Outdoor Dining 

An Incomplete Guide

Few regions anywhere are blessed with a climate more conducive to outdoor dining. Sure, the brisk fogs of summer can put a chill on things from time to time. But on those memorable summer days when the fog recedes by mid-morning and the heat isn't too oppressive, there are few better ways to celebrate life in the East Bay than with an outdoor meal or drink.

The following list of East Bay outdoor dining venues is most decidedly NOT comprehensive. We've done our best to include all the dining and drinking facilities we could think of, but we know it's inevitable that we've left out a bunch of restaurants. Please help us improve next year's directory by sending updates to outdoordining@eastbayexpress.com or via postal mail to Outdoor Dining, East Bay Express, 1335 Stanford Ave., Emeryville, CA 94608.


Larry and Della's Waterfront Restaurant Cajun & Creole steaks & seafood; lunch, dinner & Sunday brunch; full bar. Seven tables on two decks that overlook the Oakland estuary. 2402 Mariner Sq., 510-523-3474.

Rooster's Roadhouse American; dinner & late night; full bar. 1700 Clement St., 510-337-9190.

Tucker's Ice Cream Thirty-five flavors served all week. 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 & lunch; beer & wine. Set downstairs from an antique shop and furnished accordingly; large porch in front, intimate back deck with three tables, and wooden side patio with ten tables that winds along the creek. 37 Alamo Sq. # B, 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.


Christopher's Nothing Fancy Cafe Mexican; lunch & dinner; wine, margaritas & beer available. Six patio tables. 1019 San Pablo Ave., 510-526-1185.

Filippo's Pastaria Italian; lunch & dinner; beer & wine. What's not to like about hearty, inexpensive pasta under a streetside awning? Six tables in the shade. 1499 Solano Ave., 510-524-4300.

Nizza La Bella Italian; dinner; full bar. Sidewalk cafe of five quaint tables, enclosed and heated. 825-827 San Pablo Ave., 510-526-2552.

Sam's Log Cabin American; breakfast & lunch. Family serves up organic eggs, organic coffee, homemade catfish sticks & Swedish pancakes on a covered brick patio, with redwoods and a veggie/herb/flower/vine garden, out back of a 1930 log cabin. Seating outside for twenty. 945 San Pablo Ave., 510-558-0494.


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


Barney's Gourmet Hamburgers Hamburgers; lunch & dinner; beer & wine. Storefront seating for eight. 1591 Solano Ave., 510-526-8185.

Berkeley Thai House Thai; lunch M-S & dinner M-Sun.; beer & wine. Rich woods & antiques on the inside; a shaded deck of 25 marble-top tables outside. 2511 Channing Way, 510-843-7352.

Cafe Durant American/Mexican; breakfast & lunch; beer, wine & margaritas. Huge open roof patio festooned with umbrellas and flowers has room for 65 and a city view. 2517 Durant Ave., 510-841-9905.

Cafe Fanny Californian & French; breakfast & lunch; limited beer & wine list. Self-styled "stand-up food bar" nonetheless features a dozen tables under a pergola. 1603 San Pablo Ave., 510-524-5447.

Cafe Rouge Mediterranean; lunch & dinner; full bar. Front patio with six tables overlooks the Fourth St. Plaza. 1782 Fourth Street, 510-525-1440.

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

Cesar Tapas; lunch, dinner and late-night drinks; full bar. Entirety feels open to the breezes, but three front tables have dibs on the sun and people-watching. 1515 Shattuck Ave., 510-883-0222.

The Cheeseboard Collective Pastries and pizza; lunch & dinner. The collective and its offspring, Arizmendi Bakery, combined have fifteen storefront seats in the heart of the gourmet ghetto. Jazz piano from inside adds to ambience. 1504 Shattuck Ave., 510-549-3055.

Crepe de Vine Middle Eastern; breakfast, lunch & dinner; beer & wine. A couple of sidewalk tables beneath an awning. 2037 Shattuck Ave., 510-644-1913.

Dara Thai & Laotian; lunch & dinner; beer & wine. Patio with imported tables and antique-carved wooden statuary seats nineteen. 1549 Shattuck Ave., 510-841-2002.

Dragonfly Teahouse Asian fusion; lunch & dinner; brew pub & hard iced tea. Twenty tables on upstairs patio and beside bar. 2598 Telegraph Ave., 510-841-7734.

Fontina Cafe Italiano Italian; lunch & dinner; beer & wine. A couple of front tables. 1730 Shattuck Ave., 510-649-8090.

Ginger Island Californian; lunch & dinner; full bar, notably ginger vodka martinis and kamikazes. A dozen-plus tables repose beneath a retractable roof; another five occupy a front patio. 1820 4th St., 510-644-0444.

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

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

Italian Colors Italian; lunch & dinner; full bar. Open-air patio with large fountain; fourteen tables. View of outdoor flower and produce market gives a European feel. 2220 Mountain Blvd., Suite 100, 510-482-8094.

Jimmy Bean's FIFO Cafe Pizza, burritos & diner fare; lunch & dinner; full bar. Seating for 120 in this outside area, which is usually used for catering. 2220 Piedmont Ave., 510-559-7020.

Jupiter Californian/brew pub; lunch & dinner; beer & wine. Wood-fired pizzas et al., served in a capacious garden patio seating a hundred, with blooming trumpet vines, brick walls, a live fire pit, and live evening jazz T-Sa. 2181 Shattuck Ave., 510-843-TAPS.

Le Bateau Ivre French; breakfast, lunch & dinner, weekend brunch; full bar and coffee drinks. French provincial-style house has two brick patios seating fifty, surrounded by fenced lawn and lots of foliage. 2629 Telegraph Ave., 510-849-1100.

Nefeli Cafe Mediterranean; breakfast, lunch & dinner. Have a seat under the trees at one of five tables. 1854 Euclid Ave., 510-841-6374.

La Note French; lunch & brunch; beer & wine. Leave Berkeley behind in a peaceful, Provençal garden seating up to fifty. 2377 Shattuck Ave., 510-843-1535.

O Chamé Japanese; lunch & dinner; beer, wine & sake. Seven shaded tables, most with benches, on a wooden patio with views of Fourth Street. 1830 Fourth St., 510-841-8783.

Paragon Californian; brunch, dinner & late night; full bar. In the Claremont Resort and Spa, 41 Tunnel Rd., 510-549-8585 .

Raleigh's American; lunch & dinner; large microbrew menu and full bar. Thirty-plus wooden tables shaded by umbrellas, blooming bougainvillea, and a fountain. 2438 Telegraph Ave., 510-848-8652.

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

Il Rosticcere Italian & wood-fired rotisserie; breakfast, lunch & dinner; five sidewalk tables, shaded by umbrellas. 2417 Shattuck Ave., 510-548-3936.

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

Saul's Restaurant & Deli NY-style deli; breakfast, lunch & dinner; full bar. 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.

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

Triple Rock American; lunch & 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.

Via Centro Cal-Ital; lunch & dinner; full bar. Elegant sidewalk seating for up to twenty, nestled among honeysuckle, trees, and flowered borders. 2132 Center St., 510-841-4047.

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



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