If the holiday-season hubbub is starting to feel overwhelming, here’s another reason to look forward to January: California Restaurant Month will be happening all over the Golden State. The lineup of 40 participating cities and towns offers plenty of blissful—plus economical—ways to enjoy some of California’s world class food, incredible wine, and gorgeous scenery.
Most events (ranging from a week to the whole month) feature prix fixe menus for lunch or dinner at local restaurants—including $48 dinners at some bucket-list restaurants in Napa Valley. But the deals also make it easy to experience the best local flavors.
Certainly, many of the participating towns have a lot of farm-to-table appeal—like Dine Downtown (Jan. 10–20) in Farm-to-Fork Capital Sacramento, or the turkeys, hard ciders, and honeys in Tuolumne County near Yosemite National Park. January‘s Crab Feast Mendocino (Jan. 24–Feb.2) is the perfect way to sample the North Coast bounty in chowder and cioppino. Same goes for Monterey’s Get Hooked (Jan. 20–27) down the coastline, or the first Carmel-by-the-Sea Culinary Week (Jan. 19–26). Or, go to L.A. County for the first-ever Torrance Restaurant Week (Jan. 17–31), where the deals focus on pairings of local international cuisine and the buzzing craft beer scene.
Other towns offer irresistible themes. In Pasadena, they celebrate Cheeseburger Week (Jan. 26–31) in honor of the sandwich that was invented there in 1924. They’re also saluting burgers during the whole month in Temecula Valley, while Concord throws down the gauntlet with its all-encompassing Comfort Food Week (Jan. 17–26).
Want to lighten up your menu for the new year? Then head to Gold Country, where Placer Citrus Restaurant Week (Jan. 3 –12) employs the beloved Satsuma Mountain Mandarin (as well as local Meyer lemons, blood oranges, and grapefruit) in everything from salads and sauces to unique desserts. And in L.A., the star ingredient of this year’s Santa Monica Restaurant Week (Jan. 6–12) is the nutrition-packed kumquat, the grape-sized citrus fruit that will show up in a wide range of creative dishes to help you welcome 2020.
Don't miss out on California Restaurant Month—map out our travel plans today and start securing some reservations.