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A Turkish word meaning “neighborhood bistro,” Lokanta is at once exotic and familiar. This lively interplay between rustic and sophisticated is clear in the front dining room—where black granite tables meet whitewashed brick walls, and a clean open kitchen dishes up bean and barley salads, along with ouzo-spiked sea bass and skewered hanger steak. The skylit back dining room, however, makes for some of the best summer dining in the East Bay. Sit at the bar, or grab a pillow and a banquette table, and order grilled scallops, heavenly lamb shish kebab, and a glass of (Turkish) wine. It’s leisurely dining, so stretch it out with mascarpone-stuffed apricots and crunchy baklava. Lunch and dinner daily, weekend brunch.
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