California Native

4.5
177 reviews
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$40 and under
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Californian
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  • Outdoor Eating
  • Casual
  • Fun
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.
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BG
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Best Mexican food in Brisbane. Great Margaritas. Best fish tacos, brilliant chicken, etc. The staff are really nice too. This is seriously good food, highly recommended.

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GW
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on 26 April 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 5

Was not impressed with service time etc ordering food, bringing food out

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SR
London
1 review
Dined on 26 April 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Great place to go for dinner with friends. Casual dining with great music playing. We went when it opened with our young kids and had a great time.

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OT
Brisbane / QLD
4 reviews
Dined on 18 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 3Ambience 3

Service slow but food was very nice

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S
1 review
Dined on 27 March 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Charming Californian-styled relaxed dining with sensational Mexican flavours.

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JW
1 review
Dined on 23 March 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Thanks guys for a great Birthday Dinner.
We did have a larger group and all the staff were very accommodating everyone had an awesome time.

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J
1 review
Dined on 16 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

One of our favourite restaurants to bring new people to. Always a great experience.

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VE
1 review
Dined on 16 March 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

We found the music a bit loud. But everything else was excellent
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Thanks

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RW
1 review
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Wonderful mexican food in a lovely setting. Highly recommend their Sangria :)

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EO
1 review
Dined on 2 March 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Unfortunately we had a night there was an outside function. However the food was awesome and they helped accomodate young children.

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DP
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on 28 February 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Beautiful restaurant. Lovely ambience, clean and friendly staff. Limited menu. Food was of good quality, but it was expensive. Would be nice for a glass of wine to catch up with friends, but for value for money, I'm eating elsewhere

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CA
Brisbane / QLD
2 reviews
Dined on 22 February 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

We have been to California Native 5 or 6 times lately and each time the service was friendly and excellent. The food was quickly ready and satisfying. Water is served automatically and alcohol is available. The music and layout is pleasant and tables are not squashed together. Mostly we have gone in the evening and the ambiance is warm and there is a cultural flavour from California. There is a choice of inside or outside.

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MB
1 review
Dined on 21 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Absolute fantastic little spot a favorite and the owners were so lovely.
We will definitely be going back.
Food was amazing.
Totally great night.

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N
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 1Ambience 4

I do like this restaurant because the ambience is relaxed, the food is good and the serving size is great. But the service is terrible. It is excruciating to get a drink or order food. If the restaurant chooses to not put bottles of water on the table, you need to fill guests glasses when nearing empty. Food comes without cutlery. Serviertes are a rare commodity you have to beg for. The bill will never come, so take yourself to the front counter. I will keep going there because location is good, food is good, ambience is great but service is woeful... sorry... I am one of your fans and I want you to make it, so need to tell you, so I can keep coming to your restaurant.

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J
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 3 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Love California Native it reminds me of the original Montizmas. Best Mexican food ever

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AT
1 review
Dined on 19 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Had my birthday on the weekend, and what a night! Delicious food and lovely staff. We all enjoyed ourselves immensely.

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MC
Brisbane / QLD
2 reviews
Dined on 13 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 3Ambience 5

always good whenever I come here! There was a delay in the service this time though! but will return for sure

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BG
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on 5 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great atmosphere and fantastic food - full-flavoured, fresh and authentic. They've added to the menu, the Mojave Chicken is a winner. Always coming back for the Margaritas, too.

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VE
1 review
Dined on 28 December 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

It was a family catch up and there were 5 of us including our 3yo toddler. We sat outside as it seems like it was going to be a nice cool night. Once we arrived we were greeted with a smile. Service was great and the food was even better than we thought. The only downside with being outside was we were getting bitten my the moisquitos, otherwise we would have stayed longer. Thank you for your outstanding catering and friendly service. Will definitely come back!

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CA
Brisbane / QLD
3 reviews
Dined on 20 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We have been three times. I enjoyed the food and the service was friendly and efficient. I prefer indoors at least in summer. The music is pleasant and not overwhelming the conversation.

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MW
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on 24 November 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 17 November 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 16 November 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 14 November 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 11 November 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 9 November 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 9 November 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 27 October 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 20 October 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 19 October 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
Brisbane / QLD
3 reviews
Dined on 18 October 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 18 October 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 17 October 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 12 October 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 6 October 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 3 October 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 23 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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

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JK
1 review
Dined on 21 September 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 15 September 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 8 September 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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