Outdoor Dining 

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Mimosa Cafe American/vegetarian; no alcohol. Two tables on sidewalk. 462 Santa Clara Ave., 510-465-2948.

Nan Yang Lunch & dinner; beer & solid wine list. A patio of five small tables. 6048 College Ave., 510-655-3298.

Oakland Grill American; beer and wine. Three to five tables outside the restaurant. 301 Franklin St., 510-835-1176.

La Torta Loca Mexican; lunch & dinner. 3419 International Blvd., 510-532-7105.

Lakeshore Cafe Sandwiches, burgers & salads; breakfast, lunch, dinner & brunch; beer & wine. 3257 Lakeshore Ave., 510-832-4374.

Leaning Tower of Pizza Pizza; lunch & dinner. Three tables out front. 498 Wesley Ave., 510-444-6824

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

Pasta Pomodoro Italian; lunch & dinner; beer and wine. Tables with heat lamps offer good College Avenue people-watching. 5500 College Ave., 510-923-0900.

Quinn's Lighthouse Seafood; lunch & dinner; full bar. Eighty seats of outdoor dining on a second-story deck that surrounds the bar and offers good views of the marina and the estuary. 51 Embarcadero Cove, 510-536-2050.

Sabuy Sabuy Thai; lunch & dinner; beer & wine. Several outdoor tables in an enclosed courtyard. 5231 College Ave., 510-653-8587.

Seabreeze Cafe and Restaurant American, hamburgers; breakfast, lunch & dinner; beer & wine. Six or seven tables on waterfront sun deck. 280 6th Ave., 510-832-4579.

Sergio's Trattoria Italian; lunch & dinner; beer & wine. Romantic enclosed patio seating for fifty under pergola, with herb and flower gardens. 5299 College Ave., 510-655-2869.

T.J.'s Gingerbread House Louisiana/Cajun; breakfast, lunch & dinner. 741 5th St., Oakland (no phone).

Taqueria Sinaloa Mexican; lunch & dinner. It's a truck; get over it. Take your carnitas on the fly or find the picnic tables in back. 2138 International Blvd., 510-535-1206.

Thornhill Cafe French/Thai fusion; brunch, lunch & dinner; beer & wine. Back patio with eight or nine tables with umbrellas; pleasant tree-lined neighborhood. 5761 Thornhill Dr., 510-339-0646.

El Torrito Mexican; lunch & dinner; full bar. Eight umbrella-covered tables by boat dock. 67 Jack London Sq. 510-835-9260.

Tropix Backyard Cafe Caribbean/Gulf Coast; lunch, dinner & brunch; beer & wine. Bright, tropical colors, vines and flowers, highlight this patio seating forty, with heat lamps, umbrellas, and an awning. 3814 Piedmont Ave., 510-653-2444.

Verbena Cal-Med; lunch; 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.

Zza's Trattoria Italian; lunch W-F, dinner all week; beer & wine. Big cloth umbrella shelters four sidewalk tables looking out on Lake Merritt. 552 Grand Ave., 510-839-9124.


Barone's Restaurant Mediterranean; lunch & dinner; full bar. Wooden deck in front of restaurant seats sixty under umbrellas. Live musical entertainment Fri. and Sat. 475 Saint John St, 925-426-0987.

Stacey's Cafe American; lunch & dinner; full bar. Front and inside patio with four and seven tables respectively, with umbrellas and view of tree-lined street. 310 Main St., Suite A, 925-461-3113.


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

Bobby's Back Door Cajun BBQ BBQ & Cajun. 12891 San Pablo Ave., 510-262-0735.

San Leandro

Bay City Grill California/Pacific Rim fusion; lunch & dinner; beer, wine & sake. Patio with twelve tables. 129 W. Joaquin, 510-352-1278.

Horatio's American/seafood; lunch, dinner & Sunday brunch; full bar. Patio with shaded tables offers a scenic view of the marina, gorgeous at sunset. 60 San Leandro Marina, 510-351-5556.

San Ramon

Bighorn Grill Contemporary American/seafood; lunch & dinner; full bar. Quiet courtyard surrounded by hedges, with a dozen-plus tables under cloth umbrellas. 2410 San Ramon Valley Blvd., 925-838-5678.

Katy's Korner American; full breakfast & lunch menu served on deck, ten tables in mottled sun and tree shade. 2550 San Ramon Valley Rd., 925-831-2145.

Wa Sai! Oishii Restaurant Chinese/Japanese; lunch & dinner. A couple of sidewalk tables. 500 Bollinger Canyon Way, Ste. A1 (at Canyon Lakes Drive), 925-735-8880.

El Sobrante

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

Walnut Creek

Agave Spanish & Mexican; lunch and dinner; full bar. Six tables outside with umbrellas, overlooking street. On second floor of office building. 2033 N. Main St., 925-939-6949.

Black Diamond Brewing American; lunch & dinner; beer & wine. Two patios with umbrellas; seating for about sixty people. 2330 North Main St., 925-943-2330.

The Cantina Mexican; lunch & dinner; full bar. Ten tables in back, nine more in front. 1470 N. Broadway, 925-946-1010.

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

Kaiwa Sushi Japanese; lunch & dinner; beer & wine. A couple of sidewalk tables. 1534 Locust St., 925-274-9496.

Lark Creek American; lunch, dinner & Sunday brunch; full bar. Eight sidewalk tables & six more in enclosed patios. 1360 Locust St., 925-256-1234.

Left at Albuquerque Southwestern; lunch & dinner; full bar. Thirty tables up front, 1829 Mount Diablo Blvd., 925-287-8400.

Moonrise at Quail Court Californian; dinner; full bar. Courtyard-like patio seating sixty, plus another forty on raftered deck. 31 Quail Court, 925-945-0953.

Ono Maze Pan-Asian; lunch weekdays, dinner nightly; full bar. Room for forty in bamboo lanai out front, including a dozen in tea garden. 1616 N. Main St., 925-945-1120.

Pomegranate Mediterranean; lunch & dinner; beer & wine. Twelve patio tables. 1389-B N. Main St., 925-944-9292.

Prima Italian; lunch & dinner; full bar. New and popular loggia with twelve tables overlooking the street; can be enclosed with doors in cooler weather. 1522 North Main St., 925-935-7780.

Slates Supperclub Mediterranean; dinner Tues-Sat. 1523 Giammona Dr., 925-945-1400.

Spiedini Italian; lunch Tues-Fri, dinner Tues-Sun; full bar. Patios seating forty out front and on the side, basking under umbrellas, heat lamps, or sol. 101 Ygnacio Valley Rd., 925-939-2100.

Stanford's Californian; lunch & dinner; full bar. Three patios, seating for up to twenty under umbrellas. 1300 S. Main St., 925-944-0895.

Tiki Toms Polynesian; lunch & dinner; full bar. Soak up rum drinks on porch, seating up to nineteen. 1355 Olympic Blvd., 925-932-9202.


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