Outdoor Dining 

Our second Annual Guide

Few regions anywhere are blessed with a climate more conducive to outdoor dining than the East Bay. 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 here than with an outdoor meal or drink.

The following list of East Bay outdoor dining venues probably isn't comprehensive, but we've done our best to update and expand it from last year. We've tried to include all the dining and drinking facilities we could think of, but certainly there must be new venues that we're not yet aware of. Please help us improve next year's directory by sending updates to outdoordining@eastbayexpress.com or via postal mail to Editor, Outdoor Dining, East Bay Express, 1335 Stanford Ave., Emeryville, CA 94608.


Tucker's Ice Cream More than 33 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 pastries and bagels, lunch; beer and wine. Downstairs from an antique shop and furnished accordingly; large porch in front, intimate back deck with three tables, and ten tables on wooden side patio 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 and dinner; wine, margaritas and beer available. Six patio tables. 1019 San Pablo Ave., 510-526-1185.

Filippo's Pastaria Italian; lunch and dinner; beer and 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 San Pablo Ave., 510-526-2552.

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


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


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

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

Bistro Liaison French; lunch and dinner; wine and beer. Seven sidewalk tables seat 16. 1849 Shattuck Ave., 510-849-2155.

Cafe Durant American/Mexican; breakfast and lunch; beer, wine, and 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 and lunch; limited beer and wine list. Self-styled "stand-up food bar" nonetheless features nine tables on an outdoor patio. 1603 San Pablo Ave., 510-524-5447.

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

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

César 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 and dinner. Storefront seats in the heart of the gourmet ghetto. Jazz piano from inside adds to ambience. 1512 Shattuck Ave., 510-549-3055.

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

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

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

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

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

King Yen Restaurant Chinese; lunch and dinner; beer and wine. Five small tables outside the restaurant facing College Avenue. 2995 College Ave., 510-845-1286,

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

La Mediterranée Mediterranean; lunch and dinner; wine and beer. Outdoor patio with a balcony above seats about 24 people. 2936 College Ave., 510-540-7773.

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

La Note French; lunch and brunch; beer and wine. Leave Berkeley behind in a peaceful Provençal garden that seats fifty. 2377 Shattuck Ave., 510-843-1535.

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

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

Picante Taqueria Mexican; lunch and dinner; beer and wine. Patio seating and four tables in front of the restaurant. 1328 6th St., 510-525-3121.


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