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The Best 10 Restaurants in Northern California, CA 1. The Getaway Cafe. 2. The Lake House. The food is so good. The service is amazing. Every time my friends come to visit me from out of state. 3. My Thai Cuisine. But now I'll have to reconsider. ...

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Restaurants in Northern California. 1. The Getaway Cafe. 1008 reviews. $$. American (Traditional), Breakfast, Cafes. 3140 Hwy 50. Meyers, CA. “ Based off her recommendation, …

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Best restaurants in Northern California Mister Jiu's. Success has been celebrated in this historic Chinatown banquet hall since the 1880s – but today, scoring a... Rich Table. Impossible …

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List of Top Restaurants in Northern California 1. Bravas Bar de Tapas, Healdsburg. Bravas Bar de Tapas has been referenced by Travel + Leisure magazine as one of the... 2. Nick’s Cove, Marshall. Nick’s Cove …

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Below, you’ll find the best restaurants in Northern California. Purple Palm Restaurant. Located at our very own Colony Palms Hotel, you’ll find nothing short of …

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17. SHED Café, Healdsburg, CA. When you share a community table at SHED Café, you’ll make new friends in the casual, friendly environment. The San Francisco …

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Harbor House Inn Restaurant $$$$ | | Modern American The chef at this ocean-bluff inn's redwood-paneled dining room describes the Mendocino Coast's most intricate meal—an 8- to …

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Lighthouse Breakfast & Lunch. 440 reviews Closed Now. American, Cafe $$ - $$$. 20.6 mi. Sausalito. “Loved the danish cuisine that are in addition to the traditional diner fare.”. “Superb …

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WILLIE BIRD'S RESTAURANT 1150 Santa Rosa Ave. Santa Rosa, CA 95404 Phone: 707-542-0861. WOW - WORTH OUR WEIGHT 1021 Hahman Dr. Santa Rosa, CA …

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The Veranda Restaurant. 4.9. Exceptional ( 989) $$$$. • Californian • Fallbrook. Find next available. At the moment, there's no online availability within 2.5 hours of your request.

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Sep 5, 2020 - Explore The Kitchen Pantry's board "Best Restaurants in Northern California" on Pinterest. See more ideas about northern california, california, restaurant.

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Find the best restaurants in Northern California near the beach. From Italian to Mexican here are the top Northern California restaurants.

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Top Restaurants in Northern California. Basque Halibut 06:08. At Coqueta, Michael Chiarello cooks fresh halibut in the Basque tradition. Get the Recipe.

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While the number one place to eat in 2020 came from just south in San Diego with Shawarma Guys, Northern California had plenty of representation on the list, mostly in the …

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K & L Bistro. K & L Bistro ( click here for address and info) Sebastopol, CA. This recently renovated (it's three times bigger now!), formerly Michelin-starred French bistro puts …

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The 91 NorCal Restaurants Featured on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives with Guy Fieri. Brien O'Brien. Follow on Twitter. February 23, 2020. 8. The Bad Boy of Food, Guy Fieri, …

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Slide 2 of 6. According to Only in Your State, Bravas Bar de Tapas in Healdsburg is a Northern California favorite among people who like to dine out and rate restaurants. …

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Each year, Yelp crunches brunch numbers and sends out a top 100 list of the best breakfast spots in the nation, based on diner reviews. California dominated that list this year …

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Discover North Orange County. North Orange County, California, near Disneyland and Knott's Berry Farm, offers an eclectic mix of interesting dining options. You'll enjoy legendary …

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Granzella’s. 451 6th St Williams, CA 95987 (530) 473-5583. In operation since 1976, this family-owned eatery is one of the best rated restaurants in Northern California, serving American favorites and Italian plates such as roast beef and pizza. Why This Restaurant Is a …

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This place is a must if you love Spanish food. You'll find it at 420 Center St, Healdsburg, CA 95448. 2. Nick's Cove, Marshall. Nicks Cove and Cottages/Facebok. Nick's …

13 Best Restaurants in California to Taste the Golden State

The best restaurants in California rival those of any state in the USA. San Francisco is hands-down one of the best cities for food in the world, and no city has seen its culinary reputation grow ...

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The best restaurants in California rival those of any state in the USA. San Francisco is hands-down one of the best cities for food in the world, and no city has seen its culinary reputation grow over the past decade like Los Angeles. Whether your focus is Michelin star recipients or you make a beeline for fabulous cheap eats, you can’t go wrong in the Golden State.

“California cuisine” can be found on menus throughout the country, elevating veggies and healthier cooking, while the modern food truck movement, which began on the streets of Los Angeles, has been embraced by cities, towns, and even fast food companies. And thanks to generations of diverse immigrants, Californians enjoy the nation’s best tacos, Thai food, and much more.

So if you're looking for quintessential things to do in California, we suggest lots of dining. The problem? Deciding where to eat in California can be an overwhelming task. But we’re here to help, with our picks for the best restaurants in California, where you can taste the flavor and the bounty of the Golden State with a memorable meal.

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Starred restaurants, Bib Gourmand, all the MICHELIN restaurants. Find the best restaurants in California on the MICHELIN Guide's official website. MICHELIN inspector reviews and insights

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Santa Barbara is an entirely new addition to the list of Michelin-starred restaurants in California with not one, but two entries! The amazing Sushi | Bar Montecito and the wonderfully rustic Bell’s are the two restaurants that put Santa Barbara on the Michelin star map—they’re as delicious as you expect them to be.

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Manresa. Another three-Michelin starred restaurant on Elite Traveler’ s Top 100 Restaurants list, Manresa is David Kinch’s California dining destination. A nightly tasting menu offers the best of seasonal cuisine, utilizing local farms for ingredients. The Relais & Chateaux restaurant also maintains a relationship with winemakers in the ...

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California, for those of us who live to eat, is everything. Its very name invokes a thousand different ingredients and dishes. Forty years …

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For the next stop on our list, we’ll head a little further south in California to San Diego. Home to sand, surf, sun, San Diego is the perfect spot to stop and grab some fish tacos and highlight the local catch. Blue Water Seafood uses the best possible catch of the day to make sure that their guests get the most delicious, freshest meal. Sometimes they even catch the …

18 Best Restaurants to Try in California’s Central Coast ...

07-09-2016 · A true destination bakery in Big Sur, this gorgeous bakery, daytime cafe, and dinner spot is a reflection of the Central Coast’s commitment to the …

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California’s sprawling Central Coast is far from a hidden gem, at least for anyone in Southern or Northern California. For many hundreds of years, indigenous peoples and, later, travelers, have been finding pristine beauty and agricultural bounty within its hills, valleys, and coastlands. Today the winding 101 takes wine drinkers, weekend getaway-seekers, and locals from town to town, with stops for things like French-style breads and upscale ranch cuisine that uses produce grown just miles away. There’s a lot to love about the Central Coast, from the buzzy restaurants in Santa Barbara to more inland communities of San Luis Obispo and Paso Robles, the amazing coastline settings of Big Sur and Morro Bay. And while the land and sea are likely the main draws, thankfully food and drink options are destination-worthy as well. Here’s where to eat along California’s Central Coast.

Added: Industrial Eats, Big Sur Bakery, Big Sky, Tognazzini, Far West Tavern, Six Test Kitchen

Removed: Brophy Bros, Bear and Star (closed), S.Y. Kitchen, Firestone Grill, Il Cortile, the Lark

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

A true destination bakery in Big Sur, this gorgeous bakery, daytime cafe, and dinner spot is a reflection of the Central Coast’s commitment to the best, seasonal ingredients served with simplicity and grace.

This popular Spanish-leaning small plates restaurant in Paso Robles leans early on the seafood and then moves into pizzas and a tight collection of larger-format dishes to enjoy.

This special dining experience is a new dining destination in Paso Robles, with a multi-course tasting menu featuring seasonal ingredients from the Central Coast. The avant garde-style plating aims to be one of the state’s most ambitious fine dining restaurants.

4. Tognazzini's Dockside Restaurant

This casual seaside restaurant is a top pick for Morro Bay, with gorgeous ocean views, pristine seafood, and a wide menu of all-day fare.

With a focus on seasonal, market ingredients and approachable all-day fare, this San Luis Obispo favorite is a solid place to eat right in downtown.

Brunch lovers, beachgoers, and longtime locals all crowd into The Spoon Trade. The Grover Beach mainstay matches its sunny ambiance with its airy made-from-scratch menu and homey service.

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Ember is a true Arroyo Grande original that sprung up in a casual space well off the beach back in 2013. Chef Brian Collins has a long background of cooking in places like San Francisco, but returned to the Central Coast to bring wood-fired flavors and seasonal menus to anyone willing to wander in.

Jocko’s is a famous Central Coast institution known for its seriously fresh beef, whether done up as a steak or one of the best burgers you’ll find anywhere. The colorful cast of characters inside only adds to the charm, as does the long lineage of single-family ownership behind the decades-old restaurant.

This classic cowboy-style steakhouse in Orcutt is like a time portal to the Old West, with large, nicely grilled steaks at reasonable prices. The artwork in the dining room is a nice bonus to the experience.

10. Full of Life Flatbread

Full of Life Flatbread continues to shine as a Central Coast institution known for their inventive flatbread pizzas made hot and fast thanks some wood-fired dome ovens. Their home base location is still the anchor to the brand, and comes complete with an awesome bar in the front.

The former Bell St. Farms is alive and well under the similar name of Bell’s. But don’t let the similar signage distract; this is a whole new French-inspired restaurant from a young East Coast couple with a fine dining background. Stop in for sardines and saltines, escargot, steak tartare, and crisp local wines from the greater Santa Ynez Valley.

Crackers and anchovies from Bell’s.

12. Bob's Well Bread at the Ballard Store

A star by any measure, owner Bob Oswaks puts out some of the Central Coast’s best breads and pastries from two small storefronts, including this newer one in Ballard (the original is in Los Alamos). The place has become a weekend hang for in-the-know tourists and wine country enthusiasts, but is also exceedingly popular with locals in the area who know where to sniff out a great morning meal.

This butcher shop and restaurant in Buellton is a hearty, approachable find in this cute Central Coast town. The place serves everything from pizza and sandwiches (try the beef tongue pastrami reuben) to daily specials.

One of the Central Coast’s most well-known restaurants, Hitching Post II sits just off the 101 and offers a meaty reprieve from the road. The focus of much of the wine country gossip over beers from the bar (as immortalized in the film Sideways), the main dining room is a rustic throwback to a burlier time. In fact, you can still watch your meat being cooked off from a viewing window looking over the Santa Maria-style grill in the kitchen.

Fine dining hits Solvang with the arrival of First & Oak, inside the Mirabelle Inn on First Street. Chef Steven Snook worked under Gordon Ramsay for years in London and New York City, but now tackles the bounty of the coast from an intimate dining room with impeccable service.

Cold Spring Tavern is a living Santa Barbara legend, pushed into the hillsides above the Central Coast city. Loaded with roadhouse favorites like tri-tip, chili, and steaks, this 130-plus year getaway is still as popular with travelers as ever before.

Cold Spring Tavern

17. La Super-Rica Taqueria

Perhaps the most iconic restaurant on this list, La Super-Rica has been providing Santa Barbara — and endless tourists — with quality Mexican food for more than a generation. Famously loved by Julia Child, the restaurant still serves up all manner of fresh Mexican food, complete with hand-pressed tortillas.

18. Loquita Santa Barbara

Situated right on the edge of the buzzy Funk Zone, Loquita is a Spanish paradise for tapas, wine, and paella. The sprawling patio makes for a fantastic summertime dinner background, while inside the dining room bursts with energy from excited diners, bar drinkers, and staff inside the open kitchen.

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A true destination bakery in Big Sur, this gorgeous bakery, daytime cafe, and dinner spot is a reflection of the Central Coast’s commitment to the best, seasonal ingredients served with simplicity and grace.

This popular Spanish-leaning small plates restaurant in Paso Robles leans early on the seafood and then moves into pizzas and a tight collection of larger-format dishes to enjoy.

This special dining experience is a new dining destination in Paso Robles, with a multi-course tasting menu featuring seasonal ingredients from the Central Coast. The avant garde-style plating aims to be one of the state’s most ambitious fine dining restaurants.

This casual seaside restaurant is a top pick for Morro Bay, with gorgeous ocean views, pristine seafood, and a wide menu of all-day fare.

With a focus on seasonal, market ingredients and approachable all-day fare, this San Luis Obispo favorite is a solid place to eat right in downtown.

The Spoon Trade

Brunch lovers, beachgoers, and longtime locals all crowd into The Spoon Trade. The Grover Beach mainstay matches its sunny ambiance with its airy made-from-scratch menu and homey service.

Ember is a true Arroyo Grande original that sprung up in a casual space well off the beach back in 2013. Chef Brian Collins has a long background of cooking in places like San Francisco, but returned to the Central Coast to bring wood-fired flavors and seasonal menus to anyone willing to wander in.

Jocko’s is a famous Central Coast institution known for its seriously fresh beef, whether done up as a steak or one of the best burgers you’ll find anywhere. The colorful cast of characters inside only adds to the charm, as does the long lineage of single-family ownership behind the decades-old restaurant.

This classic cowboy-style steakhouse in Orcutt is like a time portal to the Old West, with large, nicely grilled steaks at reasonable prices. The artwork in the dining room is a nice bonus to the experience.

Full of Life Flatbread continues to shine as a Central Coast institution known for their inventive flatbread pizzas made hot and fast thanks some wood-fired dome ovens. Their home base location is still the anchor to the brand, and comes complete with an awesome bar in the front.

Crackers and anchovies from Bell’s.

The former Bell St. Farms is alive and well under the similar name of Bell’s. But don’t let the similar signage distract; this is a whole new French-inspired restaurant from a young East Coast couple with a fine dining background. Stop in for sardines and saltines, escargot, steak tartare, and crisp local wines from the greater Santa Ynez Valley.

A star by any measure, owner Bob Oswaks puts out some of the Central Coast’s best breads and pastries from two small storefronts, including this newer one in Ballard (the original is in Los Alamos). The place has become a weekend hang for in-the-know tourists and wine country enthusiasts, but is also exceedingly popular with locals in the area who know where to sniff out a great morning meal.

This butcher shop and restaurant in Buellton is a hearty, approachable find in this cute Central Coast town. The place serves everything from pizza and sandwiches (try the beef tongue pastrami reuben) to daily specials.

One of the Central Coast’s most well-known restaurants, Hitching Post II sits just off the 101 and offers a meaty reprieve from the road. The focus of much of the wine country gossip over beers from the bar (as immortalized in the film Sideways), the main dining room is a rustic throwback to a burlier time. In fact, you can still watch your meat being cooked off from a viewing window looking over the Santa Maria-style grill in the kitchen.

Fine dining hits Solvang with the arrival of First & Oak, inside the Mirabelle Inn on First Street. Chef Steven Snook worked under Gordon Ramsay for years in London and New York City, but now tackles the bounty of the coast from an intimate dining room with impeccable service.

Cold Spring Tavern

Cold Spring Tavern is a living Santa Barbara legend, pushed into the hillsides above the Central Coast city. Loaded with roadhouse favorites like tri-tip, chili, and steaks, this 130-plus year getaway is still as popular with travelers as ever before.

Perhaps the most iconic restaurant on this list, La Super-Rica has been providing Santa Barbara — and endless tourists — with quality Mexican food for more than a generation. Famously loved by Julia Child, the restaurant still serves up all manner of fresh Mexican food, complete with hand-pressed tortillas.

Loquita

Situated right on the edge of the buzzy Funk Zone, Loquita is a Spanish paradise for tapas, wine, and paella. The sprawling patio makes for a fantastic summertime dinner background, while inside the dining room bursts with energy from excited diners, bar drinkers, and staff inside the open kitchen.

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05-01-2017 · Malibu Farm, Malibu. Despite its celebrity residents and luxurious setting, Malibu doesn’t have that many dining options. Malibu Farm is the best of both worlds: fine food in a relaxed setting, located right on the Malibu Pier. The Misfit Restaurant & Bar, Santa Monica. Photo Yelp. Fine dining is, well, fine.

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Sandy beaches are amazing and all, but let’s be honest—the best part of a vacation is the food. From casual seaside seafood spots to elegant fine dining, California’s coastal cities and packed with delicious restaurants. Trying one from this list should practically guarantee you a good meal.

River’s End Restaurant & Inn, Jenner

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If you love to enjoy wine with your food, this romantic restaurant on the Sonoma Coast is a must. Not only will you be treated to fresh seafood or classic bistro entrees, if you time it right, you’ll catch an amazing sunset right out your window.

Drakes Sonoma Coast Kitchen, Bodega Bay

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Located in the Bodega Bay Lodge on the Sonoma Coast, Drakes Sonoma Coast Kitchen serves local food from both the sea and land. They have an excellent breakfast and dinner menu, including an appetizing menu for children.

Trattoria Contadina, San Francisco

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San Francisco’s North Beach neighborhood is where you’ll find Trattoria Contadina, a family-owned gem that serves outstanding Italian food in an unpretentious setting.

Adelina’s Bistro, Nipomo

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Adelina’s Bistro is a contemporary restaurant that serves regional cuisine made from local and organic ingredients. It’s also located in California’s most prestigious wine region, so you can count on the perfect glass to accompany your food.

Malibu Farm, Malibu

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Despite its celebrity residents and luxurious setting, Malibu doesn’t have that many dining options. Malibu Farm is the best of both worlds: fine food in a relaxed setting, located right on the Malibu Pier.

The Misfit Restaurant & Bar, Santa Monica

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Fine dining is, well, fine. But when you’re ready for a casual meal in an awesome setting, try the Misfit Restaurant on Santa Monica Boulevard. They serve lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch, and they’re open late.

Driftwood Kitchen, Laguna Beach

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It doesn’t get more waterfront than this. Driftwood Kitchen and Stateroom Bar is a fairly new restaurant serving all three meals daily, specializing in fresh seafood dishes.

The Crooked Duck, Long Beach

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Long Beach has a lot of great restaurant options, but this neighborhood gem is really something special. The name is based on the legend of the crooked duck, in which a man hits a duck while water skiing and is convinced he killed it… until everyone sees it swimming to shore with a crooked neck. Unlike the name, the food here isn’t quirky—it’s just plain good.

The Black Trumpet Bistro, Huntington Beach

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This is the top spot for tapas in Orange County, and the impressive assortment of small plates will impress you. Luckily, the best thing about tapas is that you can order quite a few before you full up.

Pacific Beach Fish Shop, San Diego

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San Diego is certainly a city fit for foodies, and there are very few restaurants in the area that don’t deserve at least one try. But we’re pretty fond of the Pacific Beach Fish Shop, a casual seafood eatery loved by locals and tourists alike. You simply choose your fish, marinade and cooking style, then let the cooks do the rest. They’re also known for their

oyster nights and no corkage fee when you BYOB.

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In the heart of American wine country in Northern California, instead of a glass of Chardonnay, you'll find the freshest peas, pods and flowers …

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Station House Café (Point Reyes) The star of the Point Reyes Station restaurant scene is the Station House Café (11180 CA-1, 415/663-1515, 8am-9pm Thurs.-Tues., -21), which is both casual and upscale. Since 1974, long before “organic” and “local” were foodie credos, the Station House Café has been dedicated to serving food with ...

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Berkeley, CA 94709. (510) 548-5525. (510) 548-5525. Visit Website. WHAT: The casual upstairs dining room of Alice Waters’s legendary Berkeley restaurant, and the true keeper of the California ...

15 California Coast Waterfront Restaurants

30-01-2015 · 13. Nick's Cove, Point Reyes. Set above the shallows of Tomales Bay, Nick’s Cove Restaurant and Oyster Bar feels like a secret retreat, about two hours north of San Francisco. Order a craft beer and some fresh local oysters, then settle onto the deck to …

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Travel the California coast and you quickly discover that the waterfront dining is as varied as the state’s ocean scenery. From simple seaside shacks to lavish event restaurants, you’ll find caught-that-day seafood in settings ranging from flip-flop casual to all-dolled-up. But wherever you go, these restaurants share one common trait: world-class water views. Here’s a standout selection, listed south to north, to get you started.

Got a boat? That’s the only way you’ll get a better view of San Diego’s waterfront skyline and twinkling bridges than the one you get from Coasterra Modern Mexican on the city’s Harbor Island. The menu offers creative twists on Mexican classics: ceviche with bay shrimp and blue crab, or fresh-shucked oysters with fire-roasted cocktail sauce. But it’s easy to get distracted from your food: Every table in this sleek, multilevel dazzler has a view that will have you Instagramming throughout your meal, especially if you’re there at sunset. (Coastaterra)

2. George's At The Cove, La Jolla

This acclaimed San Diego restaurant is actually three dining destinations in one. The centerpiece is the fine-dining spot California Modern, with its spacious, contemporary interior, combined with Chef Trey Foshee’s award-winning, locally sourced fare. Upstairs, relax with handcrafted cocktails and vistas of turquoise-blue La Jolla Cove at the Level2 bar. Or take in panoramic ocean views while digging into spicy, marinated grilled fish tacos at George’s rooftop Ocean Terrace, which was once named one of the world’s “hottest rooftop restaurants” by Travel Leisure.

3. Studio, Laguna Beach

Ocean views, architecture, and California-inspired French cuisine all come together at Studio, perched atop an oceanfront bluff at Orange County’s Montage Laguna Beach resort. Walk into this modern Craftsman-style beach cottage—with its elegant wood details, vaulted ceiling, and windows opening to the Pacific Ocean—and you might start plotting how to move in permanently. Fresh seafood is the centerpiece, but the menu also highlights organic produce from local farms and the restaurant’s own gardens and fruit trees. Struggling to choose between the seared swordfish with spicy lentils and the king salmon with heirloom carrots? Don’t worry: You can indulge in the tasting menu and sample it all.

4. The Lobster, Santa Monica

Just steps from the Santa Monica Pier, The Lobster is a local classic that first opened in 1925 specializing in—you guessed it—whole, grilled, and steamed lobster. After a storied history, The Lobster sat empty for a decade before reopening in 1999, newly renovated and under new ownership. Today, gaze out of the contemporary dining room’s floor-to-ceiling windows, or from the expansive terrace while enjoying Chef Collin Crannell’s grilled Yucatan or California spiny lobster. Other seafood choices include pan-roasted rockfish, espresso barbecue Columbia River king salmon, and an extensive raw bar. Afterward, make your way down the pier for a gentle spin on the solar-powered Ferris wheel—especially beautiful at night. (The Lobster)

It’s a two-for-one at Catch, located at the historic Hotel Casa del Mar: It’s a chance to scope out the dynamic Santa Monica beach scene out the windows while also dining on locally caught seafood and produce from Santa Monica’s famous farmers market. Dining options include shellfish from both coasts, as well as local fish entrees such as a mustard-marinated California black cod with green and yellow pole beans. (Catch American Seafood)

6. Geoffrey’s Malibu

From the Pacific Coast Highway, Geoffrey’s looks pretty unassuming. But step into the sleekly sophisticated dining room, and then out to the terrace, and you’ll be wowed. Designed by famed architect Richard Neutra, Geoffrey’s offers a seamless blend of ocean views (all the way to Santa Catalina Island), lush landscaping, and head-swiveling celebrity sightings. Catch a Malibu sunset while you indulge in the seafood paella at dinner, then treat yourself to the maple blueberry cheesecake or an espresso flan as the stars twinkle over the Pacific. Another great waterfront option? Duke’s Malibu, which honors pioneering surfer Duke Kahanamoku. (Geoffrey’s Malibu)

7. Copa Cubana, Ventura

Authentic Cuban cuisine meets harbor views at Ventura’s Copa Cubana, where you can watch boats glide in and out of the Ventura Harbor marina as you dine on arroz con pollo or ropa vieja alfresco. Music is an essential part of the experience here, with bands playing blues, laid-back rock, or Latin music taking to the stage during weekend brunch hours. If you’re in more of a comfort-food mood, the adjacent 805 Bar—which shares a kitchen and an owner with the Copa—specializes in gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches, along with soups, salad, and mac ‘n cheese.

8. Santa Barbara Shellfish Company

Stroll the entire length of Santa Barbara’s historic Stearns Wharf and you’ll get a nice reward: first-rate seafood in an unpretentious setting. The site of the former buying station for shellfish, the Santa Barbara Shellfish Company is a longtime local favorite, replete with weathered lobster buoys hanging from the roofline. Grab a table on the deck or nab a counter seat to watch the chefs in action, as the skillets flame up and the smell of fried scallops fills the restaurant. Scan the chalkboards above the grills for seasonal favorites such as fresh local Dungeness crab or spiny lobster. (Santa Barbara Shellfish Company)

Overlooking landmark Morro Rock and the busy harbor at Morro Bay, Windows on the Water stands out for both its top-notch view and for creative dishes showcasing Central Coast ingredients. Start off with an appetizer featuring abalone raised in nearby Cayucos, then take your pick from Morro Bay halibut in an heirloom tomato salsa, or a balsamic-glazed, grass-fed filet mignon (which could be from nearby Hearst Ranch). Watch the chefs working in the open kitchen—if you can take your eyes off the panoramas through the restaurant’s floor-to-ceiling windows. (Windows on the Water)

10. Sierra Mar, Big Sur

Looking westward from this dramatic building—cantilevered down a stretch of Big Sur coastline—Sierra Mar at Post Ranch Inn gives you the feeling of floating above the ocean. Reclaimed woods, slate floors, and floor-to-ceiling windows lend an understated, natural elegance. Magical? Yes, and so is the menu, with many dishes drawing inspiration from the Big Sur region—such as Morro Bay oysters, Monterey red abalone, and cheeses from Monterey County’s Schoch Family Farmstead. (Sierra Mar)

11. Nepenthe, Big Sur

This cliff-topping restaurant on Highway 1 in Big Sur belongs on anyone’s bucket list, offering views of the coast that can only be beaten if you’re a seagull. The mellow, family-owned restaurant was first opened by Lolly and Bill Fassett in 1949 and today you can still enjoy Lolly’s signature dish, the roast chicken with sage stuffing, along with the famous Ambrosia Burger or a variety of vegetarian entrees. Take in the view from the unfussy patio, or step inside the main building that was designed by a protégé of Frank Lloyd Wright. (Nepenthe)

12. Sam’s Chowder House, Half Moon Bay

Thanks to the folks at Sam’s Chowder House, about an hour south of San Francisco, you don’t have to travel all the way to Maine for great lobster and chowder. Exhibit A: The Today show named the lobster roll at this waterfront spot in Half Moon Bay one of the five best sandwiches in America. Settle in along the deck, or snuggle up by the fireplace, to dine on California king salmon prepared in a pomegranate reduction, or local rock cod served with Brussels sprouts from nearby Giusti Farms. Shellfish fans may have met the ultimate dish: a lobster clambake featuring a full Maine lobster, mussels, and clams. (Sam's Chowder House)

13. Nick's Cove, Marshall

Set above the shallows of Tomales Bay, Nick’s Cove Restaurant and Oyster Bar feels like a secret retreat, about two hours north of San Francisco. Order a craft beer and some fresh local oysters, then settle onto the deck to watch sandpipers and egrets dabbling in the water. Or, relax in the main dining room, which feels like a stylishly worn hunting lodge. Locally sourced entrees include Tomales Bay clam chowder, butter-roasted California halibut, and decadent Dungeness crab mac & cheese. Make a weekend of it with hikes in Point Reyes National Seashore and a stay in one of Nick’s Cove’s rustic-chic cottages. (Nick's Cove)

Surrounded by bobbing fishing boats, squawking gulls, and clanging riggings, Spud Point can’t help but serve fresh-as-it-gets seafood, including an award-winning chowder. A scenic two-hour drive north of San Francisco, via Highway 1, this authentic spot serves the freshest of crab and king salmon, straight from the boats of owner Tony Anello and his son Mark. There are also outstanding crab cakes and sandwiches featuring the catch of the day. Nothing fancy here, but it doesn’t have to be: the view from your picnic table is all you need.

15. Little River Inn, Mendocino County

Overlooking a rocky cove in Mendocino County, the Little River Inn has been offering romantic getaways since 1939. But it also makes a worthwhile detour just for lunch or dinner: The 1853-era main building houses the inn’s elegant-yet-relaxed restaurant, known for fresh seafood like a sole meunière using petrale sole caught by fishing boats in Noyo Harbor, just up the coast. For a more casual dining option, tuck into Ole’s Whale Watch Bar, a local favorite thanks to its tasty craft cocktails and own incredible views. (Little River Inn)

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The most famous, and the oldest, national park in the world, Yosemite National Park in north California is 1,200 square miles of some of nature’s most beautiful creations, from deep valleys, wildflower-covered meadows, and 3,000-year-old giant sequoias to the vast High Sierra Mountains wilderness and thundering waterfalls that dry up in August, and so much more.

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Visit Santa Cruz, Oakland, Sacramento, Napa and other unique destinations. From the sophistication of San Francisco, CA and high tech advances of San Jose to ancient sequoia forests and the untamed wilderness of its many parks, Northern California is land of contrasts, breathtakingly beautiful, cherished and protected, visited by millions, and painted, described, and loved by artists for centuries. Certain attractions may be temporarily closed or require advance reservations. Some restaurants are currently offering pickup only. Hours/availability may have changed.

Northern California Coast: Big Sur

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Big Sur is a spectacularly beautiful stretch of California’s central coast located between Carmel and San Simeon, snuggled between the steep slopes of the Santa Lucia Mountains and the Pacific. Most tourists see this scenic area from the narrow State Route 1, which winds and turns beside steep seaside cliffs, offering lookout points every now and then.

The whole wild and misty area is very sparsely populated and offers great opportunities for hiking, beach combing, exploring, whale watching, and camping. Artists and writers discovered the area in the 1950s and ‘60s, finding inspiration in the rugged beauty and untamed wilderness. You can visit the house of Henry Miller, today a memorial library, McWay Falls and Cove, Bixby Creek Bridge, many small, quaint inns and restaurants, small picturesque beaches that are not easy to access but well worth it, and a richness of rare plants and animals. Things to Do in Big Sur

Yosemite National Park

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The most famous, and the oldest, national park in the world, Yosemite National Park in north California is 1,200 square miles of some of nature’s most beautiful creations, from deep valleys, wildflower-covered meadows, and 3,000-year-old giant sequoias to the vast High Sierra Mountains wilderness and thundering waterfalls that dry up in August, and so much more. Start your exploration in the valley, a one-mile-wide and seven-mile-long canyon created by a river and shaped by glaciers.

It is surrounded by enormous walls of towering domes and pinnacles, with El Capitan, the world’s largest exposed granite monolith, towering above the valley. From here, you can take one of the many marked trails that offer 800 miles of hiking through the park, from easy walks through forests to week-long endurance tests up the High Sierras. Along the way, you can spot the chipmunks, mule deer, brush rabbits, marmots, and warblers. Take a walk through towering red fir and pine forests, flowering dogwood and dwarf willows, enormous ancient sequoias, pass spectacular waterfalls and cool brooks. And once you leave the valley, you will not have to worry about the four million people that come to the park each year, you can be as alone as you wish, just you and nature.

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Located on the northern end of Monterey Bay about 32 miles from San Jose, Santa Cruz is a quintessential small coastal town with beautiful sandy beaches, world-famous surf, spectacular mountains covered with ancient redwood forests, serene organic farms, and a thriving wine and beer scene.

Students from the University of California Santa Cruz add to the lively atmosphere and tourists love the combination of natural beauty and the old-town charm of historic Santa Cruz as well as the fantastic entertainment options at the oceanfront amusement park and the beautiful Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. Santa Cruz is a great place to learn to surf, watch experienced surfers, and get into the surfing spirit at Steamer Lane or at Pleasure Point. Things to Do in Santa Cruz

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San Jose

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Snuggled between South Bay and the Santa Cruz Mountains, San Jose is the heart of Silicon Valley and the Bay Area’s main technological hub. Known as the home of many tech giants, San Jose is also a beautiful modern city with a vibrant downtown that has 250 restaurants, nine theaters and many art galleries and museums.

Its beautiful architecture showcases the city’s rich past. Some of the most popular tourist spots are the Winchester Mystery House and the New Almaden Quicksilver Mining Museum. While exploring the city, you will pass through Japantown, one of the few left in the US, the artsy SoFA District, lively San Pedro Square, or the Convention and Cultural District, which has rich performing arts offerings. Things to Do in San Jose

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A large port city just across the bridge from San Francisco, Oakland is a place of its own and has the most ethnically diverse population in the country. It is famous for its political activism as well as for its festivals, theatres, and galleries. Surrounded by many parks and with a spectacular view of the Bay and San Francisco, Oakland is great place to visit.

Go star-gazing or watch the future unfold at the Chabot Space & Science Center, learn stand-up paddleboarding on Lake Merritt, hike through towering redwood forests at Redwood Regional Park, see more than 450 species of animals at the Oakland Zoo, and let the kids go wild at Children’s Fairyland. Then stroll down to Jack London Square on the city’s vibrant waterfront for some great food, people or boat watching, or to take a ferry to San Francisco. Things to Do in Oakland

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The Mendocino National Forest, only a three-hour drive north of San Francisco, is 913,306 acres of mountains and canyons in the coastal mountain range, luring those who seek solitude and quiet. From 750 feet in the Grindstone Creek Canyon in the foothills of the Sacramento Valley to the 8,092 feet of South Yolla Bolly Mountain, the elevation changes dramatically and with it the flora and wildlife at home there.

Check out the rustic old Pine Mountain Lookout at 4,000 feet, surrounded by dense pine and fir forest, or visit the Red Bluff Recreation Area where you will find a mix of oak forests, grasslands covered with wildflowers, wetlands and the cool, clear Sacramento River, home to 125 species of birds and many wild animals. There are four miles of trails offering great views of Mount Lassen, Mount Shasta and the Yolla Bolly Mountains.

825 N. Humboldt Ave., Willows, CA 95988, Phone: 530-934-3316

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Redwood National and State Parks is a group of four old-growth temperate rainforests located along the coast of northern California: Redwood National Park, Del Norte Coast, Jedediah Smith, and Prairie Creek Redwoods State Parks. Together, they cover 139,000 acres and protect 45 percent of all globally remaining coastal redwood (Sequoia sempervirens) forests. Sequoias are the tallest species of tree on Earth and can live up to 3,000 years.

Besides sequoias, the parks also protect grassland prairie, rivers, streams, animals, and other plants living in this ecosystem, many of them endangered or threatened, as well as 37 miles of pristine unspoiled coastline. Take a hike through the massive redwood groves, visit pristine sandy beaches and quaint little hamlets like Klamath, where the Klamath river spills into the sea. The Klamath overlook offers a fantastic spot to watch passing whales.

Highway 101, Orick, CA, Redwood National Park, Phone: 707-464-9150

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Just an hour’s drive from San Francisco, Sonoma County is a world apart with its lush and verdant space that lures wine lovers to its almost 500 wineries. But even if you are not interested in wines, Sonoma is a beautiful area to visit, with miles of spectacular Pacific coastline, sandy beaches, magnificent rivers, ancient redwood forests, fantastic world-class restaurants, quaint bed and breakfasts, and a lot of history.

There are more than 50 parks to explore in Sonoma that are great for hiking, biking, or canoeing, and where you are always surrounded by towering redwoods. Walk from inn to inn, try local cheeses, visit lovely markets, and enjoy festivals – there always seems to be one happening. If you are in Sonoma to enjoy the wines, like so many others, hire a driver or take a bus tour and taste as many as you wish without having to worry about driving. Things to Do in Sonoma

Called “The Smiles of Gods” by the native Modoc people who first settled the area, the Modoc National Forest is located in northeastern California and is a 1,654,392-acre diverse and mountainous area full of pine forests, lakes, meadows, streams, canyons, wetlands, lava beds, and vast high desert plateaus.

The lower foothills are mostly covered by bitterbrush and curl-leaf mahogany, but as you go higher, you will encounter dense forests of ponderosa pine, red and white fir, aspen, and incense cedar. Even higher, they are succeeded by lodgepole and western white pines. Almost 43,400 acres consist of old-growth forests. Scenic drives, hiking trails, and camping grounds provide easy access to this magnificently wild and tranquil area. Swim at Medicine Lake, fish Ash Creek, ride a bike or horse, watch the birds or look for wildlife; Modoc will give you an unforgettable time.

225 West 8th Street, Alturas, CA 96101, Phone: 530-233-5811

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Calaveras County is a charming region in Northern California's Gold Country and High Sierra regions, home to a population of more than 40,000 residents. The region is known nationwide as the home of Calaveras Big Trees State Park, which showcases a spectacular collection of Giant Sequoia trees originally discovered in 1852 by bear trapper Augustus T. Dowd, including the world-famous "Discovery Tree," known for its mid-19th-century bark tour, one of the nation's first traveling tourist attractions. It has also been immortalized in Mark Twain's famed story The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County and hosts an annual Jumping Frog Jubilee festival each year in connection with the author's legacy. Visitors can explore immense show caves such as Mercer and California Caverns, sample fine wines at the Ironstone Vineyards and Amphitheater, or enjoy outdoor recreation opportunities at sites such as Lake Tulloch and New Melones. Best Things to Do in Oakhurst

Just south of Carmel-by-the-Sea, at the north end of the Big Sur coast of the Pacific Ocean, is Point Lobos State Natural Reserve, which also includes the Point Lobos State Marine Reserve and the Point Lobos State Marine Conservation Area. Spectacularly beautiful and a dream for artists, nature lovers, scuba divers, and hikers, the area is also of great scientific interest.

There are endangered archeological sites, rare plants, a rich plant and animal world both on land and under the sea, and amazing geological formations. The area is also rich in coves, headlands, and meadows and boasts an incredibly diverse underwater habitat that lures divers. There are seals, sea otters, sea lions, migrating gray whales, and thousands of seabirds as well as a number of great hiking trails along the coast that often end in small, hidden coves.

Route 1, Carmel, CA 93923, Phone: 831-624-4909

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Only 12 miles north of San Francisco, the Muir Woods National Monument lies on Mount Tamalpais in a hidden canyon near the Pacific coast and is part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. It was established in 1908 to protect an old-growth coastal redwood forest. This spectacularly beautiful, shady, and moist park with fog permanently hiding the sky-high treetops is a magical place where one can imagine what the world looked like thousands of years ago.

If you come early in the morning, you will find serenity and solitude among the wide boardwalks and trails surrounded by majestic trees and other rare plants and trees that survive in the permanent shade. However, once the tour busses arrive, the forest looks more like an amusement park than a temple to nature. The tallest tree in the park towers 258 feet and the oldest tree is 1,200 years old.

1 Muir Woods Rd, Mill Valley, CA 94941-4205, Phone: 415-388-2595

The Marin Headlands is a fascinating rocky peninsula just north of San Francisco, across the Golden Gate Bridge, with spectacular views of the entire Bay, the bridge itself and the city. The headlands are part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. This is a curious mix of breathtaking natural beauty with lovely beaches, such as the dog-friendly Rodeo Beach, fields of wild flowers, historic Point Bonita lighthouse, fantastic hiking trails along the rugged coast, World War II guns, a Cold War missile site, and so much more.

You can spend the night under the stars in one of many campgrounds, watch the migration of raptors or whales, look for remnants of the Miwok Indians, who lived here first, and generally have great old time outdoors just around the corner from San Francisco.

Golden Gate National Recreation Area, CA94965, Phone: 415-331-1540

Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park is 10,000 acres of pure wilderness with a dense dark old-growth redwood forest that contains seven percent of all the redwoods left in the world. Only a few miles inland from the ocean, the area has been protected since 1929 and was named by Jed Smith, the first white man to explore the north California wilderness.

It is a great place to spend some time enjoying the surrounding majesty. You can fish, kayak or snorkel the Smith River, drive along Howland Hill Road, sit by a campfire at the Jedediah Smith Campground, or explore the 20 miles of trails through this shady rainforest full of ancient giants.

Crescent City, CA, Phone: 707-465-7335

Yosemite Falls

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If you come to Yosemite in August, you might have hard time believing that there are so many waterfalls in the park – they all dry out in the summer because most receive their water from the melting snow. If you come in June, you will find many majestic waterfalls roaring over rocky overhangs into dark deep pools.

The tallest is Yosemite Falls, which flows from November to July and makes quite a spectacle in May. It consists of three falls: Upper Yosemite Fall (the tallest at 1,430 feet), the middle cascades, and Lower Yosemite Fall. The views of the falls are great from anywhere in the Yosemite Valley. There is a shuttle that takes visitors to the base of the falls, or you can hike to the top if you are prepared for a quite challenging climb.

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Big Sur beaches are not the wide, golden sand beaches of Southern California. Surrounded by rugged cliffs, difficult to access, often draped in fog, and much cooler than expected, they are still breathtakingly beautiful and worth the effort. The most beautiful is crescent-shaped Pfeiffer Beach, surrounded by purple cliffs that wash down to the beach spilling unique purple sand.

The most scenic part of the beach is a huge rock with a portal through which waves permanently crash with all the might of the ocean. This is not a swimming beach, the surf is too dangerous for swimming, but the purple sand, consisting of manganese garnet washed down from the rocks above, is perfect for strolling. Overnight camping is not allowed and the beach can only be used during the day. You can reach the beach from Hwy 1, about quarter of mile from the Big Sur Ranger Station.

Sycamore Canyon Road, Right off Highway 1, Big Sur, CA 93920, Phone: 805-434-1996

Lava Beds National Monument

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Located on the northeastern side of the Medicine Lake Volcano, where the Sierra-Klamath Cascade meets the Great Basin, the Lava Beds National Monument is where you can imagine what our planet may have looked like in ancient times. This unearthly landscape formed from molten rock is a vast volcanic tablelands dotted with pit craters, cinder and spatter cones, and over 700 caves. The caves are in fact tubes formed when the edges of the flowing lava started to cool.

After hot lava stopped flowing, it cooled and hardened, leaving behind strange tubes of various sizes. While the area looks desolate and barren, it is teeming with life that has adapted to the strange ecosystem. The cracks are filled with sagebrush, western junipers, and mountain mahogany, providing a home for pronghorn antelope, mule deer, rabbits, and many bird species such as bald eagles. About two dozen tubes along Cave Loop Road can be explored and kids love it. Start with the kid-friendly 1,405-foot-long Hopkins Chocolate Cave.

1 Indian Well Campground Trail, Indian Well Hqts, CA 96134, Phone: 530-667-8100

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Napa is a small and charming town in Napa County in the heart of the Napa Valley wine region. It has had a very turbulent past and its late-1800s and early-1900s architecture bears witness to its many ups and downs. Once merely a starting point for exploring the surrounding vineyards, Napa’s beautiful riverfront promenade, world-famous restaurants such as Carpe Diem and La Toque, and lively arts scene, including the famous Napa Valley Opera House, make Napa a destination in its own right.

There is a great farmers’ market at the Oxbow Public Market, and the Bay Area Ridge Trail offers great hiking from the river to Skyline Park. The magnificent Di Rosa collection of more than 2,000 art pieces, displayed both indoors and outdoors, is the most significant collection of Bay Area artists’ works in the world. And, of course, there is the Napa Valley Wine Train, which has charming vintage Pullman cars that will take you to the vineyards. Things to Do in Napa Valley

Humboldt Redwoods State Park

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Humboldt Redwoods State Park is located about 30 miles from the town of Eureka in northern California. It includes Rockefeller Forest, the largest contiguous old-growth forest of coastal redwoods in the world. The 51,651-acre park also has old-growth mixed forests, old-growth redwoods and the Bull Creek watershed. About 100 of the park’s coastal redwoods are over 350 feet tall.

The tallest, at 370 feet, is named the Stratosphere Giant. There are more than 100 miles of hiking trails through the shady tunnels between the giant trees, which are also used for horseback riding and mountain biking. South Fork Eel River offers great fishing and swimming.

Avenue of the Giants, Weott, CA 95571, Phone: 707-946-2409

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Mendocino, Northern California

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Located on a bluff overlooking the ocean less than ten miles from Fort Bragg, Mendocino is a charming coastal village that looks like someone picked it up in New England and dropped it into California. With its white picket fences dripping with fragrant roses, its picturesque lighthouses, vibrant port, high-end boutiques and world-class restaurants, it is a mecca for tourists, especially Bay Area weekend visitors.

It is also home to many artists, writers, and various bohemians who discovered the village in the 50’s and never left. There is always some kind of festival going on, the art shops and galleries are full of quality pieces, and the restaurants serve fish just off the boat as well as local wine and great craft beer. A short hike outside the village will bring you to the ancient redwoods or the wild, rugged coast. Things to Do in Mendocino

Northern California Cities: Sacramento

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The capital of California, Sacramento lies at the convergence of two rivers: the Sacramento and the American River. The Old Sacramento neighborhood features many reminders of the city’s Gold Rush era, with quaint wooden sidewalks and fun wagon rides. Sutter Fort and the city’s historic cemetery also act as outdoor museums of the Gold Rush times. The city has several great museums.

The California State Railroad Museum teaches about the construction of the legendary Transcontinental Railroad, one of America’s first technological successes. Sacramento has several picturesque bridges that serve both pedestrians and vehicles – Tower Bridge connects Sacramento and West Sacramento, and the Guy A. West Memorial Bridge crosses the American River. Take a tour of the Capitol building, a beautiful neoclassical building completed in 1874, and which today is as much a museum as it is the working seat of government. Things to Do in Sacramento

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Places to Visit in Bay Area: San Francisco

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If you are coming to San Francisco for the first time, you will have a list of the must-see city icons. So take one of the charming red trams and go see a few of city’s 43 hills, brave the tall Coit Tower for incomparable city views, sit on the grass at Alamo Square and watch the timeless beauty of the colorful Victorian ‘painted ladies’, or stroll through the Golden Gate Park for a fantastic view of the Golden Gate Bridge permanently shrouded in fog.

Take a ferry to visit notorious Alcatraz prison and enjoy the fabulous view of the city skyline. Stroll through Chinatown, the biggest in North America, to sample some great dim sum and soak up some of San Francisco’s ethnic diversity. Check out the Geary Street art galleries, taste some Ghirardelli chocolates on the square that shares their name before strolling down to Fisherman's Wharf to watch the fishing boats, listen to the racket of the sea lions and taste some fresh seafood from one of the stalls. By then, you will know that you have fallen in love with this amazing city, where everything is possible. Next read: 9 Best Beaches in the Bay Area, Things to Do in San Francisco

Six Rivers National Forest

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The Six Rivers National Forest is located in northwestern California, east of Redwood State and National Parks. This long and narrow piece of land stretches almost 140 miles between the Oregon border and Mendocino County. From almost sea-level to about 7,000 feet, the elevation changes sharply across the forest range, supporting widely diverse ecosystems. There are large stands of coniferous forest and some oak woodland and grassland, providing a habitat for a number of threatened and endangered species, notably the peregrine falcon and the bald eagle.

The Six Rivers National Forest was so-named for the six big rivers that run through it: the Smith, Trinity, Klamath, Van Duzen, Mad, and Eel. With so much water, rafting, kayaking, and fishing are the main activities, along with great hiking, camping, and backpacking. There are 1,260 historical or archaeological sites within the boundaries of the forest.

1330 Bayshore Way, Eureka, CA 95501, Phone: 707-442-1721

Klamath National Forest

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The Klamath National Forest is a vast, almost 1.7-million-acre area at the California and Oregon border. The forest is divided into two parts separated by the Shasta Valley: the steep and rugged mountains in the west and the gentle, rolling land of volcanic origin. The elevations range from 450 to 8,900 feet above sea level, making the Klamath National Forest one of the most biologically diverse regions in America.

There are beautiful stands of Ponderosa Pines in the lower regions while higher up there are Douglas fir, fir and mixed conifer stands. There are 200 miles of large and small rivers, perfect for rafting and fishing, 34 campgrounds, and numerous hiking trails. Don’t miss the Living Memorial Sculpture Garden, a 136-acre art installation and war memorial in the Goosenest Ranger District, along Highway 97, created in 1988 by a group of veterans.

1711 South Main Street, Yreka, CA 96097-9549, Phone: 530-842-6131



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Glacier Point

Glacier Point is one of the most popular and most visited spots in Yosemite National Park. This magnificent lookout is located on the south wall of Yosemite Valley, 7,214 feet above Curry Village. It offers a breathtaking view of Yosemite Valley, Yosemite Falls, Vernal Fall, Half Dome, Clouds Rest, and Nevada Fall.

During the summer, the lookout is crammed with tourists. Many tour buses come to Glacier Point via the Glacier Point Road. Tours take about four hours. The area is a heaven for hikers, who can reach Glacier Point using the Four Mile Trail, a steep and difficult trail that climbs 3,200 feet in 4.6 miles. The trail can also be used in the winter when the Glacier Point Road is closed due to snow, but can be very dangerous when covered with ice and snow, so the Park Service usually closes it from December through May.

Glacier Point Rd, Yosemite Valley, CA 95389, USA, Phone: 209-372-0200

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Every quarter, Eater LA publishes a map of 38 standout restaurants that best represents Los Angeles’s incredible dining scene. In this massive metropolis, there are both new and decades-old street food stands, a cornucopia of international cuisines, and restaurants of every scale and size that use the best of the region’s unrivaled produce. An overarching theme of Los Angeles’s food is that flavors need to stand out — ideally heat, acid, and umami are present, in some form, in every dish. At its core, the city’s far-flung neighborhoods, cultures, and flavors coalesce into an array of culinary boundary-bending restaurants that make it the most compelling place to dine in America. Now that vaccination rates are among the highest in the country, Los Angeles has seen an uptick in dining out, a much-needed near-return to homeostasis for the city’s defining restaurants. Here now, the 38 essential restaurants in Los Angeles.

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1. Broad Street Oyster Company

Broad Street Oyster Co. has emerged as one of the best restaurants in Malibu in the past year, owing in no small part fantastic fresh seafood and drive-thru capabilities. Still, it’s hard to find laid-back seafood shack-style eats this great in Los Angeles, including what may be LA’s best lobster roll. —Matthew Kang

Lobster roll from Broad Street Oyster Co.

This prolific stand helmed by Indigenous taqueros serves some of the top al pastor in the city, though they also prepare carne asada, suadero, tripas, and more as vampiros, burritos, and tortas. Check its Instagram (or better yet, DM them) for the latest locations, which include Mission Hills, El Monte, South LA, and Torrance. —Matthew Kang

Al pastor tacos from Tacos Los Palomos.

Dave Beran’s Santa Monica French restaurant has developed into one of the Westside’s most impressive fancy restaurants, with stellar renditions of Parisian bistro dishes with a California mentality. Though Beran’s ambitious tasting menu restaurant Dialogue had to close due to the pandemic, the team’s efforts at Pasjoli show an extra level of creativity and execution, from gorgeous chicken liver-stuffed brioche to dry-aged ribeye with roasted fingerling potatoes. —Matthew Kang

Hollowed out brioche with chicken liver at Pasjoli.

4. Jon & Vinny's Brentwood

Longtime restaurateurs Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo, who also opened Animal and Son of a Gun, have opened their Westside location of their popular Italian-American place. Locals love the newer al fresco eating experience and all day fare, from breakfast bombolone to pizza, mozzarella sticks, salads, and the amazing spicy fusilli. —Farley Elliott

An outdoor patio with bright green booths and string lights during COVID.

Jon Yao’s adventurous, highly celebrated tasting menu restaurant draws from his upbringing in SGV and his Taiwanese heritage. One of the city’s most reliable and impressive destinations for upscale Asian food, with the price to match. —Matthew Kang

Dish from Kato

Barb Batiste made her mark on Sawtelle with dessert shop B Sweet, but her casual Filipino restaurant Big Boi continues to impress with combination plates of garlic rice and pancit with savory sisig and beef giniling. Order up an appetizer of crispy lumpia shanghai, plus a bowl of Filipino-style spaghetti for some pure nostalgia. Open for takeout and delivery only. —Matthew Kang

Big Boi combo plate

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Joshua Gil’s modern Mexican restaurant takes Baja California influences and flavors, and serves them right into the heart of Beverly Hills. The show stopping dishes boast flavor above all else, making Mírame one of the best new restaurants to open in the past year in LA.

Mírame, Beverly Hills interior with bar and tables.

Tetsuya Nakao’s impeccable attention to detail and service are why he remains one of the leading sushi chefs in the San Fernando Valley. Asanebo’s reopened in February, the perfect spot to try the halibut yuzu or toro carpaccio, though the counter is now available for omakase feasts. —Mona Holmes

Asanebo

San Francisco import Angler doesn’t change the recipe too much from the Bay Area original, except that the gorgeous Bay Bridge view has been replaced by a more insulated location inside the Beverly Center. However, the service and food are unparalleled in LA, with Joshua Skenes’s immaculate attention to detail and commitment to the best ingredients on the planet evident on each plate. —Matthew Kang

Dining room, dimly lit, with fish tanks and decor, at Angler, Los Angeles, California.

Chef Tal Ronnen opened Crossroads Kitchen in 2013, where his plant-based menu served on white tablecloths and accompanying wine list made quite the splash. The Melrose restaurant simply doesn’t feel like a vegan restaurant with the dim lights, cocktails at the bar, and carbonara complete with a runny tomato-based “egg” yolk. The dish is a huge step forward in plant-based cuisine, as fresh pasta usually requires the use of eggs. There’s plenty to appreciate about Ronnen, who co-founded Kite Hill Foods in 2014, and introduced vegan cheeses that simply taste better. Vegan cuisine has evolved considerably thanks to Ronnen, along with Plant Food and Wine by Matthew Kenney in Venice. —Mona Holmes

Vegan carbonara with ‘egg yolk’ at Crossroads on a dark bowl.

There are many terrific restaurants lining Fairfax Avenue in Little Ethiopia, but Rosalind’s is the one that started it all. Take owner Fekere Gebre-Mariam’s advice and order the iconic doro wat — a soul-satisfying, deeply ruddy stew fortified with ground chiles and spiked with warming spices. This chicken-and-egg staple has been on the menu since day one and is even considered the national dish of Ethiopia. —Cathy Chaplin

An Ethiopian feast at Rosalind’s Restaurant.

Brother and sister owners Ghazi and Sol Bashirian took over their father’s former Italian restaurant Gino’s Pizza in Inglewood, and modernized the look and menu. Growing up near Inglewood, the duo has served approachable old-school Italian fare to feed the community around them. The meatball sub and short rib ragu are both off-the-chain delicious. —Mona Holmes

Dishes from Sunday Gravy, including spaghetti and meatballs

13. Dulan's Soul Food Kitchen

Dulan’s is a soul food mainstay for Los Angeles, as is its amiable owner Gregory Dulan. The 22-year-old Inglewood spot is Dulan’s most famous restaurant to date, but his father Adolf Dulan spent decades running restaurants throughout LA’s Westside and South LA region. The locations on Century and Manchester are open, while Crenshaw is closed for renovations (the Dulanville food truck is parked out front). The cafeteria-style setup doesn’t skimp on happy service or big portions, particularly with sides like mac & cheese, green beans, and corn bread. The gigantic Sunday dinner specials even come with iced tea. —Farley Elliott

Steam table counter at Dulan’s Soul Food Kitchen in Inglewood, California.

Pizza has been a winner for both diners and restaurants in the past year, and few do a better pie than Ronan on Melrose. Blistered, delicious, and best served with a serious side of meatballs and a cocktail or two, these pizzas have helped to put LA on the national map. The Cutler family behind the restaurant has been exceedingly open about their (common to all) economic struggles, pushing the conversation forward about what it means to make not just as a small business in Los Angeles, but anywhere right now. —Farley Elliott

Marinara pizza with anchovies on a white plate at Ronan

Chef Gino Angelini opened LA’s beloved Angelini Osteria in 2001, with an ease and charm that keeps longtime diners returning and newcomers arriving to see what all the fuss is about. That fuss is partly due to Angelini’s pasta skill, along with his signature lasagna verde or the salt-encrusted branzino, but there’s something special about sitting in this Fairfax District restaurant. There’s a lot to appreciate at Angelini Osteria from the low light, the emphasis on service, wines from all over the globe, all done in tandem with the chef’s confident and joyful presence that keeps this classic thriving. —Mona Holmes

Lasagna at Angelini Osteria

When Walter and Margarita Manzke took over the iconic Campanile space, they knew the stakes were high. And who in LA would have thought they would’ve succeeded this much, offering a breakfast-to-dinner menu with a French point of view? Throw in some pockets of new American and Asian influences, and the bill of fare will likely appeal to everyone. The desserts, breads, and pastries by Margarita are as good as one can expect, while the charcuterie board is sure to stun anyone. —Matthew Kang

Inside the colorful and soaring dining room at French restaurant Republique.

Kim Prince, one of the descendants of the famous Prince’s Hot Chicken from Nashville, the originator of the dish, has established her family’s hot chicken legacy in the heart of Baldwin Hills, frying up superb spicy fried chicken with an array of sides. —Matthew Kang

Hotville chicken on a tray with checkered paper and pickles.

There are a bevy of excellent Oaxacan restaurants in Los Angeles thanks to influx of settlers from the 1990s, and Gish Bac might be the best of the bunch thanks to the work of chef and owner Maria Ramos. This Mid-City classic serves a bit of everything from Oaxaca, including a great tlayuda and delicious torta, but the star of the show is the goat barbacoa enchilada, slow cooked for five hours in guajillo chiles. Truly one of LA’s best regional Mexican restaurants. —Matthew Kang

Torta from Gish Bac.

Bong Joon Ho made it a point to celebrate here after winning Best Picture for Parasite. The Koreatown restaurant specializes in ganjang gejang, raw marinated flower crab that tastes like the pinnacle of Korean cuisine with its rich, slightly fermented umami and buttery sweetness (especially over warm rice). —Matthew Kang

Ganjang gejang at Soban in Koreatown.

Rib Town BBQ pitmaster Lonnie Edwards has settled into this Jefferson Park parking lot with massive smokers hiding behind a colorful trailer that serves truly excellent Southern-style ribs, brisket, and even chicken. The smoky, saucy barbecue is so damn good you’ll probably opt to scarf it down on the patio tables right in front. —Matthew Kang

Two people wait in line on an overcast day for barbecue from a small trailer.

21. Madre! Oaxacan Restaurant and Mezcaleria

Torrance’s standout Oaxacan restaurant has everything from top-notch mezcal to an array of regional Mexican classics, like memelitas, mole estofado, and tacos. The recipe has worked well enough that both its enduring Palms location and newer West Hollywood spots have cemented themselves already has beloved neighborhood restaurants. —Matthew Kang

Memelitas with handmade thick tortillas, aciento, black bean sauce, and queso fresco at Madre

This is the Korean barbecue to end all arguments, with some of the highest quality meat and banchan one can find in Los Angeles, one of the world’s epicenters for Korean cuisine. Order prime American short ribs and eat with the restaurant’s well-aged kimchi and fresh lettuce wraps. Also the stews are sneaky good here, from the braised black cod to the kimchi jjigae. —Matthew Kang

Park’s BBQ

23. Langer's Delicatessen

Yes, the No. 19 pastrami sandwich is an amazing sandwich, but the pure pastrami on house-baked rye is simplicity at its best. There's a reason why people make pilgrimages to try this place’s pastrami and even corned beef: There is no better version anywhere in town. Pro tip: Try the No. 54, a blend of both the pastrami and corned beef in one sandwich. And don't skip the rest of the classic Jewish deli menu — it's all very well executed in one of the best daytime dining rooms in town. —Matthew Kang

Now that All Day Baby is living up to its all-day promise — swing in for some of Los Angeles’s most comforting cooking and thoughtful hospitality from morning until late night. Highlights from the daytime menu includes a breakfast burrito stuffed with longaniza sausage, fried eggs, and gooey cheese, and an irresistible selection of pastries from chef Thessa Diadem — the cinnamon rolls and banana cream pies are particularly fetching. Chef Jonathan Whitener takes the reins at dinnertime, and his deviled eggs, queso fundido, and oyster pot pie are the stuff of legends. There’s never a bad time to dine at All Day Baby. —Cathy Chaplin

Wide angle of interior of All Day Baby

Los Angeles is filled with sushi stars, but few are brighter than Morihiro Onodera. His eponymous new Atwater Village restaurant is the culmination of a career spent all across the city (most notably at Mori in West LA, and later at Shiki in Beverly Hills), seating celebrities and locals while quietly preparing some of the city’s best Japanese food. Now he’s doing things his own way, under his own roof, even using ceramics he made by hand. —Farley Elliott

Japanese bowls hold fine foods during daylight hours atop a wooden table.

Ria Dolly Barbosa opened this small but mighty Filipino restaurant in Downtown inside the former Rice Bar space, but taking the menu to new heights with familiar classics interpreted into modern dishes, like an adobo French dip or chicken sisig salad. Though LA boasts a lot of great Filipino food, Petite Peso is the place to see where the cuisine is going next. —Matthew Kang

The exterior of Petite Peso, the small Downtown LA restaurant.

Steve Samson opened this incredible homage to Northern Italian cuisine, especially from the region of Bologna and Emilia-Romagna. The modern dining room is one of the most attractive spaces in the city, while the wood-roasted meats and pastas would please anyone. —Matthew Kang

Rossoblu

Regarded as one of LA’s most impressive taco restaurants, this tiny Downtown LA spot prepares Sonoran-style tacos and quesadillas with grilled meats and flour tortillas. Don’t forget to order the chivichanga, a burrito with cheese and shredded chicken or machaca beef. It’s all really affordable too, though parking can be tough in this part of Downtown. —Matthew Kang

Sonoratown’s flour tortilla taco with guacamole salsa on top.

Holy Basil has been operating as a pop-up for over a year, finding a permanent space in Downtown LA earlier in 2021 and finding its stride as one of LA’s top new Thai restaurants. Inspired by Bangkok street food, dishes from green curry to barbecue chicken to dry-aged salmon ceviche, it’s hard to miss with anything on the menu. —Matthew Kang

Thai dishes from Holy Basil in Downtown LA.

Rashida Holmes’ tribute to Caribbean food, inspired by her mother Joy Clarke-Holmes, has wowed LA diners with incredible red pepper goat and chicken curry rotis, wonderfully crisp cod cakes, hearty oxtail-stuffed patties, and saucy, puffy doubles. Bridgetown pops up on weekends in Arts District and on Sundays at Smorgasburg. —Matthew Kang (Note: Eater LA reporter Mona Holmes is related to Rashida Holmes and was not involved in the writing of this entry)

Caribbean cooking from Bridgetown Roti at Smorgasburg.

Bestia is the hallmark of seasonal, meat-driven rustic Italian located in the heart of the Arts District. Ori Menashe and Genevieve Gergis cook fantastic Neapolitan-style pizzas, inventive pastas, house made salumi (a rarity in LA), and large plates like a great pork chop. Wines and cocktails are top rate, and the desserts from Gergis are simple, but prepared with a perfectionist’s attention to detail. —Matthew Kang

Bestia

Longtime LA operation Moo’s Craft Barbecue found a permanent home in Lincoln Heights and has quickly established itself as one of the top Texas-style barbecues in the city. Founders Andrew and Michelle Muñoz have done a great job of capturing the spirit of Austin with a walk-up counter, wide list of craft beers, and well-executed array of smoked meats with sides. Anyone who says LA doesn’t have good barbecue will be pretty quiet after taking a few bites at Moo’s. —Matthew Kang

Moo’s craft barbecue sits on a pink paper tray.

Gusto Bread is a Long Beach success story, the kind of place that can start in a living room and become a citywide sensation, thanks entirely to local support. The mega-popular 4th Street bakery, owned and operated by Arturo Enciso and Ana Salatino, makes some of the finest baked good anywhere in Southern California, and continues to innovate with collaborations, ancient grains, and recipes all their own. —Farley Elliott

A dark loaf of bread fresh from the oven.

34. Tamales Elena Y Antojitos

Tamales Elena has been a mainstay of South LA for well over a decade, serving out of a truck in Watts. The family recently located to a drive-thru location for early morning tamales, pozoles, and guisados from Afro-Mexican cuisine that makes it one of the most impressive regional Mexican restaurants in the city. —Matthew Kang

Banana leaf tamales from Tamales Elena.

Long Beach taco truck La Carreta has been serving some of the city’s best Sinaloan-style carne asada for years, bouncing around the area before settling on a mobile kitchen operation. Jose Morales Jr. learned the ways of carne asada from his father, who worked as a taquero in Mazatlán. The menu is simple here: vampiros, tacos, papas locas (baked potato with grilleds beef), and quesadillas with all the salsas to match. —Matthew Kang

Carne asada tacos and quesadilla from La Carreta on a plastic plate on a food truck in Long Beach

Sichuan cuisine has had a resurgence in San Gabriel Valley in recent years, and none has been more consistent than Xiang La Hui, which has everything from a nuanced mapo tofu to wonderful toothpick lamb. —Matthew Kang

A bright red bowl of mapo tofu loaded with spices.

Find impeccably sourced ingredients and careful cooking at Yang’s Kitchen in Alhambra. While the restaurant no longer serves the modern Chinese menu that made it a local and national sensation, chef Chris Yang’s updated lunch and brand-new brunch menus are chock-full of delightful flavors and ingredients that are truly just as great. Highlights from the lunch menu include salt-and-pepper fried chicken wings and cold sesame noodles, while mochi pancakes and a traditional Japanese breakfast are the early hits from the brunch menu. —Cathy Chaplin

A collection of brunch dishes like pancakes, and steak and eggs at Yang’s Kitchen.

38. Golden Deli Restaurant

Find Southern-style Vietnamese food at this perpetually busy, efficiently run, and solid-as-can-be restaurant. Come for the blistered cha gio stuffed with ground pork and woodear mushrooms, and served with herbs and greens for garnishing and wrapping, respectively. Then, settle in for a bowl of pho (rare beef, brisket, and tripe are the holy trinity of beef noodle soup), a platter of broken rice topped with a sunny side egg (the one with grilled pork, shredded pork, and steamed pork loaf won’t disappoint), or a bowl of cool vermicelli noodles. The nuoc cham (fish sauce vinaigrette) here is top notch, so spoon it on liberally or better yet, just dump the whole thing onto rice or noodles. —Cathy Chaplin

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Lobster roll from Broad Street Oyster Co.

Broad Street Oyster Co. has emerged as one of the best restaurants in Malibu in the past year, owing in no small part fantastic fresh seafood and drive-thru capabilities. Still, it’s hard to find laid-back seafood shack-style eats this great in Los Angeles, including what may be LA’s best lobster roll. —Matthew Kang

Al pastor tacos from Tacos Los Palomos.

This prolific stand helmed by Indigenous taqueros serves some of the top al pastor in the city, though they also prepare carne asada, suadero, tripas, and more as vampiros, burritos, and tortas. Check its Instagram (or better yet, DM them) for the latest locations, which include Mission Hills, El Monte, South LA, and Torrance. —Matthew Kang

Hollowed out brioche with chicken liver at Pasjoli.

Dave Beran’s Santa Monica French restaurant has developed into one of the Westside’s most impressive fancy restaurants, with stellar renditions of Parisian bistro dishes with a California mentality. Though Beran’s ambitious tasting menu restaurant Dialogue had to close due to the pandemic, the team’s efforts at Pasjoli show an extra level of creativity and execution, from gorgeous chicken liver-stuffed brioche to dry-aged ribeye with roasted fingerling potatoes. —Matthew Kang

An outdoor patio with bright green booths and string lights during COVID.

Longtime restaurateurs Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo, who also opened Animal and Son of a Gun, have opened their Westside location of their popular Italian-American place. Locals love the newer al fresco eating experience and all day fare, from breakfast bombolone to pizza, mozzarella sticks, salads, and the amazing spicy fusilli. —Farley Elliott

Dish from Kato

Jon Yao’s adventurous, highly celebrated tasting menu restaurant draws from his upbringing in SGV and his Taiwanese heritage. One of the city’s most reliable and impressive destinations for upscale Asian food, with the price to match. —Matthew Kang

Big Boi combo plate

Barb Batiste made her mark on Sawtelle with dessert shop B Sweet, but her casual Filipino restaurant Big Boi continues to impress with combination plates of garlic rice and pancit with savory sisig and beef giniling. Order up an appetizer of crispy lumpia shanghai, plus a bowl of Filipino-style spaghetti for some pure nostalgia. Open for takeout and delivery only. —Matthew Kang

Mírame, Beverly Hills interior with bar and tables.

Joshua Gil’s modern Mexican restaurant takes Baja California influences and flavors, and serves them right into the heart of Beverly Hills. The show stopping dishes boast flavor above all else, making Mírame one of the best new restaurants to open in the past year in LA.

Asanebo

Tetsuya Nakao’s impeccable attention to detail and service are why he remains one of the leading sushi chefs in the San Fernando Valley. Asanebo’s reopened in February, the perfect spot to try the halibut yuzu or toro carpaccio, though the counter is now available for omakase feasts. —Mona Holmes

Dining room, dimly lit, with fish tanks and decor, at Angler, Los Angeles, California.

San Francisco import Angler doesn’t change the recipe too much from the Bay Area original, except that the gorgeous Bay Bridge view has been replaced by a more insulated location inside the Beverly Center. However, the service and food are unparalleled in LA, with Joshua Skenes’s immaculate attention to detail and commitment to the best ingredients on the planet evident on each plate. —Matthew Kang

Vegan carbonara with ‘egg yolk’ at Crossroads on a dark bowl.

Chef Tal Ronnen opened Crossroads Kitchen in 2013, where his plant-based menu served on white tablecloths and accompanying wine list made quite the splash. The Melrose restaurant simply doesn’t feel like a vegan restaurant with the dim lights, cocktails at the bar, and carbonara complete with a runny tomato-based “egg” yolk. The dish is a huge step forward in plant-based cuisine, as fresh pasta usually requires the use of eggs. There’s plenty to appreciate about Ronnen, who co-founded Kite Hill Foods in 2014, and introduced vegan cheeses that simply taste better. Vegan cuisine has evolved considerably thanks to Ronnen, along with Plant Food and Wine by Matthew Kenney in Venice. —Mona Holmes

An Ethiopian feast at Rosalind’s Restaurant.

There are many terrific restaurants lining Fairfax Avenue in Little Ethiopia, but Rosalind’s is the one that started it all. Take owner Fekere Gebre-Mariam’s advice and order the iconic doro wat — a soul-satisfying, deeply ruddy stew fortified with ground chiles and spiked with warming spices. This chicken-and-egg staple has been on the menu since day one and is even considered the national dish of Ethiopia. —Cathy Chaplin

Dishes from Sunday Gravy, including spaghetti and meatballs

Brother and sister owners Ghazi and Sol Bashirian took over their father’s former Italian restaurant Gino’s Pizza in Inglewood, and modernized the look and menu. Growing up near Inglewood, the duo has served approachable old-school Italian fare to feed the community around them. The meatball sub and short rib ragu are both off-the-chain delicious. —Mona Holmes

Steam table counter at Dulan’s Soul Food Kitchen in Inglewood, California.

Dulan’s is a soul food mainstay for Los Angeles, as is its amiable owner Gregory Dulan. The 22-year-old Inglewood spot is Dulan’s most famous restaurant to date, but his father Adolf Dulan spent decades running restaurants throughout LA’s Westside and South LA region. The locations on Century and Manchester are open, while Crenshaw is closed for renovations (the Dulanville food truck is parked out front). The cafeteria-style setup doesn’t skimp on happy service or big portions, particularly with sides like mac & cheese, green beans, and corn bread. The gigantic Sunday dinner specials even come with iced tea. —Farley Elliott

Marinara pizza with anchovies on a white plate at Ronan

Pizza has been a winner for both diners and restaurants in the past year, and few do a better pie than Ronan on Melrose. Blistered, delicious, and best served with a serious side of meatballs and a cocktail or two, these pizzas have helped to put LA on the national map. The Cutler family behind the restaurant has been exceedingly open about their (common to all) economic struggles, pushing the conversation forward about what it means to make not just as a small business in Los Angeles, but anywhere right now. —Farley Elliott

Lasagna at Angelini Osteria

Chef Gino Angelini opened LA’s beloved Angelini Osteria in 2001, with an ease and charm that keeps longtime diners returning and newcomers arriving to see what all the fuss is about. That fuss is partly due to Angelini’s pasta skill, along with his signature lasagna verde or the salt-encrusted branzino, but there’s something special about sitting in this Fairfax District restaurant. There’s a lot to appreciate at Angelini Osteria from the low light, the emphasis on service, wines from all over the globe, all done in tandem with the chef’s confident and joyful presence that keeps this classic thriving. —Mona Holmes

Inside the colorful and soaring dining room at French restaurant Republique.

When Walter and Margarita Manzke took over the iconic Campanile space, they knew the stakes were high. And who in LA would have thought they would’ve succeeded this much, offering a breakfast-to-dinner menu with a French point of view? Throw in some pockets of new American and Asian influences, and the bill of fare will likely appeal to everyone. The desserts, breads, and pastries by Margarita are as good as one can expect, while the charcuterie board is sure to stun anyone. —Matthew Kang

Hotville chicken on a tray with checkered paper and pickles.

Kim Prince, one of the descendants of the famous Prince’s Hot Chicken from Nashville, the originator of the dish, has established her family’s hot chicken legacy in the heart of Baldwin Hills, frying up superb spicy fried chicken with an array of sides. —Matthew Kang

Torta from Gish Bac.

There are a bevy of excellent Oaxacan restaurants in Los Angeles thanks to influx of settlers from the 1990s, and Gish Bac might be the best of the bunch thanks to the work of chef and owner Maria Ramos. This Mid-City classic serves a bit of everything from Oaxaca, including a great tlayuda and delicious torta, but the star of the show is the goat barbacoa enchilada, slow cooked for five hours in guajillo chiles. Truly one of LA’s best regional Mexican restaurants. —Matthew Kang

Ganjang gejang at Soban in Koreatown.

Bong Joon Ho made it a point to celebrate here after winning Best Picture for Parasite. The Koreatown restaurant specializes in ganjang gejang, raw marinated flower crab that tastes like the pinnacle of Korean cuisine with its rich, slightly fermented umami and buttery sweetness (especially over warm rice). —Matthew Kang

Two people wait in line on an overcast day for barbecue from a small trailer.

Rib Town BBQ pitmaster Lonnie Edwards has settled into this Jefferson Park parking lot with massive smokers hiding behind a colorful trailer that serves truly excellent Southern-style ribs, brisket, and even chicken. The smoky, saucy barbecue is so damn good you’ll probably opt to scarf it down on the patio tables right in front. —Matthew Kang

Memelitas with handmade thick tortillas, aciento, black bean sauce, and queso fresco at Madre

Torrance’s standout Oaxacan restaurant has everything from top-notch mezcal to an array of regional Mexican classics, like memelitas, mole estofado, and tacos. The recipe has worked well enough that both its enduring Palms location and newer West Hollywood spots have cemented themselves already has beloved neighborhood restaurants. —Matthew Kang

Park’s BBQ

This is the Korean barbecue to end all arguments, with some of the highest quality meat and banchan one can find in Los Angeles, one of the world’s epicenters for Korean cuisine. Order prime American short ribs and eat with the restaurant’s well-aged kimchi and fresh lettuce wraps. Also the stews are sneaky good here, from the braised black cod to the kimchi jjigae. —Matthew Kang

Yes, the No. 19 pastrami sandwich is an amazing sandwich, but the pure pastrami on house-baked rye is simplicity at its best. There's a reason why people make pilgrimages to try this place’s pastrami and even corned beef: There is no better version anywhere in town. Pro tip: Try the No. 54, a blend of both the pastrami and corned beef in one sandwich. And don't skip the rest of the classic Jewish deli menu — it's all very well executed in one of the best daytime dining rooms in town. —Matthew Kang

Wide angle of interior of All Day Baby

Now that All Day Baby is living up to its all-day promise — swing in for some of Los Angeles’s most comforting cooking and thoughtful hospitality from morning until late night. Highlights from the daytime menu includes a breakfast burrito stuffed with longaniza sausage, fried eggs, and gooey cheese, and an irresistible selection of pastries from chef Thessa Diadem — the cinnamon rolls and banana cream pies are particularly fetching. Chef Jonathan Whitener takes the reins at dinnertime, and his deviled eggs, queso fundido, and oyster pot pie are the stuff of legends. There’s never a bad time to dine at All Day Baby. —Cathy Chaplin

Japanese bowls hold fine foods during daylight hours atop a wooden table.

Los Angeles is filled with sushi stars, but few are brighter than Morihiro Onodera. His eponymous new Atwater Village restaurant is the culmination of a career spent all across the city (most notably at Mori in West LA, and later at Shiki in Beverly Hills), seating celebrities and locals while quietly preparing some of the city’s best Japanese food. Now he’s doing things his own way, under his own roof, even using ceramics he made by hand. —Farley Elliott

The exterior of Petite Peso, the small Downtown LA restaurant.

Ria Dolly Barbosa opened this small but mighty Filipino restaurant in Downtown inside the former Rice Bar space, but taking the menu to new heights with familiar classics interpreted into modern dishes, like an adobo French dip or chicken sisig salad. Though LA boasts a lot of great Filipino food, Petite Peso is the place to see where the cuisine is going next. —Matthew Kang

Rossoblu

Steve Samson opened this incredible homage to Northern Italian cuisine, especially from the region of Bologna and Emilia-Romagna. The modern dining room is one of the most attractive spaces in the city, while the wood-roasted meats and pastas would please anyone. —Matthew Kang

Sonoratown’s flour tortilla taco with guacamole salsa on top.

Regarded as one of LA’s most impressive taco restaurants, this tiny Downtown LA spot prepares Sonoran-style tacos and quesadillas with grilled meats and flour tortillas. Don’t forget to order the chivichanga, a burrito with cheese and shredded chicken or machaca beef. It’s all really affordable too, though parking can be tough in this part of Downtown. —Matthew Kang

Thai dishes from Holy Basil in Downtown LA.

Holy Basil has been operating as a pop-up for over a year, finding a permanent space in Downtown LA earlier in 2021 and finding its stride as one of LA’s top new Thai restaurants. Inspired by Bangkok street food, dishes from green curry to barbecue chicken to dry-aged salmon ceviche, it’s hard to miss with anything on the menu. —Matthew Kang

Caribbean cooking from Bridgetown Roti at Smorgasburg.

Rashida Holmes’ tribute to Caribbean food, inspired by her mother Joy Clarke-Holmes, has wowed LA diners with incredible red pepper goat and chicken curry rotis, wonderfully crisp cod cakes, hearty oxtail-stuffed patties, and saucy, puffy doubles. Bridgetown pops up on weekends in Arts District and on Sundays at Smorgasburg. —Matthew Kang (Note: Eater LA reporter Mona Holmes is related to Rashida Holmes and was not involved in the writing of this entry)

Bestia

Bestia is the hallmark of seasonal, meat-driven rustic Italian located in the heart of the Arts District. Ori Menashe and Genevieve Gergis cook fantastic Neapolitan-style pizzas, inventive pastas, house made salumi (a rarity in LA), and large plates like a great pork chop. Wines and cocktails are top rate, and the desserts from Gergis are simple, but prepared with a perfectionist’s attention to detail. —Matthew Kang

Moo’s craft barbecue sits on a pink paper tray.

Longtime LA operation Moo’s Craft Barbecue found a permanent home in Lincoln Heights and has quickly established itself as one of the top Texas-style barbecues in the city. Founders Andrew and Michelle Muñoz have done a great job of capturing the spirit of Austin with a walk-up counter, wide list of craft beers, and well-executed array of smoked meats with sides. Anyone who says LA doesn’t have good barbecue will be pretty quiet after taking a few bites at Moo’s. —Matthew Kang

A dark loaf of bread fresh from the oven.

Gusto Bread is a Long Beach success story, the kind of place that can start in a living room and become a citywide sensation, thanks entirely to local support. The mega-popular 4th Street bakery, owned and operated by Arturo Enciso and Ana Salatino, makes some of the finest baked good anywhere in Southern California, and continues to innovate with collaborations, ancient grains, and recipes all their own. —Farley Elliott

Banana leaf tamales from Tamales Elena.

Tamales Elena has been a mainstay of South LA for well over a decade, serving out of a truck in Watts. The family recently located to a drive-thru location for early morning tamales, pozoles, and guisados from Afro-Mexican cuisine that makes it one of the most impressive regional Mexican restaurants in the city. —Matthew Kang

Carne asada tacos and quesadilla from La Carreta on a plastic plate on a food truck in Long Beach

Long Beach taco truck La Carreta has been serving some of the city’s best Sinaloan-style carne asada for years, bouncing around the area before settling on a mobile kitchen operation. Jose Morales Jr. learned the ways of carne asada from his father, who worked as a taquero in Mazatlán. The menu is simple here: vampiros, tacos, papas locas (baked potato with grilleds beef), and quesadillas with all the salsas to match. —Matthew Kang

A bright red bowl of mapo tofu loaded with spices.

Sichuan cuisine has had a resurgence in San Gabriel Valley in recent years, and none has been more consistent than Xiang La Hui, which has everything from a nuanced mapo tofu to wonderful toothpick lamb. —Matthew Kang

A collection of brunch dishes like pancakes, and steak and eggs at Yang’s Kitchen.

Find impeccably sourced ingredients and careful cooking at Yang’s Kitchen in Alhambra. While the restaurant no longer serves the modern Chinese menu that made it a local and national sensation, chef Chris Yang’s updated lunch and brand-new brunch menus are chock-full of delightful flavors and ingredients that are truly just as great. Highlights from the lunch menu include salt-and-pepper fried chicken wings and cold sesame noodles, while mochi pancakes and a traditional Japanese breakfast are the early hits from the brunch menu. —Cathy Chaplin

Find Southern-style Vietnamese food at this perpetually busy, efficiently run, and solid-as-can-be restaurant. Come for the blistered cha gio stuffed with ground pork and woodear mushrooms, and served with herbs and greens for garnishing and wrapping, respectively. Then, settle in for a bowl of pho (rare beef, brisket, and tripe are the holy trinity of beef noodle soup), a platter of broken rice topped with a sunny side egg (the one with grilled pork, shredded pork, and steamed pork loaf won’t disappoint), or a bowl of cool vermicelli noodles. The nuoc cham (fish sauce vinaigrette) here is top notch, so spoon it on liberally or better yet, just dump the whole thing onto rice or noodles. —Cathy Chaplin

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The 25 Best Restaurants in Sonoma County

11-02-2019 · 140 East Napa Street, Sonoma, CA 95476, (707) 935-5994 Yelp Price Rating: $$$ Fresh food and delectable bites are what make up the menu at Cafe La Haye. This small restaurant has great ambiance with an open kitchen and clean design, where flavorful dishes are beautifully presented in the cozy space.

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People from all over the world come to Wine Country for the stellar wine (of course). Luckily for them, and those of us who live to eat, Sonoma County not only has world-renowned wine, but has world-class restaurants as well. Offering everything from casual to Michelin-starred dining, there’s something for every palate in our roundup of the 25 best restaurants in Sonoma County. And, because good food doesn’t necessarily come with hefty price tags, you’ll find a selection of different price ranges too.

Crafty Cocktails and Small Plates

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spoonbar

219 Healdsburg Avenue, Healdsburg, CA 95448, (707) 433-7222 Yelp Price Rating: $$$ Known for its cocktails, this Healdsburg staple nevertheless has great bites to pair with your spirit of choice. Inspired by locally sourced and seasonal ingredients with Italian influences, menu favorites include the Smoked Gouda Burger, Summer Squash Risotto, or Lobster and Asparagus Gazpacho. Whatever you land on, you can’t beat dining al fresco in spoonbar’s beautiful, open-air dining space. Insider Tip: spoonbar has specialty dining events such as Crab Sundays, featuring Chef Matthew D’Ambrosi’s Roasted Dungeness Crab, and the Plaza Menu, a Chef’s Selection three-course menu for just .

Essence of Farm To Table

Wood roasted asparagus, Courtesy of Glen Ellen Star

Glen Ellen Star

13648 Arnold Drive, Glen Ellen, CA 95442, (707) 343-1384 Yelp Price Rating: $$ Resembling a quaint farmhouse in rustic California Wine Country, Glen Ellen Star is a taste of both local and international flavors. Helmed by the husband and wife team of Ari and Erinn Weiswasser, it is their mission to create an inviting, neighborhood-friendly restaurant. The menu changes every four weeks, so their offerings are always new and fresh, but definitely order their homemade ice cream, which is sure to not disappoint. Insider Tip: Glen Ellen Star also offers a two-course menu on Wednesdays for an affordable and complimentary corkage as part of their “Neighborhood Night.” Ask for a seat at the counter so you can watch the chefs hard at work.

Old World Taste in the New World

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LaSalette

452 First Street East, Suite H, Sonoma, CA 95476, (707) 938-1927 Yelp Price Rating: $$ Chef Manuel Azevedo’s “New Portuguese Cuisine” celebrates the varied and complex flavors of his native Portugal and current home of Sonoma, California. Tantalize your taste buds with unfamiliar dishes which might just become new favorites, like the Portuguese Fisherman’s Stew; the Brazilian national dish of Feijoada Completa with stewed beef, pork, sausage, and black beans; or the Bacalhau no Forno, a traditional baked casserole of North Atlantic salt cod, potatoes, onions, and olives. Insider Tip: There’s a split plate charge, so you might as well order your own dish and try more things. And be sure to try a Port from their extensive Port and Madeira list.

French Country Charm with a Taste of Sonoma

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the girl & the fig

110 West Spain Street, Sonoma, CA 95476, (707) 983-3634 Yelp price rating: $$ This restaurant’s seasonal menu features rustic Provençal-inspired cuisine, or as owner Sondra Bernstein describes it, the girl & the fig serves up “country food with a French passion.” The Fig & Arugula Salad is a crowd favorite, as is the Grass-fed Steak Tartare and the Croque Monsieur. Featuring an antique bar with French aperitifs, an award-winning wine list, and outdoor patio seating, you’ll see why it’s a beloved spot with locals and visitors alike. Insider Tip: They also have a food truck named The Fig Rig! If you’re looking to really wow a large party at your next group wine tasting trip, the girl & the fig can pull up in their mobile kitchen right to where you are and serve a pop-up experience.

A Seaside Seafood Gem

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The Tides Wharf & Restaurant

835 Coast Highway One, Bodega Bay, CA 94923, (707) 875-3652 Yelp Price Rating: $$ Located right alongside the picturesque Bodega Bay, this seaside restaurant specializes in fresh, local seafood, including such favorites as the Hot Crab Sandwich, New England Clam Chowder, Fish and Chips, and Cioppino. If you can’t seem to get enough Dungeness crab, be on the lookout for their seasonal Crab Feeds at Tides Wharf, which include chilled Dungeness crab, clam chowder, pasta, green salad, and french bread. Insider Tip: Parts of Alfred Hitchcock’s classic, The Birds, was filmed at Tides Wharf. Go ahead and pose on the infamous dock, but maybe keep an eye out for birds.

Expert Bubbly Pairings

The Bubble Room, Courtesy of J Vineyards

J Vineyards & Winery

11447 Old Redwood Highway, Healdsburg, CA 95448, (707) 431-3646 Yelp Price Rating: $$$ J Vineyards & Winery is a stylish and modern winery known for their varietal and sparkling wines representing the Russian River Valley terroir. For delicious bites to go with the bubbly, visit The Bubble Room at J Vineyards, one of the first educational wine and food pairing programs in Sonoma County. Enjoy five courses of food and wine pairings expertly crafted by Chef Carl Shelton and Winemaker Nicole Hitchcock, with each course telling a different story of the relationship between their wines and locally sourced ingredients. Insider Tip: Club J members receive a discount on the food and wine pairings.

Mixology Dreamland

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Barndiva

231 Center Street, Healdsburg, CA 95448, (707) 431-0100 Yelp Price Rating: $$$ Barndiva’s mantra is ‘Eat the View,’ and with dishes so vibrant and beautiful, it’s clear this is something the team truly believes in. Feast your eyes, and your palate, with their Goat Cheese Croquettes, Crab BLT, and Crispy Duck Leg Confit. Don’t forget to grab a cocktail, as Barndiva is known for its outstanding cocktail program. Insider Tip: Sister location Studio Barndiva hosts an art gallery, private dinner venue, and The Gallery Bar. Every Sunday there’s a limited seat prix fixe Country Supper, which you can enjoy while also taking in the eclectic collection of art on the walls.

An Extravagant Farm-Driven Experience

Summer vegetables, Courtesy of Eric Wolfinger / SingleThread Farms

SingleThread Farms

131 North Street, Healdsburg, CA 95448, (707) 723-4646 Yelp Price Rating: $$$$ The Japanese-influenced, California produce-informed SingleThread Farms is a three-in-one: a farm, restaurant, and inn. All embody the thoughtfulness and care of Kyle and Katina Connaughton, the husband and wife team behind this three Michelin Star restaurant. They serve an 11-course tasting menu customized to each guest’s dietary preferences and restrictions. SingleThread takes patrons on a journey that begins with produce grown on their own farm, located in the Russian River Valley, and ends on an artfully set table. Insider Tip: SingleThread has its own on-site winery, zoned with its own address, which makes it one of the smallest wineries in the U.S. Not only is that a fun tidbit, but with a different Sonoma County winemaker featured at this tiny winery each year, it might be worth splurging on the wine pairing.

Wine-influenced Culinary Offerings

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St. Francis Winery

100 Pythian Road, Santa Rosa, CA 95409, (707) 538-9463 Yelp Price Rating: $$ Chef Trevor Eliason is the creator behind the culinary offerings of St. Francis Winery’s Wine & Food Pairings. Between some of the best wine in Sonoma County, and elegantly prepared dishes such as Braised Kurobuta Pork Osso Bucco and Hibiscus Streusel Cake, your palate will be pleased. Insider Tip: Check out the Estate Vineyard Tour & Tasting. Most wineries will take you on a tour through their barrel rooms, but few offer ones through their vineyards and vegetable gardens. It runs for the public, for wine club members.

A Beer Lovers’ Must Stop

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Russian River Brewing Company

700 Mitchell Lane, Windsor, CA 95492, (707) 545-BEER Yelp Price Rating: $$ The brand new Russian River Brewing Company Windsor location boasts a staggering 195 seats and a more diverse menu than the popular downtown Santa Rosa joint. Offering beers by the taste, glass, or growler to accompany the food, choose to dine indoors on the year-round patio seating or in the one-acre beer garden, which also happens to be pet friendly. Cap off your experience with a self-guided tour or book a guided tour in advance to check out the space. Insider Tip: IPA fans, if you’re in town at the right time, be sure pick up the very limited run of Pliny the Younger. But even if you miss the window for the Younger, Pliny the Elder is usually available, and just as tasty.

Things to Do in Sonoma County

21780 North Coast Highway 1, Jenner, CA 95450, (707) 847-3231 Yelp Price Rating: $$ Located on 25 unrivaled acres above California’s stunning Sonoma Coast, Coast Kitchen promises staggering ocean views alongside its fine fare, featuring fresh fruits and vegetables, Sonoma cheeses, farm-raised chicken, 21-day dry aged rib-eye steak, oysters from Tomales Bay, and Bay Area favorite, Dungeness crab. Insider Tip: Here for a staycation? If visiting on a Wednesday, bring an ID to show that you live in the local community and enjoy 20% off the cocktail, lounge, and dinner menus, as well as 20% off guest room rates for the same evening. 1055 Fourth Street, Santa Rosa, CA 95404, (707) 568-4000 Yelp Price Rating: $$ This modern tavern celebrates the American melting pot, with James Beard Outstanding Restaurateur semifinalists Mark and Terri Stark re-interpreting popular street food dishes from around the world. Try the Smokey Poke, Crispy Chicken Skin Cracklings, Spring Hill Fried Cheddar Cheese Curds, or the BBQ’D Bone Marrow. Insider Tip: Large and small plates are designed for sharing, but for brunch, try one of their sharing cocktails in giant shakers, which serves four to five. Talk about hair of the dog. 29 North Street, Healdsburg, CA 95448, (707) 473-8030 Yelp Price Rating: $$$ Chef Shane McAnelly’s menu of small plates is inspired by produce from Chalkboard’s own dedicated three-acre organic garden, located at the Chalk Hill Winery estate. The menu features favorites such as Crudo of the Day, Buttermilk Fried Chicken, and a variety of housemade pastas. Insider Tip: Chalkboard is a great spot for large groups looking to dine out. Required for parties of nine or more, the per person Chef’s Menu features a ‘best of’ Chalkboard favorites — easy peasy for group decision making. 403 Healdsburg Avenue, Healdsburg, CA 95448, (707) 433-9191 Yelp Price Rating: $$$ East Coast and South America meet at Willi’s Seafood & Raw Bar, with an extensive menu of small plates designed for sharing. Oyster lovers will feel right at home as Willi’s always has at least eight varieties of fresh oysters on the menu, as well as items like the all meat Dungeness Crab Cakes (“no filler!”), Salt & Pepper Baby Back Riblettes, Uni & Dungeness Crab Orzotto, and Grilled Fish Tacos with “the usual suspects.” Insider Tip: When we say extensive menu, we mean it — with the number of small plates available, best go with a group of people who love food as much as you do. 408 First Street East, Sonoma, CA 95476, (707) 721-1187 Yelp Price Rating: $ There’s always room for ice cream, especially the kind that’s made fresh daily. With over 200 flavors that rotate the menu, expect everything from the classics to vegan and nut-free options, as well as sundaes and shakes. Since their flavors change so often, follow their Instagram Stories @sweetscoopsicecream to see what they’re making that day. Insider Tip: Though Sweet Scoops specializes in sweets for you and me, they also sell dog treats, so if your pup is giving you irristable puppy eyes, go ahead and give them a treat. 20 Grey Street, Petaluma, CA 94952, (707) 775-6003 Yelp Price Rating: $$ For a little bit of everything, we recommend The Block Petaluma, a food truck market with a constant rotation of cuisines, perfect to satisfy the munchies while sipping from their extensive menu of brews. Enjoy the indoor dining area, outdoor patio, or gather around the firepit and cheers to some new friends. Enjoy their signature “Hoppy Hour” Monday – Friday, 4pm – 6pm, with off pints. Insider Tip: Since the food trucks are constantly rotating, it can sometimes be an issue finding a great vegan option. Luckily, Firetrail Pizza, a permanent vendor at The Block, is happy to make customers a vegan pizza. 421 First Street West, Sonoma, CA 95476, (707) 996-6645 Yelp Price Rating: $$ This aptly named caffé is perfect for breakfast and brunch, especially the morning after consuming copious amounts of Sonoma wine. The food is simple and the ingredients real, with salt from the San Francisco Bay, milk from the cows grazing in the Sonoma pastures, and eggs from local organic farms. The Smoked Duck Bahn Mi is a favorite, as is the California Sandwich with folded eggs, avocado crush, bacon, and chèvre goat cheese sauce. Seating is first come, first served, but it’s plentiful. We recommend bringing your plates to the bright and cheerful patio garden to dine al fresco. Insider Tip: The corkage fee is waived for bottles of Sonoma County wine, making it easy to eat and drink local at Sunflower Caffé. 4330 Barnes Road, Santa Rosa, CA 95403, (707) 527-7687 Yelp Price Rating:$$$ Located at the beautiful Vintners Inn, John Ash & Co. is a special occasion spot for many diners. With dishes such as their Lobster Risotto, Roasted Bone Marrow, or Chef Tom’s Lamb Trio, decadent is the name of the game. Can’t decide? Go with the Chef’s Tasting Menu, with an additional wine pairing at a very reasonable . Be advised that there is a dress code for the dining room, but if you’re feeling like getting spruced up for a traditional white tablecloth restaurant, this is the place. Insider Tip: If you’re celebrating your birthday, dinner is on John Ash & Co.! Just sign up for the John Ash & Co. Birthday Club to enjoy a complimentary two-course meal. 344 Center Street, Healdsburg, CA 95448, (707) 473-0946 Yelp Price Rating: $$$ Opened in 2015, Valette Restaurant has garnered stellar reviews in short order. The two brothers behind the restaurant create high quality but honest food, with delectable dishes such as Butter Roasted Mushroom Fondue, Winter Root Vegetable Risotto, Crispy Skinned Striped Bass, and Roasted Sunchoke Soup. Insider Tip: Chef Valette’s ‘Trust Me’ Tasting Menu is uniquely priced at per course (minimum 5 courses). But if five isn’t enough, you can keep going. 7871 River Road, Forestville, CA 95436, (707) 887-3300 Yelp Price Rating: $$$$ Farmhouse Inn Restaurant has been a steady presence in the one Michelin Star world for over a decade. The menus are ever-changing, with the freshest ingredients straight from the owners’ ranch. Inside these charming farmhouse walls is modern luxury in the form of gastronomy. Your experience there isn’t going to be the exact same as your dining partners’ — the menu isn’t set, so you get to choose what tickles your fancy from a variety of menu items. If dining with friends, we recommend being strategic so that everyone is able to try a little of a lot. Insider Tip: In their Winemaker Dinner series, Farmhouse Inn Restaurant collaborates with four local wineries to showcase a dinner paired with exclusive wines from partner wineries. Delicious and exclusive. Be sure to check their website for details. 330 Healdsburg Avenue, Healdsburg, CA 95448, (707) 395-4640 Yelp Price Rating: $$ This casual eatery offers two different experiences: the intimate indoor dining experience and the slightly more boisterous one outside. Inside, snuggle into a booth and pick from menu favorites including Nonna’s Tomato Braised Chicken, or head outside to order a wood-fired pizza and engage in a game of bocce with friends. Regardless of where you choose to sit, the friendly atmosphere and satisfying Italian fare are sure to please. Insider’s tip: Go hungry and sample from Campo’s extensive list of appetizers, such as the fingerling potatoes or burrata cheese. 401 South A Street, Santa Rosa, CA 95401, (707) 528-7100 Yelp Star Rating: $$ The Spinster Sisters is hidden away in a cute little neighborhood in Santa Rosa, but that doesn’t stop it from being one of the culinary powerhouses of the county. Chef Liza Hinman creates New American dishes with loads of flavor, such as the Curried Kabocha Squash Soup with puffed millet and Tunisian Lamb Meatballs served with tomato-saffron broth. Insider’s tip: If you have the chance, visit for brunch on Saturday or Sunday, when the restaurant features two rotating specials: one sweet and one savory. Specials aside, the chocolate doughnut holes with blackberry sauce are not to be missed. 140 East Napa Street, Sonoma, CA 95476, (707) 935-5994 Yelp Price Rating: $$$ Fresh food and delectable bites are what make up the menu at Cafe La Haye. This small restaurant has great ambiance with an open kitchen and clean design, where flavorful dishes are beautifully presented in the cozy space. Insider’s tip: Save room for dessert, as the butterscotch pudding is a sinfully delicious must-try. 124 Matheson Street, Healdsburg, CA 95448, (707) 433-3200 Yelp Price Rating: $$ This charming grocery doubles as a high quality sandwich shop, with a well-stocked cheese counter and more jams and spices than you’ll ever need. On top of all that, it’s also a wine shop, making it a great place to assemble a lovely picnic lunch to enjoy in a vineyard. Insider’s tip: On hot days, hang out with a crisp glass of sauvignon blanc on the patio while the built-in misters keep you cool. 21021 Geyserville Avenue, Geyserville, CA 95441, (707) 865-2484 Yelp Price Rating: $$ Known for their house-cured meats and authentic Italian pizzas, Diavola Pizzeria and Salumeria is a welcome respite after a day of wine tasting. Housed in a historic 1900s brick building, the restaurant specializes in Neapolitan-style pizzas, cooked to perfection in the wood-fire oven, which some call the best pizza in California. Insider Tip: If in season, order the local favorite Dictator pizza. You’ll either love it or you won’t because it’s so far out of the box (pun intended). It’s topped with marinated rib-eye, mozzarella, garlic, scallions, Serrano chiles, kimchi, Kewpie mayo (a Japanese mayo), and shichimi pepper (a Japanese spice blend), for an Italy meets Japan-style pie.

Julia Chang is a writer based out of San Francisco, California. In her early twenties, she made the transition from the eat-to-live to the live-to-eat type, and her waistline has suffered since. She works in tech by day and ekes out time to write about food and fiction on nights and weekends. She doesn’t sleep much. Follow her delirium on Instagram @onmywhimsy, and on Twitter @Jurichu.

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