We recently informed you about dineL.A., a two-week dining adventure that takes place twice a year and highlights many Los Angeles restaurants throughout the county. Now that dineL.A. is over, we encourage you to explore some of San Gabriel’s best-rated restaurants according to Yelp. While there is some controversy on the validity of Yelp reviews, the platform is still one of the most widely used websites for restaurant recommendations. Here’s a list of San Gabriel’s top restaurants according to Yelp:
1. Young Dong Tofu House
927 East Las Tunas DriveUnits E and FSan Gabriel, CA 91776626.286.6031
Craving some delicious Korean food? Located in the San Gabriel Promenade (168 Market shopping center) on Las Tunas Drive, Young Dong Tofu House stands out among its neighboring restaurants. Their signature dish features a combination of a warm bowl of tofu soup and a sizzling plate of meat and rice. Not only does the restaurant give you a generous portion every time, but the food you eat will leave you wanting to come back for more.
2. Boston Lobster
727 East Valley BoulevardSan Gabriel, CA 91776626.288.4388
If you love Lobster and you’re also a foodie at heart, Boston Lobster is the place for you. Located next to Popeyes at the intersection of San Gabriel Boulevard and Valley Boulevard, Boston Lobster serves high-quality lobster with additional Chinese favorites. The lobster dishes come with a variety of sides and options, including noodles and rice.
3. Claro’s Italian Market
1003 East Valley BoulevardSan Gabriel, CA 91776626.288.2026
Cheese, cream puffs, pastries, sandwiches and pasta. Sound familiar? Claro’s Italian Market on Valley Boulevard is an institution in San Gabriel. Founded in 1948, Claro’s Italian Market stands as one of the longest running restaurants in the city. Great Grandpa Joe, Claro’s most popular sandwich, comes with fresh capocollo, mortadella, dry salame, provolone cheese, lettuce, tomato, sliced pepperoncini and oil dressing. On the weekends, Claro’s Italian Market also serves fresh, hot pizza.
4. Pulciano’s Deli & Cafe
327 S. Mission DriveSan Gabriel, CA 91776626.458.9928Pulcianos.com
A Mission District favorite, Pulciano’s Deli & Cafe is known for their flavorful sandwiches. If you happen to be in the neighborhood, be sure to grab their signature sandwich – the California Mafia! This sandwich comes with avocado served on toasted garlic bread. Other great options include the Hal’s Club with turkey, roast beef and ham with cheese and avocado or Chucks Jalapeno, with turkey, roast beef, provolone cheese and avocado served with jalapenos.
5. New Port Seafood
518 W. Las Tunas DriveSan Gabriel, CA 91776626.289.5998NewPortSeafood.com
Featuring a fusion of several South East Asian flavors, including Chinese, Vietnamese, Cambodian and Thai, New Port Seafood is known for their flavorful seafood – including their signature lobster dish with ginger and green onion. If you’re looking for a spicier take, they also offer lobster with salt and pepper or lobster with black bean sauce. Of course, New Port Seafood also offers other seafood plates, including sea abalone, frog, crab, clams and oysters among many other dishes.
6. Golden Deli Restaurant
815 W. Las Tunas DriveSan Gabriel, CA 91776626.308.0803
Known as one of the most authentic and popular Vietnamese restaurants in San Gabriel, Golden Deli offers a variety of Vietnamese dishes, including pho, com tam, and bun bo hue, along with other appetizers and sides. Its most popular pho dish includes rib-eye beef and brisket beef, topped with tendon and tripe served with vermicelli, bean sprouts and onions.
7. Green Zone
543 E. Valley BoulevardSan Gabriel, CA 91776626.288.9300GreenZoneRestaurant.com
With an emphasis on healthy dishes with fresh and organic ingredients, Green Zone serves a variety of organic Asian cuisine. Options range from salads and starters to noodle soups and rice dishes. The healthy eatery also offers a few pasta options, though they are really known for their organic Hainan Chicken Rice, with organic, boneless chicken over lemongrass flavored rice served with ginger, garlic chili sauce and sweet soy sauce.
8. Luscious Dumplings
704 West Las Tunas DriveSan Gabriel, CA 91776626.282.8695LusciousDumplings.com
If you love dumplings, Luscious Dumplings is the place for you. Featuring a wide variety of dumplings – including pan fried pork dumplings, pan fried fish dumplings and steamed soup dumplings. Luscious Dumplings also serves soup noodles and a limited number of vegetable snacks. Their combination dishes are a must!
9. A Ri Rang Tofu House
529 East Valley BoulevardSuite #128San Gabriel, CA 91776626.288.6069
Clam tofu soup, oyster tofu soup, kimchi tofu soup are among the many tofu dishes that A Ri Rang Tofu House has to offer. With dozens of options at your disposal, A Ri Rang Tofu is your go-to-place for Korean tofu dishes. Of course, A Ri Rang Tofu also offers a variety of rice plates if you’re not a tofu fan, including spicy grilled pork, teriyaki chicken and grilled yellow croaker.
10. Fresh Roast
308 South San Gabriel BoulevardSan Gabriel, CA 91776626.451.5918
A unique coffee shop in San Gabriel, Fresh Roast offers a variety of caffeinated treats for your taste buds. If you’re looking for something to eat alongside your drink, Fresh Roast also offers their take on Hong Kong waffles, or spherical waffles shaped like eggs. These spheres can be filled with a variety of flavors, including chocolate, peanut butter, blueberries and more! If you’re feeling daring, you can also mix and match flavors as well.