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California Restaurant Month


When is California Restaurant Month?

California Restaurant Month happens on Monday January 1, 2024.

California Restaurant Month: A Culinary Odyssey

As January arrives with its cool breezes and post-holiday calm, it also brings a celebration that is sure to warm the hearts (and stomachs) of foodies everywhere. California Restaurant Month is an annual event that turns the Golden State into a food lover’s paradise, offering a month-long culinary odyssey through one of America’s most diverse and innovative foodscapes.

From the misty northern coasts of Mendocino to the sun-kissed terraces of San Diego, California’s Restaurant Month is a showcase of gastronomic excellence and innovation. It’s a time when the state’s top chefs and eateries roll out the red carpet for diners, offering special menus, discounts, and experiential dining events that highlight the best of local cuisine.

Each participating city and region offers a unique taste of place. In Napa Valley, you might indulge in wine-pairing dinners that feature the region’s renowned vintages. San Francisco’s famed food scene might present a progressive dining experience through its diverse neighborhoods, while Los Angeles could dazzle with its fusion cuisine, bringing global flavors to California’s fresh produce.

Farm-to-table isn’t just a buzzword here; it’s a way of life. The state’s vast agricultural bounty plays a starring role, with menus featuring everything from freshly picked avocados and citrus to sustainably harvested seafood and grass-fed beef. California Restaurant Month isn’t just an opportunity to savor exceptional dishes; it’s also a chance to appreciate the local farmers, winemakers, and artisans who contribute to the plate.

For the food-obsessed traveler, this month is an opportunity to create a bucket list of dining experiences. Whether it’s trying the freshest oysters in Tomales Bay, sizzling street tacos in L.A., innovative plant-based dishes in San Diego, or farmstead cheese in the Central Valley, every meal becomes a discovery.

While indulgence is certainly on the menu, many restaurants also focus on healthful eating, reflecting California’s wellness culture. Expect to find plenty of dishes that are as nutritious as they are delicious, featuring superfoods, whole grains, and antioxidant-rich fruits and vegetables.

California Restaurant Month is more than just about food; it’s about community. Special events throughout the month encourage diners to gather and share meals, forging connections over shared tables. It’s an invitation to dine out and dig into the communal spirit that food naturally cultivates.

So, grab your forks (and your maps) and get ready to embark on a journey that promises to be as varied and vibrant as California itself. It’s a culinary exploration that’s sure to start the year off on a delicious note.

When does California Restaurant Month happen next year?

California Restaurant Month will happen on the following upcoming dates:

  • Wednesday January 1, 2025
  • Thursday January 1, 2026
  • Friday January 1, 2027
  • Saturday January 1, 2028
  • Monday January 1, 2029


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