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It’s the candy spot of summer time, when the nights are the warmest. What higher strategy to savor it than having a meal exterior? With its Mediterranean local weather, the Bay has loads of choices, whether or not it’s a patio backyard, rooftop or duck-filled lakefront. Listed below are 10 new eating places the place you possibly can take pleasure in implausible open-air eating.
Choza Tacos y Cantina, Danville
La Choza roughly interprets to “cabana,” signaling the beachy vibe you’ll get at this eatery in Danville’s Blackhawk Plaza. To get there, you stroll by means of a mall that’s uncovered to the weather and styled like a Mediterranean backyard, with streaming daylight and sparrows flitting by high-end outlets. The restaurant itself, opened by a chef who has a sister operation in Oregon, makes a speciality of delicacies with a Gulf of Mexico contact – assume crab enchiladas and Veracruz-style market fish.
The patio: La Choza’s outside space bellies as much as a artifical lagoon completely filled with quacking geese. Not so alive are lake sculptures of kids driving swans and replicas of giraffes and an elephant on the close by Blackhawk Museum – additionally residence to a famend classic-car museum, for any dads or Jay Leno-channeling of us. The sound of waterfalls gives the look of being on trip, a sense many photo-snapping birthday and bridal events capitalize on.
The dish: The cheese-stuffed chile relleno is fried to perfection with a deeply smoky pink sauce created from roasted tomatoes and guajillo peppers ($19). Do-it-yourself flan is a basic strategy to finish, should you’re nonetheless peckish, being the dimensions of a small hubcap ($9). La Choza prides itself on a small-batch tequila choice and a rigorously designed home margarita, combined with lemon and lime, agave, blood orange and decaf citrus tea ($11).
Particulars: Open from 3 p.m. Monday – Wednesday and from 11:30 a.m. Thursday – Sunday at 3421 Blackhawk Plaza Circle, Danville; chozablackhawk.com
Pilot Gentle Cafe, Half Moon Bay
When restaurateur Shoshana Wolff and her husband, chef Sachin Chopra, drove down Cabrillo Freeway someday and noticed that the Half Moon Bay Airport cafe was in want of a brand new proprietor, they couldn’t resist taking it over. “It’s such a captivating area in the course of the farm lands, with ocean views off within the distance,” Wolff says.
The couple, homeowners of the acclaimed All Spice restaurant in San Mateo, remodeled the homey area into the Pilot Gentle Cafe and opened in January, welcoming pilots, locals and guests.
The patio: A dozen bright-yellow picnic tables sit a secure distance from the tarmac, providing prime viewing spots when there are small planes taking off and touchdown. The “when” is determined by the climate. On foggy or overcast days with no aviation motion, it is a chill spot for inland residents having fun with a day journey to the coast. (The day’s made even higher with a contemporary Watermelon Lemonade, $5.) On sunny days, anticipate to see some non-public pilots doing their factor.
The dish: The approachable all-day menu means you possibly can order a Scorching Pastrami Reuben ($17) at 9 a.m. or the super-popular Dutch Child ($20) with berry compote at 1:30 p.m. Inventive new dishes embody a Candy and Savory Waffle ($16) and the North African Shakshuka ($18). As for the “$100 Cheeseburger,” the identify refers to a joke in aviator circles about vacation spot meals. “Pilots should spend cash on gas and touchdown charges to return in to have their $16 burger,” Wolff says, laughing.
Particulars: Open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday at 9850 Cabrillo Freeway, Half Moon Bay; www.pilotlightcafe.com
Excessive 5ive Rooftop Bar, Oakland
This fashionable, indoor-outdoor bar — it’s extra bar than restaurant, though they do provide night bites and a small brunch menu — is perched atop the swanky Kissel Uptown Oakland resort. Excessive 5ive’s beverage program consists of 10 craft cocktails, 14 wines by the glass and bottle and 9 native draft beers. Amongst these dinner-time bites are spreads, salads, flatbreads, a poke bowl and hen skewers. And the Sunday brunch menu encompasses a breakfast sandwich and eggs Benedict with smoked turkey.
The patio: Excessive 5ive is gorgeous, however not simple to seek out. Enter on twenty fifth Road — there’s no resort entry — and take the elevator as much as the second ground. From there, you’ll step into a chic bar with high-backed cognac leather-based cubicles, hunter inexperienced velvet chairs and globe-like lanterns. It spills into a fancy patio the place twinkly lights, metropolis views, patio sofas and a hearth pit make for the right romantic roost. It’s positively the form of place you linger — and work up a hefty tab of Blossoming Bubbles, a glowing wine cocktail made with locally-made, natural flower wine.
The dish: Excessive 5ive’s kitchen just isn’t arrange for heavy cooking and the quick, four-hour brunch window could make for sluggish service. So persist with chilly or mild, veg-centric fare, just like the Kissel Chop Chop salad ($19) or the Trio of Spreads (roasted carrot hummus, Napa olive tapenade and zuchini baba ghanoush with blistered pita bread, $14) at evening. Heartier fare, together with fried hen and waffles and wagyu beef sliders, is served within the Kissel’s foyer cafe, Otto’s Espresso + Donuts + Beer.
Particulars: 21 and over at evening. Open 5 to 10 p.m. Wednesday-Thursday and till midnight Friday-Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday at 437 twenty fifth St., Oakland; www.high5ive.bar
Roger on the Ameswell Lodge, Mountain View
This resort, impressed by the historic NASA Ames / Moffett airfield close by, sports activities a restaurant with a reputation drawn from the navy phonetic alphabet, as in Roger for message acquired. Cool artwork and architectural touches abound. Earlier than or after your meal, you’ll wish to wander from the foyer into the Ames Library, the place a check pilot’s helmet, aeronautical devices and fashions of dirigibles share shelf area with framed pictures of Charles Lindbergh and Amelia Earhart. Sit down and steep your self in aviation historical past.
The patio: Large roll-up storage doorways give the entire restaurant, which seats 135, the texture of a spacious airplane hangar. The outside area, with seating for 125 extra folks, is designed with household enjoyable in thoughts. You’ll discover cornhole boards and hula hoops — and glow-in-the-dark bocce! Wish to be only a spectator? Snag a spot close to one of many hearth pits.
The dish: Government chef Christian McCallion gives a Cal-Mediterranean menu that focuses on dishes for the desk. Start maybe with the Colossal Prawns with caper-lemon salsa and garlic aioli ($32) and Moroccan Road Corn with feta and sumac ($9). The star entree is a 32-ounce Espresso-and-Pepper-Rubbed Bone-In Ribeye, sliced to share, and served with bone-marrow butter and salt-roasted fries ($81). At weekend brunch, try the puffy Dutch Child pancake ($17) and the Eggs Benedict jazzed up with Kurobuta ham and onion jam ($18).
Particulars: Open Tuesday-Sunday, with dinner from 5 to 10 p.m. (bar until midnight) and weekend brunch from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at 800 Moffett Blvd., Mountain View. www.rogerbarandrestaurant.com
Monica’s Riverview, Antioch
What a gem. From the co-owner behind the always-packed Livermore brunch spot, Monica’s, this waterfront restaurant has been serving up bennies and mimosas on the Antioch Marina since its November opening. Situated on the south aspect of the San Joaquin River, simply reverse the sailboat launch, Monica’s Riverview makes a speciality of egg dishes, half-pound burgers and sandwiches and in addition gives a full dinner menu. The restaurant is gigantic, with a ship-themed eating room, swanky bar and separate bakery churning out the moistest espresso desserts round.
The patio: Wind surfers present the backdrop to this three-part wood patio, which options bar stool seating and a contemporary hearth pit on the waterfront higher deck. Given Monica’s common bubbly program, you may spend hours right here or on the 2 decrease decks sipping guava mimosas or a Mexican 75 — with agave and lime, natch — whereas watching the wind-whipped waves or catching dwell music on Friday and Saturday nights. The eating room closes round 2 p.m. however the patio stays open and gives a small menu of bar bites till final name.
The dish: The Lemon Ricotta Pancakes ($22)– with housemade lemon curd — deserve your consideration, as does the maple syrup-doused Bacon Waffle ($18). For lunch, dig into one among eight grass-fed beef burgers ($21-$30), or should you’re going mild, the BBQ Hen Chop Salad ($24) is an effective candidate; warmth from roasted chopped poblanos is a pleasant match for the barbecue ranch dressing. Every little thing is large and shareable.
Particulars: Monica’s is open 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. weekdays for brunch (8 a.m. to three p.m. weekends) and 5 to 9 p.m. every day for dinner at 1 I St., Antioch. Verify web site for bar and patio hours; www.visitmonicas.com
Terra at Eataly, Santa Clara
Mix the Italian culinary extravaganza that’s Eataly with the lure of a rooftop perch and what do you get? Terra, the most well liked ticket on the town. Yep, on-line reservations for lunch and dinner are stuffed up for the foreseeable future, and the restaurant just isn’t taking walk-ins — until you rating a desk due to a cancellation.
The patio: Massive, breezy — and buzzy, the sound of anticipation. Between outside, the lined terrace, the lounge and the bar, Terra seats 212 patrons. Tables are properly spaced, although shut sufficient so that you can overhear the wait workers’s tantalizing menu descriptions for close by diners and salivate over the dishes as they arrive. In terms of views, Bloomingdale’s is in sharp focus, however you’ll most likely want to face up and crane your neck to get a peek of the Santa Cruz Mountains.
The dish: Terra’s specialty is flame-grilling meat, seafood and greens. Begin with the Arrosticini d’Agnello starter, little skewers of lamb (six for $12) or the extra adventurous Bombette ($18), skinny slices of Pugliese-style pork shoulder filled with a mortadella-mozzarella combination. Mains from the grill embody Spiedo di Pollo ($29,) an extended skewer of marinated hen with salsa verde; Pesce Spada, grilled swordfish ($32); and an array of steaks and chops. As for the gelato cart, excellent news: The decadent $12 sundae could be served in two or three particular person parts.
Particulars: Open every day from 11:30 a.m. to three p.m. for lunch and 5 to 9 p.m. for dinner (9:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday). Eataly at Westfield Valley Truthful, 2855 Stevens Creek Blvd., Santa Clara. Reservations: www.eataly.com/us_en/shops/silicon-valley/
Research Corridor Rooftop Lounge, Berkeley
There aren’t any books or microfiche readers at Research Corridor, cheekily named for its proximity to UC Berkeley. What there may be, is a view. Plopped on the twelfth ground of the brand new Residence Inn in Berkeley, the lounge gives panoramic bay views to take pleasure in with cocktails, 12 faucet beers and Oceana-inspired delicacies. You’ll pay a bit extra because it’s a resort operation, however it’s value it to soak within the (literal) environment and watch seagulls glide beneath.
The patio: Research Corridor’s inside is minimalist with white partitions and comfortable furnishings that certain appears to be like like Berkeley Blue (Pantone 282). However a breeze by means of the open doorways will lure most folk to the open-air patio, the place the Berkeley hills rise within the east, San Francisco gleams within the west and Cal’s Edwards Stadium lies proper beneath. There are hearth pits to maintain heat when the clouds roll in, and to boost the coolness ambiance, each night options dwell bands or DJs.
The dish: Take into account climbing the 12 tales to account for the Sriracha mayo-slathered fried-chicken sandwich ($21) and a aspect of tater tots ($8). A more healthy however no-less-filling possibility is the kimchi bowl with kalbi quick ribs, native veggies and a fried egg ($26). You may get it with a plant-based patty to hitch the menu’s many vegetarian-friendly dishes, reminiscent of crispy Fresno-chile Brussels and sesame-glazed cauliflower nuggets.
Particulars: Open from 4:30 – 10 p.m. Sunday to Thursday and 4:30 to midnight on Friday and Saturday within the Residence Inn at 2121 Heart St., Berkeley; studyhallrooftoplounge.com
Shepherd & Sims, Los Gatos
Longtime South Bay restaurateurs Jim Stump and Angelique Shepherd — homeowners of The Desk, Forthright, Vesper, Lamella Tavern — added this massive, up to date area to their culinary portfolio final fall. It was truly a return to Los Gatos for Stump, who had been govt chef of the Los Gatos Brewing Co. again in 1992. This time he’s on the east aspect of city, within the Cornerstone heart. (Whats up, ample parking.) The couple launched with dinner, added lunch after which in April, began serving weekend brunch.
The patio: Whimsical art work by Cameron Michael Moberg elevates the alfresco atmosphere. A cat surveys the entire scene, whereas stone fruit branches climb the pillars. The lined patio can accommodate 50 diners on cozy lounge seating and at tables, and a lined parklet can deal with 40 extra.
The dish: Count on creativity and high-quality elements. Among the many seasonal stars from chef de delicacies Robert de la Mora are the Smoked Heirloom Tomatoes ($15) with Thai basil and compressed watermelon; Gnocchi with Summer time Squash ($24); and Smoked Duck Breast ($34) with stone fruit, child carrots and yuzu. Brunch brings benedicts (steak or ham), omelets, pancakes, pasta and extra. Irrespective of the time of day, you’ll at all times discover the signature housemade Hen Liver Mousse ($15), with candy and savory accompaniments, on the menu. At all times a good selection.
Particulars: Open every day from 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. (10 p.m. Friday-Saturday), with weekend brunch service beginning at 10 a.m. at 15970 Los Gatos Blvd., Los Gatos; www.sandslosgatos.com
Beautiful Day, Oakland
Run by Grace Road Catering, the identical folks behind the briefly shuttered Cafe Zellerbach in Berkeley, this barely hidden restaurant gives elevated eating in a North Oakland neighborhood not usually recognized for it. Chef Eric Cross prepares globe-trotting consolation meals that diners can take pleasure in in entrance of a streetcar barn from the outdated Key System (a precursor to AC Transit).
The patio: Beautiful Day is subsequent to an elevated BART monitor and a freeway on-ramp however in some way nonetheless manages to convey a chill temper. An ancient-looking tree overshadows a courtyard with elegant sofas and eating tables with warmth lamps. It’s greater than an eat-and-go place: Folks hang around right here for hours, having a drink, snacking on shucked oysters and grooving to native bands.
The dish: Pupusas filled with parmesan and topped with trumpet mushrooms and lamb chopper – not the livestock serial killer that seems like, however a creamy sheep’s cheese – are a pleasant twist on the basic dish ($18). The halibut ceviche is contemporary and bracing ($13) and for a heartier meal, there’s the rib eye, rubbed in funky koji and topped with melted blue cheese ($40). Seasonal fruit seems all around the menu, so should you see a dessert with nectarines or plums, positively order it.
Particulars: Open from 4 to 9 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday at 4629 Martin Luther King Jr. Method, Oakland; lovelydayoakland.com
Lita, Walnut Creek
This Miami-themed restaurant, from the household behind neighboring Broderick Roadhouse, opened in January and has been a showstopper ever since. A highly-curated, farm-to-glass tropical cocktail program is the backdrop to a menu of Caribbean-leaning tacos, empanadas, ceviches and entrees, like mojo verde skirt steak and jerk salmon. The one factor extra Miami than the meals and drinks is the restaurant’s inside, a sultry oasis full of lush crops, gold accents and marble galore.
The patio: That vibe extends to the fenced-off patio, which is simply as vigorous because the indoor eating room, however with a cabana-like privateness. The patio sits on Locust Road subsequent to downtown’s Water Gentle Public Plaza, with 4 outsized, cerulean-blue umbrellas that shelter all 12 tables from the penetrating Walnut Creek solar. Don’t miss the container gardens brimming with every little thing from banana leaves and pink sedums to yellow scarlet stars. Keep tuned: Administration plans so as to add twinkly lights to finish the tropical feels.
The dish: Lita’s Coconut-Braised Pork Stomach Taco ($11) is a complete standout. Nestled in a housemade blue corn tortilla, roasted pineapples add sweetness to the warmth of Fresno chiles cooled down by home crema. The Lobster Corn Canine ($35) is already well-known, too: Poached and battered Maine lobster is wrapped in crisp, flavor-spiked cornmeal and served with spicy Caribbean ketchup. It’s a Miami invention you don’t often discover in these components.
Particulars: Open from 11:30 a.m. weekdays and from 11 a.m. weekends at 1602 Bonanza St., Walnut Creek; www.litawalnutcreek.com.
Correction: July 25, 2022: An earlier model of this story misidentified some issues viewable from Research Corridor Rooftop Lounge. The Berkeley hills are to the east and San Francisco to the west, not vice versa, and the stadium immediately beneath is Edwards Stadium.