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Owners Karl and Kim Merten WELCOME you to Café 225 California Bar and Grill . Chef Karl grew up in the San Francisco Bay area, and has brought his food experiences with him to Visalia. Chef Karl’s family has been in the restaurant business since 1959. His dad began working for Goldberg and Bowen Gourmet Grocer in San Francisco at their Sutter Street store as a Delicatessen Manager. In 1968 he opened The Gourmet Plate at 244 Battery Street. “I was 12 when my dad put me to work during the summer months cleaning tables, stocking shelves, slicing cheeses and meats and making sandwiches during the lunch rush. I pretty much knew and did everything except earn a paycheck. But I sure did eat well.” Chef Karl met Kim, his wife and business partner while working at Butterfield Brewing Company in Fresno. Both graduates of Fresno State University. And decided to plant roots in Visalia. In June of 1995 Café 225 opened.


The Bar offers a full range of wines, craft beers and an exceptional list of your favorite libations. A great place to be seen, see the action in the kitchenon a busy night, take in a ball game, enjoy happy hour or just enjoy the vibe.

The décor

The décor is reminiscent of a San Francisco eatery. Soft alabaster lighting, rich hardwood, rustic flooring and earth tone colors give off a casual and welcoming vibe.

Artwork by local artists

Artwork by local artists adorn the walls and is changed out every three months. To celebrate this new artwork, we host art receptions for each new show. The receptions are open to the public where you get an opportunity to meet the artists and experience the arts. 


“I learned that every customer in the restaurant is a guest in your home – a friend, a neighbor, or a member of the family who has come over for great food and a memorable time. And like family, no one should ever walk in without a warm greeting to be followed by the best meal they ever ate. I want you to feel comfortable coming in any time. We want to be the place you come to for a good BUSINESS LUNCH, a leisurely late lunch or dessert break, A COCKTAIL and appetizers for HAPPY HOUR , a quick bite for lunch or dinner, or a burger and a beer before or after the movie. We want to be the place for a dressed-up meal when you’re trying to impress that special someone. And we want to be the place where you hold your business meetings or celebrate life’s milestones – birthdays, graduations, engagements, weddings and more.