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. (No 10 pm reservations in that neck of the woods.)

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  • 1. Chez Panisse Café & Restaurant

    $$$$ | North Berkeley | Modern American

    Alice Waters's legendary eatery, the birthplace of California cuisine, first opened its doors on August 28, 1971. It's still known for a passionate...Read More

  • 2. 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

  • 3. 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

  • 4. 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

  • 5. 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

  • 6. Station House Café

    $$ | American

    Relocated to the space where the restaurant originally opened its doors in 1974, the Station House Café has been a stalwart venue for local...Read More

  • 7. Cafe Reyes

    $ | Pizza

    Sunny patio seating, hand-tossed pizza, and organic local ingredients are the selling points of this laid-back café. The semi-industrial dining...Read More

  • 8. 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

  • 9. Equator Coffees

    $ | 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

  • 10. Gather

    $ | Downtown | Modern American

    All things local, organic, seasonal, and sustainable reside harmoniously under one roof at Gather. This haven for vegans, vegetarians, and carnivores...Read More

  • 11. Gaumenkitzel

    $$ | Downtown | German

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

  • 12. Inverness Park Market & Tap Room

    $$ | American

    An organic oasis in the region, this deli, restaurant, and taproom offers a true taste of the Point Reyes foodshed. Classic sandwiches, breakfast...Read More

  • 13. Oliveto Cafe & Restaurant

    $$$$ | Rockridge | Italian

    Some of Oakland's finest chefs have come through the ranks of this locally renowned eatery that anchors Market Hall in the Rockridge neighborhood...Read More

  • 14. Pasta Moon

    $$ | Italian

    A coastal dining stop between San Francisco and Monterey, this casual upscale restaurant serves farm-to-table Italian dishes in a spacious setting...Read More

  • 15. Playa

    $$ | Mexican

    Modern Mexican farm-to-table creations and inspired cocktails are the focus of this festive indoor-outdoor space that's popular for its firepit...Read More

  • 16. Rivoli

    $$$ | North Berkeley | Modern American

    Italian-inspired dishes using fresh California ingredients star on a menu that changes regularly. Inventive offerings are served in a Zen-like...Read More

  • 17. Saltwater Oyster Depot

    $$ | Seafood

    Oysters shucked moments after they're taken out of Tomales Bay and French and California wines sourced from small producers are the keystones...Read More

  • 18. Pine Cone Diner

    $ | American

    Just off the main drag, this oh-so-cute diner serves great traditional breakfasts as well as Mexican specialties such as huevos rancheros. At...Read More

  • 19. Tony Tutto Pizza

    $ | Pizza

    Some of the best pies in Marin—all vegetarian and mostly organic—are to be had in this simple, pleasant eatery where the focus is all on the...Read More

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