The Bay Area Restaurants

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  • 1. Comal

    $$ | Downtown | Mexican

    Relaxed yet trendy, Comal's cavernous indoor dining space and intimate back patio and fire pit draw a diverse, decidedly casual crowd for creative...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. Ippuku

    $$$ | Downtown | Japanese

    More Tokyo street chic than standard sushi house, this izakaya— the Japanese equivalent of a bar with appetizers—is decked with bamboo-screen...Read More

  • 4. Luka's Taproom & Lounge

    $$ | Uptown | American

    Hip and urban, with an unpretentious vibe, Luka's is a real taste of Uptown with its Belgian-inspired California comfort food and plentiful...Read More

  • 5. Pizza Molina

    $$ | Contemporary

    A cozy and clean aesthetic, a convivial vibe, and impeccable pizza from a wood-fired oven are central to this neighborhood spot. Chef Justin...Read More

  • 6. 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

  • 7. Sushi Ran

    $$$ | Japanese

    Sushi aficionados swear that this tiny, stylish restaurant—in business for more than three decades—is the Bay Area's best option for raw fish...Read More

  • 8. À Côté

    $$ | Rockridge | Mediterranean

    This Mediterranean hot spot is all about seasonal small plates, cozy tables, family-style eating, and excellent wine. Heavy wooden tables, intimate...Read More

  • 9. Balboa Café

    $$$ | American

    With intimate lighting, rich wood accents, and fresh-pressed white linens, this modern California café offers an upscale dining experience complete...Read More

  • 10. Bungalow 44

    $$$ | American

    An open, well-lit space with booths and countertop seating from which diners can watch the cooks in action sets the scene at this lively eatery...Read More

  • 11. Calavera

    $$$ | Uptown | Mexican

    This Oaxacan-inspired hot spot offers inventive and elevated plates in an industrial-chic space with lofty ceilings, warm wooden tables, exposed...Read More

  • 12. César

    $$$ | North Berkeley | Spanish

    Spanish-inspired small plates and craft cocktails are served late at César, Berkeley's premier tapas spot. Couples spill out from street-level...Read More

  • 13. Chop Bar

    $$ | Jack London Square | American

    The walls and tables are made of reclaimed wood at this small, stylish roadside gathering space whose knowing, tattooed bartenders serve potent...Read More

  • 14. 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

  • 15. Gather

    $$$ | Downtown | American

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

  • 16. Iyasare

    $$$ | 4th Street | Japanese

    Reservations are recommended at this 4th Street hot spot where the outdoor seating is ideal for people-watching and the Japanese country food...Read More

  • 17. Juhu Beach Club

    $$ | Temescal | Indian

    All the color, flavor, and fun of Mumbai's Juhu Beach is contained within the brightly colored walls of this festive funky Temescal eatery....Read More

  • 18. 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

  • 19. 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

  • 20. Café Rouge

    $$$ | 4th Street | Mediterranean

    A spacious two-story bistro complete with zinc bar, skylights, and festive lanterns, Café Rouge provides a perfect respite from 4th Street shopping...Read More

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