California Native

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196 Reviews
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$40 and under
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Californian
Individual and atmospheric, this casual restaurant showcases a diverse menu of authentic Californian and Cali-Mex cuisine, prepared with fresh, quality produce.
What 196 People Are Saying
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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TT
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Food was delicious, staff were friendly, but food took over an hour to come out once ordered (group of 9) and kind of hard to get a drink in between. A few more service staff would do the trick, otherwise great.

KH
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Food takes a while to come out but worth the wait. Probably the best mexican I have had in Brisbane.

DJ
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

I had googled "Best Fish Taco's Brisbane" and it came up with California Native and they didn't dissapoint. The waitress was pleasant and attentive and we thoroughly enjoyed our date night....will go again to work our way through the menu.

KE
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent. As usual!

KG
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Food portions huge! Amazing fish tacos! I would recommend to everyone.

NS
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

Food took an hour to come out and we were not told of any wait time. Once it was at our table it had no flavour was super disappointing for the price we paid.

CG
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great evening as always!
Love the fajitas and enchiladas, they never fail to please! And can never finish a whole plate. Love it!!

CH
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

The service was very slow, the starter was tiny and the nachos were dry.

TG
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Was really good but the music was too loud even after we asked them to turn it down

AW
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Great food, friendly staff and fantastic margaritas!

CM
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Girls are polite and very friendly. Food and Sangria are lovely

CO
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the best Mexican meal I think ever! The nachos weren't greasy or dripping in cheese, they were tasty and crunchy with guac and salsa on the side. Frijoles with steak were amazing. We had the fish tacos for entree and could really also go these as a main if they were up sized although the menu for mains has great choices, highly recommend for a great night out 5⭐️

MA
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Love this local restaurant. It's open air so great in the warm weather, inside, and outside in the courtyard. In the cooler months, inside can be fresh if you're seated near the door. The music was a bit loud in one part of the restaurant but the wait staff was able to - and happy to - move us out of the line of the speaker with no fuss or bother. They also have some interesting looking cactii in their pots.

RR
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food with the love of traditional family receipes along with great service

S
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service the Fajitas are to soooo good.

N
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 3

Good food, service fair as I think there was a newbie, not too noisy as it wasn't full.

OT
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

Food very tasty and delicious but service was very slow

LE
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 3ambience 5

Had two great dishes (Nachos and chicken) and one average (Fajitas).
Staff were great, though drinks were a bit slow.

AE
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Service was a little slow but other than that it was good

BG
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Mexican food in Brisbane. Great Margaritas. Best fish tacos, brilliant chicken, etc. The staff are really nice too. This is seriously good food, highly recommended.

GW
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 5

Was not impressed with service time etc ordering food, bringing food out

SR
London
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great place to go for dinner with friends. Casual dining with great music playing. We went when it opened with our young kids and had a great time.

JH
Brisbane / QLD
4 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 3

Service slow but food was very nice

S
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Charming Californian-styled relaxed dining with sensational Mexican flavours.

JW
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Thanks guys for a great Birthday Dinner.
We did have a larger group and all the staff were very accommodating everyone had an awesome time.

J
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our favourite restaurants to bring new people to. Always a great experience.

VE
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We found the music a bit loud. But everything else was excellent
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Thanks

RW
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Wonderful mexican food in a lovely setting. Highly recommend their Sangria :)

EO
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Unfortunately we had a night there was an outside function. However the food was awesome and they helped accomodate young children.

DP
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful restaurant. Lovely ambience, clean and friendly staff. Limited menu. Food was of good quality, but it was expensive. Would be nice for a glass of wine to catch up with friends, but for value for money, I'm eating elsewhere

CA
Brisbane / QLD
3 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We have been to California Native 5 or 6 times lately and each time the service was friendly and excellent. The food was quickly ready and satisfying. Water is served automatically and alcohol is available. The music and layout is pleasant and tables are not squashed together. Mostly we have gone in the evening and the ambiance is warm and there is a cultural flavour from California. There is a choice of inside or outside.

MB
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolute fantastic little spot a favorite and the owners were so lovely.
We will definitely be going back.
Food was amazing.
Totally great night.

N
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

I do like this restaurant because the ambience is relaxed, the food is good and the serving size is great. But the service is terrible. It is excruciating to get a drink or order food. If the restaurant chooses to not put bottles of water on the table, you need to fill guests glasses when nearing empty. Food comes without cutlery. Serviertes are a rare commodity you have to beg for. The bill will never come, so take yourself to the front counter. I will keep going there because location is good, food is good, ambience is great but service is woeful... sorry... I am one of your fans and I want you to make it, so need to tell you, so I can keep coming to your restaurant.

J
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Love California Native it reminds me of the original Montizmas. Best Mexican food ever

AT
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had my birthday on the weekend, and what a night! Delicious food and lovely staff. We all enjoyed ourselves immensely.

MC
Brisbane / QLD
2 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

always good whenever I come here! There was a delay in the service this time though! but will return for sure

BG
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere and fantastic food - full-flavoured, fresh and authentic. They've added to the menu, the Mojave Chicken is a winner. Always coming back for the Margaritas, too.

VE
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

It was a family catch up and there were 5 of us including our 3yo toddler. We sat outside as it seems like it was going to be a nice cool night. Once we arrived we were greeted with a smile. Service was great and the food was even better than we thought. The only downside with being outside was we were getting bitten my the moisquitos, otherwise we would have stayed longer. Thank you for your outstanding catering and friendly service. Will definitely come back!

CA
Brisbane / QLD
3 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been three times. I enjoyed the food and the service was friendly and efficient. I prefer indoors at least in summer. The music is pleasant and not overwhelming the conversation.

MW
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The owner and staff are all very welcoming and they clearly care about what they do. Thanks for a nice night.

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