Outdoor Dining Guide 

Our annual list of outdoor dining and drinking in the East Bay.


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

C'era Una Volta Italian; coffee, brunch, lunch, and deli counter; patio seating accommodates around twenty diners; umbrellas and potted plants. 1332 Park St., 510-769-4828. CeraUnaVolta.us

Julie's Coffee & Tea Garden Coffeehouse plus pizza and pastries; lunch and dinner. Patio with benches and tables, fountains, flowers, herbs, and shrubbery. 1223 Park St., 510-865-2385. JuliesTea.com

Lost Weekend Lounge Bar popular with rockabilly types. Covered patio with benches and tables. 2320 Santa Clara Ave., 510-523-4700.

Lucky 13 Bar with big covered patio decorated with murals of Johnny Cash. 1301 Park St., 510-523-2118.

The New Zealander Pub cuisine; lunch, dinner, late-night; brick garden patio with cement tables and benches, shaded by umbrellas. 1400 Webster St., 510-769-8555. The-NewZealander.com

Otaez Mexican; breakfast, lunch, dinner; bar. Tile patio in front with eight tables and umbrellas. 1619 Webster St., 510-521-9090. OtaezRestaurant.com

Sandwich Board Deli; lunch and dinner. One bench, one table, and one chair in front with awning. 2412 Webb St., 510-521-3366.

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

Tomatina Italian; lunch and dinner; beer and wine. A rear patio features about five tables with umbrellas for shade. 1338 Park St., 510-521-1000. Tomatina.com

Tucker's Ice Cream Opened in 1941, now serves more than 33 flavors; lunch, dinner. Rear patio with greenery and a jacaranda tree. 1349 Park St., 510-522-4960.


Cherubini Coffee House Sandwiches, salads, soups, breakfast pastries, and bagels; lunch; beer, wine, and coffees. Large porch, back deck, and a wooden patio for creek-side dining. 37 Alamo Sq. #A, 925-743-0824.

Xenia! Bistro California cuisine; lunch and dinner; eight tables with umbrellas. 115 Alamo Plaza, 925-855-9000. XeniaBistro.com

Lawrence's Walnut Creek Meats American; sandwiches, burgers, steaks; lunch and early dinner. Outdoor grill with meats barbecued on the patio to 2:30 p.m. 225-B Alamo Plaza, 925-838-0505.


Bua Luang Thai; lunch and dinner. Sidewalk tables. 1166 Solano Ave., 510-527-8288.

Cafe Raj Indian and Pakistani cuisine; lunch, dinner, late-night; beer and wine. Sidewalk tables under an awning. 1158 Solano Ave., 510-524-5667. CafeRajOnline.com

Cafeina American; breakfast and lunch; sandwiches, baked desserts, and coffees. Sidewalk tables. 1389 Solano Ave., 510-526-6069.

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

Fonda Solana Dinner, tapas; assorted tequilas; lunch, dinner, late night. Three front patios with heat lamp and awning, European-style glass doors. 1501 Solano Ave., 510-559-9006. FondaSolana.com

Jodie's Restaurant American; all-day breakfast, fried chicken Sat. and Sun.; breakfast, lunch, dinner. Two sidewalk tables. 902 Masonic Ave., 510-526-1109. Djovida.com/Jodie

Meal Ticket Californian; breakfast and lunch; seafood, sandwiches, and egg dishes are a specialty. Uncovered patio out back. 1235 San Pablo Ave., 510-526-6325.

Nizza la Bella Italian; dinner; full bar. Enclosed, heated sidewalk cafe. 825-827 San Pablo Ave., 510-526-2552.

Rendez-Vous Cafe Bistro French; breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Outdoor tables evoke Parisian street cafes. 1111 Solano Ave., 510-527-4111, RendezvousCafeBistro.com

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

Sam's Log Cabin American; breakfast and lunch. Organic eggs, coffee, catfish sticks, and Swedish pancakes served on a brick patio with redwoods and an herb garden. 945 San Pablo Ave., 510-558-0494.

Sophia Cafe Organic Mediterranean; lunch, dinner; two sidewalk tables with umbrellas. 1247 Solano Ave., 510-526-8663.

Sunny Side Cafe American; breakfast and lunch; some vegetarian and organic options. Six sidewalk tables with heaters. 1499 Solano Ave., 510-527-5383.


Schooner's Grille and Brewery American; lunch, dinner; full bar. Patio seats under umbrellas, outdoor seating for up to 75. 4250 Lone Tree Way, 925-776-1800


900 Grayson Restaurant. Fusion/Californian; breakfast, lunch, and brunch. Patio seating. 900 Grayson St., 510-704-9900. 900Grayson.com

Adagia Californian with southern Mediterranean influence; breakfast, lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch. Sunny garden patio in front with walkways, benches, and grass. Courtyard in back seats up to fifty at teak tables amid foliage, heaters, and elegant archways.2700 Bancroft Way, 510-647-2300. AdagiaRestaurant.com

Alborz Persian Cuisine Persian; lunch and dinner; wine and beer. Elegant salads and exotic entrees. Sidewalk tables. 2142 Center St., 510-848-8877.

Barney's Gourmet Hamburgers American; lunch and dinner; beer and wine. Three tables under umbrellas. 1591 Solano Ave., 510-526-8185. BarneysHamburgers.com

The Bear's Lair Brew Pub American; lunch, dinner, and late-night; beer. On the UC Berkeley campus. Extensive outdoor seating with view of Lower Sproul Plaza. 2475 Bancroft Way, 510-843-5247.

Bel Forno Bakery with sandwiches, salads, pastries, and coffees; breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Outdoor tables with view of Gourmet Ghetto. 1400 Shattuck Ave., 510-644-1601.

Berkeley Thai House Thai; lunch and dinner; beer and wine. Wood deck with greenery and umbrellas. 2511 Channing Way, 510-843-7352.

Bistro Liaison French; lunch, dinner, Sunday brunch; full bar. Limited outdoor seating, seven street-side tables with wide umbrellas. 1849 Shattuck Ave., 510-849-2155. LiaisonBistro.com

Brazil Fresh Squeeze Cafe Brazilian; lunch; six sidewalk tables. 2161 University Ave., 510-845-8011.

Bubi's Cafe serving sandwiches, salads, baked desserts; lunch. Outdoor tables picturesquely sited amid jasmine and other flowers. 2530 10th St., 510-549-1759, BubisCatering.com

Cafe Cacao California cuisine, soups, salads, sandwiches, and cakes; breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner. Front patio tables. No full service outside. 914 Heinz Ave., 510-843-6000. CafeCacao.biz

Cafe Clem French and Californian; sandwiches, salads, desserts, and coffees; breakfast and lunch. Sidewalk tables. 2703 7th St., 510-204-9602, CafeClem.com

Cafe Fanny French and Californian; breakfast and lunch; beer and wine. All tables outside on an outdoor patio partially shaded by an awning. 1603 San Pablo Ave., 510-524-5451. CafeFanny.com


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