Outdoor Dining 

Our guide to the best sunny eateries.

The following list is as comprehensive as possible, but no doubt there are venues we're not yet aware of. Please send updates to outdoordining@eastbayexpress.com or via postal mail to Outdoor Dining, c/o Stephen Buel, East Bay Express, 1335 Stanford Ave., Emeryville, CA 94608.


Asena Californian; lunch and dinner; full bar. Six tables seat 20 on side patio with flowers. 2508 Santa Clara Ave., 510-521-4100.

C'era Una Volta Italian; coffee, brunch, lunch, and deli counter; two tables on patio with umbrellas and potted plants. 1332 Park St., 510-769-4828. CeraUnaVolta.us

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

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. Two benches in front with awning. 2412 Webb St., 510-521-3366.

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

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 creekside dining. 37 Alamo Sq. #A, 925-743-0824.

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


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

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.

Cugini Italian; pizza, meat, seafood; lunch, dinner; beer and wine. Sidewalk tables under umbrellas. 1556 Solano Ave., 510-558-9000.

Filippo's Pastaria Italian; lunch, dinner, weekend brunch; beer and wine. Alley tables under an awning. 2930 College Ave., 510-644-3848.

Fonda Solana Dinner, tapas; assorted tequilas; lunch, dinner, late night. Three front patios with heatlamp 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.

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

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

Bar & Ristorante Raphael Vegetarian/Italian; lunch and dinner; full bar. Front patio with tables, umbrellas, heatlamps, foliage. 2132 Center St., 510-644-9500. RistoranteRaphael.com

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

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 streetside 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.

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 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.

Cafe Muse Raw and organic deli; breakfast and lunch; beer, wine, and sake; in garden adjacent to Berkeley Art Museum. 2625 Durant Ave., 510-548-4366.

Cafe Panini Coffeehouse menu with sandwiches and salads; breakfast and lunch; umbrella-shaded tables on brick patio nestled in Trumpetvine Court, next to Jupiter. 2115 Allston Way, 510-849-0405. Cafe-Panini.net

Cafe Rouge Mediterranean; lunch and dinner; full bar. Front sidewalk seating with tables shaded by umbrellas and awning. 1782 Fourth St., 510-525-1440. CafeRouge.net


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