California Native

4.5
157 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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Californian, American, Mexican
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Hours of operation
Monday closed
Breakfast
Sat & Sun 10:00 am–12:00 pm
Lunch
Sat & Sun 12:00 pm–5:00 pm
Dinner
Tue - Fri 5:00 pm–11:00 pm
Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm
Sun 5:00 pm–7:00 pm
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Phone number
0438 685 650
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Payment options
MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Neighborhood
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Public transit
10 mins from Coorparoo Train Station, Eva St Bus stops located on the Corner of Chatsworth Rd and Eva St.
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Entertainment
Live Soul & Jazz first Sunday of every month 12pm-3pm, bookings encouraged. Check our facebook page for details of upcoming events.
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Special events & promotions
Live Soul & Jazz first Sunday of every month 12pm-3pm, bookings encouraged. Check our facebook page for details of upcoming events.
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 157 People Are Saying
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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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PB
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

A great place but can be extremely and exceptionally noisy if there is a large group inside.

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S
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

There was a birthday celebration on the same night .. so it was pretty load if you were trying to have a conversation. My chicken enchilada was dry. The GF brownie was very hard with the ice-cream already half melted. Was an average experience.

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MA
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, nicely presented, interesting decor, nice indoor and outdoor seating

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TJ
Brisbane / QLD
2 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An oasis in suburbia! Food and service always impeccable. The Margheritas and stuffed jalapeños are a showstopper!

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love Cali native and their fantastic team. The food is ALWAYS delicious and prompt, their service is excellent. It’s our number one restaurant.

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LS
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Overall fantastic. Only critique would be the outside table nearest the inside entrance ccasionally had a bad smell and it did take a while for our table to be served as well as served table water. We did have a large group though. The waitresses were amazing and food brilliant. Our group said "what a great place" and we will definitely return.

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KW
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding service and fantastic food. We will definitely be back.

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M
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Lovely to try your rest nicely decorated yummy cocktails & food.we will return with extended family.
wait ataff need to serve water at start meal.
Close kitchen door that opens onto rear carpark.

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NH
Brisbane / QLD
2 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 4

The food was fantastic. However, the service was very poor. Our drinks didn’t arrive until the main meal even though we asked 3 times for a drink - even water! After the 3rd time, I actually got up and almost begged the waitress for water because our meals were spicy. Even then, we had to wait another 10 mins. The food took ages to come out as well. So no food or water/drinks for at least 20-25mins in. Most of the wait staff on the night seemed very young and shy, so maybe this had something to do with it? It’s a shame because the food is actually really tasty and lovely!

The owner chatted to us at the start of the night on arrival, which set the night up really well - she’s lovely and good at what she does. Then as soon as our conversation ended, it kind of went down hill from there.

Oh well. Just something to improve on. At least the food is great!

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CA
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food was excellent. Two of us had fish and two burgers. We had starters as well. We had BYO wine which made the cost reasonable. the service was great and not intrusive.

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MG
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

By a long margin, this is my favorite dining experience in Brisbane. The food is definitely 10/10 for taste, presentation and portion size. Staff are attentive, and they take time to get to know customers personally.

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DH
Brisbane / QLD
3 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great place for dinner... the food is always delicious!! Thanks Anna!!

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JM
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous food, wonderful service and a menu that catered for all the family!!

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LS
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

great food! Highly recommend the jalapeño poppers to start. The margarita cocktails were lovely but the sangria was so delicious it was the favourite drink at our table.

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SG
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Feels like they are finding their feet a bit. The food is good but you pay for it. Could do with a couple more menu items. The previous location and set up was better but once they settle in I’m sure the new venue will be the same. The new venue has a great outdoor space. And feels like a family run business

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TJ
Brisbane / QLD
3 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, staff and atmosphere. Always love coming back!!

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JK
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service, generous portions and great background music. Will definitely cole again with friends and family. Thankyou!

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DB
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed the food, service and totally friendly atmosphere. I'd gladly recommend this spot .

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SS
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated a birthday on Sat night. Anna was super accommodating. Organised a cake and took entre pre orders. The service was amazing. Everyone loved their meal.

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JH
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Fresh and delicious food. Interesting selections with a broad menu. Tacos are so tasty!

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CW
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We had our Fathers Day lunch here and it was great. A free Budwieser for me was much appreciated as was the expanded menu for the day, which included the yummy Clam Chowder which was the 1st full meal I have seen my 86 year old Father-in-Law finish in a loooooong time. Service was reaaly good and the food portions BIG!! Will definitely be back. Thanks for making Fathers Day great!!

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

Inside is as noisy as hell get rid of the recorded music and do SOMETHING about the level of noise inside.

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CG
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic. Great staff and owner was very friendly.

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JW
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Lovely outdoor dining. Awesome food. A great experience all round.

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M
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

The food was very nice, but a bit pricy for what it is.

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KE
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

A hidden gem. The food is authentic and super yum - we think the jalapeño poppers are the best in Brisbane! We love the casual, friendly atmosphere too.

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NC
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Awesome food and friendly staff. Very long wait for both drinks and food, but it tasted amazing

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LB
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous Mexican cuisine, really enjoyed it. Probable the best Mexican I've had in Australia.

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E
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and cocktails, staff are incredibly friendly and knowledgeable. It's always a great experience!

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MC
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

always amazing when I come here!!! best NACHOS EVER! I wish the nachos was on everyday though!

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JN
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really enjoyed my experience here and can't wait to go back.

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SS
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a ten person booking for my family and as per my previous experiences at California Native it was wonderful. The service was attentive and friendly, the ambience fun and lively, and the food absolutely delish. The restaurant catered well for the whole family (from kids aged 3 to 12), as well as parents and grandparents. The fajitas and the octopus tacos are standouts. I cant wait to go back.

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C
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Great food served in a fun environment, this place certainly makes you want to return. We loved the char grilled octopus tacos - what a treat! And I love the treatment they give the humble corn on the cob to turn it into something so special.
Good cocktails - great sangria. Lively vibe. We did wait a long time for the first round of cocktails and food, then it all came quite quickly.
Special mention to the owner - she is an absolute delight!

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G
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This was my first visit and I was impressed. Friendly staff, good service and they were very accommodating regarding the cake we bought. The birthday cake was brought out for us to sing happy birthday and for the candles to be blown out and then it was sliced and service on a plate with some cream on the side.

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NH
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff were really feiendly and attentive and the jalepeno poppers amazing. It wasn't a busy night and when we asked to move outside the staff were very accomadting and made sure they set a heater up near us as it was cool. The food was delicious and fresh.

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NJ
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Am a repeat customer. Owner is lovely, genuine and very passionate about good service and their brilliant menu.

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PM
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good size meals ...the specials were interesting and tasty ...the courtyard in the midday sun was lovely.

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GC
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great spot to have a bite to eat for Mothers Day, food terrific , service pretty good for a busy day.
Drinks maybe a bit too expensive but otherwise a really good day !

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BR
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Lovely place, great food and good service! Would recommend :)

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