With three major cities, countless small towns, suburbs and farm country, California is chock full of good restaurants. The Golden State is home to an immensely diverse range of cultures and people. That, paired with the state's sheer size, makes it almost impossible to choose just 15 but here are our favorites!
Since 1960, Harry's Coffee Shop has been attracting hungry diners looking for huge breakfasts to hold them through a surf session or round of golf. Be prepared to wait on weekends and even the occasional weekday, this is a highly popular spot.
The original Filippi's Pizza Grotto location in Little Italy combines traditional American-Italian flavors with chianti bottles, checkered tablecloths and a market area.
You can't get that close to the border without trying Mexican food. A good place to check out is Casa Guadalajara. Bright colors, a welcoming patio, mariachis and a large menu have made it a favorite.
Featured on Diners, Drive-in's and Dives, Blue Water Seafood Market and Grill is best known for its fish tacos, but anything you get is likely to be deliciously freshly caught by local fishermen.
For a night on the town, or a celebration, head to Greystone Steakhouse in the Gaslamp Quarter for perfectly cooked steaks in a fine-dining setting.
Philippe's claims to be the originator of the French dipped sandwich that you can find at coffee shops around the country. Stop in for a taste of the much better originator and beware of the spicy mustard on each table.
Everyone in LA heads out to Neptune's Net in Malibu for a taste of the seafood shack's perfect pairings of fried fish and ocean views. People from all walks of life enjoy this spot.
Head to Studio City for a healthy dose of California produce at SunCafe Organic, that is lovingly prepared in the form of California's famous obsession with health foods, including salads and juices.
Located in the stunning historic Langham Pasadena Hotel, The Royce is a modern steakhouse that showcases Pasadena's history of formal dining with a modern twist.
You can't head to Hollywood without eating at the legendary Musso and Frank Grill, which has been a hangout for stars and celebrities since the earliest days of the film industry. Take in the sights and enjoy a taste of the past.
The pastry chef trained in the best kitchens of the world and it shows because the pastries at b. patisserie range from well-known tarts to treats like flaky kouign amann, which tend to fly under the radar.
Manresa in Los Gatos is one of the best-known Michelin 3-star award winning restaurants in the country, so you'd be remiss not to splurge on the elegant establishment.
Chinatown is filled with bustling dim sum spots, elegant dining halls and other spots to eat, but House of Nanking tops them all with long lines that move quickly and a quick turnover that leaves you just enough time to enjoy delicious Chinese cuisine.
The Buena Vista Café offers other things too. But since 1916, it's been the place to go for a cup of Irish coffee.
Considered the oldest restaurant in the city, Tadich Grill is known for its unique blend of Bloody Mary spices, white jacketed waiters and true San Francisco sourdough bread as a precursor to your old school special of the day.