10 Can’t Miss Restaurants In The Bay Area
San Francisco, Berkeley, San Jose and more…so many cities and so many restaurants to choose from! Lucky for you, I grew up in the Bay Area (San Ramon, represent!) and I have dined in more cities than I want to count. If you live there or are thinking of visiting, here’s a solid list to get you started!
Scoma’s Restaurant – Sausalito & San Francisco
I’ll be honest with you now, Sausalito is my favorite place in the entire Bay Area, so I’m biased towards that location, but you will not be disappointed at either. Good food, good drinks, and amazing views – this restaurant has it all. There’s no way I can pick my favorite dish here, but trust me when I say you’re going to want to get the lobster bisque.
Recommendations: Lobster bisque, truffle fries, Gulf Shrimp Pastina, Swordfish Fagioli
Boudin Bakery – San Francisco
It’s true, you can get this unbeatable clam chowder in multiple areas across the country, but there’s no way you can beat it freshly made. Stop by the bakery’s headquarters at Fisherman’s Wharf or the café at Pier 39 for the perfect lunch. If you are looking to entertain kids, I highly suggest going to the main bakery. The bakers make fun animals and other shapes out of the bread, and you can also see the bread being made!
Recommendation: Classic clam chowder in a sourdough bread bowl
Mr. Pickle’s – All over the Bay
If you’re craving a sandwich, this is the place to go! This is not your average sandwich shop and has both diverse and simple options. This has no frills, but is perfect for the whole family! Be sure to pick up a signature t-shirt for an awesome souvenir.
Recommendation: The Mr. Pickle (obviously)
Ascona Pizza – Danville & San Ramon
I’m a big pizza fan and have tried so many slices around the Bay, and Ascona definitely tops the list. If you’re heading up to Mt. Diablo for some hiking or sight-seeing, Ascona would make a prime place to grab some grub!
Recommendations: You really can’t go wrong, but I’m into the classic pepperoni and cheese!
Kincaid’s – Oakland & Burlingame
Usually, I’m not one for national chains, but Kincaid’s is only a small one, and it’s outstanding. Between the two Bay Area locations, I would recommend the Oakland spot. Kincaid’s is tucked away in the historic Jack London Square, with a unique view of the Bay and boat docks.
Recommendations: Crab and artichoke dip, and seafood or steak of your choice
Mel’s Drive-In – San Francisco (3 locations)
Mel’s was one of my favorite places to go as a kid, since my dad worked right down the street from one. It was always a treat to go here, and I definitely miss the atmosphere! Mel’s is open 24 hours and is a fun 50’s themed diner.
Recommendations: Avocado burger, grilled cheese, curly fries and definitely a milkshake!
Sushirrito – San Francisco (4 locations)
When sushi meets a burrito, what’s not to love? Skip the basic sushi option and go straight to Sushirrito for a unique SF experience. I promise the food is worth the wait!
Recommendations: Somo Crunch and Salmon Samba
The Counter – San Jose
This is an ideal place to stop during a mid-day shopping break or a long day of hitting the shops! Fuel up on a custom burger to your liking.
Recommendations: Chicken Parm Burger and the tiramisu shake
Sauced – Walnut Creek
I can’t leave some savory BBQ off the list! This joint is full of fun, with trivia and bingo nights, plus live music. Don’t forget to cool down with an ice cold lemonade!
Recommendations: Brisket chili and cheese fries, Carolina pulled pork sandwich and Sheila’s peanut butter pie.
The Cantina – Mill Valley
This historic Mill Valley spot is great to go to at any time of day. I grew up going here with family friends for a fun Friday night. Kids will love it, and adults will love the margaritas too! If weather permits, be sure to take advantage of the outside patio.
Recommendations: Table side guacamole, crab enchiladas, chile relleno and huevos rancheros (brunch)
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