California Native

4.4
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210 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 210 People Are Saying
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4.5
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4.3
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4.4
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4.2
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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AH
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!

SP
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.

CM
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.

K
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.

CL
1 review
Dined on 14 November 2019
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience4

Great local restaurant with small menu that packs a fresh punch

LH
1 review
Dined on 10 November 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Great sevive and nice food very filling. Is the portions

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 8 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great fajitas

A
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.

KM
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.

ES
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.

BG
Brisbane / QLD
2 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!)

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

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

WW
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.

D
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.

TT
1 review
Dined on 13 September 2019
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience4

Food was delicious, staff were friendly, but food took over an hour to come out once ordered (group of 9) and kind of hard to get a drink in between. A few more service staff would do the trick, otherwise great.

KH
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience3

Food takes a while to come out but worth the wait. Probably the best mexican I have had in Brisbane.

DJ
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

I had googled "Best Fish Taco's Brisbane" and it came up with California Native and they didn't dissapoint. The waitress was pleasant and attentive and we thoroughly enjoyed our date night....will go again to work our way through the menu.

KE
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Excellent. As usual!

KG
1 review
Dined on 31 July 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Food portions huge! Amazing fish tacos! I would recommend to everyone.

NS
1 review
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall1Food1Service2Ambience2

Food took an hour to come out and we were not told of any wait time. Once it was at our table it had no flavour was super disappointing for the price we paid.

CG
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on 26 July 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great evening as always!
Love the fajitas and enchiladas, they never fail to please! And can never finish a whole plate. Love it!!

CH
1 review
Dined on 26 July 2019
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience4

The service was very slow, the starter was tiny and the nachos were dry.

TG
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on 25 July 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Was really good but the music was too loud even after we asked them to turn it down

AW
1 review
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

Great food, friendly staff and fantastic margaritas!

CM
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on 12 July 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Girls are polite and very friendly. Food and Sangria are lovely

CO
1 review
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had the best Mexican meal I think ever! The nachos weren't greasy or dripping in cheese, they were tasty and crunchy with guac and salsa on the side. Frijoles with steak were amazing. We had the fish tacos for entree and could really also go these as a main if they were up sized although the menu for mains has great choices, highly recommend for a great night out 5⭐️

MA
1 review
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Love this local restaurant. It's open air so great in the warm weather, inside, and outside in the courtyard. In the cooler months, inside can be fresh if you're seated near the door. The music was a bit loud in one part of the restaurant but the wait staff was able to - and happy to - move us out of the line of the speaker with no fuss or bother. They also have some interesting looking cactii in their pots.

RR
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great food with the love of traditional family receipes along with great service

S
1 review
Dined on 12 June 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent food and service the Fajitas are to soooo good.

N
1 review
Dined on 7 June 2019
Overall4Food4Service2Ambience3

Good food, service fair as I think there was a newbie, not too noisy as it wasn't full.

OT
1 review
Dined on 30 May 2019
Overall4Food5Service2Ambience4

Food very tasty and delicious but service was very slow

LE
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on 24 May 2019
Overall5Food4Service3Ambience5

Had two great dishes (Nachos and chicken) and one average (Fajitas).
Staff were great, though drinks were a bit slow.

AE
1 review
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Service was a little slow but other than that it was good

BG
Brisbane / QLD
3 reviews
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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.

GW
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on 26 April 2019
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience5

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

SR
London
1 review
Dined on 26 April 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

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.

JH
Brisbane / QLD
4 reviews
Dined on 18 April 2019
Overall5Food5Service3Ambience3

Service slow but food was very nice

S
1 review
Dined on 27 March 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Charming Californian-styled relaxed dining with sensational Mexican flavours.

JW
1 review
Dined on 23 March 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

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.

J
1 review
Dined on 16 March 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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