10 Favorite North Bay Restaurants (As Chosen by Check, Please! Bay Area Guests)

Bacon-Wrapped Medjool Dates at Marche aux Fleurs

Exceptional views, a laid-back atmosphere: the North Bay Area truly has much to recommend it. But as all dedicated foodies know,  it’s really all about the bites. With many North Bay restaurants featured over almost a decade of Check, Please! Bay Area (returning to KQED 9 on Thursday, April 16!) here are some of the most esteemed dishes raved about by guests on the show…

Bistro Vis a Vis

Restaurant: Bistro Vis a Vis, San Anselmo (previously Greenbrae)
Season: 8
Recommended by: Rachel
Dish: Fish Tacos
Why? “I highly recommended these fish tacos; everything was so fresh, including the tortillas.”

Hana Japanese Restaurant

Restaurant: Hana Japanese Restaurant, Rohnert Park
Season: 9
Recommended by: Bob
Dish: Masaba (mackerel) Sashimi
Why? “Hana epitomizes the definition of the word “fresh,” in everything that they serve.”

Station House Cafe

Restaurant: Station House Café, Point Reyes
Season: 7
Recommended by: Gabe
Dish: Hangtown Fry
“I just see no reason to order anything other than the Hangtown, it’s my favorite.”


Restaurant: Risibisi, Petaluma
Season: 6
Recommended by: Matt
Dish: Gnocchi with Braised Wild Boar
Why? “It was absolutely delicious – it melts in your mouth!”

Copita Tequileria y Comida

Restaurant: Copita Tequileria y Comida, Sausalito
Season: 8
Recommended by: Raphael
Dish: Coctel Mixto Ceviche
“Super fresh and really bright and beautiful!”

Central Market

Restaurant: Central Market, Petaluma
Season: 2
Recommended by: Janette
Dish: Angus Beef Short Ribs
Why? “They fall off the bone! It was fabulous.”

Davey Jones Deli

Restaurant: Davey Jones Deli, Sausalito
Season: 7
Recommended by: Jeremy
Dish: Vegan Wrap
Why? “With 5 proteins, it gives you a ton of energy and a boost throughout the day.”


Restaurant: Insalata’s Restaurant, San Anselmo
Season: 1
Recommended by: Roger
Dish: Porcini-Crusted Tenderloin
Why? “The beef tenderloin was superb; I savored each and every bite.”

the girl and the fig

Restaurant: the girl and the fig, Sonoma
Season: 6
Recommended by: Beth
Dish: Fig and Arugula Salad
Why? “Really refreshing and scrumptious.”

Marche Aux Fleurs

Restaurant: Marche Aux Fleurs, Ross
Season: 2
Recommended by: Steve
Dish: Bacon-Wrapped Medjool Dates – stuffed with Pecorino cheese
Why? “The sweetness of the dates and the creamy cheese center mixed with the saltiness of the bacon was just incredible.”

10 Favorite North Bay Restaurants (As Chosen by Check, Please! Bay Area Guests) 10 April,2015On KQED