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There’s something about Shelby’s that captures the true spirit of Orinda. It’s at least partly the street-facing windows that let in loads of natural light and make the restaurant a prime locals-watching location. Owners Carlos Rangel and Gregory Haynes, together with chef Arno Kober, have successfully maintained the restaurant’s spirit, and the food is solid. A plentiful plate of mixed greens gets the perfect amount of delightfully sharp soy dressing, while a huge salad niçoise boasts seared tuna, beautiful butter lettuce, hard-boiled egg, and roasted potatoes. Spaghetti with meat sauce needs more than a little salt, but the al dente noodles satisfy. Pizza and burgers will please young ones. Lunch daily, dinner Tues.–Sun.
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