Picking the ten best restaurants in all of the Bay Area is extremely difficult. Narrowing down the options and picking the ten best restaurants in the East Bay? Equally as difficult!

The guests on KQED’s Check, Please! Bay Area (returning to KQED 9 on Thursday, April 16) seem to have pinned them down, though. So without further ado, the 10 favorite eateries in the East Bay as chosen by past Check, Please! guests are…

Little Shin Shin Restaurant

Restaurant: Little Shin Shin Restaurant, Oakland
Season: 8
Recommended by: Joan
Dish: Shin Shin Prawns
Why? They’re “perfectly done!”

China Village

Restaurant: China Village, Albany
Season: 2
Recommended by: Annabel
Dish: West Sichuan Style Spicy Fish Filet Soup
Why? “The fish filet melts in your mouth and the cellophane needles are silky smooth and chewy to the teeth.”

Salute E Vita Ristorante

Restaurant: Salute E Vita Ristorante, Richmond
Season: 7
Recommended by: Bill
Dish: Risotto Del Mare
Why? “They make risotto just the way you like it!”

Smoke Berkeley

Restaurant: Smoke Berkeley, Berkeley
Season: 9
Recommended by: Jim
Dish: Tea-Smoked Salmon
Why? “That, hands down, is the best thing that I ate!”

Addis Ethiopian Restaurant

Restaurant: Addis Ethiopian Restaurant, Oakland
Season: 5
Recommended by: Marina
Dish: Vegetarian Combination Plate
Why? “They have a fantastic vegetarian and vegan menu.”


Restaurant: Mua, Oakland
Season: 7
Recommended by: Andrew
Dish: Beef Bone Marrow
Why? “The beef bone marrow is just melt-in-your-mouth goodness.”

Casa Orinda

Restaurant: Casa Orinda, Orinda
Season: 3
Recommended by: Obbe
Dish: Casa’s Famous Fried Chicken
Why? “It was really moist and really good… definitely the star of our meal!”

La Mediterreanee

Restaurant: La Mediterreanee, Berkeley
Season: 4
Recommended by: Duncan
Dish: Combination Filo Plate
Why? “All of the flavors were absolutely amazing.”

The Peasant and the Pear

Restaurant: The Peasant and the Pear, Danville
Season: 6
Recommended by: Scott
Dish: White Cheddar and Garlic Fondue with Pears (vegetarian)
Why? “Smooth and tangy – a perfect way to start a dinner.”


Restaurant: Havana, Walnut Creek
Season: 1
Recommended by: Heather
Dish: Cane-Glazed Pork Chop
Why? “It is the perfect place to eat and linger over cocktails.”


What’s your #1 eatery in the East Bay, foodies? Leave a comment!

10 Favorite East Bay Restaurants (As Chosen By Check, Please! Bay Area Guests) 8 April,2015On KQED

7 thoughts on “10 Favorite East Bay Restaurants (As Chosen By Check, Please! Bay Area Guests)”

  1. H.S. Lordships and Skates (both in Berkeley) and Trevino’s in El Cerrito (get the chicken enchiladas or baraquitos).

  2. Kushido- an inventive small-plates Japanese restaurant on Telegraph – scrumptious and amazing.

  3. Dopo in Piedmont/Oakland. Great Sicilian-style pizzas, hand-cured meats that they make themselves, and pastas. Beautifully made dishes, reasonable for a nice dinner for two. Get there early because the word got out.

    Also, Angeline’s in Berkeley for southern creole soul food. Cannot be bested, even if you can find certain elements done better elsewhere (less greasy fried chicken, you like the peach cobbler from Lois Pie Queen better, etc.), the entire meal comes together and just sings at Angeline’s like nowhere else. Maybe it’s the atmosphere.

    Jupiter for pizza & beer. The Red Spot is a great Red IPA, and it’s in house on tap always.

    For burgers I always say True Burger on Grand. Best burgers, best milkshakes of all time. Chocolate marshmallow shake and burger KO’d me.

    For healthier options, I love Flacco’s or Grease Box or Easy Creole (“Not Ming’s Kitchen Anymore”). Good vegan/veggie options with lots of flavor.

  4. what a crappy list. are you kidding? with all of the incredible places to eat in the east bay this is what you come up with for the top 10? ridiculous!

  5. List is good I also remember one restaurant but I don’t know it is easy bay or other, but it is in Oakland I think its pretty much famous also the name of the restaurant is belotti: http://belottirb.com/ definitely check it out.

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