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Diablo Dish: Upscale Torsap Thai Kitchen Now Open in Walnut Creek

Pleasanton’s Salt Craft adds another dining venue; there are plenty of options for eating out on New Year’s Eve; happy holidays to you and yours from Diablo magazine.


Torsap Thai Kitchen

Torsap Thai Kitchen Now Open in Downtown Walnut Creek

The former Sunol Ridge site had been vacant for nearly 18 months before Torsap Thai Kitchen opened at the corner of Locust and Cypress Streets. Expect upscale Thai food and a full bar as the new restaurant looks to take full advantage of a strong location. 


Salt Craft Gets Cozier—and Adds Curbside Pickup

Pleasanton’s innovative Salt Craft, located in a converted house off of Main Street, upgraded its outdoor seating by creating an enclosed heated space. In addition, Salt Craft now offers box lunches—with a sandwich, soup or salad, and a cookie—for pickup.

The List of New Year’s Eve Dining Options Continues to Expand

There’s no need to stay at home to watch the ball drop in Times Square—unless of course that’s your favorite way to celebrate the turning of the calendar—with so many restaurants just dying to serve you a special meal. Check out the list below or last week’s Dish for all your dining options.

Yelp/John K. (Benvenuti Ristorante)

Benvenuti Ristorante: The popular Walnut Creek restaurant (previously known as Salvatore’s before a major renovation) has a four-course, $75 prix fixe on offer.

Copper Spoon: The Temescal restaurant (right beneath the old Art’s Crab Shak sign on Broadway) will serve dinner from 5:30 to 10 p.m., followed by a dance party in the new Golden State Lounge, which will run until 2 a.m. The four-course prix-fixe meal costs  $75, and a wine/cocktail pairing is available for $40. 

Donato and Co.: The $68 prix-fixe menu will be available from 11:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. at the Elmwood District, Berkeley restaurant. 

Eve’s Waterfront: Dinner—a $75, five-course prix fixe—goes from 6 to 7:30 p.m., with a party to follow at 9 p.m. Tickets to the party cost $49 for early birds and $69 for general admission, with special tables available for premium prices. 

54 Mint Forno Italiano: The Walnut Creek Italian spot (but you probably guessed that already) on Locust Street offers a four-course, $60 prix-fixe menu from 5 to 10 p.m. 


Gather: The 5 to 9 p.m. seating will feature the regular menu, some specials, and a 25-percent discount on champagne and sparkling wines. 

Homestead: The Piedmont Avenue, no-tip restaurant has two seatings: from 5 to 6:15 p.m. and from 6:30 to 11 p.m. The first is a $110, four-course prix fixe, while the second is a $130, five-course prix fixe. There will be optional wine pairings for $60 and $70, respectively, plus a complimentary wine toast at midnight. 

Lake Chalet: The party starts at 11 a.m., with the last seating at 9 p.m., in downtown Oakland. The four-course prix fixe costs $85, and à la carte options are available. 

La Marcha: The Spanish-oriented Berkeley restaurant will offer a six-course, $75 prix fixe with a $25 wine pairing from 5 to 10 p.m. 

The Restaurant at Wente Vineyards: As usual, the Livermore wine country spot will feature local ingredients in its $115 prix fixe (pay $35 more for the wine pairing) and will serve from 5 to 9 p.m. 

Sabio on Main

Sabio on Main: From 5 to 9:30 p.m., the Pleasanton restaurant will offer a five-course tasting menu for $95. 

Salt Craft: A three-course, $65 prix fixe will be served inside the newly enclosed dining areas from 5 to 9 p.m. 

Western Pacific: The new Berkeley spot will offer a $120, five-course prix fixe from 5:30 to 10:30 p.m. 

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