn't a menu at this restaurant, and it doesn't serve typical sushi fare like California rolls or teriyaki chicken.
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.
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?
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.
Known for its farm-to-table California cuisine, this full-service restaurant is housed inside the San Diego
The menu at this 2008-opened restaurant is eclectic, with crab cakes and a pulled-pork sandwich and a cassoulet. There are also oysters, local sardines, and osso buco. Order the amazing fish stew, with salmon, rock cod, and potatoes in a light tomato-and-fennel broth.
Feast on braised veal cheeks at Bistro Laurent, housed in a park-side, 19th-century brick building.
The palm-framed Grande Colonial hotel doesn’t give much away about the boutique property or its signature restaurant.
The second of three branches, this traditional Mexican eatery opened in 2003 and is located on East Washington Boulevard in southeast LA.
There's a Southern lilt to both the food and the hospitality at Govind Armstrong's farm-to-table venture.