The Bull Valley Roadhouse

4.8
2004 reviews
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American
{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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98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Tahoe
13 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 5

Been here many times always enjoyed. This time however we were seated in back room - not that this was bad but server was overworked( had too many tables) very slow and non attentive. Food was just ok- shared three entrees- fried chicken, steak and pork chop. Pork chop was so fatty there was hardly any to eat. We complained and server said sometimes they are fatty, sometimes lean - he did remove from bill. Will probably try restaurant again but will definitely request main dining room.

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S
San Francisco
63 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As usual, the service, drinks and food were excellent!

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AM
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A group of us were celebrating my birthday. I could not have been more pleased with the choice, which was mine. The food was outstanding, the service impeccable and the ambiance so much fun! Would go again in a heartbeat and recommend to others.

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Decided to finally check Out this culinary hidden gem with my husband for a date night. Such a wonderful experience. Food was delicious and the ambiance was spectacular and very romantic. Excellent service and all around wonderful evening. We’ll be back 👍

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j
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 2ambience 5

My favorite restuarant in the bay area...The food is unbelievable

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JM
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a fantastic experience - the best! Best brunch in the Bay! Best artfully unique cocktails too. . .Can't go wrong. Every. . .damn. . .time!

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PP
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed our brunch at the Roadhouse. Additional perk was that they did not rush us but let us linger a bit. Dishes were delicious.

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OO
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The perfect destination for a group of people who like to eat and share delicious and beautifully prepared local food. We had a wonderful time and it was as tasty and wonderful as our memory of it from the first time we ate there. We were a table of 6 and it was lovely to share all the dishes. Service was great and just a nice meal all around!

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T
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bull Valley is a gem within a gem of a town. Both are quaint, artsy, cool. This restaurant is so good you will think you're in Oakland or Berkeley. If you're from West Contra Costa County, you may be surprised something of such high quality exists here. We will continue to return and hope more folks discover and appreciate this place. We are lucky to have it here in this high-end restaurant desert.

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NG
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was AMAZING! I had a guy tell me it’s an alright place, pretty pricey. But when I finally did go there... the atmosphere is like a little step back in time. And the food and drinks were all way over my expectations. Good good food, and really neat drinks... kinda hipster drinks... I had something with elderberry and wormwood! But it was all so delicious and I will be going there more regularly after that first experience. If you’re a foodie... this is the spot to try!

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J
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great sharing menu

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

What an amazing little gem this place is. It’s tucked away in Port Costa in a cool historic building...but the menu is very current! Delicious food. Generous portions served family style. Attentive staff. And fun cocktail menu!

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SC
Central Coast
7 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The restaurant worked to find a quiet table for my group of six, although we were seated in an enclosed atrium and not in the main dining room which is picturesque. Excellent food as always, although I thought the battered asparagus appetizer of 4 spears was pricey at $12.

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CM
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were seated at a front table in an intimate setting...... fantastic service and our meal was wonderful. The dinner was served as it was prepared, so it was right from the kitchen with delicious ingredients. Highly recommend!

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DK
Palm Springs
7 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Way too noisy. Could not even talk to each other during dinner. Asparagus appetizer delicious but too meager. Excellent fried chicken. Entrees did not arrive at the table at the same time. Good sized bar drinks.

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BS
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Port Costa is an experience of it's own. We had drinks outside at the Warehouse before going to the
Bull Valley Roadhouse. The service and food at the Bull Valley Inn was exceptional. The Bull Valley Roadhouse is from another time. We love it!!! Not my first time and not my last.

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MS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always an amazing experience!

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love The Bull Valley Roadhouse, great place to meet with friends, for a date, birthday celebration or just simply have of their amazing cocktails.

Love the customer service, the quality of food and drinks!!!

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OT
San Francisco
47 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I’ve always rated Bull Valley a solid five star but this past time they seemed to have missed the mark. Slow (almost neglectful) service truly put a damper on the meal.

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S
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Everything great except about 30 minute wait between appetizers and main course.

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BL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Always a fun experience. Great food. Pleasant surroundings. Our 4th visit.

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R
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Went for my son's birthday as a group of 5. Food was superb, mixed cocktails were superb, service was superb. Only very small complaint were that noise levels were high, and the room had little noise reduction. Wasn't loud the entire time but enough that I had difficulty hearing conversations at our table for the initial 30 minutes.

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AM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thank you Bull Valley Road House for making my birthday so special! My family and I had a great time celebrating here now for the second year in a row!

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OT
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great as always!

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FP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the family style service. We had arugula salad, pork stew, and braised chard ... olive oil cake ... all delicious. Excellent server. Great drinks!

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Wonderful quaint place off in the cut with good food.

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OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely amazing place.

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g
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great place to look around you. Service was all one could ask for. We enjoyed the sharing of the food part. Perhaps note if a dish is vegetarian. Very creative combinations of the food which made it all that more delicious. Will definitely go back for more...

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SA
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From the hot washcloths that arrive promptly at you table, to the attentive staff, and delicious food, the Bull Valley Roadhouse is a fantastic place to dine and enjoy an evening. My husband and I particularly loved the shared plates. We ordered the ribeye steak which came sliced to share and had an amazing dollop of herbed butter floating on it. We also had the sourdough bread-outstanding! a wedge salad-with their own homemade, savory Ranch dressing, and the mac and cheese? Exquisite! The atmosphere is Victorian with a warm and cozy vibe. We will definitely be back for the service, food, and quaintness of the establishment!

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OT
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great as always!

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SG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

After hearing my coworkers RAVE about this place, I finally thought to myself “why haven’t I checked it out yet?!”. Soon enough I was booking the reservation and on my way. The ambiance is so awesome, and the food is so good! The cherry on top is the service staff. They go above and beyond to make sure you’re well fed, and happy. I truly believe that the service at this establishment are the icing on the cake and make this place feel warm. Oh, and did I mention that the food is delicious!!??

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IC
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love it! A favorite over the years. We love Port Costa, what a blast from the past!

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CG
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a wonderful treat it was to find this gem hidden away in sleepy Port Costa. We had the slow-cooked pork stew on a bed of luscious polenta, the roasted broccolini with lemon rind, and topped it off with chocolate pot de crème. We’ll come back again for their famous mussels. The service was like their food, charming and very special.

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E
San Francisco
67 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Getting there is half the fun. The drive has spectacular views of the Bay and the country side of green pastures. The scene is exciting with hundreds of bikers across the street on a Sunday afternoon. The food is delicious and great for sharing. The cocktails are potent and different. Good time!

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L
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Loved everything about it, from the food, to the service, to the ambiance and overall port costa. Will definitely be back!

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f
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Service was impeccable, the food was delicious, do yourself a favor and make a reservation, you won’t regret it.

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RD
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a fun restaurant. Sort of off the beaten path, but worth the drive. We've been for dinner and brunch - the fried chicken is a must, the chicken skin donut not so much. Anything with honey is terrific. Service is really attentive. Slightly pricey.

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MT
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I had an amazing dinner and started out at the Bar for a few AWESOME drinks - I love this place and also recommend staying at the hotel next store. Enjoy!

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JL
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A special place for a special occasion (our 25th wedding anniversary) Every aspect of our dining experience was wonderful!!
Thank You!

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k
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 4

grossly over priced, I ordered scalloped potatoes that were crunchy in the center. They said "We'll bring you some bread to hold you til the food comes", then charged $4 for it. The food, overall was acceptable but when I pay $160 for a meal I expect it to be very special, this was not and the menu was very weird.
My impression of the place is that they are trying to appear "trendy" while gouging customers for every penny they can.

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