Guide to Good Eats


“Lunch at Miss Ollie’s” by Oakland artist Margo Rivera-Weiss



Bay Area

vp_logo_ybrVenga Paella

Best Bay Area Paella Catering. Do something different! Have a paella cooked on-site or delivered at your home or office. For small fiestas to large corporate events. “Always bringing people together.”




1888 Solano Ave
Sophisticated Indian dining with creative dishes from all over India. Changing menu includes many gluten-free and vegan options. Organic and sustainable ingredients.


cactus-logo-(1)Cactus Taquería

5642 College Ave
It’s all about freshness, sustainability, and the traditional, mouthwatering flavors of Mexico. Everything made from scratch. Meats sourced from partner farms that never ever feed the animals growth hormones, antibiotics, or animal by-products.


caferougeCafé Rouge

1782 Fourth St
Reservations: 510.525.1440
Meat Market: 510.525.2707
Fine dining, bar food, and a specialty meat market.



1685 Shattuck Ave
Co-founded in 1979 by Marilyn Rinzler and Bruce Aidells, Poulet serves fresh, healthy, gourmet food. Enjoy it at the deli or take it home. Open M–F 10–8, Sa 10–7.


Smoke_LogoSmoke Berkeley

2434 San Pablo Ave
Authentic Texas-style BBQ beef brisket, ribs, and chicken; tea-smoked salmon; South Carolina pulled pork; and all the fixin’s. Chef Tina’s blue-ribbon-winning pies and desserts made daily.


standard-fare-logoStandard Fare

2701 Eighth St
West Berkeley’s sustainable kitchen featuring organic coffee, whole grain pastries, amazing sandwiches on house focaccia, daily lunch specials, and Saturday brunch with house-cured bacon and sourdough waffles.


 Mendocino County

Westport-Hotel-brighterWestport Hotel and Old Abalone Pub

Westport, CA

You’ll “get sconed” at breakfast when you spend the night at this elegant little seaside hotel north of Fort Bragg. Come stay or just drop into the Old Abalone Pub for Saturday afternoon tea or dinner any Thrusday, Friday, or Saturday night.





Bellanico Restaurant & Wine Bar

4238 Park Blvd
Serving innovative Italian cuisine with the finest seasonal ingredients. Our pastas, desserts, and breads are made daily. We cure our own meats and make our own salumi. All can be enjoyed with unique flights of wines or wines by the glass, primarily sourced from Italy.


Brown Sugar KitchenBSK-logo

2534 Mandela Pkwy
Chef Tanya Holland serves up “New-Style, Down-Home” cooking in Sweet West Oakland. Locally grown, organic, and seasonal ingredients whenever possible.


cactus-logo-(1)Cactus Taquería

5642 College Ave
It’s all about freshness, sustainability, and the traditional, mouthwatering flavors of Mexico. Everything made from scratch. Meats sourced from partner farms that never ever feed the animals growth hormones, antibiotics, or animal by-products.



2237 Broadway
Opening June 2015, Calavera is a Mexican restaurant with a focus on authentic, ingredient-driven fare and an innovative tequila/mezcal-heavy cocktail program.


Chop BarPastedGraphic-4

247 4th St #111
A neighborhood favorite serving breakfast, weekend brunch, lunch, and dinner, using the finest ingredients found in the Bay Area.


cloveandhooflogoClove & Hoof

Butchery Restaurant
4001 Broadway
Neighborhood whole-animal butcher shop and nostalgic American restaurant. We only use sustainably and responsibly raised meats.


artechoke-logoCommunitē Table

4171 MacArthur Blvd
American comfort food in the Laurel. Eat in or bring home. Linden Street Beer and four Napa Valley wines on tap. Now serving lunch and dinner.



550 2nd St
Highlighting simple, vegetarian, and vegan cuisine: hearty salads, local cheeses, delectable entrées, and housemade desserts. We utilize organic, seasonal, and market driven local ingredients. In addition to an extensive by-the-glass wine menu, we serve small brewery beers, organic teas, coffee, and artisanal non-alcoholic beverages.


Fentons Restaurant & CreameryFentons

4226 Piedmont Ave
Handmade ice cream, quality ingredients, and friendly service. E.S. Fenton founded the Oakland creamery in 1894.



One Broadway
On the waterfront at Jack London Square, Chef Craig DiFonzo sources ingredients locally for his Italian-inspired menu of seafood, housemade charcuterie, pizza, and fresh pastas.

oak-roasted coffees, pizza, evening rosticceria.


Spice MonkeySpice-Monkey-Logo-BrownGreen_BIGGER-1

1628 Webster St at 17th
Globally inspired cuisine, incorporating spices and culinary traditions from around the world. Delicious dishes for meat eaters, vegetarians, gluten-free ,and vegans! Beautiful historic ambience, creative cocktails, and lively event schedule.


terrace-room-logo-2015The Terrace Room Restaurant & Bar

1800 Madison St
Oakland’s premier lakefront restaurant, set in a 1920s Art Deco supper club with panoramic views of the Oakland hills, Downtown, and Lake Merritt. Serving reinvented American classics with a focus on “Local First,” The Terrace Room is a full-service restaurant, bar, and banquet facility.


Port Costa

Bull Valley Roadhousebvr

14 Canyon Lake Dr
Traditional American fare with a regional touch. The 1883 hotel next door is the Victorian jewel of historic Port Costa.



Sorensen’s Resortsorensens

14255 Hwy 88
Hope Valley, CA
An all-season Sierra resort near South Lake Tahoe. Café serves three delicious meals a day to lodging guests and the traveling public.


Union City

Niles Pie Co.Niles-Pie-Co-Logo

32990 Alvarado-Niles Rd
Sweet, savory, local, and fresh pies. Eat in, carry out. Available at shops and markets around the East Bay.


West Marin County

Nicks-Logo_no-shadowNick’s Cove Restaurant
Oyster Bar | Cottages

23240 Hwy 1
Marshall CA
415.663.1033 x120
Situated on the shores of Tomales Bay, Nick’s Cove offers award-winning California coastal cuisine with 12 beautifully appointed guest cottages nestled along historic Highway One.

Scene at Barney’s Gourmet Burgers by Margo Rivera-Weiss.

Scene at Barney’s Gourmet Burgers by Margo Rivera-Weiss.