California Grill of the Pajaro Valley
California Grill of the Pajaro Valley

California Grill of the Pajaro Valley

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://californiagrillrestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 8317228052x
  • Hours of Operation:


    Breakfast: Daily 7:00am-3:00pm

    Lunch: Daily 11:00am-3:00pm

    Dinner: M-Th 3:00pm-8:30pm

    Dinner: F-Sa 3:00pm-9:00pm

    Dinner: Su 3:00pm-8:00pm
  • Payment Options: Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Organic, American, Vegetarian
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: The California Grill Restaurant has a banquet room nestled inside on the edge of the restaurant. Our staff is here to ensure you and your guests have a wonderful experience. We welcome celebrations of all kinds: birthdays, business meetings, company parties, showers, rehearsal dinners and more! Our banquet room can accommodate up to 50 people. This room shares the same ambiance and décor as the California Grill Restaurant. Pajaro Valley Historical photography and locally grown orchids are showcased to remind our guests of the strong roots in this valley.
  • Private Party Facilities: The California Grill Restaurant has a banquet room nestled inside on the edge of the restaurant. Our staff is here to ensure you and your guests have a wonderful experience. We welcome celebrations of all kinds: birthdays, business meetings, company parties, showers, rehearsal dinners and more! Our banquet room can accommodate up to 50 people. This room shares the same ambiance and décor as the California Grill Restaurant. Pajaro Valley Historical photography and locally grown orchids are showcased to remind our guests of the strong roots in this valley.
  • Private Party Contact: Ashley Peixoto 8317228052x
  • Special Events: The California Grill Restaurant has a banquet room nestled inside on the edge of the restaurant. Our staff is here to ensure you and your guests have a wonderful experience. We welcome celebrations of all kinds: birthdays, business meetings, company parties, showers, rehearsal dinners and more! Our banquet room can accommodate up to 50 people. This room shares the same ambiance and décor as the California Grill Restaurant. Pajaro Valley Historical photography and locally grown orchids are showcased to remind our guests of the strong roots in this valley.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Airport Blvd
  • Public Transit: Route to Freedom Center
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Parking Lot in Freedom Shopping Center on the corner of Freedom Blvd and Airport Blvd
A word from California Grill of the Pajaro Valley
California Grill of the Pajaro Valley serves only the finest, locally-grown produce, meats and desserts. In fact, the restaurant owner grows all the organic vegetables and salads right here in the fields of the Pajaro Valley. It’s likely the produce on your plate was picked fresh from one of his organic fields just hours before it was prepared for you. Daily specials and desserts reflect the cycle of the seasons so you can experience flavors at their peak.
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California Grill of the Pajaro Valley reviews from OpenTable diners
7 reviews since May 4, 2014
Overall Rating3.7
  • Food4.1
    Service3.7
  • Ambiance3.3
    Noise LevelModerate
66% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (6)great for lunch (4)kid-friendly (1)good for groups (1)hot spot (1)fit for foodies (1)special occasion (1)Show More
  • Local veggies, all delicious
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Great to meet the farmer during dinner! Large menus featuring local veggies, seafood. Delicious calamari steak, tender, homemade dressings, make a difference especially on oh so fresh salads. Decor unassuming, but food top notch, service could be better but was fine
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner at the Grill
    Joey
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    We brought friends from out of state looking for fresh seafood and veggies. The Grill did not disappoint!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • "A" for effort
    RandD
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Very unassuming exterior in strip mall... "Denny's" like. Very friendly service. Feels like a "local" hangout. Nice to see gluten-free options. It "tries hard" but food was just OK in our experience. Messed up wife's order. (Maybe better for breakfast and lunch???) We'll give it one more try...
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Neighborhood gem
    Sweeete
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    We done there often, the menu has some good standard entres and then they add seasonal entres depending on what's growing locally. Very relaxing atmosphere and we always see someone we know there.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Skip this place
    Nikki0
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Open table reservation for Mother's Day lunch was not honored! We did stay because we were told we could get a table in 15 minutes, but once seated we waited at least 15 more for waitress to come to our table, and for food to be served it was an hour! Waitress did apologize, but never going back.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 2 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 4, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.5
    • Food4.5
    • Ambiance4
    • Service4.5
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 12 reviews are from the California Grill of the Pajaro Valley reviews archive.
  • Great variety of food choices!
    Chefem
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    Great variety of food choices! Lots of food for the $$$
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • California Grill's Great!
    Dinah
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    Excellent local and organic food. Ample portions, nice presentation and delicious. Large, varied menu. House wines are local from excellent wineries.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious and Nutritious
    coastalocal
    Dined on 3/11/2014
    Very good food. Healthy ingredients and well cooked. Extensive list of menu choices. Outstanding addition to Watsonville restaurants. Attentive and polite staff. Enjoyed the Cajun Blackened Halibut, perfectly cooked vegetables and brown rice. I recommend this place to anyone who cares about eating healthy food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Extensive menu, though advertised
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/9/2014
    Extensive menu, though advertised specials were not available on Sunday evening; excellent classic American cuisine; efficient service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food is great, service was
    LUV2EAT
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    Food is great, service was very friendly, as busy as they were. Glad they opened a full service bar.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fresh, locally-grown, delicious!
    HeidiA
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    We were thrilled to find a restaurant that serves all locally-grown, organic vegetables and fruit, free-range, grass-fed meat, etc. The menu is huge, the food was delicious, the service was excellent. And best of all, it was the healthiest meal we've had at a restaurant pretty much ever. I hope more restaurants such as this will begin popping up everywhere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tucked in!!
    franKVIP
    Dined on 2/24/2014
    What a great spot!! Definitely better than a coffee shop and not quite a full blown white-table establishment, the CA Grill strives and reaches that 'sweet-spot' of what a GOOD restaurant is: attentive staff, interesting menu and delicious, CARED-ABOUT food. They also cover all the bases: veggie, organic, local and gluten-free!! Its is right there on the North edge of Watsonville. Easy to get to from Airport Blvd off Hiway 1 and so worth a quick turn-off on the way to Monterey or back to Santa Cruz. Show your out-of-town guests a bit of REAL CA!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The food was very good - loved
    Chefem
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    The food was very good - loved all the fresh ingredients - Service was just ok - friendly but very slow - We dined there a 2nd time and service was worse - Steak was not very good.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful Dinner!
    Torres78
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    We went on Valentines day last Friday (Made reservations of course) Place was PACKED but got in right away to our table. From the appetizers, to the main course, to the dessert! 5/5 stars I give the food!!! AMAZING flavor, FRESH, friendly service. Hands down, Watsonville has a winner. With the Peixoto's as the new owners, you can taste and SEE the difference. LOVE it. Highly recommend it to others.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Family Friendly Restaurant
    HappyFatGirl
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    California Grill has great food and is very family friendly. It is great for breakfast, lunch, dinner or even an appetizer and a drink. Their bar is service bar making it family friendly because people can not just go and sit at the bar and get drunk, so everybody can be happy.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love it
    marty
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    We find the food great, everything is fresh! The people are friendly and remember you.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hope they make it
    Chuck
    Dined on 1/17/2014
    The small city where California Grill of Pajaro Valley is located needs a good restaurant with a varied menu and consistently good food and service in a pleasant atmosphere. My first visit suggested that California Grill could be that restaurant. My visit got off to a rough start because of a technical glitch that somehow lost our Open Table reservation. They readily admitted their error when they checked Open Table and put us at the top of the list, so our wait was short. Overall, I found the dining experience unremarkable but good. Reasonably priced, well prepared dinners were served by a friendly, busy and prompt waitress. My guest and I left well satisfied.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate