Places to Eat in Murrieta California

Welcome to Murrieta

Will you join us for a bite to eat?
Will you join us for a bite to eat?

Murrieta making it on the map in California.

Murrieta is a rapidly developing community nestled in between Lake Elsinore and Temecula, California. Due to the continual population growth of Murrieta, many chain stores and restaurants have decided to locate within the city. Nevertheless, Murrieta has retained the charm of its small town roots by supporting unique and individual establishments at the same time. One of the areas where Murrieta has remained individualized is in the dining industry. Whether you are in the mood for Chinese, Mexican, Italian, or just down home cooking, Murrieta, California has something special to offer.

Check out Murrieta for yourself.

El Gorditos in Murrieta, California

Get Mexican food to go or eat it there, it always tastes fantastic.
Get Mexican food to go or eat it there, it always tastes fantastic.

El Gordito for Mexican food.

My top pick for Mexican food in Murrieta would have to go to El Gordito Restaurant off of Murrieta Hot Springs Road.  El Gordito is a very clean little hole in the wall place, with just a few tables and chairs available for dining in.  I believe most of the business El Gordito does comes by way of takeout food.   

What El Gordito is lacking in atmosphere it makes up in the taste of the food, it is downright amazing! El Gordito's Chili rellenos have a great crust with a zesty chili middle, and their cheese enchiladas are probably the best around town. 

Enjoy the warm chips with salsa that is just right, or add an order of guacamole to make them even better.  Honestly, everything El Gorditos makes tastes great…

Murrieta's Peony Chinese Cuisine

From appetizers to fortune cookies, when it comes to Chinese, Peony's has got it covered.
From appetizers to fortune cookies, when it comes to Chinese, Peony's has got it covered.

Peony Chinese Cuisine in Murrieta

For Chinese food there is really only one place worth mentioning and that is Peony’s Chinese Restaurant. My pick of the menu there for appetizers is their cream cheese wontons. I could make a meal on them alone. The Brocoli Beef is my next favorite thing to order. Although I love the broccoli, they certainly don’t skip on the beef either. My hubby picks sweet and sour chicken, and the kids love the chicken chow mein, and cashew chicken.

The restaurant has a fairly good size dining area for you to eat there, but we are big takeout Chinese food fans. Don’t forget the fortune cookies afterwards!

Raviolis Osteria in Murrieta

Raviolis new location but same delicious flavor.
Raviolis new location but same delicious flavor.

At Raviolis dinner is an event.

Raviolis an upscale Italian dining adventure.
Raviolis an upscale Italian dining adventure.

Raviolis Osteria

Italian is always one of our favorite types of foods and Raviolis Osteria is the total pick of the litter. Originally located in only Lake Elsinore, Raviolis just recently ventured into Murrieta and opened up another fantastic location here. The combination of food, wine, and music invites you to spend time at Raviolis enjoying the experience itself.

Chef Giuseppe di Gristina has created a menu that offers a fabulous selection of fresh, unique, and delicious Italian dishes. The specialty at Raviolis is the fantastic pasta with a wide selection of signature ravioli dishes. Both the seafood and veal are perfect choices to order as well.

Raviolis has it all atmosphere, and great tasting food. This is definitely an upscale dining experience.

Honeycutt Farms a great place for Ham!

Hidden in a strip mall in Murrieta, Honeycutt Farms is like a hidden treasure.
Hidden in a strip mall in Murrieta, Honeycutt Farms is like a hidden treasure.

Comfortable family style dining at Honeycutt Farms

Honeycutt Farms is a tradition for any long time Murrieta resident.
Honeycutt Farms is a tradition for any long time Murrieta resident.

Honeycutt Farms for country cooking.

Honeycutt Farms, or as we lovingly refer to it, “The Ham Shop” is a Murrieta legend.  Originally located in Old Town Murrieta, Honeycutt Farms has been around a long time.  Specializing in spiral cut glazed ham similar to the larger chain called “Honey-Baked”, Honeycutt Farms has a taste all its own.   So, not only is this a small, family owned and run café, it is a place to get specialty cooked hams and turkeys for your holiday needs, or simply anytime you have a craving for it!

The café itself serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, offering a home cooked cuisine.  Honeycutt Farms is a comfortable place to go to eat, especially for a family meal.  It has a country feel to it, probably because of the hand crafted pig items all over the place!  Honeycutt Farms also offers takeout dining too.

If you go for breakfast, my suggestion would be the giant ham and cheese omelet, with country fried potatoes, and homemade toast.   If you decide lunch is the meal to have, a thinly sliced ham sandwich on homemade squaw bread is another winner.  Anything you choose for dinner is always excellent, but don’t forget to try the split pea with ham soup as an addition to your meal.  I know it sounds like Honeycutt Farms has nothing to offer but ham, that simply is not true… but, when that is your specialty, why not brag about it!

RJ's Sizzlin Steer

New location, new building, same great food.
New location, new building, same great food.

Bacon Wrapped Filet

A specialty of RJ's Sizzlin Steer Steakhouse.
A specialty of RJ's Sizzlin Steer Steakhouse.

Ranch Style atmosphere at RJ's Sizzlin Steer

Taste the western flavor of Murrieta, California.
Taste the western flavor of Murrieta, California.

RJ's Sizzlin Steer Steakhouse

The place around town in Murrieta for a reasonable, great tasting steak is RJ’s Sizzlin Steer.  The name just about says it all.  Originally built in Temecula, family owned and operated RJ’s Sizzln Steer relocated to the city of Murrieta in a brand new spacious building built especially for large crowds.  Even though the accommodations are spacious, believe me, the place is always packed.  That tells you something about the food!

Decorated with a western flare, RJ’s Sizzlin Steer gives you the impression you are in a large ranch house, settlin’ down to a nice meal, after a hard day’s work on the range.  Make sure you bring your appetite to match that feeling. 

The pick of the menu here is the Bacon Wrapped Filet, which is brought to your table on a metal platter that is still sizzling.  Always cooked to perfection, this meal is a steal at $17.99 a plate. Other steaks that need mention are the Stockyard, and Specialty Steak, all made from choice cuts of sirloin steak and come in around $12.99-$14.99 a plate.  As you can see, RJ’s Sizzlin Steer is a great place to treat the entire family to dinner because of the low prices and quality food.  Make sure you save room for dessert here because they have a warm, fresh baked, apple dumplin’ topped with ice cream, that will blow you away!

RJ’s Sizzlin Steer has a full bar with nightly entertainment and outside patio dining too.  The patio dining is a perfect place for parties or banquets and RJ’s Sizzlin Steer offers a catering menu to fit your every need. 

Every entrée comes on a sizzlin’ platter, hence, the name RJ’s Sizzlin Steer… so be careful the plates are hot!

Murrieta's Best Restaurants

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A markerHoneycutt Farms -
40477 Murrieta Hot Springs Rd, Murrieta, CA 92563, USA
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(951) 698-0098

B markerPeony Chinese Cuisine -
39525 Los Alamos Rd, Murrieta, CA 92563, USA
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(951) 698-5767

C markerEl Gordito Mexican Food -
39413 Los Alamos Rd, Murrieta, CA 92563, USA
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(951) 677-1700

D markerRJ's Sizzlin Steer Steakhouse -
41401 Kalmia St, Murrieta, CA 92562, USA
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(951) 600-7711

E markerRaviolis Italian Bistro -
40711 Murrieta Hot Springs Rd, Murrieta, CA 92562, USA
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(951) 461-7668

Come Hungry, Leave Satisfied, Stay Happy- Murrieta

As you can see, diversity is the name of the game in Murrieta. With all these great restaurants to choose from Murrieta will make sure you never leave hungry!

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Simone Smith 6 years ago from San Francisco

Lovely hub- and there's so much here- an intro to Murrieta, video, links, original photos, notes on history, food, features, AND ambience, and conveniently-listed locations complete with phone numbers! Phew!

Anyone looking for a local bite will certainly find all they need to know right here.


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In The Doghouse 6 years ago from California Author

@SimoneSmith- Thank you for your kind remarks. Murrieta is a nice, rapidly growing community, with a small town feel. Anyone looking for a good restaurant from a "seasoned pro" could find a recommendation here.


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SuMos Party Place 6 years ago from Bay Area California

I have been to Murrieta and spent my culinary experience at the grocery store. Raviolis looks like a nice addition, I'll check them out next time I'm in town!


bill 6 years ago

Wow so much detail and info a great hubber for sure kudos. =)


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In The Doghouse 6 years ago from California Author

@SuMos Party Place- Raviolis is the most recent addition to our Murrieta restaurants and it is really a great place to go. I hope you enjoy your experience there when you visit.

@bill- Thanks for the hubber kudos!


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Susie Writes 6 years ago from Northern California

WOW! Has it ever changed! I lived there through the 80's when it was a one stop sign little town. Lots of horse ranches and places to ride. We parked our horse trailers at the Windmill Cafe on the corner of Jefferson and Los Alamos (I think that's the right crossing?) to eat breakfast with other locals before going out riding for the day. The UPS driver used to give my kids a ride home in is UPS truck because we lived at the end of a long dirt road and the big hill was a bear to walk up. It was a wonderful itty bitty town. Then ... it wasn't a little town anymore - nearly overnight. Most of us horse people moved out.

It looks like it has developed into a nice big city. And Washington street? Oh my! I would never recognize the place! Not for me though - I'm a country girl. That's why I left.

We used to be able to smell the ocean from the coastal breezes coming through the hills. Is it still that way? Do you get water from the Hot Springs? Lots of fond memories from there.

Thanks for a wonderful hub! You did a great job in showing the many aspects of the place and the video was a wonderful addition!


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In The Doghouse 6 years ago from California Author

Hi Susie Writes,

Yes, you are an original Murrieta resident. Most of the horse people have moved up to La Cresta or out to DeLuz now. We have grown up to be quite a town, but I am with you ... I miss the country life. No water from the Hot Springs, but we still feel the cool ocean breezes every afternoon. Murrieta is busting at the seams!

Thanks for stopping by and chatting!


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Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

Watching the video it shows a wonderful town. Well laid out. The restaurants sound awesome and your hub gave the town and restaurants great justice.


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Purple Perl 6 years ago from Bangalore,India

Hope to visit sometime.Armed with all this info.

Congratulations on your win. Well deserved!


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In The Doghouse 6 years ago from California Author

@Hello, hello- I'm glad you enjoyed the video on Murrieta. These are some of my favorite restaurants that are in the city, and I hope you like them too.

@Purple Perl- Visit Murrieta anytime. Thanks!


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Dave Cald 6 years ago

MMMM! I love good mexican food, and El Gordito sounds awesome. If I ever make it to Murrietta, I'll be sure to check it out and let you know what I think. Congrats on the win!


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In The Doghouse 6 years ago from California Author

@Dave I am a Mexican food fan myself, and El Gordito is just the place to enjoy good Mexican food! Thanks for your well wishes.


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ripplemaker 6 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

Hi Diana, I don't know if I will find myself in Murrieta someday LOL but I came here to enjoy the hub and to congratulate you too! Woohoo...


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stephhicks68 6 years ago from Bend, Oregon

Great job Diana! I'd love to come down and have lunch with you! ;-)


kimmanleyort 6 years ago

This is nicely written and has selections for everyone's tastes.


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In The Doghouse 6 years ago from California Author

Hi Michelle,

Thanks for the virtual visit and the congratulations too!

Steph,

Come to Murrieta anytime!


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oceansnsunsets 6 years ago from The Midwest, USA

Great hub, thank you for sharing the information!


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In The Doghouse 6 years ago from California Author

@oceansunsets- Hope you come to Murrieta and try out some of these great places! Thanks for you kind words.

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