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Complete List of Best of the East Bay Winners

All of the 151 reader and editor picks!



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Art Gallery

Studio Seven
400 Main St., Pleasanton, (925) 846-4322, studiosevenarts.com

Bar for Live Music

Dan’s Irish Sports Bar
1524 Civic Dr., Walnut Creek, (925) 932-1331, dansbar.com

Bar Game/Trivia Night

Pyramid Brewery
901 Gilman St., Berkeley, (510) 528-9880; 1410 Locust St., Walnut Creek, (925) 946-1520, pyramidbrew.com

Bar Menu

Walnut Creek Yacht Club
1555 Bonanza St., Walnut Creek, (925) 944-3474, wcyc.net

Bartender

Greg Palomo
Walnut Creek Yacht Club, 1555 Bonanza St., Walnut Creek, (925) 944-3474, wcyc.net

Brew Pub

Pyramid Brewery
901 Gilman St., Berkeley, (510) 528-9880; 1410 Locust St., Walnut Creek, (925) 946-1520, pyramidbrew.com

Comedy Club

Tommy T’s Comedy Steakhouse
5104 Hopyard Rd., Pleasanton, (925) 227-1800, tommyts.com

Dance Troupe

Company C Contemporary Ballet
(925) 708-0752, companycballet.org

Date-Night Spot

Residual Sugar
1684 Locust St., Walnut Creek, (925) 891-4465, residualsugarwine.com

DJ Antidote

Hamachi Sushi Restaurant and Lounge
1523 Giammona Dr., Walnut Creek, (925) 296-0630, sushihamachi.com

Dog Park

Hap Magee Ranch Park
1025 La Gonda Way, Danville, (925) 314-3484, ci.danville.ca.us

Golf Course

Boundary Oak Golf Course
3800 Valley Vista Rd., Walnut Creek, (925) 934-4775, playboundaryoak.com

Happy Hour

Bridges Restaurant
44 Church St., Danville, (925) 820-7200, bridgesdanville.com

Hidden Outdoor Dining

Skipolini’s Pizza
1535 Giammona Dr., Walnut Creek, (925) 280-1100, skipolinispizza.com

Hippest Bar/Lounge

Residual Sugar
1684 Locust St., Walnut Creek, (925) 891-4465, residualsugarwine.com

Late-Night Dining

Bar Tatami
962 N. Canyons Pkwy., Livermore, (925) 800-0076, bartatami.com

Chow
445 Railroad Ave., Danville, (925) 838-4510; 53 Lafayette Cir., Lafayette, (925) 962-2469, chowfoodbar.com

Home of Chicken and Waffles
444 Embarcadero W., Oakland, (510) 836-4446; 1653 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Walnut Creek, (925) 280-1653, homeofchickenandwaffles.com

Hubcaps
1548 Bonanza St., Walnut Creek, (925) 945-6960, hubcapsdiner.com

New Gold Medal Restaurant
389 Eighth St., Oakland, (510) 465-1940, newgoldmedal.com

Roppongi Sushi
2206 First St., Livermore, (925) 245-9662, roppongilivermore.com

Local Band

Mister Loveless
misterloveless.com

Local Staycation

Lafayette Park Hotel and Spa
3287 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Lafayette, (925) 283-3700, lafayetteparkhotel.com

Museum

Oakland Museum of California
1000 Oak St., Oakland, (510) 318-8400, museumca.org

New Music Scene

Downtown Livermore
(925) 373-1795, livermoredowntown.com

One-Stop Pub Crawl

ØL Beercafe and Bottle Shop
1541 Giammona Dr., Walnut Creek, (925) 210-1147, beer-shop.org

Singles Scene

Residual Sugar
1684 Locust St., Walnut Creek, (925) 891-4465, residualsugarwine.com

Ski Resort

Northstar
(530) 562-1010, northstarcalifornia.com

Sports Bar

Stadium Pub
1420 Lincoln Ave., Walnut Creek, (925) 256-7302, thestadiumpub.com

Street Fest

Lafayette Art and Wine Festival
Lafayette, lafayettefestival.com

Theater Troupe

Center Repertory Company
(925) 295-1400, centerrep.org

Top-Shelf Patio

Élevé
1677 N. Main St., Walnut Creek, (925) 979-1677, eleverestaurant.com

Wine Bar

Residual Sugar
1684 Locust St., Walnut Creek, (925) 891-4465, residualsugarwine.com

Winery

Wente Vineyards
5050 Arroyo Rd., Livermore, (925) 456-2400, wentevineyards.com

 


 

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Blow Out

Blow Dry Bar
1639 N. California Blvd., Walnut Creek, (925) 939-1639, bdbstudio.com

Boutique

Duchess
3587 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Lafayette, (925) 962-0208, shopduchess.com

Day Spa

Changes Salon and Day Spa
1475 N. Broadway, Walnut Creek, (925) 947-1814, changessalon.com

Exercise Clothes

Lululemon Athletica
2956 College Ave., Berkeley, (510) 666-0418; 1201 Main St., Walnut Creek, (925) 274-1253, lululemon.com

Eyeglasses Shop

Dublin Ranch Optometry
3708 Dublin Blvd., Dublin, (925) 551-3937, dublinranchoptometry.com

Facial

SkinSpirit
1647 N. California Blvd., Walnut Creek, (925) 952-9200, skinspirit.com

Hair Colorist

Donald Kolinski
Tribez Salon, 111 Town and Country Dr., Ste. G, Danville, (925) 362-8600, tribezsalon.com

Hair Stylist

Rhea Bianco
Celebration Salon, 3195 Danville Blvd., Alamo, (925) 314-1760, hair2dye4.me

Little Non–Black Dress

McMullen
1235 Grand Ave., Piedmont, (510) 658-6906, shopmcmullen.com

Maternity Couture Shop

Destination Maternity
1604 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Walnut Creek, (925) 274-1006, destinationmaternity.com

Men’s Casual Store

Atlas
1356 N. Main St., Walnut Creek, (925) 933-8050, atlasshops.com

Men’s Haircut/Barbershop

Katharina Hairstyles for Men
306 Rose St., Danville, (925) 451-2499

Men’s Suit

Daskalos
1243 Broadway Plaza, Walnut Creek, (925) 937-1808, daskalosfashions.com

Men’s Weekend Wear

Venture Quality Goods
3571 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Lafayette, (925) 385-0259, venturegoods.com

Nail Salon

Lavande Nail Spa
3589 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Lafayette, (925) 299-8877, lavandenailspa.com

Personal Shopper/Stylist

Carolyn Rovner
(925) 202-9332, c2style.com

Place for Waxing

Lavande Nail Spa
3589 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Lafayette, (925) 299-8877, lavandenailspa.com

Shoe Store

Tootsies
175 E. Prospect Ave., Danville, (925) 552-6638

Shopping Block

Temescal Alley Oakland

Tailor

Olgas Atelie
91 Gregory Ln., Ste. 1, Pleasant Hill, (925) 825-2327, olgasatelie.net

Tanning Salon

Soleil Tanning Salon
locations in Albany, Berkeley, Oakland, and Pleasant Hill, soleiltanningsalons.com

Vintage Shop

Labels Luxury Consignment
1367 N. Main St., Walnut Creek, (925) 952-4566, labelsluxury.com

Women’s Hair Salon

Tribez Salon
4062 Blackhawk Plaza Cir., Danville; 111 Town and Country Dr., Ste. G, Danville, (925) 362-8600, tribezsalon.com

 


 

Angela DecenzoGROW

After-School Program

Contra Costa Children’s Chorus
1035 Carol Ln., Lafayette, (925) 945-7101, childrenschorus.org

Art Classes

Marvegos Fine Art
School 405 Market Pl., San Ramon, (925) 867-0671, marvegos.com

Birthday Party Place

Animal Rescue Foundation
2890 Mitchell Dr., Walnut Creek, (925) 256-1273, arf.net

Fire Stations 4 Hire
480 Preston Ct., Ste. D, Livermore, (925) 290-7550, livermore.firestations4hire.com

Little Fairy Princess Girls Spa and Party Palace
3499 Blackhawk Cir., Danville, (925) 362-3793, littlefairyprincessgirlspa.com

Red House Live
1667 Botelho Dr., Walnut Creek, (925) 938-6900, redhouselive.com

Children’s Birthday Cake

The Old Towne Danville Bakery
221 Hartz Ave., Danville, (925) 837-7844, danvillebakery.info

Clothes Store

Dandelion
145 E. Prospect Ave., Ste. 100, Danville, (925) 406-4727, shopdandelionkids.com

Dance Classes

The Next Step Dance Studio
3612 Blackhawk Plaza Cir., Danville; 743 Diablo Rd., Danville, (925) 831-0777; 109-A Town and Country Dr., Danville, nextstepdance.com

Family Photographer

Custom Moments
(925) 984-9454, custommoments.com

Fun Park

Hap Magee Ranch Park
1025 La Gonda Way, Danville, (925) 314-3400, ci.danville.ca.us/parks and_facilities

Group for Gamers

Academy of Digital Science
3400 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Ste. 11-A, Lafayette, (925) 575-7386, academyofdigitalscience.com

Gymnastics Classes

Encore Gymnastics
999 Bancroft Rd., Concord, (925) 932-1033, encoregym.com

Haircut

Shear Adventures
320 Hartz Ave., Danville, (925) 820-3697, shearadventures.com

Kids’ Food Innovation

Little Green Pouch
littlegreenpouch.com

Mommy Made Goodness
mommymadegoodness.com

Plum Organics
plumorganics.com

Kids’ Menu

Corners Tavern
1342 Broadway Plaza, Walnut Creek, (925) 948-8711, cornerstavern.com

Piatti
100 Sycamore Valley Rd. W., Danville, (925) 838-2082, piatti.com

Table 24
2 Theatre Square, Ste. 153, Orinda, (925) 254-0124, table24orinda.com

Kids’ Museum

Lindsay Wildlife Museum
1931 First Ave., Walnut Creek, (925) 935-1978, wildlife-museum.org

Martial Arts Classes

Kang’s Taekwondo Academy
1251 Arroyo Way, Walnut Creek, (925) 933-6647, kangsacademy.com

Math Tutoring

Lafayette Academy
760 San Ramon Valley Blvd., Danville, (925) 855-3700; 3400 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Lafayette, (925) 284-1644; 1400 Moraga Way, Moraga, (925) 376-0747, lafayetteacademy.com

Music Lessons

Music Together classes
in Danville, Pleasanton, San Ramon, and Walnut Creek, (925) 551-7722, musictogether.net

Picture Books

Commonplace Birthday Karima Cammell

Jimmy the Joey: the True Story of an Amazing Koala Rescue Deborah Lee Rose and Susan Kelly

Vulture Verses: Love Poems for the Unloved Diane Lang

Preschool/Day Care

Old Firehouse School
984 Moraga Rd., Lafayette, (925) 284-4321; 55 Eckley Ln., Walnut Creek, (925) 934-1507, www.oldfirehouseschool.com

SAT Prep Course

Bay Area SAT Academy
Jason Ahn, (818) 633-8177; Raymond Tuason, (925) 323-0246, bayareasatacademy.com

Summer Educational Camp

Camp Galileo
camps in Berkeley, Danville, Lafayette, Oakland, and Walnut Creek, (800) 854-3684, galileo-camps.com

Summer Fun Camp

Cal Camps
camps in multiple Berkeley locations, (510) 643-2267, camps.berkeley.edu

Swim Lessons

Splash Swim School
2411 Old Crow Canyon Rd., Ste. S, San Ramon, (925) 838-7946; 1531 Third Ave., Walnut Creek, (925) 838-7946, splashswimschool.com

Toy Store

Five Little Monkeys
1224 Solano Ave., Albany, (510) 528-4411; 1366 N. Main St., Walnut Creek, (925) 939-4411, 5littlemonkeys.com

 


 

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Bakery

A Sweet Affair
190 Hartz Ave., Danville, (925) 837-1911; 1815-F Ygnacio Valley Rd., Walnut Creek, (925) 944-1910, sweetaffairbakery.com

Breakfast

Sunrise Bistro and Catering
1559 Botelho Dr., Walnut Creek, (925) 930-0122, sunrisebistrocatering.com

Brunch

Chow
445 Railroad Ave., Danville, (925) 838-4510; 53 Lafayette Cir., Lafayette, (925) 962-2469, chowfoodbar.com

Cheap Eats

Jules Thin Crust
820 Sycamore Valley Rd. W., Danville, (925) 743-2790, julesthincrust.com

Chef

Rodney Worth
The Peasant and the Pear, 267 Hartz Ave., Danville, (925) 820-6611, thepeasantandthepear.com; also, The Peasant’s Courtyard in Alamo; and Ferrari’s Cucina Italiana, The Little Pear, and The Prickly Pear Cantina in Danville.

Chinese Restaurant

Uncle Yu’s
999 Oak Hill Rd., Lafayette, (925) 283-1688; 39 S. Livermore Ave., Livermore, (925) 449-7000; 2005 Crow Canyon Pl., Ste. 160, San Ramon, (925) 275-1818, uncleyus.com

Coffeehouse

Sideboard
411 Hartz Ave., Ste. L, Danville, (925) 984-2713, sideboarddanville.com

Comfort Food

Chow
445 Railroad Ave., Danville, (925) 838-4510; 53 Lafayette Cir., Lafayette, (925) 962-2469, chowfoodbar.com

Cookies

Denica’s Café
6058 Dougherty Rd., Dublin, (925) 829-6200, denicascafe.com

Cupcakes

Republic of Cake
2 Theatre Square, Ste. 151, Orinda, (925) 254-3900, republicofcake.com

Deli

Genova Delicatessen
1105 S. California Blvd., Walnut Creek, (925) 939-3838; 2064 Treat Blvd., Ste. C/D, Walnut Creek, (925) 938-2888, genovadeli.net

Dessert

Esin Restaurant and Bar
750 Camino Ramon, Danville, (925) 314-0974, esinrestaurant.com

Dog-Friendly Restaurant

Chow
445 Railroad Ave., Danville, (925) 838-4510; 53 Lafayette Cir., Lafayette, (925) 962-2469, chowfoodbar.com

Doughnuts

Doughnut Dolly
482-B 49th St., Oakland, (510) 338-6738, doughnutdolly.com

Food Truck

The Chairman
visits locations in Alameda, Berkeley, Emeryville, Oakland, and San Ramon, thechairmantruck.com

Gluten-Free Menu

Piatti
100 Sycamore Valley Rd. W., Danville, (925) 838-2082, piatti.com

Hamburger

The Counter
1699 N. California Blvd., Walnut Creek, (925) 935-3795, thecounterburger.com

Ice Cream

San Francisco Creamery Co.
1370 Locust St., Walnut Creek, (925) 926-0228, sanfranciscocreameryco.com

Indian Restaurant

Sargam Indian Cuisine
140 N. Civic Dr., Walnut Creek, (925) 937-2700

Italian Restaurant

Prima Ristorante
1522 N. Main St., Walnut Creek, (925) 935-7780, primaristorante.com

Japanese Restaurant

Sasa
1432 N. Main St., Walnut Creek, (925) 210-0188, sasawc.com

Mexican Restaurant

Maria Maria
710 Camino Ramon Rd., Danville, (925) 820-2366; 1470 N. Broadway, Walnut Creek, (925) 946-1010, mariamariarestaurants.com

Middle Eastern Restaurant

Silk Road
1440 N. Main St., Walnut Creek, (925) 932-9090, silkroadwalnutcreek.com

New Restaurant

Corners Tavern
1342 Broadway Plaza, Walnut Creek, (925) 948-8711, cornerstavern.com

Outdoor Dining

Va de Vi Bistro and Wine Bar
1511 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Walnut Creek, (925) 979-0100, vadevi.com

Pizza

Zachary’s
locations in Berkeley, Oakland, Pleasant Hill, and San Ramon, zacharys.com

Romantic Restaurant

Postino
3565 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Lafayette, (925) 299-8700, postinorestaurant.com 

Salad Spot

Lettuce
1632 Locust St., Walnut Creek, (925) 933-5600, lettuce1.net

Seafood

Walnut Creek Yacht Club
1555 Bonanza St., Walnut Creek, (925) 944-3474, wcyc.net

Steak House

Forbes Mill Steakhouse
200 Sycamore Valley Rd. W., Danville, (925) 552-0505, forbesmillsteakhouse.com

Sushi Bar

Blue Gingko
3496 Blackhawk Rd., Danville, (925) 648-7838; 3518 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Lafayette, (925) 962-9020, bluegingkosushi.com

Thai Restaurant

Kacha Thai Bistro
1665 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Walnut Creek, (925) 988-9877, kachathai.com

Vietnamese Restaurant

Le Cheval
2600-A Bancroft Way, Berkeley, (510) 704-8018; 1007 Clay St., Oakland, (510) 763-8495; 1375 N. Broadway, Walnut Creek, (925) 938-2288, lecheval.com

 


 

Mimi GoboinSHOP

Antiques Shop

Cottage Jewel
100 Prospect Ave., Danville, (925) 837-2664, cottagejewel.com

Bike Shop

Mike’s Bikes
2161 University Ave., Berkeley, (510) 845-2453; 6754 Bernal Ave., Ste. 710, Pleasanton, (925) 223-8267; 1615 N. California Blvd., Walnut Creek, (925) 954-1490, mikesbikes.com

Boot Camp

Gumsaba
classes in Alamo, Danville, Moraga, and Walnut Creek, gumsaba.com.

Boxing Class

LA Boxing
1501 N. Broadway, Walnut Creek, (925) 939-4269, laboxing.com

Car Wash

Lafayette Car Wash and Detail Center
3319 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Lafayette, (925) 283-1190, lafayettecarwash.com

Cleanse

28 Days to Health
1711 Almond Ave., Walnut Creek, (925) 478-8545, 28daystohealth.com

CrossFit Class

CrossFit Danville
3470 Fostoria Way, San Ramon, (925) 973-0192, cfdanville.com

Doggie Day Care

Club K9
10671 Crow Canyon Rd., Castro Valley, (510) 247-9600, clubk9inc.com

Florist

East Bay Flower Company
206 Sycamore Valley Rd. W., Danville, (925) 837-3418, eastbayflowercompany.com

Home Accessories Store

Elegant Clutter
702 Sycamore Valley Rd. W., Danville, (925) 837-1001, elegantclutter.com

Indie Book Store

Rakestraw Books
550 Hartz Ave., Danville, (925) 837-7337, rakestrawbooks.com

Landscaper

Suma Landscaping
2857 Chapman St., Oakland, (510) 261-3585, sumalandscaping.com

Linen Rental

Napa Valley Linens
1315 63rd St., Emeryville, (510) 788-4551, nvlinens.com

Local Etsy Designer

Torn To Pieces
etsy.com/shop/tornto

Massage Therapist

Hana Levin
Melt Massage, 6180 Antioch St., Oakland, (510) 418-4262, meltmassage.net

Personal Trainer

Bill Daniels
Renaissance ClubSport, 2805 Jones Rd., Walnut Creek, (925) 938-8700, renaissanceclubsport.com

Pet Adoption Site

Animal Rescue Foundation
2890 Mitchell Dr., Walnut Creek, (925) 256-1273, arf.net

Pet Shop

Molly’s Pup-Purr-ee
425 Hartz Ave., Danville, (925) 820-8222, mollyspup.com

Place to Work Out

The Bar Method
locations in Berkeley, Oakland, San Ramon, and Walnut Creek, barmethod.com

Plant Nursery

Orchard Nursery
4010 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Lafayette, (925) 284-4474, orchardnursery.com

Shoe Repair

Nick’s Boot and Shoe Repair
3014 Crow Canyon Pl., Ste. E, San Ramon, (925) 866-0774, nicksbootshoerepairca.com

Sweets Shop

Danville Chocolates
175 E. Prospect Ave., Danville, (925) 314-0001, danvillechocolates.com

Stationery Store

Paper Source
740 Hearst Ave., Berkeley, (510) 665-7800; 1567 Botelho Dr., Walnut Creek, (925) 357-6200, paper-source.com

Way to Become Superhuman

Apex Movement
930 Detroit Ave., Ste. A, Concord, (720) 432-0279, apexmovementnorcal.com

Combat Sports Academy
6207 Sierra Ct., Dublin, (925) 230-8442, csagym.com

Wedding Planner

Barbara Llewellyn
Catering and Event Planning, 434 25th St., Oakland, (510) 832-1967, barbarallewellyn.com

Wine Store

Wine Thieves
2926 Domingo Ave., Berkeley, (510) 666-0565; 3401 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Lafayette, (925) 299-9070, winethieves.com

Yarn

Pioneer
from A Verb for Keeping Warm, 6328 San Pablo Ave., Oakland, (510) 595-8372, averbforkeepingwarm.com

Yoga Studio

Yoga Fusion
2217-N San Ramon Valley Blvd., San Ramon, (925) 549-2550, theyogafusion.com

Zumba Class

Midori Miller
teaches classes in multiple locations in Concord, Moraga, and Walnut Creek, zumba.com/profiles/17591/

 

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