The Bull Valley Roadhouse
The Bull Valley Roadhouse

The Bull Valley Roadhouse

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.bullvalleyroadhouse.com/
  • Phone: 5107871135x
  • Hours of Operation:


    Dinner: Thurs 5:00pm - 9:00pm

    Dinner: Fri 5:00pm - 10:00pm

    Dinner: Sat 4:00pm - 10pm

    Dinner: Sun 4:00pm - 9:00pm

    Brunch: Sun 10:30 am - 2:00 pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Organic, American, Comfort Food
  • Executive Chef: Justine Kelly and David Williams
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Have your private event in our historic restaurant full of Victorian charm and Old West history. Between our oak-paneled dining room, grand wooden bar and outdoor patio under a canopy of walnuts, we are ready to host the perfect event with a full range of service, drink and famously delicious food!
  • Private Party Contact: Tuala Pierce-Zua Zua 8777359447

Getting there

  • Cross Street: End of Road
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Parking in Port Costa's (unpaved) lot at the end of Canyon Lake Drive.
A word from The Bull Valley Roadhouse
{Join us for SUNDAY BRUNCH!}

The Bull Valley Roadhouse serves American roadhouse food prepared from scratch with century-old techniques using fresh ingredients from our favorite small farms. A beacon at the end of a canyon road in the historic dock town of Port Costa, the roadhouse welcomes locals, travelers and adventurous day-trippers alike in its 1897 landmark dining room and bar. Stepping into the saloon-like rooms, guests can sense more than 100 years of hospitality. The proprietors strive to maintain that warm tradition and leave everyone feeling relaxed, well fed and eager to return. Look for us under the golden bull.

Sunday brunch served from 10:30 am through 2:00 pm.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerAmerican
The Bull Valley Roadhouse reviews from OpenTable diners
189 reviews since June 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.4
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (130)special occasion (110)great for outdoor dining (104)neighborhood gem (102)romantic (95)good for groups (57)great for brunch (53)vibrant bar scene (50)notable wine list (34)hot spot (33)great for lunch (15)scenic view (15)kid-friendly (13)late-night find (8)Show More
  • Last Friday in July...
    joy2dineVIP
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    I had wanted to visit, and we were finally able to on the last Friday in July. Note, the one road in and out of Port Costa is very narrow and winding, and the parking is a little lacking if you have to park in the area that is not maintained by P.C. Outside of that (they have no control there), the evening was great thanks to the Bull Valley Roadhouse meal. Most dishes are family style. We each started with a fresh and wonderful salad, because we both wanted to start with a different one, so there! Erin was a fabulous server and perfectly described the plates we were considering as well as the wine! I had the Ling Cod, and my husband had the fried chicken. Perfect! It's a very unique place, and we will be back for brunch, very soon!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent
    DinnerDiva
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Weeknight evening dinner. Four of us ate on the patio. Aside from the chairs not being very comfortable, everything lease was stellar. Great wine recommendations.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Surprise
    Ena1
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    We were surprised by the bikers and motorcycle noise of the town and the dust on the street and flying around the parking lot. It's definitely a CASUAL dining experience. All that said, once we relaxed and got our food, it was wonderful. The food was obviously fresh. The downside was that they ran out of one of the entrees we wanted and one of the desserts we wanted on a Sunday early evening. The post cards are a wonderful idea and the staff was very accommodating.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic and Quirky
    Hofner1962
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    The town is quirky and off the beaten path. Restaurant was awesome. Food is served family style which we did not know before hand. Everything was perfect. It is fairly loud when full. If you are wanting a quiet dinner this is not the place - at least not where we were sitting.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Retro as in great
    KirklandboyVIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    It is a nostalgic and wonderful spot that transports you back to another era. The service is very friendly and efficient despite it having been a hectic evening. Every course was delicious. We will be back, even if they don't have an espresso machine.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Roadhouse
    waterboansVIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    The Roadhouse is a fun out-of-the-way place for dinner in the funky town of Port Costa. The food is fine California cuisine but not terribly innovative. The portions were smaller than we expected and we usually like smaller portions. The waitress also described portions as large. Everyone seemed to be eating the fried chicken but since we don't eat fried foods, we didn't order and maybe that is the draw as this restaurant is rated in Top 100 Bay Area.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food prepared with so much love!
    Brake4Quality
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Authentic antique roadhouse dining experience. I had the most tender Ribeye in years. Three kinds of mushrooms and a side of very special mashed potatoes with homemade gravy, Mussels with Perfect fries and a another first course of very buttery hot olives. The real star was the unique and savory blend of spices and herbs - blended for each dish exactly as I would dream of, even a tad better, for my taste. Perfection. Young, fresh energetic and attentive service. Location and getting there? A winding end of road Hide away reminiscent of mythical Brigadoon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • unique dining experience
    karhubear
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    Dining at the Roadhouse is to go back in time in an informal environment. It is an unique experience to enjoy at least once. The food is excellent. The service is friendly, informative and relaxed. The restaurant does need air conditioning and the wine is way over priced. But all in all there is no other place like it.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • PortCostaVIP
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    All the times we been here, Bull Valley hasn't failed us yet....keep it up!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    Absolutely loved the restaurant and staff! Will definitely be going back!'
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great food
    love2eat
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    My wife and I was very happy with the food and service. Everyone was extremely polite and friendly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First Time!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    First time to visit this restaurant and will definitely go back.....its "funky" and fun - great food and our waitress was a big help in our dinner selection.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great as usual
    Crockettile
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Enjoyed another great meal with the whole family at the Roadhouse!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not a good experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    Prior to making our reservation, we read the posted reviews, and the four in our party (celebrating two special occasions) arrived expecting a unique, funky location with a pricey menu that would reflect a quality meal. Unfortunately, we found the first two elements but not the last. The food was mediocre at best, and the service was rude at one point. In addition, our waiter kept telling us that they served "family style", in spite of their website not indicating this, nor their menu not lending itself to that concept, (except maybe for the fried chicken, which was tasty). In short, the gap between the prices we paid and the experience we should have had was so great, we will not be returning.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The Bull Valley Roadhouse is Where?
    Goes4Food
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    We were greeted and seated on time for a 1:30 brunch reservation by friendly staff. Our order included the Fried Chili Salted Green beans, Fantastic muscles with fries, Chicken tenders and Cornmeal waffle, Pulled Pork and a side of Mac n Cheese. Incredibly good Steak and Eggs were mistakenly delivered before the pork topped with eggs and we had several bites before realizing it was the wrong dish. We ended up taking the pork dish home. The pork dish turned out to be the only one not worth ordering everything else was superb. The portions are large and as the server told us, easily shared. Be careful not to order too much food. The Roadhouse is in an out-of-the-place in quirky little burg of 200 residents but it is worth a visit.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • AnneVIP
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    We had a delicious brunch at the Roadhouse. We tried a good number of dishes on the menu since we had a large group. Particular standouts were the green beans, chicken and cheese waffle, and the pot de creme. We'll be back! Service was friendly and efficient.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Who knew?
    FunandFood
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    What a throwback find in the Bay Area. It seems a world away at the end of a road along the Carquinez Strait. It's an old beautiful and charming restaurant with delicious and fun comfort food. The Bloody Mary with bacon was amazing. Staff is welcoming and charming. It is worth the adventurous trip to visit.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hidden Yet Close Country Gem
    wwwpcs
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    The Bull Valley presents excellent innovative and comforting food, well prepared, in a unique historic setting . . very cool scene, live jazz in the background, wonderful hostess, excellent professional service. Warning: portions are substantial. Drinks: spectacular - pre-prohibition cocktail list Lagniappe: the waiter brought us some of the restaurant's postcards and pens - the cards are sent to recipients as a courtesy - nice touch. We'll be back here.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • finally
    royalteam
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    the wait was worth it, the energetic atmosphere, perfect staff, delicious food, hmm cocktails and delicious desserts and coffee
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just Relax
    Ruhetag
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    A short drive from the freeway takes you back in time to the Bull Valley Roadhouse, where the food is fresh, simple, and simply delicious. We enjoyed a crisp salad; lean, marinated steak off the grill, flavorful potatoes, fine red wine, and a small but memorable dessert--chocolate, caramel, with a hint of salt. Not to mention a special that night, corn on the cob, tender and sweet, just like when you were a little kid. Our waitress, Erin, was attentive and very helpful, clearly enjoying being there for us.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 89 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 26, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.5
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4.5
    • Service4.5
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 484 reviews are from the The Bull Valley Roadhouse reviews archive.
  • Good food, service needs work.
    JPofSF
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    Very good Food. Ribs, some of the best I've had. Ditto the chicken. Would order the Mussels again. Great selection of non-alcoholic drinks. People enjoyed the cocktails. Service was a little strange. Server was enthusiastic and helpful. The timing of the food's arrival at our table was so dis-jointed as spoil an otherwise good meal out. The appetizers came out one at a time over a 10 minute span. The side dishes came out first, followed by one at a time entree, 5 to 10 minutes later. Our group likes to eat together, warm sides with warm entrees. When queried our server replied, that's family style??? At these prices I expect better coordination between kitchen and table.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great service
    amac
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    Our waitress was very pleasant and helpful. We dined outside, had a wonderful meal & and great wine!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Corvettetony
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    Great food and a feel of the 1930's; a fit for the old town feel of Port Costa.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Another great experience
    Camdon
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    This has become our favorite restaurant in the area - much better than anything else nearby. They've solved one of the big brunch problems of the past offering shared dishes, bringing them as they are ready instead of waiting until everything is done. This worked exceptionally well and everyone enjoyed sharing bites of multiple dishes. Still some kinks to work out: our drink order arrived at the end of the meal. There must have been a problem, but they didn't tell us. But with great food and company, we barely noticed. I still prefer the fried chicken to the chicken tenders. Otherwise everything we had was outstanding. Their staff is charming. The setting is rustic and pleasant. New for us was finally trying Earl's poundcake. Great!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Kevin
    Dover2785
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    My wife and I visited the Road House for brunch. Terrific food, wonderful selection and attentive, friendly service made this a meal to remember.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Joyce
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    My husband and I loved our meal at Bull Valley. My husband had the fried chicken on advice of the waiter and it was so good. The Padron peppers were perfect as were the mussels. We would like to go back and have Sun. brunch. Loved the décor which the owner says he changes 4 times a year to go with the seasons.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent
    Elfego
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    The mussles, trout and burrata are killer and Eugene the waiter, ia great
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • AMAZING!!!!!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    A pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. Simply amazing in every way. Food, service, drinks, atmosphere...all five stars!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great every time
    buddy
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Been here several times and food is great! Robin, our server, is the best! Noise level still pretty loud, but fun night out!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Where am I?
    Hopk7791
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    I can't begin to explain what a wonderful experience we had overall. Ambience, food, service and a general feel good time. I can't wait to go back and am planning it within the next month.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • FASP-Food Service Ambiance Perfect
    Ihungie
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Allow time to get to this place. It is well off Highway 80 / Crockett Exit. Careful in the parking lot, don't wear 4 inch spiked heels. On a nice day, walk over and look out upon the Carquinez Straights. The restaurant is a "throw back" to another time with personality. We chose to arrive 1/2 hour early and sat at the bar. The bartender was very friendly, and I loved my bourbon drink and the 5 kinds of bitters that were available. Wait staff were attentive, informative and fun. We had the crispy green beans & farro salad. Fried Chicken & Ribs. A delicious sauvignon blanc & pinot recommended by our waitress. If you want to try something fun and are up to the drive Bull Valley Roadhouse is a great choice. We will return soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 3rd time and Still Fabulous!
    Designsmith
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    This is such a great place to take visitors - it's the unexpected treasure!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Bull Valley Road House
    Gypsymoths
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Food was very well prepared, menu is hardy American Road House fare. For instance, a side of mashed potatoes and gravy was on offer Bar and wine list very nice choices Service was spotty, we had to ask our waiter for water, bread. Did not leave our usual 20% tip Fun place to take out of town guests
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fun Evening
    partyof4
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    Special night with great friends....enjoyed all the food,great service,staff A plus......We left thinking.....we're coming back with other friends
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Back in Time
    Sandpond1
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    Love the Bull Valley Roadhouse! What a pleasure to step through the doors of this great old place. Massive antique bar where bartenders produce glorious concoctions of pre-prohibition era cocktails. Food is delicious; all dishes served family style and are meant to be shared. We started with a crisp and tasty Caesar salad, followed by rib-eye steak and a summer squash gratin. (So nice to have vegetables treated like food rather than something you 'have' to eat. Very good.) While we were eating our salad I spied a couple behind us enjoying a big bowl of French fries, so we added that to our order. Boy were they good! Dessert was delicious too! Such a refreshing experience away from the clatter and bang of trendy spots. Wonderful wait-staff.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • End of the road
    Charles
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    When you reach the water at the end of the road. You know you have reached your destination. The Bull Valley Roadhouse. The history of times past abounds in this little cluster of of one hundred year old buildings. But make no mistake the fare here is all locally sourced and prepared with a finesse that will delight even the most stubborn palette.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Yummy food...crazy time
    Gingi
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    We went for brunch, and were totally entranced by the charm and attention to detail of the Roadhouse. Food was delicious. Drinks merited high praise...Pimms...nice. Only issues were out of the Roadhouse hands...Big table with many squirmy noisy kids behind us...and yes we are all parents, but having a child free time...and yup....we all know how it goes. Also there was HUGE motorcycle memorial taking place in town that day...I need to reiterate...HUGE. So much noise out on the street. But the fact that when we sat down, we were presented with warm wet towels ...just like we had stepped off the stage coach. Charming and delicious. Definitely want to go back for a romantic dinner
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Sunday Brunch
    bud39
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    The restaurant is great. The food has certainly changed for the better from it's previous incarnation. Unfortunately Sunday brunch in Port Costa is sort of a gamble with all of the motorcyclists descending on this small community. If you decide to go, park away from the end gravel parking lot and walk to the restaurant.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Umm
    Bebop
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    We had been here before and were charmed by the off-beat vibe and the exceptional food. But the food quality has slipped a bit as has the attention to details. Still good, but at these prices, it should be better.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience; you must not miss
    KONICEKVIP
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    Very Good food...in a really neat venue. It is definitely worth the drive. We will definitely be back.
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    • Noise LevelModerate