10 Restaurants You Have To Visit In Southern California Before You Die
There’s no question Southern California is home to some of the best restaurants on the planet. With so many fabulous places to dine, it can be a challenge to decide which spots deserve your attention first.
Although this list barely scratches the surface, these 10 restaurants are a great place to start to experience some of the best and most unique dining in all of SoCal. Take a look to see which ones you’ve already tried and which ones you want to go to next.
1. The Hobbit Restaurant -- 2932 E Chapman Ave in Orange, CA.
Located in the beautiful city of Orange, the
serves a multi-course meal throughout an entire evening that's broken into three acts. Exquisite food set in a charming and romantic refurbished house will make this a dining experience to remember.
2. Pedaler's Fork -- 23504 Calabasas Rd in Calabasas, CA.
is a unique farm to table dining experience that combines three things that are impossible not to love -- dining, coffee, and bikes. This memorable restaurant not only serves up food to-die-for, but it also doubles as a bike shop so it's the perfect spot to ride your back, get a tune-up and enjoy a meal.
3. The Malibu Cafe -- 327 Latigo Canyon Rd in Malibu, CA.
You'll find a smorgasbord of amazing food at this Malibu restaurant known for its incredible ambiance and dazzling setting. Located inside Calamigos Ranch,
The Malibu Cafe
is a place you'll want to head to for a day or night of luscious food.
4. Shenandoah Restaurant -- 10631 Los Alamitos Blvd in Los Alamitos, CA.
It's hard to decide what's the dreamiest part about Shenandoah at the Arbor Restaurant. What's not to love about a restaurant that offers a magical outdoor space located in a serene garden setting, impeccable service with the finest attention to detail, and gorgeously prepared food that melts in your mouth with every bite.
5. Tio's Tacos -- 3948 Mission Inn Avenue in Riverside, CA.
One of the quirkiest restaurants in Southern California also happens to be home to some of the best Mexican food around.
is hard to resist, especially when you see the eccentric art displayed all around the exterior of the building.
6. Tam O' Shanter -- 2980 Los Feliz Boulevard in Los Angeles, CA.
Tam O' Shanter
is one restaurant in SoCal that everyone should experience at least once. A landmark in Los Angeles since 1922, this historic restaurant serves hearty meals in a classic pub setting. Can't decide what to order once you get there? You can't go wrong with the Prime Rib as it's one of their specialties.
7. Cold Springs Tavern -- 5995 Stagecoach Rd inSanta Barbara, CA.
To experience one of the oldest, if not THE oldest restaurant in SoCal, you'll have to head to Santa Barbara. The Cold Springs Tavern has been a staple in the California restaurant scene since the 1800s. With its dark and classy ambiance and its tasty menu that serves some of SoCal's best food, it's no wonder this place has been a popular destination for so many years.
8. Inn of the Seventh Ray -- 128 Old Topanga Canyon Road in Topanga, CA.
For a magical night of dining in a fairytale setting, you must experience the
Inn of the Seventh Ray
. Located in a garden setting surrounded by trees and twinkly lights, this magnificent restaurant serves up flavorful and creative dishes that will drive your taste buds wild.
9. The Old Place -- 29983 Mulholland Highway in Cornell, CA.
For mouthwatering comfort food in an old-time setting, nothing beats
in the town of Cornell. Dark wood and intimate seating will make you feel right at home. Add a hearty place of homecooked food and you'll stay nice and cozy. Old Place offers three seatings per night at 5:00, 6:30 and 8:30, so make sure to call in advance to get reservations as this spot fills up quickly.
10. Lakeside Restaurant and Lounge -- 16817 Ventura Blvd in Los Angeles, CA.
When you're craving a delicious meal in a divine setting, look no further than
Lakeside Restaurant and Lounge
in Los Angeles. Located in Los Encinos State Historic Park you'll enjoy al fresco dining under a magnificent tree along with a waterfront view.
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