East Bay Food


  • Chez Panisse - famous birthplace of "California cuisine," where founder Alice Waters touched off a revolution in American food with a focus on local, fresh ingredients.

  • Kirala Japanese Restaurant - 2100 Ward (@ Shattuck), 510-549-3486, highly rated sushi

  • Almare Gelato - pretty good gelato in downtown Berkeley near BART

  • ?Caravaggio Gelato Lab - worth a try? a bit north of downtown

  • Vegetarian: Gather Kitchen - 2200 Oxford (@ Allston, near BART and just W of campus), focuses on local/sustainable food, also has highly rated burger [related to The Plant Cafe in SF??]

  • Great China - double skin and sauteed crab rec'd by chowhounds

  • Grégoire - French takeout

  • Cheese Board Collective - pizzeria, bakery, and cheese shop, with famous co-op collective governance

  • # Standard Fare - looks nice, organic counter service, West Berkeley

  • French Bakery: Fournée - rec'd by many

Rockridge/North Oakland

  • Pizzaiolo in Rockridge/North Oakland (similar but better than 00?)

  • # Belotti Ristorante e Bottega - rec'd Italian food, Valentina's husband is pasta chef!

  • ? Homeroom - fancy mac & cheese

  • Wood Tavern - North Oakland California Cuisine

  • Burma Superstar - 4721 Telegraph (North Oakland), branch of popular SF place, don't miss the tea leaf salad

  • Boichik Bagels - New York style bagels, rec'd New York Times (technically in Berkeley but in Rockridge neighborhood)

Downtown Oakland

  • Pho 84 - 354 17th St, 510-832-1338, good Vietnamese food, popular on Yelp.


  • --> need to organize this by neighborhood

  • ?Israeli/Middle Eastern: Pomella - looks nice, Piedmont Ave area

  • Korean: Sura (4869 Telegraph in Oakland...other places in Temescal corridor rec'd, like Koryo, Ohgane, Sahn Maru, and Casserole House)

  • Horn Barbeque - rec'd Michelin, West Oakland


  • ***Sushi: Hanazen - 87 Orinda Way, 925-254-3611, husband-and-wife team make sushi the old-fashioned way, with amazing flavor...the chef is a bit like the "Soup Nazi of Sushi", since he insists on you having a reservation, showing up exactly on time, and eating in the prescribed manner, but it's worth the hassle! See this Diablo Magazine article for more.


  • Huarache Azteca - Fruitvale/East Oakland

  • Otaez - mexican in Fruitvale/East Oakland

  • El Tapatio - Richmond, like San Diego mexican

  • Alcapulco - Alameda

  • Picco in Larkspur - also Neapolitan-style

  • Hacienda Grill - Richmond

  • San Leandro (S of Oakland)

    • Korean: Han Dae Gam