California City Food Guide: 10 Must-Eat Restaurants & Street Food Stalls in California City

April 14, 2018 Major Galusha

California City is a city incorporated in 1965 in the northern Antelope Valley in Kern County, California, 65 miles (105 km) southwest of Death Valley National Park. The population was 14,120 at the 2010 census making California City the 331st largest city in the state by population. Covering 203.631 square miles (527.40 km), the city is the third largest city in the state by area.
Things to do in California City

1. Gloria's Mexican Restaurant & Seafood

7027 California City Blvd, California City, CA 93505-1726 Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Television Mexican Lunch, Dinner +1 760-373-8804
Excellent
54%
Good
38%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
0%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 59 reviews

Gloria's Mexican Restaurant & Seafood

Reviewed By kmsmolen - Crestview, Florida

We liked that they have an 'A' rating posted in the front window. The decor and seating are tasteful and clean. My husband had a Negra Modelo, and I tried a Margarita on the rocks. It was not as sweet as I like, but good, and not weak. Bathrooms were okay.

The dinners come with a choice of soup or salad. We chose the albondigas meatball soup, which was very good -- spicy, and warm, very filling.

The carnitas were good. I had combo #8 enchilada and tamale. The sauces were good, and rice and refried beans were fine. The tamale was a bit too much dough -- it was the same size as the enchilada.

We had very good service, from the owner and two waiters.

2. Green Tea Garden

8126 California City Blvd, California City, CA 93505-2662 Wheelchair Accessible, Full Bar, Takeout, Buffet, Seating, Waitstaff, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards Chinese, Asian Lunch, Brunch, Dinner SGD 7 - SGD 26 +1 760-373-8168
Excellent
73%
Good
15%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
2%
Terrible
5%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 40 reviews

Green Tea Garden

Green Tea Garden is a family owned and operated authentic Chinese cuisine restaurant and lounge. The Sunday buffet features 18 items from 11am - 1:30pm. The lounge features a monthly pool tournament as well as a ladies only competition. A full range of music plays for your enjoyment in the lounge at your request. Full bar and lottery, 4 pool tables and dance floor as well. The lounge remains open until 1:30am each night. Get ready for some great food and great fun at Green Tea Garden!

Reviewed By john_northbay - Healdsburg, California

Despite high hopes based on the TA reviews, we were disappointed with the poor service and lackluster ambiance. As has been mentioned this is a family run business with little outside help. We found our server to be running from table to table, and if you had an additional request you would have to shout it at her as she ran to the next table, or to the frequently ringing phone, taking the take-out orders (customers who avoid the in-house service issues). Our dinner took forever to arrive, and worse, our drink order arrived even later.
The food itself was very good and plentiful, but even so, our overall experience was only so-so.

3. Foxy's Landing & Restaurant

22636 Airport Way Ste 10, California City, CA 93505-6019 Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible American Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner +1 855-877-9900
Excellent
43%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
31%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 19 reviews

Reviewed By Samuel P - California City, California

Foxy's, is at our municipal airport in Cali City, CA. It's a nice quiet place to get away, get a good meal & still get home without the out of town drive once you've stuffed yourself. And stuffed is what you can do if you wish, especially on Friday Nights.
Catfish!

4. West Best Pizza Company

8209 California City Blvd, Ste 1, California City, CA 93505-2641 Takeout Pizza +1 760-373-2224
Excellent
27%
Good
46%
Satisfactory
27%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 11 reviews

West Best Pizza Company

Reviewed By mauigirl8888 - maui

We stayed in California City for the night and had a hard time finding something other than fast food. The hotel suggested West Best and we were not disappointed! The prices are reasonable, the food was good and they deliver.
Pizza is on the thicker side and you can easily share a 12 inch with your chosen pizza partner. It was covered in toppings and was cooked perfectly.
Delivery guy was quick and friendly. Great little place.

5. Coyote Cafe

7035 California City Blvd, Ste B, California City, CA 93505-1714 Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner +1 760-373-4115
Excellent
25%
Good
75%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 8 reviews

Coyote Cafe

Reviewed By Goleta - Santa Barbara, CA

On a recent trip to Death Valley, we stopped at the Coyote Café in California City, CA for lunch. This café is located in a small strip mall on California Blvd and is just a short detour off of RT 14 just north of where RT 58 crosses. The café has a good variety of your basic café offerings and the service was friendly and efficient. If you are looking for a quick stop and a good meal when you are in the area, this is a good choice.

6. DiMaggio's Olde Tyme

8056 California City Blvd, Aspen Mall Shopping Center, California City, CA 93505-2661 +1 760-338-3601
Excellent
40%
Good
40%
Satisfactory
20%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 5 reviews

Reviewed By George C - Oceanside, California

I stopped in here about 3 months ago. I needed a review with negative stars! No good at all. Now today I saw a banner sign saying the management had changed. What the heck, I'll try them again. WOW! What a change Good Food and better prices. Service is still a bit slow but I'm sure that will change. Stop in and give them a try. I think you be happy.

7. La Conquista Mexican Restaurant

8600 N Loop Blvd, California City, CA 93505-2043 Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible Mexican Dinner, Lunch +1 760-373-2183
Excellent
64%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 11 reviews

La Conquista Mexican Restaurant

Reviewed By iafamof4 - Iowa

We were heading to Barstow after a week+ at Death Valley, Yosemite, Kings Canyon and Sequoia NP. Cut across thru California City to get to Barstow and had a fantastic meal here. The tortilla soup was incredible as were the cheese, chicken and beef enchiladas. Prices were comparable to what we pay at home (Iowa) at our favorite local Mexican restaurant, service was above and beyond. Doubt we'll ever be in this area again, but if you are, you need to make a stop here!

8. Golden Bamboo

8140 California City Blvd, California City, CA 93505-2662 Thai +1 760-373-8849
Excellent
52%
Good
16%
Satisfactory
16%
Poor
0%
Terrible
16%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 6 reviews

Golden Bamboo

Reviewed By George C - Oceanside, California

If you happen to be stuck in CAl City please give the Golden Bamboo a try. You will be seated quickly and given a very full menu. All things I have tried are wonderful and the prices are very good. The restaurant shares the location with the only cocktail lounge (or bar) in town. Ice cold beer and all the cocktails are available.

Give them a try and you will not be sorry.

9. The Lodgepole Market And Gift Shop

63204 Lodgepole Rd, Sequoia National Park, Sequoia And Kings Canyon, California City, CA 93262-9200 +1 559-565-3301
Excellent
34%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
33%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 3 reviews

The Lodgepole Market And Gift Shop

Reviewed By Rod P - Zirconia, North Carolina

Stopping here for picnic supplies, sandwiches and cool drinks, we found service mediocre at best and coffee as undrinkable. Sandwiches, nothing more than one expects from a common gas station. Somehow, in this extraordinary part of the world, we expected better. Perhaps a level of competition would help!

10. Jesse's Pizza

8401 California City Blvd, California City, CA 93505-5277 Pizza +1 760-373-5999
Excellent
50%
Good
50%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 2 reviews

Reviewed By George C - Oceanside, California

If your stuck in California City and hungry for pizza this is the place to go. The pizzas are usually very good and I have had two pasta dishes as well. The service is usually just as good as the food. These guys really try and it show in the quality of the product they serve. They are take out only and also deliver. Give them a try next time you are stuck In Cal City.

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