Bridges Restaurant

4.6
4088 Reviews
$30 and under
Californian
In it's 28-year history, Bridges has received many accolades and awards, including being honored as one of Diablo magazine's "Seven Best Restaurants in the East Bay". Whether dining on the lush, vine-covered patio while enjoying the sounds from our natural granite waterfall, or relaxing indoors amid a sophisticated, comfortable ambiance you will discover why Bridges is a favorite Bay Area dining destination. Executive Chef Kevin Gin awes with his innovative interpretation of California cuisine featuring European and Asian influences. The staff's professional eye for detail and commitment to exceptional service add to the upscale, yet unpretentious dining experience. Bridges warm elegance, spectacular menu and great energy make it the ideal venue for socializing with friends, celebrations, business meetings or private events.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 4088 people are saying
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4.5
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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GourmetGal
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat outdoors which is really quite pleasant and tables are well-space for privacy.

Ambient noise was not a problem at all. We had the swordfish special and the grilled salmon. Both dishes were superb.

A good time had by all!

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samp
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a treat

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Lmrt
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always enjoy Bridges. The menu is unique. So are the cocktails.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food4service1ambience3

The service was horrible. No one came to our table for 15 mins and then our drinks didn’t arrive for another 20 mins. The waiter never apologized for the delay, and even seemed a bit flippant.

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JLPN
Salt Lake City
8 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The service was a bit slow, but everything we ordered from apps to dessert was delicious.

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vipJimS
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food5service5ambience2

We were there to celebrate our anniversary. The food and service were excellent! But we had a couple next to us where the guy had obviously been drinking before they came. He kept arguing with his wife the whole time! It was very stressful and uncomfortable. The couple on the other side of us complained to the manager. She went to their table and asked if everything was okay. They said yes and she walked away. But the guy just kept arguing the rest of the time they were there!

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Purc
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Excellent service from the hostess to the water boy..

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vipPatdines
San Francisco
42 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service
Good food

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2food1service3ambience4

We came to celebrate a promotion. The host was great and got us a table outside even though our reservation was inside. Our waitress was friendly and professional. My cocktail was delightful.

The issue we had is one we have had repeatedly since moving here six months ago (from Berkeley): food.
We were already aware of the suburban phenomenon where a “nice restaurant” is confused with a “good restaurant”. Walnut Creek, Danville etc. have a plethora of “nice restaurants”: lovely terraces and nice furnishings, lots of tables, decent service, high prices.

But instead of fresh food perfectly cooked and cleanly presented, we are served large plates of poorly conceived and rushed dishes, overly sauced and seasoned, that feel cranked out by a factory.

My date had a seared ahi tuna in a bed of couscous, pancetta and wild mushrooms. I had a New York steak with Gouda grits.

The Ahi wasn’t seared, it was just cooked halfway through. It came with a “sugar sauce”(?) which she wisely got on the side. Why anyone would pour a sugar sauce over seared ahi and mushrooms? Anyone? The bed of mushrooms had so much pancetta it almost was more meat than the Ahi. I don’t get it.

My NY steak (about $40) was a sad thin piece of semi tough meat. About 1/2” thick, was technically done med/rare but I would have been embarrassed to serve it. A busboy came and took the plate while I was still eating, without a word.

We have yet to find a “good restaurant” where we would go to celebrate a special event. A “good restaurant” that feels intimate, quiet, where the food is carefully and consistently prepared. Where the wine list has the same attention to detail and pride.

I like a good cocktail, people watching, and lounging on a nice terrace in the warm evening. Next time I’m in that mood, and I’m in a restaurant with 80 tables, I’ll have the cocktail and some fries and split. I guess I’ll go to Berkeley for the other until I find the right spots here; this isn’t it.

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SusH
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The menu items were all great. Loved the lettuce wraps and the Brussel sprouts were amazing!!!

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Hungry
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Only complaint , wasn’t busy when we arrived. Took awhile to place our drink order. We ordered hors d’oeuvres after our drink order. Waitress was very sweet and apologized that the bar was taking so long. We actually got our hors d’oeuvres before our drinks!! Didn’t start off our evening very well, especially when entertaining out of state guests. 30 min later we got out cocktails. Our guest had asked to leave after 15. Embarrassing

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Businessgirl
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Good for a business lunch. Ambiance was nice, service was average.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was my first time there. We ordered the waffles to share. The vanilla bean cream and peaches were to die for. Also had the bacon Fritata and my friend had the chicken sandwich which was also very good. The service and ambiance of the restaurant was great. I’ll definitely go back.

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RaymondL
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service, food and drinks were all well done. Our waitress was friendly and efficient.

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vipKristinS
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was fantastic. The drinks were great—raspberry lemon drop tasted like summer. The curry prawns are spectacular and never disappoint. Great atmosphere as well.

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ElizabethF
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Food was varied and quite good. Interaction with greeters and hostess seemed less friendly than usual. Our table for a group of 5 was not put in a great place, kind of in a corner against a wall and by a doorway that wait staff were frequently going in and out of. Also in the past there has been some soft live music on the weekend but there wasn't this time. Prices seemed reasonable and we didn't feel hurried. I would recommend this restaurant for groups of 2 to 4 if you want a nicer table.

JJ
JudyJ
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bridges continues to be amazing, in the pandemic or not. Love eating there. The patio is amazing.

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Grace
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience4

Food ordering
was slow. One item was burnt.

Outdoor area was very nice.

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vipPamM
Hawaii
10 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal and wonderful service!

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Arie
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Had a great time! Good food, the service was okay, ambiance was great.

JD
JoanD
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Service was outstanding, very attentive, we did not even have to ask for our waters to be refilled. All servers were friendly, courteous and attentive!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service!

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woofette
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely outdoor tables complete with tablecloths. Food is extraordinary and perfectly presented. Quality is the name of Bridges. The staff is kind and considerate. One of my most favorite places to visit.

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vipColletteS
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I took our moms there for dinner last night and as alway, it was fantastic! I had the mixed green salad with grilled salmon and the other all ordered the salmon entree with noodles and we all loved our dish! Service is great, ambiance is lovely outside on the patio and the soups are always too notch!

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vipTimH
San Francisco
121 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Stupendous as usual. Bridges is a go-to restaurant for us.

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LindaA
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything about our lunch experience was just right. We were greeted cordially and seated right where we needed to be. Our server was efficient and accommodating, and another server also stepped in to do various things for us.

We really enjoyed the lunch selections quite a bit —— delicious and beautifully presented. We had such a great experience that we both ordered dessert —— another delight.

Thanks to you all for maintaining such high standards and graciousness. It is much appreciated.

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vipSeahorse
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Have had the avocado toast with smoked salmon in the past, it was excellent. This time I came a day after a holiday and it wasn't as fresh.

Just a comment you might be interested in.
We still love Bridges!

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vipSteveS
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to meet with friends or family. We love going there

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
71 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience3

Service is very very slow

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2021
Overall3food1service3ambience3

Not many choices and poor food quality. I order flat iron steak, if came with 4oz of steak and french fries for $29, not worth it at all. I used to like this place, but I won’t go back for a long time.

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vipMary
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was excellent. Food was delicious. We will be returning to Bridges again!

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Gary
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience4

My wife and I always enjoy dining at Bridges. It has been awhile since we were there last but we did notice that there were limited entrees.
We would really like to see the return of live music.
Thank you
Gary and Ruth Yount

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vipfranm
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Quiet,clean, hot food .

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LizC
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed a spectacular meal for our 32nd anniversary. Attentive young man sat us, but before taking us to a table he asked, if we’d like to sit at Mrs. Doubtfire table? What? Yes, of course, we would. We then were treated to the best service by Hannah, she made the evening even more special. She’s attentive, friendly makes you feel like you’re the only ones in the restaurant. But as I watched she was this way with all her tables. Our meal was spectacular, from the cocktails, appetizers, soup and entrees. Some of our favorites were the firecracker edamame, phylo wrapped brie, stir fry Mexican prawns with a curry sauce. The New York steak was out of this world delicious and cooked a perfectly. We will definitely be back soon. We’re looking forward to enjoying one of the delicious burgers with truffle fries and of course one of your specialty cocktails

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larryK
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is the third time since May we took friends to Bridges for lunch the setting is always beautiful and intimate. Love their cheese burgers and the salmon salad. all three time our server was very attentive and friendly.

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StephenK
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful evening; very pleasant outdoor dining. Food and Service always great!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great service and great desert.

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RobertB
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed the whole experience. Service was good and the food was great

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RoxanneD
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Bridges has been and will continue to be a mainstay for the East Bay.
I was delighted to see how busy they were for a 6:15 on a Saturday, it was a full house inside and out!

Our waiter Ben had tables in different areas, thus making us kind of on our own. It could have been a bit better but he made it workout.

Our meal was delicious- green salad mixed with in season fruit and shrimp, very lightly dressed. The entree was a swordfish that was delicate on a bed of fresh sautéed corn, spinach and red bell peppers. The flavors came together beautifully. We brought a bottle of AXR 2017 Blazin Red 50% Cabernet/50% Merlot it was an excellent choice for our dinner.

Bridges always gets our attention as being a place to not only come on a regular basis but to bring friends who like a wonderful atmosphere, excellent food and knowing the next time you go there you won’t be disappointed.

RJ
RocketJSquirrel
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Bridges is an old favorite of ours. The food is still delicious and interesting.

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You can order delivery directly from Bridges Restaurant using the Order Online button. Bridges Restaurant also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (925) 820-7200.

Bridges Restaurant is rated 4.6 stars by 4088 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.