Chez Panisse is a bucket-list restaurant that everyone should go to once, but for return trips, our first choice is Chez Panisse Cafe. This place is upstairs from the mothership restaurant and unlike downstairs, it’s much easier to get a reservation at because it hasn’t reached near-mythic status (yet). Also unlike downstairs, the menu up here is a la carte, so you’re not stuck with whatever they’re serving on the tasting menu with no other options. The food is as close to perfect as you can get with things like pizzas with salt cod mousse, incredible lamb, and chocolate cake that we want at our birthday parties for the rest of our lives. And that’s an option too because it’s much more affordable up here and absolutely worth crossing the bay for if you live in SF.
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Cheese Board Pizza in Berkeley does only one type of pizza every day. It tends to be kind of unusual, but it’s always worth the long wait.
Triple Rock Brewing Co.
Triple Rock Brewing Co. in Berkeley is huge and great for groups. Grab some bar food and beers made in-house.
Angeline’s Louisiana Kitchen
Angeline’s in Berkeley is an upscale neighborhood spot serving solid New Orleans-style food.
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This casual Bernal Heights restaurant has a huge patio that’s ideal for brunch or burgers with friends.
Do you enjoy sitting at bars and eating good food? You’ll enjoy Maven in the Haight. Don’t skip the burger.
Long Bridge Pizza Co.
Long Bridge Pizza Co. is a neighborhood restaurant in the Dogpatch that makes great sourdough pizza.
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Rich Table is a restaurant in Hayes Valley that, no matter how many times you go, will always surprise you in the best way possible.
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