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Seafood pasta and beer at Wolf Creek Restaurant.
Seafood pasta and beer at Wolf Creek Restaurant.
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12 Must-Try Restaurants in the Burgeoning Santa Clarita Valley

Handmade pasta, dessert omelettes, and deconstructed tortilla soup

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Seafood pasta and beer at Wolf Creek Restaurant.
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The Santa Clarita Valley is having a culinary moment. At one time a quiet suburb on the northeast edge of Los Angeles, this blossoming city now boasts some of the county’s most charming, inventive, and historical restaurants. Buoyed by the constant flow of new residents, businesses boasting fresh spins on international cuisines regularly pop up in the Valley’s many neighborhoods, each of which has the support of a legendarily tight-knit community of food aficionados. Such eclecticism is a delight for visitors and locals alike. Here now are 12 of the Santa Clarita Valley’s must-try restaurants.

A number of LA restaurants have resumed indoor and outdoor dining service. However, this should not be taken as endorsement for dining in, as there are still safety concerns for all involved. Studies indicate that there is a lower exposure risk when outdoors, but the level of risk involved with patio dining is contingent on restaurants following strict social distancing and other safety guidelines. For updated information on coronavirus cases in your area, please visit the Los Angeles Public Health website.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Le Chène French Cuisine

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12625 Sierra Hwy
Santa Clarita, CA 91390
(661) 251-4315
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With its cottage-core waterwheel and vine-strewn trellises, Juan Alonso’s Le Chêne has been SCV’s most elegant restaurant for two decades. For a perfect night, take your French onion soup and duck l’orange (Alonso apprenticed in France) on the patio surrounded by centennial oaks, then walk the river-rock pathways with a glass of Agua Dulce wine.

2. Wolf Creek Restaurant

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27746 McBean Pkwy
Valencia, CA 91354
(661) 263-9653
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Don’t get confused by the two Wolf Creek locations — head to the restaurant on McBean Parkway for the “famous desserts.” The smartest scenario is to take dinner at the restaurant (country-fried chicken with sun-dried tomato brie sauce never fails), have a quick bite of Meghan’s seasonal banana bread ale cake if it’s available, then pop over to the brewery location for a night of cornhole and locally-made brews.

3. Sabor Cocina Mexicana

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23953 Newhall Ranch Rd
Valencia, CA 91355
(661) 259-9002
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The post-modern dishes offered at this pan-Mexican kitchen and bar have been local favorites since opening in 2000. The sopa de tortilla comes deconstructed and served like high tea, adding a dose of charm to a beloved standard. Sabor also makes its own delectable margarita mixes, a perfect left-field treat for parties. 

4. Gyromania

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20655 Soledad Canyon Rd
Santa Clarita, CA 91351
(661) 252-4976
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How does a fast-casual strip mall shop get named the fourth-best restaurant in the U.S.? The answer is clear to anyone who visits this welcoming gyro house in Canyon Country’s Soledad Plaza. In addition to its signature meat wraps, owner Kyriakos Champi’s has stacked the menu with Greek and Cypriot favorites unavailable anywhere else in town including a tart avgolemono and honey-dripping loukoumades (doughnuts). 

5. Pink Salt Grill Restaurant and Catering

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23460 Cinema Dr D
Santa Clarita, CA 91355
(661) 260-3502
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Sandwiched between a laser tag emporium and a yoga studio, Pink Salt might seem inconspicuous to the naked eye but it’s a haven for Filipino food lovers. Dine on the spacious outdoor patio on warm summer days. The oxtail-filled kare kare stew and the chocolate meat dinuguan are particularly special.

6. Piccola Trattoria

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18302 Sierra Hwy
Santa Clarita, CA 91351
(661) 299-6952
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When Angie Caruso and her family converted Caruso’s Deli into Piccola Trattoria, Canyon Country residents were alarmed at the loss of a wonderful sandwich spot. However, their concerns were unfounded as Piccola Trattoria emerged as a champion of fine Italian cuisine, with an array of Sicilian signatures and some of the best hand-made pasta in Southern California. Just be prepared to dream about the mezzelune di crostacei for the rest of your days.

7. Mom Can Cook Thai Kitchen

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18358 Soledad Canyon Rd
Santa Clarita, CA 91387
(661) 251-8103
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Though chef Satini Wanida Boonlue isn’t the “Mom” referenced in the restaurant’s name, her adventurous takes on Thai standards are no less exceptional. Boonlue’s salmon fried rice is a high point, as is the shrimp-in-a-blanket appetizer, and be sure to end each meal with her decadent mango and sticky rice.

8. The Original Saugus Cafe

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25861 Railroad Ave
Santa Clarita, CA 91355
(661) 259-7886

A few things make this humble little diner an essential visit for any Angeleno. For starters, it’s the oldest restaurant in LA, having served the likes of John Wayne and Theodore Roosevelt since opening in 1886. It’s also beloved by locals and tourists who make regular pilgrimages to the Railroad Avenue outpost. Breakfast at Saugus Cafe feels like a hug from an old friend. 

9. Brewery Draconum

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24407 Main St
Santa Clarita, CA 91321
(661) 568-9160
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This relative newcomer on Newhall’s Western Walk of Stars is flush with good vibes, easy charm, and great food. Everything on the menu is scratch-made, including salad dressings and baked goods. Draconum’s specializes in beer infusions and batters, which is evident in its exceptional Saison cheese and guacamole-loaded “totchos.”

10. Egg Plantation

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24415 Walnut St
Santa Clarita, CA 91321
(661) 255-8222
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With 101 specialty omelettes on the menu, there is a dish for every taste at this booming vintage eatery on the outskirts of Old Town Newhall. Though the menu includes cafe standards, Egg Plantation’s owners Shannon and Simon Mee embrace a more left-field, genre-busting approach to breakfast. Customer favorites include item #93, a cherry pie dessert omelette; Angelita’s special, a peanut butter-stuffed french toast fried in egg; and for the day-drinkers, the spiciest Bloody Mary in town.

11. The Old Town Junction

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24275 Main St
Santa Clarita, CA 91321
(661) 702-4888
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Chef Daniel Otto — named Santa Clarita’s best chef six times — made a permanent imprint on the city when he opened the Old Town Junction in 2018. The ambitious bistro quickly became Newhall’s premier upscale restaurant, a title for which it has yet to be challenged. Although Otto’s menus are seasonal, his gifts with meat and fowl, like the peerless slow-roasted prime rib, are evident year-round.

12. Newhall Refinery

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24258 Main St
Santa Clarita, CA 91321
(661) 388-4477
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At the forefront of Santa Clarita’s increasingly crowded gastropub scene is this stylish wood-paneled spot on Main Street. Newhall Refinery’s opening in 2013 under Egg Plantation masterminds Shannon and Simon Mee kickstarted a culinary revolution in Old Town Newhall. Now under new ownership and with a redesigned interior, Newhall Refinery is the Valley’s strongest date night spot.

1. Le Chène French Cuisine

12625 Sierra Hwy, Santa Clarita, CA 91390

With its cottage-core waterwheel and vine-strewn trellises, Juan Alonso’s Le Chêne has been SCV’s most elegant restaurant for two decades. For a perfect night, take your French onion soup and duck l’orange (Alonso apprenticed in France) on the patio surrounded by centennial oaks, then walk the river-rock pathways with a glass of Agua Dulce wine.

12625 Sierra Hwy
Santa Clarita, CA 91390

2. Wolf Creek Restaurant

27746 McBean Pkwy, Valencia, CA 91354

Don’t get confused by the two Wolf Creek locations — head to the restaurant on McBean Parkway for the “famous desserts.” The smartest scenario is to take dinner at the restaurant (country-fried chicken with sun-dried tomato brie sauce never fails), have a quick bite of Meghan’s seasonal banana bread ale cake if it’s available, then pop over to the brewery location for a night of cornhole and locally-made brews.

27746 McBean Pkwy
Valencia, CA 91354

3. Sabor Cocina Mexicana

23953 Newhall Ranch Rd, Valencia, CA 91355

The post-modern dishes offered at this pan-Mexican kitchen and bar have been local favorites since opening in 2000. The sopa de tortilla comes deconstructed and served like high tea, adding a dose of charm to a beloved standard. Sabor also makes its own delectable margarita mixes, a perfect left-field treat for parties. 

23953 Newhall Ranch Rd
Valencia, CA 91355

4. Gyromania

20655 Soledad Canyon Rd, Santa Clarita, CA 91351

How does a fast-casual strip mall shop get named the fourth-best restaurant in the U.S.? The answer is clear to anyone who visits this welcoming gyro house in Canyon Country’s Soledad Plaza. In addition to its signature meat wraps, owner Kyriakos Champi’s has stacked the menu with Greek and Cypriot favorites unavailable anywhere else in town including a tart avgolemono and honey-dripping loukoumades (doughnuts). 

20655 Soledad Canyon Rd
Santa Clarita, CA 91351

5. Pink Salt Grill Restaurant and Catering

23460 Cinema Dr D, Santa Clarita, CA 91355

Sandwiched between a laser tag emporium and a yoga studio, Pink Salt might seem inconspicuous to the naked eye but it’s a haven for Filipino food lovers. Dine on the spacious outdoor patio on warm summer days. The oxtail-filled kare kare stew and the chocolate meat dinuguan are particularly special.

23460 Cinema Dr D
Santa Clarita, CA 91355

6. Piccola Trattoria

18302 Sierra Hwy, Santa Clarita, CA 91351

When Angie Caruso and her family converted Caruso’s Deli into Piccola Trattoria, Canyon Country residents were alarmed at the loss of a wonderful sandwich spot. However, their concerns were unfounded as Piccola Trattoria emerged as a champion of fine Italian cuisine, with an array of Sicilian signatures and some of the best hand-made pasta in Southern California. Just be prepared to dream about the mezzelune di crostacei for the rest of your days.

18302 Sierra Hwy
Santa Clarita, CA 91351

7. Mom Can Cook Thai Kitchen

18358 Soledad Canyon Rd, Santa Clarita, CA 91387

Though chef Satini Wanida Boonlue isn’t the “Mom” referenced in the restaurant’s name, her adventurous takes on Thai standards are no less exceptional. Boonlue’s salmon fried rice is a high point, as is the shrimp-in-a-blanket appetizer, and be sure to end each meal with her decadent mango and sticky rice.

18358 Soledad Canyon Rd
Santa Clarita, CA 91387

8. The Original Saugus Cafe

25861 Railroad Ave, Santa Clarita, CA 91355

A few things make this humble little diner an essential visit for any Angeleno. For starters, it’s the oldest restaurant in LA, having served the likes of John Wayne and Theodore Roosevelt since opening in 1886. It’s also beloved by locals and tourists who make regular pilgrimages to the Railroad Avenue outpost. Breakfast at Saugus Cafe feels like a hug from an old friend. 

25861 Railroad Ave
Santa Clarita, CA 91355

9. Brewery Draconum

24407 Main St, Santa Clarita, CA 91321

This relative newcomer on Newhall’s Western Walk of Stars is flush with good vibes, easy charm, and great food. Everything on the menu is scratch-made, including salad dressings and baked goods. Draconum’s specializes in beer infusions and batters, which is evident in its exceptional Saison cheese and guacamole-loaded “totchos.”

24407 Main St
Santa Clarita, CA 91321

10. Egg Plantation

24415 Walnut St, Santa Clarita, CA 91321

With 101 specialty omelettes on the menu, there is a dish for every taste at this booming vintage eatery on the outskirts of Old Town Newhall. Though the menu includes cafe standards, Egg Plantation’s owners Shannon and Simon Mee embrace a more left-field, genre-busting approach to breakfast. Customer favorites include item #93, a cherry pie dessert omelette; Angelita’s special, a peanut butter-stuffed french toast fried in egg; and for the day-drinkers, the spiciest Bloody Mary in town.

24415 Walnut St
Santa Clarita, CA 91321

11. The Old Town Junction

24275 Main St, Santa Clarita, CA 91321

Chef Daniel Otto — named Santa Clarita’s best chef six times — made a permanent imprint on the city when he opened the Old Town Junction in 2018. The ambitious bistro quickly became Newhall’s premier upscale restaurant, a title for which it has yet to be challenged. Although Otto’s menus are seasonal, his gifts with meat and fowl, like the peerless slow-roasted prime rib, are evident year-round.

24275 Main St
Santa Clarita, CA 91321

12. Newhall Refinery

24258 Main St, Santa Clarita, CA 91321

At the forefront of Santa Clarita’s increasingly crowded gastropub scene is this stylish wood-paneled spot on Main Street. Newhall Refinery’s opening in 2013 under Egg Plantation masterminds Shannon and Simon Mee kickstarted a culinary revolution in Old Town Newhall. Now under new ownership and with a redesigned interior, Newhall Refinery is the Valley’s strongest date night spot.

24258 Main St
Santa Clarita, CA 91321

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