Food & Drink in Piedmont

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

Kilovolt Coffee

Oakland

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

$5

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Slow-Cooked, Steel-Cut Oatmeal with Customizable Toppings and Optional Drinks at Jamba Juice (Up to 44% Off)

Jamba Juice

Multiple Locations

Kick-start your day with 100% organic, whole-grain oats slow-cooked with soymilk and topped with your choice of 36 topping combinations

$3.49 $2

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"Funny Fun" Standup for Two or Four at Club 21 Through February 28, 2015 (Up to 55% Off)

"Funny Fun"

Club 21

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Comedian Dan Mires fills Thursday nights with headlining standups including David Gborie, Ngaio Bealum, and Kirk McHenry

$20 $10

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Zagat-Rated Seafood at Jack’s Oyster Bar & Fish House (Up to 43% Off). Three Options Available.

Jack’s Oyster Bar & Fish House

Oakland

A dream team of chefs construct delicate sustainable-seafood dishes at this luxe eatery with waterfront views

$120 $69

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Sandwiches, Ethiopian Food, and Coffee at Cafe Lakeview (Up to 52% Off). Three Options Available.

Cafe Lakeview

Cleveland Heights

Smoothies, quick bites such as salads and sandwiches, and a few Ethiopian specialties at a cafe with a view of Lake Merritt

$22 $11

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

Bissap Baobab Oakland

Oakland

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

$26 $14

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Brunch for Two or Four or $10 for $18 Worth of American Cuisine for Carryout at The Tree House

The Tree House

Oakland

Eatery dishes out breakfast and lunch cuisine such as deli-style sandwiches, bacon cheeseburgers with housemade fries, and pancakes

$20 $12

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Curry Crab or Lobster Tail Ramen Prix Fixe Dinner at Sobo Ramen (Up to 14% Off)

Sobo Ramen

Oakland

Chefs use traditional techniques to make their rich, bone-based broths, with each ramen dish part of a mutli-course dining experience

$68.95 $59

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Bay Area Dinner Show Magic and Variety Performance for One or Two (Up to 47% Off)

Bay Area Dinner Show

Multiple Locations

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

$100 $55

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Three Groupons, Each Good for $10 Worth of Dine-In or Take-Out from Chile Jalapeño Taqueria (50% Off)

Chile Jalapeno Taqueria

Oakland

Steak burritos, pork tamales, and street tacos can all be washed down with margaritas garnished with an upside-down bottle of Corona

$10 $5

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Bar Plates and Drinks for Two or Four at Galeto Brazilian Grill (44% Off)

Galeto Brazilian Grill

Old City

Sip on beer, wine, or a mixed drink while snacking on small plates such as ceviche or Portuguese sausage with roasted pork tenderloin

$51.90 $29

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Upscale Cuisine for Dinner at 3000 Broadway (43% Off). Two Options Available.

3000 Broadway

Oakland Ave - Harrison St

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

$30 $17

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North Indian Cuisine for Dinner at Khana Peena Indian Cuisine (50% Off). Two Options Available.

Khana Peena Indian Cuisine

Rockridge

Samosas, pakoras, or tandoori meat appetizers preface a wide variety of vegetarian, chicken, lamb, and seafood curries and sizzling platters

$40 $20

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

Barcote Ethiopian Restaurant

Oakland

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

$42.35 $18

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

Bourbon & Beef

Oakland

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

$60 $30

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

Crogan's Montclair

Montclair Business

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

$50 $35

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Two 10- or 20-Wing Combos With Dips, Seasoned Fries, Veggie Sticks, and Sodas at Blend Wings (Up to 52% Off)

Blend Wings

Oakland

Wings come in 13 different sauces, from mild garlic parmesan to mouth-numbing super hot habanero

$18.72 $9

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

Sheba Dining

Downtown

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

$40 $20

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

Grand Lake Coffee House

Oakland

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

$8 $6

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

Claremont Diner

Rockridge

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

$22 $11

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$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

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

$61 $49

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

Nellie's Soulfood Restaurant & Bar

Oakland

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

$40 $28

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$18 for $30 Worth of Peruvian Cuisine at La Furia Chalaca

La Furia Chalaca

Produce and Waterfront

Chef Maria Fiestas crafts Peruvian dishes such as ceviche and empanadas procured from classic family recipes.

$30 $18

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One-, Three-, or Five-Day Juice Cleanse from Uptown Juice Company (Up to 16% Off)

Uptown Juice Company

Downtown

Each cleanse includes six 16-ounce bottles of juice per day, plus a phone consultation with a holistic nutritionist

$89 $75

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

Great Wall Chinese Restaurant

Oakland

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

$20 $11

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$16 for Pizza with 2-Liter Soda at Papa John's - East Bay (Up to $26.99 Value)

Papa John's - East Bay

Multiple Locations

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

$26.99 $16

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Slow-Cooked, Steel-Cut Oatmeal with Customizable Toppings and Optional Drinks at Jamba Juice (Up to 44% Off)

Jamba Juice

Multiple Locations

Kick-start your day with 100% organic, whole-grain oats slow-cooked with soymilk and topped with your choice of 36 topping combinations

$3.49 $2

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$12 for $20 Worth of Pizza and Casual Italian Cuisine at North Beach Pizza Berkeley

North Beach Pizza (Berkeley)

South Berkeley

Pizza artisans adorn thin and thick hand-spun, stuffed, and gluten-free crusts with traditional and unique toppings

$20 $12

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Japanese Teppanyaki Food at Hana Japan Steak & Seafood (Up to 40% Off). Three Options Available.

Hana Japan Steak & Seafood

Berkeley Location

Teppanyaki chefs dazzle guests with energized tableside cooking of a variety of both red and white meats and seafood

$40 $25

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Ethiopian Meal for Two or Four at Ethiopia Restaurant in Berkeley (Up to 68% Off)

Ethiopia Restaurant

Elmwood

Diners seated around woven baskets use injera flatbread to scoop up lentils, chicken & lamb stewed in imported spices

$45.70 $16

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Indian and Nepalese Food for Dine-In or Takeout at Everest Cafe (Up to 44% Off)

Everest Cafe

Berkeley Hills

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

$20 $12

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

Himalayan Flavors

North Berkeley

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

$24 $12

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Turkish Food at Turkish Kitchen (Up to 43% Off)

Turkish Kitchen

Downtown Berkeley

Chefs use traditional Turkish recipes to create dishes such as spicy lamb pies, doner platters, tripe soup, and award-winning baklava

$30 $17

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

Cafe M

Northwest Berkeley

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

$58 $35

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

Arabica Mediterranean Cuisine

Berkeley

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

$20 $11

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

Mount Everest Restaurant

Berkeley

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

$18 $10

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

Khana Peena

Berkeley Hills

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

$40 $20

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$14 for a 45-Minute Chocolate-Tasting Tour for Two at Alegio Chocolaté / Claudio Corallo ($30 Value)

Alegio Chocolaté / Claudio Corallo

Multiple Locations

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

$30 $14

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$11 for $20 Worth of Nepalese and Indian Cuisine for Dine-In or Carryout at Taste of the Himalayas

Taste of the Himalayas

North Berkeley

Nepalese and Indian dishes such as house-made cheese simmered in curry sauce, chicken tandoori, and salmon in a piquant vindaloo sauce

$20 $11

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

Mehak Indian Cuisine

Berkeley

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

$24 $14

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Dine-in or Take-Out Sliders, Potato Tots, and Shakes at Phil's Sliders (40% Off). Three Options Available.

Phil's Sliders

Downtown Berkeley

Mini patties of grass-fed beef, free-range chicken, and veggies and grains on soft buns, served with shakes made from organic dairy

$20 $12

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Seafood and Steak at Skates on the Bay (Up to 25% Off). Two Options Available.

Skates on the Bay

Berkeley Marina

Fresh fish, creative sushi, a raw bar, and hearty steaks and roasts at a restaurant jutting out into the bay

$40 $30

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$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

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

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Dinner and Wine for Two or Four at Dragon Rouge, with Fundraiser for Alameda Fire Victims (Up to 41% Off)

Dragon Rouge

Alameda

Contemporary and traditional Vietnamese cuisines such as spring rolls and family specialties cooked in clay pots; local Alameda winery wines

$100 $59

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$74.99 for Four Gift Cards, Each Good for $25 Worth of Italian Food at Linguini's Restaurant ($100 Value)

Linguini's Restaurant

Linguini's

Two side-by-side restaurants serve up classic Italian favorites: specialty pies and beer or linguini dishes with Italian wines

$100 $74.99

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

Pasta Pelican

Alameda

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

$70 $35

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

Angel Fish Restaurant

Alameda

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

$50 $35

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$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

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

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$18 for One Dozen Regular Cupcakes or Two Dozen Classic Mini Cupcakes at Republic of Cake ($24 Value)

Republic of Cake

Orinda

Classic cupcake flavors include traditional vanilla or rich devil’s food cake topped with sweet vanilla or chocolate frosting

$24 $18

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Italian Cuisine at Mangia Ristorante Pizzeria (Up to 53% Off). Two Options Available.

Mangia Ristorante Pizzeria

Lafayette

Traditional Italian dishes such as risotto and penne puttanesca, as well as pizza made with hand-tossed dough

$40 $20

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Sushi Meal for Two with a Nigiri Combo or Two Special Rolls and House Sake at Taki Sushi (Up to 49% Off)

Taki Sushi

Richmond Annex

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

$28 $15

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Chinese Food for Dine-In or Takeout at Kai Bistro (Up to 40% Off). Two Options Available.

Kai Bistro

San Leandro

Chinese restaurant serves classic fare, such as egg rolls, wonton soup, and Szechuan-style dishes, as well as tonkatsu and teriyaki meals

$20 $12

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One Half-Sheet Birthday Cake, Twenty Plain Cupcakes, or $12 for $20 Worth of Treats at East 14th Bakery

East 14th Bakery

Assumption Parish

Bakers whip up cupcakes, half-sheet birthday cakes, and other baked goods like mexican rolls with barbecue pork

$47 $27

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$11 for $20 Worth of Indonesian Cuisine at Padi Restaurant & Catering

Padi Restaurant & Catering

San Leandro

Home-style Indonesian favorites include fishcakes, stuffed fried tofu, and curry chicken with spicy eggs

$20 $11

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$20 for $40 Worth of Chinese Food for Dinner for Two at Daimo Chinese Restaurant

Daimo Chinese Restaurant

Old San Leandro

Chef who began his career working at a restaurant in China whips up classics and unique eats, such as preserved-duck-egg-and-pork congee

$40 $20

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Two White Sweet-Potato Pies or Southern-Style Peach Cobblers at Patrick's Famous Pies (50% Off)

Patrick's Famous Pies

Multiple Locations

Generations-old family recipes yield unique white sweet-potato pies and Southern-style peach cobblers with a loyal following

$30 $15

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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

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

$25.96 $15

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

Shami Restaurant

Ashland

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

$20 $12

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Two Regular or Large Sandwich Meals with Drinks Three Groupons, Each Good for $10 Worth of Sandwiches at Quiznos 

Quiznos

Multiple Locations

Sandwiches, wraps, and salads include ingredients such as prime rib and peppercorn or mediterranean chicken on a seasonal-lettuce blend

$26.99 $13.99

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Dinner at Stanford's Restaurant & Bar (Up to 33% Off). Two Options Available.

Stanford's Restaurant & Bar

Downtown Walnut Creek

Enjoy dishes such as halibut tacos, gourmet burgers, fire-grilled steaks, and herb-crusted prime rib in a warm, elegant atmosphere

$30 $20

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

Pinky's Pizza

Downtown Walnut Creek

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

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Japanese Cuisine and Sushi for Dinner at Mika's Sushi (Up to 48% Off). Two Options Available.

Mika's Sushi

Contra Costa Centre

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

$30 $16

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$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

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

$100 $59

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$74.99 for Two $50 Gift Cards to 1515 Restaurant and Lounge ($100 Value)

1515 Restaurant and Lounge

Downtown Walnut Creek

Gift cards to restaurant specializing in Californian cuisine, including crab cakes, oysters, and bone-in lamb chops

$100 $74.99

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Brunch and Mimosas or Japanese Dinner for Two or Four at Hamachi Restaurant and Lounge (Up to 48% Off)

Hamachi Restaurant and Lounge

Downtown Walnut Creek

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

$46 $26

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Italian Dinner for Two at Montecatini Ristorante (Up to 41% Off)

Montecatini Ristorante

Downtown Walnut Creek

Authentic Italian cuisine, including house-made ravioli, scallops in white wine sauce, and pepper steak

$116 $69

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$29 for $50 Worth of Steaks and Seafood at Castagnola's

Castagnola's

Fisherman's Wharf

Italian pastas, seafood such as shellfish stew and steamed crabs, and chophouse dishes such as new york strip and filet mignon steaks

$50 $29

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Laurie Kilmartin and Aida Rodriguez at Cobb's Comedy Club on November 26–29 (Up to 57% Off)

Laurie Kilmartin and Aida Rodriguez

Cobb's Comedy Club

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Emmy-nominate writer for Conan joins a fellow alum of Last Comic Standing

$18.50 $10

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

SF Comedy Showcase

Punch Line San Francisco

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

$25 $10

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

Jonas on Hyde

Russian Hill

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

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

R Caffe

Civic Center

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

$5

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

Aroma Tea Shop

Multiple Locations

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

$5

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

Farm Fresh To You

Inner Richmond

Delivered Organic Produce

$33 $17

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

Taqueria Zorro

North Beach

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

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$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

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

$4

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

Bonanza Restaurant

Bayview

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

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

Live Sushi Bar

Potrero

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

$45 $29

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

Radio Africa & Kitchen

Bayview

Long-time chef brings together Ethiopian, African, and Mediterranean influences to a seasonal menu

$100 $59

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Belgian Dinner for Two, Valid Monday–Thursday or Friday–Sunday at Frjtz (Up to 50% Off)

Frjtz

Mission Dolores

Fresh fries with savory dipping sauces, Belgian mussels by the pound, and sweet crepes and waffles

$40 $20

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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 caf? 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

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