Guide to Good Eats Summer 2023

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Alameda Marketplace

Sit down for a meal of wood-oven chicken or pizza, local oysters, house-made bread and pasta, and inventive small dishes, plus more substantial fare at East End. Relax with coffee, pastries, or gelato at the Beanery. Find enticing take-out foods at Greens & Grains, Sushi King, or Tahina Fresh Mediterranean.

1650 Park St |


C’era Una Volta Italian Catering Kitchen

For personal or business gatherings­—C’era Una Volta. Bringing you authentic Tuscan dishes since 2004. Weekly meal packages to get you through your busiest weeks.

510.769.4828 |




Authentic and delicious home-style Thai cuisine in a beautiful atmosphere. We specialize in high-quality local and seasonal ingredients and also offer an extensive vegetarian menu.

1096 Dwight Way | 510.848.4015 |


Cactus Taquería

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. Takeout and delivery!

1881 Solano Ave | 510.528.1881 |


Fish & Bird Sousaku Izakaya

A unique Izakaya-style restaurant and bar, specializing in modern Japanese cuisine. Classically trained in Japanese and French cooking technique, Chef Asuka Uchida creates sophisticated interpretations of traditional dishes that reflect the current trends in Japan.

2451 Shattuck Ave | 510.705.1539 |


Gather Kitchen, Bar & Events

Called “the omnivore’s 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

2200 Oxford St | 510.809.0400 |


Gaumenkitzel Restaurant & Takeout

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

2121 San Pablo Ave | 510.647.5016 |


La Note

Traditional breakfast and lunch bistro fare or rustic Provençal dinners in a warm and charming atmosphere in the heart of downtown Berkeley. Gorgeous outdoor patio.

2377 Shattuck Ave | 510.843.1525 |


Rasa Caffe

Small-batch coffee roaster with an award-winning East meets West coffee, tea, and food menu. We blend the elegant organic spices of India, Asia, and the African diaspora together with classic specialty coffee standards. Award-winning Rose Latte and Rasa Chai. Among the 25 in this year’s “Top Coffee in the S.F. Bay Area” by the SF Chronicle.

3140 Martin Luther King Jr Way |


Sweet Adeline Bakeshop

Cakes, pies, tarts, cookies, cupcakes, and pastries (sweet and savory). Open W–Su, 8am–3pm. Located in the Lorin District of South Berkeley.

3350 Adeline St |


Meals by the Table Catering

Meal subscriptions and catering for your table and our community. Our chef’s made-from-scratch, Mediterranean-inspired meals feature organic and local ingredients, and each meal purchased provides a meal to our nonprofit community. Perfect for home delivery or workplace lunches within the East Bay.

2407 Dana St | 510.257.1121 |


Three Stone Hearth

This community-based kitchen and retail store offers health-focused, nutrient-dense, ready-made foods. New menu each week plus wide range of pantry staples and body care products. Open W 4–7, Th–F 12:30–5:30, Sa 10–4.

1581 University Ave, Berkeley | 510.981.1334 |


Castro Valley

Castro Valley Marketplace

Castro Valley has arrived as a dining and drinking destination! Sit down for a meal or drinks at Cannery Kitchen & Tap, Night Owl, or Oculto. Find enticing take-out foods at Akemi Sushi and Pizza the Bay.

3295 Castro Valley Blvd |



Public Market Emeryville

Enjoy artisan food and drinks from around the globe at Public Market Emeryville. The Food Hall is open for indoor and outdoor dining, plus takeout and delivery.

5959 Shellmound St |


Summer Summer Thai Eatery

Delectable Thai cooking prepared from fresh ingredients with just the right spices. We offer a wide selection of tasty appetizers, to-die-for curry, and stir-fried entrées. Meat, seafood, and vegan options are available. Now offering a 50% discount on bottles of wine!

5885 Hollis St #50 | 510.658.3234 |



Il Fiorello Olive Oil Company

Find a selection of curated wines to enjoy on the patio and in garden areas with chef-prepared specialty foods. Sample the company’s organic olive oils in the Visitor Center Tasting Room. Open daily, 11–5.

2625 Mankas Corner Rd | 707.864.1529 |



The Cheese Parlor

Experience the goodness of cheese and all the fun that surrounds it. The Parlor offers over 60 cheeses by the pound, a fabulous cured meat selection, Livermore Valley wines, locally crafted beers, sandos, and good vibes! Let’s crack cheese together!

158 Maple St | 925.495.4618 |


Retzlaff Vineyards

Come taste our award-winning wines or enjoy a bottle outdoors on our beautiful picnic grounds. Reservations recommended. Children and well-behaved dogs are welcome. Live music and on-site food vendors most weekends.

1356 S Livermore Ave | 925.447.8941 |



Bellanico Restaurant & Wine Bar

Serving innovative Italian cuisine made with the finest seasonal ingredients plus housemade pastas, breads, and salumi, and a wine program focused on unique indigenous Old World and Italian varieties. Currently open W–Su starting at 5pm for indoor and outdoor dining plus Sa–Su,10:30–2:30 for weekend brunch.

4238 Park Blvd | 510.336.1180 |


Cactus Taquería

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. Takeout and delivery!

5642 College Ave | 510.658.6180 |


Cafe Umami

Fresh Korean + Japanese flavors with Californian flair. Savor whole-grain bowls featuring house-made ferments, jook, and more. Try their signature mochi or vegan choco mousse with Highwire coffee for the perfect pick-me-up.

2224 MacArthur Blvd | 510.646.2394 |


Charm Thai Bistro

Charm specializes in popular authentic Thai recipes. Our cuisine is cooked with fresh seasonal ingredients to make wonderfully tasty, genuine, and comforting meals. Plenty of parking and outdoor seating available.

4063 Piedmont Ave | 510.817.4768 |


Two Local Girls at Rocky’s Market

Freshly made sandwiches, wraps, salads, soups, and desserts to take home or eat on-site plus lots of delicious take-and-bake items. Let us cater your next party!

1440 Leimert Blvd | 510.326.4084 |



Sabio on Main

Seasonal California cuisine from nationally recognized Chef Francis X. Hogan. Award-winning wine list, craft libations, and an enticing bar.

501 Main St  | 925.800.3090 |


Port Costa

Bull Valley Roadhouse

Elevated roadhouse dishes and expertly prepared libations in an Old World atmosphere.

14 Canyon Lake Dr 
510.787.1135 |
Facebook/Instagram @bullvalleyroadhouse


Union City

Niles Pie Co.

Sweet, savory, local, and fresh pies. Eat in, carry out. Now delivering all over the Bay Area and available at shops and markets around the East Bay.

32990 Alvarado-Niles Rd 510.324.4743 |


Mendocino County

Westport Hotel and Old Abalone Pub

Casually elegant B&B lodging on the Mendocino Coast. Locals and visitors love the Old Abalone Pub for Saturday afternoon tea and  Thursday through Saturday night dinners.

38921 Hwy 1, Westport | 877.964.3688


West Marin County

Nick’s Cove

Beautifully restored cottages and restaurant on the banks of Tomales Bay in West Marin serving seasonal Coastal California cuisine. Winner of Travel + Leisure’s “It List” 2023 of World’s Best Hotels.

23240 Hwy 1, Marshall | 415.663.1033 |