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.
A well-known food vendor, the roving Kogi food trucks serve Korean and Mexican fusion cuisine. The brainchild of Korean-American chef Roy Choi, Kogi sells such items as tacos filled with everything from tofu to Korean barbecued short ribs, kimichi quesadillas, and the Pacman Burger made
From sea urchin and octopus to crispy skin duck and flat iron steak, Wabi-Sabi dishes up California-infused Japanese sushi and cuisine. House specials include halibut sashimi with spicy lemon salt, seared albacore with ponzu, and a baked crab roll.
Located on California Street at Divisadero, the Solstice Restaurant & Lounge beckons diners with its name lit up in the window and a sun emblem.
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 it doesn't serve typical sushi fare like California rolls or teriyaki chicken.
The first thing diners notice about Dottie’s True Blue Café in the Tenderloin district is the line down the block - an indication that locals in the know feel it’s worth the wait.
The iconic hotel recently reopened after a two-year hiatus—and the restaurant is already a star. The Mediterranean-inflected California cuisine, such as the baby beet, celery root, and goat cheese salad, is a magnet for the likes of Justin Timberlake and Ryan Seacrest. Hiding from the paparazzi?
Stefan Richter was everyone’s favorite villain—and eclectic Finnish/German chef—on Season 5. Even though he didn’t win (he finished a finalist), Richter still contends that “everyone knows” it was really his season.
Don’t worry if you draw near to The Sentinel and there’s a line, it generally moves quickly and your turn to order will be up before you know it.
Known for its farm-to-table California cuisine, this full-service restaurant is housed inside the San Diego
Feast on braised veal cheeks at Bistro Laurent, housed in a park-side, 19th-century brick building.
The palm-framed Grande Colonial hotel doesn’t give much away about the boutique property or its signature restaurant.
The second of three branches, this traditional Mexican eatery opened in 2003 and is located on East Washington Boulevard in southeast LA.
Create a picnic basket with prepared salads and sandwiches.
Founded by Shoichi Imanaka, whose family owned restaurants in Kyoto and Osaka, Isobune still uses those old family recipes at its Japantown location.
For beach picnics, grab a sandwich and ask for vanilla ice cream in your smoothie.