Restaurants in California

42% Off Murder-Mystery Dinner Show

Bankers Hill

$130 $75

(52)

Four-course meal and commemorative show magnets accompany a live, comedic mystery performance with audience participation

Up to 61% Off Catering from Lucy’s Tamale Factory

Alum Rock

$340 $149

Masa and shredded meats are rolled by hand to cook up award-winning pork and chicken

40% Off Italian Cuisine at Rose Pistola

North Beach

$50 $30

(1001)

Local farmers and fishermen deliver the seasonal ingredients for pasta, pizza, seafood, and steak dishes

$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

Dinner Detective Sacramento – 47% Off

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel

$161.60 $85

(10)

Dinner party descends into wacky madness as an interactive murder mystery unfolds; improv actors play detectives and suspects

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

Up to 53% Off at The Pizza Press

Anaheim

$44 $23

Newspaper-themed The Pizza Press serves made-to-order personal pizzas and local craft beers

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

Casual Food at David's Pizza

Lakeview

$34.30 $17

Casual meals in this relaxed eatery include a soup or salad, grilled entrees or pasta dishes, and soda

$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

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

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 Pub Food at Shooters Pub and Grill

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$20 $11

For lunch, the kitchen staff can prepare burgers, wings, and sandwiches

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

Up to 51% Off at Canter's Deli

Mid-Wilshire

$20 $11

(2036)

24 hours a day, this third-generation deli serves corned-beef Reubens on housemade rye bread, deli melts, burgers, and breakfast

Up to a 36% Off Barbecue Meal at Starkey's BBQ

Mission Beach

$45 $29

(112)

Patrons enjoy appetizers, beer, and barbecue sandwiches

40% Off New American Cuisine at SP2 Communal Bar + Restaurant

Downtown San Jose

$30 $18

(266)

Chef Ola Fendert helms New American eatery's kitchen, which serves the chef's ginger-soy-glazed baby back ribs and hand-crafted libations

Up to 50% Off Brazilian Dinner at Canto Do Brasil Restaurant

Hayes Valley

$70 $35

(418)

Rio-style grilled fish, beer-marinated chicken, and slow-cooked black bean stew paired with cold beers and samba dance shows

50% Off Mexican and American Food at HCK

Woodward Park

$30 $15

(22)

Cooks mix culinary influences in Mexican-American favorites such as street tacos, burritos, and barbecue burgers with bacon

40% Off at Sandra Dee's BBQ

Central Sacramento

$25 $15

(1154)

Barbecue pork loin and fried catfish pair with hush puppies and corn-bread muffins made by a lifelong chef and her family

Up to 45% Off French Food at Pandor Bakery and Cafe

Multiple Locations

$20 $11

Nutella french toast, croque madame, quinoa salad, and spicy-chicken panini make up the menu at this French bakery and cafe

Bocanova – Up to 48% Off Pan-American Dinner

Produce and Waterfront

$144 $75

(966)

Eclectic dishes such as lamb with chilies and kaffir lime crème brûlée—served family-style at a spot praised by the New York Times

50% Off Comfort Food at Ethel's Old Corral

Bakersfield

$20 $10

26-foot statue greets customers enjoying bar food on a 10-acre plot; live music on weekends

Up to 42% Off California Cuisine at Tangerine Grill & Patio

Anabella Hotel

$22 $12.75

(84)

Eclectic menu showcasing free-range, local ingredients served amidst inviting Spanish mission-style decor

44% Off Sandwiches for Two or Four at Olé! Spain Delishop

Santa Ana

$19.60 $11

(97)

Spanish-style sandwich meal for two or four with chips or olives and drinks

Up to 53% Off Southern Food at Chicken Run

Riverside

$21.20 $10

Guests indulge in Southern specialties such as fried chicken & fish, mac & cheese, grilled biscuits, dirty rice, & garlic mashed potatoes

45% Off

Stockton

$20 $11

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

40% Off Sushi at Dolphins Restaurant, Bar & Banquet

Chula Vista Marina

$25 $15

Classic sushi rolls, nigiri, sake, and Japanese beers at a beloved restaurant with marina views

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

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 45% Off at Jovi's Diner

San Bernardino

$20 $11

Biscuits, gravy, and waffles share menu space with tacos and enchiladas at a restaurant with a retro diner vibe

50% Off at Papa John's Pizza - Modesto & Turlock

Multiple Locations

$16 $8

Hand-tossed pizzas slathered with sauce made from vine-ripened, California-grown tomatoes

Up to $15 Off New American Cuisine

Downtown Oxnard

$20 $11

(58)

Dive into new American cuisine that includes the likes of guac and chips, salmon teriyaki salad, and a BLT with avocado

42% Off Creole and Cajun Brunch and Jazz at Nola's

Downtown Los Angeles

$84 $49

(422)

Fried chicken, jambalaya, and other New Orleans–inspired creole and Cajun dishes at a restaurant with frequent live music

Up to 57% Off Growler and Membership at Mission Brewery

East Village

$58 $25

(185)

Fill up a gold-embossed growler with two fills of your choice; Growler Club membership includes discounts on beer throughout the week

38% Off Eclectic American Food at Billy Berk's

Downtown San Jose

$40 $25

(495)

Mojito skirt-steak sliders, crab-stuffed trout, and rustic flatbreads in a brick-and-timber building with a heated patio

Up to 33% Off at Gaspare's Pizza House & Italian Restaurant

San Francisco

$40 $27

(633)

Native Sicilian smothers thin-crust pizzas with mozzarella and pairs those with classic Italian pastas

45% Off at Oahu Hawaiian BBQ

River park

$20 $11

(19)

Hawaiian barbecue and hibachi fare such as lau lau pork and kalbi short ribs, with fresh-fruit-topped snow ice for dessert

47% Off Persian Fare at Famous Kabob

Arden - Arcade

$30 $16

(256)

Gold-flecked walls & curling chandeliers evoke complex flavor profile of lamb & chicken kebabs, beef stews & house-made yogurt drinks

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

Up to 43% Off Murder-Mystery Dinner Theater

Waterfront Hotel

$203.20 $116

Guests attempt to solve a mystery while dining on a four-course meal

Half Off Mexican Cuisine and Drinks at Mauricio's Grill and Cantina

Multiple Locations

$20 $10

(51)

Grilled chicken or vegetarian burritos, pork chili verde, and sautéed chipotle shrimp served inside brightly colored bar and grill

Up to 50% Off at Keno's Sports Bar

Northwest Anaheim

$24 $12

(68)

Sports bar with 24 flat-screen TVs, beer and cocktails, and pub staples such as steaks and burgers

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

Up to 50% Off a Beer Tasting with Pint Glasses

Inland Empire Brewing Company

$40 $20

(29)

Pairs sample five locally crafted beers concocted by former home brewers, and take home keepsake pint glasses

41% Off Family Meal at Bottley's BBQ

Country Club

$45.76 $27

(36)

Guests dive into plates piled high with succulent barbecue chicken and ribs sided with potato salad, cornbread, beans & peach cobbler

50% Off Dinner at The Steakhouse on Broadway

Chula Vista

$40 $20

(98)

1960s-era steakhouse with old-school cocktails and corn-feed cuts of Nebraskan beef aged for 28 days and grilled over mesquite coals

Up to 50% Off at Pizza California

Multiple Locations

$35 $20

(330)

Classic pizza combinations such as ham and pineapple, plus create-your-own options and signature pies including creamy pesto chicken

52% Off Mexican Cuisine at Tacos and Company

Multiple Locations

$25 $12

(187)

Family-owned Tacos and Company is dedicated to authenticity, expressed in recipes for burritos, tacos, and guacamole

40% Off Authentic Vietnamese Cuisine at Chow Pho Noodle & Grill

Valley View

$10 $6

(24)

Vietnamese feasts of rib-eye, chicken, or brisket pho noodle soups, spring rolls, fresh cabbage salads, and vegetarian stir-fry

Up to 51% Off at Ice Cream Company

Modesto

$24.48 $12

(53)

Classic café food includes fresh sandwiches and paninis, homemade soups, and decadent ice-cream sundaes

Up to 40% Off at Little Ethiopia Restaurant

Little Ethiopia

$20 $12

(102)

Spicy plates of gored gored's raw beef cubes tossed with jalapeños and doro wot's marinated chicken legs pair with rice and injera bread

50% Off Mexican Food at Bolillo Tortas

Bolillo Tortas

$14 $7

(178)

16 types of tortas layer chicken milanesa and steak asada between slabs of traditional bread, served with deep-fried stuffed jalapeños

Up to 43% Off Nacho Fries or Five-Pound Burritozilla at Iguanas

Multiple Locations

$21 $12

(1644)

5-lb. 18-inch burritozilla featured on Man v. Food, stuffed with meats such as hand-trimmed angus carne asada or grilled marinated chicken

Up to 42% Off Japanese Small Plates at Izakaya Roku

Mission Dolores

$30 $18

(117)

Sharable snacks inspired by Japanese gastropubs, such as ramen salad, baked oysters, and avocado tempura, served with sake and imported beer

Up to 50% Off at Full O Bull Subs & Pizza

Woodward Park

$19.08 $12.75

(21)

Sandwiches include a selection of steak subs such as the bulls eye, as well as cold subs; pizza toppings include sausage, salami & peppers

Up to 44% Off Mexican Cuisine at Florez Bar & Grill

Southwestern Sacramento

$25 $14

(110)

Classic fajitas, burritos, and enchiladas, plus American and Mexican breakfast served till 3 p.m.

50% at The Kabob Curry

Downtown Long Beach

$22 $11

Unprocessed Himalayan salt lends an exotic accent to savory chicken biryani, salmon tandoori, and naan pizza topped with lamb

50% Off Upscale Comfort Food at Homespun Fare

Oakland

$30 $15

Seasonal ingredients form the basis of such American eats as grilled lamb chops, polenta fries, and pan-seared tilapia in parchment paper

50% Off at Cafe India

Bakersfield

$30 $15

(52)

Spice-laden curries, garlic-strewn naan, and savory dishes delight tastebuds at dinner or lunch buffet

$20 Off Your Bill at Tandoori Garden

The Colony

$20 $10

Traditional clay ovens beget smoky naan and chicken, lamb, and shrimp dishes

50% Off Chicken and Mexican Food at Don Jacinto Pollo Grill

Santa Ana

$10 $5

(25)

"Home of the Mesquite Chicken" also serves up wet and dry burritos, beef tongue tacos, Mexican soups, and more

Up to 42% Off Gourmet Pizza and Craft Beer at Jafang Pizza

University

$23.99 $15

A pitcher of craft beer, such as Shock Top or Newcastle, helps wash down thin-crust pizzas made with a seasoned olive-oil sauce

50% Off at The Original Pancake House

Multiple Locations

$20 $10

(561)

Breakfasts made from international recipes collected 60 years ago include an apple pancake baked with fruit and an airy dutch baby cake

51% Off Italian Dinner for 2 or 4 at Italian Cravings Irvine

Irvine Business Complex

$54.85 $27

Inventive pizzas, glasses of beer, and pasta dishes with signature marinara sauce characterize menu of familiar Italian staples

50% Off at Bo Bo's Pizzeria

San Bernardino

$15 $7.50

(8)

Menu of time-honored pizzeria classics, including spicy wings, toasted sandwiches, and pizzas with 16 available toppings

Up to 42% Off Caribbean Food and Drinks at Cha Cha Cha

Silver Lake

$24 $14

(667)

Brightly colored tablecloths heaped with classic paellas and Caribbean specialties such as jamaican jerk chicken

45% Off Indian Food at Royal India

San Diego

$20 $11

(501)

Two brothers borrow their mother’s recipes to create home-style Indian cuisine at two locations, served in upscale dining rooms

Half Off Mexican Cuisine at Plaza Garibaldi Restaurant

San Jose

$30 $15

(169)

More than 100 tequilas complement handmade regional dishes in colorful eatery with weekend mariachi performances

30% Off at Escape From New York Pizza – Castro St. Location

Castro

$20 $14

(240)

Make a custom pizza with toppings such as roasted garlic, jalapenos, and applewood-smoked bacon, or order one of 14 specialty pies

36% Off at Lucy's Lair Fine Ethiopian Cuisine

Lucy's Lair

$20 $12.75

(22)

Chefs embellish plates with traditional ethiopian flatbread and dishes distinctively prepared for either vegans or meat-eaters

Up to 50% Off Korean and Japanese Cuisine

Sacramento

$20 $10

(60)

Japanese and Korean favorites side by side, from udon noodles and beef teriyaki to Korean barbecue and bi bim noodles

Up to 50% off at ASHA Moroccan Mediterranean Kitchen

Downtown Long Beach

$40 $21

Savory dips with house-made flatbreads, aromatic lamb casseroles, and charbroiled beef skewers with wine and belly-dancing lessons

Up to 50% Off Chinese Food at Golden Peacock Restaurant

Chinatown

$34 $17

Shanghai chicken acts as the centerpiece for a traditional Chinese meal that also includes soup and an appetizer

50% Off Diner Food at Cope's Knotty Pine Cafe

Bakersfield

$15 $7.50

(143)

Generous portions of pancakes, eggs, sandwiches, and steaks; antiques and knickknacks adorn rustic wooden walls

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Having garnered praise from the likes of Gayot, LA Weekly, and foodie blog Eating L.A., Gobi Mongolian BBQ fulfills the hype with menu featuring a customizable, self-serve buffet of veggies from local farmers' markets and lean, all-natural meats. After visitors load bowls with proteins such as certified Angus beef, chicken, pork, turkey, or tofu, they add a selection of vegetation before hitting the sauce station. This is where the fun starts. As L.A. Times writer Jessic Gelt put it in her 2009 review, "saucing is a science" at this Silver Lake hot spot. Whether they strike off on their own or follow one of the restaurant's handy guides, diners can choose combinations from 11 MSG-free sauces ranging from traditional hoisin and green curry to "Facebook-generation" flavors including lemon mint and asian pesto.

With sauces taken care of, noodles top off the feast before cooks step in to stir-fry the igredients and serve the steaming dish with two homemade hot sesame rolls. Other menu offerings include small bites such as crispy pork dumplings, mixed greens salads with creamy sesame dressing, and brownie sundaes with vanilla bean gelato, candied pralines, and whipped cream.

Five-pour flights from an extensive beer list complement bites, with local craft brews including AleSmith's IPA, The Strand's 24th Street Pale Ale, and Iron Fist's Renegade Blonde often gracing the taps. Brews are joined by freshly mixed soju cocktails, as well as traditional highballs, organic wine, sake, and bottled craft soda. In the zen-like dining space, dark wooden tables are surrounded by ledges lined with candles, much like a shrine to birthday cakes.

2827 W Sunset Blvd
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