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. 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

  • 2. Agrodolce

    $$ | North Berkeley | Italian

    Angelo D'Alo's family brings Sicilian flavors and their love for preparing them freshly to the heart of the Gourmet Ghetto, where black-and...Read More

  • 3. Corso

    $$$ | North Berkeley | Italian

    This lively spot serves up a seasonal menu of excellent Tuscan cuisine and Italian wines in a sparse but snazzy space. The open kitchen dominates...Read More

  • 4. 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

  • 5. Luna Blu

    $$$ | Italian

    Friendly, informative staff serve Sicilian-inspired seafood in this lively sliver of an Italian restaurant just a stone's throw from the ferry...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. 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

  • 8. Piazza D'Angelo

    $$ | Italian

    In the heart of downtown, busy D'Angelo's is known for its authentic and fresh pastas; there even are gluten-free options. Another draw is the...Read More

  • 9. Pizzaiolo

    $$$ | Temescal | Italian

    Chez Panisse alum Charlie Hallowell helms the kitchen of this rustic-chic Oakland institution. Diners of all ages perch on wooden chairs with...Read More

  • 10. Poggio

    $$$ | Italian

    A hillside dining destination, Poggio serves modern Tuscan-style comfort food in a handsome, old-world-inspired space whose charm spills onto...Read More

  • 11. Sausalito Seahorse

    $$$ | Italian

    Live music and dancing served alongside Tuscan seafood and pasta specialties make the Seahorse one of Sausalito's most spirited supper clubs...Read More

  • 12. Servino Ristorante

    $$ | Italian

    This family-owned eatery specializes in southern Italian recipes including lobster agnolotti, seafood stew, pork sausage fondue, and pizza made...Read More

  • 13. 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

  • 14. Vasco

    $$ | Italian

    This lovely corner restaurant, with its wood-fired pizza, wine bar, and live music in the evening, has serious neighborhood charm. Authentic...Read More

  • 15. 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

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