Top Choice Californian in Berkeley

Chez Panisse

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


Specializing in shōchū, a distilled alcohol often made from rice or barley, Japanese expats gush that Ippuku reminds them of izakaya (Japanese pubs serving food) back in Tokyo. Choose from a menu of skewered meats a…
Market in Berkeley

North Berkeley Farmers Market

Pick up some organic produce or tasty prepared food at North Berkeley's weekly farmers market, operating year-round.
Seafood in Oakland

Lake Chalet

Whether you stop by the long pump house view bar for a martini and oysters during the buzzing happy hour (3pm to 6pm and 9pm to close), feast on a whole roasted crab by a window seat in the formal dining room, or cr…
Latin American in Oakland


Facing the water at sun-drenched Jack London Sq, you can people-watch from the outdoor patio or eat inside the chic industrial dining room lit by hanging glass lamps. The focus here is Pan-American cuisine, and stan…
Indian in Berkeley

Vik’s Chaat Corner

This longtime and very popular chaat house has moved to a larger space but still gets mobbed at lunchtime by regulars that include an equal number of hungry office workers and Indian families. Try a cholle (spicy ga…
Californian in Oakland


Kick-back-chic 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-California-now style. The tables are of recycled old-g…
American in Oakland


Mac-n-cheese, the ultimate in American comfort food, gets a long-overdue ovation at this quirky restaurant modeled after a school. A menu of regionally focused options – including the Ivy Leaguer Truffle, Dungeness …
American in Oakland

Rudy's Can't Fail Cafe

A modern diner with tables crafted from board games and strange toys under glass, it has a goofy punk rock feel, possibly because an owner is the bassist from Green Day. Show up for huevos or tofu rancheros all day,…
Sandwiches in Oakland

Bakesale Betty

An Aussie expat and Chez Panisse alum, Betty Barakat (in signature blue wig) has patrons licking their lips and lining up out the door for her heavenly strawberry shortcake and scrumptious fried-chicken sandwiches. …