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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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.


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.


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


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.


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.


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