California

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.

On Sunset Boulevard, wake up with a breakfast suited for champions, not carb-conscious celebrities. There are 18 over-sized hotcakes to choose from on the all-day menu, from basic buttermilk to sugar bombs topped with whipped cream, streusel, and caramel.

Chef and owner Tony Najiola's downtown Petaluma restaurant serves locally sourced New American cuisine inside an open dining room.

The bacon-and-egg topped “breakfast pizza,” available on weekends, is worth the drive from anywhere.

Start the day with a breakfast burrito.

A16’s sister restaurant, SPQR, opened in September 2007 and serves—as you might guess from its name, which refers to the seat of government in ancient Rome—Roman food.

The cavernous, casual restaurant has an open-air dining patio, tasting bar, and a barrel aging room. Sunday brunch, with its carving station, pastry bar, omelette station, Belgian waffles, and even a Mexican bar, is over the top—and the most popular in town.

LA’s Millenium Biltmore Hotel is home to this swank sushi bar and Asian fusion restaurant. More minimalist (and Zen) than its opulent surroundings, Sai Sai features clean lines and blonde woods against stark black accents.

Have dinner of rack of lamb with mushroom cream in this beautiful courtyard setting.

Designed to resemble a traditional Italian trattoria, Marzano is housed in a white-stucco building with a terracotta-tile roof. Inside, glass demijohn light fixtures hang from exposed wooden beams, and an ebonized bar runs almost the entire length of the room.

Located at the corner of Abbot Kinney and San Juan in the small beach community of Venice, 3 Square Café is the creation of veteran chef/restaurateur Hans Röckenwagner, whose stints in kitchens in Germany and Switzerland are evident throughout the menu.