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
207 reviews since May 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.5
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
97% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (140)special occasion (118)great for outdoor dining (110)neighborhood gem (108)romantic (101)good for groups (70)great for brunch (67)vibrant bar scene (47)hot spot (32)notable wine list (31)kid-friendly (20)scenic view (20)great for lunch (20)late-night find (10)Show More
  • 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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    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.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Character in historic Port Costa
    Lynne2dine
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    A beautifully done resurrection of a monument hotel and bar. They kept the history but updated the food and brightened the interior
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • crisG
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    It had been several years since we had ventured to Port Costa for dinner and we were very pleased with the re-visioning of the Bull Valley Roadhouse (formerly the Bull Valley Inn). The service was excellent, we enjoyed the family style dining to enjoy more of the menu offerings and the staff was very helpful with wine selection and negotiating the trendy prohibition cocktail menu.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • wonderful discovery
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    Bull Valley Roadhouse was a wonderful discovery at the end of an adventure. The staff was friendly, the service was superb, and the food was delicious. Am definitely going back! It is a unique gem in an old, charming town quite off the beaten path!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Food, Good Atmosphere
    John
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    We first read about the restaurant on the Chronicle 100 Best Bay Area restaurants. We were in the area and were able to get an early reservation. It was well worth it. We ordered the pulled pork stew and the scallop risotto and a side of braised kale plus a house-made soda and a specialty cocktail. Great dishes, made with locally sourced ingredients. I especially liked their selections from "generous foragers from in town and Crockett".
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delish!
    Plantgurl
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    I love the the Bull Valley. I try to hit that place at least once a month. Earl and Samuel are so welcoming. The hostess, wait staff and bartenders are attentive, give great drink suggestions and are there when you need them (without hovering). The food is beyond yummy. I like the sides and starters best for dinner. The warm olives, pork ribs, fried brussel sprouts, and fried green beans are to die for! Baked eggs with Kale and the fried chicken with cheddar waffles are terrific for brunch. Last but not least - the cocktails are the tastiest in the land. Served up perfectly every time.
    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, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful mussels and fries
    Mimi
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    We had the mussels & wedge salad which were great. The fried chicken was a little dry and coleslaw needed more seasoning. The honey ice cream was delicious. We would definitely go back to try other things.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • High Funk
    bibitilla
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    1 - Outdoor seating on the back patio is definitely preferable. 2 - The food combined down-home with more exotic combinations. It was all good with the exception of my dessert: the pie pastry was tough. The "family style" servings mean that most plates, including entrees, wil serve two persons adequately. 3 - A short but excellent and varied wine list. We drank a bottle of Italian Dolcetto - a relatively rare grape - which was excellent and fairly priced. 4 - The wait staff was friendly, casual without overdoing it, and attentive without hovering. 5 - The overall atmosphere - a funky old building down on the water in Port Costa - is comfortable. In short, this place combines very good food and a friendly vibe. Definitely a keeper.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice surprise
    Margriet
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    For a quiet town like this, the restaurant was surprisingly wonderful! Good, honest food. Nice atmosphere. And good staff. The only thing they didn't have was a kids menu. There were 1 or 2 things on the menu that kids might like, but they weren't very flexible about making them something else.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food
    DogGoneHungryVIP
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    The food was great. Service was good in the beginning but halfway through, it dropped significantly. Otherwise, everything else was good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 100 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 26, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.5
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4.5
    • Service4.5
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 453 reviews are from the The Bull Valley Roadhouse reviews archive.
  • yummayumma
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    This was my second time dining at Bull Valley and this meal was even better than the last. We went for brunch and sat in the beautiful garden. Everyone at the table enjoyed every dish and cocktail thoroughly, this is definitely a local favorite of mine.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Well curated wine list...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    Being a native NorCal person I was EXTREMELY please that the wine list had more than just Cali Chard and Cab. Noteable old world selections gave every person at the table the option to find an appropriate bevy of their liking. Must come back for dinner and have a bottle of the Lopez De Heredia!!! The half bottle selection was a nice surprise and obviously the cocktails where in depth and delicious. Food was great too!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    Brunch was really great, my husband had the pork stew and I have hash. The food was served family style and the food itself was excellent and I would definitely go again.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Birthday Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    I loved the renovation of the old building to start with, especially the wall of carte de visite's. We were seated immediately & the wait person was friendly and relaxed. I never felt we were being rushed or talked into more choices. She explained about the family style which was really fun. In fact my only complaint is about the steak. We should have sent it back as it was too rare for all of us and we never got the portion left as a doggie bag. Very happy memory for my birthday. Thanks.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The bar
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    The bar is too high for comfortable eating, but the bartender makes it worthwhile to spend time there!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • My second time at Bull Valley
    March
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    The first time I dined at Bull Valley in Port Costa was a Busy Sat night. The second time it was a much better experience. The server was great, we shared numerous dishes and all where very good. Still a little pricey so will go for special occasions.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • AlwaysHungry
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    The mussels were very good. After we finished, we were asked if we would like bread to dunk into the juice. How about bread with it? The main courses were luke warm: The cheese on my scallops were getting hard and the pork was cooler than warm. The parsley had very tough stems. The room was cool and people were putting on their jackets. The ROAR from the motorcycles reverberated through the room. We ordered Dubonnet and soda. If you had brought the bottled sodas with the Dubonnet, I wouldn't have questioned the $4.00 charge for "mixes".
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • BRUNCH SURPRISE
    JSITEMS
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    I surprised my boyfriend with a birthday brunch here. Very cool atmophere. Found the brunch menu very unusual but very tasty!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Nice drive along a windy road to get here! Great little place! Great food!! Went on a date night with the wife, and had an enjoyable time. Very loud restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, unusual location.
    nealybug
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    My wife and I rode our bikes to Port Costa to stay at the charmingly shabby Burlington Hotel next door. The meal we had at BVR was excellent, especially the King salmon entree and the honey ice cream. Service was quite slow on the drinks and desert, however.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Service
    jeccal07
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Great service. Our server and service staff were very attentive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Worth the trip
    casualdiner
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    The charming ambience of a historic building has its pluses and minuses. Charming, but hard for the service team to be efficient when they are busy. We arrived at 6 and had a lovely time until the place got busy at 7 then it was noisy and service suffered. Beverages were late being brought to the table, one of our side dishes never did arrive. However, our server was wonderfully patient and committed to helping the two of us with specific food allergies, she was tireless and unfailing in her efforts to please us and her communications with the chef to ensure we were taken care of. The food itself was excellent and I would definitely go again.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice out of the way restaurant
    talasian
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    The restaurant was located in an olf rustic turn of the century building out in the middle of no where. The service was good and friendly. Our server recommended we order family style since the dishes were large. We order food based on her suggestion. I was disappointed that the dishes were normal size and for a table of four each person got a small taste of each dishes. We had the Ceasar Salad and the Smoked Sardines Salad. The Sardine Salad was specially nice and served warm which was a nice surprise. The Sallop Resotto was creamy and smooth. The halibut was also a delicious dish. The fried chicken was crisp and juicy but the crust tasted bland. I will come again but order dishes as individual choices.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.