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The Bull Valley Roadhouse
The Bull Valley Roadhouse

The Bull Valley Roadhouse Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.bullvalleyroadhouse.com
  • Phone: (510) 787-1135
  • 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: American, Comfort Food, Organic
  • 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 (877) 735-9447

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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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerAmerican
Diner Reviews
  • "This is such a great place to take visitors - it's the unexpected treasure!"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    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."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • " the wait was worth it, the energetic atmosphere, perfect staff, delicious food, hmm cocktails and delicious desserts and coffee"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "Our waitress was very pleasant and helpful. We dined outside, had a wonderful meal & and great wine!"
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "Great food and a feel of the 1930's; a fit for the old town feel of Port Costa."
    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!"
    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."
    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."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "The mussles, trout and burrata are killer and Eugene the waiter, ia great"
    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!"
    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!"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "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"
    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."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Special night with great friends....enjoyed all the food,great service,staff A plus......We left thinking.....we're coming back with other friends"
    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."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "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"
    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."
    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."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "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!"
    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"
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Very Good food...in a really neat venue. It is definitely worth the drive. We will definitely be back."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "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"."
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "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. "
    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."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "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! "
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "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. "
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "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."
    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. "
    Dined on 5/25/2014