Outside San Francisco
Restaurants in Outside San Francisco
Proof that Oakland has NoCal’s buzziest restaurant scene? Its new nickname: Brooklyn West. Honoring Alice Waters’s ethos is Ramen Shop, owned by three Chez Panisse alums. Creative noodle soups spotlight homegrown produce such as Meyer lemons and chanterelles. BART stop: Rockridge
San Francisco’s hottest pizza joint has expanded with A16 Rockridge, which turns out chewy pies from a hand-built oven. We love the Montanara Rockridge—lightly fried dough, smoked tomato sauce, burrata, and basil. BART stop: Rockridge
Meat-centric small plates reign at Box and Bells, the latest from chef James Syhabout of Michelin-starred Commis. Try the country pork rillettes and blood pudding poutine. BART stop: Rockridge
The retro diner Hopscotch puts a Japanese spin on hearty American dishes. Take the soba ragù, with buckwheat noodles, braised pork, Manchego, and shiso. BART station: 19th Street/Uptown Oakland
At Duende, chef Paul Canales channels his Basque heritage into pintxos and paellas in a whimsical setting (colorful murals; fence posts as floorboards). BART stop: 19th Street/Uptown Oakland
Set in an 1896 building with original mosaic floors, Desco is known for its Italian standards, including house-made-pasta dishes such as lamb-cheek pappardelle. BART stop: 12th Street/Oakland City Center
Arrive early on Tuesday afternoons for the fried chicken stuffed with herbs at Miss Ollie’s. The day’s special at this airy, Cali-Caribbean spot goes fast. BART stop: 12th Street/Oakland City Center
In a heritage building made cozy with plush burgundy mohair chairs and a wide, limestone fireplace, The Village Pub has one Michelin star for its locally sourced American cuisine. A nearby ranch provides much of the fresh produce—be it the heirloom tomatoes, cantaloupe, or organic beets.
Late-night revelers push aside the tables after dinner to dance.
A red neon sign with a gape-mouthed fish lights up this waterfront restaurant, which first opened beside the harbor of Pillar Point in 1975.
Set directly on the shore of Tomales Bay, this oyster farm is located just 10 miles north of Point Reyes Station. Established in 1909, the company harvests fresh oysters, clams, and mussels from the adjacent bay and sells them by the pound in a small clapboard shack.
From its adjacent butcher shop, Café Rouge serves a variety of cured meats, fresh cuts, sausages, and pâtés. The menu changes fortnightly, but platters of house-made charcuterie and fresh oysters are always available.
This seafood shack perched on timber pylons offers a dining experience that’s low-key, the ultimate example of a certain kind of meal: unfussy, delicious, relaxed.