California Native

4.5
164 reviews
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$40 and under
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Californian
Top tags:
  • Casual
  • Outdoor Eating
  • Neighbourhood Gem
Individual and atmospheric, this casual restaurant showcases a diverse menu of authentic Californian and Cali-Mex cuisine, prepared with fresh, quality produce.
What 164 People Are Saying
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4.6
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4.4
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4.5
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4.3
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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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1 review
Dined 5 days ago
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
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
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
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
1 review
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
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
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
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
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
2 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
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
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
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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JH
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Fresh and delicious food. Interesting selections with a broad menu. Tacos are so tasty!

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CW
1 review
Dined on 2 September 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

We had our Fathers Day lunch here and it was great. A free Budwieser for me was much appreciated as was the expanded menu for the day, which included the yummy Clam Chowder which was the 1st full meal I have seen my 86 year old Father-in-Law finish in a loooooong time. Service was reaaly good and the food portions BIG!! Will definitely be back. Thanks for making Fathers Day great!!

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RM
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Inside is as noisy as hell get rid of the recorded music and do SOMETHING about the level of noise inside.

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CG
1 review
Dined on 12 August 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic. Great staff and owner was very friendly.

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JW
1 review
Dined on 11 August 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Lovely outdoor dining. Awesome food. A great experience all round.

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M
1 review
Dined on 3 August 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

The food was very nice, but a bit pricy for what it is.

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KE
1 review
Dined on 28 July 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

A hidden gem. The food is authentic and super yum - we think the jalapeño poppers are the best in Brisbane! We love the casual, friendly atmosphere too.

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NC
1 review
Dined on 28 July 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 5

Awesome food and friendly staff. Very long wait for both drinks and food, but it tasted amazing

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LB
1 review
Dined on 28 July 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fabulous Mexican cuisine, really enjoyed it. Probable the best Mexican I've had in Australia.

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E
1 review
Dined on 30 June 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food and cocktails, staff are incredibly friendly and knowledgeable. It's always a great experience!

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MC
3 reviews
Dined on 17 June 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

always amazing when I come here!!! best NACHOS EVER! I wish the nachos was on everyday though!

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JN
1 review
Dined on 10 June 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Really enjoyed my experience here and can't wait to go back.

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SS
1 review
Dined on 8 June 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Had a ten person booking for my family and as per my previous experiences at California Native it was wonderful. The service was attentive and friendly, the ambience fun and lively, and the food absolutely delish. The restaurant catered well for the whole family (from kids aged 3 to 12), as well as parents and grandparents. The fajitas and the octopus tacos are standouts. I cant wait to go back.

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