Ten Best Restaurants in the East Bay
We have gathered the top restaurants from Diablo Magazine, Oakland Magazine, the SF Chronicle, East Bay Express, OpenTable and Yelp and have formulated a list of the top ten restaurants in the East Bay.
1. Blind Tiger – Asian Fusion – Oakland
Located on Telegraph Avenue right next to Gogi time, this underground Pan-Asian Tapas Bar restaurant will amaze you with its flavors and creative dishes. Enter an underground world in between Foreign Cinema and a Beer Garden.
2600B Telegraph Avenue, Oakland – (510) 899-9694 – blindtigeroakland.com
2. Esin Restaurant and Bar – American – Danville
Esin strives to create dishes that are fresh, seasonal and prepared with care. The inspiration for the dishes come from chef and owner Curtis and Esin deCarion and includes American dining with a Mediterranean influence.
750 Camino Ramon, Danville – (925) 314-0974 – sinrestaurant.com
3. Chez Panisse Cafe – California Cuisine – Berkeley
Chez Panisse’s owner integrates a dinner party like style that includes a three or four courses fixed menu that alternates nightly. Chefs Alice and Chez Panisse pride themselves on their attention to detail and organically and locally grown ingredients.
1517 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley – (510) 548-5525 – chezpanisse.com
4. Prima Ristorante – Italian – Walnut Creek
With the freshest Italian flavors and seasonal ingredients, Prima sets the bar high for Italian dining. This 38-year-old restaurant has a reputation for being a delicious and relaxing spot to fine dining with a glass of wine.
1522 N Main St, Walnut Creek – (925) 935-7780 – primawine.com
5. Comal – Mexican – Berkeley
Executive Chef Matt Gandin, former chef de cuisine at San Francisco’s Delfina, creates earthy, modern interpretations of dishes from throughout Mexico at this Berkeley location right in the bustling art district. Comal’s cozy restaurant includes a back patio, full bar, covered dining area and al fresco beer garden with a fire pit.
2020 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley – (510) 926-6300 – comalberkeley.com
6. Va de Vi-Bistro and Wine Bar – Walnut Creek
Va de Vi translates to “It’s all about wine!” so you know where this restaurant’s priorities are. With small plates and wine pairing suggestions, this restaurant has bold tastes and a wide array of international wines. A casual and intimate dining experience with excellent ambiance is what you will find at Va de Vi
1511 Mt Diablo Blvd, Walnut Creek – (925) 979-0100 – vadevi.com
7. Commis – American – Oakland
With four and a half stars on Yelp, this restaurant knows fine dining. Commis includes a fixed eight meal course with beverage pairings. This small restaurant is the perfect spot for a celebratory meal with friends or family so make your reservations far in advance.
3859 Piedmont Ave, Oakland – (510) 653-3902 – commisrestaurant.com
8. Scott’s Seafood – Seafood – Oakland
Located in the heart of Jack London Square, overlooking this harbor, Scott’s Seafood continues its success with the most delectable variety of fresh fish, crustaceans, poultry, pork, and prime grade USDA corn feed beef. The wonderful ambiance and wide variety of freshly made fish from around the world make for an unforgettable dining experience.
2 Broadway, Oakland – (510) 444-03456 – scottsjls.com
9. Pizzaiolo – Italian – Oakland
Owner Charlie Hallowell, who worked for many years at Chez Panisse, opened Pizzaiolo which includes a very ambitious pizza menu with toppings such as wild nettles and pecorino. Other options include pasta, wood-oven mussels in a white wine broth for appetizers and braized short ribs for the main course.
5008 Telegraph Ave, Oakland – (510) 652-4888 – pizzaiolooakland.com
10. Brass Door – Steakhouse – San Ramon
Look no further, if you’re a steak lover then The Brass Door is your destination. Their prime rib and prime rib French dip sandwich are the guest favorite’s. Pair it with a glass of wine from an array of California wines and you will be sure to have a delectable meal.
2154 San Ramon Valley Blvd, San Ramon – (925) 837-2501 – brassdoor.com