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. 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 serves rustic...Read More

  • 3. 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

  • 4. El Paseo

    $$$$ | Contemporary

    Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Sammy Hagar helped to restore this 1947 California Mission–style restaurant, which reopened in 2011 with a Spanish...Read More

  • 5. Lalime's

    $$$ | North Berkeley | Mediterranean

    Inside a charming flower-covered house, this restaurant serves dishes that reflect the entire Mediterranean region. The menu, constantly changing...Read More

  • 6. 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

  • 7. 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

  • 8. 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

  • 9. Sir and Star at the Olema

    $$$$ | American

    With lovely garden views, creative and cryptically named dishes, and upscale-rustic decor that somehow incorporates taxidermied animals, this...Read More

  • 10. The Caprice

    $$$ | American

    For more than 50 years this Tiburon landmark that overlooks the bay has been the place to come to mark special occasions with local wines and...Read More

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