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Fresno and the Surrounding Area

Fresno and the Surrounding Area

Downtown Fresno at dusk, from freeway.

This guide is intended as an introduction to Fresno and the surrounding area for new residents.  In it you will find information about restaurants, shopping, cultural attractions, museums, sports, and outdoor recreation opportunities, to name but a few.

Aerial image of Fresno, California.

Basic Facts about Fresno:

  • From the Spanish word meaning "Ash Tree"
  • Founded 1872, incorporated 1885
  • Population
    • 494,665 (2010 census)
    • 531,576 (current estimate)
    • 999,101 (metropolitan area)
  • Elevation: 308 ft.
  • County seat of Fresno County
  • 5th largest city in California

Racial Diversity (source: U.S. Census Bureau):

Hispanic or Latino 49.4%
White (not Hispanic or Latino) 27.1%
Asian 13.7%
Black or African American 7.6%
American Indian 1.2%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 0.1%


 

Downtown Fresno with mountains in background.

Meux Home.  Fresno, California  Sculpture in front of Fresno Art Museum.
                            Meux Home                                                                                               Fresno Art Museum

African-American Historical and Cultural Museum of the San Joaquin Valley

Arte Americas

Forestiere Underground Gardens

Fossil Discovery Center of Madera County (Chowchilla)

Fresno Art Museum

ImagineU Children's Museum (Visalia)

International Agri-Center (Tulare)

Kearney Mansion

Meux Home Museum

Shinzen Friendship Garden

Tulare County Museum (Visalia)

Close-up of fruits and vegetables.

Supermarkets

Dollar General Market

Food 4 Less

Food Maxx

Save Mart

Vons

Walmart Neighborhood Market

WinCo Foods


Specialty Stores

Kristina's Natural Ranch Market

Lassen's Natural Food and Vitamins

R-N Market

Sprout's

Trader Joe's

Vallarta

Whole Foods


Farmer's Markets

Fulton Street Farmer's Market

Gibson Farm Market (Fresno State)

The Market on Kern

Old Town Clovis Farmer's Market

River Park Farmer's Market

Simonian Farms

The Vineyard Farmers Market


Big Box Stores

Costco

Target Superstore

Walmart Supercenter

Waffles with berries and ice cream.

 

BREAKFAST

Al’s Café $

1823 W. Olive Avenue

Fresno, Ca 93728

(559) 233-9226

http://www.alscafefresno.com/

 

Red Apple Café $$

Breakfast & Brunch

488 W. Herndon Avenue

Fresno, CA 93650

(559) 261-1505

 

Yosemite Falls Café $$

5123 N. Blackstone Avenue

Fresno, CA 93710

(559) 225-6800

 

Le Parisien Café $$

7775 N. Palm Avenue

Fresno, CA 93711

(559) 436-4531

 

Benaddiction $$

3015 W. Bullard Avenue

Fresno, CA 93711

(559) 374-6082

 

Eddie’s Bakery

7089 North Cedar Avenue

Fresno, CA 93720

(559) 323-0900

http://www.eddiesbakerycafe.com/


Pizza.

 

AMERICAN (NEW)

 

Rocket Dog Gourmet Brats & Brew $

88 E. Shaw Avenue

Fresno, CA 93710

(559) 283-8096

http://www.rocketdogbratsandbrew.com/

 

Starving Artists Bistro $$

9447 N. Fort Washington Road, Ste 101

Fresno, CA 937430

(559) 433-0133

https://starvingartistsbistro.com/

 

Pismo’s Coastal Grill $$

7937 N. Blackstone Avenue

Fresno, CA 93720

(559) 439-9463

http://www.pismos.com/

 

 

Cracked Pepper Bistro $$$

6737 N. Palm Avenue

Fresno, CA 93704

(559) 222-9119

https://www.crackedpepperbistro.com/

 

Max’s Bistro and Bar $$$

1784 W. Bullard Avenue

Fresno, CA 93711

(559) 439-6900

http://www.maxsbistro.com/

 

Vino Grille & Spirits $$$

1440 E. Champlain Drive, Ste 106

Fresno, Ca 93720

(559) 434-1771

https://www.vinogrille.com/

 

CArtHop

Food truck gathering, Thursdays 11am-2pm

Mariposa Plaza

Downtown Fresno

https://www.facebook.com/CArtHop/

 

The Loving Hut

1495 N Van Ness Avenue

Fresno, CA 93728

(559) 237-4052

https://lovinghut.us/fresno/


 

MEDITERRANEAN

 

Churrasco Grill $

1901 N. Gateway Blvd., Ste 101

Fresno, CA 93727

(559) 253-1266

 

The Broilers $

780 W. Palmdon Drive

Fresno, CA 93704

(559) 438-4135

http://broilersfresno.com/

 

AJ’s Armenian Cuisine $$

5048 N. Maroa Avenue

Fresno, CA 93704

(559) 225-4580

 

Mediterranean Grill & Café $$

1031 U Street

Fresno, CA 93721

(559) 441-7050

Open weekdays for lunch

https://www.medgrillfresno.com/

 

George’s Bar and Grill

6680 N. Blackstone Avenue

Fresno, CA 93710

(559) 436-1654

 

EAST AFRICAN

 

Fasika

4712 N. Blackstone Avenue

Fresno, CA 93726

(559) 222-2801


 

Sushi and sashimi.

 

ASIAN CUISINE (GENERAL)

 

Dai Bai Dang $$

7736 N. Blackstone Avenue

Fresno, CA 93720

(559) 448-8894

 

JAPANESE

 

Sakanaya Japanese Restaurant $$

9447 N. Fort Washington Road, Ste 116

Fresno, CA 93720

(559) 433-6607

 

I Love Sushi $$

465 W. Shaw Avenue

Clovis, CA 93612

(559) 297-1117

http://www.ilovesushiclovis.com/

 

Edo Ya Tokyo Cuisine $$

3050 W. Shaw Avenue, #112

Fresno, CA 93711

(559) 275-7535

http://www.edo-yarestaurant.com/

 

Hino Oishi

3091 E. Campus Pointe Drive

Fresno, CA 93710

(559) 765-4657

http://www.hinooishi.com/

KuniSama

6825 N. Willow Avenue

Fresno, CA 93710

(559) 322-5864

http://kunisama.com/

 

CHINESE

 

Four Seasons Chinese Restaurant $$

342 N. Clovis Avenue

Clovis, Ca 93612

(559) 324-8438

 

Shanghai Chinese Cuisine

4011 N. Blackstone Avenue

Fresno, CA 93726

(559) 221-0227

 

Little Peking

7975 N. Cedar Avenue

Fresno, CA 93720

(559) 438-4202

 

THAI

 

Thai Country $$

151 W. Bullard Avenue, Ste 103

Clovis, CA 93612

(559) 298-6697

http://www.thaicountry.us/


 

Three hamburgers.

 

BURGERS

 

Colorado Grill $

1207 Willow Avenue

Clovis, CA 93612

(559) 325-3460

http://gearshiftmedia.wixsite.com/colorado-grill

 

Eureka! $$

7775 N. Palm Avenue, Ste 106

Fresno, CA 93711

(559) 320-1300

http://eurekarestaurantgroup.com/

 

House of JuJu $$

453 Pollasky Avenue, Ste 109

Clovis, CA 93612

(559) 298-3090

http://houseofjuju.com/

 

Doghouse Grill $$

2789 E. Shaw Avenue

Fresno, CA 93710

(559) 294-9920

http://www.firestonegrill.com/dog-house-grill/

 

Bulldog Burger Bistro

1782 E. Barstow Avenue

Fresno, CA 93710

(559) 492-2420


 

INDIAN

 

Standard Sweets and Spices $

1819 E. Dakota Avenue

Fresno, CA 93726

(559) 241-0645

Place inside store

 

Slice of India $$

1345 N. Willow Avenue, Ste 110

Clovis, CA 93619

(559) 325-6155

http://www.sliceofindiaclovis.com/

 

Royal Taj Fine Indian Cuisine

6735 N. First Street

Fresno, CA 93710

559-443-7246

http://www.royaltajindian.com/


 

Italian pasta dish.

 

ITALIAN

 

Oggi Cosi Si Mangia $$

1110 N. Van Ness Avenue

Fresno, CA 93728

(559) 445-1957

http://www.oggifresno.com/

 

Bella Pasta Trattoria Italiana $$

6745 N. Palm Avenue

Fresno, CA 93704

(559) 325-5525

http://www.bellapastausa.com/

 

Ovidio Italian Restaurant $$

3097 W. Bullard Avenue

Fresno, CA 93711

(559) 435-1396

http://ovidioitalianrestaurantfresno.com/

 

Piazza Del Pane $$

(two locations)

799 W. Palmdon Drive, Fresno (559) 229-7263

8043 N. Cedar Avenue, Fresno (559) 436-1076

http://www.piazzadelpane.com/

 

The Annex Kitchen $$$

2257 W. Shaw Avenue

Fresno, CA 93711

(559) 248-8512

http://annexkitchenfresno.com/

 

Parma Restaurant $$$

6729 N. Palm Avenue

Fresno, CA 93704

(559) 432-3389

http://www.parmaitaliankitchen.com/dinner

 

Di Cicco’s

5251 N. Blackstone Avenue.

Fresno, CA 93710

(559) 447-9058

http://www.diciccos.com/

There are several locations; this is the closest to campus


Two enchiladas and side order of Mexican rice.

MEXICAN/LATIN AMERICAN

 

La Elegante Taqueria $

1423 Kern Street

Fresno, CA 93706

(559) 497-5844

 

Zamora Carnitas Mexican Restaurant $

850 N. Fresno Street

Fresno, CA 93701

(559) 268-7545

 

Taco’s Tijuana Y Mariscos $$

4170 E. Belmont Avenue

Fresno, CA 93702

(559) 485-0971

 

Limon (Peruvian) $$

7089 N. Marks Avenue, #101

Fresno, CA 93711

(559) 447-1226

and

9455 Ft. Washington Road, #101

Fresno, CA 93730

(559) 435-1015

http://limonfresno.com/

 

Señor Aji (Peruvian) $$

6701 N. Milburn Avenue, Ste 130

Fresno, CA 93722

(559) 375-1285

https://www.senorajifresno.com/

 

Restaurant El Salvador $

4422 E. Kings Canyon Road

Fresno, CA 93702

(559) 251-0053

 


 

 

OUT OF TOWN RECOMMENDATIONS

 

EXETER

 

Monet’s $$

120 S E Street

Exeter, CA

(559) 592-9453

 

Café Lafayette $$-$$$

151 S E Street

Exeter, CA

(559) 592-9463

 

VISALIA

 

Fugazzis $$

127 W. Main Street

Visalia, CA

(559) 625-0496

http://fugazzisbistro.com/

 

Jack and Charlie’s $$-$$$

204 E. Oak Avenue

Visalia, CA

(559) 738-5752

http://www.jackandcharlies.com/

Look for the British phone booth in front of the old hotel. Jack and Charlie's is in the basement, under the stairs.

 

KINGSBURG

 

Los Pepe’s

1520 Draper Street

Kingsburg, CA

(559) 897-9011

 

SANGER

 

School House Restaurant and Tavern $$

1018 S. Frankwood Avenue

Sanger, CA

(559) 787-3271

http://www.schoolhousesanger.com/

 

Chuck Wagon $

1203 Academy Avenue

Sanger, CA

(559) 875-3889

Walk up, outdoor seating

 

LOS BANOS

 

Hot City BBQ $$

1313 S. 6th Street

Los Banos CA

(209) 826-4300

Open on Friday, Saturday & Sunday

http://www.hotcitybbq.co/

 

Professional

Fresno Grizzlies team logo.

Fresno Grizzlies
Minor League AAA-affiliate of the Houston Astros

Fresno Monsters
Western States Hockey League, Tier II

Close up of golf ball on golf course.

Golf Courses

Airways Municipal Golf Course

Cycling group in Central California with mountains in the distance.

Cycling Groups

Central Valley Cycling Charitable Association

Central Valley Off-Road Cyclists

Fresno Cycling Club

Triathlon Club of Central California


Fresno State Bulldogs logo.

Fresno State Athletics

http://www.gobulldogs.com/index.aspx

Yosemite National Park
                                                     Yosemite National Park

National Parks

Sequoia and Kings Canyon

Yosemite


Shinzen Garden at Woodward Park.  Fresno, California.
            Shinzen Garden at Woodward Park

Other

Huntington Lake

Millerton Lake

Mono Hot Springs

San Joaquin River Parkway

Shaver Lake

Sierra Foothill Conservancy

Woodward Park

River Park Shopping Center at night.  Fresno, California.
                                                    River Park

Campus Pointe

Fashion Fair Mall

Fig Garden Village

Old Town Clovis

River Park

Sierra Vista Mall

Kingsburg Historic Park

Clovis

Dinuba

Exeter

Hanford

Kingsburg

Lemoore

Madera

Oakhurst

Sanger

Three Rivers

Tulare

Visalia

Aerial view of Oakhurst, California.
                                      Oakhurst

Monterey Bay Aquarium
                                                             Monterey Bay Aquarium

[All distances calculated from Fresno State using Google Maps.]

CITIES

...Bakersfield: 116 miles

...Berkeley: 182 miles

...Las Vegas, Nev.: 403 miles

...Los Angeles: 227 miles

...Monterey/Carmel: 160 miles

...Morro Bay: 145 miles

...Napa: 214 miles

...Paso Robles: 115 miles

...Pismo Beach: 157 miles

...Sacramento: 177 miles

...San Diego: 346 miles

...San Francisco: 193 miles

...San Luis Obispo: 145 miles

...San Jose: 157 miles

...Santa Cruz: 163 miles

...Sonoma: 221 miles


Sleeping Beauty's Castle at Disneyland.  Anaheim, California.
                                                 Disneyland Park -- Anaheim, California

ATTRACTIONS

...Disneyland: 252 miles  https://disneyland.disney.go.com/

...Fresno Chaffee Zoo: 10 miles  https://www.fresnochaffeezoo.org/

...Huntington Lake: 66 miles  https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/sierra/recreation/?cid=stelprdb5246151

...Lake Tahoe: 291 miles  http://www.visitinglaketahoe.com/

...Millerton Lake: 15 miles  http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=587

...Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks: 55 miles  https://www.nps.gov/seki/index.htm

...Shaver Lake: 50 miles  http://goshaver.org/

...Six Flags Magic Mountain: 192 miles  https://www.sixflags.com/magicmountain

...Woodward Park: 7 miles  https://www.fresno.gov/parks/parks-trails-facilities/

...Yosemite National Park: 89 miles  https://www.nps.gov/yose/index.htm