Restaurants in California

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This off-the-beaten-path eatery turns out an extraordinary brunch that manages to be both decadent and healthy. Relish steel-cut oatmeal topped with... Read More

Amid the vintage Victorian houses on nearby Summerland's main shopping street, Stacky's Seaside stands out like a grounded trawler. Fortify yourself... Read More

Small plates are served dim-sum style at this popular eatery (read: book a table ahead of time). An array of small bites crafted by the James Beard... Read More

Stefan Richter was everyone’s favorite villain—and eclectic Finnish/German chef—on Season 5. Even though he didn’t win (he... Read More

Make a beeline for the back display cases and order Stella’s signature sacripantina, a hard-to-find Genoese specialty. The rum-soaked sponge cake,... Read More

Fourth-generation islander Steve Bray opened this seafood and steak restaurant, just steps from the pier, in 2001. The upstairs dining room has... Read More

The Hollywood location of this burgers-and-brews chainlet is open until 4:00am nightly, which makes it an ideal pit stop for the club crowd spilling out... Read More

This local chainlet is helmed by renowned sushi chef Kazunori Nozawa, who scours the fish market each morning for the best catch. He cleaves to a... Read More

Once a private penthouse, this indoor/outdoor roof lounge retains a sense of glamour from the seaside hotel's heyday in the Golden Age of Hollywood.... Read More

Japanese street food has arrived in Santa Monica with the opening of this perky omusubi shop. The tasty, grab-and-go treats consist of warm Japanese... Read More

Order the Kobe-beef-and-cheddar burger here; it’s plump, juicy, and served with garlic-herb pommes frites–style fries. Read More

Lauded as some of the city's best, the sushi and sashimi dished up at this Japanese restaurant is fresh and authentic. In an understated dining room... Read More

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... Read More

This strip-mall sushi spot may have spartan decor, but the purist omakase is filled with exceptional flavors that more than make up for the bland... Read More

This downtown juice bar keeps the atmospheric frills to a minimum to focus on what's most important: the liquid goods. The result is flawless, made-to... Read More

Dine on the slate patio of this 15-year-old local institution that serves Mediterranean-inspired dishes made with organic produce from area farmers. Read More

The original location of Swami's Cafe (there are eight more around the county), off Highway 101 in Encinitas, serves up some of the best fresh-squeezed... Read More

In business since 1912, this Nob Hill neighborhood joint is essentially a seafood diner. Just over a dozen can squeeze onto the stools of its old school... Read More

This Old Town restaurant is known for its hickory-smoked ribs, pulled pork, and brisket, all served with two homemade sauces—one sweet, one spicy... Read More

The ice cream here tastes just like it might in a small town. Everything−from the small-batch ice creams to the homemade marshmallows to the waffle... Read More

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