The best places to eat, drink, and stay in the East Bay.
East Bay Restaurants
Downtown /Old Oakland
Hand-crafted, modern interpretations of traditional Mexican cuisine. Flavors are bright and just spicy enough. The menu includes small plates and entrees, and the Sangria is refreshing and packs a punch. Don’t miss the housemade corn tortillas.
468 8th Street, Oakland
One of the best Vietnamese restaurants in the Bay Area, Le Cheval, is a local favorite of The Focal Point. The calamari and salty prawns are out of this world. Large, bustling restaurant with attentive and fast service. Great for take away.
1019 Clay Street, Oakland
This Belgian beer pub is all about the beer. The quiet atmosphere and incredible selection make for a place many Focal Pointers head after a day at the office.
460 8th St, Oakland
A hip garage that’s been turned into a good restaurant with a good bar. If you are looking for a fun place to grab a bite, try Mua.
2442 Webster St, Ste A, Oakland
A stylish Oaxaxan-inspired restaurant that is a block from the Paramount Theater. The chef's all about farm-fresh, seasonal housemade fare. The tortillas are handmade, the mole crafted from 20 “secret ingredients” brought from Diaz’s home town, and small-batch mezcal dominates the drinks menu.
2135 Franklin St. Oakland, CA
Jack London Square
Latin American cuisine at its best, with excellent service and good wine right down by the water in Jack London. Many TFP celebratory dinners have been had here.
55 Webster St., Oakland
Looking for a gastropub with good food and drinks? The Chop Bar is your place. Maureen McGraw says the hamburgers are to die for.
247 4th St, Ste 111, Oakland
The reviews on Yelp say it all “more beers than you can shake a stick at.” This lively place has over 300 beers available and a nice patio to enjoy the mild weather.
464 3rd St, Oakland
Chris Ritter says this is the place to go when you’ve just won a big trial and the client says celebrate and there is no budget. Incredible, intricate plates and cuisine. Richard Cho says the wine pairings are amazing.
3859 Piedmont Ave, Oakland
This casual, hip restaurant in Oakland’s Rockridge district specializes in small plates of seasonal Mediterranean cuisine. Dubbed “the best place for cocktails in the East Bay” by Oakland Urban Guide.
5478 College Avenue, Oakland
This small restaurant is always packed, and for good reason: outstanding food, welcoming service, and a warm and an unpretentious atmosphere make for classic contemporary Oakland dining.
6317 College Ave, Oakland
Alice Waters ignited a culinary revolution when she opened Chez Panisse. Organic, locally grown ingredients are highlighted in this superb example of California cuisine. A fixed-price menu which changes daily is featured in the more formal downstairs dining room (reservations are required). The upstairs café is lively and much more casual.
1517 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley
Modern design and Mexican cuisine meet at this eatery known for its cocktails and vibrant outdoor area. Modern Mexican cooking with strong flavors at this hot spot in Berkeley’s Arts District, where the Oaxaca-inspired menu pairs with outstanding tequila-focused cocktails. Since it is so popular there’s often a wait and they do not take reservations.
2020 Shattuck Ave. Berkeley CA, 9470
Oakland & San Francisco Hotels
Oakland Marriott City Center
Centrally located with convenient access to The Focal Point office (2 blocks), BART, and the Oakland Airport. Impressive views. Walking distance to great restaurants.
1001 Broadway, Oakland
Waterfront Plaza Hotel
Located on the Oakland Harbor, in the heart of historic Jack London Square. A three-minute ride to downtown Oakland with the complimentary daily shuttle service.
10 Washington Street, Oakland
The Claremont Resort & Spa
Historic hotel and resort, refined and classically elegant. Perched up in the Berkeley Hills with awesome views of the Bay. Enjoy live jazz four nights a week at The Paragon Bar & Café, a lively, casual dining spot.
41 Tunnel Road, Berkeley
Hotel Shattuck Plaza
A mission-style building from 1910, Hotel Shattuck Plaza is a downtown Berkeley landmark. Reflecting California's architectural heritage and re-designed with a contemporary aesthetic, this historic boutique hotel is the jewel of Downtown Berkeley. Around the corner from the BART to San Francisco, and two blocks from UC Berkeley, our hotel is surrounded by wonderful shops, theaters and dining.
2086 Allston Way, Berkeley, California 94704
Mandarin Oriental Hotel
Located in the heart of San Francisco’s financial district. Three blocks from BART, two stops from Oakland City Center.
222 Sansome Street, San Francisco
New boutique hotel on San Francisco’s waterfront. One block to BART, two stops from Oakland City Center. Americano Restaurant & Bar’s patio on the Embarcadero comes to life at night.
8 Mission Street, San Francisco
St. Regis Hotel
Modern hotel, located in the vibrant SOMA area. One block from BART. Elegant American cuisine, complemented by a 300-bottle list of handcrafted wines, at AME resturant.
125 3rd Street, San Francisco
Distinctive hotel in the Yerba Buena cultural district. Two blocks from Union Square. BART on the same block, three stops from Oakland City Center.
757 Market Street, San Francisco