Top 10 Restaurants in Ontario, California

Photo of Rowan Anderson
9 February 2017

Ontario may be more famous as an airport for those used to flying to California, but the city itself is full of great restaurants which make it more than worth visiting. From Thai and Lebanese to traditional American fare, here is our list of the ten best restaurants in the area.

Palm Trees at the Ontario Convention Centre | © Mack Male/Wikimedia Commons

The Bucket Crab & Crawfish

California isn’t short on seafood restaurants, but The Bucket Crab & Crawfish will give you an authentic experience of eating bucket-loads of shellfish the traditional way. They offer a range of favorites including clams, shrimp, crab and crawfish, all of which is served with the option of a luscious garlic butter sauce and the option of Cajun fries. If you’re used to knife and fork dining, this won’t be for you, as everything has to be eaten with your hands. Fortunately, if you’re a newbie to eating shellfish from scratch, the staff are helpful and attentive, and will equip you with the necessary gloves and instructions to minimize the mess.

The Bucket Crab & Crawfish 612 North Euclid Avenue, Ontario, CA, USA, +1 909-983-6688

The Olive Grill

Restaurant, Sandwich Shop, American, Greek, Asian, Mexican, Korean, BBQ
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The Olive Grill serves a huge range of quality sandwiches, wraps and burgers, which marry the best of Asian and Mexican flavors. This restaurant is especially popular locally for its Korean BBQ, and their delicious KBBQ fries come with cheese and jalapeños as well as tender meat for a Tex-Mex vibe. Their range of refreshing ice-blend teas also provides the perfect end to the meal. While The Olive Grill provides the ideal pit-spot on the way to the airport, you’re sure to find an excuse to stop off there regardless of your route.

New York Grill

Restaurant, Steakhouse, $$$
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Citrus groves in Ontario
Citrus groves in Ontario | © USC/Flickr
The New York Grill brings the best of East Coast cuisine to the West Coast dining scene in a sophisticated but relaxed atmosphere. With a focus on high-end dining, they are especially famous for their steak, which is made with the finest beef available. The atmosphere is enhanced by the live jazz performances which regularly take place at the restaurant. Make sure you check out their lounge areas, where you can experience a playful interpretation of a New York clubroom with cigars and red wine.


Bar, Restaurant, American, $$$
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Fuddruckers declare that their calling is to ‘create the World’s Greatest Hamburgers.’ Each burger can be chosen in a range of cuts, and the menu also allows you to sample more unusual meat, such as elk, buffalo and boar. They also bake all of their buns from scratch everyday in order to create the perfect texture to complement their burgers. The fresh-produce bar then provides you with everything you need to create the perfect burger, including lettuce, sliced onions, dill pickles and cheese sauce.

Alina's Lebanese Cuisine

Restaurant, Lebanese, $$$
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For those unfamiliar with Lebanese cuisine, Alina’s is the ideal restaurant to get you hooked on dishes from this region. This restaurant offers Lebanese classics, such as gourmet kebabs and falafel, both of which come with a range of hummus, fatoush and pickles, as well as offering mezza platters where you can sample as many dishes from the region as possible, including baba ghanouj, grape leaves, and baklava.

Panda Inn Restaurant

Restaurant, Chinese, $$$
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Panda Inn is a family run restaurant which has operated in Ontario for 40 years. They serve a range of Chinese cuisines, including Mandarin and Szechuan. For those more familiar with standard Chinese cooking Szechuan will come as an exciting surprise: food from this region is hotter and spicier than typical Chinese flavors, with plenty of garlic and chili peppers. While California may be over saturated with Chinese food, Panda Inn sets itself apart from the rest with special touches, such as in the way the meals are completed. Dessert comes in the form of beautiful fruit platters, and the fortune cookies are taken to a whole new luxurious level by being dipped in white chocolate.

Lucky Elephant

Restaurant, Thai, $$$
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Lucky Elephant Thai Cuisine, Ontario
Lucky Elephant Thai Cuisine, Ontario | © Courtesy of Lucky Elephant
Lucky Elephant is the best place to get authentic Thai food in Ontario. The inside of the restaurant is a delight for they eyes, covered in teakwood designs and Thai sculptures. The quality of the food has been recognized for excellence by the Thai Select badge of approval: the internationally recognized sign of excellence in Thai cuisine. Make sure to try their desserts, which include unexpected delights such as deep-fried banana and fried ice-cream.

Holiday Cafe

Cafe, Restaurant, American
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Holiday Cafe, North Milliken Avenue
Holiday Cafe, North Milliken Avenue | © Courtesy of Holiday Café
Holiday Cafe offers a full range of breakfast burritos, pancakes, and waffles, as well as delicious and healthy salads. The house special that keeps people coming back is their Pastrami Melt, which comes with a generous portion of pastrami meat, jalapeños, and fresh rye bread. Everything prepared in the restaurant is exemplary, and comes in huge portions.

El Pescador

Restaurant, Mexican, $$$
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El Pescador’s menu classics include chimichanga and the in-house speciality of pescador fajitas. In addition to the entrées, make sure to check out the appetizers menu, which includes fresh oysters, crispy calamari and fresh guacamole. The drink menu offers a huge range of exciting margaritas, including peach and strawberry, sweet and sour, and the Diablo, which comes with chili and mango. The restaurant also hosts live Latin music every Saturday and Sunday, which make it an unmissable spot in downtown Ontario.

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