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. 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

  • 2. 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

  • 3. 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

  • 4. 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

  • 5. 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

  • 6. 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

  • 7. Buckeye Roadhouse

    $$$$ | American

    House-smoked meats and fish, grilled steaks, classic salads, and decadent desserts bring locals and visitors back again and again to this 1937...Read More

  • 8. 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

  • 9. Cetrella

    $$$ | Mediterranean

    The coast at its most dressed up, Cetrella is all polished wood and pressed tablecloths, and it hits every mark: adventurous wine list, live...Read More

  • 10. Coast Cafe

    $$ | American

    Decked out in a nautical theme with surfboards and buoys, the Coast serves weekend brunch and dependably good American lunch and dinner fare...Read More

  • 11. Duarte's Tavern

    $$ | American

    Though it periodically catches the attention of the national press, this 19th-century family-run roadhouse—say DOO-arts—continues to serve simple...Read More

  • 12. Dyafa

    $$$ | Jack London Square | Middle Eastern

    Reem Assil, one of the Bay Area's best chefs, brings Arabic heritage flavors to Jack London Square at Dyafa, where hot and cold mezze dishes...Read More

  • 13. 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

  • 14. Gaumenkitzel

    $$ | Downtown | German

    This convivial locale for organic, slow-food German fare is also the spot for the Bay Area's best variety of German beers. With dishes like...Read More

  • 15. La Ginestra

    $$ | Italian

    In business since 1964, La Ginestra—named for the flowers that grow on Mt. Vesuvius, the owners' homeland—is a Mill Valley institution renowned...Read More

  • 16. Le Garage

    $$$ | French

    Brittany-born Olivier Souvestre serves traditional French bistro fare in a relaxed, bay-side setting that feels more sidewalk café than the...Read More

  • 17. Picco

    $$$ | American

    In an ivy-covered, redbrick building, the creative crew at Picco's serves fantastically original food comprised of local seasonal ingredients...Read More

  • 18. Salt & Pepper

    $$ | American

    This bright and welcoming American bistro on Ark Row is known for its seafood starters and salads (think: oyster poppers, crab stacks, and steamers...Read More

  • 19. Taste of Rome

    $$ | Italian

    From early-morning espresso and frittatas to late-night wine and marsalas, there's something just right at the Taste of Rome any time of day...Read More

  • 20. Tomales Bay Foods

    $$ | American

    A renovated hay barn off the main drag houses this collection of upscale food shops, which showcase local organic fruits and vegetables, premium...Read More

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