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.

ALAMEDA

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.

ALAMO

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.

ALBANY

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.

ANTIOCH

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

BERKELEY

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.

Fontina Cafe Italiano Italian; lunch and dinner; beer and wine. Seven sidewalk tables set against a redbrick building with flower boxes. 1730 Shattuck Ave., 510-649-8090.

Frishman's New York Deli Deli; breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner. Three to six storefront patio tables next to a small park. 1561 Solano Ave., 510-527-3304, Frishmans.com

Homemade Cafe American coffeehouse; breakfast and lunch; beer and wine. Lively art within, three tables without; awning-shaded. 2454 Sacramento St., 510-845-1940.

International House Cafe American coffeehouse; breakfast, lunch, and dinner; beer and wine. Sandwiches, coffee, pastries, and fresh juices served at ten tables on two patios overlooking Piedmont Avenue and campus. 2299 Piedmont Ave., 510-643-9932.

Jimmy Bean's Californian; breakfast, brunch and lunch; beer and wine. Six storefront tables with umbrellas. 1290 Sixth St., 510-528-3435, JimmyBeans.com

Jupiter Californian/brewpub; lunch and dinner; extensive beer selection and wine. Wood-fired pizzas, etc., served on a capacious garden patio seating up to one hundred, with blooming trumpet vines, brick walls, a fire pit, and live jazz and funk/house DJs in the evenings. 2181 Shattuck Ave., 510-843-TAPS or JupiterBeer.com

King Yen Restaurant Chinese; lunch and dinner; beer and wine. Four small tables on a shaded patio facing College Avenue. 2995 College Ave., 510-845-1286.

Kirin Chinese; lunch and dinner; beer and wine, full bar soon. Six tables on enclosed back patio, shaded with an awning; includes a garden with trees, statues, and brick walls. 1767 Solano Ave., 510-524-1677.

Le Bateau Ivre French; breakfast, lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch; full bar and great coffee. French provincial-style house has two brick patios with sixteen tables and a shady tree, surrounded by fenced lawn and lots of foliage. 2629 Telegraph Ave., 510-849-1100.

La Mediterranée Mediterranean; lunch and dinner; wine and beer. Outdoor patio in front with ten tables under a wooden, flowered awning. 2936 College Ave., 510-540-7773; no reservations.

Naan 'N Curry Pakistani; lunch and dinner. Two sidewalk tables. 2984 College Ave., 510-841-1688.

Nefeli Cafe Mediterranean; pastries, lunch, dinner, and tapas; beer and wine. Have a seat under the trees at one of five sidewalk tables. 1854 Euclid Ave., 510-841-6374.

La Note French; lunch and brunch; beer and wine. Leave Berkeley behind in a peaceful Provençal garden that seats fifty. Patio closed at night except to private parties. 2377 Shattuck Ave., 510-843-1535.

O Chamé; Japanese with a country style; lunch and dinner; beer, wine, and sake. Eight tables, most with benches, on a wooden patio in front with foliage, bamboo, views of Fourth Street. 1830 Fourth St., 510-841-8783.

Paragon Californian; lunch, dinner, and late-night; full bar. At one of fifteen tables on a wood deck, fill up on steak and a huge helping of views of the bay. In the Claremont Resort and Spa, 41 Tunnel Rd., 510-549-8585.

Picante Taqueria Mexican; lunch and dinner; beer and wine. Two garden patios with 25 tables each, climbing flowers, and a fountain. 1328 6th St., 510-525-3121.

Raleigh's American; lunch and dinner; large microbrew menu and full bar. Thirty-plus wooden tables with benches shaded by umbrellas, trellis, trees, and blooming bougainvillea. Tiered deck is adorned with a fountain, and the deck bar is open on the weekends. 2438 Telegraph Ave., 510-848-8652.

Razan Organic Kitchen Vegan/vegetarian; lunch and dinner. A couple of sidewalk tables out front under the awning. 2119 Kittredge St., 510-486-0449.

Rick and Ann's Down-home Californian; breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner Tue.-Sun.; beer and wine. Four tables amid flowering planters. The heated covered patio looks out on Claremont Resort and Spa. 2922 Domingo Ave., 510-649-8538.

Il Rosticcere Italian and wood-fired rotisserie; breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Six small sidewalk tables. 2417 Shattuck Ave., 510-548-3936.

Santa Fe Bistro French/Californian; lunch and dinner; beer and wine. Ample European-style sidewalk seating. 2142 Center St., 510-841-4047.

Saul's Restaurant and Deli NY-style deli; breakfast, lunch, and dinner; wine, beer, and some mixed drinks. Six to eight tables on sidewalk in front of restaurant in the heart of North Berkeley, adjacent to Black Oak Books. 1475 Shattuck Ave., 510-848-3354.

Sea Breeze Market and Deli Seafood, deli fare; lunch, dinner; beer and wine. Catch a few more rays after windsurfing or boating at this minimarket and deli, which has about twelve tables on a gravel patio with benches, umbrellas, and some deck chairs. 598 University Ave. (at Frontage Road) 510-486-0802.

Smokehouse Burgers and shakes; lunch, dinner, and late-night. Four picnic tables, greasy food, super malts, and warm summer nights: What more can a drunken Saturday ask for? Psst: call your order in to avoid waiting until Sunday for it. 3115 Telegraph Ave. 510-845-3640

Sugar Bowl Bakery and Cafe Bakery and sandwiches; breakfast, brunch, and lunch. Patio seating in front of store; seven small sidewalk tables with umbrellas on wide sidewalk with trees. 1799 F 4th St., 510-524-3906.

Tacubaya Mexican; breakfast, brunch, and lunch. Shared patio with Pasta Shop; fifteen small tables in front plaza. 1788 4th St., 510-525-5160.

Taste of Africa African; lunch and dinner; beer and wine. When it's open and the wind isn't too high, two to three tables out front under a canopy. 3031 Adeline St., 510-843-6316.

Le Théâtre French; dinner; beer and wine. Five to six tables on enclosed garden patio. 1919 Addison St., 510-644-1707, LeTheatreRestaurant.com

Triple Rock American; lunch and dinner; microbrews and munchies. No service outside, but grab a pint and some nachos for the plentiful picnic-table seating on an enclosed patio. 1920 Shattuck Ave., 510-843-2739.

The Vault American; breakfast, brunch, and lunch; beer and wine. Four tables on sidewalk out front. 3250 Adeline St., 510-595-9600.

Viva Taqueria Mexican; lunch and dinner; beer. Seven tables with umbrellas. 2984 Russell St., 510-843-5565.

Wat Mongkolratanaram Thai Buddhist temple food; Sunday brunch only. Seating for more than a hundred in the temple's backyard. 1911 Russell St., 510-849-3419.

BRENTWOOD Bunker's Grille American; lunch and dinner; full bar. Covered patio seats sixty, open patio seats eighty. 100 Summerset Dr. at the Brentwood Golf Club, 925-516-3413. CASTRO VALLEY JD's Restaurant and Pies Diner; lunch and dinner; beer and wine. Twelve tables under awning on enclosed back patio with fountain. 2837 Castro Valley Blvd., 510-886-6622.

Sunflower Chinese; lunch and dinner. Two to three tables on an enclosed side patio. 3483 Castro Valley Blvd., 510-881-2657.

CLAYTON

Ed's Mudville Grill American; lunch and dinner, big appetizers; beer and wine. Holiday-light-strewn trees and a birdhouse surround this seven-table patio, which has heat lamps and a great view. 6200 Center St., 925-673-0333.

La Veranda Cafe Italian; lunch, dinner, Sunday brunch; beer and extensive wine selection. Large front patio holds three to four tables and faces downtown. Creek around back. 6201 Center St., 925-524-0011.

CONCORD

Aroma Cafe and Grill Filipino; breakfast, lunch, dinner, and late-night; beer and wine. Four front patio tables with planters. 1515 Broadway St., 925-825-2800.

DJ's Bistro Czech and German; lunch and dinner; beer and wine. Two sidewalk tables under an awning. 1825 Sutter St., 925-825-3277.

Hot Basil Cafe Indian and Thai; lunch and dinner; wine and beer. A small storefront patio seats twelve under palm trees. 790 Oak Grove Rd., 925-288-0000.

Memo's Cocina Mexicana Mexican; breakfast, lunch, and dinner; beer, wine, and margaritas. Six to seven storefront tables on a garden patio. 2118 Mt. Diablo Blvd., 925-691-6200.

La Tapatia Mexican; breakfast, lunch, and dinner; full bar with more than 125 tequilas. Terra-cotta patio with awning and fifteen tables surrounded by flower-filled planters; awning is closable in cooler weather. Patio fills up quickly at lunchtime. 1802 Willow Pass Rd., 925-685-1985.

CROCKETT

The Dead Fish Seafood, steaks, pasta, salads; lunch and dinner; full bar. Patio on bar side (seat yourself) has nine tables and a commanding vista of the Carquinez Bridge and Strait, restaurant patio has six tables with umbrellas and heaters. 20050 San Pablo Ave., 510-787-3323.

Nantucket Fresh seafood; lunch and dinner; full bar. Twelve to fourteen picnic tables, some open, some shaded with umbrellas and awning. At the foot of Port St. on the marina; waterfront dining, also with a magnificent view of the new bridge. 510-787-2233.

DANVILLE

Danville Prime Rib and Steak Restaurant The name says it all; dinner; full bar. Comfortable enclosed patio seats up to fourteen. 301 Hartz Ave., Ste. 103, 925-820-6996.

Blackhawk Grille California fusion; lunch, dinner, and Sunday brunch; full bar. Double-tiered patio with seventeen tables, flowers, waterfalls, and serenity at the edge of a manmade pond inhabited by friendly ducks and koi. 3540 Blackhawk Plaza Circle, 925-736-4295.

Bridges East-West; dinner; full bar. Fourteen grapevine-arbor-trellised tables beside a garden and large stone fountain; quiet, peaceful, and heated. 44 Church St., 925-820-7200.

Don Jose's Mexican; lunch and dinner; full bar. Side garden patio seats sixty. 3168 Danville Blvd., 925-743-8997.

Faz Restaurant and Bar Mediterranean; lunch and dinner; full bar. Patio surrounded by redwoods with a rock waterfall. Tables with umbrellas and heaters seat 37. Flamenco guitar on Wed. and Thu., jazz Fri. & Sat. 600 Hartz Ave., 925-838-1320.

Patrick David's East-West; lunch, dinner, and Sunday brunch; full bar. Covered patio with fifteen tables under heat lamps and shaded by roof, umbrellas, and foliage. In Danville Livery Mercantile, 416 Sycamore Valley Rd., 925-838-7611.

Piatti Mediterranean; lunch, dinner, and Sunday brunch; full bar. Patio seats sixty under heat lamps, umbrellas, and awning. 100 Sycamore Valley Rd., 925-838-2082.

La Ultima New Mexican Food Mexican; lunch and dinner; beer and wine. Fourteen tables on front porch and patio, starting in July. 455 Hartz Ave., 925-838-9705.

EL SOBRANTE

Tandoori Chicken USA Indian fast food; lunch, dinner, and late-night. Seats fifteen to twenty on front patio. 3850 San Pablo Dam Rd., 510-222-4737.

EMERYVILLE

Andronico's Grocery; breakfast, lunch, and dinner; beer and wine. Eat your deli selections at about a dozen cozy tables, some covered. 6529 Hollis St., 510-658-3377.

Asqew Grill Californian; lunch, dinner, and snacks; beer and wine. Seating for fifty to sixty under two giant umbrellas on a front patio. 5614 Bay St., 510-595-7471.

Bucci's Californian-Italian; lunch and dinner; full bar. Nine tables, five with umbrellas, on garden patio. Outdoor dining at lunch and at dinner in warm weather. 6121 Hollis St., 510-547-4725.

Townhouse Bar and Grill American; Lunch and dinner Mon-Fri., dinner only Sat.; full bar. Wooden-walled patio with fountain seats about fifty. 5862 Doyle St., 510-652-6151, TownhouseBarandGrill.com

FREMONT

Chaat Cafe Indian; lunch and dinner; beer and wine. Shared patio with Starbucks under umbrellas offers ample seating. 3954 Mowry Ave., 510-796-3408, ChaatCafe.com

Pearl's Cafe Asian/European; lunch and dinner; beer and wine. Semienclosed patio, with an overhang and garden area, seats about sixty. 4096 Bay St., 510-490-2190. HAYWARD Neumanali Californian; lunch and dinner; beer and wine. Seating for twenty or more on back patio, enclosed by grapevine- and flower-bedecked walls, with a fountain, umbrellas, and heat lamps. 742 B St., 510-583-9744, Neumanali.com

Sam's Super Burger Diner; lunch, dinner, and late-night. Five picnic tables with umbrellas at a drive-through. 18401 Hesperian Blvd., San Lorenzo, 510-278-6339.

KENSINGTON

Kensington Bistro Californian; brunch, lunch, and dinner; beer and wine. Five sidewalk tables under an awning and umbrellas. 1568 Oak View Ave., 510-525-1350.

LAFAYETTE

Bistro at the Park American; lunch and dinner; full bar at ten tables shaded by trees and umbrellas. 3287 Mt. Diablo Blvd., 925-283-7108.

Bo's Barbecue BBQ; lunch, dinner, catering; beer and wine. Enjoy Niman Ranch meat and friendly service. Seven tables on a patio. 3422 Mount Diablo Blvd., 925-283-7133.

Chow American; breakfast, lunch, and dinner; beer and wine. Encircling patio with eighteen large tables, shaded by awnings and umbrellas; nestled in the Lafayette hills. 53 Lafayette Circle, 925-962-2469.

El Charro Mexican Dining Mexican; lunch and dinner; full bar. Fourteen patio tables under umbrellas amid wall fountains and flowerbeds. 3339 Mt. Diablo Blvd., 925-283-2345.

La Finestra Ristorante Sicilian/Tuscan; lunch and dinner; beer and wine. Two patios seat about ten in quaint gardens of herbs, flowers, and tomatoes. 100 Lafayette Circle, Suite 101, 925-284-5282.

Fish Ranch Restaurant and Bar American/contemporary Californian; lunch and dinner; full bar. Rear patio surrounded by hedge and trees seats twenty under heaters and umbrellas. 3474 Mt. Diablo Blvd., 925-284-9709.

Giardino Italian; lunch and dinner; beer and wine. Nine tables with heaters seat 24 on the patio. 3406 Mt. Diablo Blvd., 925-283-3869.

Kaffe Barbara German; breakfast and lunch; beer and wine. Seating for about sixty on a multitiered wood terrace with overarching vine trellises, fountain, and garden.1005 Brown Ave., 925-284-9390.

Peacock Cuisine of India Indian; lunch and dinner; beer and wine. Front patio seats thirty with lots of trees and some flowerpots. 3602 Mt. Diablo Blvd., 925-299-1537, PeacockIndia.com

Postino Italian; lunch weekdays, dinner every night; full bar. Thirteen tables with heaters on Tuscan-style patio laced with ivy. 3565 Mt Diablo Blvd., 925-299-8700.

Villagio Italian; dinner; beer and wine. Airy, light indoors opens onto small garden of five tables with umbrellas. 960 Moraga Rd., 925-284-5900.

LIVERMORE

Wente Vineyards Restaurant American/Californian; weekday lunch, dinner, and Sunday brunch; beer and sweeping wine list served at dozens of patio tables overlooking vineyard. 5050 Arroyo Rd., 925-456-2450.

MARTINEZ

Haute Stuff Californian; lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Thu. and Fri.; beer and wine. Five tables on a brick patio seat approximately twenty on sleepy one-way street. Sunny and shaded seating available. 521 Main St., 925-229-0521.

MORAGA

Caffe Terzetto Italian; breakfast, lunch, and dinner; beer and wine. Four patio tables. In Moraga Shopping Center, 1419 Moraga Way, 925-376-3832.

Ranch House Cafe American; breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Tables on a patio. 1012 School St., 925-376-5127. NEWARK Fellini O Californian-Italian; lunch and dinner; full bar. Six generous-sized tables with umbrellas. 3900 Newpark Mall #104, 510-792-6600.

OAKLAND

Barclay's Restaurant and Pub Sandwiches and huge brew menu; lunch and dinner; full bar. Sunken patio at entrance with eight tables. 5940 College Ave., 510-654-1650.

Barney's Gourmet Burgers American; lunch and dinner; beer and wine. Eight or nine sturdy wood tables in an ivy-laden brick patio, well shaded by trees. 4162 Piedmont Ave., 510-655-7180 & 5819 College Ave., 510-601-0444, BarneysHamburgers.com

Bay Wolf Cafe and Restaurant Californian; lunch and dinner; beer and solid wine list. Eucalyptus-screened, heated veranda with removable windows seats forty. 3853 Piedmont Ave., 510-655-6004.

Bistro Viola French; dinner; beer and wine. Patio seats 25 to 30 people at tables with heaters in a flowery garden setting. 5299 College Ave., 510-655-2869.

Blackberry Bistro Traditionally and globally inspired food from ex-Firefly and Bay Wolf chef; breakfast and lunch; beer and wine. A few awning-shaded sidewalk tables. 4240 Park Blvd., 510-336-1088, BlackberryBistro.com

Caffe 817 Bistro; breakfast and lunch. Seven tables outside restaurant, some shaded. 817 Washington St., 510-271-7965.

Caffé Verbena Italian; lunch and dinner; full bar. Escape work at one of seven tables overlooking a Zen garden and downtown. In the Shorenstein Building atrium, 1111 Broadway, 510-465-9300.

Cafe Colucci Ethiopian; breakfast, lunch, and dinner; beer and wine. Seven patio tables under umbrellas. 6427 Telegraph Ave., 510-601-7999.

Cafe Rustica Italian, pizza; lunch and dinner; full bar. Four sidewalk tables with umbrellas; the upstairs Conga Lounge also has outdoor seating. 5422 College Ave., 510-654-1601, CafeRustica.com

Carrara's Italian; breakfast and lunch Mon.-Fri., weekend brunch; beer and wine. A few tables on a patio with an awning. 2735 Broadway, 510-663-2905.

Chez Simone French; lunch and dinner; full bar. Second-floor patio with vine trellis and tiny tables. 4125 Piedmont Ave., 510-655-1034.

Citron Californian; dinner; beer and wine. Wooden back patio with redwood beams overhead and trees and flowers about. Heat lamps. 5484 College Ave., 510- 653-5484.

Connie's Cantina Mexican; breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Brilliantly painted back patio with murals and loads of sun with space for 35 people. 3340 Grand Ave., 510-839-4986.

La Costa Mariscos Mexican; lunch and dinner; beer and wine. Nineteen patio tables under palm trees. International Blvd. and 29th St., 510-533-9566.

á Côté Dinner; full bar. Italian-style setting with columns and ironwork fountain. Ten tables and one large community table next to herb garden, grapevines, and lemon and avocado trees. Retractable awnings and velvet curtains plus portable heaters can deal with any kind of weather. 5478 College Ave., 510-655-6469.

Crepevine Crepes and diner food; breakfast, lunch, dinner, and late-night; beer and wine. A small assortment of tables under a heated, covered roof in the heart of Rockridge, great spot for people-watching. 5600 College Ave., 510-658-2026.

Cuckoo's Nest American/Mediterranean; breakfast, lunch, and dinner, Sunday brunch; beer and wine. Patio can seat sixteen to twenty at attractive concrete tables with umbrellas; near hip loft locale. 247 4th St., 510-452-9414.

Doña Tomás Mexican; dinner; full bar. Enter the quiet brick patio in back through a trellis to sit at one of five tables around a quaint fountain. 5004 Telegraph Ave. (in Temescal area), 510-450-0522, DonaTomas.com

El Torito Mexican; lunch and dinner; full bar. Tables with umbrellas seat about 25 diners in front, facing the water. 50 Franklin St., 510-835-9260.

Genova Delicatessen and Ravioli Deli, Italian; lunch and dinner; beer and wine. A few umbrella-covered patio tables on brick patio in front, in a shopping area. 5095 Telegraph Ave., 510-652-7401.

Holy Land Mediterranean; lunch and dinner; beer. Take a break from shopping at one of four sidewalk tables off busy Lakeshore in the shade of a large blue awning. 677 Rand Ave., 510-272-0535, HolyLandRestaurant.com

Italian Colors Italian; lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner every day; full bar. Patio with garden and large fountain offers seating for 42, most under awnings; view of the Oakland hills. 2220 Mountain Blvd., 510-482-8094.

Jack's Bistro Mediterranean (French/Spanish); breakfast, lunch, and dinner; full bar. More than a dozen tables overlook the Oakland estuary amid the sights of Jack London Square (patio closed when weather poor). One Broadway, 510-444-7171.

Jesso's Seafood Cajun/Creole; lunch, dinner, and late-night; live jazz Thu.-Sat., full bar. Seating for thirty on the sidewalk with umbrellas and heat lamps. 901 Washington St., 510-451-1561, Jessos.com

Lakeshore Cafe Sandwiches, burgers, and salads; breakfast and lunch; beer and wine. Enclosed, secluded patio in back, decked out with ivy, pillars, and fountain. 3257 Lakeshore Ave., 510-832-4374.

Lan Huong Vietnamese; breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Fifteen tables on enclosed side patio. 807 E 12th St., 510-451-0202.

Leaning Tower of Pizza Pizza; lunch and dinner. Two sidewalk tables and a fantastic view of Mitch. 498 Wesley Ave., 510-444-6824.

Lynn & Lu's Escapade Cafe American, super omelets; breakfast, brunch, and lunch. About ten tables in a trellised, sun-dappled patio upstairs in the back (not open until 11 am.). 3353 Grand Ave., 510-835-5705.

Mimosa Cafe American/vegetarian; lunch and dinner; beer and wine. Two storefront tables. 462 Santa Clara Ave., 510-465-2948.

Nan Yang Burmese; lunch and dinner; solid bottled beer and wine list. A storefront patio of marble with five small tables. Very busy on weekend nights. 6048 College Ave., 510-655-3298.

Nomad Cafe Californian, art, and Internet cafe; breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner. Five to six tables under glass awning, live music on Fri. and Sat. 6500 Shattuck Ave., 510-595-5344, NomadCafe.net

El Ojo de Agua Mexican; lunch, dinner, and late-night; taco-truck seating at picnic tables. International Blvd., between 38th and 39th avenues.

Oliveto Italian; breakfast, lunch, and dinner; full bar. When the weather is nice, the downstairs, walk-in cafe opens up four tables onto the street in a delightfully European fashion. 5655 College Ave., 510-547-5356, Oliveto.com

Pasta Pomodoro Italian; lunch and dinner; beer and wine. Thirteen tables with heat lamps and bright umbrellas offer good people-watching. 5500 College Ave., 510-923-0900.

Pho Ao Sen Vietnamese; breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Two back patio tables with an awning. 200 International Blvd., 510-839-6821.

Quinn's Lighthouse Seafood; lunch and dinner; full bar. Up to thirty seats on a peanut-shell-strewn second-story deck, which surrounds the bar and offers good views of the marina and estuary. 51 Embarcadero Cove, 510-536-2050.

Sabuy Sabuy Thai; lunch and dinner; beer and wine. Nine tables in an enclosed garden courtyard with an orange tree and fountain. 5231 College Ave., 510-653-8587.

Soi 4 Bangkok Eatery Thai fusion; lunch and dinner; full bar with extensive wine list. European-style front opens wide to let in evening air on to six tables; reservations recommended for weekends. 5421 College Ave., 510-655-0889, SoiFour.com

Taqueria San Jose Mexican; lunch and dinner; beer. Eight tables on side patio with fountains, umbrellas, and trees. 3433 International Blvd., 510-533-5748.

T.J.'s Gingerbread House Louisiana/Cajun; breakfast, lunch, and dinner. 741 5th St., 510-444-7373.

Tropix Backyard Cafe Caribbean/Gulf Coast; lunch, dinner, and brunch; beer and wine. Jamaican-themed patio with bright, tropical colors, vines, and flowers holds ten tables; has heat lamps, umbrellas, and an awning. 3814 Piedmont Ave., 510-653-2444.

Twist Italian Restaurant and Bar California; lunch and dinner; full bar. Five sidewalk tables. 495 10th St., 510-832-7449, TheWashingtonInn.com

Zza's Trattoria Italian; lunch Wed.-Fri., dinner every day; beer and wine. Large cloth umbrella shelters four sidewalk tables looking out on Lake Merritt. 552 Grand Ave., 510-839-9124.

ORINDA

Calypso Bar & Grill Caribbean; lunch and dinner; full bar. Six tables outside with umbrellas, tiki torches, and music; steel-drum bands during the summer. 2 Theatre Sq., Ste. 153, Orinda 925-258-9686.

Shelby's American; lunch and dinner; beer and wine. Nine storefront tables along a brick walkway in an outdoor shopping complex, with umbrellas and potted plants. 2 Theater Sq. (next to Orinda Theater), 925-254-9687.

PINOLE

Pear Street Bistro Californian; brunch, lunch, and dinner; full bar. Seven tables on side patio with heating lamps and shade; retro furniture, and live jazz on the weekends. 2395 San Pablo Ave., Pinole, 510-741-8875, PearStreetBistro.com

PLEASANT HILL

Flora's Gyros and Hot Dogs Greek; lunch and dinner. Two sidewalk picnic tables with umbrellas. 240 Golf Club Rd., 925-687-6454.

Left Bank Brasserie French bistro; lunch and dinner; full bar. Outdoor brasserie with nineteen tables under heat lamps in a garden setting with fruit trees. 60 Crescent Dr., 925-288-1222.

PLEASANTON

Baci Restaurant Italian; lunch and dinner; beer and wine. Fifteen storefront tables on quaint Main Street, with umbrellas and shady trees. 500 Main St., 925-600-0600.

Barone's Restaurant Continental; lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner every day; full bar. Tented redwood deck seats about fifty with heaters. Courtyard in back with gazebo and lawn used for private parties. Live music Fri. and Sat. 475 Saint John St., 925-426-0987.

B.J. Gardner's English Tea Room English/Irish; breakfast, brunch, and lunch. Two sidewalk tables under a large shade tree. 531 Main St., 925-484-5456.

Blue Agave Club Mexican; lunch and dinner; full bar. Front garden patio holds about 35 tables under umbrellas, trees, and heat lamps. 625 Main St., 925-417-1224, BlueAgaveClub.com

Roderick's BBQ and Seafood Soul food, seafood, and BBQ; lunch and dinner; beer and wine. Covered patio in front holds ten tables among lots of flora in a quiet business park; live music on Thursday nights. 5681 Gibraltar Dr., 925-251-0610, RodericksBBQ.com

Stacey's Cafe American; lunch and dinner; full bar. Front and side patio with eleven tables, umbrellas, and roses all around. 310 Main St., Suite A, 925-461-3113.

RICHMOND

Baltic Bar and Restaurant American/seafood; lunch, dinner, and brunch; full bar. Cozy, relaxing deck and upstairs patio, seating for up to seventy. Outside barbecue grills, flowering baskets and trellises, and heat lamps. 135 Park Pl., Point Richmond, 510-235-2532.

Salute Ristorante Italian; lunch and dinner; full bar. An awning shades the nine tables on the wood patio in front; fountains, trellises with jasmine arch overhead; heat lamps when it's chilly. 1900 Esplanade Dr., 510-215-0803.

Warehouse Cafe and Bar American, seafood; dinner on weekends, Sunday BBQ; full bar. Sunny beer patio overlooking the water. 5 Canyon Lake Dr., Port Costa, 510-787-1827.

SAN LEANDRO

Horatio's American/seafood; lunch, dinner, and Sunday brunch; full bar. Nine patio tables, some with umbrellas, semienclosed with glass, overhung with a trellis, heat lamps at night. Patio offers a scenic view of the marina, gorgeous at sunset. 60 San Leandro Marina, 510-351-5556.

Vatran's Flying Sausages Deli meats, sandwiches; lunch; beer and wine. Five awning-shaded tables on a front porch in a quiet residential area. 275 Joaquin Ave., 510-895-3234

SAN RAMON

Bighorn Grill Steakhouse; lunch Mon.-Fri., and dinner every day; full bar. Quiet courtyard surrounded by hedges with about nine tables under cloth umbrellas, candle-lit, with heat lamps in the evening. 2410 San Ramon Valley Blvd., 925-838-5678.

Katy's Korner American; full breakfast and lunch menu served on deck; about fifteen tables in mottled sun under huge shade tree. 2550 San Ramon Valley Blvd., 925-831-2145.

McNamara's Steak and Chop House Steakhouse; dinner; full bar. Five tables on covered front patio with a fireplace and fountain. 7400 San Ramon Blvd., Dublin, 925-833-0995.

Mudd's Californian, all organic; lunch, dinner, and Sunday brunch; full bar. Front, side, and back patios seating up to seventy; garden lined and shaded with cloth awnings. 10 Boardwalk, 925-837-9387.

WALNUT CREEK

Agave Spanish and Mexican; lunch and dinner; full bar. Six tables with umbrellas surround the signature agave plant, on a front patio with a view of downtown. On 2nd floor of office building. 2033 N. Main St., 925-939-6949.

Babushka Restaurant and Deli Eastern European; lunch, dinner and brunch; beer and wine. Garden patio seating upon request; music and dancing at night. 1475 Newell Ave., 925-210-0779, FoodbyBabushka.com

Le Bistro French; lunch and dinner; beer and wine. Two sidewalk tables under an awning. 1606 N. Main St., 925-407-8000.

Black Diamond Brewing American; lunch and dinner; full bar. Two patios in front and back with umbrellas; seating about sixty, with a view of Mt. Diablo. 2330 N. Main St., 925-943-2330.

The Cantina Mexican; lunch and dinner and brunch; full bar. Ten tables on back patio with creekside dining, nine more in front; both with trellises and umbrellas. 1470 N. Broadway, 925-946-1010.

Il Fornaio Italian; lunch and dinner and Sunday brunch; full bar. Popular front patio with heat lamps and umbrellas holds fourteen tables surrounded by foliage; a great spot for people-watching. 1430 Mt. Diablo Blvd., 925-296-0100, www.ilfornaio.com

Kaiwa Sushi Japanese; lunch and dinner; beer and wine. A couple of patio tables in front. 1534 Locust St., 925-274-9496.

La Fogata Mexican Grill and Bar Mexican; lunch and dinner; full bar. Twelve tables in front of restaurant on a covered patio with shade and ceiling fans. 1315 N. Main St., 925-934-8121.

Lark Creek American; lunch, dinner, and Sunday brunch; full bar with extensive wine list. Six tables on enclosed patios with retractable windows in front and eight on a sidewalk patio. Heat lamps, festive lights, and a fountain nearby. 1360 Locust St., 925-256-1234.

Ono Maze Contemporary Cal-Asian; lunch weekdays, dinner nightly; full bar. Room for fifty, ten in a bamboo-trellised tea garden under heat lamps and umbrellas. 1616 N. Main St., 925-945-1120.

Pomegranate Mediterranean; lunch and dinner; beer and wine. Twelve storefront tables with umbrellas on a tree-lined patio; view of Main St. 1389-B N. Main St., 925-944-9292.

Pyramid Alehouse American; lunch and dinner; beer and wine. Fifteen tables, benches, and bar seating in back with umbrellas and heat lamps; front patio seating for 24 under an awning. The largest outdoor seating in Walnut Creek. 1410 Locust St., 925-946-1520.

Prima Italian; lunch and dinner; full bar. Popular loggia with twelve tables overlooks the street; enclosed by glass doors, opened during good weather. 1522 N. Main St., 925-935-7780, PrimaRistorante.com

Rocco's Ristorante & Pizzeria Italian; lunch and dinner; beer and wine. Hand-thrown pizzas and a vintage mural inside, sidewalk tables outside. 2909 Ygnacio Valley Rd., 925-947-6105, RoccosPizzeria.com

Skipolini's Pizza Pizza, salads; lunch and dinner; beer and wine. Back patio seats up to 95 with a fountain and a covered kids' play area; patio features a mural and is surrounded by heaters, trees, and bushes. 1535 Giamonna Dr., Walnut Creek, 925-280-1100.

Stanford's Californian; lunch and dinner; full bar. Three patios with eighteen tables under umbrellas, surrounded by flower-topped brick wall. 1300 S. Main St., 925-944-0895.

Tin's Tea House Chinese; brunch, lunch, and dinner; full bar. Ten to fifteen tables in front patio covered by a trellis; outdoor dining upon request. 1829 Mt. Diablo Blvd., 925-287-8288.

Tomatina Italian; lunch and dinner; beer and wine. A covered patio with glass roof opens onto the street and seats up to thirty. 1325 N. Main St., 925-930-9999.

Walnut Creek Yacht Club Seafood; lunch and dinner; full bar. Forty can dive into the nautical theme on a centrally heated aft deck, covered with retractable walls and ceiling. 1555 Bonanza St., 925-944-3474.

Zheng Long Country-Style Chinese Cuisine Multi-Asian; lunch and dinner; full beer and wine lists. Two creekside patios with ten tables, lots of foliage, screened roof, and heat lamps. 1448 S. Main St., 925-930-8088.

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