Restaurants in Bakersfield, CA

Bakersfield is a central point for local oil and gas production as well as agriculture of the San Joaquin Valley, and, as the 9th largest city in California, it has a wide-ranging population and culinary tastes to match. There is, of course, excellent Mexican food, the best of it ultra-casual like Loncheria Otro Rollo, which is a red trailer in a gas station parking lot serving hot-sauced Guadalajaran sandwiches (tortas) as well as unique potato tacos. Once a destination for Basque shepherds coming in from the fields, Bakersfield reflects strong Iberian influences, especially in its vintage Basque dining halls. Oldest of them all is the Noriega Hotel, where multi-course meals are served at communal tables at which dishes are passed around boarding-house style.

Bakersfield’s Most Famous Dishes

Tacos filled with shrimp, salad, and jalapeno cream


Mountainous sandwich holds pastrami, egg, French fries, cole slaw, and a tomato at Primanti Brothers in Pittsburg, PA


Crisp-edge, creamy-center French fries sprinkled with salt

French Fries

Traditional spaghetti with meatballs and sweet tomato sauce.


Bakersfield’s Best Restaurants

Loncheria Otro Rollo


A giant banana split at Dewar's Candy Shop in Bakersfield, CA
Dewar’s Candy Shop


Noriega Hotel


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