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Diners' Choice: Neighborhood gem restaurants in Fresno / San Joaquin Valley

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Updated July 05, 2024

Looking for the best restaurants that are the best neighborhood gems in Fresno / San Joaquin Valley? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyzes nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favorite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!


A photo of Camp 4 Wine Cafe restaurant
5.0
5 (755)
$30 and under
Wine Bar
Modesto
About the restaurant
We are a small, locally owned wine cafe striving to provide great service, and great food in a comfortable atmosphere. Serving affordable wines from all over the world as well as panini, charcuterie, cheeses, and salads. We source both locally and internationally providing an array of options that you are sure to enjoy. We can't wait to see you.
Top review
billvip
Dined on Jul 3, 2024
The food was excellent the wine wine. Was good and the entire experience was outstanding.
A photo of Max's Bistro & Bar restaurant
4.8
4.8 (1615)
$30 and under
Bistro
Fresno
About the restaurant
Max’s is regarded as one of the finest restaurants in the Central Valley. Our rustic California Cuisine and Gallery setting features local artist Tomas Panzarino. Max’s has welcomed Fresno visitors and our local neighbors for over 10 years. We are dedicated to using fresh local produce along with our house made artisan breads to insure a quality and healthy dining experience. The same quality and freshness is found in all the cocktails from our bar. Premium liquors, hand squeezed juices and muddled berries create our exceptional and award winning martini’s. We look forward to your visit!
Top review
RhejoyceAbraham
Dined 7 days ago
We had hoped to find a quiet spot for our group of older ladies, sensitive to noisy settings, and we’re pleased that this was perfect! Not only was the sound level good for us, but the food and everything else was beyond expectations!
A photo of Tahoe Joe's Famous Steakhouse - NE Fresno restaurant
4.6
4.6 (140)
$30 and under
Steakhouse
Fresno
About the restaurant
Step into a Tahoe Joe's Famous Steakhouse restaurant, and it's like taking a trip to Lake Tahoe. Ultimately, it is the food at Tahoe Joe's Famous Steakhouse that turns first-time restaurant visitors into long term guests. Our steaks are USDA, Midwest corn fed beef, cut thick and charbroiled over a cracklin almond wood fire. Our signature items, such as slow-roasted Joe's Steak, Railroad Camp Shrimp and the to-die-for homemade Nevada Cheesecake are favorites our guests crave and are only available at Tahoe Joe's Famous Steakhouse. Our food is made from scratch using the finest ingredients to create an experience we call Sierra Mountain Dining. Our passion for quality food is the foundation for Tahoe Joe's success.
Top review
Wolfpeople2vip
Dined on Jul 13, 2024
Good food, tasty drinks, a manager who works hard, and is friendly with all of his customers.
A photo of Braised Kitchen restaurant
4.6
4.6 (256)
$31 to $50
American
Tulare
About the restaurant
It's our mission to provide the community with clean, delicious food, from the soil all the way to your plate.

We fuse exquisite Latin American cuisine, classic French techniques, and California fresh cooking using locally sourced, fresh ingredients. Our commitment to quality and our passion for cooking allows us to deliver a bold, memorable dining experience.

We love what we do. The food we make reflects that.

Fresh dishes, great drinks, and a killer atmosphere. If that is what you are after, then our brick-and-mortar location is the place for you! We deliver the best fast-casual steak house experience around, and we can't wait to serve you.

Top review
KeithM
Dined on Jul 12, 2024
We had a wonderful experience at an early dinner. Attentive service, great food, and a nice quiet time. I especially recommend the Lobster Mac and Cheese, and the Surf and Turf with pork belly and large shrimp.
A photo of Harrington House restaurant
4.6
4.6 (65)
$31 to $50
American
Bakersfield
About the restaurant
Morning • Noon • Night
Built with love and a goal of creating a genuine connection through our food and coffee
Opening April 22nd 2023!

Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined on Jun 22, 2024
This place is a hidden gem in Bakersfield. The food is amazing and the service is great. I can’t decide which dish is the best because they are all so good! Thank you, Elissa, for taking good care of us on our second time in. We loved it so much we had to come back and will continue to do so.
A photo of The Point Patio Bar & Bistro restaurant
4.5
4.5 (136)
$31 to $50
American
Fresno
About the restaurant
The Point Patio Bar and Bistro is a hot new restaurant featuring American cuisine with a full service, indoor and outdoor bar. The passion to bring a new feel to Fresno came with many trips around the country including Denver, Chicago, Boston, and San Francisco. With their collaborative experiences and a joint vision of bringing the "perfect" point home, the idea for the patio bistro was born. The unique outdoor oasis features fire, water and colored lighting effects. Along with the televisions strategically placed for subtle viewing, The Point sets the mood for an experience like no other. The indoor booth and table seating offers a more intimate dining experience for friends and family. The Point's highly qualified Chefs bring creative flavor and presentation to a diverse menu including tasty Bistro Starters, Gourmet Burgers and Handhelds, savory Mains and House Made desserts. A lighter lunch selection, a happy hour menu and Sunday Brunch is also available.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
It was OK It was OK It was OK It was OK It was OK
A photo of Agave Azul Kitchen & Tequila Bar restaurant
4.5
4.5 (94)
$30 and under
Mexican
Modesto
About the restaurant
With a passion for family and food the Lujan sisters came together to open Agave Azul Kitchen & Tequila Bar in 2012. Their goal was to bring together a gathering of authentic Mexican home cooking that stuck to their roots. Their family originated from Zacatecas, Mexico and then came to Hughson, California to begin farming. With this heritage came recipes passed down from generation to generation. Food was the center of their life and growing up on a local farm allowed their family to cook at home with food grown on their land. Sandra and Gabby originally had the thought of opening Taqueria El Agave, but it quickly transformed into a full kitchen serving some of their favorite dishes such as pollo con crema y rajas. The unique thing about Agave Azul is their attention and focus to the quality of each of the ingredients that goes into their recipes and their commitment to never sacrificing on quality home grown ingredients.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 30, 2024
Our food was so good and our server was amazing! Definitely will be back!
A photo of Black Angus Steakhouse - Bakersfield restaurant
4.2
4.2 (1340)
$30 and under
Steakhouse
Bakersfield
About the restaurant
WE’VE BEEN MASTERING OUR CRAFT SINCE 1964, so you could say we know a thing or two. Our cuts are aged at least 21 days, seasoned to excellence, expertly flame-grilled and served up just the way you like it. You’ve earned it. Whether you’re here to throw back a couple with old friends or trying to finish off the High Noon Feast on your own, there’s always a seat for you. So here’s to the nights you can’t remember and the steaks you won’t forget.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 1 day ago
Great service covers any and all other issues (cook generally was one level higher on all meat, med was med well, med rare was med, ect)
A photo of Tahoe Joe's Famous Steakhouse - Bakersfield restaurant
4.1
4.1 (106)
$30 and under
Steakhouse
Bakersfield
About the restaurant
Step into a Tahoe Joe's Famous Steakhouse restaurant, and it's like taking a trip to Lake Tahoe. Ultimately, it is the food at Tahoe Joe's Famous Steakhouse that turns first-time restaurant visitors into long term guests. Our steaks are USDA, Midwest corn fed beef, cut thick and charbroiled over a cracklin' almond wood fire. Our signature items, such as slow-roasted Joe's Steak, Railroad Camp Shrimp and the to-die-for homemade Nevada Cheesecake are favorites our guests crave and are only available at Tahoe Joe's Famous Steakhouse. Our food is made from scratch using the finest ingredients to create an experience we call Sierra Mountain Dining. Our passion for quality food is the foundation for Tahoe Joe's success.
Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined on Jun 28, 2024
Food is always consistently great. Service was a bit off but usually I get great service. Overall this is a great go to for great food specially steaks.
A photo of BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse - Bakersfield restaurant
4.0
4 (54)
$30 and under
American
Bakersfield
About the restaurant
Time counts at BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse. Since our humble beginnings back in 1978, we've continued to refine our brewhouse experience to make BJ's a place where you can make the most of any meal. We want BJ's to be a place where the moment you leave is the moment you plan on coming back. We pride ourselves in our craft and attention to detail. Our guests come here for our award-winning handcrafted beer. They come here for the Southern California twist we've put on the Chicago-style deep dish pizza. And they come here for our Pizookies®, our world-renowned dessert. But above all we know people come here to make their good times better. So in many ways we haven't just crafted a brand, but a mindset. And our guests are the reason for this. And it's because of them we're continually striving to make sure every moment they choose to spend with us counts. Welcome to BJ's, a restaurant with a Brewhouse soul.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 24, 2024
It was great! No wait at all and had excellent service!
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