School Street Bistro. WHAT: A casually stylish downtown Lodi restaurant. Try the flatiron steak salad with shoestring potatoes. WHEN: Lunch Tue-Fri, dinner Tue-Sat. HOW MUCH: $$$. WHERE: 116 N. School St.; 209/333-3950.
Wine & Roses Hotel Restaurant Spa. WHAT: This lovely hotel property―home to Taste of Lodi―has an ambitious, intimate restaurant with dishes like coffee-marinated duck breast. WHEN: Lunch Mon-Sat, dinner daily, brunch Sun. HOW MUCH: $$$. WHERE: 2505 W. Turner Rd.; 209/334-6988.