20 Delicious Bay Area Restaurants You Need to Try!

If you know me you know I’m a hugeee foodie, so I knew I had to dedicate a post to some of my favorite restaurants… below are 20 of my favorite Bay Area eateries that I recommend to many of my family and friends..Enjoy!

1. Burma Superstar – 4721 Telegraph Ave Oakland, CA 94609

I love everything about this place. Great ambiance, fantastic service, and amazing food are guaranteed when dining here. Burma Superstar offers exceptional Burmese Cuisine (Burma is an Asian country located to the south of China by Bangladesh and Thailand) that is both affordable and unique. Think Thai food- but even MORE flavorful and delicious. I especially love their salads, which have been featured on the food network. They don’t take reservations but do call ahead (for a spot on their wait list) because they get full, especially on weekends.

Famous tea leaf salad (pic taken from thelulife.com)

Mango Chicken (pic taken from http://www.tripadvisor.com)

Rainbow Salad (pic taken from http://www.sfgate.com)

Garlic Chili Shrimp (pic taken from http://www.panoramio.com)

2. MUA Lounge – 2442a Webster St. Ste a Oakland, CA 94612

Another Oakland favorite, Mua is a trendy/urban restaurant located in an old warehouse with a live DJ spinning a variety of music. It reminds me of a place I’d eat at in New York. I don’t think I’ve ever been disappointed with a dish I’ve ordered; I’ve brought several friends and family here and everyone has enjoyed it! My favorite dishes are the ahi tuna sashimi, the crab cakes, butternut squash mac and cheese and mussels! I’m also a fan of the salmon, which is surprising because I don’t usually like salmon, but Mua cooks it deliciously. The flour-less chocolate cake and pecan tart are mouth watering, as well.

Butternut squash mac and cheese (pic taken from fatgirleuphoria.wordpress.com)

Ahi Tuna (pic taken from http://www.muaoakland.com)

Bone marrow ! Surprisingly, delicious! (pic taken from http://www.eastbayexpress.com)

Even saw and met Steph Curry at Mua!

3. Umami Burger– 2100 Franklin St Oakland, CA 94612

Umami Burgers are pretty goood. When I went, I out did myself on the truffle haha and got the truffle burger and truffle fries. Both were delicious! My server was also super awesome and friendly. The only downside I found about Umami was that it is kind of expensive for a burger. This is a place to go if you plan on splurging on your meal.

pic taken from sf.eater.com

Truffle burger

4. Cinnaholic– 2132 Oxford St Berkeley, CA 94704

I never knew vegan could taste SO good! Cinnaholic makes 100% vegan cinnamon rolls with a TON of different toppings and icing flavors. You can basically build your own cinnamon roll. I’ve gotten a roll with strawberries and cookie dough ( a bit too sweet for me) but the one below was with regular icing and oreo cookies.. it was PERFECT. Pretty sure the epitome of what heaven would taste like. Go here!

Their tip battles are hilarious

5. Paradiso– 685 Bancroft Ave San Leandro, CA 94577

Located in San Leandro, Paradiso is a cute Mediterranean/ Italian restaurant with a romantic feel ( thanks to dim lighting), a wine room and an open kitchen with an exposed and beautifully constructed rustic brick oven. The restaurant itself is very nicely decorated and the service is friendly as well. My favorite dishes to order here are the rack of lamb (amazing!), linguini with clams and pan-seared scallops. The creme brulee is also one of the best I’ve ever had!

pic taken from broccoliandchocolate.com

Rack of lamb

The scallops

Pic taken from http://www.paradisosanleandro.com

6. Bakesale Betty- 5098 Telegraph Ave Oakland, CA 94609

Home of, seriously the best fried chicken sandwich I’ve ever tasted, Bakesale Betty is an unconventional bakery that’s only open three hours a day (11 AM-2 PM) or until they run out of sandwiches. Basically, they only offer fried chicken sandwiches, cookies and strawberry shortcake. I know.. sounds pretty bland, BUT, Bakesale Betty still manages to alwayssss have a long line extending all the way down Telegraph.. Their sandwiches are THAT good. The strawberry shortcake is also bomb.com and worth a try. Fun fact- they use ironing boards as tables to eat on =)

Pic taken from forums.hipinion.com

Strawberry shortcake (pic taken from http://www.roadfood.com)

Super simple Interior (pic taken from http://www.bunrab.com)

Pic taken from lindaandharriett.blogspot.com

7. La Note – 2377 Shattuck Ave. Berkeley, CA 94704

With plates such as cinnamon orange brioche french toast with honey lavender, raspberry oatmeal pancakes and lemon ginger pancakes with poached pears and blueberries, how can one not be instantaneously attracted to this cutesy french restaurant? As you may have already noticed, La Note is known particularly for its brunch menu and boasts an excellent array of fresh and rich ingredients. It also has a nice outdoor patio, perfect for a warm and sunny day.

Pic taken from http://www.simoneanne.com

Lemon gingerbread pancakes with pears and blueberries (pic taken from http://www.localeats.com)

Cinnamon orange water brioche french toast with honey lavender (pic taken fromhttp://www.tripadvisor.com)

8. Homeroom – 400 40th St. Oakland, CA 94609

Homeroom is a great restaurant completely dedicated to one of the simplest and most loved dishes in America: Mac and Cheese! The restaurant allows you to either build your own plate (adding ingredients such as bacon, sriracha, sauteed mushrooms, chorizo and more) or pick from their signature and hand crafted, unique cheesy concoctions that make their menu so unique. They also offer hearty salads and homemade sweets.

Pic taken from http://www.foodhoe.com

Pic taken from yourlife.usatoday.com

Coolest root beer eveaaaa

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Pic taken from lickmyspoon.com

9. Jupiter- 2181 Shattuck Ave Berkeley, CA 94704

Great food, awesome vibe, lovely outdoor seating in the back, friendly service and even live music! Jupiter has it all! I recently had lunch here with my boyfriend this past weekend and sat outside to enjoy the great 75 degree weather. Not only was the vibe chill, but the food we ordered (artichoke and spinach dip to start off with then the Xanthia Pizza- which included thinly sliced potatoes, bacon, garlic, mozzarella, ricotta cheese, crushed red pepper and olive oil) was incredibly delicious! We will deff. be back!

Pic taken from eastbayrotaract.org

Pic taken from http://www.bayareacraftbeer.com

Pizza we ordered, it was delish!

10. Isushi- 20649 Rustic Dr Castro Valley, CA 94546

This sushi restaurant is known particularly for its creative and unique menu (see dishes below). I've eaten some really amazing sushi here (not exaggerating), their food is super high quality and very fresh. It’s a tiny, yet cozy place with great service. Owner, Stanley Chan takes very good care of his guests. Isushi is a Castro Valley classic, try it for yourself!

Pic taken from isushisake.com

Pic taken from isushisake.com

Pic taken from isushisake.com

Pic taken from isushisake.com

11. Pampas- 529 Alma St Palo Alto, CA 94301

Pampas is a Brazilian Churrascaria located across the Dumbarton in Palo Alto.. It is, essentially, a carnivore’s dream! Their Rodizio menu is basically composed of a wide variety of meats and poultry being brought out to your table (several times) allowing you to try a little bit of everything (from chicken hearts to bacon wrapped turkey). The amount of meat served can be a little overwhelming, but the experience is worth trying at least once in your life. What I enjoy about Pampas is that their other entree plates (aside from the Rodizio) are delicious. When I went, I tried a pork-chop plate (my appetite wasn't big enough to handle the Rodizio) and it was soooo good! Deff. check this place out if you find yourself in the area.

Pic taken from http://www.pampaspaloalto.com

Pic taken from http://www.cuisinenoirmag.com

Appetizer (pic taken from http://www.gogobot.com)

The meat dishes (de la carte) are delicious as well (pic taken fromhttp://www.tripadvisor.com)

12. Simply Fondue- 2300 1st St Livermore, CA 94550

Located in downtown Livermore, Simply Fondue is a fun and romantic restaurant offering a delicious fondue service. They allow you to choose your cheese type, meat or seafood as well as offering a vegetarian option with loads of fresh veggies to enjoy with your melted cheese. My favorite, though, is their extensive list of melted chocolate which is served with rich pound cake, jumbo marshmallows, triple chunk brownies, maraschino cherries, strawberries, banana chunks, fresh pineapple chunks, chocolate chip cookie dough, rice crispy squares, rolled cookies, and cinnamon sugar balls- a dessert lover’s dream!!! The food is slightly on the pricey side, but well worth it.

Pic taken from http://www.tripadvisor.com

Pic taken from http://www.groupon.com

Pic taken from http://www.happy-hour.com

13. Off the Grid- Check http://offthegridsf.com for their various locations

I love that street food is making a comeback in the Bay Area. Off the Grid does a great job at gathering some of the best local food trucks and parking them in one location, for visitors to enjoy and experience. Described as a “mobile- food extravaganza”, Off the Grid currently operates 23 weekly markets (including locations in Hayward, Oakland, Berkeley, Burlingame, Vallejo, Menlo Park, Alameda, Concord, several in SF, and many more), and works with over 150 vendors weekly. The food choices are extremely diverse and range from Mexican, Indian, Korean, Peruvian or Greek to Malaysian, Chinese, American and Vietnamese. Not to mention, the special trucks they have dedicated to desserts (such as the Creme Brulee Truck or the Candy Bar Truck) are superb. Check out their website to find a location near you. =)

pic from singleguychef.blogspot.com

Pic from http://www.nytimes.com

Pic from http://www.seriouseats.com

pic from museumca.org

14. Howards Cafe- 1309 9th Ave San Francisco, CA 94122

An SF favorite for brunch! I must admit, I’ve only tried the corn beef hash when I’ve been here, but I honestly wouldn’t order anything else, it’s that good! Such a delicious plate with a hearty portion. The service is phenomenal as well. Overall, it’s a great little, homey diner with decent prices located in the inner sunset.

15. Cha Cha Cha’s- 1801 Haight St, San Francisco, CA 94117 or 2327 Mission Street, San Francisco CA 94110

I honestly love cha cha cha’s with all my heart. This is for sure one of my favorite restaurants in SF! And in the Bay, in general. The food is sooo tasty! There are two locations (in the Haight and in the Mission) .. I actually prefer the one in the Haight, even though it is smaller. I think the food and overall atmosphere is a bit better. My favorite dishes are the fried platanos, the fried potatoes, the sauteed garlic mushrooms, chicken paillard, fried calamari and the paella. I don’t think I’ve ever ordered something I didn’t like (clearly, from the generous list of plates I just mentioned haha).

Pic taken from sanjose.backpage.com

Pic taken from foodandotherthings.com

Patatas Bravas (pic taken from http://www.foodspotting.com )

Platanos and black beans (pic taken from http://www.virtualtourist.com)

16. Limon Rotisserie Peruvian Restaurant- 1001 S Van Ness Ave, San Francisco, CA 94110 or 524 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110

I’ve been to about 3 or 4 other Peruvian places in the Bay Area, but Limon is still my go to spot for bomb Peruvian food. There are two locations, one on Valencia and one on South Van Ness in the mission ( I prefer the latter location). The rotisserie chicken is a must (and also what they’re known for). My other favorite plates are the ceviche mixto (made with all types of seafood), the yuca, the chicharon de pollo and the empanadas. For dessert, the Panna Cotto De Mango is a must!

Pic taken from vimeo.com

Pic taken from http://www.sfgate.com

Pic taken from http://www.sfgate.com

Pic taken from http://www.meetup.com

17. OSHA- Embarcadero Center, 4 Embarcadero Center, San Francisco, CA 94111

Osha is one of my boyfriend and I's favorite spots for a date night in the city. I'm pretty embarrassed to admit I almost always order the same dish when we come here (the Volcanic beef- pictured below) it's just that tasty! The pad thai, samosas and bacon wrapped scallops are also yummy and dishes I would recommend to anyone visiting for the first time.

Pic from oshathai.com

Volcanic Beef

Taken from yelp.com

Pic from oshathai.com

18. La Marcha Tapas Bar- 2026 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley, CA 94702

I love tapas- style dining! When I heard about the opening of this restaurant, I knew I had to go check it out. The only problem is that the dining space is tiny and limited, so it was pretty tough to get a reservation. But once my family and I were able to get a table, the food did not disappoint! The paella, croquetas de bacalao and patatas bravas were my favorite dishes of the night. La Marcha is probably the closest thing to getting real, authentic Spanish food in the Bay Area and I can't wait to go back to try more of the menu.

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Pic from www.eastbayexpress.com

A pic of the Paella we had on our last visit

19. El Techo De Lolinda- 2516 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110

Another spot high on the list of favorites is this roof-top restaurant located in the heart of the mission district. It's especially fun to go here in August/ September (or anytime the weather is nice in the city) to experience and enjoy the great view of downtown SF while dining. The restaurant offers tapas-style dishes, my favorite being the platanos, ceviche, quesadilla de pibil (pork) and carnitas.

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Spinach quesadilla

From www.foodspotting.com


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Pic from chowdownusa.com

20. Tin Pot Creamery- Town & Country Village, 855 El Camino Real #121, Palo Alto, CA 94301

My boyfriend and I randomly found this gem on yelp after having dinner in Palo Alto one night. We were craving something sweet and this creamery had great reviews, so we thought we'd go for it. Honestly this place had some of the BEST ice cream I have ever tasted. They have unique flavors, like honey lavender, earl grey, sweet BBQ swirl and four barrel coffee ice cream. The prices are a little on the high side, but the shop hand- makes its ice cream and baked goods everyday. Tin Pot's menu changes seasonally (depending on what ingredients are available in the area at the time); it really emphasizes the use of organic and local ingredients.

Taken from yelp.com

Pic from lifeandthyme.com

From www.stanforddaily.com

Taken from tinpotcreamery.com

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