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.
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.
Get the “possibly best burger in the world” (according to the menu), which comes with smoked cheddar, skinny onion rings, bacon, and barbecue sauce.
One of Los Angeles' first gastropubs, this downtown Culver City spot serves a rotating American Regional menu in an interior of wood surfaces, polished concrete floors, and Asian rugs, as well as an outdoor patio.
What could be better than waking up to the startlingly fragrant coffee made from freshly roasted single-origin beans?
Beer lovers congregate at Magnolia Gastropub and Brewery in the Upper Haight neighborhood. Brewmaster-owner Dave McLean produces artisan ales in the seven-barrel brewery beneath the pub. His creations include Kalifornia Kölsch, and a variety of European beers are also available.
Just east of Old Pasadena, this locally inspired French bistro is housed in a restored Art Deco building dating from 1939. Classic jazz music plays in the dining rooms, which are furnished with hardwood floors, copper light fixtures, and small decorative mirrors.
Housed inside a 1929 Los Angeles building constructed by legendary Hollywood architect Roy Sheldon, famous for his opulent, Italian villa-inspired designs throughout Beverly Hills.
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.
Vik's Chaat Corner makes each of its street-food-style Indian dishes daily—be it the handmade samosas or the lunch-special dosas (vegetarian lentil crêpes).
An unexpected perk along a lonely stretch of warehouses in Culver City, this bakery's shaded patio and turquoise window frames are reminiscent of a friendly café in Mexico.
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.
Located in San Diego’s Carmel Valley biotech business district, Arterra sits inside the San Diego Marriott Del Mar.