California is a great place to move if you’re a food lover. Not only is it home to several of the top restaurants in the world, but it offers an amazing culinary diversity that reflects the intermingling of cultures and influences in the state. Whether you’re looking for food reviews, apps, dining guides, wineries or information on owning a restaurant in California, these resources will point you in the right direction.


Finding California Restaurants

Restaurants Sorted By City – This tool from Trip Advisor lets you sort restaurants by city, price, cuisine, neighborhood and dining options. It includes reviews, ratings and recommendations.

Urban Spoon (Southern California) – Urban Spoon is a worldwide restaurant recommendation tool that allows you to search for places in Southern California by neighborhood, food type, price, specialties and more.

Urban Spoon (Northern California) – The Northern California version of Urban Spoon offers the same helpful guidance as its SoCal counterpart. Urban Spoon also has a popular “randomizer” feature as part of their app that can give you ideas when you don’t know where to eat in a particular city or neighborhood.

Open Table California – Open Table is one of the most popular dining apps available and allows you to instantly find and place reservations at restaurants that have an opening.

TV Food Maps – Find a map of local eateries and restaurants that have been featured on television channels like the Food Network, the Travel Chanel and the Cooking Channel. The interactive maps are sortable by state, city or zip code and feature 785 restaurants in California.

Gluten Free Registry – The Gluten Free Registry has a searchable database of restaurants for those with Celiac disease or just on a gluten-free diet.


Restaurant Ratings

Gayot Restaurant Awards – Reviews and restaurant listings including the 2014 Restaurant Issue and the top 40 restaurants in the U.S., many of which can be found in California.

Michelin Guide – The Michelin Red Guide is one of the most long-standing and respected guide to restaurants in the world, to the point of their rating system affecting the success of the businesses they review. An indispensable guide for anyone that enjoys fine dining in any state.



California Food & Wine – Our state is just as well known for its wine as its food and this resource helps you find the best of both with more than 700 restaurants included in their California section.

Directory of California Wineries – An interactive map and directory of the viticultural areas of California that allows you to search by region, varietal and amenities.


California City Dining Guides

SF Gate Food – Discover San Francisco’s best recipes, restaurants, wine and food with the food section from the online edition of the San Francisco Chronicle.

LA Times Food – The Los Angeles Times food section covers news, events, dining and wine guides to the city and a searchable collection of recipes.

Silicon Valley Dining Guide – The Dining Guide Network’s page about San Jose and Silicon Valley restaurants and restaurant-related information. You can find restaurants by location or type of food and search reader reviews of local places to eat.

San Diego Restaurants – Find dining options in San Diego by name, location, cuisine, ratings and more. You can also make reservations on the website, find coupons and search for delivery options.


Resources For Restaurant Owners & Professionals

California Restaurant Association – The CRA is a resource for restaurant professionals and owners that works to provide support and access to more than 90,000 drinking and dining establishments in the state.

Tax Guide For Restaurant Owners – The California State Board of Equalization has all the tax details and guides you’ll need if you own a restaurant or are planning on opening one.