You might be surprised, but San Bernardino has some great dining options.  The first thing you have to know about San Bernardino County, though, is that they have an Alphabetic Rating System for Restaurants published by the County Public Health Dept.  You can look up the rating of any restaurant HERE ON THE COUNTY WEBSITE.  Restaurants are scored with A (90-100), B (80-89), or C (70-79).  Under 70 requires a restaurant be closed down pending repairs.  So before you head off to dine, check out the rating of the restaurant you're considering!

San Bernardino has recently had a few new additions to it's dining selections.  A few big chain restaurants have moved in, including BJ's Restaurant and Brewery (A), Elephant Bar (A), and Pat and Oscars (A).  The "Restaurant Row" On Hospitality Lane has a large selection of restaurants from Outback Steakhouse, Chili's and TGIFridays to Claim Jumper, Crabby Bob's and Red Lobster.  You'll also find some smaller restaurants scattered throughout the city.

For some great Thai food, Papaya Bay (A) has some great dishes, including affordable lunch combinations.  From another continent, try Isabella's (A) for delicious Italian food or you could visit the local favorite, Alfredo's (A) for classic pasta dishes or pizza. The Mexico Restaurant (A) on Highland Ave is a landmark restaurant that some locals swear by (although, the food may not be as good as the legend), but for a quick Mexican lunch beyond the Del Tacos and Taco Bells, try Jose's (A) on E Street.  It's a little pricey for fast food, but the food is great and they have a good salsa bar available.

If you're in need of breakfast on the run, Bagel's N Stuff (A) on Hospitality has great fresh bagels and flavored cream cheeses.  They also have other types of sandwiches for both breakfast and lunch.

For amazingly delicious pizza, outstanding sandwiches and great service, visit Surfer Joe's (A) on Redlands's Blvd.  At lunch time the line is out the door, but the short wait is worth it and you can telephone your order in advance for easy pick up.

Alfredo's 
251 W Baseline St
San Bernardino, CA 92410
(909) 885-0218

Bagels 'n Stuff 
165 W Hospitality Ln, #16
San Bernardino, CA 92408
(909) 383-0900

BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse
1045 East Harriman Place
San Bernardino, CA 92408
(909) 380-7100

Elephant Bar 
1050 East Harriman Place
San Bernardino, CA 92408
(909) 799-9177

Isabella's 
201 N E Street
San Bernardino, CA 92401
(909) 884-2534   

Jose's
950 S E Street 
San Bernardino, CA 92408
(909) 381-8899

Papaya Bay 
1981 Diner's Court
San Bernardino, CA 92408
(909) 890-9997

Pat & Oscars 
690 E Hospitality Lane
San Bernardino, CA 92408
(909) 890-9815

Surfer Joe's 
251 E Redlands Blvd
San Bernardino, CA 92408
(909) 824-5523

The Mexico  
892 E Highland 
San Bernardino, CA 92404
(909) 882-3000

Restaurant ratings were correct as of June 30, 2006.