Restaurants in California

Up to 47% Off at Masala

San Diego

$20 $11

Colorful and lush restaurant creates Indian cuisine such as coconut-ginger shrimp with sweet mango chutney and crepes with spicy potatoes

46% Off at Hello Desserts

Gordy

$35 $19

Desserts ranging from custard and pudding to crème brûlée and ice-cream sundaes pair with smoothies, coffee, and other beverages

Papa John's Pizza – Up to 49% Off Pizza and Ice Cream

Multiple Locations

$25.73 $13

Pizzas with thick cloaks of sauce made from California-grown tomatoes, plus local IT'S-IT ice-cream sandwiches

$11 for French Cuisine at Le Parisien Cafe

Multiple Locations

$10 $5.50

Crepes, croque monsieurs, fresh-baked breads, and croissants filled with ham, cheese, and olive oil

50% Off American Cuisine at Starlite Lounge

Midtown

$20 $10

(29)

Charmingly kitschy lounge plays host to late-night parties throughout the week, with live DJs and a menu of sharable appetizers

Up to 42% Off Classic Cuisine at The Crooked Duck

Long Beach

$24 $14

(383)

Duck chili, mango-ginger baby back pork ribs, coconut cream pie and other daily specials served in an eclectic, welcoming setting

50% Off at Montclair Bistro in Oakland

Oakland

$24 $12

(254)

Chefs top english muffins with grilled salmon and top gnocchi with brown butter, organic vegetables, and prosciutto

50% Off Sandwiches, Sides, and Drinks at Heidi's Brooklyn Deli

Bakersfield

$10 $5

(30)

Popular deli chain serves dozens of types of sandwiches, baked subs, and soups served in bread bowls

FiRE+iCE Grill and Bar – 45% Off Mongolian Barbecue

Anaheim GardenWalk

$40 $22

Ingredients from four cuisines—Italian, American, Asian, and Latin—become building blocks for custom meals stir-fried before your eyes

50% Off Indian Cuisine at Royal Khyber

Santa Ana

$40 $20

Arun Puri folds more than 38 herbs & spices into north Indian dishes with healthy twists; dining room with silk pillows & intricate artwork

47% Off at Calibasil Vietnamese Eatery

University Village

$15 $8

Vietnamese classes such as banh mi and pho are made to order with a custom selection of all-natural ingredients

49% Off at Red Orchids Restaurant

Stockton

$21.49 $11

Eatery dishes out Filipino cuisine such as lumpia spring rolls, pancit noodles and barbecue pork, and paella

$11 for Mexican Food at Casa Don Diego

Castle Park

$20 $11

(47)

Called an "old-school Mexican gathering spot," authentic restaurant satisfies appetites with fajitas, steak skillets, and margaritas

Half Off Indian Dinner at Tiranga Cafe

Fremont

$10 $5

Recipes plucked from traditional Indian home cooking form meaty or vegetarian platters with rice and naan

Up to 45% Off New American Cuisine at Gulliver’s Restaurant

Irvine

$20 $12

(325)

Zagat-rated eatery draws inspiration from British pubs and inns, featuring prime rib, steaks, seafood, poultry, salads and more

40% Off American Grill Fare at Celebrities Sports Grill

Wildwood Park

$20 $12

(30)

Grill menu also includes tacos, wings, burgers, and sandwiches

45% Off Global Cuisine at Tresetti’s World Caffé

Modesto

$40 $22

Chef Ramiro transforms locally sourced ingredients into stunning interpretations of global cuisine

Half Off Café Cuisine at Tomas Cafe & Gallery

Downtown Oxnard

$20 $11

(37)

Using local ingredients, chefs dish out fresh, Mexican-influenced café food, paired with coffeehouse drinks

Half Off at Taco Factory Inc

Multiple Locations

$8 $4

A menu of authentic Mexican family recipes includes tacos, burritos, tortas, breakfast, and veggie options

Up to 50% Off at Papa Joe's Pizza

Moreno Valley

$20 $11

(10)

Cuisine includes spaghetti with meatballs, filet steak sandwich, garlic bread, buffalo wings, and cheese vegetarian pizza

Up to 45% Off at Frame 128 Restaurant

Frame 128 Restaurant

$80 $44

Appetizers of Maryland lump crab cakes and smoked salmon precede entrees of wild Chilean sea bass, kurobuta pork chop, and filet mignon

Up to 70% Off Burgers and Beers at Ringside Lounge

Huntington Beach

$34 $15

(38)

Upscale American fusion cuisine served in an upscale sports bar setting with an MMA-centric theme

Up to 52% Off at Indian Food at Tandoori Grill

Valencia

$25 $12

(81)

Meats marinated in spices and roasted in a clay tandoori oven join kormas, curries, and biryanis

50% Off Mexican Food at El Pollo Norteno

Multiple Locations

$20 $10

(37)

Mesquite charcoal flavors homestyle Mexican dishes, including charbroiled chicken, tacos, and burritos

50% Off Asian Cuisine at Formosa Bistro

Sebastopol

$30 $15

(42)

Asian cuisine crafted with fresh, local produce and hormone-free chicken

Soo Raa Thai - American Chic – Up to 45% Off Fusion Food

Valley Village

$50 $28

Innovative Thai-American fusion dishes include pad thai, crab cakes, coconut curry risotto with shrimp, and spicy fried rice

50% Off at Maan's Mediterranean Grill 

Oceanside

$12 $6

(62)

Authentic Greek and Middle Eastern dishes, including lamb-and-beef gyros, Greek salads loaded with feta and olives, and chicken shawarma

Up to 45% Off Pizza and Breadsticks at Anya's Pizza

Rancho Cucamonga

$25.35 $15

(17)

Customize pizzas with more than 15 toppings ranging from shrimp to jalapeños, paired with an order of breadsticks

50% Off at Bombay Restaurant Cuisine of India

Ontario

$10 $5

(97)

Tandoor-roasted meats & breads enjoyed alongside exotically spiced entrees & vegetarian dishes

Up to 50% Off Pub Food at Elk Grove Sports Bar & Grill

Elk Grove

$34 $18

(27)

Classic American pub dishes such as patty melts, chili dogs, fish and chips, and burgers topped with cheddar and bacon

Half Off Japanese Cuisine at Sushi Zen Bistro

Palmdale

$20 $10

(34)

Chefs use fresh fish and sushi-preparation techniques from Japan to craft authentic Asian entrees and sushi rolls

Up to 60% Off at Racks Billiards & Bourbon

Corona

$56.85 $25

(12)

Bar featured on Spike TV’s Bar Rescue offers food such as burgers, pork sliders, french dip, asian wings, and grilled salmon salad

Half Off Arabic Cuisine at Aladdin Jr. Restaurant & Cafe

Pomona

$20 $11

(119)

Chefs dish up authentic Arabic fare, such as veggie kebabs and chicken shawarma, in an eatery with an outdoor patio and indoor hookah lounge

Up to 48% Off at Kabob Curry of India

Torrance

$25 $13

(73)

Diners feast upon northern Indian specialties such as lamb biryani, paired with a selection of wines from India and California

Up to 50% Off Indian Food at Tandoori Paradise

Hayward

$22 $10.99

Steaming plates of channa masala with garbanzo beans and lamb boti kebabs pair with baskets of assorted naans and rotis

Up to 51% Off at Sushi Yama

Central Escondido

$40 $20

(161)

Traditional sushi and hot entrees with modern twists including Southwest-inspired rolls and tempura platters

40% Off Japanese Cuisine at Sushi Blvd

Sunnyvale

$25 $15

(201)

Guests clink glasses of sake over dinners of tuna, salmon, and shrimp sushi rolls, salted edamame, yakitori chicken, and pot stickers

40% Off Wood-Fired Food at Big Daddy's Fire Grill

Pasadena

$10 $6

Craft beers and housemade milk shakes pair with 100% Angus burgers and herb-infused sausages cooked over an oak-wood grill

40% Off American Cuisine at Katella Grill

Orange

$20 $12

(112)

Peanut-butter french toast, flame-broiled gourmet burgers, succulent barbecue, housemade desserts, local draft beers, and robust coffees

$8 at Saffron Indian Cuisine & Bar

Newbury Park

$16 $8

(97)

Indian dishes rooted in family recipes and years of experimentation; vast selection of whiskey, wine, and beer, including Indian specialties

48% Off New Orleans–Inspired Cuisine at Crawdaddy's

Central Visalia

$40 $21

(54)

Fresh seafood and steak, bayou butter prawns, and Louisiana sausages create a New Orleans vibe with music, dancing, and a lively crowd

Up to 56% Off at The Don's Pizzeria

Simi Valley

$33 $15

Salads and crusty garlic bread alongside large build-your-own pizzas crowned with toppings such as pepperoni, goat cheese, olives, and bacon

47% at Didar Persian Cuisine

Concord

$30 $15.99

(239)

Kebabs with filet mignon, boneless chicken breast, and other savory meats roast over an open fire

Up to 36% Off Peruvian Food at La Huaca Restaurant

Roseville

$25 $15.99

(33)

Six types of fresh ceviche, duck confit in cilantro sauce, and filet mignon cooked with South American brandy

Up to 40% Off at Pizza Party

Santa Clara

$25 $15

Pizzas in bacon-chicken and greek veggie varieties emerge from the oven on traditional, gluten-free, or 20-inch Belly Buster crusts

49% Off Meals at Giant New York Pizza

Vallejo

$29.21 $15

(36)

The pizzeria lives up to its name by pairing giant, thin-crust pizzas with caesar salads and fountain sodas

Up to 50% Off Fast Food at Archibald's Drive-Thru

Multiple Locations

$6 $3

Burgers, classic sandwiches, fries, and Mexican dishes hit the spot, whether you're chowing inside or picking up at the drive-thru

43% Off at Turkish Kitchen

Downtown Berkeley

$30 $17

(292)

Chefs use traditional Turkish recipes to create dishes such as spicy lamb pies, doner platters, tripe soup, and award-winning baklava

Up to 40% Off Greek Food at Cafe Opa

Downey

$25 $15

Casual eatery serves up classic Greek cuisine such as gyros, moussaka, and fresh-cooked rotisserie chicken

45% Off at Finbars Italian Kitchen

Costa Mesa

$40 $22

New York and West Coast twists update Italian dishes, such as thin-crust semolina pizzas and pesto chicken with cilantro

52% Off Chinese Cuisine at House of Louie

Covina-Valley

$25 $12

(115)

Chefs craft traditional Chinese dishes such as vegetable egg rolls, kung pao shrimp, and beef in spicy garlic sauce

45% Off at Simple Touch Veggie Cuisine

Norwalk-La Mirada

$20 $11

Diners dig into inventive vegetarian dishes incorporating ingredients such as tofu, fresh vegetables, and vegan "cheese" made in-house

40% Off at Top of the Bagel Cafe

Carlsbad

$20 $12

Freshly boiled bagels book end breakfast and lunch sandwiches alongside soups, salads, and specialty coffee drinks

Up to 60% Off Upscale Bar Fare and Cocktails at Xen Lounge

Studio City

$73 $29

(87)

Cocktails pair with menu items such as catfish nuggets, red velvet bread pudding, and truffle chips

Quiznos – Up to 52% Off Sandwiches and Salads 

Multiple Locations

$12 $6

(45)

Sandwiches, wraps, and salads include ingredients such as prime rib and peppercorn or mediterranean chicken on a seasonal-lettuce blend

45% Off Mexican Cuisine at Casa Jimenez

Murrieta

$20 $11

Eatery evokes rural Mexico with a burnt-orange shingled roof and dishes of pork, steak, and shrimp wrapped in warm tortillas

45% Off Dinner at The India's Tandoori

Burbank

$20 $11

Salmon, king prawns, and racks of lamb roasted in a clay tandoor oven; naan bread stuffed with olives and parmesan cheese

Half Off Mexican Food at Little Manuel's

Antioch

$20 $10

(46)

Chefs cook up Mexican, Italian, and American dishes such as from-scratch tamales, housemade menudo soup, and pasta

Up to 53% Off at Estrada's Mexican & Caribbean Restaurant

Original Daly City

$31.90 $15

(93)

Mexican dishes with sautéed meats join forces with homemade sangria and Caribbean food, such as plantains and fried yucca, in vibrant eatery

Up to 43% Off Pasta Meal for Two or Four

Rancho San Diego

$42 $24

(62)

Five types of pasta coated in classic sauces such as A la Vodka, Pomodoro, Scampi,etc.; veggie and meat lasagna

50% Off Sandwiches at The Cheese Steak Shop

San Mateo

$6 $3

(53)

Hearty steak sandwiches made with sirloin and provolone or American cheese on toasted rolls straight from Philadelphia

40% Off Indian Food at The Taj Cafe

San Buenaventura (Ventura)

$20 $12

(268)

Diners dig into traditional Indian dishes, such as tandoori chicken, vegetable biryani, and samosas

Up to 43% Off Wings and More at The Buffalo Spot

Compton

$20 $12

Sauce-drenched wings, ribs, and sides or family meal with chicken tenders, buffalo fries, and salad

45% Off at BC's Pizza & Beer

Clovis

$20 $11

(142)

Gourmet pizzas pair with more than 80 bottles of beer and 33 drafts from around the globe in a dining room with flat-screen TVs

Up to 50% Global Fusion Cuisine at MT8848 Bar & Grill

South Gate

$20 $11

(12)

Salad paysanne, potage of pumpkin and ginger, seared breast of chicken in mushroom sauce, and Cajun-spice blackened Alaskan salmon

Up to 50% Off Mexican Food at La Paloma Restaurante

Vista

$20 $11

(77)

Menu features classic Mexican dishes, as well as inventive plates such as the charbroiled ostrich filet marinated in house seasoning

Up to 40% Off Indian Cuisine at Clay Oven Bar & Grill

Vacaville

$25 $15

(135)

Spiced dishes such as racks of lamb and marinated salmon cooked inside the heated clay depths of a clay tandoor oven

40% Off Locally Sourced Cuisine at Jack's on Montana

Montana

$20 $12

Pizzas, sandwiches, pastas, and other rustic dishes made with locally sourced ingredients

Up to 46% Off Cajun Seafood by the Pound at Cajun Islands

Westminster

$51.96 $29

(214)

Dig into two pounds of Cajun specialities such as mussels, crawfish, clams with basil, or gulf shrimp

Up to 50% Off at Pierre Lafond Wine Bistro

Lower State

$38 $19

(162)

Local and international cabernet, pinot noir, and sauvignon blanc wash down sausage piperade flatbread or mussels steamed in white wine

Half Off New American Cuisine at Sage Restaurant and Lounge

Whittier City

$30 $15

(69)

Chef who completed stint at Bon Appetit prepares Spanish saffron paella, lamb chops with grape leaves, and seared ahi tuna.

41% Off Seafood Meal with Drinks at Hokkaido Seafood Buffet

Newport Beach

$50.98 $30

(462)

Unlimited access to more than 150 items, including custom sushi and pan-Asian specialties made from local seafood

Up to 49% Off at La Salsa Fresh Mexican Grill

Multiple Locations

$10.08 $5.20

Mexican food served during breakfast through dinner includes eggs with chorizo, tacos and burritos, and fresh salads

$10 for Bagels, Sandwiches & Coffee at Big Apple Bagels

San Marcos

$20 $10

(24)

Breakfast and lunch staples include chewy bagels, triple-decker sandwiches, pizza breads, and Brewster’s coffee

43% Off at DJ’s Grill and Deli

Multiple Locations

$15 $8.49

Charbroiled burgers, grilled-chicken sandwiches, and triple-decker clubs served with hot, crispy fries

38% Off Sausages and Beer for Two at Dog Haus in Alhambra

Dog Haus Alhambra

$25.98 $16

(403)

Signature sausages, paired with rotating draft beer

$8.49 for Large Pizza at Straw Hat Pizza

Tracy

$16.99 $8.49

Devour a large one-topping pizza at a pizzeria with an arcade, big-screen TVs, and nine different beers on tap

40% Off at Wise Guys Philly Cheesesteak n’ Gyros

Livermore

$30 $18

Philly cheesesteaks, burgers, and Chicago-style gyros paired with onion rings, fries, and fried zucchini

40% Off at The Flame Broiler The Rice Bowl King

7941 Beach Blvd., Buena Park

$10 $6

Fast food rice bowls made with fresh ingredients and tasty Angus beef, chicken, ribs, or veggies

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Ben Canter and his brothers had been manning the counter of their deli in Jersey City, New Jersey, for five years—familiarizing faces of regulars and catching their culinary stride—when the stock market plummeted in 1929. Like many, they were forced to scrape together the little they had retained, a mere $500, and head west. Los Angeles in 1931 wasn't a delicatessen owner's dream location, but they opened Canter's Deli nonetheless.

Throughout the next 83 years, three generations of Canters would do their parts to help the displaced deli fit into its Hollywood setting. They moved to their current location at the old Esquire Theatre, added a cocktail lounge named the Kibitz Room, opened a new store in the "O" of the Hollywood sign, and watched their doors open to a who's who of celebrities, including Marilyn Monroe, Jack Benny, Elizabeth Taylor, Wilt Chamberlain, Prince, and the band members from Guns N' Roses.

The Canters overhauled their menu in 2012 to reflect the changing times and West Coast tastes. Among the newcomers are panini-style deli melts (all less than $10) and updated burgers such as the Black and Blue, which comes loaded with thick-cut bacon. The best East Coast staples remain, of course. A good example is the hot corned-beef Reuben served on rye bread that's double-baked in-house and grilled to perfection. Available 24 hours a day, the expansive selection of deli fare and baked goods has garnered an equally expansive amount of press, including the monte cristo’s designation as one of Esquire's Best Sandwiches in America.

As a microcosm of the deli's convenience and culture, the staff validates parking for up to 90 minutes in its parking lot, where muralist Art Mortimer's seven-panel collage-style mural depicts Jewish history in Los Angeles.

419 N Fairfax Ave
Los Angeles,
CA
US

Not long after beginning their relationship, Fabrison’s co-owners Fabrice and Alison—from Marseilles, France and Columbus, Ohio, respectively—traveled to Europe together, seeking a change of scenery. Inspired by the warm hospitality of European cafés, they returned home to open their own cozy shop, combining their first names to form its distinctive moniker.

Crepes are the specialty at Fabrison’s, with customers perusing a menu of sweet, savory, and breakfast iterations of the traditional French food. The La Galette combines ham, mushrooms, and spinach with a fried egg, whereas the L’Isabelle keeps its ingredients as simple as Count von Count’s locker combination, mingling sugar, butter, and a topping of powdered sugar. Patrons can begin their mornings with a spot of espresso and Fabrice’s Breakfast Crepe, filled with sausage, bacon, and spicy harissa sauce. Rounding out the menu is a selection of patisserie-style desserts and pastries.

The couple’s friends and family helped them plan their café’s look, with Fabrice’s mother sending over photos and swatches from European cafes, which influenced its bright palette of crimson, gold, and washed turquoise. Alison’s mother sewed the gingham curtains on the windows, and artist Derek Little created the vivid painting on the front window. Fabrison’s also shares French culture with the community through regular evening events that include crepe-cooking classes, French movie nights, French speaking classes, and French kissing workshops.

1425 India St
San Diego,
CA
US

After marinating some beef tenderloin with galangal herb, chef Richard Yu finishes off the succulent cut with a sweet-and-spicy cambogee sauce. This signature dish is emblematic of the China-born cook's creative work at Mosaic, where his Asian-fusion and American meals stand out with locally grown produce, hand-cut meats, and fresh seafood. He also puts his unique stamp on other classic Eastern and Western dishes, such as his orange chicken with sun-dried mandarin-orange peels and his 8-ounce salmon stuffed with crab, shrimp, and cheese.

To complement Chef Richard's cuisine, bartenders craft a variety of hand-shaken cocktails such as Mosaic's signature Mosaic-Tini, a blend of muddled strawberries, simple syrup, and organic riesling. Many of those cocktails come spiked with house-infused vodkas, and other imported liquors also stock the bar alongside wines and domestic and imported beers.

Meals unfold on Mosaic's outdoor plaza or in its chic lounge inside the historic Four Points by Sheraton San Jose Downtown hotel, which affords stunning views and often hosts late-night entertainment. A nightclub sets up residency Thursday–Saturday nights, and jazz musicians improvise their way through tunes in the dining room each Friday and Saturday.

211 S First St.
San Jose,
California
US

Today $15 gets you $35 worth of food and drink at Palio d’Asti, a gourmet Italian restaurant located at 640 Sacramento St. in the Financial District.

640 Sacramento St
San Francisco,
CA
US

Samba Global Cuisine's menu spans continents, uniting dishes toasted over the leaping flames of a Brazilian grill with those cooked in the heated clay interior of a tandoor oven. Samba's signature rodizio dinners deliver skewered meats to tables, where they are carved by servers directly onto diners' plates. Picanha, a cut of beef, is a popular choice. For those who would rather not indulge in the all-you-can-eat option, the picanha burger—covered in mozzarella, grilled mushrooms, and peppers—offers a taste of the Brazilian beef.

Indian offerings include seven types of naan bread, chicken tikka masala, and biryani rice entrees. Samba serves Mediterranean as well, from falafel appetizers to shish kebab lunches and pizzas dotted with feta cheese.

Though the food comes from various regions, the venue positions diners under the same sky—or at least, a ceiling charmingly painted to mimic the clouds. Samba also celebrates birthdays with above-average fanfare: drums, tambourines, and song, instead of the traditional treat of fine-dining establishments, a lobster clutching candles in its claws.

6737 N Palm Ave
Fresno,
CA
US

The bride stood under the photographer’s lights, resplendent in her wedding gown, as her family looked on from a distance. As she and her photographer, M. Chen, prepared for the shoot, she was handed a package—a prewedding gift from her soon-to-be husband. When she lifted the lid, she immediately burst into tears. Inside laid a photo of a great dane puppy—the dog she’d always wanted, which her husband planned to give her on their wedding day. As she ran to hug her mother, Mr. Chen ran after, shooting image after image, capturing the exact moment she fell into her mother’s arms. These quick reflexes have been honed through his nearly 30 years as a sports photographer and professional fly swatter, and he draws on photojournalistic techniques to compose a traditional portrait or snap once-in-a-lifetime, candid moments.

Regardless of specific approaches, he consistently draws from the landscape style of Ansel Adams and the dramatic lighting techniques of Monte Zucker. His work as a photojournalist and private portrait photographer has earned him more than 300 publications in the glossy pages of New York Daily News, Popular Photography, ESPN Magazine, and Professional Photographers of America magazine. When not snapping on-location engagement shoots, family portraits, or boudoir sessions, he passes on his technique through traveling photography seminars, hands-on workshops, and by gently tapping the heads of his students. Though formerly designed only for professional-level photographers, these classes instill confidence and camera basics in beginners. As he frequently finds new class examples and takes feedback from his students, Mr. Chen frequently fine-tunes the curriculum after each seminar.

1230 J Street
Sacramento,
CA
US