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Diners' Choice: Californian restaurants in Los Angeles

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Updated June 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants with the best overall Californian cuisine in Los Angeles? You’re in the right place. Each month OpenTable analyzes more than 400,000 new diner reviews. We sort the results by category to help you discover new favorites. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!

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4.8
4.8 (1973)
$50 and over
Californian
Santa Monica
About the restaurant
Chef & Owner Josiah Citrin has revived his Michelin 2-Star institution with an intimate, 14-seat restaurant with Chef/Partner Ken Takayama. In a setting that blurs the line between kitchen and dining room, Chefs and service staff guide guests through a 2.5-hour culinary experience.

Collaborating with California farmers from San Diego to Napa Valley, Chef Josiah sources the most unique and exclusive ingredients available. An 8-course tasting menu is bookended by canapés, amuse-bouches and mignardise, all of which showcase global flavors using both modern and classic techniques.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 7 days ago
Best Michelin restaurant in Los Angeles. Definitely will revisit and recommend to others
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4.8
4.8 (615)
$50 and over
Californian
Long Beach
About the restaurant
Tasting menu only. We politely decline modifications. Please specify all dietary restrictions/allergies when booking your reservation. We require a 48-hour notice for gluten-free & pescatarian requests. We can *not* accommodate vegetarian, vegan, dairy-free or seafood-free diets. Our most recent menu can be viewed on our website. Our menu is seasonal, and subject to *daily* changes.
Heritage Restaurant uses sustainable meat, fresh seafood, and Farmers Market produce. We are certified blue, green, and maintain a zero-waste kitchen. Heritage is family owned and operated by Chef Philip Pretty and sister Lauren Pretty. Our lively indoor dining room was built in 1922 as a craftsman house. Walk inside to an open kitchen, request bar seating to watch us cook over a live fire Santa Maria grill. Located in the Rose Park neighborhood of Long Beach on the corner of 7th & Saint Louis Ave. Newly awarded Michelin Star and green star in 2023. Just doin our own thing out in Long Beach.
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camappervip
Dined 3 days ago
Mid week and parking was a bear. $25 valet was busy, but I'm cheap, we walked. (Right, cheap...dinner for 2 with tip $600) That was worth it.
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4.8
4.8 (496)
$50 and over
Californian
Hemet
About the restaurant
Let Canyons take you to the cutting edge of fine dining. Featuring only the best ingredients, the Canyons menu offers savory appetizers, creative entrées, fresh seafood, decadent desserts and an exquisite selection of wine.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
The meal was excellent. The servers were first class. all of our needs were addressed and handled with courtesy and grace. The overall experience was in keeping with the highest class restaurants I have previously enjoyed. I would recommend that anyone seeking an experience to remember, should eat here.
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4.7
4.7 (1944)
$31 to $50
Californian
Pasadena
About the restaurant
The Arbour brings rustic elegant dining to the historic Pasadena neighborhood of south Lake Avenue. Paying homage to the extraordinary agricultural bounty of California, The Arbour’s menu showcases relationships with sustainable local farms and purveyors.
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Grrrrrrrrlfvip
Dined 3 days ago
As always, the food and drink are excellent as is the presentation. Service can tend to be a little too attentive--taking away plates and beverages without asking if we are finished. Best to always ask first. My dining partner did receive a drink on the house as a result of having her nearly empty drink taken away. Nevertheless, this is one of my favorite Pasadena restaurants. Staff is always friendly, the vibe is great, and the food always shines.
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4.8
4.8 (2369)
$50 and over
Californian
Pasadena
About the restaurant
The Smith Brothers trend-setter in regional American cuisine, Parkway Grill continues to define dining in the city and beyond. Parkway Grill specializes in a seasonal, market-driven approach to cooking that incorporates diverse influences and classic French technique. Throughout its over 30 years, Parkway’s innovative chefs have showcased an intriguing array of dishes using locally sourced ingredients.

Demonstrating the ultimate commitment to fresh produce, Parkway Grill planted its own organic vegetable and herb garden behind the restaurant, which continues to thrive for over 25 years on a piece of prime real estate in the heart of Pasadena.
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Highexpectationsvip
Dined on Jun 14, 2024
This was our first time at the Parkway Grill. I chose the restaurant based on reviews. Upon entry, the vibe was great; dim lighting, comfortable chairs, low music and non rushed service. Excellent service by Millicent. She was a professional. She read the room. My wife and I were there for an anniversary celebration and she presented a highly competent, but non invasive service. And was an expert on menu items. All the ingredients were of the highest quality and arrived hot and expeditiously. Only very minor concerns are worth mentioning. Since we all have to pay for bread now, it should be amazing; in my opinion, I would add something special to this offering. Like a moist house baked roll with a compound butter (for example). The presentation here consisted of different styles of bread, but none of which was truly special. A small detail, but an important one in my view. All of the entrees and starters were top drawer and I would recommend this place for a special dinner out or just a nice family get together.
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4.8
4.8 (4985)
$30 and under
Californian
Beverly / Fairfax / La Brea / Third St.
About the restaurant
A.O.C. is a small plates restaurant driven by seasonal ingredients, locally sourced.
Our California French cuisine was developed by Chef Suzanne Goin, and also features Mediterranean influences.
We have 24 wines by the glass and 150 bottles to choose from, curated by Caroline Styne, all of which are either organic, biodynamic or sustainable.
Featuring a full bar with premium spirits and specialty cocktails.

AOC is proud to offer both outdoor and indoor dining. Our patios feature shared heaters, however we highly recommend bringing appropriate outerwear for your comfort. Unfortunately, inclement weather may affect our ability to honor your reservation. In the event of rain, we will notify you as soon as possible to communicate any weather related cancellations and to assist you with rescheduling your reservation.

Beginning November 4th, a.o.c. will require that all guests require proof of vaccination or negative results from a Covid test taken within 72 hours of entry.
Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 4 days ago
I have had the privilege of dining at AOC for over 10 years. The quality of the food served and the service has never wavered.
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4.7
4.7 (1781)
$50 and over
Californian
Rancho Palos Verdes / Rolling Hills Estates
About the restaurant
Set overlooking the Pacific Ocean with stunning views, Forbes Four-Star award winner, mar'sel offers the ideal location for an elegant dinner or seasonal Sunday brunch. Located just south of Los Angeles on the verdant Palos Verdes Peninsula, mar'sel (a play on the Spanish word for sea, mar and the French word for salt, sel) offers a decidedly inventive twist on international cuisine. Chef Fabio Ugoletti's seasonally rotating fine dining menu that features locally sourced ingredients (including citrus and herbs from the resort's grounds), as well as playful takes on culinary favorites, mar'sel combines approachable luxury with a breathtaking setting perfect for every palate.
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Jason
Dined 2 days ago
One of the best experiences I've had in a while. The sea bass was amazing, and the sides complemented the entrees very well. A great value given the location, service, and food quality. Only minor issue was although we had a reservation, we had to wait some time to get seated due to another large party, but staff did their best to keep things moving. Will definitely return!
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4.7
4.7 (593)
$50 and over
Californian
Big Bear Lake
About the restaurant
We are family owned and operated, serving California cuisine. Our restaurant welcomes you to a warm and inviting ambience with intimate booths and table seating, as well as outdoor dining on our heated patio.
Enjoy one of the largest and most versatile menus on the mountain, including a full bar with and extensive wine list. Every item is prepared fresh to order! Our soups and bread are prepared daily. To start, try our signature New England clam chowder, our ever popular macadamia Maui crab cakes, fried calamari steak or our simple, but delicious spinach artichoke dip with tasty ciabatta toast. Choose from one of our specialty salads or our 10 inch thick crust pizzas, prepared fresh in our brick oven! We also proudly offer a large variety of Certified Angus steaks and burgers, Alaskan halibut and salmon, lobster, many other seafood dishes, chicken, pork tenderloin and rack of lamb. Most of our fabulous desserts are made in our own kitchen! Come and see why we are a local favor
Top review
Vonstervip
Dined 3 days ago
Our server Leticia, was lovely. Helped us with special food requests. We will be back the next time we're in Big Bear.
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4.8
4.8 (936)
$31 to $50
Californian
Toluca Lake
About the restaurant
SANTUARI offers a cuisine driven culinary experience utilizing a seasonal approach to produce.
Led by Executive Seth Greenburg — the scratch run kitchen focuses on fresh, internationally inflected California cuisine.

Santuari, “Sanctuary” in the Catalan dialect, is a hidden restaurant oasis nestled inside the Toluca Lake Tennis/Fitness Club which was founded in 1974. What was once a member’s only bar and restaurant has now been transformed into a unique dining space open to the public and available for private events.

Santuari Restaurant
323-902-9700
info@santuarirestaurant.com
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 7 days ago
First time going an amazing experience staff was very friendly and attentive. Food was amazing drinks were incredible. Will definitely be returning and recommending.
A photo of Cavatina at Sunset Marquis restaurant
4.8
4.8 (1335)
$31 to $50
Californian
West Hollywood
About the restaurant
Beauty in simplicity awaits at the cozy sanctuary of Cavatina at Sunset Marquis, an amazing Californian cuisine with Italian twist restaurant in West Hollywood, CA right off Sunset Strip. Embodying the casual, relaxed vibe of Sunset Marquis, Cavatina offers guests and diners alike indulgent snacks, small plates and entrees that will take them on a true culinary journey. Favorites like oysters on half shell, yellowtail, charred octopus, prime steak, and more will make a dining experience unlike any you've had. Cavatina isn't just for guests of Sunset Marquis, we're open to any and all diners looking for a cozy, Californian style “bistro” with good company and great food. Join us at Cavatina at Sunset Marquis for breakfast, lunch or dinner daily. Our simple yet bold dishes feature seasonal ingredients, creative presentations, and a special little something for everyone. We also host and cater special events at the hotel and you can try our unique, engaging items. Stop by Cavatina today.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 5 days ago
My favorite restaurant in Los Angeles. Lovely ambience. Great food and service, blessedly QUIET. Outdoors.
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