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The 11 Best Restaurants in Ontario CA Right Now

January 15th, 2017

You’d think choosing a place to eat would be easy – but often, that’s not the case!

Whether you’re planning a dinner with your date or a lunch outing with your co-workers, you may find that people either don’t want to give their opinion on where to eat or they argue because of too many differing opinions.

While there may not be a one-size-fits-all solution to this problem, you can make the conversation a whole lot easier by suggesting one of the best restaurants in Ontario.

Keep reading to learn all about the greatest restaurants – you’ll be happy to know that they’re all within a comfortable driving distance of pretty much any homes or apartments in Cerritos, so everyone going to eat can be happy with the location and the food!

El Pescador

Founded in 1983, this Mexican grill restaurant with a fun family atmosphere has something for everyone.

If you’re a fan of seafood, you’ll be happy to know that they offer a wide range of fish dishes, including shrimp fajitas, seafood molcajete, and shrimp soup.

If you’re more into steak, chicken, or pork, you can try the chimichangas, fajitas, or sope combo.

And if you’re looking for a refreshing adult beverage, order one of the restaurant’s cocktails. These aren’t just your ordinary cocktails – they include seafood!

For example, the “Back to Life Cocktail” includes steam-cooked shrimp, octopus, and an abalone in-house blend juice – and it’s served with fresh oysters. Perfect for the adventurous diner looking to try something new!

Rosa’s Cucina

When it comes to authentic Italian food, you’ll find it difficult to find a better dining experience that Rosa’s Cucina. Opened in 1988, you’ll find this restaurant just minutes from the Ontario International Airport and within walking distance of the local convention center.

Not only does this restaurant service delicious dishes – they have a wine list and a full bar for anyone looking to grab a drink while enjoying a fresh meal.

And make no mistake – this restaurant is all about serving quality food. They use fresh, wild-caught fish, artisan pasta, and other top notch ingredients that’ll make your mouth water.

Plus, they’ve got desserts that are freshly made every single day!

Market Broiler

Seafood fans can’t get enough of this eye-catching Ontario restaurant! But Market Broiler doesn’t just serve fish dishes – they offer entrees with aged beef and fresh chicken as well.

They even have salad and pasta for anyone who doesn’t eat meat, so it’s the perfect place to visit if you’re looking to accommodate a vegetarian!

Here are some of the delicious items offered at the restaurant:

  • “Hot” Smoked Salmon
  • Cheese Potato Taquitos
  • Caramelized Salmon and Scallops
  • Crab-stuffed Salmon
  • Pan-seared Halibut
  • Sizzling Seabass
  • Snapper Veracruz and Shrimp
  • Chocolate Molten Cake
  • Carrot Bundt Cake

And you don’t have to spend a fortune on your meal – Market Broiler is moderately priced, and it offers a casual and comfortable environment. You even get warm, fresh sourdough bread with your meal – it really doesn’t get much better than that!

Zeke’s Eating Place

Located on E. Fourth St. in Ontario, this restaurant is truly one of a kind. It offers a cuisine inspired by the hearty appetite of the rough, tough prospectors from the Big Alaskan Gold Strike of 1880.

So as you can imagine, this isn’t exactly the place for tiny portions and salads (although they DO offer a veggie burger to accommodate vegetarian diets!). Instead, you’ll find meal options like:

  • Country fried steak
  • Hog-sized ham and eggs
  • Egg omelettes
  • BBQ burger
  • Blue cheese burger

One of the best things about this restaurant?

Breakfast is served all day long! That means you can get hash browns, pancakes, bacon, scrambled eggs, and other favorites anytime you want.

Alina’s Authentic Lebanese Organic Cuisine

Organic food is all the rage lately – and if you’re always on the lookout for a healthy organic meal, you’ll love Alina’s.

They serve authentic Lebanese gourmet cuisine, and everything they create is made fresh-to-order with Halal meat and organic food. They even serve veggie dishes and have a variety of exotic Mediterranean drinks (both hot and cold).

So whether you’re a vegetarian, a meat-lover, or just someone who is looking for a unique dining experience, check out Alina’s. They’re open Monday-Saturday until 9PM.

New York Grill

You don’t have to travel across the country to enjoy the taste of New York’s finest restaurants – you can get it right here in Ontario at New York Grill!

And it’s not just the food that will impress you – the entire restaurant features New York-inspired décor, like rich mahogany, polished marble, and soft candles. They even offer live performances, so your meal is more than just a meal – it’s an unforgettable experience!

The dinner menu offers a wide range of items, including:

  • Shrimp cocktail
  • Oysters Rockefeller
  • Steak tidbits
  • Seared ahi
  • Tomato caprese
  • Salmon roulette
  • Australian lobster tail
  • Scottish salmon
  • Filet mignon
  • Smoked baby back ribs
  • Pasta primavera

They also have a regular happy hour, where you can get $5 martinis, wine, or beer. If cigars are more your style, you can enjoy dining on the Cigar Patio. Start planning your trip to this one-of-a-kind restaurant today!

Vince’s Spaghetti

Opened in September of 1945, this restaurant offers – you guessed it – real Italian spaghetti.

It started out as an open-air restaurant with six stools, but today Vince’s boasts 3 locations, all of which are family owned and operated.

Besides spaghetti, here are some more tasty food options you can get at Vince’s:

  • French dip sandwich
  • Homemade vegetable beef soup
  • Garden fresh salad
  • Mostasagna
  • Meatball sandwich

The restaurant also offers a generous selection of house wines, as well as plenty of dessert options (like rocky road ice cream and gluten-free cakes). They even serve gluten-free pasta, so you can enjoy a meal here even if you have a gluten allergy!

Casa Sanchez

Located on South Mountain Avenue in Ontario, this family owned and operated restaurant has been serving Mexican food since 1992.

According to the restaurant website, their mission is to provide clients with “authentic and fresh Mexican food in a friendly and festive atmosphere.”

Here are some of the menu items you’ll find at the restaurant:

  • Chimichangas
  • Nachos supremos
  • Fajita quesadillas

Make sure you consider this hot spot next time you’re in the mood for Mexican food. Your taste buds will rejoice with every bite you take!

Porter’s Prime Steakhouse

Do you often call yourself “carnivorous?” Is meat your favorite food group?

If so, you just might want to plan a trip to Porter’s Prime Steakhouse. Not only do they boast some of the finest steaks in the area – they have a variety of appetizers and desserts to choose from too.

Seriously – your mouth will be watering the second you see your food!

As far as starters, you can order calamari, scallops, or crab cakes. If you’re more into soups and salads, try the lemon chicken soup of the steak and bleu cheese salad.

And, of course, you’ll want to check out the steak menu, which includes filet mignon, double lamb chops, and more.

Even if you’re not into steak, this restaurant has plenty of other options to offer, like roasted chicken, a vegetable sandwich, and various seafood and pasta options.

So next time you find yourself hungry and looking for an upscale dining experience, head on over to Porter’s Prime Steakhouse!


This restaurant may not be exclusive to Ontario, but it’s still worth mentioning. Where else can you watch talented chefs make your food right before your eyes?

Seriously – this restaurant offers the ultimate food and entertainment experience. As you watch your food being sliced and diced right before your eyes, you’ll enjoy a fun-filled communal dining experience. In other words, you won’t be bored for a second!

As far as the food that’s served, there are lots of options, including:

  • Sushi rolls
  • Hibachi steak, seafood, chicken, or vegetables
  • Agedashi tofu
  • Edamame
  • Vegetable tempura
  • Soft shell crab
  • Tuna takati
  • Chili ponzu yellowtail

And if you’ve got a sweet tooth, you’ll be happy to know that Benihana serves ice cream – perfect for cooling down after a hot meal!

Marie Callender’s

Marie Callender’s operates over 65 restaurants, and they’re most famous for their pies. They’ve got something for everyone – just take a look at your options:

  • Lemon meringue
  • Chocolate cream
  • Banana cream
  • Coconut cream
  • German chocolate
  • Double cream lemon
  • Double cream blueberry
  • Custard

You’ll also find traditional home-style meals at this well-known restaurant, including burgers, artichoke dip, soups, salads, tacos, sandwiches, pot pie, chili, and other comfort classics.

You can sip on a nice, refreshing adult beverage while you eat too. They have beer, wine, and cocktails, so you’ll find something you love no matter what your drink of choice is!

Which of these restaurants will you try?

The list here offers a variety of options to choose from. You might be tempted to stick to what you know, but don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone and try a whole new cuisine!

Who knows – you might just end up discovering your new favorite restaurant in the process! 

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