The Bay Area Restaurants

The Bay Area is home to popular, innovative restaurants such as Chez Panisse in Berkeley and Commis in Oakland—for which reservations must be made well in advance. Expect an emphasis on locally grown produce, hormone-free meats, and California wines. Many Marin cafés don't serve dinner, and dinner service ends on the early side.
The Bay Area is home to popular, innovative restaurants such as Chez Panisse in Berkeley and Commis in Oakland—for which reservations must be made well in advance. Expect an emphasis on locally grown produce, hormone-free meats, and California wines. Many Marin cafés do
The Bay Area is home to popular, innovative restaurants such as Chez Panisse in Berkeley and Commis in Oakland—for which

The Bay Area is home to popular, innovative restaurants such as Chez Panisse in Berkeley and Commis in Oakland—for which reservations must be made well in advance. Expect an emphasis on locally grown produce, hormone-free meats, and California wines. Many Marin cafés don't serve dinner, and dinner service ends on the early side. (No 10 pm reservations in that neck of the woods.)

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  • 1. Brown Sugar Kitchen

    $ | West Oakland | American

    Influenced by Tanya Holland's African American heritage and French culinary education, the menu at this bustling little West Oakland dining...Read More

  • 2. Cheese Board Pizza

    $ | Pizza

    A jazz combo entertains the line that usually snakes down the block outside Cheese Board Pizza; it's that good. The cooperatively owned takeout...Read More

  • 3. Chez Panisse Café & Restaurant

    $$$$ | North Berkeley | American

    Alice Waters's legendary eatery is known for its locally sourced ingredients, formal prix-fixe menus, and personal service, while its upstairs...Read More

  • 4. Comal

    $$ | Downtown | Mexican

    Relaxed yet trendy, Comal's cavernous indoor dining space and intimate back patio and fire pit draw a diverse, decidedly casual crowd for creative...Read More

  • 5. Commis

    $$$$ | Piedmont | American

    A slender, unassuming storefront houses the first East Bay restaurant with a Michelin star (two of them, in fact). The room is minimalist and...Read More

  • 6. Fish

    $$ | Seafood

    Unsurprisingly, fish—specifically, fresh, sustainably caught fish—is the focus at this gleaming dockside fish house a mile north of downtown...Read More

  • 7. Hamburgers Sausalito

    $ | Burger

    Patrons queue up daily outside this tiny street-side shop for organic Angus beef patties that are made to order on a wheel-shaped grill. Brave...Read More

  • 8. Hog Island Oyster Co. Marshall Oyster Farm & the Boat Oyster Bar

    $$$ | Seafood

    Take a short trek north on Highway 1 to the gritty mecca of Bay Area oysters—the Hog Island Marshall Oyster Farm. For a real culinary adventure...Read More

  • 9. Ippuku

    $$$ | Downtown | Japanese

    More Tokyo street chic than standard sushi house, this izakaya— the Japanese equivalent of a bar with appetizers—is decked with bamboo-screen...Read More

  • 10. La Note

    $$ | Downtown | French

    A charming taste of Provence in a 19th-century locale with stone floors, country tables, and a seasonal flowering patio, La Note's rustic French...Read More

  • 11. Luka's Taproom & Lounge

    $$ | Uptown | American

    Hip and urban, with an unpretentious vibe, Luka's is a real taste of Uptown with its Belgian-inspired California comfort food and plentiful...Read More

  • 12. Manresa

    $$$$ | Contemporary

    Los Gatos is home to one of the country's finest restaurants, David Kinch's three-Michelin-starred Manresa, which serves an exceptional nightly...Read More

  • 13. Osteria Stellina

    $$ | Italian

    Chef-owner Christian Caiazzo's menu of "Point Reyes Italian" cuisine puts an emphasis on showcasing hyperlocal ingredients like Marin-grown...Read More

  • 14. Pizza Molina

    $$ | Contemporary

    A cozy and clean aesthetic, a convivial vibe, and impeccable pizza from a wood-fired oven are central to this neighborhood spot. Chef Justin...Read More

  • 15. Sam's Chowder House

    $$$ | Seafood

    This East Coast–style waterfront seafood joint may not be textbook Cape Cod, but that's okay—dine here, and you'll get the best of both coasts...Read More

  • 16. Sand Dollar Restaurant

    $$ | American

    Constructed from three barges that were floated over from Tiburon in the 1920s, this family-owned restaurant still attracts wayfarers from Muir...Read More

  • 17. Saul's

    $$ | North Berkeley | American

    High ceilings and red-leather booths add to the friendly, retro atmosphere of Saul's deli, a Berkeley institution that is well known for its...Read More

  • 18. Shakewell

    $$$ | Mediterranean

    Two Top Chef vets opened this stylish Lakeshore restaurant, which serves creative and memorable Mediterranean small plates in a lively setting...Read More

  • 19. Side Street Kitchen

    $$ | American

    Rotisserie meats and veggies sourced from local farms steal the show at this former mid-century truck stop and diner. It's a go-to for tri-tip...Read More

  • 20. Sushi Ran

    $$$ | Japanese

    Sushi aficionados swear that this tiny, stylish restaurant—in business for more than three decades—is the Bay Area's best option for raw fish...Read More

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