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 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 American in Laguna Beach

Driftwood Kitchen

Ocean views and ridonkulous sunsets alone ought to be enough to bring folks in (at night they light up the ocean), but gourmet Driftwood steps up the food with seasonal menus centered around fresh, sustainable seafo…
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 Californian in Santa Barbara

Lark

There's no better place in Santa Barbara County to taste the bountiful farm and fishing goodness of this stretch of SoCal coast. Named after an antique Pullman railway car, this chef-run restaurant in the Funk Zone …
Top Choice Californian in San Diego

Juniper & Ivy

The menu changes daily at chef Richard Blais' highly rated San Diego restaurant, opened in 2014. The molecular gastronomy includes dishes in the vein of lobster congee, Hawaiian snapper with Valencia Pride mango, ah…
Top Choice American in Buellton

Industrial Eats

Hugely and justifiably popular locals' hangout, housed in an eclectically decorated warehouse on Buellton's coolest street. Pizzas have traditional to what-the? toppings (eg duck and pistachio); the small plates are…
Top Choice American in San Diego

Hash House a Go Go

This buzzing bungalow makes biscuits and gravy straight outta Indiana, towering Benedicts, large-as-your-head pancakes and – wait for it – hash seven different ways. Eat your whole breakfast, and you won't need to e…