The Central Valley Restaurants

Fast-food and chain restaurants are omnipresent, but homegrown bistros and fine restaurants take advantage of the local produce and meats. Superb Mexican food abounds, and Chinese, Italian, Armenian, and Basque cuisines are amply represented.

Fast-food and chain restaurants are omnipresent, but homegrown bistros and fine restaurants take advantage of the local produce and meats. Superb Mexican food abounds, and Chinese, Italian, Armenian, and Basque cuisines are amply represented.

Fast-food and chain restaurants are omnipresent, but homegrown bistros and fine restaurants take advantage of the local

Fast-food and chain restaurants are omnipresent, but homegrown bistros and fine restaurants take advantage of the local produce and meats. Superb Mexican food abounds, and Chinese, Italian, Armenian, and Basque cuisines are amply represented.

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  • 1. Luigi's

    $$ | Italian

    The same family has operated this popular restaurant, bar, and delicatessen at the same site since 1910. Feast on generous portions of pastas...Read More

  • 2. 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

  • 3. Cinema Cafe

    $ | American

    Hash browns, grilled-cheese sandwiches, biscuits and gravy, and similar fare are served at this downtown breakfast and lunch joint. The outdoor...Read More

  • 4. 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

  • 5. 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

  • 6. La Fiesta

    $ | Mexican

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

  • 7. 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

  • 8. 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

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