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Diners' Choice: Lively restaurants in Fresno / San Joaquin Valley

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Updated July 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants that have the most vibrant bar scenes 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 Max's Bistro & Bar restaurant
4.8
4.8 (1612)
$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
GailGvip
Dined 1 day ago
Excellent food and service. Fresh ingredients. Lots of flavor
A photo of Campagnia restaurant
4.6
4.6 (770)
$30 and under
Californian
Fresno
About the restaurant
Campagnia Bistro is located in the heart of the upscale Woodward Park area in north Fresno at the corner of Champlain and Perrin. Campagnia Bistro offer eclectic California cuisine prepared by award winning Chef Floro Bugnosen. If this is your first visit to Campagnia we recommend the Alaskan Halibut (when in season) a neighborhood favorite, the succulent Rack of Lamb or Chef Floro’s signature Grilled Pork Chop. Campagnia features an extensive wine list and has been recognized by Wine Spectator Magazine with the “Award of Excellence”.
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OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
Celebrating wedding anniversary. Service was exceptional. Food was excellent and cooked to perfection. It could not have been better.
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.

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KeithM
Dined 4 days ago
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 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.
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OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 30, 2024
Our food was so good and our server was amazing! Definitely will be back!
A photo of Harrington House restaurant
4.5
4.5 (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!

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OpenTable Dinervip
Dined on Jun 22, 2024
Great service! Great food! I would recommend.
A photo of Ay Mi Pa - Bakersfield restaurant
4.2
4.2 (10)
$50 and over
Mexican
Bakersfield
About the restaurant
Ay Mi Pa! is a gastronomic adventure to the flavors of Tulum, nestled in the iconic city of Bakersfield. Created by Chef Mi Pa, a well recognized entrepreneur chef and founder of Fire Up Grill and Mr Taco, the restaurant and Mixology haus serves up discovery within every dish. Immersed in 4000 square feet of Tulum-inspired Mayan garden space, guests can taste our creative tequila cocktails, bold Mexican flavors in a great atmosphere.


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OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 7, 2024
The food wuz very good and the flight Margaritas is my favorite lots of liquor the food to the season tasted good they gave me a lot of meat in my burrito the steak taco was good the rice and beans was delicious the place is clean very beautiful inside you guys got to go and check them out I will be back on mother's Day I have reservations this is my favorite place in the valley plaza Mall Bakersfield California
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.
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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 - Fresno restaurant
3.7
3.7 (57)
$30 and under
American
Fresno
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
MattM
Dined on Jun 16, 2024
Great server, good food, nice music at a level that allows for easy conversations at the table.
A photo of Dave & Buster's - Fresno restaurant
3.7
3.7 (63)
$30 and under
American
Fresno
About the restaurant
Each Dave & Buster's has more state-of-the-art games than ever, more mouth-watering menu items and the most innovative drinks anywhere. From wings to steaks, we've got whatever suits your appetite and our premium bar assures we're stocked to satisfy! Plus, you can watch your game on one of our massive HDTVs with epic stadium sound.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 12, 2024
Waitress suck my food was cold they went to remake it took them 45 mins
A photo of Dave & Buster's - Modesto restaurant
3.1
3.1 (105)
$30 and under
American
Modesto
About the restaurant
Each Dave & Buster's has more state-of-the-art games than ever, more mouth-watering menu items and the most innovative drinks anywhere. From wings to steaks, we've got whatever suits your appetite and our premium bar assures we're stocked to satisfy! Plus, you can watch your game on one of our massive HDTVs with epic stadium sound.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jul 7, 2024
The staff was fantastic; they were friendly and helpful! They were always quick with orders and refills.
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