10 Best Restaurants In Moreno Valley, California

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9 February 2017

Located in Riverside County, Moreno Valley is a relatively new city. Attractions of the area include Moreno Valley Mall, hiking trails, and the Orange Empire Railway Museum. When it comes to a casual meal, these are the 10 best choices.

David Chang’s Dragon House

Dragon House is run by owner and master chef David Chang and his brother Jimmy Chang. It’s a Chinese restaurant specializing in authentic Mandarin and Szechuan cuisines, and it’s been voted #1 Favorite Chinese Restaurant by Inland Empire Press-Enterprise Reader’s Choice Survey since 1996. Dragon House has a large menu of intensely flavored dishes, including many options of sizzling meat and seafood plates, chop sueys, chow meins, mu shu dishes, gourmet dinner specials, a la carte dinners, and lunch specials. The house’s distinctive taste comes from its sauces, which are created and mastered in-house using only the freshest quality ingredients.

David Chang’s Dragon House, 22456 Alessandro Blvd, Moreno Valley, CA, USA +1 951 653 1442

Mongolian BBQ

Mongolian BBQ serves modern interpretations of classic dishes. Every dish is made from scratch with the freshest and most high quality ingredients available. The price points are affordable whether you’re having dinner or a lunch special. The menu includes soups, chop suey dishes, chow mein noodles, a few Thai specials, teriyaki bowls, and egg foo young options. They are each served with steamed rice and a pan-fried Chinese omelet with bean sprouts, carrots, onions, and the house gravy.

Mongolian BBQ, 25155 Sunnymead Blvd, Moreno Valley, CA, USA +1 951 485 9100

Chicago Pasta House

Restaurant, Italian, Vegetarian, $$$
Chicago Pasta House is an Italian restaurant with cool retro decor, located across the street from Moreno Valley’s Holiday Inn and Bowling Alley. It’s known for its stuffed crust pizzas, but the menu is large and includes many authentic Italian dishes. There’s a mixture of spaghetti, linguini, fettuccine dishes, baked dishes like stuffed eggplant and lasagna, seafood plates, and small sides like stuffed mushrooms, zucchini sticks, wings, and fried calamari. For dessert, the restaurant serves homemade cannoli, pastries and cheesecake, spumoni, and tiramisu.

Thai Garden

Restaurant, Thai, Vegan, Chinese, $$$
Thai Garden is a casual restaurant with an exotic interior that specializes in authentic Thai cuisine with fresh and bold flavors. Though the menu focuses on pad Thai and Thai curries, it isn’t limited to them; there is a range of Chinese-inspired dishes as well. The menu is extensive and includes appetizers, soups, salads, entrées, noodles, and sides. For dessert, there’s tropical fruit and fried banana, and the drinks include variations of Thai ice teas, bubble teas, ice coffees, fresh coconut juice, and delicious fresh fruit smoothies with vanilla cream on top.

Dino’s Burger

Dino’s Burger is known for charbroiled chicken and specialty burgers. Offerings include a mixture of American, Mexican, and Greek cuisines: burgers, hot plates, salads, sandwiches, and specials for kids such as grilled cheese and corn dogs. In the mornings, choices include meaty burritos, fresh omelets, bacon and eggs, and filling breakfast tortillas. Sweeter options include French toast and traditional American pancakes topped with syrup and berries. Burger and sandwich options range from chili cheese burgers to gyro sandwiches. For something different, try the special chili cheese fries with asada and pastrami.

Louisiana Seafood

To experience Southern vibes in Moreno Valley, head to Louisiana Seafood, located right next to Towngate Shopping Center. The menu includes lunches, dinners, and combo plates of generous portions. It’s the perfect place for a big group of friends or family to share meals. In addition to fried shrimp, oysters, catfish, red snapper, and crawfish, there’s Louisiana soul food specialties like gumbo and red beans and rice.

Louisiana Seafood, 12625 Frederick St #10, Moreno Valley, CA, USA +1 951 653 478

HOGGS Gourmet Grill

Restaurant, American, Cajun, Italian, $$$
HOGGS Gourmet Grill is a family-owned and -operated restaurant that specializes in backyard, Southern-styled barbecue. It’s located in the Towngate Center, right in the heart of Moreno Valley. This place is a friendly and welcoming alternative to the corporate chains. It serves meaty, charbroiled burgers, and smoked sandwiches with options ranging from tuna to pulled pork and turkey. There’s also jumbo hot dogs, jumbo hot wings, dinner salads, and plates of barbecued meats with onion rings or sweet potato fries. Be sure to try the gourmet sausages; exotic options include Polish, Hawaiian Portuguese, Italian, and Cajun.

Steer 'n Stein

Restaurant, Steakhouse, American, $$$
Steer ‘n Stein is a traditional American steakhouse, known for the best steaks in town and great quality at low prices. With a welcoming and homey atmosphere, the steakhouse is great for family dinners and casual group outings. The menu is made up of sizzling combo plates and hand-trimmed steaks (which are all cut on the premises). There are also delicious sides like fried shrimp and sautéed mushrooms as well as sandwiches, burgers, salads, jack potatoes, and fish and chicken dinners.

Big Fish Market

Market, Restaurant, Italian, Seafood
Big Fish Market is located in Moreno Valley Plaza and serves an extensive menu of fish and seafood. It’s one of the most affordable seafood joints in town. Everything on the menu can be either fried or grilled. There’s a mixture of fish plates, shrimp plates, oysters, seafood lunch specials, family specials to share, wings, and side orders ranging from zucchini to hush puppies. Pulling from international cuisines, the menu also includes more exotic dishes like fish tacos and Mexican shrimp ceviches, coleslaw and Southern red beans n’ rice, and Asian-style teriyaki boiled fish.

Big Guys Pizza

Restaurant, American, Italian, $$$
Sports fans can catch a game while enjoying drinks with pizza and pasta dishes at Big Guys. It’s a great place for a group of friends for an evening of entertainment with beers on tap, open seating, pool tables, darts, and even video games. The pizzas come in various sizes, from medium to a huge 28-inch monster size, and there’s a long list of toppings to choose from. The pasta offerings range from classic spaghetti and meatballs to shrimp fettuccine Alfredo to portobello mushroom ravioli. The best parts of the pastas are the sauces, which are all made from scratch in the restaurant’s kitchen.

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