Restaurants in Emeryville

$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

$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

$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

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

$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

$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

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

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

$35 for $50 Worth of Sushi and Japanese Food at Angel Fish Restaurant

Angel Fish Restaurant

Alameda

$50 $35

(467)

Traditional sushi and sashimi made with fish that arrives fresh daily, plus Japanese small plates and noodles

$5 Buys a Coupon for 10% Off Beer and 1 Free Soup, Salad or Appetizer at Mama Papa Lithuania Restaurant and Tea House

Mama Papa Lithuania Restaurant and Tea House

Alameda

$5 $5

For $5, receive a coupon for 10% off beer, plus one free soup, salad, or appetizer

$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

Sushi Meal for Two with a Nigiri Combo or Two Special Rolls and House Sake at Taki Sushi (Up to 51% Off)

Taki Sushi

Richmond Annex

$28 $14

(112)

Sushi chefs with more than 30 years combined experience compose a menu that includes sashimi and nearly 20 special rolls

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

$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

$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

$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

$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

$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 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

$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 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

$40 for $70 Worth of Japanese Cuisine at Tsunami Sushi Mission Bay

Tsunami Sushi Mission Bay

San Francisco

$70 $40

(394)

Warm and raw seafood bites, creative veggie rolls, and bento plates at a cozy, oak-lined sushi and sake bar

$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

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

$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

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

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

Rustic Dinner and Wine for Two or Four on Sunday or Monday at Local Kitchen & Wine Merchant (50% Off)

Local Kitchen & Wine Merchant

South Beach

$100 $50

(746)

Dinner items such as seared salmon with quinoa and organic chicken in a rosemary red wine reduction pair with glasses of wine during dinner

Italian Cuisine at Volare Trattoria (Up to 54% Off). Three Options Available.

Volare Trattoria

Chinatown

$84.90 $39

(290)

Glasses of Italian and Californian wine complement Sicilian-inspired entees such as crab cioppino and veal scaloppini

One Dozen Bagels Plus Cream Cheese or One Dozen Cragels at House of Bagels (Up to 50% Off)

House of Bagels

Central Richmond

$15.90 $8

(471)

New York–style bagels made by hand, boiled, and baked, plus cragels—half bagels, half croissants

Italian Cuisine for Two or Four, Valid Weekends or Weekdays at Dino & Santino's (Up to 50% Off)

Dino & Santino's

Pacific Heights

$40 $20

(410)

Italian-Greek menu includes clams and garlic pizza, braised short ribs, and house-made fried donuts drizzled in honey

$5 Buys You a Coupon For 25% Off Your Bill at Mozzarella Di Bufala Pizzeria

Mozzarella Di Bufala Pizzeria

Saint Francis Wood

$5 $5

For $5, receive a coupon for 25% off your bill at Mozzarella Di Bufala Pizzeria

$35 for $50 Worth of Italian Food at Caffe Delle Stelle (Groupon Reservation Required)

Caffe Delle Stelle

Civic Center

$50 $35

(262)

Chefs craft veal scaloppini, homemade agnolotti, and other northern Italian specialties from locally sourced, organic ingredients

One- or Two-Day Healthy, Gourmet Meal Plan for One or Two People at Lite Bite

Lite Bite

Pacific Heights

$29.50 $29

(148)

Pick up three, healthy, ready-to-eat meals, such as turkey lasagna or barbecue chicken, and one snack per day

$59 for Five-Course Seasonal Tasting Menu for Two at Radio Africa & Kitchen ($100 Value)

Radio Africa & Kitchen

Bayview

$100 $59

(159)

Long-time chef brings Ethiopian influences from his homeland to a seasonal menu that changes weekly.

$15 for $30 Worth of Gourmet Sliders for Lunch from Slider Shack

Slider Shack

South Beach

$30 $15

Toasted Hawaiian buns cradle grass-fed beef, chicken fried in panko, and pork slow roasted for a minimum of 15 hours

$25 for $40 Worth of Brunch at First Crush

First Crush

Downtown

$40 $25

(817)

Coconut pancakes topped with homemade mango jam and Dungeness crab sliders can be toasted with mimosas made from California bubbly

Cuban Dinner for Two or Four at Caña Cuban Parlor (Up to 52% Off)

Caña Cuban Parlor

Mission

$104 $59

(81)

Empanadas, flatbreads, Cuban sandwiches, slow roasted pork with yucca-potato mash, and mojitos made with real sugarcane

Japanese Dinner, Lunch, or Crab Dinner for Two at 2G Japanese Brasserie (Up to 42% Off)

2G Japanese Brasserie

Civic Center

$50 $29

(128)

Izakaya-style restaurant serves fresh sushi, entrees such as chicken teriyaki and sake-marinated sea bass, and whole live crabs

$25 for $50 Towards Brunch for Two or More at The Pink Elephant

The Pink Elephant

San Francisco

$50 $25

Bar and lounge serves up brunch classics and bottomless mimosas with 20+ different fresh fruit varieties on weekends

$36 for Three Groupons, Each Good for $25 Worth of American Comfort Food and Drinks at Butter ($75 Total Value)

Butter

SoMa

$25 $12

Tater tots, mozzarella sticks, and jalapeño poppers warm up tasters for fried mac ‘n’ cheese, twinkies, and deep-fried PB&J

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After ten hours of slow-cooking, the barbecue ribs at Joe’s American Bar & Grill land on tables tender and ready to fall of the bone. Served with fresh-made coleslaw, these ribs are the centerpiece of a menu overflowing with upscale comfort food. Chefs cut potatoes by hand to accompany bacon cheeseburgers topped with aged cheddar and bread-and-butter pickles made in-house rather than flown in by a talking stork. Grilled pizzas are made fresh to order and never frozen, and hefty sandwiches and hand-cut steaks stack plates with sustenance. On the weekends, brunch dishes come out of hibernation to sate guests with made-to-order omelets and specialties such as eggs benedict and prime-rib hash. Diners enjoy the fresh air on the outdoor patio or cluster around the bar to keep track of sports scores or find out who really got married on Days of Our Lives.

2200 Powell St
Emeryville,
CA
US

Touch of Soul’s chefs translate homestyle Southern recipes into platters of comforting standbys. Land-dwelling favorites such as fried chicken and poboys mingle with Gulf staples such as red snapper, sole, and oysters that arrive tableside decked in delicate grill marks or donning healthy coats of fresh-fried batter. From Tuesday through Sunday, the kitchen also preps nightly dinner specials such as marinated steak smothered in beef gravy, or turkey wings seasoned and slow cooked to perfection. These dinners come flanked by three authentic Dixie side dishes, including red beans and rice, fresh yams, or corn bread baked into the shape of Jimmy Carter’s silhouette.

4336 San Pablo Ave
Emeryville,
CA
US

Bottles of Belgian beer, including Duvel and Tripel Karmeliet, sit on a shelf above murals of steins and pink elephants inside Cafe Biere. Between sips of imported brews, patrons can dip into kettles of mussels or bite into the glistening patties of bistro-style burgers, which are made with lamb or beef from nearby Niman Ranch. On weekends, patrons can scarf down farm-fresh eggs or drink 20 flavors of bottomless mimosas freshly milked from champagne-producing cows. The bistro's golden walls mimic the hues of the poached eggs seen next to puddles of rosemary brown butter on plates carried aloft by waiters.

3986 Adeline St
Emeryville,
CA
US

The son of a San Fernando Valley butcher, Jody Maroni grew up enchanted by the meat trade. He made his first solo foray into the business in 1979, selling unorthodox sausages made by hand and then smoked or grilled on the Venice Beach Boardwalk. More than 30 years later, Jody continues handcrafting gourmet sausages with all-natural meats, cheeses, fruits, veggies, wines, and beers. Created from personal recipes, his 24 nitrate- and preservative-free cased meats include garlic-infused pork sausages and tequila chicken sausages with brined jalapeños and corn. They exhibit the versatility of the seemingly simple meal, ranging from the hot links popular in Louisiana to the bratwurst that would make a Midwesterner feel at home and the traditional hot dogs robots eat to fit in on the Fourth of July.

5617 Bay St
Emeryville,
CA
US

California is too vast and diverse a state to capture through just one medium. That's why Oakland Museum of California combines art, history, and natural science collections—more than 1.8 million objects total—to tell the state’s story.

Organized around themes of land, people, and creativity, the art gallery showcases more than 70,000 works from the 19th century through present day, ranging from paintings and sculptures to new media. Encompassing more than 100,000 artifacts, including several thousand bird eggs, the natural sciences gallery spotlights seven particular landscapes, including Yosemite and Mount Shasta. The history gallery includes more than 2,200 objects that trace major periods in the state's history, tying together the lives of the indigenous people, incursions by Spanish settlers, and the giggling mad dash of the gold rush. In a nod to the history of Tinsel town, the interactive Creative Hollywood station lets visitors create an animation, add sound effects to movies, and forget a personal assistant’s birthday.

Forming the roof of each level, verdant gardens separate the galleries, while more greenery and sculptures beautify the museum's outdoor roof gardens and courtyards. The museum uses more outdoor space to hosts its Friday Nights @ OMCA, a family-friendly market full of live music, dance lessons, and local cuisine. Local and seasonal ingredients, meanwhile, flavor the dishes available in the museum's Blue Oak café. The café doubles as a residency for jazz bassist Ron Crotty, a founder of The Dave Brubeck Quartet, who grooves his way through jazz standards every Friday.

1000 Oak St
Oakland,
CA
US

A single weathervane squeaks as it sways in the breeze atop a peaked roof. Below it, a building dating back to 1948 houses Montclair Bistro amid fieldstone and brick pathways created in french provincial style. At 7 years old, future chef and owner Henry Vortriede began his cooking career by thumbing through culinary magazines and preparing meals for his family of eight. After going on to earn diplomas in food and wine at Le Cordon Bleu and L'Académie du Vin in Paris, France, he honed his skills as a chef in several French restaurants and created chocolate art showpieces at the Hyatt Regency in San Francisco.

Today, as owner and chef at Montclair Bistro, Vortriede draws on his culinary background to create a rotating menu that includes organic chicken scaloppini sourced from Petaluma Farms, duck-and-wild-mushroom quesadillas with brown-butter chestnuts, and thick, double-cut pork chops with sweet-potato-apple pancakes. Another menu of brunch fare combines traditional favorites such as scrambled eggs with black truffle and eggs benedict with lobster cake.

Vortriede's taste is on display not only on plates but also on the restaurant’s walls, where elegant painted canvases hang. Two hundred bottles of wine stand nearby on storage racks inside walk-in glass covered with the pressed noses of oenophiles. The decor, which includes dark carpeting and dark chairs, white-linen-covered tables, and flickering candles, helped earn the restaurant OpenTable's 2012 Diners' Choice award for romantic restaurant in East Bay.

6118 Medau Pl
Oakland,
CA
US

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