Few regions anywhere are blessed with a climate more conducive to outdoor dining. 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 in the East Bay than with an outdoor meal or drink.
The following list of East Bay outdoor dining venues is most decidedly NOT comprehensive. We’ve done our best to include all the dining and drinking facilities we could think of, but we know it’s inevitable that we’ve left out a bunch of restaurants. Please help us improve next year’s directory by sending updates to [email protected] or via postal mail to Outdoor Dining, East Bay Express, 1335 Stanford Ave., Emeryville, CA 94608.
Larry and Della’s Waterfront Restaurant Cajun & Creole steaks & seafood; lunch, dinner & Sunday brunch; full bar. Seven tables on two decks that overlook the Oakland estuary. 2402 Mariner Sq., 510-523-3474.
Rooster’s Roadhouse American; dinner & late night; full bar. 1700 Clement St., 510-337-9190.
Tucker’s Ice Cream Thirty-five 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 & lunch; beer & wine. Set downstairs from an antique shop and furnished accordingly; large porch in front, intimate back deck with three tables, and wooden side patio with ten tables 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 & dinner; wine, margaritas & beer available. Six patio tables. 1019 San Pablo Ave., 510-526-1185.
Filippo’s Pastaria Italian; lunch & dinner; beer & 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. 825-827 San Pablo Ave., 510-526-2552.
Sam’s Log Cabin American; breakfast & lunch. Family serves up organic eggs, organic coffee, homemade catfish sticks & Swedish pancakes on a covered brick patio, with redwoods and a veggie/herb/flower/vine garden, out back of a 1930 log cabin. Seating outside for twenty. 945 San Pablo Ave., 510-558-0494.
Schooner’s Grille & Brewery American/brew pub; lunch & dinner; full bar. Patio seats 75 beneath umbrellas. 4250 Lone Tree Way, 925-776-1800.
Barney’s Gourmet Hamburgers Hamburgers; lunch & dinner; beer & wine. Storefront seating for eight. 1591 Solano Ave., 510-526-8185.
Berkeley Thai House Thai; lunch M-S & dinner M-Sun.; beer & wine. Rich woods & antiques on the inside; a shaded deck of 25 marble-top tables outside. 2511 Channing Way, 510-843-7352.
Cafe Durant American/Mexican; breakfast & lunch; beer, wine & 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 & lunch; limited beer & wine list. Self-styled “stand-up food bar” nonetheless features a dozen tables under a pergola. 1603 San Pablo Ave., 510-524-5447.
Cafe Rouge Mediterranean; lunch & dinner; full bar. Front patio with six tables overlooks the Fourth St. Plaza. 1782 Fourth Street, 510-525-1440.
Cafe Tululah Californian; breakfast & lunch; beer & wine. Quiet, herb-garden patio with eight tables under a reed cabana roof. 2512 San Pablo Ave., 510-548-4697.
Cesar 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 & dinner. The collective and its offspring, Arizmendi Bakery, combined have fifteen storefront seats in the heart of the gourmet ghetto. Jazz piano from inside adds to ambience. 1504 Shattuck Ave., 510-549-3055.
Crepe de Vine Middle Eastern; breakfast, lunch & dinner; beer & wine. A couple of sidewalk tables beneath an awning. 2037 Shattuck Ave., 510-644-1913.
Dara Thai & Laotian; lunch & dinner; beer & wine. Patio with imported tables and antique-carved wooden statuary seats nineteen. 1549 Shattuck Ave., 510-841-2002.
Dragonfly Teahouse Asian fusion; lunch & dinner; brew pub & hard iced tea. Twenty tables on upstairs patio and beside bar. 2598 Telegraph Ave., 510-841-7734.
Fontina Cafe Italiano Italian; lunch & dinner; beer & wine. A couple of front tables. 1730 Shattuck Ave., 510-649-8090.
Ginger Island Californian; lunch & dinner; full bar, notably ginger vodka martinis and kamikazes. A dozen-plus tables repose beneath a retractable roof; another five occupy a front patio. 1820 4th St., 510-644-0444.
Homemade Cafe American coffeehouse; breakfast & 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 & dinner; beer & wine. Sandwiches, coffee, pastries, fresh juices served at sixteen tables on two patios overlooking Piedmont Avenue and campus. 2299 Piedmont Ave., 510-643-9932.
Italian Colors Italian; lunch & dinner; full bar. Open-air patio with large fountain; fourteen tables. View of outdoor flower and produce market gives a European feel. 2220 Mountain Blvd., Suite 100, 510-482-8094.
Jimmy Bean’s FIFO Cafe Pizza, burritos & diner fare; lunch & dinner; full bar. Seating for 120 in this outside area, which is usually used for catering. 2220 Piedmont Ave., 510-559-7020.
Jupiter Californian/brew pub; lunch & dinner; beer & wine. Wood-fired pizzas et al., served in a capacious garden patio seating a hundred, with blooming trumpet vines, brick walls, a live fire pit, and live evening jazz T-Sa. 2181 Shattuck Ave., 510-843-TAPS.
Le Bateau Ivre French; breakfast, lunch & dinner, weekend brunch; full bar and coffee drinks. French provincial-style house has two brick patios seating fifty, surrounded by fenced lawn and lots of foliage. 2629 Telegraph Ave., 510-849-1100.
Nefeli Cafe Mediterranean; breakfast, lunch & dinner. Have a seat under the trees at one of five tables. 1854 Euclid Ave., 510-841-6374.
La Note French; lunch & brunch; beer & wine. Leave Berkeley behind in a peaceful, Provençal garden seating up to fifty. 2377 Shattuck Ave., 510-843-1535.
O Chamé Japanese; lunch & dinner; beer, wine & sake. Seven shaded tables, most with benches, on a wooden patio with views of Fourth Street. 1830 Fourth St., 510-841-8783.
Paragon Californian; brunch, dinner & late night; full bar. In the Claremont Resort and Spa, 41 Tunnel Rd., 510-549-8585 .
Raleigh’s American; lunch & dinner; large microbrew menu and full bar. Thirty-plus wooden tables shaded by umbrellas, blooming bougainvillea, and a fountain. 2438 Telegraph Ave., 510-848-8652.
Rick & Ann’s Down-home Californian; breakfast, lunch, dinner & brunch; beer & wine. Four tables amid flowering planters; covered & heated patio looks out on Claremont Hotel. 2922 Domingo Ave., 510-649-8538.
Il Rosticcere Italian & wood-fired rotisserie; breakfast, lunch & dinner; five sidewalk tables, shaded by umbrellas. 2417 Shattuck Ave., 510-548-3936.
Santa Fe Bistro French & Californian; lunch & dinner; beer & wine. Ample, European-style sidewalk seating. 2142 Center St., 510-841-4047.
Saul’s Restaurant & Deli NY-style deli; breakfast, lunch & dinner; full bar. Six to eight tables on sidewalk in front of restaurant in the heart of North Berkeley, adjacent to Black Oak Books. 1475 Shattuck Ave., 510-848-3354.
Sugar Bowl Bakery & Cafe Bakery and cafe; breakfast, lunch & brunch. Patio seating in front of store; approx. seven tables with umbrellas on wide sidewalk with trees. 1799 F 4th St., 510-524-3906.
Triple Rock American; lunch & dinner; microbrews and munchies. No service outside, but grab a pint and some nachos for the plentiful picnic-table seating on an enclosed patio. 1920 Shattuck Ave., 510-843-2739.
Via Centro Cal-Ital; lunch & dinner; full bar. Elegant sidewalk seating for up to twenty, nestled among honeysuckle, trees, and flowered borders. 2132 Center St., 510-841-4047.
Viva Taqueria Mexican; lunch & dinner; beer. Five tables with umbrellas. 2984 Russell St., 510-843-5565.
Ed’s Mudville Grill American; lunch & dinner, big appetizers; beer & wine. Heated patio, seating for forty under umbrellas. View of greater downtown Clayton and a birdhouse. 6200 Center St., 925-673-0333.
La Veranda Cafe Italian; lunch & dinner; beer & wine. Veranda at creekside holds seven tables, 6201 Center St., 925-524-0011.
La Tapatia Mexican; breakfast, lunch & dinner; full bar with over 125 tequilas. Terracotta patio with awning and ten tables surrounded by flower-filled planters: awning is closable in cooler weather. Patio fills up quickly at lunchtime. 1802 Willow Pass Rd., 925-685-1985.
The Dead Fish Seafood & steaks; lunch & dinner; full bar. Small round tables with umbrellas, heaters, and commanding vistas of the Carquinez Strait. 20050 San Pablo Ave., 510-787-3323.
301 Bistro Californian/contemporary; lunch, dinner & Sunday brunch; beer & wine. Comfortable enclosed patio for up to sixteen. 301 Hartz Ave., Ste. 103, 925-820-6996.
Blackhawk Grille Californian; lunch, dinner & Sunday brunch; full bar. Double-tiered patio with 25 tables at pond’s edge, with flowers, waterfalls, and serenity. 3540 Blackhawk Plaza Circle, 925-736-4295.
Bridges East-West; dinner; full bar. Grapevine arbor over twenty tables, beside garden and large stone fountain. 44 Church St., 925-820-7200.
Cafe de Paris French; lunch & dinner; beer & wine. At the north end of the shops at Blackhawk, 3407 Blackhawk Plaza, 925-736-5006.
Faz Restaurant & Bar Mediterranean; lunch & dinner; full bar. Rock waterfall patio surrounded by redwoods, room for 130. Live jazz Thurs-Sat. 600 South Hartz Ave., 925-838-1320.
Patrick David’s East-West; lunch, dinner & Sunday brunch; full bar. Twelve patio tables shaded by roof, umbrellas, and trees. In Danville Livery Mercantile, 416 Sycamore Valley Rd., 925-838-7611.
Saro’s Restaurant Italian; dinner & weekend brunches; beer and wine. Six tables, some on deck and some on same level as restaurant, in front of building surrounded by flowers on quiet, quaint street. 254 Rose Ave, 925-838-2008.
La Ultima New Mexican Food Mexican; Lunch & dinner; beer & wine. Fifteen tables on front porch and patio. 455 Hartz Ave., 925-838-9705.
Andronico’s Grocery; breakfast, lunch & dinner; beer and wine. Buy your groceries or selections from the deli and eat them too on about a dozen cozy tables with umbrellas under a covered roof. 6529 Hollis Street, 510-658-3377.
Bucci’s Cal-Ital; lunch & dinner; full bar. Nine tables, three with umbrellas, in patio and garden. Outdoor dining at lunch only. 6121 Hollis St., 510-547-4725.
Townhouse Bar & Grill American; M-F lunch & dinner, Sat. dinner only; full bar. Wooden-walled patio with fountain, seats about fifty. 5862 Doyle St., 510-652-6151.
Bistro at the Park American; lunch, dinner; full bar at ten tables shaded by trees and umbrellas. 3287 Mt. Diablo Blvd., 925-283-7108.
El Charro Mexican Dining Mexican; lunch & dinner; full bar. Fourteen patio tables with umbrellas, amid wall fountains and flower beds. 3339 Mt. Diablo Blvd., 925-283-2345.
La Finestra Ristorante Sicilian/Tuscan; lunch & dinner; beer & wine. Two enclosed and covered patios, seating sixteen in quaint gardens of herbs, flowers, and tomatoes. 100 Lafayette Circle, Suite 101, 925-284-5282.
Fish Ranch Restaurant & Bar American/contemporary Californian; lunch & dinner; full bar. Rear patio embraced by hedge and trees seats twenty, with heaters and umbrellas. 3474 Mt. Diablo Blvd., 925-284-9709.
Postino Italian; dinner; full bar. Thirteen tables on Tuscan-style patio laced with ivy. 3565 Mt Diablo Blvd., 925-299-8700.
Villagio Italian; dinner; beer & wine. Airy, light indoors opens onto small garden of five tables with umbrellas. 960 Moraga Rd., 925-284-5900.
Wente Vineyards Restaurant American/Californian; weekday lunch, dinner & Sunday brunch; beer and sweeping wine list served at 25 patio tables overlooking vineyard. 5050 Arroyo Rd., 925-456-2450.
La Beau’s Louisiana Kitchen Cajun/Caribbean; breakfast, lunch & dinner; full bar. Six tables, shaded and surrounded by wrought-iron grillwork. 436 Ferry St., 925-229-9232.
Haute Stuff Californian; lunch & dinner; beer & wine. Brick patio seats approx. twenty on sleepy one-way street. Sunny and shaded seating available. 521 Main St., 925-229-0521.
Caffe Terzetto Italian; self-serve breakfast, lunch & dinner; beer & wine. Five patio tables. In Moraga Shopping Center, 1419 Moraga Way, 925-376-3832.
Ranch House Cafe American; breakfast, lunch & dinner. 1012 School St., 925-376-5127.
Fellini O Cal-Ital; lunch & dinner; beer & wine. Six generous-sized tables with umbrellas. 3900 Newpark Mall #104, 510-792-6600.
Autumn Moon Cafe Californian; breakfast, lunch & dinner; full bar. “Fabulous garden patio” with fountains, unlit fireplace, and eleven tables beneath fruit and magnolia trees. 3909 Grand Ave., 510-595-3200.
Barclay’s Restaurant & Pub Sandwiches & huge brew menu; lunch & dinner; full bar. Sunken patio at entrance with eight tables. 5940 College Ave., 510-654-1650.
Bay Wolf Cafe & Restaurant Californian; lunch & dinner; beer & solid wine list. Eucalyptus-screened, heated veranda with removable windows. Seats forty. 3853 Piedmont Ave. 510-655-6004.
Cafe Colucci Ethiopian; breakfast, lunch & dinner; beer & wine. Seven patio tables under umbrellas. 6427 Telegraph Ave., 510-601-7999.
Chez Simone French; lunch & dinner; wine. Handful of cute tables on patio full of greenery. 4125 Piedmont Ave., 510- 655-1034.
Citron Californian; dinner; beer & wine. Wooden back patio with redwood beams overhead, trees and flowers about. Heatlamps. 5484 College Ave., 510- 653-5484.
Connie’s Cantina Mexican; breakfast, lunch & dinner. Brilliantly painted back patio with murals and loads of sun. 3340 Grand Ave., 510-839-4986.
À Côté Tapas; lunch & dinner; full bar. Italian-style setting with columns and ironwork fountain. Ten tables and one large community table, next to herb garden, grapevines, and lemon and avocado trees. Retractable awnings and velvet curtains plus portable heaters can deal with any kind of weather. 5478 College Ave., 510-655-6469.
Crepevine Crepes and diner food; breakfast, lunch, dinner & late night; beer & wine. A small assortment of tables under a covered roof. 5600 College Ave., 510-658-2026.
Cuckoo’s Nest American/Mediterranean; breakfast, lunch & brunch; beer & wine. Electric, friendly patio dining at five tables outside hip loft locale. 247 4th St., 510-452-9414.
Doña Tomás Southern Mexican; dinner; full bar. Spacious enclosed patio with cabana for special events. 5004 Telegraph Ave., 510-450-0522.
Hide-A-Way-Cafe Down-home Californian; breakfast, lunch & brunch. Bright, sunny patio. 6430 Telegraph Ave., 510-654-0129.
Jack’s Bistro Californian/Mediterranean; breakfast, lunch & dinner; full bar. More than a dozen tables overlook the Oakland estuary amid the sights of Jack London Square. One Broadway, 510-444-7171.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Walnut Creek Yacht Club Seafood; lunch & dinner; full bar. Forty can dive into nautical theme on heated, cedar “aft deck.” 1555 Bonanza St., 925-944-3474.
Zheng Long Country-Style Chinese Cuisine Chinese; lunch & dinner; beer & full wine list. Creekside deck with garden, screened top and heat lamps. 1448 South Main St., 925-930-8088.