Food & Drink in El Cerrito

Homestyle Diner Food for Two or Four at Sukie's Country Kitchen (Up to 40% Off)

Sukie's Country Kitchen

San Pablo

$24 $15.50

(85)

Chefs drizzle their signature country gravy on biscuits, chicken-fried steak, and hash browns or cook up eggs and sandwiches to order

$22 for a Romantic Dinner for Two with Drinks at a Mystery Location Near Elmwood (Up to $45.70 Value)

Ethiopia Restaurant

Elmwood

$45.70 $22

Enjoy a three-course meal and drinks at a romantic date night spot near Elmwood—but you won't find out where until you buy the deal

Himalayan and Indian Cuisine at Himalayan Flavors (Up to 53% Off). Three Options Available.

Himalayan Flavors

North Berkeley

$24 $12

Chefs create Indian and Nepalese dishes, such as chicken chow mein, lamb vindaloo, and gulab jamun, served in a saffron-colored dining room

$20 for $40 Worth of Artisan Pizzas and Pastas at Pizza MODA

Pizza MODA

Northwest Berkeley

$40 $20

Organic thin-crust pizzas, inventive pastas and salads, and a variety of vegan and vegetarian dishes

$12 for $20 Worth of Espresso and Italian Food at Caffe Trieste

Caffe Trieste

Multiple Locations

$20 $12

(421)

Light Italian fare such as paninis, steaming-hot lattes, and breakfast pastries served at this cozy Oakland spot

Weekday Brunch with Bottomless Mimosas for Two, Four, or Six at Cafe M (Up to 40% Off)

Cafe M

Northwest Berkeley

$58 $35

(677)

Artfully prepared brunch food, from crab cake benedicts to french toast stuffed with strawberry-jalapeno jam

Mediterranean Lunch Fare for Two or Dinner Fare for Two or Four at Arabica Mediterranean Cuisine (Up to 45% Off)

Arabica Mediterranean Cuisine

Berkeley

$20 $11

(65)

Organic and sustainable Mediterranean dishes such as stuffed grape leaves, beet and heirloom tomato salad, or pizza with pine nut pesto

$10 for $20 Worth of Nepalese and Indian Cuisine at Taste of the Himalayas in Berkeley

Taste of the Himalayas - Berkeley

North Berkeley

$20 $10

(420)

House-made cheese simmered in curry sauce, chicken tandoori, and salmon in a piquant vindaloo sauce

Indian Food and Drinks at Mint Leaf (50% Off). Two Options Available.

Mint Leaf

North Berkeley

$30 $15

(293)

Traditional Northern Indian dishes made with organic produce, free-range meats, and artisan spices handpicked in India

Italian Prix-Fixe Dinner for Two or Four at Belli Osteria (Up to 33% Off)

Belli Osteria

Downtown Berkeley

$86 $59

(145)

Pair drinks with four courses of Italian cuisine, including antipasti, insalate, pasta, and secondi

Indian and Nepali Food at Mount Everest Restaurant (Up to 47% Off). Four Options Available.

Mount Everest Restaurant

Berkeley

$18 $10

(308)

Tandoor oven-cooked meats and Nepali curries served in bilevel dining room with outdoor balcony

$20 for $40 Worth of North Indian Food at Khana Peena

Khana Peena

Berkeley Hills

$40 $20

(164)

A menu of North Indian cuisine covers samosas, tandoor-cooked meats, and seafood dishes such as lobster-papaya curry

Indian and Nepalese Lunch or Dinner for Two at Everest Cafe (Half Off). Two Options Available.

Everest Cafe

Berkeley Hills

$20 $10

(111)

Indian and Nepalese curries with goat, lamb, and chicken alongside vegan options

$15 for a 45-Minute Chocolate-Tasting Tour for Two at Alegio Chocolaté / Claudio Corallo ($30 Value)

Alegio Chocolaté / Claudio Corallo

Multiple Locations

$30 $15

(106)

Guides tell visitors the story of Alegio's history and African cacao plantation while sharing 12 samples of all-natural chocolate

Dine-In or Takeout Sushi Dinner for Two or Four at Sushi Secrets (Up to 45% Off)

Sushi Secrets

Berkeley

$20 $12

(14)

Bubble tea, sushi rolls, and inventive sushirittos fill tummies with both classic and novel takes on Japan's unique style of cuisine

North Indian Food at Mehak Indian Cuisine (Up to 49% Off). Two Options Available.

Mehak Indian Cuisine

Berkeley

$24 $14

(127)

North Indian curry dishes, meats, and seafood cooked in clay oven and fresh-baked naan bread top white tablecloths amid burgundy accents

$15 for Pizza with 2-Liter Soda at Papa John's - East Bay (Up to $26.99 Value)

Papa John's - East Bay

Multiple Locations

$26.99 $15

Hand-tossed extra-large pizzas showcase tangy sauce made from California-grown tomatoes and a choice of fresh veggies and meats

$12 for $20 Worth of Baked Goods at Nothing Bundt Cakes of Emeryville

Nothing Bundt Cakes of Emeryville

Emeryville

$20 $12

(98)

Pecan praline and lemon bundt cakes made with fresh eggs and real butter and adorned with frosting petals, bows, and silk flowers

The Dinner Detective at Waterfront Hotel (Up to 43% Off)

The Dinner Detective

Waterfront Hotel

$203.20 $116

Guests attempt to solve a mystery while dining on a four-course meal

$15 for $20 Worth of West Coast Cuisine and Drinks for Two or More People at Z Café & Bar

Z Café & Bar

Oakland

$20 $15

(183)

California-style salads, seafood, and burgers made from fresh ingredients

$5 Buys You a Coupon for 10% Off Hot Drink Purchases For One Month After First Use at Kilovolt Coffee

Kilovolt Coffee

Oakland

$5 $5

For $5, receive a coupon for 10% off hot drink purchases for one month after first use

Lunch Combo for Two or Catering for 20 at Bissap Baobab (Up to 46% Off)

Bissap Baobab Oakland

Oakland

$26 $14

Oakland outpost of the popular San Francisco restaurant serves Senegalese cuisine such as wraps, curry, and crepes

Upscale Comfort Food at Homespun Fare (50% Off). Two Options Available.

Homespun Fare

Oakland

$30 $15

Seasonal ingredients form the basis of such American eats as grilled lamb chops, polenta fries, and pan-seared tilapia in parchment paper

Bay Area Dinner Show Magic and Variety Performance for One or Two (Up to 43% Off)

Bay Area Dinner Show

Multiple Locations

$100 $60

Magician Dan Chan leads a cast of comedians and illusionists during a dinner and variety show

Pub Food and Drinks at Diamonds Sports Bar & Grill (Up to 50% Off). Two Options Available.

Diamonds Sports Bar & Grill

Oakland

$20 $11

Pub with numerous 42 in. flat-screen TVs and located in Holiday Inn & Suites Oakland Airport serves up steak, burgers, and roasted chicken

Upscale Cuisine for Dinner at 3000 Broadway (30% Off). Two Options Available.

3000 Broadway

Oakland Ave - Harrison St

$30 $21

Sports bar creates upscale cuisine such as baked mussels, garlic prawns pasta, honey barbecue baby back ribs, and whole crab

$35.25 for a Peruvian Dinner with Ceviche and Causas Tastings for Two at Tambo Restaurant (Up to $77 Value)

Tambo Restaurant

Downtown

$77 $35.25

(35)

Ceviche and causas platters precede a choice of small plates, including beef brochettes or sweet-corn empanadas, as well as a shared dessert

Ethiopian Meal for Two or Four at Barcote Ethiopian Restaurant (Up to 59% Off)

Barcote Ethiopian Restaurant

Oakland

$42.35 $18

Spongy injera bread acts as edible utensil to sop up dishes of tender lamb, spiced chicken in berbere sauce, and split lentils

$16 for $30 Worth of Mediterranean Moroccan Fusion Dinner for Two at American Natural Food & Cafe

American Natural Food & Cafe

Paradise Park

$30 $16

(59)

French-inspired Moroccan cuisine alongside Mediterranean classics, including hummus, dolmas, couscous, fish sandwiches

Northern Coastal Italian Cuisine for Lunch or Dinner at Lungomare (28% Off)

Lungomare

Jack London Square

$40 $29

(263)

Waterfront restaurant serves handmade pastas, wood-fired pizzas, and fresh seafood on a scenic patio with occasional live music

Steaks, Chops, and More for Dinner or Brunch at Bourbon & Beef (50% Off)

Bourbon & Beef

Oakland

$60 $30

(143)

Dishes prepared with local ingredients include seared goat cheese, crispy smoked duck legs, and wagyu beef ravioli

Italian Dinner Cuisine at Il Pescatore Ristorante (40% Off). Two Options Available.

Il Pescatore Ristorante

Produce and Waterfront

$50 $30

(179)

Diners can dig into a variety of authentic Italian dishes, such as veal T-bone with rosemary and housemade gelato with fresh fruit

$35 for $50 for Pub Food at Crogan's Montclair

Crogan's Montclair

Montclair Business

$50 $35

Traditional and creative pub cuisine fills the menu at eatery that straddles the line between casual public house and family restaurant

Up to 50% Off Ethiopian Cuisine — Sheba Dining; Valid Friday, Saturday 5:30 PM - 10 PM

Sheba Dining

Downtown

$40 $20

A world-wise chef with a seasoned palate prepares meat and vegan dishes and often substitutes herb-infused olive oil for butter

Up to 25% Off Coffee & Tea — Grand Lake Coffee House; Valid Every Day 2 PM - 5 PM

Grand Lake Coffee House

Oakland

$8 $6

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

Comfort Food at Home of Chicken and Waffles (Up to 40% Off)

Home of Chicken and Waffles

Oakland

$20 $12

(1603)

‘60s-themed diner serves sweet-and-salty chicken and waffles combinations and Southern-style soul food such as grits and warm biscuits

Filipino Comfort Food at Kainbigan (45% Off). Two Options Available.

Kainbigan Restaurant

Oakland

$20 $12

In honor of Kainbigan's one year anniversary, enjoy Filipino comfort food such as Zagat-rated adobo dishes and all-day breakfast specials

$15 for $30 Worth of Vietnamese Cuisine at Vo's Restaurant

Vo's Restaurant

Downtown

$30 $15

(270)

Vietnamese restaurant that fuses together European, Southeast Asian, and American traditions

Eclectic Comfort Food at Claremont Diner (50% Off). Two Options Available.

Claremont Diner

Rockridge

$22 $11

(162)

Classic comfort food includes the signature salmon burger, chicken salad,and savory sandwiches

$49 for a Mexican Meal with Drinks for Two at El Gusano Restaurante Taqueria & Cantina (Up to $61 Value)

El Gusano Restaurante Taqueria & Cantina

Old City

$61 $49

House speciality guacamole, with lime juice, cilantro, and jalapeños, complements classic Mexican dishes and frosty cocktails

Southern Food for Two at Nellie's Soulfood Restaurant & Bar (30% Off)

Nellie's Soulfood Restaurant & Bar

Oakland

$40 $28

(257)

Chefs prepare Southern-style dishes such as deep-fried or grilled oysters, fried chicken, and barbecue baby back ribs

Chinese Cuisine for Two or Four or More at Great Wall Chinese Restaurant (45% Off)

Great Wall Chinese Restaurant

Oakland

$20 $11

Vegetarian dishes and seafood plates cooked in spicy szechuan sauces such as sweet 'n' sour "pork, mapo tofu, and shrimp in black bean sauce

Devour Food & Beer Fest for Two or Four on Saturday, September 27 (50% Off)

Devour Food & Beer Fest

Oakport Lot

$200 $100

Sample cuisine from more than 30 food booths alongside sips of wine and craft beer on Saturday, September 27 from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

$20 Buys You a Coupon for 10% Off Catering Services When You Rent The Venue At Full Price at High Street Station Cafe

High Street Station Cafe

Alameda

$20 $20

For $20, receive a coupon for 10% off catering services when you rent the venue at full price

Italian Dinner for Two or Four with Appetizers, Entrees, Wine, and Dessert at Pasta Pelican (Up to 51% Off)

Pasta Pelican

Alameda

$70 $35

(246)

Fettuccine alfredo, pan-seared chicken, and pepperoni pizza served in a waterfront restaurant with views of the Oakland–Alameda Estuary

$69 for a Three-Course Meal for Two at Sears Fine Food ($81.85 Value). Groupon Reservation Required.

Sears Fine Food

Downtown

$81.85 $69

(1102)

Restaurant opened in 1938 envelops guests in old-school ambiance as they dine on steaks, cioppino, and classic American fare

Three-Course Prix Fixe Steakhouse Dinner at Izzy’s Steaks & Chops

Izzy's Steaks & Chops

Marina

$36.95 $36.95

(688)

Prix fixe steakhouse dinner with salad or soup, fresh fish or thick steak, two sides, and a decadent dessert

$15 for $20 Worth of Pizza and Beer at Pizza Orgasmica & Brewing Co

Pizza Orgasmica & Brewing Co

Multiple Locations

$20 $15

House-brewed beers complement vegetarian, seafood, and specialty pizzas topped with Brazilian-style chicken or marinated shrimp

$150 for Four $50 Gift Cards for Seafood and Drinks at The Old Clam House ($200 Total Value)

The Old Clam House

Bayview

$200 $150

(375)

Pacific clams and oysters, meaty Dungeness crabs, classic surf and turf options, and summery cocktails at a restaurant founded in 1861

$85 for $100 Worth of French Bistro Cuisine at Garçon

Garçon

Mission

$100 $85

(629)

Classic dishes such as coq au vin, mussels, and duck confit at a traditional, French-owned bistro praised by the Bay Guardian

$13 for a Large Specialty or 5-Topping Pizza and IT'S-IT Ice Cream at Papa John's (Up to $25.73 Value)

Papa John's Pizza

Multiple Locations

$25.73 $13

Pizzas with thick cloaks of sauce made from California-grown tomatoes, plus local IT'S-IT ice-cream sandwiches

$35 for $50 Gift Card at Nook

Nook

Nob Hill

$50 $35

(534)

Cozy cafe and wine bar serves small plates, fresh sandwiches, salads, and breakfast

Contemporary Japanese Cuisine or Whiskey at Nihon Whisky Lounge (Up to 40% Off)

Nihon Whisky Lounge

San Francisco

$50 $30

(1123)

Izakaya-style small plates, sashimi, and sushi with a contemporary twist; choose from 500 single-malt whiskeys to store in a private locker

$10 for Two to See SF Comedy Showcase at Punch Line San Francisco(Up to $25 Value)

SF Comedy Showcase

Punch Line San Francisco

$25 $10

Sunday show running for more than 30 years brings together lineups of local up-and-comers

$5 Buys You a Coupon for 10% Off Every Purchase Until Coupon Expiration at Jonas on Hyde

Jonas on Hyde

Russian Hill

$5 $5

For $5, receive a coupon for 10% off every purchase until coupon expiration

$5 Buys You a Coupon for 10% Off All Coffee And Lunch Purchases Until Coupon Expiration at R Caffe

R Caffe

Civic Center

$5 $5

For $5, receive a coupon for 10% off all coffee and lunch purchases until coupon expiration

$5 Buys You a Coupon for Free Tea Tumbler With A $40 Purchase at Aroma Tea Shop

Aroma Tea Shop

Multiple Locations

$5 $5

For $5, receive a coupon for free tea tumbler with a $40 purchase

2014 Napa Valley Wine-Tasting Membership for Two or Four from Napa Valley Passport (Up to 58% Off)

Napa Valley Passport

Online Deal

$59 $29

Access free tastings, discounts, and special promotions at Napa Valley wineries

$17 for $33 Worth of Delivered Organic Produce from Farm Fresh To You

Farm Fresh To You

Inner Richmond

$33 $17

(115)

Delivered Organic Produce

$2 Buys You A Coupon For 25% Off Your Bill At Taqueria Zorro at Taqueria Zorro

Taqueria Zorro

North Beach

$0 $2

For $2, receive a coupon for $2 buys you a coupon for 25% off your bill at taqueria zorro

$4 Buys You a Coupon for 15% Off Your Total In Store Purchase Of Selected Wines at Enoteca Vino Nostro/Italian Wine Shop

Enoteca Vino Nostro

San Francisco

$4 $4

For $4, receive a coupon for 15% off your total in-store purchase of selected wines.

$4 Buys You a Coupon for 25% Off A Lunch Bill For 2 People at Bonanza Restaurant

Bonanza Restaurant

Bayview

$4 $4

For $4, receive a coupon for 25% off a lunch bill for 2 people

$29 for $45 Worth of Sushi and Japanese Cuisine at Live Sushi Bar. Groupon Reservation Required.

Live Sushi Bar

Potrero

$45 $29

(804)

Salmon-wrapped scallops with garlic-butter dipping sauce are only the starting point as the chefs experiment with traditional sushi flavors

Four-Course Meal for Two or Four at Velvet Room at the Clift Hotel (Up to 33% Off)

Velvet Room at the Clift Hotel

Downtown

$100 $69

Four-course menu with choice of appetizer, entree, side, & dessert; options include miso-glazed sea bass with shitake bamboo rice

$12 for Two Groupons, Each Good for $10 Worth of Coffee and Food at Never Too Latte ($20 Value)

Never Too Latte

Financial District

$10 $6

Organic coffee drinks, specialty teas, homemade crepes, and sandwiches

$79 for French Dinner for Two with Wine at Chouchou

Chouchou

Forest Hill

$101.90 $79

(964)

Traditional Provençal cuisine such as confit duck, seared filet mignon, and mushroom soufflé paired with elegant French wines

Three-Course Italian Dinner for Two or Four at Fiore Caffe (Up to 37% Off)

Fiore Caffe

Noe Valley

$61.50 $39

(142)

Modern decor meets traditional Italian dishes such as Gorgonzola gnocchi and panko-breaded pork loin and an extensive wine list

Gelato Tasting for Two or Four with Take-Home Mini Cannolis at Caffe Dolci

Caffe Dolci

Multiple Locations

$9.75 $9.75

(25)

Lauded Italian dessert café offers tastings of gelato, which comes in more than two dozen flavors, along with mini cannolis to take home

Mexican Dinner for Two or Four with Appetizer, Entrees, and Dessert at Regalito Rosticeria (Up to 41% Off)

Regalito Rosticeria

Mission Dolores

$55.50 $33

(542)

Chefs in open kitchen roast free-range chicken, slow-roast citrus-marinated pork shoulder, and mix delicious guacamole

$28 for $40 Worth of Sushi and Japanese Cuisine for Dinner for Two at Sakesan Sushi & Bistro

Sakesan Sushi & Bistro

San Francisco

$40 $28

(212)

At this sushi-focused spot, munch on a variety of fresh rolls, including vegetarian options, or try a hot pot or donburi

Italian Meal for Two, Four, or Six at Michelangelo Ristorante & Caffe (Up to 48% Off)

Michelangelo Ristorante & Caffe

North Beach

$67 $38.50

(291)

Italian-born chef makes gnocchi from scratch, using potato, egg, and a dash of nutmeg

Wine Tasting and Bocce Ball for 4, 8, or 12 at Sol Rouge (Up to 55% Off)

Sol Rouge Winery

San Francisco

$100 $45

Sample French-inspired wines and play leisurely games of bocce ball at Sol Rouge's winery tasting room on Treasure Island

$35.99 for a Healthy Meal for Two for Dine-In or Takeout at Darn Good Food ($43.90 Value)

Darn Good Food

Financial District

$43.90 $35.99

Healthy, globally inspired dishes devised by a chef and a dietitian range from un-fried chicken sandwiches to miso-glazed salmon filets

$31 for $50 Worth of Southern Cuisine at Eureka Restaurant

Eureka Restaurant

Castro

$50 $31

(436)

Southern dishes such as jambalaya, gumbo, fried chicken, pot roast, okra, and deviled eggs; breezy outdoor patio

$11 for Four Groupons, Each Good for $5 Worth of Ice Cream at Eatwell Farm's Ice Box ($20 Value)

Eatwell Farm's Ice Box

San Francisco

$5 $2.75

Organic soft serve in flavors such as classic vanilla, stone-ground chocolate, and Twin Girls plum fill handmade butter cones

Japanese Small Plates and Drinks at Izakaya Roku (Up to 42% Off). Two Options Available.

Izakaya Roku

Mission Dolores

$30 $18

(117)

Sharable snacks inspired by Japanese gastropubs, such as ramen salad, baked oysters, and avocado tempura, served with sake and imported beer

$14 for $20 Worth of Pizza at Escape From New York Pizza – Castro St. Location

Escape From New York Pizza

Castro

$20 $14

(240)

Make a custom pizza with toppings such as roasted garlic, jalapenos, and applewood-smoked bacon, or order one of 14 specialty pies

One or Two Bottles of Wine and Reserve Tastings for Two at Wattle Creek Winery (Up to 52% Off)

Wattle Creek Winery

Ghirardelli Square at Fisherman's Wharf

$82 $39

(112)

Guests sip stashed-away wines during reserve tasting at award-winning winery, then pick a bottle or two to take home

Szechuan-Style Chinese Food for Two or Four at Grand Hot Pot Lounge (50% Off)

Grand Hot Pot Lounge

San Francisco

$30 $15

(27)

Szechuan-style dishes include steamed leek dumplings, and three types of hot pot broth and a staggering selection of meats and veggies

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If you were to trace the origin of one of Jamba Juice?s freshly squeezed juices, it wouldn?t take long before you ended up face to face with its most important supplier: Mother Nature. Whole fruits and vegetables from her gardens, groves, and orchards fill Jamba Juice's stores: kale, apples, pineapple, carrots, beets, and other produce. Although it?s serious about filling cups with wholesome, natural ingredients, the company is a little more playful when it comes to the palate.

Sure, there are classic juices on the juice menu. Purely Carrot, for instance, which is as elemental and straightforward as it sounds. But there?s also the Tropical Greens, which combines apple juice and pineapple with super greens and chia seeds. And there?s Kale Orange Power, loaded with kale, bananas, and orange juice?all of which are packed with a serious helping of vitamins and manganese. Regardless of which flavor you choose, each 12-ounce juice packs in at least 1.5 servings of fruits and veggies, making it a convenient way to restore energy and get nutrition on the go. The same commitment to simplifying healthy eating can be found throughout the Jamba Juice menu, from its Fruit and Veggie smoothies to its Artisan Flatbreads.

In addition to providing healthy options to customers, Jamba Juice sponsors Team Up for a Healthy America. The initiative is focused on improving childhood nutrition and fitness by encouraging fans to join the Team Up community of celebrities, athletes and other leaders committed to helping the nation stay fit?which you can do by visiting the main Jamba Juice website.

With over 500 stores serving the full freshly squeezed juice menu, Jamba Juice is the perfect way to blend in the good.

5030 El Cerrito Plz, Ste E-1
El Cerrito,
CA
US

Master chef Kaz Sasaki has spent more than 15 years behind a sushi bar. But his roots in the craft extend much deeper than that. Chef Sasaki learned his skills from his father, Master Yuzo Sasaki, a man who was required to spend the first three years of his sushi apprenticeship perfecting his rice-making techniques before he was allowed to even touch a piece of fish. Chef Kaz also learned that great sushi not only looks good, but also has the right consistency—it's not too hard to chew or too soft and falling apart like a magician performing without his smoke bombs.

At Taki Sushi, chef Kaz composes a menu that includes sashimi, nigiri, and nearly 20 different special rolls. He also crafts other Japanese favorites, including shabu-shabu hot pots, sukiyaki, and udon.

10887 San Pablo Ave
El Cerrito,
CA
US

Encorecake's bakers turn dessert into an art form. In a kitchen filled with the smells of fresh baked treats, they craft colorful cakes and cupcakes covered in fluffy frosting, in unusual flavors ranging from green tea and s'mores to jellybean and German chocolate. Ovens churn out French macaroons and warm cookies each morning, perfect for pairing with their freshly grounded coffee or Thai tea with boba. Customers can also request made-to-order 8-inch cakes layered with buttercream or chocolate, commission a customized multi-tier cake for a wedding, or project a hologram request for a 3D cake for a birthday celebration.

10178 San Pablo Avenue
El Cerrito,
CA
US

There is no rush at Kiks Café. The cozy, bistro-style tables and complimentary WiFi encourage passersby to stop, sit for a while, and enjoy a mocha made with organic coffee beans and Ghirardelli chocolate. To complement these drinks, the cooks deftly assemble sandwiches atop pieces of french, wheat, or sourdough bread, covering the slices with everything from black forest ham to pureed kalamata olives. The casual menu also includes salads with bits of grilled chicken, feta cheese, or croutons scattered amid leaves of romaine lettuce.

11740 San Pablo Ave
El Cerrito,
CA
US

Owners Peter and Melissa Swanson make their years of food-service knowhow and commitment to locally sourced ingredients the hallmarks of Benchmark Pizzeria. Peter is a self-taught chef who has worked in restaurants since he was a teenager—most recently at Dopo in Oakland—and Melissa has played many roles in the food industry, most recently as a server at Chez Panisse in Berkeley. Over their careers, the two have realized the effect that local and sustainable ingredients can have on a menu and a community, and strive to inject those principles into each dish they serve.

Every morning, Benchmark Pizzeria's chefs roll out fresh dough by hand to create their speciality—wood-fired, personal-sized pizzas in a style they dub “Neapolitan” with crusts that stay soft in the middle even as they blister on the outside. After they are left to rise, each piece of dough is stretched and sprinkled with hand-pulled mozzarella and toppings, then placed inside a wood-fired oven, which blazes at 800 degrees. With the pizzas come complementary flavors of organic salads, toasty calzones, and antipasto platters brimming with local, seasonal foods such as Reyes Point porcini mushrooms, pomegranate, and persimmon. The eatery's entire philosophy nods to local sourcing, including its use of produce from organic and biodynamic farms in the area, beers from Oakland's Dying Vines brewery, a selection of small-production wines on tap, and linen napkins from locally grown napkin bushes.

1568 Oak View Ave
Albany,
CA
US

Back in 1955, three Berkley-dwelling businessmen came together with an idea for a restaurant that specialized in something they knew everyone could enjoy. Pizza. And so, the first La Val's Pizza was born. First opening up on Euclid Avenue, the pizzeria grew over the years, changing hands and opening five locations throughout the area. Today, La Val's Pizza of Albany serves up some of the same classic pies from the hey-days of the UC-Berkley pizza joint hangout, using fresh ingredients in place of 57-year-old mushrooms. The Brazilian couple that owns and operates the location have also crafted a menu of Brazilian pizzas, which feature ingredients such as Brazilian cheese, smoked meat, and tan-tan drums.

751 San Pablo Ave
Albany,
CA
US

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