With half of the Claremont’s more than 80 restaurants located within the walkable downtown area comprised of the Claremont Village,Village Square and Claremont Packing House, visitors can choose to enjoy the city’s free parking and literally stroll to wherever their appetites lead them.
Many of the city’s notable eateries are within the famous Claremont Village, an idyllic collection of boutiques among peaceful tree-lined streets. In the village, epicureans encounter white linens inside wood-paneled restaurants, bustling outdoor cafés and gourmet bakeries. From Italian to Mediterranean and traditional American to Pan-Asian, the Village features a number of Claremont’s notable restaurants. Popular Italian choices include La Piccoletta, Aruffo’s Italian Cuisine, and the award-winning Tutti Mangia, with “best of the Inland Empire” Chef Jose Ruiz. Diners will find tapas at Viva Madrid, Afghan dishes at Walter’s, and new American at Union on Yale.
In both the nearby Village Square and Packing House, diners will find rare wines, microbrews and fine American whiskeys at restaurants that include The Back Abbey, Eureka Burger, and the Packing House Wine Merchants. The Hotel Casa 425 lounge and outdoor living room is known for its signature margarita and offers a small plates menu by its outdoor fire pits. Other favorites here include La Parolaccia and Casa Moreno.
Local choices that combine entertainment with fine food include Hip Kitty Jazz and Fondue in the Packing House; belly dancing at Casablanca Bar and Grill, also in the Packing House; and The Press restaurant in the Village. Fine dining meets Broadway at Ben D. Bollinger’s Candlelight Pavilion Dinner Theatre just a few blocks north of the village; and the lively PianoPiano dueling piano show right next door at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Claremont serves American bar fare to accompany their Las Vegas seasoned performers.
Plenty of great meals can be found in other parts of Claremont, especially along Historic Route 66 (Foothill Blvd.) where tourists will find stylish restaurants like Darvish and Inka Trails, and sushi choices including Hayato and the boat-shaped Sushi Cruise. The region’s lone Portuguese restaurant, Euro Café, is among choices on Baseline Road near Route 210, while Kickback Jack’s (signed as BC Café) is a popular breakfast choice near Interstate 10.
A weekend stay in Claremont means visitors can enjoy a leisurely Sunday morning stroll through the region’s largest farmers and artisans market in downtown Claremont, and enjoy coffee and freshly baked pastries at places like Some Crust Bakery and Last Drop Café. Hotel choices range from economy to upscale, including luxury boutique Hotel Casa 425 in the Village Square and the recently remodeled DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Claremont. Budget-minded tourists will find the Hotel Claremont and Tennis Club, Claremont Lodge and Howard Johnson Express Inn Claremont as other local options from which to dream their culinary dreams.