If you’re coming to Auburn, California, you don’t want to miss some of the best local restaurants and eats. Auburn has unique dining options, with both charming old-town cafes and some incredible local joints to stop into.
As a local, I’ve had the privilege of uncovering some of Auburn’s best-kept secrets and go-to spots. This is the town I grew up in and still love today, and I get to go back and visit often. I’ve included all of my personal list of favorite restaurants in Auburn.
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This guide is for anyone who wants to visit, stop on the way to Lake Tahoe, or explore this foothill destination. And while you’re here, be sure to check out the Ultimate Weekend Guide to Auburn, California, and the Best Things to Do in Auburn.
The 20 Best Restaurants in Auburn
Blending elegance with culinary artistry, Restaurant Josephine stands out for its refined dining. This is arguably the nicest restaurant in Auburn right now. The entire menu is very French-focused while sourcing most of the ingredients locally. You will need a reservation or try your hand at a coveted barseat.
Address: 1226 Lincoln Way, Auburn, CA 95603
The Pour Choice does it all. It’s a coffee shop in the morning and a bar with draft beer at night. Its industrial-chic decor and good food make it one of the most popular spots in Auburn.
Address: 177 Sacramento St, Auburn, CA 95603
A contemporary pizzeria with a heart rooted in tradition, Pizzeria Luba offers a gourmet pizza experience. Each pizza, crafted with top-notch ingredients makes it a local favorite for pizza. With its modern yet cozy setting, the ambiance complements the food well.
Address: 780 Lincoln Way, Auburn, CA 95603
If you’re looking for the best Chinese food in town, Liu Mandarin Kitchen is our favorite. Their dumplings like the pork and chive are really the standout on the menu. They also have a ton of classics as well.
Address: 167 Sacramento St, Auburn, CA 95603
For the best bakery in town, head straight to The Baker and the Cake Maker. Known for its fresh bread and pastries, this is the happening spot in downtown. I love their cinnamon rolls particularly, a must every time I’m at my parent’s house.
Address: 1102 Lincoln Way, Auburn, CA 95603
An Auburn landmark, Ikeda’s is synonymous with farm-fresh produce and their iconic pies. While it is a store to stock up on all the things, there is also a small diner attached to it. It’s one of my favorite stop-offs on the way to Lake Tahoe for a casual bite to eat.
Adderss: 13500 Lincoln Way, Auburn, CA 95603
Nestled in the heart of Auburn, Katrina’s Cafe is for those seeking classic American and cafe-style dishes. Its rustic decor makes the ambiance reminiscent of a cozy countryside eatery. Their menu is really good for those wanting a brunch or hearty breakfast with all of the classics.
Address: 456 Grass Valley Hwy, Auburn, CA 95603
8. Local Heroes
A modern take on American fast food, Local Heroes is where you’ll get to try some fun twists on classics. Their gourmet burgers and wide selection of craft beers have earned them a loyal following among Auburn’s residents. This spot is always busy on the weekends, so be prepared to wait a bit.
Address: 1120 High St, Auburn, CA 95603
An Auburn icon, Awful Annie’s stands out for its classic American offerings. From fluffy pancakes drizzled with maple syrup to hearty sandwiches, every dish promises a taste of home. The welcoming atmosphere, paired with their impeccable service, ensures a memorable dining experience.
Address: 13460 Lincoln Way, Auburn, CA 95603
If you’re looking for Italian food, Pasquale’s is my first choice, and recently reopened. This restaurant in Old Town Auburn offers a range of Italian dishes. Some popular options include creamy pesto pasta and crispy pizzas.
Address: 210 Washington St, Auburn, CA 95603
11. Monkey Cat
Located in downtown Auburn, Monkey Cat is a favorite for a mid-week meal. The diverse menu, which features great steaks and fresh seafood, is all served in their cozy restaurant. Whether you visit for a romantic dinner or a casual lunch, Monkey Cat is a good choice.
Address: 805 Lincoln Way #4806, Auburn, CA 95603
One of my favorite spots in Auburn for just good Mexican cuisine is Taqueria la Herradura. There is a little bit of everything on the menu, but our go-to is always the burritos. Their housemade salsas and chips are also wonderful. You can order ahead for take-out or dine-in.
Address: 760 Lincoln Way, Auburn, CA 95603
13. Auburn Alehouse
Housed in a beautifully preserved historic building, Auburn Alehouse was one of the first more forward-thinking restaurants. Its great selection of beer and relaxed menu are well-known. As teenagers, we always came in and shared the onion blossom on the menu!
Address: 289 Washington St, Auburn, CA 95603
14. Old Town Pizza
Nestled in Auburn’s historic district, Old Town Pizza is an Auburn institution that has been open since I was in high school. With a wood-fired oven, the menu has all the classics for those who love pizza. If you’re visiting as well, you can order pizzas to cook at home, which we often do with friends.
Address: 510 High St, Auburn, CA 95603
Celebrating the spirit of Mexican street food, Maria’s offers tacos that are both authentic and innovative. It’s a popular choice for locals for a quick bite.
Address: 13483 Bowman Rd, Auburn, CA 95603
16. Tap & Vine
A modern gem in Auburn’s dining scene, Tap & Vine is where contemporary design meets delicious cuisine. An extensive menu featuring craft beers, fine wines, and creative dishes creates a wonderful dining experience. The chic interior and attentive staff make every visit memorable.
Address: 130 Maple St, Auburn, CA 95603
17. Taco Tree
Taco Tree is a locally-owned fast food joint. It’s a staple for locals for burritos and tacos. It’s my husband’s favorite place to grab a cheap burrito or taco.
Address: 4029 G.V. Hwy, 4029 Grass Valley Hwy, Auburn, CA 95602 and 180 Oakwood Dr, Auburn, CA 95603
18. Mexican Market
More than just a market, this Mexican Market has a wonderful menu that you can order from. We often stop in for burritos and order catering for family get-togethers.
Address: 3744 Grass Valley Hwy, Auburn, CA 95602
19. Tin Lantern Bar and Grill (Meadow Vista)
Tin Lantern Bar and Grill is near Auburn in Meadow Vista and has a menu for everyone. From classic American dishes to modern creations, the menu is just really great. The rustic decor and live music events make it a favorite among locals and visitors.
Address: 17100 Placer Hills Rd, Meadow Vista, CA 95722
20. Nectar Café
For fresh and healthy eats, Nectar Café in downtown is it. Their menu has a wide range of things like salads and sandwiches. It’s a super casual spot but also easy to get something to go.
Address: 948 Lincoln Way Suite A, Auburn, CA 95603
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