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. 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

  • 2. 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

  • 3. Hog Island Oyster Co. Marshall Oyster Farm & the Boat Oyster Bar

    $$$ | Seafood

    Take a short trek north on Highway 1 to the gritty mecca of Bay Area oysters—the Hog Island Marshall Oyster Farm. For a real culinary adventure...Read More

  • 4. 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

  • 5. 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

  • 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. 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

  • 8. Café 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

  • 9. 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

  • 10. Due West

    $$$ | American

    Award-winning chef Jonathan Pfluege brings local, sustainable culinary provisions to this classic Point Reyes tavern, a popular horse-and-wagon...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. Fast Food Français

    $$ | French

    F3 puts a French twist on classic American fast food and dishes up some French nibbles, too, in this casual bistro. The same folks who started...Read More

  • 13. 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

  • 14. 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

  • 15. Parkside Cafe

    $$$ | American

    The Parkside is popular for its 1950s beachfront snack bar, but the adjoining café, coffee bar, marketplace, and bakery shouldn't be missed...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. Plank

    $$ | Jack London Square | American

    Plank brings food and entertainment together in an expansive indoor-outdoor space with a waterfront view. Sip from more than 50 handcrafted...Read More

  • 18. Stinson Beach Breakers Cafe

    $$$ | American

    Hard to miss along the tiny stretch of Main Street, this café is an easy prebeach destination for coffee and griddle specialties or postsurf...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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