The 10 Best Restaurants In Stockton, California

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9 February 2017
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Located in north-central California, Stockton offers visitors an exciting array of dining options. From burgers and wings to steak and seafood, there is something for everyone. Stockton is full of family owned restaurants that pass recipes down through generations, proving that this is a community appreciative of authentic quality and taste. Here’s our guide to the best places to stop for a bite to eat.

Downtown Stockton | © LSP.1/Wikicommons

The Abbey Trappist Pub

The philosophy of The Abbey Trappist Pub is that great beer should be accompanied by great food. The menu features California-style pub food made from high quality ingredients. There is a wonderful selection of homemade sauces available including aioli, ketchup, mustard and bbq sauce to meet all the dipping needs for the large portions served. The Abbey Trappist Pub uses sustainably caught Pacific Cod for its fish and chips and the produce comes from local farmers, with take out served in bio-degradable containers. This environmentally friendly establishment is a fantastic spot to enjoy a modern take on classic pub food and a pint.

Smitty’s Wings & Things

Restaurant, American, Vegetarian
Smitty’s Wings & Things may still be quite new to the Stockton area but it has already made an impression. This family owned restaurant is a great spot to stop for a delicious pizza or wings in a variety of flavors. The menu offers a great variety and there is sure to be something for every taste. The food is prepared freshly on a made-to-order basis and the friendly staff are eager to help make your dining experience memorable. The comfortable family atmosphere makes this a great spot for dining out with children.

Market Tavern

Market Tavern is a market, tavern, and restaurant, all in one. Visitors can feast on dishes created from the best local ingredients and all natural meat. A large variety of options are available ranging from pizzas and burgers to steaks and rotisserie chicken. The selection of in-house infused liquors and cocktails with fresh squeezed juice are the perfect accompaniment to any meal. The fair pricing and friendly atmosphere at Market Tavern make this a great place for any occasion. For those on the go, the market offers healthy grab-and-go alternatives.

Flip’s

Flip’s is the place to go in Stockton for delicious burgers and hot dogs. This casual dining spot offers a large menu that ranges from a variety of unique burgers and hotdogs to fried Oreos and hand scooped ice cream shakes. The burgers are made from the freshest meat, never frozen, and fresh vegetables are delivered daily. This institution is very popular with the locals, and for good reason. The owners and staff of this fun burger joint truly care about their customers and do everything they can to ensure that they have a great time at Flip’s.

Flip’s, 2503 Waterloo Road, Stockton, CA, USA, +1 209 943 5477

Whirlow’s

Bar, Restaurant, American, Vegan, Vegetarian, $$$
Whirlow’s is a family owned restaurant that serves delectable BBQ, grilled chicken, smoked ribs, oven-roasted turkey, and so much more. The build-it-yourself tossed salad bar is a guest favorite, allowing visitors to select the desired ingredients and watch their salad be constructed in front of their eyes. Whirlow’s has an exciting events calendar with karaoke every Tuesday and live music every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. Weekly classes such as yoga and dance are also offered at the studio and healing center. For those seeking out a delicious meal and exciting entertainment, Whirlow’s is the place.

Manny’s California Fresh Café

Cafe, American, Coffee, Seafood, Fast Food
Manny’s is a Stockton institution and has been serving the community for decades. It offers a variety of options including sandwiches and seafood but is most famous for its burgers and fried chicken. This family friendly restaurant serves fresh grain fed poultry in sizes ranging from two to 20 pieces. The tuna sandwich and avocado burger are also popular favorites. This place is always busy, but the food is worth the wait.

French 25

Restaurant, Cajun, American, Vegetarian, Cocktails
The cuisine found at French 25 is inspired by New Orleans’ famous French Quarter neighborhood. An abundance of seafood and Cajan spices create a menu that would make the Big Easy proud. This restaurant serves unique dishes such as alligator and frog legs for the more adventurous guests, as well as classics such as grilled ribeye and hickory smoked baby back ribs. French 25’s long list of New Orleans themed cocktails, including the famous ‘Hurricane’ and ‘Oyster Shooter,’ help bring the true spirit of Mardi Gras to this sophisticated restaurant.

Dave Wong’s Restaurant & Deli

Deli, Restaurant, Chinese
Dave Wong’s Restaurant, Stockton
Dave Wong’s Restaurant, Stockton | © Courtesy Mile Wine
Dave Wong’s started as a vision of the ‘American Dream’ and has now been serving delicious Chinese food to the Stockton community for over 30 years. Over time, the cuisine has expanded to not only include traditional Cantonese recipes, but also dishes from other regions of Asia. The interior of the restaurant mixes classic and contemporary design. In the main dining room, visitors will find a large mural painted by one of the cooks who is a Chinese classical artist. Dave Wong’s offers an authentic taste of China and is a favorite among locals in Stockton.

Mile Wine Company

Restaurant, American, Vegetarian, Fast Food, Cocktails, Wine, Beer, $$$
Mile Wine Company brings together an exceptional selection of fine wines from around the world and gourmet food. A unique and wide selection of flatbreads, cheeses, Panini’s and salads ensures that each visitor will find something delicious to pair with their glass of wine. Offering a wine club, monthly winemaker dinners and weekly wine classes hosted by the restaurant’s proprietor and certified sommelier in addition to great food, Mile Wine Company has become a paradise for wine connoisseurs in Stockton.

Angelinas Spaghetti House

Restaurant, Italian, American, $$$
Angelinas Spaghetti House serves spaghetti unlike anywhere else. The recipe for the restaurant’s spaghetti sauce has been passed down through the family for generations. The traditional Genovese cooking style brings an authentic taste of Italy to Stockton. Nightly specials and half orders are available for those with a smaller appetite. The airplane-themed lounge is a friendly spot to enjoy a drink before or after consuming copious amounts of delightful pasta. It is a great place to enjoy a delicious dinner with the family or a relaxed evening with friends.

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