A small and cozy cafe located in Berkeley's Gourmet Ghetto, Cafe Gratitude serves fresh food made with organic and vegan ingredients direct from their own farm. The menu includes both raw and cooked dishes with whimsical names including 'We Are Happy', 'We Are Elated', 'We Are Sassy', 'We Are Healthy' and many more. Although the names sound completely off the hook, it mirrors the owner, Matthew Engelhart's aim to promote and spread positivity among the people while providing them healthy and nutritious food. A must visit for a unique dining experience.
The answer to a vegetarian gourmet lover's prayers is Berkeley's Herbivore. The food has pleased one and all, the drinks are the tastiest and the atmosphere is young. The service at Herbivore is flawless with the extremely efficient staff. The falafel wrap is supposed to be best-so be sure to try it out! The set up is very lively with contrast colored walls and ceilings, and there is ample of space to move about. Don't miss out this place as you will be missing one of the best restaurants in town.
Lalime's has been a Berkeley institution for over 15 years and has been evolving constantly to maintain their reputation for fine Mediterranean-French cuisine. Their menu changes every couple of weeks so their patrons will always have something new to experience, and every dish is made with fresh, organic ingredients. Among the favorites are the Roast Beet Salad with Humboldt Fog cheese, the Mussels steamed in Belgian Beer, the Roast Rack of Australian Lamb, and the Wild Mushroom Stroganoff. An impressive wine list accompanies the menu, offering tastes from Spain, Italy, France, Germany, Austria, and California. On certain holidays, the restaurant will host special dinners and serve a new entree that surpasses anything on the menu. Check the website for a listing of these events. Seating tends to be limited during peak dining hours so reservations are highly recommended.
Venus showcases a lively variety of heirloom vegetables, hormone and antibiotic free meats, and organic ingredients in their dishes. They boast that their sustainable kitchen contains neither a freezer nor microwave, which means 100% of their California inspired cuisine is prepared with freshness and attention to detail. With tantalizing options like the Cashew, Pumpkin and Poppyseed Brittle served over Yogurt, Venus is a brunch destination for those who seek unpredictable culinary genius. The brick walls, seasonal floral arrangements, and natural light give this restaurant a homey vibe appreciated by all crowds.
2261 Shattuck Avenue (between Bancroft & Kitteridge) Berkeley, CA 94704
Located in the heart of downtown Berkeley, this most enjoyable little eatery is becoming a fast favorite of Berkeley locals. Friendly service and delicious, affordable comfort food makes this quaint little restaurant the entire package. Try the Mixed Grill, the Shrimp Po' Boy or the famous Gumbo, while tappin' your toes to the sounds of vintage NOLA Jazz. The desserts are out of this world, so go ahead and reward yourself for finding this little gem of a restaurant.
1511 Mount Diablo Boulevard Walnut Creek, CA 94596
Va De Vi, when translated, means 'it's all about wine,' and the ambiance and decor of this restaurant are right in line with its name. The mind behind this restaurant, Kelly Degala, is of multicultural origin, which is reflected in the menu he invented. He is the master of fusion when it comes to blending cuisines of different cultures, and hence, there are no better words to describe his style than 'world cuisine'.
454 Ignacio Boulevard Pacheco Plaza Novato, CA 94949
Italian feast for the palate awaits guests at Boca Pizzeria. The pizzas at Boca are created in the traditional Italian flair while blending in local ingredients. The pizzas are cooked in a wooden oven which wonderfully amalgamates sauces, spices and toppings to create a tantalizing taste. Apart from pizzas, guests can gorge on garlic breads, mozarella, salads, sandwiches, pasta and soups. They offer a special line up of dishes for children. This outlet in Novato is located within the Pacheco Plaza, a great shopping destination.
2118 Willow Pass Road Suite 100B Concord, CA 94520
Amongst the endless number of Italian restaurants, the Luna Ristorante certainly stands apart. The chef/owner Abdel Redouane ensures that every dish is made with only the freshest ingredients and produce. Everything from the pasta to the sumptuous soups is made from scratch with no room for packets or frozen stuff. You can choose from the different traditional Italian varieties such as paninis, pastas, raviolis and so forth. Be it a simple salad or an elaborate preparation, the quality and taste is never compromised, making Luna Ristorante a popular Italian dining establishment in town.
Walnut Creeks's pride and joy-Lark Creek is all that wholesome American food is all about. Farm fresh produce from ranches around the area is the secret behind Chef Scott Wall's sumptuous offerings. Dig into the bacon wrapped meatloaf or just nibble on the fried calamari with the house made cocktail sauce. A wide variety of local American wines can be ordered by the glass or if you are in mellow moods go right ahead and order the full bottle to wash down the delightful meal. The venue can be booked for private parties also.
Dine at land's end, literally, surrounded completely by water on all three sides at HS Lordships. The sailboats dotting the shore make for an excellent viewing and a beautiful backdrop, especially while relishing good food churned up by astute chefs and culinary experts. The menu boasts an expansive variety of seafood, like the Trout Almondine, Steak & Lobster and Grilled Chicken. The sunset menu makes sure that people hanging out in the bay in evenings do not go hungry. The venue is upbeat and beautiful, befitting an intimate dinner and a cozy time.
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