Restaurants & Bars

Restaurants & Bars

Acapulco Restaurant

The new Acapulco Restaurant in Alameda is now open! Restaurateur Michael Wiesner, of Paradiso and Boulevard Burger, has reopened Acapulco Restaurant with a new chef and a modern take on authentic Mexican cuisine — featuring fresh, locally-sourced, sustainable, organic, hormone-free and house-made ingredients whenever possible.

Acapulco hosts a full bar specializing in tequilas and finely-crafted margaritas.
2100 Lincoln Avenue
Alameda, California 94501
Michael Wiesner
Alameda Cinema Grill

Located within the Alameda Theatres Cineplex building, Cinema Grill
features eclectic comfort food and a Craft Cocktail Program inspired by
Hollywood’s Golden Age as well as by the the newest local bar trends.
Cinema Grill was created with a desire to develop an innovative way to
integrate the dining and movie-going experience.

Restaurant patrons are be able to purchase movie tickets and take food,
beer, wine and cocktails with them into the auditoriums through the
BACKSTAGE PASS; a private corridor connecting the restaurant with the
cinema. Movie theatre guests who opt to purchase Reserved Seats within a
specified seating area will be able to order food and drinks to be
delivered to their seat from the restaurant.
Cinema Grill will feature:

-Eclectic menu crafted with love from locally sourced ingredients and
inspired by California’s diverse culinary influences.
-Beverage program focused on classic & modern craft cocktails expertly
prepared by trained mixologists.
-Carefully curated selection of locally made natural wines and microbrews.
-Small production organic natural sodas from producers like Caamaño Bros &
Maine Root.
2301 Central Avenue
Alameda, California 94501
Seth Maddox
Alameda Landing

A distinctive outdoor shopping center offering opportunities to shop, dine and play in a sustainably designed community.

2600-2700 5th Street
Alameda, California 94501
Heath McCue
Asena, Inc.

Asena restaurant has been family owned and operated in Alameda since 1996. Co-owners Mustafa Yildirim and Muhittin Arpaci both hail from Turkey, a country known for its generous hospitality and delicious Mediterranean cuisine. Together, they have over 30 years of experience in East Bay and San Francisco restaurants.

Asena features fresh, elegant Cal-Med cuisine and our menu changes every season. Our bread, soups, and most pastas are made by hand, everyday. Our wine list is one of the most comprehensive in the East Bay, and also changes seasonally. We are proud to offer a boutique bar, with many of our own specialty cocktails to compliment your dining experience. We hold annual “meet the winemaker” dinners (which sell out early) and have recently featured Kenwood, Flora Springs, and Alameda’s own Rosenblum Cellars.

We are proud to support other local business by featuring products from J.P. Seafood, Scalise and Sons, Rosenblum Cellars, and Hangar One. We are also proud to have supported local schools, religious and civic organizations with thousands of dollars of gift certificates donated over the past 10 years.
2508 Santa Clara Avenue
Alameda, CA 94501
Muhittin Arpaci
Best Lil’ Porkhouse

BLPH provides a variety of organic, natural and humanely raised meats, with a variety of cooking methods from around the country. For example, our tender moist fallin-off-the-bone baby back ribs are offered “wet” (STL), “basted” (KC) & “dry” (Memphis) style. Our pulled pork is smoked “low and slow” to a tender, moist, juicy succulent perfection just like the best joints all over the country do it. We have tender and moist beef brisket, smoked for 12 hours for those that love Texas style BBQ.

We offer a variety of homemade sauces to compliment all of our smoked meats. STL – sweet & tangy, KC – sweet & spicy, NC & TZ – tangy & spicy, or mustard based sauce. We use only local organic and sustainable farmers (in season) for our produce to make our sides and salads. Best Lil’ Porkhouse is the best place in Marin and the surrounding Bay Area to come and enjoy some serious BBQ for serious BBQ lovers!
2210-D South Shore Center
Alameda, California 94501
John Fraticelli
Black Pug Cafe & Coffee Roastery

The Black Pug Cafe is your friendly neighborhood little bit of everything. Featuring coffees from around the world, local bands, beer, wine & amazing food.
1303 High Street
Alameda, California 94501
Vishnu Singh or Shannon
Bowzer’s Pizza

Where we believe that delicious food is mans’ best friend…. Bowzer’s serves up fresh homemade pizza, subs and salads in a family friendly atmosphere. We pride ourselves on making all of our dough, dressings and sauces from scratch and providing high quality pizzas. We compliment our home made recipes with artisan cured meats, fine cheeses and fresh and local produce.
1330 Park Street
Alameda, California 94501
Joann Guitarte
C’era Una Volta

From his early lessons in his nonna’s Elba Island kitchen, to the recipes perfected as he studied the culinary arts in Italy, Chef Rudy prepares the historic flavors of Tuscany for your enjoyment today.
C’era Una Volta opened in 2004, and each year since, we have been honored to be recognized by the Accademia Italiana della Cucina, an official organization of the Italian government, as an authentic Italian restaurant.

Slow Food Mission

In addition to presenting authentic Italian cooking, Chef Rudy has been a member of the original Italian division of Slow Food since 1990, and a member of the Alameda Slow Food convivium since its inception in 2008. Slow Food is a movement that advocates respect for the origins of foods, authentic cultural preparation and the sense of community that accompanies this mission.

Community is truly at the heart of our culinary philosophy. And in keeping with the essence of taking time to enjoy the act of eating with friends, C’era Una Volta offers a quiet location and a relaxed atmosphere in Redwood Square in which to savor your dinner, lunch or caffé in good company at a liesurely pace.

Special Occasions

For a special occasion, ask about our chef’s tasting menus, prepared by Chef Rudy to pair our fine Italian wines with savory flavors and sweet desserts. Also, in addition to our delivery and off-site catering services, our private dining room and mezzanine are available for meetings, conferences, and customized full-service catered parties.

For a real taste of what we have to offer – from the food, to live music, to displays from local artists – we invite you come and see for yourself, and experience the magic of Tuscany right here in Alameda.

Buon Appetito!
1332 Park Street, Redwood Square
Alameda, CA 94501
Cheryl Principato
Cafe Jolie

Bon Jour! Café Jolie is a French inspired restaurant–one of the best restaurants Northern California has to offer. We serve French inspired dishes that are organic and seasonal. We believe in every aspect of our restaurant, but the core of our restaurant lies in the quality of our dishes. You won’t know until you experience it. Merci Beacoup!

1500 Webster Street
Alameda, California 94501
Joann Guitarte
Famous Dave’s BBQ

Authentic BBQ starts in a live-wood smoker stoked with genuine hickory logs. Our pitmasters hand-rub the meats with a custom blend of spices and cook for hours to extract the natural flavors.

Before we serve our ribs, we pull them out of the smoker and toss them on the grill to caramelize the sauces, creating a chargrilled sweetness on the outside locking in the deep-down smoky flavor.

We source the highest quality meats and trim them up like we’re in a competition. We hand-rub them with the freshest seasonings available.

From Rich & Sassy® to Sweet & Zesty® to Pineapple Rage®, our original sauces let you create your own legendary BBQ experience.

We’re passionate about BBQ—and honored that BBQ lovers from coast to coast continue to select us as America’s best.

Our champion pitmaster Famous Dave Anderson has won some of the most coveted BBQ awards in the nation. He’s a BBQ encyclopedia, a man who has spent his life in pursuit of BBQ perfection.
2690 5th Street, Suite J
Alameda, California 94501
Eric Williams @ 951-283-2783
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