Restaurants in California

Sometimes, even when you’re traveling among the world’s high temples of gastronomy, all you really want is a good, messy hamburger.

Located within the Mount View Hotel in downtown Calistoga, Barolo is a small restaurant with red leather booths, a marble bar and tabletops, and varied artistic light fixtures.

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.

Richmond-based Tommy's Mexican has been luring diners and tequila aficionados since it opened in 1965. Co-owner Julio Bermejo does not take tequila lightly: His regular trips to Jalisco have earned him the title of U.S. Ambassador to Tequila.

This atmospheric neighborhood bistro serves hearty French and Italian classics like beef bourguignon and sausage rigatoni paired with an excellent variety of imported wines (check the chalkboard).

This seafood shack perched on timber pylons offers a dining experience that’s low-key, the ultimate example of a certain kind of meal: unfussy, delicious, relaxed.

Since 1999, James Beard Award winner Gary Danko’s restaurant has been a San Francisco institution. Serving contemporary American cuisine, the Fisherman’s Wharf establishment boasts a 75-seat dining room with light wood shutters, fresh flower arrangements, and white linens.

Husband-and-wife team Charles and Candace Nelson left their investment banking careers for the cupcake industry in 2005, opening this flagship bakery just two blocks from Rodeo Drive.

Guelaguetza was one of the first Oaxacan restaurants to open in Los Angeles, exposing denizens to the glory of the region’s mole and mezcal. They’ve been open since 1994, and each year the team returns to Mexico to source ingredients.

Tokyo native Ken Namba has owned this sushi-oriented restaurant on the edge of Sawtelle Boulevard’s Olympic Collection since the late ‘90s, before the neighborhood earned its unofficial "Little Osaka" moniker.

An array of sophisticated venues occupying one space, the Bazaar by José Andrés is a sprawling "indoor piazza" named one of America’s best new restaurants.

This Redding institution is known for its 16-ounce New York strip steaks.