East Bay Eats
Collected by Derk Richardson , AFAR Staff
Any food-centric pilgrimage to the San Francisco Bay Area must now put Oakland at the top of the itinerary, and the rapidly burgeoning "dining there" there has lit a fire under restaurateurs in Berkeley--the home of California cuisine--as well. If you find yourself hungry in the city by the bay, consider crossing the beautiful new bridge and exploring the East Bay's diverse and beckoning eateries.
2086 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA 94704, USA
Since taking the helm in the kitchen of FIVE restaurant in the Hotel Shattuck, chef Stephane Tonnelier has elevated the fare, reflecting his French heritage, his nine years at Boulevard in San Francisco, and what's seasonal and fresh in the local...
44 Webster St, Oakland, CA 94607, USA
I've never thought of "molecular gastronomy" as comfort food. But at Haven, chef Kim Alter (before moving over to Plum) created some radical-seeming dishes as homey as anything your grandma made. Even though Daniel Patterson (Coi, Plum) owns this...
4012 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94611, USA
Mama's has been a breakfast institution for decades, and this neighborhood joint—with old wooden booths ornamented with original (non-functioning) individual juke boxes, and vintage posters, embroidered apron, and customers' napkin art on...
2900 College Ave, Berkeley, CA 94705, USA
This café was originally Ozzie's Fountain, a Berkeley landmark since 1921. The café still retains its retro feeling with the original Ozzie counter. Additional seating at tables are available indoors and outside. The Elmwood is open for breakfast,...
2375 Shore Line Dr, Alameda, CA 94501, USA
The Sushi House in Alameda sits right on the shoreline looking across the bay to San Francisco. It's a large restaurant with a choice for sitting - indoor protected patio, main dining area or large sushi bar - wherever you choose the sushi is...
146 Grand Ave, Oakland, CA 94612, USA
Oakland's Trueburger offers straightforward delicious contemporary "fast food"... fresh house-ground meat, homemade toasted egg buns and hand-spun shakes. One of the best burgers in town! It doesn't get more simple or more delicious. No bells and...
1820 Fourth St, Berkeley, CA 94710, USA
Zut! in Berkeley has a great bar where Berkeley locals like to gather. The menu is seasonal - there is always a fresh vegetable, like these fava beans - that are available tempura style. They have great pizzas, local wines and a dessert menu that...
2216 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94612, USA
One of the recent additions to Oakland's Uptown neighborhood is Plum Bar, adjacent to Daniel Patterson's Plum Restaurant. The Bailout blends scotch, gin, carpano antico, and orange bitters. It complemented the creamy macaroni and cheese quite...
817 Washington St, Oakland, CA 94607, USA
On a lazy Saturday morning head to Caffe 817 in Old Oakland (downtown) for a breakfast of poached eggs, olive tapenade and toasted levain. Add a latte bowl or cappuccino for the perfect start to your day! After breakfast explore the neighborhood...
2534 Mandela Pkwy, Oakland, CA 94607, USA
Mind, blown and belly, full. Brown Sugar Kitchen is the place in the East Bay for your brunch in search of food for the soul. Created by the master head chef Tanya Holland (known for her celebration of community as well as her gifts in the...
1512 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA 94709, USA
When my friends came to visit from abroad this was the first place I had to take them. Bay Area locals can't get enough of this co-op run, cheap, gourmet pizza! This particular pizza was a delicious combo of gruyere cheese, cilantro, garlic, corn...
1900 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA 94612, USA
Restaurateurs Dona Savitsky and Thomas Schnetz, known for their upscale Mexican Restaurante Doña Tomás in the Temescal neighborhood, expanded their mini empire with high-end California cuisine an cocktails at Flora. They took over the corner of...
5655 College Ave, Oakland, CA 94618, USA
In Oakland's Rockridge district, the Market Hall houses Oliveto's restaurant, a specialty food deli, bakery, coffee shop, pasta shop, florist and produce market. I love to stop by the Oliveto café before heading to San Francisco. Known for it's...
1099 Alcatraz Ave, Oakland, CA 94608, USA
Open five days a week and on the corner of San Pablo Ave and Alcatraz in Oakland, everyone's a winner at Victory Burger. Sal Bednarz of Actual Cafe (next door) is the force behind this new favorite and continues to make this district of Oakland...
1517 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA 94709, USA
Alice Waters, the mother of the slow food movement and The Gourmet Ghetto on Shattuck in Berkeley has recently celebrated her 40th anniversary of her restaurant Chez Panisse. The ingredients are local with a French influence and well worth the...
5004 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA 94609, USA
Dona Tomas, located in Oakland's trendy Temescal district, is the place to go when you're craving delicious Mexican food and a killer margarita. A wide menu of Cocteles Especiales (special cocktails), cervezas and tequilas. On a warm evening I...
5337 College Ave, Oakland, CA 94618, USA
The creativity in Oakland's dining scene has ratcheted up dramatically in the past few years. One of the most novel innovations is Guest Chef, a cozy brick-and-mortar location in the Rockridge district where chefs come in for two-week stints and...
2390 Fourth St, Berkeley, CA 94710, USA
The original street food, chaat means to lick and is common all over India. Vik's on 4th Street in Berkeley probably serves the best chaat in the Unites States. It is a no muss no fuss restaurant, a warehouse actually. Served in paper airline...
1807 Fourth St, Berkeley, CA 94710, USA
Don't let the name of the diner fool you- there's no ocean view on Fourth Street in Berkeley, but after one glimpse at the menu, you won't mind. Bette's in an institution and many of my colleagues over on Cedar St will admit to being a patron even...
400 40th St, Oakland, CA 94609, USA
On a cold evening I craved some gooey goodness and headed straight to Homeroom for warm, delicious mac and cheese. This Temescal district favorite never fails to satisfy my cheesy cravings. With over 10 different varieties of mac & cheese on the...
4070 Piedmont Ave, Oakland, CA 94611, USA
Popular Piedmont Avenue in Oakland offers lots of places to eat but locals know that Baja Taqueria is the place to go on Saturday nights. On Saturdays, from 6 – 10 p.m. ONLY, the fish tacos are priced at just $2.52! Retirees, students and families...
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