California Native

4.5
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237 reviews
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$40 and under
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Californian
Individual and atmospheric, California Native showcases a diverse menu of authentic, family inspired Californian and Cali-Mex cuisine in Coorparoo. Our food is prepared with fresh, local produce and our boutique bar showcases a unique and eclectic selection of quality products. Set in in a warm, casual environment and drawn from family history we take great pride in what we do, helping ensure every element of our service is personal and sincere.
What 237 People Are Saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
4.5
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4.4
Service
4.4
Ambience
4.2
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CLandSL
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

I always love coming to California Native. I just wish the couples tables weren't always in weird little spots, it has the potential to create a really romantic setting for couples, will 100% be back!

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BrittG
Brisbane / QLD
3 reviews
Dined on 4 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

California Native is the best Mexican restaurant which i know of in Brisbane. The food is creative without being pretentious, and full of flavour. Must try the fish tacos, must try the empanadas, and jalapeno poppers. Good margeritas too.

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DerekW
1 review
Dined on 4 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very nice place, great food and really helpful staff, great little restaurant

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Terri
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on 3 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Enchiladas are consistently delicious. Great cocktails.

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Angiev
1 review
Dined on 27 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The most incredible food and service. We will definitely be back!

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Luke
1 review
Dined on 27 June 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

Great food, service and ambience. The fish tacos were amazing and really enjoyed the Sierra Cantabria tempranillo too.

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IanC
1 review
Dined on 26 June 2020
Overall2Food3Service3Ambience2

Generally a disappointing experience compared to previous visits.
We were keen to support local restaurants after lockdown. Last time we ate at this restaurant actually spoke with manager and mentioned the corn cob was over cooked and dry. Also l felt they needed a change in menu.....which they replied yes that will be happening.......but it hasn’t. The atmosphere is good but food is a let down. The taquitos were dry and under spiced. I would recommend the chef paying a visit to Baja....for ideas.

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James
1 review
Dined on 24 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Love California Native. My gf and I keep coming back. It's a cozy atmosphere with incredible food and great service. The chicken enchiladas are my personal favourite!

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LeonardoM
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on 24 June 2020
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

Quiet place, nice atmosphere, food is very tasty and good service. Parking can be challenging sometimes times.

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Fannisto
1 review
Dined on 20 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This is an amazing restaurant and the staff are always friendly and accommodating. The best Jalapeno Poppers and Fish Tacos in Brisbane.

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SoniaA
1 review
Dined on 14 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food. Friendly and accommodating staff. Will definitely be back.

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Joann101
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 13 March 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

We love this place best Mexican food ever. Reminds me very much or the original Montezumas at Burleigh Heads. Food is delicious and service is always good. I only wish they were open for lunch on Saturday and Sunday.

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KathleenD
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 1 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very attentive, great food, fair pricing. Great for big groups and small groups alike.

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LisaS
Brisbane / QLD
2 reviews
Dined on 23 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I look forward to going back soon with a group... the servings are generous and well-priced and the staff are very friendly. great little "local"!!

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Apple2
1 review
Dined on 21 February 2020
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience3

Not many options for children. Either nachos or fish and chips (with salad dresses in jalapeño mayo!). Adult food was good basic Mexican menu, tasty & spicy. Not many options but their cheeseburger & chips & enchiladas was good. Loved the imported drink options. A bit pricey but worth it for a good adults dinner, wouldn’t take the kids / family again though.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Cocktails were on point
Food was tasty
Staff where amazing
Hot sauce was....well super hot

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OpenTable Diner
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Yum yum yum, every time we come we have a great dining experience.

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DebraK
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I love this place, you simply can't fault the food; made with fresh, quality ingredients, everything on the menu is top quality. When you consider the size of the meals and the quality of the food, their meals are well priced and represent good value. Service is always friendly and fast with a happy vibe from contented diners having a great time.

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AnnaS
1 review
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and great atmosphere. Lovely serv8ce. Would recommend

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DavidH
1 review
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Really great Mexican food! Drinks are good, but just a little expensive.

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JankaO
1 review
Dined on 19 January 2020
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

Food was nice and so was the atmosphere. It was bit annoying that service was slow even though the restaurant wasn't very busy. Also they need to bring glasses when beer has been ordered.

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Phantom
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was perfect
Chilli fries to die for !!
Great friendly staff and good drinks menu

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GigiD
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on 17 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service3Ambience5

We adore it here. Service is typically on the slow side but it’s never bothered us because we know never to come if we’re in a rush. I’ve been here on dates with my husband, here with my family, and for group parties. it suits all occasions. Food is consistently awesome, very good value, drinks are great, and the ambience is wonderful.

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Aimz
1 review
Dined on 22 December 2019
Overall3Food2Service2Ambience2

We have been several times in both locations and unfortunately the last two times it really has gone down hill. I don't usually write reviews but there were no management I could pass my feedback on to.

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nickk
1 review
Dined on 20 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food and reasonably priced. Well worth the trip out for dinner.

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ScottN
1 review
Dined on 14 December 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience5

Fantastic food, great atmosphere and friendly staff. A great night out, will be back.

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AHealy
1 review
Dined on 6 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

First time after being recommended by a friend and California Native did not disappoint. The service was wonderful, we were warmly greeted and the waitress told us that the Margaritas were award winning. Well, we started with the classic margarita and worked our way through the menu, with my favourite being the strawberry margarita.

I've been to California many times and I was transported back there with the decor of stunning photos of the coastline and vintage signs. The Jalapeno Poppers were the best I've ever had and I have not had taquitos as good as that in many years. We will be back to try the fish tacos - they look amazing.

Thank you for a wonderful night!

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SeanP
1 review
Dined on 30 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We are frequent visitors to California Native and are never disappointed. Great ambience, great service, great food. The fish tacos are the best in town, and the Mohave BBW Chicken is to die for. Also i recommend the smoky roja sauce (although be warned it's not for chilli wimps!). Also outstanding are the Margueritas. A bit disappointed with the wine by the glass offerings (only option for reds is a pinot noir). Overall the best Mexican that I know of in Brisbane.

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CelloMum
1 review
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience2

I would recommend the food, although it is pricey. The burger was not large or particularly filling for my son, but the enchiladas were good. The entrees, again are expensive for what you get, but delicious. It is noisy and with kids running around screaming it’s not pleasant, so I suggest booking a later time when families have left. The service was sporadic and we had a second round of drinks forgotten so we left. It’s good, tasty food but the service does t match the prices.

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Kathysuncoast
1 review
Dined on 15 November 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience3

This was our first visit . I t was a good night out. Only problem was a very naughty child who was screaming at full volume intermittently for a while . The food was very nice. The waitstaff are great. overall pretty good.

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CarolynL
1 review
Dined on 14 November 2019
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience4

Great local restaurant with small menu that packs a fresh punch

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LouisaH
1 review
Dined on 10 November 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Great sevive and nice food very filling. Is the portions

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 8 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great fajitas

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Agibrahim
Brisbane / QLD
2 reviews
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience4

The food great. That being said, they were in a hurry to get us out even when several tables were still empty. This made us very uncomfortable and so we decided to have desert somewhere else.

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KarenM
1 review
Dined on 18 October 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Food was amazing but expensive though. We were very disappointed with the Gin Spritzer which was $25, it was very weak and not worth the money, tasted more like soda water with a few pieces of fruit in it.

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ErinS
1 review
Dined on 18 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I have only good things to say! Fantastic food, very accommodating for my large group, excellent service - thank you for a wonderful evening.

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BrittG
Brisbane / QLD
4 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We love CaliNative for the great take on Mexican food, great service, and lively atmosphere. Best fish tacos i've had, and the bbq chicken is superb. Also try the hot sauce (if you are up to it, it's hot!)

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EEeee
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on 2 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The beef enchiladas and sangria are INCREDIBLE. The perfect meal :)

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WillW
1 review
Dined on 20 September 2019
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience3

Meals came out at different times and after tables that had been seated well after us, service was haphazard. Food was average on par with something you could have heated up in microwave, enchilada meat was over cooked and dry. For the prices should have been much better standard.
Disappointing from a local that could do much better.
Montezumas next time.

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Delicious
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on 19 September 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Great service, really liked the outdoor section and the food was delicious! Only draw back is parking in the area.

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