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…
Top Choice Japanese in Santa Barbara

Yoichi's

Headline: kaiseki (traditional Japanese multicourse dining) comes to Santa Barbara and wows locals. It might have limited hours, take a chunk out of your wallet and need to be booked way in advance, but none of that…
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 Vegan in Santa Barbara

Mesa Verde

Perusing the menu is usually a quick job for vegetarians – but not in Mesa Verde. There are so many delicious, innovative all-vegan dishes on offer here (the tacos with jackfruit are a highlight) that meat-avoiding …
Top Choice Californian in San Juan Capistrano

Ramos House Café

The best spot for breakfast or lunch in the Los Rios Historic District, this Old West–flavored, wood-built house from 1881 (with brick patio) does organically raised comfort food flavored with herbs grown onsite: bl…
Top Choice Cafe in San Diego

Fig Tree Cafe

You'll queue at the weekends for this laid-back outdoor cafe housed in an old cottage. Eat breakfast, brunch and lunch in the leafy garden area or patio, with heaters for cooler months. Our favorites are the stacked…
Top Choice Japanese in Santa Barbara

Arigato Sushi

Phenomenally popular Arigato Sushi always has people milling around waiting for a table (no reservations taken) but it's worth the wait. Traditional and more unusual sushi, including lots of vegetarian options, plus…