Guide to Good Eats Summer 2019

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C’era Una Volta
1332 Park St

Tuscan cuisine and seafood specialties in a European setting with additional outdoor seating. Recognized by L’Associazione Cuochi Fiorentini. Dinner and weekend brunch. Catering available.


Julie’s Coffee & Tea Garden
1223 Park St
Alameda’s one-of-a-kind spot for coffee, tea, herbal tonics, wholesome eats, and tea parties. Garden patio seating, gifts, loose-leaf tea, herb and coffee dispensary.


Bay Area

Venga 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.”



Babette Cafe
2155 Center St , 2nd Floor

Two seasoned Bay Area chefs creating thoughtful, monthly changing menus for an eclectic café on the second floor of the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive. Incredible pastries, film-to-table dinners, catering, and special events. Open W–F 9–7, Sa–Su 11–7.


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.



2200 Oxford St at Allston

Called “the omnivores solution” by the New York Times, since 2009 Gather has showcased organic, “head to tail” and “root to shoot” food, craft cocktails, and sustainable local wines that truly reflect the bounty of Northern California. #gatherberkeley


2121 San Pablo Ave

Tickle your taste buds at the Bay Area’s go-to place for fresh organic German slow food handcrafted from original German recipes. Made with love and 100% clean energy. Guten Appetit und Prost!


Standard 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 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.


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.


Cafe Umami
2224 MacArthur Blvd

A gem hidden in Oakland’s Dimond district. Serves fresh, flavorful, nutrient-dense food and healthy drinks 7 days a week. Savor the house-made ferments, bone broth, whole-grain bowls, and veg options.


Degrees Plato
4251 MacArthur Blvd

Degrees Plato taproom and kitchen located in Oakland’s Laurel District, featuring a curated list of independent beers and Mexican tortas and tacos.


Farley’s East
33 Grand Ave

Serving fresh, healthy food and house-roasted coffee and espresso, this pulsing café at the heart of Oakland’s thriving Uptown neighborhood is deeply supported by the community who appreciate the Farley’s East mission of making Oakland a better place to live


Fentons Restaurant & Creamery
4226 Piedmont Ave

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


Grand Lake Kitchen

576 Grand Ave

May and David Wasem’s neighborhood restaurant serves American and deli fare across from beautiful Lake Merritt. Open continuously 9am–10pm, 7 days a week. Daily brunch and dinner, dine-in, take-out, delivery, catering, full-bar, dog-friendly patio! Reserve and order online.


Julie’s Coffee & Tea Garden
4316 Telegraph Ave

Organic, wholesome products offered in a casual and serene environment. Offering a broad selection of coffee, tea, and herbal tonics with a seasonal, nourishing food menu. Breakfast, lunch, and weekend brunch. Outdoor seating.



5912 College Ave

Chef Eric Tucker’s globally inspired plant-based fare is served in an inviting fine-dining setting. Fresh, innovative, and organic. Dinner 7 nights and Sunday brunch. Covered/heated (dog friendly) back patio.


The 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 Roadhouse
14 Canyon Lake Dr

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


Union City

Niles Pie Co.
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

Nick’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.



Sorensen’s Resort
14255 Hwy 88, Hope Valley, CA

An all-season Sierra resort near South Lake Tahoe. Café serves three delicious meals a day to the traveling public.