27 Best Restaurants in Chino, CA

This article was written by local contributor Madison Thompson & edited by the Travel Lens team.

Best Restaurants in Chino, CA

As someone who's spent a good chunk of my life in Chino, California, I can't help but brag about the amazing restaurants our city has to offer.

From family-owned establishments serving generations of loyal customers to the hidden gems that never cease to surprise and delight, Chino's food scene is nothing short of diverse and delicious.

In this article, we'll embark on a culinary journey together, exploring some of the best restaurants in Chino, California.

So, whether you're a fellow resident or just passing through, get ready to treat your taste buds to an unforgettable dining experience.

The Vintner's Tavern

I recently dined at The Vintner's Tavern and was pleasantly surprised by the cozy atmosphere and delicious food.

Tucked away in a business complex, it's a refreshing alternative to the bustling shopping centers nearby.

Making reservations online was a breeze, and I'd highly recommend it as the space is rather intimate.

The interior is simple and could use some sprucing up, but I have high hopes that the addition of the wine room will bring a more lively ambiance to the space.

Now, let's talk about the food and drinks.

With a well-stocked bar and ten signature cocktails, we were not disappointed.

The drinks were full of flavor and certainly didn't skimp on the alcohol.

We also enjoyed the Yellow Tomato and Strawberry Bruschetta, which was a delightful appetizer bursting with unique flavors.

As for the main course, I had the Paella – it was tasty but could have had a bit more substance for the price.

My partner had the Bay Scallop Pasta, which was beautifully presented and abundant in quantity, although the sauce could have used a little more flavor.

The Vintner’s Tavern · 13788 Roswell Ave #186, Chino, CA 91710, United States
★★★★★ · New American restaurant

Ike's Love & Sandwiches

Oh, how I love my sandwiches!

Living in Chino, I have quite a few options to choose from, but Ike's Love & Sandwiches has become my ultimate favorite.

They have the most creative and delicious sandwiches I've ever tasted.

I usually go for the "Matt Cain" with all the toppings and their Dutch crunch bread - it's simply amazing!

You can find their menu and location details here.

One of the unique aspects of Ike's is that they offer halal chicken, which is great for those who prefer it.

I'm hoping they'll add more halal options in the future.

I've visited several Ike's locations, including the original Ike's Place, and I've had nothing but positive experiences.

Ike’s Love & Sandwiches · 4013 Grand Ave suite c, Chino, CA 91710, United States
★★★★★ · Sandwich shop

Owen's Bistro

I recently had the pleasure of dining at Owen's Bistro, and the experience was truly delightful.

The brick walls and covered courtyard provided a cozy ambiance for enjoying inventive New American fare.

The menu was quite impressive, and I couldn't resist trying their Ratatouille on a sourdough appetizer, which was absolutely delicious.

For my entree, I opted for the Pumpkin Pork Potpie and was not disappointed – it was the perfect comfort food for a chilly evening.

Aside from the wonderful food, the 2017 Stags' Leap Cabernet that I ordered was a great choice and complemented my meal perfectly.

What truly intrigued me was learning about Owen's Bistro's secret little deli next door called Secret Sammie.

Owen’s Bistro · 5210 D St, Chino, CA 91710, United States
★★★★★ · New American restaurant

Jia Pon Bakery & Cafe

I've always enjoyed exploring new cafes in the neighborhood, and recently I stumbled upon Jia Pon Bakery & Cafe, which turned out to be a delightful experience!

As soon as I entered, I was impressed by the classy décor and the perfectly-sized menu offering a variety of lunch and breakfast pastries.

I couldn't resist trying their mini pizza with a hotdog and, on the baker's recommendation, I also grabbed six assorted macaroons.

I must say, each macaroon was a delight to savor, and the mini pizza had the perfect texture and freshness.

It certainly didn't taste like something that had been sitting in a microwave for hours.

They were quick to offer me a cup of coffee, and I found their prices to be quite reasonable.

It's small businesses like Jia Pon Bakery & Cafe that add a unique touch to the community.

I've also heard great things about their strawberry croissant, breakfast croissant, and cappuccino.

Jia Pon Bakery & Cafe. · 12570 Central Ave, Chino, CA 91710, United States
★★★★★ · Bakery

Centro Basco

I absolutely love Centro Basco for a delectable dining experience.

My family and I have been visiting this family-owned restaurant for years, and it has never disappointed me!

They serve mouthwatering Basque-inspired dishes in a warm, rustic setting that feels like a home away from home.

Celebrating special occasions here is a must for us.

I remember the excitement of dining out after a year of not doing so due to the pandemic.

Even when they were busy with a full house, they took excellent care of us.

The food always blows me away.

From roasted chicken to lamb and pork chops, there's something for everyone.

But my all-time favorite dish is their oxtails.

The menu changes often, so it's a good idea to call ahead and find out the specialties of the day.

I particularly enjoy their family-style dinners, where we're served bread, cheese, soup, salad, an entree of the day, steak, fries, and wine.

Not to mention, they have a full bar, so you can order any type of cocktail or drink your heart desires.

It's a great place to unwind and feel like you're part of a close-knit family while savoring the flavors of the Basque country.

Centro Basco · 13432 Central Ave, Chino, CA 91710, United States
★★★★★ · Basque restaurant

Casa Victoria

I recently decided to give Casa Victoria a try after hearing mixed reviews from friends and family.

Although the prices had gone up a bit, I didn't mind because the food was simply delicious.

Their pozole really hit the spot, and I appreciated that they served deep-fried hard-shell tacos, which are my personal favorite.

I also tried the birria and carnitas taco plates, which were good.

Casa Victoria · 4673 Riverside Dr B, Chino, CA 91710, United States
★★★★★ · Mexican restaurant

Chino Hills Pizza Company

One of my go-to spots for delicious pizza and a lively atmosphere is Chino Hills Pizza Company.

The pizza is always crispy yet soft on the inside and thin yet sturdy - truly a 5-star pizza experience.

I've been there multiple times, and the quality has always been consistent.

Whenever I visit, I make sure to order the cheesy bread, which is an absolute must-try.

The restaurant is also a great place to catch a game, as they have sports on TV, and the atmosphere is perfect for a night out with friends or family.

It can get pretty loud at times, especially on weekends when sports teams gather, but that just adds to the fun and vibrant vibe of the place.

The customer service is always top-notch, and I've never had a bad experience.

Chino Hills Pizza Company · 14550 Pipeline Ave, Chino, CA 91710, United States
★★★★★ · Pizza restaurant

Julie's Cafe

I found myself visiting Julie's Cafe for a relaxing brunch experience.

The moment I walked in, what really stood out to me was the atmosphere and the food.

I couldn't go wrong with their dishes - the flavor and the amount of ingredients were very generous for the price.

Julie's Cafe was quite busy, with only one cook available, but my food arrived in good time.

The cafe's cleanliness and cute decorations also added to its appeal.

I particularly enjoyed sitting outdoors, surrounded by small plants.

My friends and I ordered a breakfast bagel and two sandwiches, which tasted fresh, juicy, and flavorful.

Every bite of my brunch was an absolute delight!

Julie’s Cafe - Chino · 3746 Riverside Dr, Chino, CA 91710, United States
★★★★★ · Restaurant

Pho Island

I'm always in search of great pho places around town, and I must say that Pho Island is one of the best I've ever been to.

The plaza it's in may need a little fixing up, but don't let that fool you – the food and service here are top-notch.

What I love about this place is how fast the food comes out, and it's always piping hot.

Plus, the bean sprouts, Thai basil, green lime wedges, and jalapeno served with the pho are so fresh you can taste the difference.

Feeling a bit adventurous, I once ordered their bone marrow, and it was a unique and fun dining experience.

The bone marrow was so tender that I could easily remove the meat and tendon using only chopsticks.

And if you're a fan of oxtail soup, Pho Island has it too, although it's not on the menu – just look for it posted on the wall.

Whenever I visit Pho Island, I always have a great experience.

The portions are generous and satisfying, making it the perfect spot for a quick and delicious meal.

Pho Island · 12414 Central Ave, Chino, CA 91710, United States
★★★★★ · Vietnamese restaurant

Shima Japanese Restaurant

One of my go-to spots for a fun and delicious dinner in town is Shima.

It's a Japanese sushi house offering a wide variety of raw fish, plus steak and seafood entrees.

I've been there several times with friends and family, and we always have a blast.

The teppanyaki-style dinners are always entertaining, with spinning utensils, dad jokes, and flying eggs.

And, of course, the plumes of fire make for some great photo opportunities.

The food is consistently good, whether we're dining in or picking up an order to go.

I remember taking my mom to Shima for a Mother's Day dinner, and we both absolutely loved the lobster sushi.

It was so flavorful and fresh.

The last time I went, I sat at the bar with my partner, and we just ordered appetizers.

The atmosphere was cozy, and the service was friendly and attentive.

I like that Shima is both family and kid-friendly, as well as a great spot for a casual date.

While there isn't a happy hour, the drink prices are reasonable.

Wine is about $8, and beer is regularly priced, which isn't too bad.

Shima · 13700 Roswell Ave, Chino, CA 91710, United States
★★★★★ · Japanese restaurant

Flo's #2 Family Restaurant

If there's one place that always feels like home, it's Flo's #2 Family Restaurant.

I've been a regular at this compact, mom-and-pop eatery for years, and I can't get enough of their homestyle, American comfort dishes.

One visit to Flo's #2 Family Restaurant, and you'll know why it's a local favorite.

Walking into Flo's feels like you're stepping into a quaint family kitchen.

I've never had a bad meal here, and the portions are quite generous.

One of my go-to dishes is Flo's Bowl, filled with biscuits and gravy - it's an absolute must-try.

Whenever friends or family come to visit, I make sure to take them to Flo's #2 Family Restaurant.

The reasonable prices and delicious food never disappoint.

Plus, it's located near the Chino Airport, making it a perfect spot to grab a bite and then check out the Planes of Fame Museum.

Flo’s #2 Family Restaurant · 5650 Riverside Dr, Chino, CA 91710, United States
★★★★★ · Down home cooking restaurant

Riverside Grill & Bar

One of my go-to spots for brunch in the area is Riverside Grill & Bar.

This compact restaurant has a full bar and a lovely patio, perfect for enjoying warm, sunny days.

They offer a range of casual fare, including salads, sandwiches, and, of course, a delightful breakfast menu.

Just last weekend, I met up with some friends and family for brunch at Riverside Grill & Bar.

I ordered the two-egg breakfast, while others at the table opted for biscuits and gravy or the banana nut pancake - all of which were delicious!

The freshly squeezed orange juice was also a delightful treat.

Riverside Grill & Bar · 5258 Riverside Dr, Chino, CA 91710, United States
★★★★★ · Bar & grill

Wok & Grill

I'm always on the lookout for great food at affordable prices.

I recently had the pleasure of dining at Wok & Grill, and I must say, it did not disappoint.

The food was fresh and delicious, and the portion sizes were more than enough to feed two adults or even three kids for just $10.30, including tax.

The noodle soup was particularly delightful and is definitely worth trying out.

The service we received was top-notch – friendly and efficient.

I appreciated the fact that even close to closing time, the food tasted fresh and appetizing.

Wok & Grill · 4110 Edison Ave # 108, Chino, CA 91710, United States
★★★★★ · Chinese restaurant

Topo's Restaurant Bar & Banquet Facility

Let me tell you about one of my favorite spots in town: Topo's Restaurant Bar & Banquet Facility.

I've been ordering takeout from Topo's pretty frequently, and every time, I'm impressed by the generous portions and the personal touch they add to every order.

Their culinary offerings have taken on a new, eclectic twist, and I just can't get enough.

Whether you order once or every day of the week, you're guaranteed a delicious, mouthwatering meal.

Apart from being an excellent spot for takeout, Topo's also shines as a venue for gatherings and special events.

I recently attended a friend's baby shower there, and I couldn't believe how perfect the setting was for such a celebration.

The food tasting we had beforehand was simply divine, with the pork carnitas and pork chile verde being the stars of the show.

If you're in the mood for a quiet, delicious meal, Topo's is the place to be.

Their Sunday breakfast offerings are outstanding, and I highly recommend the 2 enchiladas plate with added eggs.

Whether you're planning a party or just grabbing a bite to eat with a friend or two, Topo's has got you covered with their full bar, stocked with liquor and beer on tap.

Topo’s Restaurant Bar & Banquet Facility · 12598 Central Ave STE 116, Chino, CA 91710, United States
★★★★☆ · Mexican restaurant

Mi Pueblo Santa Rita

Oh, how I love living close to Mi Pueblo Santa Rita!

It's a game-changer when it comes to satisfying late-night cravings while still maintaining a healthy diet.

I've been to this place a handful of times now, and it never disappoints.

Their carne asada nachos are simply delicious, and you get a generous portion size.

As a fan of mesquite-grilled meats, I must say that their asada, suadero, lengua, and alpastor are definitely on fire!

The flavors just burst in your mouth, leaving you wanting more.

The chicken salad is another must-try.

The chicken is so tender it practically melts in your mouth.

Add a little habanero sauce for a spicy kick, and you've got yourself a tasty late-night snack.

I also tried their ceviche once, and it was incredibly fresh and flavorful.

Mi Pueblo Santa Rita · 4122 Philadelphia St, Chino, CA 91710, United States
★★★★☆ · Mexican restaurant

Birrieria Xolos

I have to say, I've been to Birrieria Xolos a few times, and I have mixed feelings about it.

On one hand, their Ramen and quesadilla are absolutely delicious, and they offer a great variety of sides to add to your food.

However, I also had a disappointing experience when I was looking forward to a nice lunch there.

The meat was good, but the flavor just wasn't there.

It was very bland and almost tasteless.

I had to add a lot of salsa, lemon, and salt just to enjoy it.

The only highlight of that visit was their strawberries agua fresca.

It was very good!

If you're looking for birria tacos, this place is solid but doesn't come with consume, unfortunately.

Their Taco Tuesday special is great, though!

You can get four tacos and an Agua Fresca for just $8.99.

Birrieria xolos · 4531 Philadelphia St B104, Chino, CA 91710, United States
★★★★☆ · Mexican restaurant

Mariscos El Rafa

Let me tell you about my incredible experience at Mariscos El Rafa.

This hidden gem in Chino has quickly become my go-to spot for seafood.

After hearing great reviews from friends and neighbors, my partner and I decided to give it a try, and we were not disappointed!

They truly go above and beyond when it comes to customer service and appreciation.

As we sat down, we couldn't help but notice the lively atmosphere - it's a place where you can just feel the positive energy in the air.

Now, let's talk about the food.

I ordered the tostada mitotera, which was a heavenly mix of pulpo, shrimp, aguachile, callo, and their in-house seafood hot sauce.

The flavors were bold and fresh, and I can confidently say it was one of the best seafood dishes I've ever had.

My partner was equally impressed, and we both couldn't get enough of the micheladas they serve.

Mariscos El Rafa · 12150 Ramona Ave, Chino, CA 91710, United States
★★★★☆ · Seafood restaurant

R & R Breakfast Spot

Just last week, I decided to try out this lovely place called R & R Breakfast Spot in Chino, and let me tell you, I was not disappointed!

I ordered their famous shrimp and grits, which was absolutely divine.

The perfect combination of flavors and textures made every bite a delight.

I also had a chance to try their waffle sliders, which were a perfect mix of sweet and savory.

To quench my thirst, I went for one of their specialty lemonades, and it was the most refreshing drink I've had in a long time.

They even suggested I try their strawberry shortcake toast, which I ended up taking to-go, and I'm so glad I did because it was the perfect sweet treat to enjoy later.

R & R Breakfast Spot · 5460 Philadelphia St A, Chino, CA 91710, United States
★★★★☆ · Breakfast restaurant

La Carreta De Don Jose

As a regular customer at La Carreta De Don Jose, I can confidently say that their food never disappoints.

With each visit, I find myself enjoying the delicious and fresh meals they offer.

My personal favorites are the tripa tacos, breaded shrimp plate, and carne asada fries.

What's more, their portion sizes are quite generous, and the pricing is quite reasonable.

You can check out their menu on their website here.

Not only is the food exceptional, but the service is also fast and friendly.

My family and I have become quite fond of this place because of the flavor-packed dishes and the warm atmosphere.

I'm also a huge fan of their shrimp and fish tacos - they're simply the best!

La Carreta De Don Jose · 12150 Ramona Ave # 10, Chino, CA 91710, United States
★★★★☆ · Mexican restaurant

Wabi Sabi

One of my favorite spots in town for a special night out has to be Wabi Sabi.

Their Japanese steakhouse offers a fantastic selection of traditional meat and seafood entrees, as well as some truly creative sushi rolls.

I've been there a few times, and each visit has left me satisfied and excited to come back.

The atmosphere at Wabi Sabi is warm and inviting, making it the perfect place to gather with friends or family for a memorable meal.

One of the highlights for me is sitting at the sushi bar, where the chefs are not only skilled but also engaging and fun to watch.

They make it a real show, and it's a great way to get the full experience of the restaurant.

On most occasions, the service has been excellent.

I've even received some complimentary treats like orange slices and fried stuffed jalapeños, which were a lovely touch.

Wabi Sabi · 4029 Grand Ave, Chino, CA 91710, United States
★★★★☆ · Teppanyaki restaurant

Dono Sushi Cafe

I've been a regular at Dono Sushi Cafe for years now.

Over the years, I've noticed that the prices have increased, but I completely understand that businesses need to adjust for various reasons.

I've learned to navigate their menu, and I discovered that they have a happy hour section!

So, whenever I'm craving sushi on a budget, I make sure to visit Dono between 3 pm to 5 pm.

Although the happy hour menu is limited, it definitely helps to keep the costs down.

One time, I went there with a large group of 13 people, and the service was absolutely fantastic.

They managed our big family without any issues or mistakes, which was impressive.

Dono Sushi has truly earned its place as my new favorite sushi spot.

I've also had the pleasure of trying their "All you can eat" option during lunchtime.

The food was incredibly fresh, and each piece tasted heavenly.

Dono Sushi Cafe · 3926 Grand Ave Suite D, Chino, CA 91710, United States
★★★★☆ · Sushi restaurant

Pho Trans Vietnamese Restaurant

I recently decided to visit Pho Trans Vietnamese Restaurant and it turned out to be an amazing experience.

The first thing that struck me was how clean the restaurant was, which is always a good sign.

I noticed that they had a football game on TV, which added to the enjoyable atmosphere.

I ordered the pho and was truly impressed by the taste of the broth.

For the first time ever, I actually finished the broth at a pho place!

I usually add a bit of spice to my soup, but this time, I only added a few jalapeños, and it tasted fantastic.

I also tried their rocket shrimp, which made for a delightful little snack.

The service was friendly and fast, and I was pleasantly surprised by the generous portion sizes.

My partner had a glazed pork chop, and he had no regrets about it either.

To top it all off, the Thai iced tea was fresh, and the taro drink was deliciously sweet.

Pho Trans Vietnamese Restaurant · Chino, CA 91710, United States
★★★★☆ · Vietnamese restaurant

Other Restaurants Nearby

Urban Fish Taco

Ever since my dear friend Professor Piluso introduced me to Urban Fish Taco, it has become my go-to spot for scrumptious seafood tacos.

Trust me, you don't want to miss their Taco Tuesday special, where I make sure to order every taco on the menu with a flour tortilla – it's a game changer.

Not only is the food amazing, but the service is top-notch as well.

I've always been greeted with a smile and clean tables, making me feel right at home.

Plus, the outdoor seating area is equipped with heaters, which are perfect for those cooler nights.

One thing I love about Urban Fish Taco is their diverse menu.

While their fish tacos are undoubtedly delicious, they also offer asada, fried chicken, and veggie tacos, all of which I highly recommend.

Personally, I prefer corn tortillas, but you can't go wrong with either option.

Their scallops and shrimp plate is another favorite of mine, just be sure to request the butter on the side if you prefer a lighter dish.

To make the experience even more memorable, I suggest trying their cucumber margarita on the rocks – it's like a refreshing cucumber agua cocktail with a spicy twist of chamoy around the rim.

It's the perfect pairing for any of their tasty tacos.

Urban Fish Taco · 13865 City Center Dr Ste 3093, Chino Hills, CA 91709, United States
★★★★★ · Seafood restaurant

Tokyo Roll and Noodle

Tokyo Roll and Noodle has become one of my go-to spots for a satisfying meal.

You can check their menu and more by visiting their website.

Their three-roll special is perfect when you're dining with a group, as it's hard to beat the value.

Besides sushi, they also offer other delicious items on the menu.

I personally love their chicken and egg bowl, especially because it's a large portion and not too spicy.

One of the best parts of dining at Tokyo Roll and Noodle is their outdoor patio seating.

The patio area is lovely, and I almost never dine inside the restaurant, preferring to enjoy my meal in the fresh air.

I've also brought my kids along a couple of times, and they always enjoy the atmosphere and the food.

Tokyo Roll and Noodle · 2593 Chino Hills Pkwy E, Chino Hills, CA 91709, United States
★★★★★ · Japanese restaurant

Thai BBQ

One of the best parts of living in Chino Hills is having access to some amazing restaurants, and Thai BBQ is definitely one of my favorites.

I've been a regular customer since I was a kid, and now at 23, I still can't get enough of their delicious food.

They're always incredibly sweet and friendly, which makes the dining experience even better.

The food itself is always fantastic and served quickly.

I can't get enough of their Thai tea and pad see ewe, but I also love their BBQ chicken and beef satay with peanut sauce.

It's been over 12 years since I first discovered this gem, and I'm happy to report that the food quality has remained consistently delicious.

The restaurant itself has undergone some updates over the years (no more aquarium), but the seating arrangements are still comfortable and adequately spaced.

Thai BBQ · 2911 Chino Ave, Chino Hills, CA 91709, United States
★★★★★ · Thai restaurant

Love Letter Pizza & Chicken

I recently visited Love Letter Pizza & Chicken in Chino Hills and was blown away by the quality of their food and service.

The Korean ran franchise has quickly become my favorite restaurant in the area, and I can't recommend it enough to fellow residents and visitors.

The Kimchi Pizza and extra crispy fried chicken were hands down the best I've ever had.

Their spicy rice cake and bulgogi potato pizza also left me craving more.

I was amazed by the juicy and soft texture of the chicken, which wasn't dry at all.

One of the things that stood out to me was their happy hours, which run from 4 pm to 8 pm Tuesday through Thursday, offering a buy one get one 50% off deal.

The atmosphere is perfect for families, as the pizza options cater to kids as well.

Plus, they serve pitchers of beer for the adults to enjoy.

Love Letter Pizza & Chicken · 3277 Grand Ave H, Chino Hills, CA 91709, United States
★★★★★ · Restaurant

Luna Grill Chino Hills

I am always on the lookout for delicious Mediterranean cuisine in our area, and I must say that Luna Grill Chino Hills has quickly become one of my favorites.

The relaxed, counter-serve setting is perfect for a quick and satisfying meal, and the employees are always friendly and helpful.

One of my go-to dishes here is the Chicken Kabob, which is always juicy and cooked to perfection.

The divine flavors never disappoint, and I love pairing it with their well-cooked rice and tender beef.

The falafel is another must-try, especially when combined with their fire feta sauce.

Though I've noticed that their portion sizes can be slightly smaller than other Mediterranean restaurants in the area, I find that they're just enough for one person.

I also appreciate the variety of options they offer, including their delicious gyros.

The service can be a bit slow at times, but the quality of the food more than makes up for it.

In addition to their savory dishes, Luna Grill Chino Hills also offers fantastic desserts.

The baklava is one of the best I've had, and my son absolutely loves their pita bread.

Luna Grill Chino Hills · 3660-A Grand Ave, Chino Hills, CA 91709, United States
★★★★★ · Mediterranean restaurant

Final Thoughts

Living in Chino has truly been a treat for my taste buds.

From the mouthwatering sandwiches at Ike's Love & Sandwiches to the authentic Basque cuisine at Centro Basco and the fresh sushi at Dono Sushi Cafe, there is always something new and exciting for our local culinary scene.

If you ever find yourself in Chino, don't hesitate to try any of these amazing restaurants.

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