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20 Ways to Finish California Restaurant Month

Here’s where to find serious deals and unique culinary experiences across the Golden State

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Posted 8 months agoby Katrina Hunt

January’s California Restaurant Month may be coming to an end soon, but there is still a lot of feasting going on all over the state. Some cities and towns have held their celebrations for the whole month, while other towns are just starting this week—and a few are even extending their events for a few days into February. Here’s where you can still go to enjoy the excellent prix-fixe deals, pairings, and creative culinary experiences, listed north to south:

 

Crab Feast Mendocino (Jan. 24–Feb. 2)

Come to the North Coast hub for local treats at peak season: This 10-day extravaganza of events includes family-style crab cioppino feeds, gourmet crab-themed dinners, crab fishing adventures, a wine competition, and a crab cake cook-off.

 

Fork in the Road (all month)

This monthlong event in Gold Country’s El Dorado County offers dining specials in unique restaurants such as the BBQ lovers’ Poor Red’s, a former Wells Fargo Stage Coach stop. Come on Sundays, too, for foodie’s guided walking tours.

 

Rancho Cordova Restaurant Week (Jan. 24–31)

Head to Rancho Cordova, just east of Sacramento, where the selection of participants  includes the pasta-filled bread bowls at Petali Italian and the organically made spirits of J.J. Pfister Distilling.

Napa Valley Restaurant Week (Jan. 26–Feb. 1)

Explore this rich region by way of multi-course prix-fixe menus for lunch ($20 or $30) and dinner ($38 or $48). The lineup of participants includes gems such as Compline, a wine bar and restaurant in downtown Napa.

 

Calistoga Restaurant Week (Jan. 26–Feb. 1)

Taste your way through this corner of Napa Valley, offering two- and three-course prix fixe menus. It’s a great excuse to experience Calistoga Inn, or the acclaimed French-bistro-meets-Creole Evangeline.

 

Sonoma Valley Delicious! (all month)

Wine lovers and foodies can enhance their wine-tasting and dining this month with special experiences, like cheese-making classes or hike-and-wine tours.

 

SF Restaurant Week (Jan. 22–31)

Choose from more than 130 San Francisco restaurants (like Indian ROOH in SOMA, or the Chinatown’s buzzy China Live) that will serve specially priced lunches ($15 or $25) and dinners ($40 or $65) menus—a serious deal.

 

Cupertino Restaurant Week (Jan. 29–Feb. 4)

Choose from prix fixe specials at participants in this Silicon Valley hub for diverse dining, such as the authentic South Indian cuisine of Anandan Bhavan and the Asian-style baked goods of L’epi D’Or.

 

Visit Yosemite-Madera County Restaurant Month (all month)

Come to this area near Yosemite to pair locavore cuisine with an under-the-radar wine scene, like the $35 filet mignon dinner with a local wine at Ducey’s on the Lake, or the $48 prix fixe dinner at Erna’s Elderberry House Restaurant, accented with a glass of sparkling elderberry wine.

SLO CAL Restaurant Month (all month)

San Luis Obispo County’s month-long event is running at more than 50 restaurants, offeringthree- or four-course dinners at a fraction of the normal cost—like the $30 three-course dinner plus a glass or wine at Tooth & Nail Winery in Paso Robles.

 

Santa Maria Valley Restaurant Month (Jan. 9–31)

Participating restaurants in this ranch-and-winery-dotted region on the Central Coast offer three-course tasting menus for $20.20—like a great steak dinner at the Century Room at the Historic Santa Maria Inn.

 

SYV Restaurant Weeks (Jan. 19–Jan. 31)

The wine-rich Santa Ynez Valley has been celebrating almost all month with tasting menus priced at $20.20. One can’t miss participant is The Hitching Post, made famous in the movie Sideways.

 

Conejo Valley Restaurant Week (Jan. 24–31)

Just north of L.A., this community offers prix fixe deals on 2-course lunches and 3-course dinners at a fixed price. One cool option: The Twisted Oak Tavern & Brewery, which offers 50 percent off its famous “Hogzilla,” a roasted half hog’s head dish.

 

Cheeseburger Week (Jan. 26–31)

The L.A. County town of Pasadena has special street cred which it comes to burgers: the cheeseburger was invented here in 1924. Try old school and contemporary versions all week.

 

Dine Alhambra Restaurant Week (Jan. 24–31)

Take this opportunity to explore this acclaimed and diverse culinary scene—with its spots like Taiwanese comfort food at Yang’s Kitchen, along with Thai, Korean, Irish, Peruvian, and Indian restaurants. Multi-course menus  go for $15–$30 during lunch and $20–$50 for dinner.

dineL.A. (Jan. 17–31)

The star-studded lineup of participants in Los Angeles has more than 400 restaurants, with specially priced menus (ranging from $29–$99 or so) at spots such as Curtis Stone’s Maude in Beverly Hills and Tres by José Andrés.

 

Torrance Restaurant Week (Jan. 17–31)

Get special discounts and specials in this South Bay town that’s increasingly known for its craft beer—like Tortilla Cantina, a “taco bistro” and beer bar that serves local brews such as Absolution Brewing and Common Space Brewery.

 

dineGPS (all month)

Greater Palm Springs’ Restaurant Month features multi-course winemaker dinners, food tours, and creative menus, like one employing seasonal, black perigord truffles at Morgan’s in the Desert, at La Quinta Resort & Club.

 

Temecula Valley Restaurant Month (all month)

Restaurants and wineries in this Inland Empire hotbed are creating their own special burgers all month—like the chilies-and-avocado-topped California Burger at Falkner Winery, or the Thousand-Island-and-blue-cheese topped wonder at Mount Palomar Winery.

 

Sweet and Savory in Julian (all month)

All month, the apple-loving mountain town in San Diego County has invited participating restaurants to create signature soups, hot apple ciders, and creative desserts.

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