The Central Valley Restaurants

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  • 1. The Vintage Press

    $$$$ | European

    Built in 1966, this is one of the best restaurants in the Central Valley. The California–Continental cuisine includes dishes such as crispy...Read More

  • 2. Towne House Restaurant

    $$$$ | American

    Lodi power breakfasts and lunches and special-occasion dinners often take place in the distinguished rooms of this former residence behind,...Read More

  • 3. A&W Root Beer Drive-in

    $ | American

    Only two reasons to come here, but they're both delightful: frosty-glassed root-beer floats and drive-in service that transports patrons (by...Read More

  • 4. Bella Luna Bistro & Bar

    $$ | Italian

    In a downtown Tuscan-theme bakery, bar, and bistro, chef Vincent DeAngelo, a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, brings his considerable...Read More

  • 5. Café 225

    $$$ | American

    High ceilings and contemporary decor contribute to the relaxed and sophisticated atmosphere at this popular downtown restaurant. Meats and fish...Read More

  • 6. Café Via

    $$ | Italian

    Sharing a strip of a strip mall with a massage parlor and a mattress retailer, this restaurant couldn't have a more humble location, but the...Read More

  • 7. Chef's Choice Noodle Bar

    $ | Thai

    Aromatic pan-Asian spices, healthful ingredients, and inventive cocktails have made this arts-district eatery a local fave. Chef Preeda Piamfa...Read More

  • 8. Dewz

    $$$$ | American

    Modestans hankering for a fine-dining experience—especially one involving prime rib or filet mignon—often head to this handsome dining room...Read More

  • 9. Elbow Room

    $$$ | American

    A classic San Francisco–style steak house and bar, the Elbow Room has been a Fresno social hub since opening in 1955. The steak sandwich, served...Read More

  • 10. Five Ten Bistro

    $$ | American

    Elegant yet unpretentious Five Ten serves upscale bistro-style meals at reasonable prices. Sit at candlelit tables and watch the cooks in the...Read More

  • 11. French 25

    $$ | American

    California meets New Orleans with farm-to-fork ingredients and Cajun-Creole flavors at French 25, an upscale restaurant near downtown Stockton...Read More

  • 12. La Fiesta

    $ | Mexican

    Mexican-American families, farmworkers, and farmers all eat here, polishing off traditional Mexican dishes such as posole, menudo, enchiladas...Read More

  • 13. Pietro's Trattoria

    $$$ | Italian

    Lodi's go-to spot for Italian American classics wins fans for its quality ingredients, Tuscan-courtyard ambience, and plant-filled outdoor patio...Read More

  • 14. School House Restaurant & Tavern

    $$$ | American

    A Wine Country–style establishment that sources ingredients from the on-site gardens and surrounding farms and orchards, this popular restaurant...Read More

  • 15. That's Italian

    $ | Italian

    For northern Italian cuisine in a no-frills trattoria, this is the spot. Try the braised lamb shanks in a Chianti wine sauce, grilled rib eye...Read More

  • 16. The Dancing Fox Winery and Bakery

    $ | American

    A good downtown stop especially for lunch, the Dancing Fox also has a tasting room for its eponymous wines. The restaurant, with decor that...Read More

  • 17. The Lunch Box

    $ | American

    A casual downtown café and bakery, the Lunch Box serves healthful meals at reasonable prices. Choose from nearly 50 types of hot and cold sandwiches...Read More

  • 18. The Mark

    $$ | American

    An upscale restaurant and bar in the downtown arts district, The Mark specializes in fresh seafood, hand-cut steaks, pastas, homemade soups...Read More

  • 19. Tresetti's World Caffé

    $$$ | American

    An intimate setting with white tablecloths and contemporary art draws diners to this establishment—part wineshop, part restaurant—with a seasonally...Read More

  • 20. Wool Grower's Restaurant

    $$$ | Spanish

    Thick lamb chops, roast lamb, oxtail stew, and shrimp scampi have made this Basque eatery a local institution. All meals are served family style...Read More

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