California definitely shouldn’t be overlooked when it comes to exploring food. Here you can find dishes that are inventive and challenges to push food past its limits. Guaranteed the servings are big, because they clearly know how to appease a growling stomach. Each region is known for distinct varieties of food. Here are places we’ve tried and tested, and definitely a must-try when you’re in California:

San Francisco

San Francisco is a gold mine for seafood fare such as lobster rolls, fresh oysters, and seafood chowder.


Tartine Manufactory : Come to The Manufactory for their freshly baked goods and chic wine bar.

The Progress: This restaurant serves a taste of family style California cuisine.

Bar Crudo: A haven for seafood lovers, guaranteed fresh.

Hot Dogs in the Mission

New England Lobster Market and Eatery: Perfect to satisfy your seafood cravings, and it’s neatly located next to the airport.



Blackbird: A casual bar where you can get craft beer an artisanal cocktails.

Benjamin Cooper: A speakeasy that guarantees a great experience with their unique cocktails.


Carmel by the Sea

Sam’s Chowder House: A good pit stop for some grub before you reach Carmel by the Sea. Try their lobster rolls!

La Bicyclette: A cozy bistro to grab a meal that is simple but delicious.



Autocamp (Hotel): A great way to connect with the outdoors while still having great amenities.



Napa is one of the major wine regions in the world, and they’re known to make some of the best wine. Pair that with a scenic view and amazing food, and you’re in for an amazing experience.

Ad Hoc: A casual dining space serving America’s classic comfort food.

Bouchon Bakery: Come for the pastries, coffee, and other unique baked goods.

SingleThread: They serve an eleven-course tasting menu specially tailored to your preferences.

Charter Oak: Family-style Californian cuisine with a rustic flair.

Gotts Roadside: Top-notch burgers, a step up from your average fast-food burger joint.

Oxbow Public Market: A great market to see all the food and wine Napa has to offer.

Farmstead: A restaurant that serves farm-to-table meals.



Bond: A must visit for their Cabernet Sauvignon.

Joseph Phelps: A family-owned winery, that is a little hidden from view from the other wineries.


Watch our week-long road trip around California!

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