Wine Bars in Berkeley


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  • Marc 49
    Marc 49 serves up a fresh menu starring a savory cast of Italian-influenced appetizers, bruschette, salads, and paninis to accompany the lengthy list of libations. Pass a plate of the house-marinated mixed olives ($4) or share the meat and cheese plate ($9) among a gaggle of good friends. The fresh-shucked Buckley or Chesapeake oysters ($2 each/$20 per dozen) offer a sensational taste of sea for first dates, second dates, or "does this count as a date?" dates, while the menu's seven salads ($6) promise to fill any mouth with an elegant mélange of greens. Put Marc 49’s wine bar to the test by pairing any of the simple yet flavorful bites with grown-up grape juice, available by the glass ($7+), bottle ($24+), or flight ($11 for three 2 oz. tastes).
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    2985 College Ave
    Berkeley, CA US
  • Solano Cellars Bistro and Winebar
    Boasting a bacchanal of wallet-friendly selections from local and international wineries (most bottles are under $25), Vintage Berkeley promotes an atmosphere of grape-loving camaraderie. Pick up a limited-edition bottle of 2007 Tayerle pinot noir ($15), culled from old-vine fruit in the Rio San Lucas vineyard in California, or a vivacious and slightly fizzy 2009 Muralhas vinho verde ($15) from Monco, Portugal. To lubricate a languid backyard barbecue or a daunting brick of cafeteria meatloaf, pick up a bottle of 2007 Chateau l’Estagnol ($10) from the Rhone Valley—with solid tannins and rich notes of blackberry and cherry, it has a meaty finish to tame even the heartiest of rib eyes. Celebrate an end-of-summer LAN party with a bottle of 2009 Preston sauvignon blanc from Dry Creek Valley in California, made from organic grapes and featuring flavors of lime, chive, and fig ($16).
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    1580 Solano Ave
    Berkeley, CA US
  • Bellanico
    Enjoy delicious Italian food and romantic mood lighting at Bellanico. None of the fare at Bellanico is low-fat, so you'll have to put the diet aside for a visit here. A fine selection of wines to complement any dish is also on hand. Youngsters are more than welcome to join mom and dad at Bellanico. Sit outside at Bellanico and soak up the sun on those nice summer days. Weeknights are busy for Bellanico, so call ahead and make a reservation if you can. No suit, no problem! The dress code at laid-back Bellanico is ultra casual. For those in a hurry, the bar lets you take your meal or snack to go. Looking for something delicious to serve at your next party? Bellanico also offers catering. Street parking is easy to find near the bar. Or, if you don't want to circle the block, valet parking is also available. It will typically cost you about $30 to enjoy a meal at Bellanico. The bar serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, but it's the dinner menu that really draws the crowds.
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    4238 Park Blvd
    Oakland, CA US
  • Little Louie's Deli
    Catch up with your friends over a bite to eat at Little Louie's Deli, a local American bistro. Healthy food is in, as it should be, come here for a tasty, low-fat and gluten-free bite. Little Louie's Deli guests can also take advantage of the many drink options offered here. Tots are more than welcome to dine with their parents at Little Louie's Deli. The patio seating at Little Louie's Deli is perfect for those warm summer days. Be sure to make reservations so you can get seated right away. If time is of the essence, Little Louie's Deli's take-out option may be a better fit. Feed the gang at your next get-together with catering from Little Louie's Deli as well. Drivers will be surprised by the number of street parking spots available near Little Louie's Deli. Little Louie's Deli offers a nice selection of mid-range cuisine, so you can expect a meal there to cost about $30 or less per person.
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    49 Washington Ave
    Richmond, CA US
  • Noeteca
    Noeteca‘s owners spent their lives looking forward to running their own restaurant, so it’s no surprise that the French-inspired tapas spot feels comfortable in its own skin from early morning meals until late into the night. During the day, Noeteca seems like a cafe, where patrons sip on international coffees from local roasters brewed by the cup or for personal-sized French presses. At brunch menu, familiar dishes share space with ambitious French-inspired offerings—the croque monsieur becomes a croque Napoleon with slices of bread pudding layered with black forest ham and emmantaler. When the weather is nice, guests can wander out to a patio colored by a flower and herb garden to learn the sun’s secret handshake. As evening falls, candlelight fills the dining room and guests switch their focus to wine. The award-winning list includes more than 30 varieties, each available by the glass or half-glass. For dinner, patrons can build their own cheese plates or share a tarte flambèe, Alsatian flatbreads the San Francisco Bay Guardian said have “a lovely thin, blistered crust that was a bit softer and more luxurious than a typical pizza crust”.
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    1551 Dolores St.
    San Francisco, CA US
  • Food Inc. Trattoria
    Food Inc. Trattoria seeks its inspiration from near and far. Beginning with as many locally sourced ingredients as possible, the eatery's chefs prepare seasonally rotating selections of pan-Mediterranean bistro cuisine. Menu Buzzwords Organic: A toasted baguette cradles organic mixed greens, spicy lamb sausage, and roasted-pepper aioli. Seasonal: Whenever they are available, fresh figs appear in a salad of mixed greens with sweet Italian gorgonzola and walnuts. Vegan: Creamy hummus and avocado, crisp cucumbers, asparagus, and tomato are sandwiched between slices of seeded whole-wheat bread, creating a vegan-friendly dish. Homemade: Chefs hand make each piece of ricotta gnocchi before cooking the dumplings and adding prosciutto, peas, and cream sauce. The Wine Cellar Rather than stick with just the basics, Food Inc. Trattoria's wine buyer hopes to introduce diners to lesser known varietals and winemaking regions. Greek moschofilero, French picpoul de pinet, and a ros? of Californian carignan represent a few choices from the everchanging list. The staff eagerly recommends bottles to share with a group of friends or newly discovered spirit animals.
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    2800 California St
    San Francisco, CA US
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