Nightlife in LA is amazing. No question about it. The young scene, the possible celebrity sightings and all the warm weather you could ever want. Just a quick 25 minute drive to the Santa Clarita Valley will get you the same results but with less tourism and a more local feel. Here are 10 unique restaurants in Santa Clarita you have GOT to try!
Yes, this is your average bowling alley, but on Friday nights it’s an 18+ Cosmic Bowling location where young locals snack on bar food and bowl the night away. The neon cosmic lights make it a fun place to be. The Valencia Lanes Bar serves the greasiest and most addicting french fries and for those of age, they serve almost every draft beer known to man. It’s a unique experience as you get to bowl, eat and hang out with your closest friends.
Located off of Tournament Road, this place has the classic karaoke night and bar games throughout the week. The food is typical, serving wings, burgers and beer like every bar ever established. The experience is what you pay for, and every time you walk into this place, you know it’s going to be a fun night. Pitchy renditions of Journey and Mariah Carey paired with food, good service and some company. What more could you ask?
The “divier” the better! Mabel’s Roadhouse off of Bouquet Canyon Road is the dive bar of all dive bars. People watching galore. I can promise you it won’t be a boring night. The DJ plays a very wide variety so eventually you’ll hear more than a couple songs to your liking so that you can hit the dance floor. The waiters are friendly and want your night to be a fun one. The food is above average for your typical bar and with good security and bouncers, the place is safe and perfect for your night out.
I’m a sucker for good, live music and Olive Terrace Bar and Grille gives you just that. Located just off our main Newhall Ranch Road Highway, you’ll find unique Mediterranean dishes that are authentic, fresh and perfectly paired with their ambience. It’s the perfect place for a calm night out with friends where you can enjoy good food and live music to make your night livelier.
One of the newest trends in food is “bubble tea” or “boba”. Santa Clarita has many locations that offer the tea with tapioca balls, but Boba Time on Lyons Ave has some of the best. Most trendy restaurants and shops tend to become chains, allowing for lower quality of customer service. Boba Time is small, locally owned and makes you feel right at home when you walk in, which makes all the difference. One of the most delicious restaurants in Santa Clarita for sure!
Build your own pizza is another recent fad that many are obsessed with. Mod Pizza is one of the older restaurants in town that started the make your own pizza trend in SCV. Their custom brick pizza ovens are fast, efficient and provide the perfect pizza to your liking. One unique thing about this joint is the young and carefree vibe, but they don’t forget about treating their customers like royalty. Employees are young, but truly care about your perfect pie paired with an awesome experience.
Anywhere near Los Angeles, you’ll find a Mexican restaurant of some sort on every corner. Santa Clarita is no different. Sabor Cocina Mexicana takes a spin on classic Mexican food, and pairs it with elegant fine dining. You can order your carne asada tacos, but prepare yourself for the filet mignon that they serve on their homemade tortillas. Sabor is a great mix of amazing food and a classy atmosphere, all for the right price.
Your dog gets its own menu and they get to eat with you. No, I’m not kidding. The Lazy Dog is located at the Westfield Valencia Mall and is a chain restaurant that serves delicious human food, but also has a menu and special treatment for your pup. With an outdoor patio, you can let your dog enjoy their meal in the Southern California weather while you enjoy your plate as well. This chain’s SCV location is unique as you overlook the mall’s patio walkways, making it lively and very social. The experience is worth pampering your pet as you get to enjoy it too. Definitely one of the most fun restaurants in Santa Clarita!
Poke to Me serves fresh fish, paired with rice, vegetables, and tangy sauces. This Hawaiian dish is called Poke. Poke to Me allows you to build your bowl just how you like it, adding as much or as little to your plate as you want. It’s a very cultural experience and you truly get the Hawaiian flavors with every bite.
Living near such a big city, it’s easy to find very cultural and diverse foods, with middle eastern dishes being just one. Pita Pit is considered fast food, but only because of the speed of their customer service. The gyros and kabob skewers taste as if they’ve been cooking the meat for hours, but you don’t have to wait nearly as long. With fresh ingredients and the best recipes from its Mediterranean owners, Pita Pit is definitely a hit among the locals.