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.

This spot, once a lumber-camp mess hall, now feeds tourists three set-menu, hungry-man-portioned meals a day. (Cross your fingers for roast beef.)

French-inspired dishes in an atmosphere of understated style mark this Melrose Avenue eatery fast becoming one of Southern California’s top restaurants.

You'll typically find chef Travis Lett at the farmer's market when he's not behind the stoves at his restaurant, the bright new light on ever-trendy Abbot Kinney.

Established by movie producer turned barbecue master Jonathan Burrows, Mr. Cecil’s California Ribs has a Sherman Oaks branch on Ventura Boulevard.

Pig is something of an obsession at this petite café at the back of Copperfield’s Books. You can get the house-made bacon on a salad, in a sandwich, on pizza, or on pasta. Or throw dietary caution to the winds and dive into the pork-cheek sandwich.

The view from the Mission District is echoed inside Pizzeria Delfina on 18th Street with a mural by Andre Karpov, sweeping from bridge to bridge. Above the sidewalk tables, a blue cursive neon sign proclaims “Pizzeria” on the glass façade.

Fill up on morning blueberry pancakes or cinnamon raisin French toast at this local breakfast haunt.

Located in downtown’s Little Italy district, Indigo Grill has a dull entrance, but the dark distressed wood floor and a yellow stone-covered exhibition kitchen give this industrial interior space charm and warmth. The menu is mostly Southwestern cuisine with Italian influences.

Power lunchers adore this outpost of New York celebrity chef (and Top Chef host) Tom Colicchio, whose daily-changing menus are famous for their seasonal, artisanal ingredients. host) Tom Colicchio, whose daily-changing menus are famous for their seasonal, artisanal ingredients.

This wood-paneled restaurant with floor-to-ceiling windows serves hearty steaks and pasta.

San Francisco’s Café Gratitude was founded by Matthew and Terces Engelhart after Terces read a book about live foods (foods that have not been exposed to temperatures above 105°F.