Have you tried the epic tacos at Puesto? Or the mini ham sandwiches with pepper jelly at Farmstead at Longmeadow Ranch? What about the outrageously delicious pasta offerings at San Francisco's acclaimed flour + water?
If not, you're in luck.
California Restaurant Month rolls into its fourth week starting January 20, and all sorts of delicious deals are heading your way. Read on, click the links below, and take advantage of these amazing culinary specials while you still have a chance.
San Diego Restaurant Week
From post-surf burritos in North County to dressed-up dinner in the Gaslamp, San Diego County has a number of culinary personalities to offer, depending on the diner’s mood. During San Diego Restaurant Week, running from Jan. 20–27, you can taste a multitude of flavors at price points that work for any wallet. More than 180 participating restaurants will serve two-course lunch from $10–$20 and three-course dinners from $20–$50. Try seafood with a view at Peohe’s Coronado Waterfront or enjoy New American bites in the effortlessly Instagrammable The Patio on Goldfinch.
Napa Valley Restaurant Week
From Michelin-rated restaurants to mom-and-pop farmhouse favorites, the Napa Valley food scene is the stuff of gourmet dreams. During Napa Valley Restaurant Week, Jan. 20–27, you can eat (and drink) in luxury for a fraction of the normal cost. Limited-time-only experiences include a three-course dinner plus wine pairings at Brasswood Bar + Kitchen for $46 per person. With a number of local hotels offering deals for the occasion, you’ll have time to try multiple spots, all serving prix fixe lunch for $20 and dinner for $36 or $46.
Calistoga Restaurant Week
If hot springs and haute cuisine sound like a match made in heaven, get yourself to Calistoga from Jan. 20 to 27. Restaurant Week in the laidback Napa Valley town allows guests to enjoy fixed-price lunch ($20) and dinner ($36–46) deals without the pomp and circumstance. Try exceptional food like the French-bistro-meets-Creole-fare at Evangeline, named Zagat’s 10 Hottest in Napa Valley. Work up an appetite with a hike on the Oat Mine Trail and unwind after dinner with a dip in a mineral pool.
Dana Point Restaurant Week
The seaside beauty of Dana Point is made all the more magical come winter when you can watch gray whales migrating right off the shore. During Dana Point Restaurant Week, which runs from Jan. 20–29, reserve an oceanview table to see the show—or simply head to any of the city’s fantastic restaurants to enjoy a cozy meal at a fabulous price. Work up an appetite with a stroll along Salt Creek Beach or a hike through the trails at Dana Point Headlands Conservation Area.
Tahoe South Elevate Your Palate
In case you needed another reason to head to ski destination South Lake Tahoe during the winter, now you can score dining deals throughout the week of Jan. 21–27 at some of the best local eateries that belong to the South Tahoe Restaurant Association. Grab a beer after a day on the slopes at South Lake Brewing Company or Cold Water Brewery & Grill, or look to one of three restaurants at Edgewood Tahoe for a more refined meal with wine pairings.
Taste of Yolo Restaurant Week
Just outside of Sacramento, Yolo County is filled with farms, ranches, wineries, and breweries—and the region never misses an opportunity to celebrate its bounty. Visit in summer to see the incredible sunflower fields; for the first Saturday in September, the Yolo Brew Fest closes down Main Street, and from Jan. 22–28, the Taste of Yolo Restaurant Week showcases the region’s best drinks and dishes over a week span. With the slogan “eat where it grows,” the focus is on fresh, locally sourced signature dishes.
San Francisco Restaurant Week
In 2018, the Bay Area knocked New York out of the top three-star Michelin spot when seven of its restaurants earned the lofty distinction. The heart of the region’s food scene is most certainly the city. During SF Restaurant Week, which runs Jan. 23–31, nearly 130 dining spots will serve specially priced lunch ($15 or $25) and dinner ($40 or $65) menus. Try what Infatuation calls “the best pasta in San Francisco” with flour + water's six-course menu, featuring saffron & lamb ravioli and chestnut porcini cappelletti. Eat at four or more participating restaurants and you’ll be entered to win a $1,200 dining credit to enjoy all year.