Thursday, July 19

Southern California Restaurants: Los Angeles, San Diego, Santa Barbara

Southern California Restaurants: Los Angeles, San Diego, Santa Barbara
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Below are all the 129 restaurants recommended in our Southern California guide with some recent updates, organized by area and price category. The CD-ROM contains a review of each restaurant with 2 photos, selection from dinner menu with prices, and a link to their web site if available.

We selected the restaurants as the best examples – in each price category – of the many cuisines available in Southern California, with emphasis on showing visitors the famous California cuisine, Pacific Rim, Southwestern and Mexican influences. Reflecting the healthy local lifestyle, the prices represent just the typical cost of a main course. Do not forget that – except for top restaurants – American portions are generally huge. Don’t be surprized to see locals taking home a ‘doggie bag’ of leftover food capable of feeding a grizzly bear!

Free drinking water is always available, sometimes by request only. Good percentage of locals do not order any other beverage. Recent Euro-import is offering expensive bottled water first, instead of just bringing the free glass. Ask. Do try the many excellent California wines though, often available by the glass. The bill will include another 8.5% sales tax added to menu prices. Tipping at least 15% is expected.

AREA $30+ $23-30 $16-22 up to $15
Santa Monica
Venice
Marina del Rey
West LA
DC3
Michael’s
Röckenwagner
Chinois on Main
Chaya Venice
I Cugini
Il Moro
Ocean Av. Seafood
Schatzi on Main
Woodside
2117
Allegria
Antica Pizzeria
The Fish Co
Shaherzad
La Serenata
de Garibaldi
Aunt Kizzy´s
Guelaguetza
Jody Maroni´s
Cheesecake
Factory
La Serenata
Gourmet
Beverly Hills
Hollywood
Campanile
Matsuhisa
Spago B.H.
Pinot Hollywood
Ca´Brea
Il Sole
Musso & Frank
Daily Grill
Gaucho Grill
Il Pastaio
Hard Rock Café
McCormick
& Schmicks
Xi´an
The Gumbo Pot
Jitlada
Moishe’s
Canter’s
AREA $30+ $23-30 $16-22 up to $15
Downtown Water Grill Café Pinot
Epicentre
Kachina Grill
Empress Pavilion
McCormick
& Schmicks
Patinette/MOCA
Mandarin Deli:
2 locations
Universal
Studios area
Perroche
Daily Grill
Gaucho Grill
Ca’ del Sole
Caioti Pizza Café
Art’s; Jerry’s
Pasadena Parkway Grill Yujean Kang’s Café Santorini
Clearwater Seafood
Gordon Biersch
Mi Piace
Saladang
Burger Continental
AREA $30+ $23-30 $16-22 up to $15
South Bay Café Pierre
Soleil
Zazou
Brewski
Good Stuff
Mama D’s
Tony’s Fishmarket
CJ’s Pantry
Hennessey’s
The Kettle
Long Beach L’Opera Alegria
Shenandoah Café
Belmont Brewing
King’s Fish House
La Lune
L’Opera Express
Viva @ MoLAA
Disneyland +
Knott’s
Berry Farm
Mr. Stox
Thee White Hse
Citrus City Grille
Medieval Times
Wild Bill’s W.West
Jazz Kitchen
Old Towne
Brewing
Byblos Café
La Brea Bakery
Mom’s Restaurant
AREA $30+ $23-30 $16-22 up to $15
Coastal
Orange County
Pascal
Troquet
Bluewater Grill:
2 locations
Chimayo Grill
Las Brisas
Pinot Provence
Splashes
Le Bistro
Darya
Duke’s
Kitayama
Walt’s Wharf
Crab Cooker
Baja Fish Taco
Café Zinc
Harbor House
Natraj
Ruby’s
Village Farmer
AREA $30+ $23-30 $16-22 up to $15
La Jolla
Mission Beach
Roppongi Bird Rock Cafe Brockton Villa
Embers Grille
La Bruschetta
Kono’s
Picoso
San Diego
Coronado
Peohe´s Café Sevilla Bayou Bar & Grill
Casa de Bandini
Sammys Wood-
fired Pizza
Spyro’s Gyros
Santa Barbara Citronelle
Jonathan’s
Mattei’s Tavern
Paradise Café Brophy Bros.
The Mountains:
Big Bear
Mozart’s Bistro Stillwells
The Blue Whale
Lakeside
Old Country Inn
AREA $30+ $23-30 $16-22 up to $15

 

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