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.
Pick up picnic provisions like gourmet sandwiches and vegan potato salad.
Affable chef-owner Eric Greenspan is passionate about both food and music, which he brings together at his trendy yet intimate restaurant in the heart of the Melrose Avenue shopping district.
The Slow Food movement rules here; look for the cheese soufflé made with local Cypress Grove chèvre.
A meal at El Agave Tequileria is more about the thousands of fine sipping tequilas, although the Nouvelle Mexican cuisine provides a complementary range of new and ancient Hispanic dishes. The restaurant’s Old Town address and downstairs liquor store do not portend the old Spanish interior.
Premium beef, wine by the glass, and a location with a view mark this Santa Monica Blvd.
John Rivera Sedlar, the Santa Fe–born chef who pioneered Southwestern cuisine two decades ago, makes his long-awaited return to the kitchen at Rivera.
Located on Belden Place, a small alleyway lined with European-style cafés, this seafood bistro is renowned for its fresh oysters and mussels.
Santa Monica’s Rustic Canyon Wine Bar and Seasonal Kitchen was inspired by owner Josh Loeb’s monthly dinners with friends in a tree house set in the Rustic Canyon neighborhood.
At Conduit, the copper pipes winding through the dining room make you feel as if you've stepped inside the world's chicest computer. The food lives up to the setting, with such dishes as poached egg and black truffles on fresh fettuccine, and duck confit with roasted peppers.
This L.A. born coffee chain arose in 1963 and now competes with bigger chains in California. This longtime location in family-friendly Larchmont Village has limited space indoors.