Restaurants

Top Choice Californian in Yountville

French Laundry

The pinnacle of California dining, Thomas Keller’s French Laundry is epic, a high-wattage culinary experience on par with the world’s best. Book one month ahead at 10am sharp, or log onto OpenTable.com precisely at …
Californian in Venice, Marina Del Rey & Playa del Rey

Rose Café

This sprawling Venice institution (est. 1979) was recently given a major, very welcome makeover. If the new version is less funky (though you'll still find laptop-toting writers, tech geeks and beefcakes from nearby…
Top Choice Californian in Venice, Marina Del Rey & Playa del Rey

Gjusta

The folks behind the standard-setting Gjelina have opened this very casual, very gourmet, very Venice bakery, cafe and deli behind a nondescript storefront on a hidden side street. The menu changes regularly, but if…
Fusion in West Hollywood & Mid-City

Catch LA

An LA scene extraordinaire. You may well find sidewalk paparazzi stalking celebrity guests and a doorman to check your reservation, but all that's forgotten once you're up in this third-floor rooftop restaurant/bar …
Top Choice Market in Napa

Oxbow Public Market

Graze this gourmet market and plug into the Northern California food scene. Standouts: Hog Island Oyster Co; comfort cooking at celeb-chef Todd Humphries’ Kitchen Door; Venezuelan arepa (corn-cake sandwiches) at Pic…
Top Choice Californian in Berkeley

Chez Panisse

Foodies come to worship here at the church of Alice Waters, the inventor of California cuisine. It’s in a lovely Arts and Crafts house in the Gourmet Ghetto, and you can choose to pull out all the stops with a prix-…
Top Choice Seafood in Pacific Grove

Passionfish

Fresh, sustainable seafood is artfully presented in any number of inventive ways, and a seasonally inspired menu also carries slow-cooked meats and vegetarian dishes spotlighting local farms. The earth-tone decor is…
Chinese in North Beach & Chinatown

Mr. Jiu's

Ever since the Gold Rush, San Francisco has craved Chinese food, powerful cocktails and hyper-local specialties – and Mr. Jiu's satisfies on all counts. Build your own banquet of Chinese classics with California twi…
Top Choice Vegan in West Hollywood & Mid-City

Crossroads

Tal Ronnen didn't get to be a celebrity chef (Oprah, Ellen) by serving ordinary vegan fare. Instead, seasonal creations include "crab cakes" made from hearts of palm, artichoke "oysters," and porcini crusted eggplan…
Top Choice Californian in Santa Barbara

Bouchon

The perfect, unhurried, follow-up to a day in the Wine Country is to feast on the bright, flavorful California cooking at pretty Bouchon (meaning ‘wine cork’). A seasonally changing menu spotlights locally grown far…