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. 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

  • 4. 1951 Coffee

    $ | Downtown | Café

    Taking its name from the 1951 Refugee Convention at which the United Nations first set guidelines for refugee protections, 1951 Coffee Company...Read More

  • 5. Avatar's

    $ | International

    Purveyors of ethnic confusions," this family-run Marin minichain offers California Indian fusion combinations that locals revere. The warmth...Read More

  • 6. Avatar's Restaurant

    $ | Indian

    The lines can get long at this hole-in-the-wall kitchen, where Indian curries are served burrito style while you wait (note: it's cash only...Read More

  • 7. Bette's Oceanview Diner

    $ | 4th Street | American

    Checkered floors, vintage burgundy booths, and an old-time jukebox set the scene at this retro-chic diner in the heart of Berkeley's fashionable...Read More

  • 8. Boo Koo

    $ | Asian

    Southeast Asian street food with a local flair is fired up in this hip and modern street café, where there's outdoor seating and a 10-tap bar...Read More

  • 9. Bridgeway Cafe

    $ | Café

    The view's the thing at this diner-café on the main drag across the road from the bay. People line up on weekends for great traditional breakfast...Read More

  • 10. Caffe Acri

    $ | Café

    This Italian espresso bar and café at the end of the Tiburon Ferry dock is a sweet spot to enjoy a leisurely breakfast or lunch with a cup of...Read More

  • 11. Equator Coffees and Teas

    $ | Café

    This is the prime spot for a pick-me-up (and people-watching) over a picturesque view of downtown Mill Valley and Mt. Tam. The owners are as...Read More

  • 12. Joe's Taco Lounge

    $ | Mexican

    A colorful, quirky lounge loaded with Latino tchotchkes, chatty patrons, agave margaritas, and bottles of hot sauce, Joe's is a fun place to...Read More

  • 13. Le Cheval Restaurant

    $ | Old Oakland | Vietnamese

    This cavernous yet classy restaurant is a lunchtime favorite and a good place to sample pho, a classic Hanoi-style beef noodle soup fragrant...Read More

  • 14. Lighthouse Cafe

    $ | Scandinavian

    A cozy spot with a dose of Scandinavian flair and a long counter bar that abuts an open kitchen, this local diner has been a favorite breakfast...Read More

  • 15. New Morning Cafe

    $ | American

    Omelets, scrambles, and pancakes are served all day long at this homey triangular bay-side café with sunny outdoor seating. If you're past morning...Read More

  • 16. Picante

    $ | Mexican

    A barnlike space full of cheerful Mexican tiles and folk-art masks, Picante is a find for anyone seeking good Cal-Mex food for a song. The masa...Read More

  • 17. Rick & Ann's

    $ | Claremont | American

    Haute comfort food and childhood favorites are the focus at this charming dining nook across from the Claremont hotel. Mac and cheese and free...Read More

  • 18. Venice Gourmet Deli & Pizza

    $ | Italian

    The Italian deli sandwiches, pizzas made daily, and a shop filled with gourmet delectables, wines, kitchenware, and local flavor here have enticed...Read More

  • 19. Waypoint Pizza

    $ | Pizza

    A nautical theme and a tasty "between the sheets" pizza-style sandwich are signatures of this creative pizzeria, which is housed in the 19th...Read More

  • 20. Pearl's Phat Burgers

    $ | Burger

    Families, couples, and teenagers flock to Pearl's for juicy, grass-fed organic burgers stacked high with tomatoes, lettuce, bacon, and cheese...Read More

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