Restaurants in California

$10 for $20 Worth of Classic Deli Food at D.Z. Akin's

D.Z. Akin's

College East

Old-World delicatessen piles pastrami and brisket atop more than 134 sandwiches, serves breakfast all day, and bakes cream puffs

$20 $10

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Mexican Food and Drinks for Takeout, Dinner, or Lunch at Chacho's (Up to 44% Off)

Chacho's

Downtown San Jose

Using family recipes, chefs craft enchiladas mole, chiles rellenos, pork tamales, and beef fajitas from scratch

$18 $10

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$35 for $50 Gift Card at Nook

Nook

Nob Hill

Cozy cafe and wine bar serves small plates, fresh sandwiches, salads, and breakfast

$50 $35

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$11 for $20 Worth of Chinese Buffet and Drinks at Lin's Fusion

Lin's Fusion

Bullard

Guests select their favorite veggies and proteins from an expansive buffet, then they watch as chefs sear them all up into a customized dish

$20 $11

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Indian Food and Drinks for Two or More, Four or More, or Six or More at Ruchi Indian Cuisine (Up to 50% Off)

Ruchi Indian Cuisine

Multiple Locations

Spiced-to-taste dishes from northern and southern India use halal meats and imported ingredients

$30 $15

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$9.99 for Three Groupons, Each Good for One 16-Oz. Energy Bowl at Jamba Juice (Up to $19.47 Total Value)

Jamba Juice

Multiple Locations

New made-to-order Energy Bowls include fresh fruit, Greek yogurt, and organic granola

$6.49 $3.33

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$5 Buys You a Coupon for 10% Off Hot Drink Purchases For One Month After First Use at Kilovolt Coffee

Kilovolt Coffee

Oakland

For $5, receive a coupon for 10% off hot drink purchases for one month after first use

$5 $5

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Breakfast or Lunch or Burger and Root Beer Float Meal for Two at Cope's Knotty Pine Cafe (Up to 45% Off)

Cope's Knotty Pine Cafe

Bakersfield

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

$20 $12

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Deli Sandwiches and Sides for Dinner at Tony's Original Deli and Bottle Shop (40% Off). Three Options Available.

Tony's Original Deli and Bottle Shop

The Colony

The 42-year Anaheim mainstay doles out classic sandwiches stacked high with deli meat and operates a bottle shop for beer lovers

$20 $12

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Indian Combo Meal for Two or $12 for $17.38 Toward Carryout at Niki's Indian Cuisine

Niki's Indian Cuisine

Santa Ana

Voted "Best Fast-Food Indian Orange County" by OC Weekly; combos include entrees, rice, naan, and salad

$17.38 $11

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$9.99 for Three Groupons, Each Good for One 16-Oz. Energy Bowl at Jamba Juice (Up to $19.47 Total Value)

Jamba Juice

Multiple Locations

New made-to-order Energy Bowls include fresh fruit, Greek yogurt, and organic granola

$6.49 $3.33

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Mexican Food and Barbecue at Nena's BBQ & Delights (Up to 40% Off). Three Options Available.

Nena's BBQ & Delights

Civic Center

The menu includes Nena’s specialties like her pork loin tacos and mixes things up with smoked meats and pulled pork sandwiches

$20 $12

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$9.99 for Three Groupons, Each Good for One 16-Oz. Energy Bowl at Jamba Juice (Up to $19.47 Total Value)

Jamba Juice

Multiple Locations

New made-to-order Energy Bowls include fresh fruit, Greek yogurt, and organic granola

$6.49 $3.33

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$9.99 for Three Groupons, Each Good for One 16-Oz. Energy Bowl at Jamba Juice (Up to $19.47 Total Value)

Jamba Juice

Multiple Locations

New made-to-order Energy Bowls include fresh fruit, Greek yogurt, and organic granola

$6.49 $3.33

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$12 for $25 Worth of Mexican Cuisine at Tacos and Company

Tacos and Company

Multiple Locations

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

$25 $12

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Mexican Food at Tacos Arandas (Up to 45% Off). Two Options Available.

Tacos Arandas

San Bernardino

Chile verde pork fries, asada tacos topped with onion and cilantro, and wet burritos drizzled in salsa

$20 $12

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$9.99 for Three Groupons, Each Good for One 16-Oz. Energy Bowl at Jamba Juice (Up to $19.47 Total Value)

Jamba Juice

Multiple Locations

New made-to-order Energy Bowls include fresh fruit, Greek yogurt, and organic granola

$6.49 $3.33

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$9.99 for Three Groupons, Each Good for One 16-Oz. Energy Bowl at Jamba Juice (Up to $19.47 Total Value)

Jamba Juice

Multiple Locations

New made-to-order Energy Bowls include fresh fruit, Greek yogurt, and organic granola

$6.49 $3.33

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Seafood at Shrimp House - Fontana (45% Off). Two Options Available.

Shrimp House - Fontana

Fontana

More than 50-year-old restaurant serves various dishes, including fried jumbo shrimp, grilled fish, steak, and more

$20 $11

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Mexican Food at Carmina's Mexican Food (Up to 45% Off). Two Options Available.

Carmina's Mexican Food

Moreno Valley

Tacos, burritos, tortas, flautas, chilis rellenos, breakfast burritos, huevos rancheros, and chilaquiles

$5 $2.75

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California Cuisine at Frame 128 Restaurant (Up to 45% Off). Two Options Available.

Frame 128 Restaurant

Frame 128 Restaurant

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

$80 $44

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Oktoberfest or Kinderfest Packages at Old World Village (Up to 50% Off). Five Options Available.

Old World German Restaurant

Huntington Beach

Three festive months filled with German beers, bratwurst, and live polka bands; kids find amusement in bounce houses and dachshund races

$32 $16

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$25 for $40 Worth of Middle Eastern Cuisine at Persia Lounge. Groupon Reservation Required.

Persia Lounge

Santa Clarita

Chef and co-owner of Persian lounge uses traditional Middle Eastern spices and flavors, such as saffron, halal meat, and pomegranate paste

$40 $25

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Seafood, Valid Friday–Sunday or Monday–Thursday at The Fire Crab (Up to 50% Off)

The Fire Crab

Garden Grove

In addition to fresh seafood such as clams, oysters, crawfish & mussels, this new eatery also serves up spicy garlic noodles & craft beer

$24 $12

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$15 for $30 Worth of Japanese Food at Jojo Restaurant & Sushi Bar

Jojo Restaurant & Sushi Bar

Santa Rosa

Chefs artistically plate specialty rolls with colorful roe & torch-seared sauces

$30 $15

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$10 for $20 Worth of Russian Cuisine at Talisman Restaurant

Talisman Restaurant

North Hollywood

Dishes from various Slavic regions include Russian pork Zharkoe, Ukrainian chicken kiev, and Nalistnik crepes stuffed with chicken

$20 $10

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Two or Three Groupons, Each Good for $10 Worth of Mexican Food at Ceja's Mexican Diner & Grill (40% Off)

Ceja's Mexican Diner & Grill

Ivey Ranch / Rancho Del Oro

Chefs use original recipes to create gourmet tacos, ingredient-laden Mexican bowls, and all-day breakfast specialties

$10 $6.50

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One or Five Groupons, Each Good for $16 Worth of Hamburgers, Fries, and Shakes at Johnny Rockets (50% Off)

Johnny Rockets

Victoria Gardens

All-American food such as malts, 1/3-lb. made-to-order burgers, and sourdough onion rings delivered by singing, dancing servers

$16 $8

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$15 for three Groupons, each good for $10 worth of Indian cuisine at Bombay Restaurant Cuisine of India

Bombay Restaurant Cuisine of India

Ontario

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

$10 $5

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$2 for $4 Worth of Coffee — Cafe Del Sol

Cafe Del Sol

Lancaster

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

$4 $2

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$9.99 for Three Groupons, Each Good for One 16-Oz. Energy Bowl at Jamba Juice (Up to $19.47 Total Value)

Jamba Juice

Multiple Locations

New made-to-order Energy Bowls include fresh fruit, Greek yogurt, and organic granola

$6.49 $3.33

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$10 for $20 Toward Japanese Dinner at Sushi Zen Bistro

Sushi Zen Bistro

Palmdale

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

$20 $10

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Pub Meal for Two or Four or $12 for $25 Worth of Pub Cuisine at Racks Billiards & Bourbon

Racks Billiards & Bourbon

Corona

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

$56.85 $25

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$9.99 for Three Groupons, Each Good for One 16-Oz. Energy Bowl at Jamba Juice ($19.47 Total Value)

Jamba Juice

Multiple Locations

New made-to-order Energy Bowls include fresh fruit, Greek yogurt, and organic granola

$6.49 $3.33

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All-You-Can-Eat Brazilian Barbecue Dinner with Drinks for Two or Four at By Brazil (42% Off)

By Brazil

Olde Torrance Neighborhood

All-you-can-eat churrasco feast featuring top sirloin, passion fruit-marinated pork loin, and barbecued chicken

$76.98 $45

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Lunch Buffet for Two or $11 for $20 Worth of Indian Food for Dinner at Tandoori Paradise

Tandoori Paradise

Hayward

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

$22 $10.99

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Diner Food, Brunch with Bottomless Mimosas for Two, or Takeout at Westside Cafe (Up to 50% Off).

Westside Cafe

Central Escondido

Classic breakfast and lunch dishes

$20 $11

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$13 for Two Flights of Five Beers and One Appetizer at Faultline Brewing Company (Up to $26.50 Value)

Faultline Brewing

Sunnyvale

Flights of award winning local microbrews paired with housemade appetizers like calamari, roasted garlic hummus, and Thai chili wings

$26.50 $13

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American Comfort Food at Tops Burger (Up to 40% Off). Two Options Available.

Tops Burger

Mid Central

Quarter-pound pastrami-and-avocado burgers as well as Mexican–style burritos and cilantro-infused tacos for drive-thru, dine-in, or carryout

$10 $6

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American Cuisine for Two or Four at Katella Grill (40% Off)

Katella Grill

Orange

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

$20 $12

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Pub Food, Drinks, and Karaoke at Ziller Karaoke & Bar (Up to 46% Off). Two Options Available.

Ziller Karaoke & Bar

Fullerton

Neon-lit booths & private rooms host singers fueling up with Asian- & American-style pub fare, cocktails & beer

$60 $35

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$10 for $20 Worth of Barbecue at Famous Dave's

Famous Dave's

Westlake Village

Award-winning ribs headline a classic barbecue menu that includes hot links, Texas-style brisket, and Georgia chopped pork

$20 $10

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California-Inspired Cuisine at Cafe California (Half Off). Two Options Available.

Cafe California

Visalia

Regional cuisine fills a breakfast buffet, lunchtime sandwiches, and steak and fish entrees at dinner

$40 $20

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Cuban Food for Parties of Two or Four at El Rincon Cubano Restaurant (Up to 50% Off)

El Rincon Cubano Restaurant

Multiple Locations

Authentic Cuban food from a Cuban-born chef is paired with local DJs, live bands, and other entertainment on the weekends

$20 $11

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$9.99 for Three Groupons, Each Good for One 16-Oz. Energy Bowl at Jamba Juice (Up to $19.47 Total Value)

Jamba Juice

Multiple Locations

New made-to-order Energy Bowls include fresh fruit, Greek yogurt, and organic granola

$6.49 $3.33

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$9.99 for Three Groupons, Each Good for One 16-Oz. Energy Bowl at Jamba Juice (Up to $19.47 Total Value)

Jamba Juice

Multiple Locations

New made-to-order Energy Bowls include fresh fruit, Greek yogurt, and organic granola

$6.49 $3.33

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Mexican Food for Two or Four at La Paloma (50% Off)

La Paloma

Santa Clara

Shrimp with jalapeño-lime butter and lots of cilantro, tomatillo chicken enchiladas, and Sonoran-style soft tacos

$30 $15

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$12 for $20 Worth of Burgers, Fried Chicken, and Sandwiches at My HomeStyle Cafe

My HomeStyle Cafe

Vallejo

Cooks fry southern-style chicken and cod, toast buns for burgers, and nestle all-beef hot dogs on buns before dishing up peach cobbler

$20 $12

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Four Groupons, Each Good for $6 or $12 Worth of Fast Food at Archibald's Drive-Thru (50% Off)

Archibald's Drive-Thru

Multiple Locations

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

$6 $3

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$11 for Two Groupons, Each Good for $10 Worth of Chinese Food at Honey BBQ ($20 Total Value)

Honey BBQ

El Monte City

Bowls and platters filled with sizzling chicken or beef and paired with steamed rice and shredded veggies

$10 $5.50

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$22 for a Romantic Dinner for Two with Drinks at a Mystery Location Near Elmwood (Up to $45.70 Value)

Ethiopia Restaurant

Elmwood

Enjoy a three-course meal and drinks at a romantic date night spot near Elmwood—but you won't find out where until you buy the deal

$45.70 $22

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Italian Lunch or Dinner at Corleone Italian Restaurant (40% Off)

Corleone Italian Restaurant

Downey

Chef Salvatore uses seasonal ingredients to craft Italian dinner items such as linguini calamari in a marinara sauce & spaghetti misto mare

$20 $12

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Meal for Two or Two Groupons, Each Good for $10 Worth of Cafe Food, at Cosi (Up to 40% Off)

Cosi

Costa Mesa

Made-to-order cafe food includes signature flatbread sandwiches, homemade soups, and rice bowls

$10 $6

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Cafe Food at Rusty Pot Cafe (Up to 45% Off)

Rusty Pot Cafe

Inglewood

Casual eatery serves up southern-influenced fare such as chicken and waffles, cheeseburgers, and three-egg omelets

$20 $11

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Japanese Food at Ten Shabu (Up to 41% Off)

Ten Shabu

West Covina

Guests dunk Angus rib eye, pork, or lamb in special hot broth and enjoy it over a bed of rice, vegetables, and udon or vermicelli noodles

$40 $24

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$12 for $20 Worth of Bagels and Cafe Food at Top of the Bagel Cafe

Top of the Bagel Cafe

Carlsbad

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

$20 $12

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All You Can Eat Dinner for Two or Four at Samba Brazilian Steakhouse (Up to 46% Off). Four Options Available.

Samba Brazilian Steakhouse

Universal City

Mesquite-grilled meats and colorful salads complement live entertainment at this Brazilian eatery

$84 $45

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$22 for $40 Worth of Sushi or Hibachi for Two at Arashi Teppan Steak & Sushi

Arashi Teppan Steak & Sushi

Murrieta

Stir-fried meats, rice, and seafood alongside elegantly plated rolls drizzled with sauces as flavorful as they are colorful

$40 $22

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$12 for $25 Worth of Chinese Food at Gourmet 88 Burbank

Gourmet 88 Burbank

Burbank

Chefs straight from Hong Kong with more than 30 years of cooking experience craft garlic prawns, lemon scallops, and sesame beef

$25 $12

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Mexican Food for Two or Four at Little Manuel's (Half Off)

Little Manuel's

Antioch

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

$20 $10

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Dim Sum Dinner for Two or Four at Dim Sum King (Up to 45% Off)

Dim Sum King

Daly City

Cantonese-style small plates from barbecue-pork buns to deep-fried shrimp dumplings

$20 $12

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Bistro Lunch for Two or Four at Bel Vino Bistro (Up to 58% Off). Four Options Available.

Bel Vino Bistro

Temecula

Bistro serves chicken brochette, caprese-topped salmon, and crème brûlee cheesecake with award-winning red, white, and dessert wines

$47.85 $20

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Mediterranean Food and Drinks at Ali Baba Family Restaurant (Up to 50% Off). Two Options Available.

Ali Baba Restaurant

Ali Baba Restaurant

Lamb and beef kebabs, shawarma with hummus, baba ghanouj, and traditional Mediterranean dishes

$40 $25

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$5 Buys You a Coupon for 20% Off An Order Of $50 at Sushi Kuu

Sushi Kuu

Baywood Park

For $5, receive a coupon for 20% off an order of $50

$5 $5

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Healthy Café Food at Mia's Place Coffee Shop (Up to 52% Off). Two Options Available.

Mia's Place Coffee Shop

Multiple Locations

The café promotes health with handcrafted sandwiches, fruit, salads, and smoothies packed with protein or fruit

$25 $12

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$20 for $30 Worth of Seafood at Amazing Crab

Amazing Crab

Berkeley

In a casual brick-walled eatery with a huge graffiti-style mural of a smiling crab, diners enjoy shrimp, crawfish, and other fresh seafood

$30 $20

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$11 for 4 Groupons, Each Good for a $5 Credit at Skybound Coffee + Dessert Lounge (Up to $20 Total Value)

Skybound Coffee + Dessert Lounge

Multiple Locations

With deep care for each ingredient in their food and the way each coffee bean was grown, this cafe aims for quality above all else

$5 $2.75

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Mexican Food for Dine-In or Carry-Out at Taqueros (Up to 50% Off). Four Options Available.

Taqueros

Multiple Locations

Huevos rancheros and breakfast burritos greet diners in the morning; enchiladas, tacos, and fajitas round out lunch and dinner

$20 $11

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$12 for $20 Worth of Burgers and Drinks at Squeeze Inn Hamburger in Vacaville

Squeeze Inn Hamburgers Vacaville

Vacaville

Independent California staple famous for the Squeezeburger, whose gooey layer of cheddar hangs out almost two inches off the bun

$20 $12

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Food and Drink at The House of Seafood for Parties of Two or More (Up to 40% Off). Two Options Available.

The House of Seafood

Carson

Grilled lobster tail, cajun shellfish, and sirloin steak are just a few of the chef’s specialties on this long menu

$30 $18

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$13 for $20 Worth of Pizza, Wings, and Beer for Two or More at Beef 'O' Brady's

Beef 'O' Brady's

Hesperia

Wings in 12 signature sauces come paired with custom-designed pizzas and choice of beer

$20 $13

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$25 for Shabu-Shabu for Two at Wharo Korean BBQ ($38 Value). Groupon Reservation Required.

Wharo Korean BBQ

Marina Del Ray

Pairs cook their own meats and vegetables inside pots of bubbling broth during Japanese shabu-shabu meal

$38 $25

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Three-Course Dinner for Two or Four at Zen Vegetarian (Up to 48% Off)

Zen Vegetarian

Westminster

Entirely vegetarian menu includes whole roasted "chicken," fried "shrimp," and sautéed "beef" strips in bowls of veggie pho

$41.22 $22

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$15 for $30 Worth of Mexican Food on Sunday–Thursday or Friday and Saturday at Rose Café on the Mesa

Rose Café on the Mesa

Alta Mesa

Housemade chorizo from a family recipe spices up chilaquiles, quesadillas, and huevos rancheros served all day

$30 $15

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Bubble Tea at Sushi King and Boba Tea Zone (Up to 49% Off). Three Options Available.

Sushi King and Boba Tea Zone

Chico

Sip a variety of teas that swirl with sweet tapioca pearls

$29.50 $15

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New American Cuisine at Sage Restaurant and Lounge (Half Off). Two Options Available.

Sage Restaurant and Lounge

Whittier City

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

$30 $15

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$13 for $20 Worth of Hummus, Pitas, and Salads, Valid for Curbside Takeout Service Only at Pita Jungle

Pita Jungle

Newport Beach

Menu offers variety of Mediterranean dips, seafood, wood-fired pizzas, burgers, composed salads, hot and cold pitas, and housemade desserts

$20 $13

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$5 Buys You a Coupon for 25% Off Your Bill of $50 or More, Valid Monday–Thursday

Padi Restaurant & Catering

San Leandro

For $5, receive a coupon for 25% off your total bill of $50 or more; valid Monday–Thursday

$5 $5

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Burger Meal for Two or Four at B&R's Old Fashion Burgers (Up to 48% Off)

B&R's Old Fashion Burgers

Hawthorne

20-year-old establishment prepares old-fashioned-style burgers with toppings such as bacon and guacamole; vegan and turkey options

$18.16 $10

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Select Local Merchants

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

Property Location
With a stay at The Grand Del Mar in San Diego, you'll be within the vicinity of Torrey Pines State Reserve and University of California-San Diego. This 5-star hotel is within the vicinity of Torrey Pines Golf Course and Torrey Pines State Beach.

Rooms
Make yourself at home in one of the 249 air-conditioned rooms featuring minibars and LCD televisions. Complimentary wired and wireless Internet access keeps you connected, and pay movies provides entertainment. Private bathrooms with separate bathtubs and showers feature televisions and makeup/shaving mirrors. Conveniences include laptop-compatible safes and desks, as well as multi-line phones with free local calls and voice mail.

Rec, Spa, Premium Amenities
Pamper yourself with a visit to the spa, which offers massages, body treatments, and facials. After practicing your swing on the golf course, you can dip into one of the 4 outdoor swimming pools or 4 spa tubs. Additional features at this Mediterranean hotel include complimentary wireless Internet access, a concierge desk, and babysitting/childcare (surcharge). The complimentary beach shuttle makes getting to the surf and sand a breeze.

Dining
Enjoy a meal at one of the hotel's dining establishments, which include 6 restaurants and a coffee shop/café. From your room, you can also access 24-hour room service. Relax with a refreshing drink from a poolside bar or one of the 5 bars/lounges.

Business, Other Amenities
Featured amenities include complimentary high-speed (wired) Internet access, a business center, and limo/town car service. Planning an event in San Diego? This hotel has 20000 square feet (1800 square meters) of space consisting of conference/meeting rooms, small meeting rooms, and a ballroom. Free self parking is available onsite.

5200 Grand Del Mar Way
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 1st St.
San Jose,
CA
US

Lou’s Cafe: A User’s Guide

Generously Stacked Sandwiches | Toasted to Order | Housemade Sauces and Spreads

Sample Menu

  • Sandwich: LLB Special—roast beef, turkey, ham, swiss, provolone, and Lou’s Special Sauce on dutch crunch
  • Side: new england clam chowder
  • Beverage: iced caffe mocha

About the Owners: After 19 years in a delicatessen catering department, Ramana Brodeth knew her way around a sandwich. In 2010, she and her sons, TJ and Mark, opened Lou’s Cafe. One of them is always behind the counter, crafting inventive, satisfying sandwiches and topping them with Lou’s Special Sauce, a housemade garlic-and-herb aioli.

From the Press

  • “This family run cafe in San Francisco's Richmond District is exactly what a good sandwich shop should be - incredibly welcoming, with fresh, filling sandwiches at honest prices.” — SFGate
  • “The fixings are primo, to be sure, but its Lou’s sauces and breads that separate them from the San Francisco sandwich pack.” — The Daily Meal
  • “We're partial to the LLB Special on Dutch Crunch, but we think the breakfast sandwich is the most rave-worthy item here.” — SF Weekly

Inside Tips

  • Because seating is sparse, most customers take their orders to go.
  • Don’t be daunted by a long line—it moves pretty quickly.
  • To minimize your wait, download GoPago to order from your phone. When you get to Lou’s, skip the line and go straight to the GoPago pickup spot.

Vocab Lesson
Dutch crunch: also called “tiger bread,” this roll features a mottled exterior that hides a soft, chewy center. Bakers use sesame oil to lend it a distinct aroma, and paint the top with rice paste before baking it to create a cracked appearance and salty-sweet flavor.

While You’re in the Neighborhood
Before: Take a stroll through Clement Nursery (1921 Clement Street), the oldest in SF, housed in lovingly restored farm buildings.

After: Make a picnic of it and let the kids run around the renovated Argonne Playground (18th Avenue & Geary Boulveard); three picnic tables sit alongside the tennis courts.

5017 Geary Blvd
San Francisco,
CA
US

Samba'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 hummus 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 exceptional fanfare: drums, tambourines, and song, instead of the traditional treat of fine-dining establishments, a lobster clutching candles in its claws. This excitement also extends to the upcoming 2014 World Cup beginning in June, during which the restaurant will air the contests with a family-friendly atmosphere.

6737 N Palm Ave
Fresno,
CA
US

When Capital Public Radio reporter Elaine Corn visited Kathmandu Kitchen in 2009, she spoke to two servers—Paritosh and Rosy—who explained the nuances of their native Nepalese cuisine. A small yet diverse country, Nepal draws from distinct culinary influences: Tibet and China to the north and India along the south. As such, diners viewing Kathmandu Kitchen’s menu for the first time are greeted with a cross section of its varied cuisine, which includes Tibetan-style pan-fried noodles, tandoor-cooked chicken tikka masala, and fiery curries seasoned with cumin and garlic. The uninitiated are the lucky ones; Rosy explains that having first-time visitors to the restaurant is one of her favorite things. “If I find a person coming for the first time in this restaurant, I’ll be the happiest person at that moment. Because we feel it’s really important that people from America are valuing us, too, through our food.” Tables clad in white linens and a mural of the Himalayas surround Nepal’s beloved regional dishes, which coalesce perfectly in the form of thali, a tray filled with a harmonious blend of dumplings, flatbread, and lentils crowned with a main course.

Kathmandu Kitchen’s wide spectrum of aromatic and authentic vegetarian, chicken, lamb, and seafood entrees pleases just about every palate. The eatery has earned recognition from a host of local sources, including spots on the Top Five Best Indian restaurants list by CityVoter and the Top 100 list by Local Eats.

1728 Broadway
Sacramento,
CA
US

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