Black-Owned Restaurants and Bars

S. E. Williams


Black-Owned Restaurants and Bars “Food is maybe the only universal thing that really has the power to bring everyone together. No matter what culture, everywhere around the world, people get together to eat.”
Guy Fieri

African Americans chefs and entrepreneurs offer a broad range of dining options for everyone who appreciates taste and flavor in their food.

Choices range from fast food to casual or if you prefer, fine dining—there are options to accommodate any mood or event. Whether you prefer take-out or sit-down, a restaurant that’s causal and family friendly or one more upscale for an elegant evening out, there are limited selections to choose from among a growing number of Black-owned restaurants and bars.

For those who would rather forgo traditional dining and are more focused instead on places to “meet and greet,” the African American bar scene will not disappoint. Whether you are in search of the upbeat tempo of hip-hop, want to enjoy a beer as you cheer on your favorite sports team(s), are looking for a place to hang out with friends and reminiscenceabout old times, prefer listening to the smooth stylings of jazz, or just want to sit in a quiet corner with that special someone, Black entrepreneurs have created sacred spaces to accommodate every occasion and mood.

African Americans chefs have an enduring legacy of serving amazingly-delicious food in friendly and welcoming atmospheres. In addition, from the days of southern juke-joints to the Cotton Club in Harlem to the historic Black belt jazz clubs that once lined Central Avenue in Los Angeles, wherever Black people have gathered for a “good time” is the place everyone, regardless of race or color, longed to be—and, the twenty-first century is no exception.

If you have an appointment to meet a business associate for lunch, are planning a family dining event, or are considering a bar-hopping experience with friends, you are encouraged to support the hundreds of Black owned restaurants and bars across California.