Our Third Annual Guide to Outdoor Dining 

There are few better ways to enjoy the long evenings of summer than with a meal or a drink out under the sun, moon, or stars.


Asena Californian; lunch and dinner; full bar. Six tables on side patio with lots of greenery and flowers. 2508 Santa Clara Ave., 510-521-4100.

Sandwich Board Deli; lunch. Two benches in front under umbrellas. 2412 Webb St., 510-521-3366.

Speisekammer German; lunch, dinner, and brunch; full bar with German beers on tap. Beer garden with seven picnic tables shaded by umbrellas and trees. 2424 Lincoln Ave., 510-522-1300, Speisekammer.com

Tucker's Ice Cream More than 33 flavors served all week (open most holidays). Gorgeous rear patio with room for thirty beside blooming jacaranda tree, ivy-covered walls, and a fountain. 1349 Park St., 510-522-4960.


Cherubini Coffee House Coffeehouse menu (sandwiches, salads, soups, desserts); breakfast pastries and bagels, lunch; beer and wine. Downstairs from an antique shop and furnished accordingly; large porch in front, intimate back deck with three tables, and ten tables on wooden side patio that winds along the creek. 37 Alamo Sq. # A, 925-743-0824.

Vicino Trattoria Italian; dinner; full bar. Ten tables under pergola and canopy. 115-A Alamo Plaza (at Danville Blvd. and Stone Valley Rd.), 925-855-9000.


Cafe Raj Indian and Pakistani cuisine; lunch, dinner, and late-night; beer and wine. Two sidewalk tables under an awning near a garden. 1158 Solano Ave., 510-524-5667.

Christopher's Nothing Fancy Cafe Mexican; lunch and dinner; wine, margaritas, and beer. Six wood patio tables with a pond. 1019 San Pablo Ave., 510-526-1185.

Cugini Italian Restaurant Pasta and wood-fired pizza and meat and seafood dishes; beer and wine. Dinner Tue.-Sun. Five or six tables with umbrellas on sidewalk. 1556 Solano Ave., 510-558-9000.

Filippo's Pastaria Italian; lunch and dinner, brunch on Saturdays and Sundays; beer and wine. What's not to like about hearty, inexpensive pasta under a streetside awning? Six tables. 2930 College Ave., 510-644-3848.

Fonda Solana Latino tapas (antojitos); dinner and late-night; full bar with extensive tequila selection. Three to four tables on front patio with heat lamp and awning; European-style glass doors slide open in good weather. 1501 Solano Ave., 510-559-9006, FondaSolana.com

Nizza la Bella Italian; dinner; full bar. Sidewalk cafe of five quaint tables, enclosed and heated. 825 San Pablo Ave., 510-526-2552.

Ruen Pair Thai; lunch and dinner; beer and wine. 1045 San Pablo Ave., 510-528-2375, RuenPair.com

Sam's Log Cabin American; breakfast and lunch. Family serves up organic eggs, organic coffee, homemade catfish sticks, Swedish pancakes, and more on a covered brick patio, with redwoods and a veggie, herb, flower, and vine garden behind a 1930s log cabin. Four garden patio tables, shaded by a wisteria-strewn trellis. 945 San Pablo Ave., 510-558-0494.


Schooner's Grille and Brewery American/brewpub; lunch and dinner; full bar. Patio seats 75 beneath umbrellas. 4250 Lone Tree Way, 925-776-1800.


Bar & Ristorante Raphael Vegetarian/Italian; lunch and dinner; full bar. Front patio has twelve tables, with umbrellas, flora, and heat lamps. 2132 Center St., 510-644-9500.

Barney's Gourmet Hamburgers Hamburgers; lunch and dinner; beer and wine. Storefront seating for fourteen diners, shaded by umbrellas. 1591 Solano Ave., 510-526-8185.

Berkeley Thai House Thai; lunch Mon.-Sat. and dinner daily; beer and wine. Rich woods and antiques on the inside; a streetside wood deck with flowers and trees has 25 marble-top tables, shaded by umbrellas. 2511 Channing Way, 510-843-7352.

Bistro Liaison French; lunch, dinner, and Sunday brunch; full bar. Sidewalk tables seat about twelve under large yellow umbrellas. 1849 Shattuck Ave., 510-849-2155.

Café Cacao California soups, salads, sandwiches, and chocolate; breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner. About eight front patio tables. 914 Heinz Ave., 510-843-6000, CafeCacao.biz

Cafe Durant American/Mexican/French; breakfast and lunch. Huge open-roof patio streetside, festooned with umbrellas and flowers, has seventeen tables and a city view. 2517 Durant Ave., 510-841-9905.

Cafe Fanny Californian/French; breakfast and lunch; limited beer and wine list. Self-styled stand-up food bar nonetheless features ten tables on an outdoor patio set back from sidewalk, partially shaded with awning. 1603 San Pablo Ave., 510-524-5451, no reservations.

Cafe Muse Raw and organic deli; lunch every day, dinner on Thursdays; beer, wine, and sake. Set in the sculpture garden at the Berkeley Museum; seating for twenty, off-street and quiet. 2625 Durant Ave., 510-548-4366.

Cafe Rouge Mediterranean; lunch and dinner; full bar. Front sidewalk seating with six tables, shaded by umbrellas and awning; overlooking the Fourth St. Plaza, so great for people-watching. 1782 Fourth St., 510-525-1440.

Cafe Tululah Californian; breakfast and lunch; beer and wine. Quiet herb-garden patio with ten tables under a bamboo cabana roof. 2512 San Pablo Ave., 510-548-4697.

César Tapas; lunch, dinner, and late-night drinks; full bar. Open to the breezes, but three front tables have dibs on the sun and people-watching. 1515 Shattuck Ave., 510-883-0222, no reservations.

Cha Am Thai House Thai; lunch and dinner; beer and wine. Front greenhouse-style patio holds twelve tables with side garden and view of street. 1543 Shattuck Ave., 510-848-9664.

The Cheeseboard Collective Pastries and pizza; lunch and dinner. Two storefront tables with awning in the heart of the Gourmet Ghetto. Jazz piano from inside adds to ambience. 1512 Shattuck Ave., 510-549-3055.

Dara Thai/Laotian; lunch and dinner; beer and wine. Patio with ten imported tables and antique-carved wooden statuary, some shade, set on the corner of Cedar and Shattuck. 1549 Shattuck Ave., 510-841-2002.

Eccolo Northern Italian; lunch and dinner; full bar; the chef is from Chez Panisse. Four outside tables, plus an indoor sunroom with a retractable roof. 1820 Fourth St., 510-644-0444.


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