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.

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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.


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.


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


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.



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