If Friends had been set in Berkeley, the patio at Jupiter would have been their Central Perk. This place serves fantastic local beers, pizzas, and bar snacks best consumed under the fairy lights and next to the fire pit in the giant outdoor seating area. There’s usually a band playing jazz or funk, and the crowd is always having a great time - it’s hard not to. Come with a group of friends when you want to have a long, relaxed hangout, and/or figure out which one of you is the Rachel.
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Gather in Berkeley does great pizzas in a space that feels relaxed (if aggressively rustic).
Tomate Cafe might be a bit hard to find, but you should keep looking - they do one of the best breakfasts in Berkeley.
Bette’s Oceanview Diner
Bette’s in Berkeley is an upscale 1950s-style diner that does a boozy brunch worth the guaranteed 45-minute wait.
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One of the better lunch options in the Financial District, get Heyday into your midday rotation.
Sir and Star at The Olema
Sir and Star is one of the best dining experiences in Northern California. Get your ass out to the hunting lodge in Olema.
The plates at Al's Place in the Mission look like art, and taste pretty great too. "Best New Restaurant in the US 2015" ain't a bad calling card either.
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Don't come with your torches and pitchforks, but, dare we say...Delfina is not that exciting?
Emilia’s is the best pizza in the Bay Area. Getting it is a huge pain in the ass. But it is 100% worth it.
We appreciate the oven engineering at PizzaHacker, but the pizza they turn out is just solid.
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