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10 8 M & J Bistro

Address: 2503 N Tracy Blvd, Tracy, CA 95376
M & J Bistro
$$ Top 10 Recommended New Editor's Pick
M & J Bistro first opened its doors in 2008. Come and experience a taste of San Francisco in our restaurant here in Tracy. The restaurant's seasonal New American Style-French Basque fusion cuisine offers crepes, seafood, steaks, pasta, chops and more. We pride ourselves on quality and consistency and feature such items as fresh seafood, lamb, clam chowder, hand-picked produce, gourmet sandwiches, bold salads, and decadent desserts. We now offer homemade pizzas! We also offer gluten-free and vegetarian dishes. Now at the end of its ninth year, the Bistro periodically changes the menu and decor to bring new life into ...

10 8 Chez Panisse

Address: 1517 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94709
Chez Panisse
When Chez Panisse was conceived in 1971, it was the most atypical of restaurants in America, designing its menu daily based on the freshest seasonal and local ingredients. Though this unique approach to food has since gained momentum, Chez Panisse is still one of the most influential proponents of the move towards a more sustainable approach to food. With Alice Waters at the helm, Chez Panisse stays true to its initial vision, serving one fixed price menu daily, based on what is freshest at the moment. Still in its birthplace in a converted house in liberal-minded Berkeley, Chez Panisse retains ...

10 8 A Cote

Address: 5478 College Avenue, Oakland, CA 94618
A Cote
$$ Special Offer
A Cote restaurant is symbolic of Oakland’s Rockridge neighborhood--cozy, friendly, and inviting. Jack and Daphne Knowles planned it that way, and their careful choices are reflected not only in the decor, but in the food and atmosphere. Everything in this restaurant reinforces the idea of intimacy, from the family style dishes to the wood fired oven in the open kitchen. Their Mediterranean cuisine is perfect for an intimate dinner for two, or for an after work bite with coworkers after a hard day. This is definitely a place to fill your belly and ease your mind.

10 8 BayWolf

Address: 3853 Piedmont Avenue, Oakland, CA 94611
$$ Special Offer
BayWolf Restaurant in Oakland has been one of the key players in creating and leading the Bay Area dining revolution for over 34 years because of the care, creativity, and inventive approach it takes to provide outstanding food in a relaxed setting. Their monthly menu specializes in French and Italian cuisine with a California attitude. BayWolf has always used local ingredients at their peak with a focus on wonderful duck preparations. The restaurant itself is a comfortable, old house whose modern art collection charms the dinner guests. BayWolf provides a memorable dining experience for romantic dinners as well as family ...

10 8 Enoteca Molinari

Address: 5474 College Ave., Oakland, CA 94618
Enoteca Molinari
$$ Recommended New Editor's Pick

10 8 Comal

Address: 2020 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94704
In the heart of Berkeley you will find Comal, an authentic Mexican restaurant, and at the heart of Comal you can find Executive Chef Matt Gandin. He brings a modern twist to southern Oaxacan food and is inspired by neighboring coastal states as well. This is evident on the menu with Local Halibut Ceviche, Wood-Grilled Fresh White Shrimp, House-made Chicharones and Compressed Watermelon and Padron Peppers. There are traditional Quesadillas, Enchiladas, Tamales and Tacos, but also “Platos Fuertes”. These are large plates for two to three people like a Whole Spit-Roasted Fulton Valley Chicken. A wide variety of Mexican craft ...

10 8 Commis

Address: 3859 Piedmont Avenue, Oakland, CA 94611
$$$$ New
Commis’ cuisine strives to combine the classic and traditional with the modern and refreshing. The restaurant’s seasonally changing menu achieves this goal by infusing balance and ambition into each of its dishes. Located in Oakland, Commis sits central to most areas of San Francisco, allowing a variety of clientele to experience this chef’s new avant-garde vision. Commis creates this distinctive perspective by combining ingredients that come together in an almost unexpected harmony.

10 8 Silver Dragon

Address: 835 Webster Street, Oakland, CA 94607
Silver Dragon
For generations, people have been coming to Silver Dragon to indulge in their authentic Chinese cuisine, making this establishment a tradition for most. Located in Oakland Chinatown, Silver Dragon serves guests from sizes of a dinner of four to large parties from weddings, banquets, and corporate events, serving them favorites like Peking Duck with steamed blossom rolls and Lobster with Braised Noodle. Silver Dragon has been open since 1956, offering tasty Chinese dishes and they plan to continue for generations.

10 8 Yoshi's Oakland

Address: 510 Embarcadero West, , Oakland, CA 94607
Yoshi's Oakland
Yoshi’s San Francisco, the jazz club and Japanese restaurant, has a new location in Oakland. About Yoshi's: Chef Shotaro Kamio has brought the best of his experience as an apprentice to top chefs in Tokyo to his own work here stateside with Yoshi's. Finding the perfect balance between using traditional Japanese cooking methods, seasonal ingredients, and authentic spices, Chef Kamio uses three words to describe his cuisine: Seasonal, Simple, and Surprise. Try the Maple Leap Duck Takaki (with summer vegetables, a Saikyo miso vinaigrette, and Welsh vanilla sea salt) or the Tsukiji Sashimi Selection (five varieties of seasonal fish from ...

10 8 Rivoli

Address: 1539 Solano Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94707
Chef and Owner Wendy Brucker and Owner and General Manager Roscoe Skipper are the dynamic duo behind Rivoli, in Berkeley. They met, wed, and plunged into the world of restaurant success in 1994, with fresh and earthy fare that strikes a balance between unique combinations and traditional techniques. The “secret garden” lures patrons in, and the healthful and satisfying cuisine keeps them coming back. Dishes like the Saffron and Pimenton Risotto and the Pan Roast Chicken are quite memorable, but with a seasonal menu that changes every three weeks there is always something new to try, and love.

10 8 Lalime's

Address: 1329 Gilman Street, Berkeley, CA 94706
Doing its part to be environmentally sound and organic is Lalime’s philosophy: local farmers markets and small distributers provide the restaurant’s produce, and the availability of such ingredients directly influences the menu. This health-conscious mindset manifests itself in a menu that balances freshness and flavor. Cold appetizers like the Cold-Smoked Scottish Salmon highlight fresh, natural flavors , while the Rack of Sonoma Lamb satisfies the appetite and fuels good intentions. Local regional wines also have a place on the menu, and are balanced nicely between Old and New World varieties.

10 8 Picán

Address: 2295 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94612
Charleston She-Crab Soup, Buttermilk Southern Fried Chicken, “Low & Slow” Barbequed Ribs, Carolina Plantation Hoppin’ John and Low Country Shrimp and Grits, all served with complimentary golden corn bread and whipped honey butter. Couple this extraordinary menu with a comprehensive Bourbon selection and you have Oakland’s Picán restaurant. Situated in Oakland’s “Uptown” cultural district, this culinary gem brings the traditions of the Deep South to California. Classic standards are served with a sophisticated twist, allowing diners to experience truly tantalizing dishes with rich and hearty flavors. The restaurant offers both small and large plates that celebrate and accentuate customary Southern ...

10 8 Five

Address: 2086 Allston Way, San Francisco, CA 94704
$$$ New
The Hotel Shattuck, in downtown Berkeley, is home to a sophisticated restaurant that incorporates all of the senses into the dining experience. Five is an elegantly spacious modern American bistro and bar defined by massive columns that rise up to support the intricately recessed ceiling, grandly lit chandeliers, and beaming floor-to-ceiling windows that cast everything in the glow of luxury. The breakfast, lunch, and dinner menus are similarly well-designed with refined dishes that are both sophisticated and welcoming. Executive Chef Howard Scott melds opulence with familiarity in dishes like the Deviled Surf and Turf Eggs and the Short Rib Pot ...

10 8 Trattoria La Siciliana

Address: 2993 College Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94705
Trattoria La Siciliana
Don’t let the size fool you, the intimate space of Trattoria La Siciliana really hums. Resembling more an authentic Sicilian kitchen than a bustling Berkeley eatery, this tiny restaurant buzzes with conversation and huge portions of Italian cuisine. In a world full of just restaurants, it’s nice to find a place where one can feel at home. Saucy, garlic-laden comfort food is the order of the day in this cash only establishment, but make sure there is room for dessert… tira misu is not a dish to be avoided lightly.

10 8 Gather

Address: 2200 Oxford Street, Berkeley, CA 94704
Embracing the term “Local” and running with it, the folks at Gather excel in sourcing locally grown and raised ingredients for their menu that boasts it’s 50% vegetarian. Located in the David Brower center, the greenest building in the East Bay-- Gather possesses a casual yet elegant atmosphere to cater to just about anyone. The interior consists of mostly reclaimed materials from the surrounding area, accenting their open kitchen. Boasting an ever-changing seasonal menu, Gather offers everything from vegan “charcuterie” to a grilled half chicken. Open for brunch on the weekends and lunch and dinner nightly, Gather sources up good ...

10 8 Postino

Address: 3565 Mt Diablo Blvd., Lafayette, CA 94549
Postino of the East Bay is an Italian restaurant located in a picturesque and historic building covered in ivy vines. The interior features classic brick walls and high ceilings, filled with traditional wooden dining tables set up in different dining areas. These smaller dining rooms contribute to the feeling of intimacy when dining in this family-oriented restaurant. Guests can also take advantage of the patio that comes equipped with a fire pit that is ideal for nighttime or chillier days. This Italian restaurant is known for its pasta as well as its other entrée options, such as the Coda Di ...

10 8 Chevalier

Address: 960 Moraga Road, Lafayette, CA 94549
Chevalier is named after its owner and chef, who was born, raised, and trained in France. The French influence is evident in every dish that finds its way from the kitchen to your table. A three-course prix fixe menu gives diners the option of trying their choice of appetizer, entrée, and dessert from a select list, while the a la carte menu offers a little more wiggle room. Specials are available nightly in addition to the varied list of Plat Principaux, which includes selections such as classic Boeuf Bourguignon and Magret de Canette a l’Orange, a roasted young duck hen ...

10 8 Mezze

Address: 3407 Lakeshore Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94610-2307
Innovating and unique, Mezze offers a pan-Mediterranean cuisine that changes with the seasons. Their menu has a wide variety of choices that they make special in taste and design like their Housemade Gnocchi served with pulled duck confit. Every night along side with their Dinner menu, Mezze has a three-course prix-fixe menu. In addition, every other month Mezze has a special four-course prix-fixe menu that features traditional dishes from cities all along the Mediterranean Basin. Mezze always tries to give back to the regulars that keep on coming back. So Mezze offers a Corkage-free night on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesday.

10 8 Angeline's Louisiana Kitchen

Address: 2261 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94704
Angeline's Louisiana Kitchen
Making the most of a simple, rustic interior with strong influences of the bayou thrown in, Angeline’s Louisiana Kitchen focuses on authentic Creole and Cajun eats. Seasonal crawfish boils make this East Bay eatery a must-do in terms of Louisiana cuisine. Chef Brandon Dubea brings a lifetime of Louisiana upbringing to the kitchen of this local establishment, located just a stone’s throw from the Berkeley Public Library. Make sure that after a big ol’ bowl of steaming gumbo, you save room for a New Orleans classic, Angeline’s award-winning beignets, cooked to order.

10 8 Yankee Pier

Address: 3593 Mt Diablo Blvd., Lafayette, CA 94549
Yankee Pier
Located in the unique and historic Lafayette Mercantile Building, Yankee Pier is a lively seafood house offering up locally sourced dishes. Committed to following sustainable practices, Yankee Pier adheres to the strict guidelines of the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch program, which promotes healthy ocean wildlife. Choose from a wide variety of options such as the hand-picked Maine Lobster Roll, or Beer battered fish and chips using (surprise) Fish House Ale. Yankee Pier has solid happy hour offerings from beer to bites, as well as a sizeable kid’s menu, ensuring a quality experience for everyone on your guest list.