Like doing algebra, creating delicious fusion fare involves a keen sense of relationships and a desire to tear up assigned textbooks. Break the rules of culinary logic with today's Groupon: for $30, you get $60 worth of bistro fare from California Canteen.
Since 1992, California Canteen has bridged the culinary and cultural gap between Californians and Francophiles with its tasty twist on French bistro Mediterranean fare. French favorites populate the menu. Sample the nicoise salad with tuna steak ($14), beef bourguignon ($17.50), or lamb shank osso bucco ($18.25). Meanwhile, enterprising diners and triumvirates can customize comestibles in the three-course dinner ($20.50 4 p.m.–7 p.m., Sunday-Thursday). Alternately, the lunch menu spins a lighter, two-course remix of the prix fixe ($12.95).
California Canteen also delights the pinkish palates of wine lovers with their extensive wine list and their bar's nightly wine tastings ($12), which include your choice of one tapas, a flight of three 3 oz. glasses, and a jetpack flight with free checked baggage. Midmorning risers can start their weekend with omelets, waffles, and mimosas at California Canteen's brunch. A hodgepodge of French and Spanish cantina-inspired décor color the restaurant's quirky and inviting atmosphere, where mirrored walls reflect plush booths.
More than sixty Yelpers give California Canteen an average rating of four stars. Citysearchers give the restaurant 4.5 stars and TripAdvisors give it 3.5 owl eyes. Seventy-two percent of Urbanspooners recommend California Canteen:
- …from the sandwiches, fries, pasta, kobe burgers, to the bread they bring out for every meal, and the selection of wines, this place is excellent with a french twist! – James S., Yelp
- The restaurant seems to be a favorite of the locals and I can totally see why. The best meal I had in LA was here and I their prices were very reasonable by comparison. Great decor too. – killercaribou, TripAdvisor