The Bull Valley Roadhouse

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{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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H
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 4

We went to celebrate our anniversary. Food was delicious but husband’s entree never arrived. Management apologized and comped our dinner. It was so unfortunate, we really really wanted to like this place since it came so highly recommended by friends. They took care of it and did the right thing but sometimes it’s hard to go back when your first experience is tainted.

J
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Great service and the food was very tasty in many unusual and creative wayd

BE
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food. Unique location in old school, backroads Bay Area.

G
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent food but very expensive. great for special occasion.

JA
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 5

I've been to your restaurant a number of times. I've always enjoyed it. This last Sunday though I brought three new people who had never been there. Service was ok... but not what I would define as fantastic. Three of us ordered your rib eye and each of us felt there was a good portion of fat on each of them. And for the price you guys sell it for, that rib eye should be off the charts great. The last person in our party ordered the lamb chops and no joke 1/3 of it was complete fat, not leaving much meat to actually eat. We brought our own wine in as well and you guys hit us with a $25 per bottle cork fee. We were pretty insulted on that one, although we gave your back room staff the remainder of one half of the two bottles we opened just to be nice. So what did we enjoy? Well the Ceasar salads were great. The bar drinks we ordered were top gun. The ambience was great. Question is for us, would we return back to your restaurant? After a hefty bill and an overall less than satisfying dining experience, we all felt that we would not come back. I wanted you guys to know this because I think it important to your future success.

B
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Killer cocktails, savory homemade dishes, hot towels to wash your hands, unique decor and ambiance, hidden location....what more could you want from a restaurant?

MC
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Loved the food, the service and the story. Highly recommended!

BD
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Restaurant located in a quaint little town. Interestingly decorated inside, servers were super nice and food is good.

c
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Well, when you havent even tried their cocktails, or taken a bite of what you ordered... YET, look across the table and both say "I am definitely coming back here again" you know the restaurant is a winner. The cocktail/wine/beer menu is unbelievable and the food is just as amazing. Great service, great location.

MO
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

BV Roadhouse is one of my favorite places to brings family and friends. The vibe, food, service and surroundings make time spent there feel very special. I cannot say one dish is better than the next because they are all equally delicious. I suggest following your heart's desire as a guide for ordering -- You will be happy!

M
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always wonderful service, quality ingredients, creative dishes and of course the location is super unique and fun! A great place to meet up with friends or that special occasion!

r
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 3

Service here has always been spotty. This time it failed completely and the manager didn’t take it seriously. Will think long and hard before returning.

m
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love the Bull valley restaurant! We have been numerous times for dinner, but it was our first time at brunch and it was amazing! My fiancé had the ceviche and I had the chilaquiles. OMG. Too good to share ;) We can't wait to come back from brunch again, soon.

TS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wow is the first word that comes to mind. The Bull Valley Roadhouse is a hidden gem and a must visit. Portions are plentiful so sharing is a good idea. The mussels....best I have ever had. Even converted a non-mussel eater. 5 Stars all around and I cannot wait to eat here again.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always wonderful, never disappoints!

LC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Not our first time there, happy to return with guests. Fun cocktails, great steak - and scalloped potatoes and wedge salad.

S
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Stunningly good food. Beautiful restaurant, and great service. A+!

D
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

A little noisy, but food is wonderful and the staff is very friendly

JH
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Most amazing pork stew and margaritas!

DA
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, the food was excellent and our waiters were very friendly and attentive. We all had a great time. The only change from our last excellent meal was that some of the dishes appeared to be smaller portions? Not sure if this is more of a memory issue versus a fact, but we still left full and satisfied. We definitely recommend Bull Valley to all our friends.

B
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We love the Bull Valley Roadhouse! The food is fantastic and we love the shared plate style!

c
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

I really wanted to take my family there . I have been there before . It was terrible and our food didn’t come out together . Won’t go back

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Not my first time. I love this restaurant and enjoy sharing it with my friends. I also love I have family in this little village. The chef and mixologists are amazing. First rate Port Costa. Worth the crazy drive.

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrated an amazing culinary experience with my foodie daughter for her 30th birthday and family!! We are Bull Valley fans. This was our second brunch and have enjoyed a couple delicious dinners as well.

JH
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

The Bull Valley Road House is an experience to enjoy. The Menu allows something delicious for every diet whether vegan, keto or vegetarian or good old-fashioned dishes with a bit of fat for flavor Our table of four for brunch shared biscuits and gravy, kale, chicken and waffles, chicken chilaquiles and fried green tomatoes. All was fabulous.
One change we’d like to see would be new chairs, solid and sturdier.
After brunch we enjoyed a fantastic blues band playing across the street. We rounded up some chairs, grabbed some beer and continued what was a fun afternoon.
Port Costa is a tiny gem of a town; street is more like it. A couple of shops, motorcycles and kind people enjoying the day with one foot off the grid.

N
San Francisco
123 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

This was our third, and probably last visit to Bull Valley Roadhouse. First time, maybe two years ago, I enjoyed enormously the bone marrow entree, which isn't often found on most menus . When we returned maybe last year, I discovered that that wasn't on the menu, and that (the menu changes daily. For this visit, I checked the website, and the bone marrow shows in the menu picture. However, calling ahead, we were told that it is considered a cold weather dish. We already had confirmed meeting our friends, so we kept the reservation, which I would otherwise have cancelled. I don't really need to travel 70 miles round trip for chicken, pork chop and salmon choices, which I can find at hundreds of other restaurants. Other than the bone marrow, the menu is limited and unexciting.

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is just great. We have come with larger groups and the service was great then! Tonight it was just two of us and the portions were perfect for us to share and were truly delicious- we can’t wait to go again!

JM
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Over priced.
Ambiance was good; lots of charm and character.
Food was good, at best: Jalapeño Coleslaw was too vinegary, Breading on Fried Chicken was salty, portion size was very small (although menu claimed "LARGE PORTIONS" for family style eating).
I am glad we got a chance to eat there and experience the restaurant.
However, it is likely that we will not be eating there again.

M
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Been here several times now and never disappointed. The cocktails are pricey but worth it and the food is always very good.

DB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

Very slow and inattentive service. Small portions of plates to share. Dry fried chicken. It was a birthday that we wanted to celebrate, and we were disappointed. Our fourth trip there...and perhaps our last.

AC
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Mussels are amazing!!!! Great host and staff! We frequently dine here, for good reason. Go on and try this spot out.

OT
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this restaurant.

HV
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Have returned here many times and always have found very friendly staff, very good food and fun ambiance. Great place for any special occasion.

KB
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really good food.
Beyond excellent service.
Ridiculously small portions considering it is “family style” eating. Expensive for portion size.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is always great when visiting this restaurant. The service is excellent. Food is fresh and delicious!

j
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I took my family here for a birthday several years ago and since that this is the only place anyone wants to go for celebration dinners. Everything I've had has been delicious. It's so worth the drive!

WT
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Vintage ambiance and excellent farm fresh food make this an outstanding restaurant. The service is spot on and the unusual decor and art (albeit somewhat dark) adds to a very unique dining experience.

Love the pre-prohibition cocktails and the wonderfully prepared food. Delectable.

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this restaurant! The food, ambiance, and service are always amazing!!

OT
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

Awesome ambiance and great food, but our server was not attentive at all. Not sure if the restaurant was extremely busy or if our server was having a difficult time multitasking. All other tables with other servers were getting serviced fairly quickly, so it was a bit disappointing.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food as always! Had too many service personnel as it was hard to keep track of at times but worked out fine.

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