California

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.

Designed to resemble a traditional Italian trattoria, Marzano is housed in a white-stucco building with a terracotta-tile roof. Inside, glass demijohn light fixtures hang from exposed wooden beams, and an ebonized bar runs almost the entire length of the room.

LA’s Millenium Biltmore Hotel is home to this swank sushi bar and Asian fusion restaurant. More minimalist (and Zen) than its opulent surroundings, Sai Sai features clean lines and blonde woods against stark black accents.

A16’s sister restaurant, SPQR, opened in September 2007 and serves—as you might guess from its name, which refers to the seat of government in ancient Rome—Roman food.

Located in Hollywood on Laurel Canyon Blvd., this deli and market serves up custom-made sandwiches and wine. Once a favorite hang-out for Jim Morrison, Canyon Country Store has a front patio that’s seen more than its share of celebrities.

Have dinner of rack of lamb with mushroom cream in this beautiful courtyard setting.

Named in homage to the neighborhood's beatnik past, this North Beach lunch counter serves up a short but inventive menu that changes by the day.

In addition to specialty market Dean and Deluca and Rudd winery, Leslie Rudd owns this restaurant.

Set right over the ocean, La Jolla’s elegant Marine Room serves global cuisine rooted in classic French technique (try the leek and vanilla–poached lobster or the spinach-wrapped Pacific oysters). At high tide, crashing waves outside the windows are wonderfully dramatic.

Inside the El Dorado Hotel, this restaurant has multiple options for dining: on the stone-patio shaded by a fig tree, in a private poolside cabana, next to the fireplace in the lobby, or in the large contemporary dining room, where parties can sit at a 21-foot table made from a single piece of wo

Located at the corner of Abbot Kinney and San Juan in the small beach community of Venice, 3 Square Café is the creation of veteran chef/restaurateur Hans Röckenwagner, whose stints in kitchens in Germany and Switzerland are evident throughout the menu.

A pared-down pizzeria with an endless array of toppings (sausage, potato, and egg, to name a few).

Chef and owner Tony Najiola's downtown Petaluma restaurant serves locally sourced New American cuisine inside an open dining room.

With over 25 years of service, Masa's near Union Square exudes Old World elegance, from the toile print fabric on plush chairs to the red silk lampshades and fresh roses on each table. Chef Gregory Short offers a four, seven, and nine course tasting menu of his classic French cuisine.