Restaurants in Albany


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  • Benchmark Pizzeria
    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.
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    1568 Oak View Ave.
    Kensington, CA US
  • Fonda
    For tasty tapas in a chic setting, Fonda is second to none. If slimming down is on the agenda, note that the food here is anything but low in fat. Fonda is a BYOB restaurant in a prime location. Complement your meal with a beer or wine from Fonda's delightful drink menu. Parents appreciate Fonda's kid-friendly attitude, and little ones are often seen dining out with the adults. Fonda is known for its happy hour, which includes food and beverages. Make it a VIP party and book a private room at Fonda today! Be sure to check out Fonda's outdoor seating when the climate is right. Patrons pack the restaurant on weekends, so it's a good idea to make a reservation to ensure prompt seating. Not a popular place for dress-up dining, most Fonda patrons come in casual attire. Catering is also available if you'd like to serve Fonda's tasty dishes at your next party. Getting your food to go is also an option. Safely and quickly park your car on the street at Fonda. Make use of the safe and efficient bike parking at Fonda. Fancy snacks do come at a higher price, but wow are they delicious. Head on over to Fonda first thing in the morning or last thing in the evening — Fonda is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
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    1501 Solano Ave
    Berkeley, CA US
  • Meal Ticket
    Sit back with a burger and fries at Meal Ticket, a relaxed spot serving American cuisine. Healthy food is in, as it should be, come here for a tasty, low-fat and gluten-free bite. A night out deserves a drink to celebrate, and Meal Ticket has the perfect selection of beer and wine to go with your meal. Meal Ticket is kid-friendly, so little ones are welcome to tag along. Large groups will appreciate Meal Ticket for its ability to seat them quickly. Outdoor seating is ready for diners on those warm summer days. Meal Ticket does not accept reservations, so it doesn't hurt to be fashionably early. Not a popular place for dress-up dining, most Meal Ticket patrons come in casual attire. You can also grab your grub to go. Catering makes it easier to organize any event, and Meal Ticket will ensure that it is delicious. Meal Ticket is located in a prime location where street parking is always readily available. You can take it easy on your wallet at Meal Ticket — prices are generally less than $30 per person. Credit cards are not accepted at Meal Ticket, it's cash only. Brunch is the house specialty at Meal Ticket, though you can also stop by for lunch and dinner.
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    1235 San Pablo Ave
    Albany, CA US
  • Al's Big Burger
    Kick back and enjoy a burger (or two) at Al's Big Burger. Al's Big Burger worries about making delicious food, not counting calories. With its kid-friendly vibe, Al's Big Burger is a great spot for families to chow down. If dining outdoors is your idea of a good time, you'll love the gorgeous patio seating at Al's Big Burger. You can't reserve a table ahead of time at Al's Big Burger, so you may need to plan for a wait at prime times. Al's Big Burger welcomes laid-back diners, so there's no pressure to throw on heels or a tie. Getting your food to go is also an option. That's right! Al's Big Burger will bring their delicious food to your house for any occasion. Find a close parking spot on the street or in a parking lot near Al's Big Burger. Al's Big Burger offers parking for all diners, including those who travel by bike. The food here is super budget-friendly, too, with most items costing less than $15. You can leave the credit cards at home when heading to Al's Big Burger — it's strictly cash-only. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all available at Al's Big Burger — swing by for your favorite meal.
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    437 San Pablo Ave
    Albany, CA US
  • Bistro 1491
    Come hungry and leave happy! Bistro in Albany aims to please even the pickiest eater. Those looking to shed a few extra pounds are advised to put their diet on hold, as Bistro serves anything but a low-fat menu. Enjoy a night out at Bistro, a popular BYOB restaurant. Complete your meal with the perfect glass of wine or beer from Bistro's drink list. Bistro is great for families with kids. Gather up your group of friends and head to Bistro, a local restaurant that has room for large groups. Reservations are available, so give the restaurant a call before you head over for the fastest seating. Bistro's dress code is casual — diners are welcome to dress up (or down) to their comfort level. If time is of the essence, Bistro's take-out option may be a better fit. Street parking is always accessible for those dining at Bistro. Bistro offers a nice selection of mid-range cuisine, so you can expect a meal there to cost about $30 or less per person. The breakfast menu receives the most rave reviews from patrons, but you can also stop in for lunch and dinner later in the day.
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    1491 Solano Ave
    Albany, CA US
  • Solano Grill and Bar
    Solano Grill and Bar in Albany offers flavorful eats and tasty desserts. Low-fat eaters will need to take care, however, since the menu does not feature any skimmed-down fare. Solano Grill and Bar also operates a bar, so a round of drinks with dinner is not out of the question. At Solano Grill and Bar, you won't have to wait for your large or small group to be seated. Get to the restaurant early to have your pick of tables — with its no-reservation policy, the place can fill up at busy times. Good luck spotting a suit and tie at Solano Grill and Bar — casually-dressed diners are the norm here. Impress the visitors at your next gathering by calling in Solano Grill and Bar for catering. If it's more of a Netflix night, Solano Grill and Bar lets you get your food via delivery or take out. Enjoy the quick and painless street parking at Solano Grill and Bar. Your tab at Solano Grill and Bar will generally run you about $30 per person. Reviewers rave about the dinner menu at the restaurant, though breakfast and lunch are also served.
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    1133 Solano Ave
    Albany, CA US

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