California

Restaurants in California

Overlooking Tomales Bay, this cash-only seafood joint is housed in a one-story white building on a wooden boardwalk that runs along the waterfront. Open since 1948, the iconic restaurant is a popular stop for visitors traveling along Highway One.

Located in San Diego’s Carmel Valley biotech business district, Arterra sits inside the San Diego Marriott Del Mar.

In a town infatuated with the next new thing, Greenblatt’s Delicatessen on Sunset Blvd qualifies as that rare LA institution.

Located at the north tip of the Presidio National Park, Crissy Field offers one of the city’s best views of the Golden Gate Bridge, making it a popular hiking destination despite the cold wind off the nearby bay.

Bruce Marder’s flagship Italian restaurant has been by the Santa Monica beach since 1999. The space includes a brick front, vaulted wood ceiling, wood plank flooring and art-lined walls amidst banquette, stand-alone, and bar seating. Capo focuses on fine-dining, at luxury prices.

The buttermilk fried chicken is a bestseller at Mitchell and Steven Rosenthal’s Town Hall. Along with Doug Washington, the brothers operate in the Meco building, where ship engines were once built, in the SoMa District.

Chef Traci Des Jardins honed her culinary talents most notably under the direction of Joachim Splichal in Los Angeles before moving forward on her own endeavor in Hayes Valley.

Located at the Singletree Inn, this small diner serves breakfast all day. There is not much in the way of decorations, but patrons come for the food, which includes everything from blueberry pancakes to biscuits and gravy, and even a breakfast burrito.

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.

Grab a picnic lunch at the Victorian-housed emporium, specializing in fresh salads and sandwiches designed to be packed up and taken into the park.

Local chefs and tamale devotees line up early before Primavera's red umbrella at this Saturday-only stand in the Ferry Plaza Farmer's Market.