Neumanali
Neumanali

Neumanali

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.neumanali.com/
  • Phone: 5105839744
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 5:30PM - 9:00PM
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Julie Romic Mckillop
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Facilities: Restaurant available for private parties. Please contact us for further details.
  • Private Party Contact: Julie McKillop 5107503921

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Watkins
  • Public Transit: Located across the street from Hayward City Hall, BART and all bus lines.
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Located behind restaurant.
A word from Neumanali
Welcome to our beautifully restored Victorian with a contemporary twist. Neumanali opened six years ago and quickly became a neighborhood favorite. The menu features both fresh and seasonal entrees in addition to a selection of fun and unusual small plates. Perennial favorites are the pan-seared day boat scallops and "made to order" cioppino. The wine list is a bit eclectic and features smaller, more difficult to find winery selections. Lush garden dining is available in the summer and fall.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
Neumanali reviews from OpenTable diners
22 reviews since June 4, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.6
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelQuiet
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
romantic (14)neighborhood gem (14)fit for foodies (13)special occasion (11)notable wine list (10)good for groups (4)great for outdoor dining (4)great for lunch (1)late-night find (1)Show More
  • A Delightful Evening
    KellVIP
    Dined on 11/27/2013
    Easy parking, quiet street, delightful old Victorian, huge portions of very good food, excellent service in a romantic, stress free restaurant! What is not to love?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Should have tried it sooner!
    MasterFool
    Dined on 11/15/2013
    We've lived in downtown Hayward for 4 years now, and always said we wanted to try Neumanali . . . but we never got around to it. We should have done so sooner. The restaurant was great. When we were there (early on a Friday night) the place was nearly empty (only 2 other tables), so it was very quiet. The server was very attentive, and gladly made recommendations or discussed dishes with us. I had the ribeye, and my wife had the prosciutto wrapped prawns. Both were very good. The wine list was extensive (try the Meritage!), and had a selection for whatever you were eating. Don't make the mistake I did. TRY THIS RESTAURANT! You won't regret it!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious food
    yummyfood
    Dined on 11/12/2013
    Food was great here. Ordered the lamb, it was delicious. Wanted to try the trout but unfortunately they were out of it. There were some loud diners that sat next to us but once they left the restaurant was nice and quiet.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First timer
    WesClarkVIP
    Dined on 11/1/2013
    I've lived in Castro Valley for fifteen years, but never had heard of this place in Hayward. The restaurant is like a converted mansion, with parking in the back. It has a nice feel, and very quiet neighborhood. Very understated. There was one waiter for the whole room, so service was a little slow, but we weren't in a hurry, so it was okay. The food was good, if a little heavy on the salt. I started with the clams, which were excellent, then the salmon, which was okay. We had two glasses of wine, which brought our tab for three up to about $150. Due to the cost, I'm not sure if we are going back soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wow! Reviews of this place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003
    Dined on 10/25/2013
    Wow! Reviews of this place were dead on. Food was fabulous yet unpretentious, service was attentive but not bothersome, and the ambiance was relaxed and thoughtful. Will be going again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Unexpected gem in Hayward!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 9/27/2013
    The food was great. My wife and I had a great time. My wife had a seafood stew, I had a rib-eye. Both were great. It was relatively quiet on a later-ish (730pm) Friday night. The waiter (apparently the only one) was great, but it seemed like he had too many tables, so the service was a bit slow. We weren't in a hurry, so it didn't matter. A shocker for Hayward? We will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I never have had a bad bite
    CarolVIP
    Dined on 8/31/2013
    I never have had a bad bite there. The food is great and the service spot on.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Enjoyed every minute! service/food/
    GoodVIP
    Dined on 5/30/2013
    Enjoyed every minute! service/food/wine.... tres bon
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • First time but it won't be our last
    pogpVIP
    Dined on 5/25/2013
    Our first time dining at Neumanali. Very relaxed atmosphere set in downtown Hayward. Excellent service. Charming artistic decor. Appetizer of wild mushrooms on brochette was nicely prepared. My friend had the rack of lamb which was prepared perfectly. I had the bay scallops. These were served on a bed of sweet potato and cooked to perfection. Portions are ample and you will leave feeling very satisfied. We look forward to going back.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I used to come here very often
    happy
    Dined on 5/9/2013
    I used to come here very often , but the most recent visit let me have a second thoughts. I like the female chef very much, but unfortunately the day that I visited the restaurant was not her, there was anotehr chef. I have to say the food is terrible, it's not called gourmet food, you will feel the chef just mix the source and food. I asked for medimum rare steak, but it's came with well done.
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  • Always a good dinner bet
    SallyDines
    Dined on 5/2/2013
    Neumanali is the best California/American cuisine restaurant in Hayward, by far. Dining is casual but food is quite wonderful. Creative and not over complicated. A good wine list and the waitstaff usually have good recommendations for wine. The wine bar is comfortable and appetizers or dinner can comfortably eaten alone without feeling so much like you are eating alone. Close to Hayward City Hall and to BART.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • My husband and I enjoyed ourselves
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 4/19/2013
    My husband and I enjoyed ourselves completely. It's nice to know we have a fine dining restaurant right in our neighborhood. The only complaint I have is that they will be closed on mother's day.I would have loved to go there rather than driving all the way to the city.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Unique and romantic setting
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/15/2013
    Unique and romantic setting in a Victorian house. The food is excellent and the service is professional and courteous. My husband and I love Neumanali's for special date nights and we will keep coming back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A charming evening--from the
    OntheroadVIP
    Dined on 2/9/2013
    A charming evening--from the moment we walked into the lovely setting, and each of our dishes pleased us. We enjoyed our dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food generally very good. Nice
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 1/4/2013
    Food generally very good. Nice selection... ! Should have a dedicated waiter. Hello ANY ONE LISTENING ?? This additional staff is definitely needed to move things along a bit faster. Will eat there again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, late-night find, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food is quite good, but the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 12/29/2012
    Food is quite good, but the atmosphere is dreary. Dim lighting and no attempt at decor are negatives. When one dines in a Victorian setting, you expect to walk up the stairs to the main level of the home. Here, that level is unavailable, and you dine on the ground floor.There is no background music or decor to look at. Come here for food then wham bang finish and get out which is OK but for one of the more expensive places in Hayward, there should be more of an attempt at atmosphere.
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  • Wonderful
    KenD
    Dined on 12/22/2012
    We celebrated my wife's birthday here for 15 the other night and Abram made it a wonderful evening for us. We had great service, the food was wonderful as always. Food is on the Frenchside with classic California touches- double cut pork chop, Lamb chops, Bay scallops, half chicken etc but all is done very well and cooked and presented with care. Abram is a wonderful host and is very attentive. Neumanali is a small place so be sure to make a reservation for weekends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Hayward haut-cuisine.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002VIP
    Dined on 12/18/2012
    Hayward has a great litlle secret here. This place is Excellent. Good menu, great preparation, excellent service, good location & parking.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Small, quaint and quiet, this
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 11/30/2012
    Small, quaint and quiet, this place is a gem. The menu is wonderful with European portions of great tasting, quality food. They sport an acceptable wine list as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Evening in the East Bay
    frozentoastVIP
    Dined on 11/10/2012
    We are from San Francisco and had an evening to spend around Hayward after dropping of our kids at a show. We decided to have a nice dinner and chose this place. Very intimate quiet setting although the service was slow. To be fair there was exactly one person hosting, waiting tables, bussing on a Friday night! The food was surprisingly good. We did have fairly simple fair like clams, ribeye on scalloped potatoes, whole snapper but the portions were generous (compared with the city) and flavors delicious. We skipped dessert so cannot comment. The wine list is reasonably priced and the pinot noir we had by the glass very drinkable.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Restaurant was very hard to
    DiningDiva
    Dined on 10/24/2012
    Restaurant was very hard to find. They need better signage. Love the ambiance and environment of the restaurant. Food and wine list was great!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very cozy atmosphere, fabulous
    Paquita
    Dined on 10/12/2012
    Very cozy atmosphere, fabulous food, excellent service! A birthday to remember!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We came here for a 60th birthday
    brittygirl
    Dined on 10/5/2012
    We came here for a 60th birthday celebration for a very close friend. I've been here at least 8 times over the years, the food is consistently very good. It was a quiet night, which was perfect. We'll be back again; it is a perfect midway point to meet when we are coming from Palo Alto and others live in the east bay.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The food was very good, well
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 9/14/2012
    The food was very good, well seasoned and nice presentation. My husband had the ribeye steak and I had the cioppino. Large portion size. Food was served timely. The waiter was very responsive and pleasant. It was a little noisy and the tables were a little too close together. This may have been because they had a big party that evening which took up most of the table spaces. Overall- great experience. More lighting (larger candles on tables) would also be helpful. Nice jazz music.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Have been going for years.
    TheDon611
    Dined on 9/4/2012
    Have been going for years. The food is terrific and the service is outstanding!!
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • For the price, I expect excellent
    MokearneyVIP
    Dined on 8/25/2012
    For the price, I expect excellent tasting food and impeccable service. While I really try to give Neumanali as much business as I can, I don't think the food or service is as exceptional; certainly not enough to warrant the premium prices. Our family and friends have dined at Neumanali for years so I'm very saddened to say that I will likely not coordinate another big dinner there. Too much of a trek from Palo Alto to Hayward to eat mediocre food.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • We had a great meal here-
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/9/2012
    We had a great meal here- food was great and portion size was reasonable. This restaurant is in a cute Victorian downtown. Service was professional and courteous.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Go for the history, not the food.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/26/2012
    Over priced with tiny portions. I ordered the 'rack of lamb'. It was over spiced and cut into four tiny lamb lollipops that I could have consumed in a single bite. The lamb was over cooked, likely because it was cut so thin that the 'chef' couldn't get it off the heat fast enough. On the side was four thin potato sliced that were under cooked and tasteless. The lamb was priced at $30. My wife had the double cut pork chop. It was much better than the lamb, even though it was over cooked and dry. My wife could eat only about half of it because it was tough to swallow.
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  • Good choice when in Hayward
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/22/2012
    One of the nicest places I've eaten in Hayward. Very good for special occasion. The setting in an old Victorian took me to an overlooked neighborhood. Excellent proximity to BART making it an easy place to meet. Very accommodating by letting my dog tie up in the patio and provided water too.
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    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Have loved Neumanali for years.
    tink
    Dined on 5/29/2012
    Have loved Neumanali for years. The food on this visit was not up to its usual standard. Good, but not very good. Otherwise, as great as ever.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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  • Hidden Hayward Gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/26/2012
    Hidden gem. Do not expect a quick meal here. This is a restaurant you go to for relaxed European style dining experience. Food was exceptional. Service was attentive and friendly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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  • This our third visit this
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/22/2012
    This our third visit this time at the behest of friends who are fans of Neumanali's and again we were underwhelmed. The trout was overcooked and tasteless. The scallops were okay but not particularly exciting. The salads were quite good. The never changing menu is tired and very limited. The food presentation and service could be improved. The dining room is quite pleasant.
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  • Service was good, but with
    sbauerVIP
    Dined on 5/12/2012
    Service was good, but with only one waiter working the night we were there - a weekend - it was quite slow.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • It's a lovely neighborhood
    farpointdiveVIP
    Dined on 3/22/2012
    It's a lovely neighborhood gem. Unfortunately, they have a bar and a clientele who are somewhat loud, making fine dining more difficult. The menu is fabulous. Execution is more local than truly fit for foodies. A nice alternative, close to home.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Usually love Neumanali
    MokearneyVIP
    Dined on 2/1/2012
    Service was impeccable, as usual. Ambience, too. My pork was a bit overcooked. Sides of apple and something else were fine, but dish was presented unappealingly. Everything was brownish. My friend's filet mignon looked perfect, red in center. Braised greens perfectly cooked. Brussels sprouts and day boat scallops were delicious. will be back, as I've usually not been disappointed at Neumanali.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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  • Seemed to be over priced.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/17/2011
    Seemed to be over priced. Although the food and service was good it wasn't worth the $110 + tipped that was without wine! The wine list was not that inclusive and was pricy so if we added wine the bill would have pushed $175 or more. Not worth it.
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  • The venue is an old Victorian
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 10/22/2011
    The venue is an old Victorian but the restaurant is modern in an inviting and warm manner. The menu is what I describe as California noveau with leaning towards the carnivorous palate as opposed to pasta or seafood. Wines by the glass are well chosen and reasonably priced. My chopped salad greens salad tasted fresh and crisp and was pleasantly dressed. Not usually a meat eater I chose well with the petite filet nestled on a bed of pasta alfredo, which was nicely complimented by a glass of cab.... My spouse was pleased with his citrus salad and small plate of wrapped prawns also nicely complemented by a pinot. Dinner was topped off by affogato and a sundae. We left with full tummies and smiles. Hats off to Neumanali!
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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  • It's a darling and tiny restaurant
    farpointdiveVIP
    Dined on 10/22/2011
    It's a darling and tiny restaurant with food that ranks amongst the best in the Bay Area.
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    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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  • The food was good and a beautiful
    JaneVIP
    Dined on 10/18/2011
    The food was good and a beautiful setting. Service of main course was slow, slow, slow.
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    great for outdoor dining, romantic
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  • Excellent Choice
    GoodVIP
    Dined on 10/13/2011
    We had some of the BEST service ever! and the food was delicious and well presented...all in all, I think this is on the top of my list for good food and service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet