California Native

3.5
12 Reviews
$30 and under
Californian
We celebrate the quality and lifestyle of sunny California, infused with the homegrown freshness that our coastal waters and land provides. Our fresh, coastal California cuisine inspired menu combines the best of California’s local meat and vegetable farms along with the freshness and variety of our coastal waters. We embody the essence of true farm and sea to your table.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 12 people are sayingWrite a review
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3.5based on all time ratings
3.8
food
3.8
service
3.5
ambience
3.6
value
Noise · Moderate
80% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipCATKAT
San Diego
37 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

OpenTable took my reservation but the restaurant was closed. When we got there they were not even open. We were looking forward to experiencing the new restaurant but it will have to be another time.

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vipPatrick
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

No comment here because the restaurant was closed. Open table let us booked the table. We got there on time and found the restaurant is all dark and empty. This is on a Saturday evening. Very disappointed.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

They weren’t even open. They could ensure they update open table and website

GE
vipGinaE
San Diego
23 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Service was great - food was good. Nice neighborhood restaurant.

LJ
LizJ
New England
3 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We took my daughter and her husband to dinner and everyone had a great meal! My daughter is Vegan and she ordered the Butternut squash noodles with a cashew cream sauce deliciously decorated with cashews and fresh mint on top. She raved about her dish. My husband and I had the Korean Bbq wings- they were amazing! Crispy on the outside with perfectly cooked chicken inside. We are still talking about the delectable sauce. He ordered the Sea Bass and said it was tender, moist, and loaded with flavor. We will definitely go back!!!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service! Happy hour deals are incredible. We ordered a bunch of happy hour small plates and made it a tasting meal. Great live music on the patio Friday night. Highly recommend for good food and a chill setting.

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vipRoberts
San Diego
51 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Split the Cali Burger with friend . Was pretty good... sweet potato fries and regular fries were pretty good too. Other friend had Lamb gyros dish, was just ok as allot of the meat was fatty.
The service was good however for not being extremely busy seemed like allot of time to get pour and get served our wine. Unfortunately 2 gals were seated right behind me in the patio and one of the gals was very loud. Louder than the three of us. With allot of eating venues in the area would think this restaurant will have to be more competitive with all around better food and service. Would try again.

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vipLuv2dine
San Diego
39 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Easy to get there. Outside patio is much more inviting than indoor seating. Portions are very small for the cost. I ordered the lobster mac-n-cheese. It wasn't baked as the menu said, there were 2 tiny claws on top and the cheese sauce was as thin a water. However, my guests has the breakfast tacos and the fried tomato po boy and both said it was adequate. Would we go back...probably not.

JS
JimS
San Diego
24 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very pleasant. Service and food were excellent. Nice,casual, atmosphere.

OT
OpenTable Diner
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent, atmosphere inviting & loved the tv’s. The drinks were delicious as well...
Totally recommend

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garyw
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Fun atmosphere, good food, reasonable prices. I'll be back.

MP
vipMichaelP
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall1food4service1ambience4

I really, really want to like this place. This food is good, the ambiance is nice, but man, the service is atrocious. We've been there four times, and each successive time we ask, "it can't possibly be bad again, can it?" Wrong. The first time they had just opened. Ok, that's fine, I can understand you are still working out the kinks. The second time, we ordered drinks, appetizers, and food, and the appetizers took 25-30 mins to arrive, which was BEFORE the drinks came. The drinks arrived only moments before the food, some 45 mins in. This was a Sunday. The third time we decided to grab dinner/drinks before going to a movie across the way. We though 90 mins would be plenty of time...but not so much. Ended up having to rush out of there given how long the drinks and (now cold) food took to arrive. And the staff couldn't figure out how to award my open table points. Most recently we visited before having to attend a b-day party across the street. "There's no way we can be 0-4," we thought. Wrong. At least the first round of drinks came out at a reasonable time, but the food order was so slow, and arrived luke warm at best. Upon delivery the waitress asked if we would like another round of drinks, to which we said yes. My 2nd drink arrived totally different than the first. Different glass, different shade, different flavor, even though it was the same drink. We asked for the check, considering we had the b-day party, and needed them to remove my wife's second drink from the bill, because it never arrived. Again, I really want to like this place. The food is good, bordering on really good. The Spicy Wok Shrimp appetizer is amazing. The ambiance is very pleasant. Carmel Valley need a place like this. It's a nice bump up from the Rimel's that used to be there. But c'mon guys, you have to fix your service problem. You have a willing-to-be-loyal customer, but you keep screwing it up.

FAQs

California Native offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (858) 280-8055.

California Native is rated 3.5 stars by 12 OpenTable diners.