Restaurants

Top Choice Californian in Berkeley

Chez Panisse

Foodies come to worship here at the church of Alice Waters, inventor of California cuisine. It’s in a lovely arts-and-crafts house in Berkeley's 'Gourmet Ghetto,' and you can choose to pull out all the stops with a …
Top Choice Californian in Oakland

Commis

The East Bay's only Michelin-starred restaurant, the signless and discreet dining room counts a minimalist decor and some coveted counter real estate where patrons can watch chef James Syhabout and his team piece to…
Top Choice Market in Oakland

Oakland–Grand Lake Farmers Market

A rival to San Francisco's Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, this bountiful weekly market hauls in bushels of fresh fruit, vegetables, seafood, ranched meats, artisanal cheese and baked goods from as far away as Marin Cou…
Japanese in Berkeley

Ippuku

Japanese expats gush that Ippuku reminds them of izakaya (Japanese gastropubs) back in Tokyo. Choose from a menu of yakitori (skewered meats and vegetables) and handmade soba noodles as you settle in at one of the t…
Indian in Berkeley

Vik’s Chaat Corner

Off in West Berkeley, this longtime, popular chaat house gets mobbed at lunchtime by regulars that include equal numbers of hungry office workers, students and Indian families. Order samosas or a puffy bhature (flat…
American in Oakland

Homeroom

Mac 'n' cheese, the ultimate in American comfort food, gets a long-overdue ovation at this quirky restaurant with a primary-school theme. A menu of whimsical options – including 'Mac the Goat' with chevre, Greek-sty…
Californian in Oakland

Camino

From the culinary imagination of chef Russell Moore (a Chez Panisse alum), Camino’s short daily-changing menu showcases the best of local organic produce and meats, most cooked over an open fire in slow-food-meets-C…
Caribbean in Oakland

Kingston 11

The wait will be worth it at this raucous Caribbean bar with a groovy soundtrack, where oxtail stew, salt-fish fritters, fried plantains and goat curry are succulent delights. Swing by for 'Irie Hour' (5pm to 7pm Tu…
Californian in Oakland

Mua

A warehouse-sized space in Uptown, this social gathering spot is just as good for date night as it is for groups getting ready for a night out. Peruse the long, long menu of creative shared plates like quinoa-arugul…
Food Hall in Oakland

Swan's Market

Old Oakland's 100-year-old marketplace has been given new life with a gourmet food court, where the wooden tables are always full, day and night. Stop at Cosecha for Mexican fare, AS B-Dama for udon noodles and Japa…