Things to Do, Where to Shop, to Eat, to Drink and to Sleep in Burbank


Where to Eat

1. Umami Burger

The popular regional burger chain, Umami Burger, has expanded to Burbank with several tasty burger options (the truffle burger and the hatch burger are among favorites) and side orders to excite the fanciest of foodies (think tempura onion rings and house pickles).

2. Commonwealth

Commonwealth restaurant and wine bar offer small plates inspired by flavors from all over the world. Menu must-haves include shrimp dumplings, grilled octopus and Brussels sprouts and the Commonwealth chopped.

3. The Smoke House Restaurant

The Smoke House Restaurant in Burbank is a hidden gem, thanks to its warm and homey vibe, live music and world-famous garlic bread. Situated next to the Warner Brothers Studio lot, the Smoke House was built in 1946 and has since been a stomping ground for movie industry types and some of Hollywood’s biggest stars. The menu has steakhouse favorites (think Porterhouse Steak and Rib Eye) and 20 side dish offerings.

4. The Castaway

Surrounded by the De Bell Course, the Castaway is a great stop during or after a round of golf or for a casual midweek date. With more than 50 years in operation, the Castaway is best known for two things: their cocktails and their view. For the best Castaway experience, snag a seat on the patio and sip on a signature cocktail—the 1944 Mai Tai and Wild Berry Mojito are favorites.

5. Bob’s Big Boy

A meal at Bob’s Big Boy is more than just bacon and eggs. This California landmark and dining institution, known for its breakfast and a long list of menu items, was built in 1949 and is the oldest remaining Bob’s Big Boy restaurant in the country. Designed by architect Wayne McAllister, Bob’s Big Boy is a throwback to the birth of car culture with a circular car drive-through (not in operation) and the automotive industry’s chrome and steel past.