Food & Drink in Piedmont

$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

$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

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

$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

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

$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

$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

$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

$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

$5 Buys You a Coupon for 25% Off Your Bill of $50 or More, Valid Monday–Thursday

Padi Restaurant & Catering

San Leandro

$5 $5

For $5, receive a coupon for 25% off your total bill of $50 or more; valid Monday–Thursday

$11 for $20 Worth of Healthy Buffet Food at Fresh Choice

Fresh Choice

Multiple Locations

$20 $11

Health-focused restaurant redefines the buffet experience with locally grown produce and made-from-scratch entrées

18-Inch, Two-Topping Pizza with 2-Liter Soda, Valid for Dine-In or Take-Out at Red Pepper Pizza (Up to 42% Off)

Red Pepper Pizza

Sheffield Village

$25.96 $15

Cheesy 18-inch pizzas can be topped with your choice of toppings, like mushrooms, bell peppers, sausage, artichoke hearts, or jalapeños

Mediterranean Cuisine at Shami Restaurant (Up to 47% Off). Four Options Available.

Shami Restaurant

Ashland

$20 $12

(142)

Eatery dishes out cuisine such as hummus, falafel wraps, beef kebabs, and chicken shawarma, as well as burgers and chicken nuggets

$5 Buys You a Coupon for 20% Off Your Order at Pinky's Pizza

Pinky's Pizza

Downtown Walnut Creek

$5 $5

For $5, receive a coupon for 20% off your order

Japanese Cuisine and Sushi for Dinner at Mika's Sushi (Up to 42% Off). Two Options Available.

Mika's Sushi

Contra Costa Centre

$30 $18

Pairs or groups of four or more split a variety of fish-filled maki or vegetarian or vegan rolls; traditional Japanese dishes also available

$59 for Two Gift Cards, Each Good for $50 of Mexican Cuisine at Maria Maria La Cantina ($100 Total Value)

Maria Maria La Cantina

Multiple Locations

$100 $59

(959)

Creative tacos, seafood, and other cuisine from Mexico's Pacific Coast at a cantina with art from partner Carlos Santana and live music

Brunch and Mimosas or Japanese Dinner for Two or Four at Hamachi Restaurant and Lounge (Up to 43% Off)

Hamachi Restaurant and Lounge

Downtown Walnut Creek

$46 $29

(124)

Brunch dishes such as coconut tuna ceviche alongside sushi rolls and Japanese dinners such as teriyaki beef and chicken katsu

Reserve Wine Tastings for Two or Four at Scott Harvey Wines Tasting Room (Half Off)

Scott Harvey Wines Tasting Room

Sutter Creek

$42 $21

(16)

Sip on reserve wines crafted by master winemaker Scott Harvey before taking home a bottle of zinfandel, barbera, or syrah

$12 for $20 Worth of Pizza, Salads, and Hoagies at Pancoast Pizza

Pancoast Pizza

Downtown Walnut Creek

$20 $12

(135)

East Coast–style pizza made with homemade sauce and complemented by salads and hoagies

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

Home of Chicken and Waffles

Downtown Walnut Creek

$20 $12

(411)

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

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

$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

$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

Gourmet Popcorn at Doc PopCorn (50% Off). Two Options Available.

Doc PopCorn

San Francisco

$10 $5

Fresh-popped kernels come in Better Butter, Sweet Butter, Klassic Kettle, Hoppin' Jalapeno, and Cheesy Cheddar flavors

$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

$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

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

$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

$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

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Known for their successful takeover of Hudson Bay Café, I Squared proprietors Sadri Madjlessi and Tanya Anderson partner with executive chef Nory Madjlessi to combine traditional Iranian and Italian fare into one bold menu. Chef Nory honed his Italian culinary skills under Giovanni LoCoco at LoCoco's and absorbed knowledge of traditional Iranian recipes and cooking techniques from his mother. Rather than attempting traditional fusion fare, Chef Nory aims to stay true to the flavors of both countries, filling I Squared's ever-changing menu with Iranian staples such as fesenjoon—a stew of chicken, walnuts, and saffron served over basmati rice—as well as Italian classics, such as eggplant parmigiana. Using local and sustainable ingredients when possible, Chef Nory preps his signature lamb-stuffed cabbage wraps as patrons peek in the open kitchen from their places at minimalist butcher-block-topped tables. A stainless-steel-topped bar holds a beginner's alchemy kit and the makings of specialty and dessert cocktails along with extensive wine and beer offerings.

5403 College Ave
Oakland,
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

Ayalnesh Chanialew learned the art of Ethiopian cooking through observation. She first watched cooking techniques and styles in Ethiopia, where she was born. As a child, she frequently traveled to different countries with her father, an ambassador. Through her travels, she learned to adapt her palate and cooking style to incorporate those of different cultures. This knack for adaptation shines in her cooking, whether she is substituting herb-infused olive oil for the traditional butter in her restaurant's dishes or making chips out of Ethiopian flatbread for a new textural experience.

At Sheba Dining, guests feast on both vegan entrees and meat, ranging from lean beef and sautéed lamb to raw ahi tuna, all seasoned with signature spices such as ginger, cardamom, and chili. After testing out her injera chips on customers, Ayalnesh began packaging and selling them as a commercial snack, which are now sold at health-food stores including Whole Foods. Her desire to promote Ethiopian cuisine has led Ayalnesh to expand her commercial exploits to sauces and dips, including a spicy red-lentil sauce made from those lentils that fail their anger-management-therapy course.

371 13th St
Oakland,
CA
US

After catering for two years, Blackberry Soul Bakery and Cafe finally settled in a brick-and-mortar building, where owner-baker Rene prepares her Southern-influenced cakes, cookies, and savory snacks for visitors. The 2004 winner of the Taste of the Bay award and a requested favorite of the 100 Chefs Can Cook United Negro College fundraiser, Rene applies plaudit-earning skills when mixing fresh butter, real vanilla beans, just-harvested wooden spoons, and a few of her grandmother's recipes to whip up delectable, tooth-ready treats. She specializes in sweet-potato pie, pound cake, oatmeal cookies, and cobblers, though the piping-hot menu also includes cakes, cupcakes, and puddings. Red velvet cake supplies means of satiation for sweet teeth, and two types of cornbread furnish the means of satiation for teeth made out of bread. The café takes custom orders for pickup or delivery, and Rene accommodates customers out and about by supplying treats at many local jazz festivals and community events.

2101 14th Ave
Oakland,
CA
US

Rated Best Thai Restaurant by the East Bay Express in 2011, Chai Thai Noodle earns its title with a vast menu of authentically prepared dishes imbued with vibrant flavors and spices. Chai Thai Noodle's masterful and lively preparations have earned the chefs enthusiastic accolades and multiple high-fives from local press; their pork leg stew in particular inspired across-the board ardor. The San Francisco Chronicle's Carol Ness credited owners and chefs Sangchai Vatanachai and Amnouy Manyvong for making "'pork leg stew' three of the most exciting words in the language of Thai food." John Birdsall of the East Bay Express mentioned that it had to rate "among the most satisfying meat dishes in all of East Oakland," and SF Weekly’s Meredith Brody cited the stewed leg, accompanied by pickled vegetables and mustard greens, as her primary motive for dining at Chai Thai Noodle.

545 International Blvd
Oakland,
CA
US

Piedmont Scene