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Diners' Choice: American restaurants in East Bay

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Updated June 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants with the best overall American cuisine in East Bay? You’re in the right place. Each month OpenTable analyzes more than 400,000 new diner reviews. We sort the results by category to help you discover new favorites. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!

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4.9
4.9 (1642)
$50 and over
American
Albany
About the restaurant
An intimate neighborhood restaurant, Juanita & Maude features Chef Scott Eastman's personal take on American Cuisine. The daily changing menu highlights classic dishes including Michelin Guide's top 5 hamburger in California. His refined comfort food is matched with seasonal craft cocktails and an international wine list.

Juanita & Maude's lively dining room or serene outdoor patio is the perfect spot for a night out, celebration or special occasion. Conveniently located near the corner of Solano and San Pablo Avenues.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
Outstanding food,v friendly people, lovely ambience. It really stands out. The kind of place where you close your eyes and savor every bite.
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4.8
4.8 (2844)
$50 and over
American
Port Costa
About the restaurant
Old Country Road meets Bay Area Farmer's Market. Enjoy unforgettable dinner and drinks at the renowned Bull Valley Roadhouse, featuring elegantly hearty American dishes and expertly prepared cocktails in an old world atmosphere. Located in the picturesque town of Port Costa, BVR is a magical and convenient getaway, discovered and influenced by its community. The establishment has operated as a restaurant and bar since 1964, opening in October of 2012 under new leadership.

We accept walk-ins and online reservations for parties of 8 or fewer guests on Weds-Fri 5-9pm, Sat 4-9pm, and Sunday 11am-8pm. For parties of 9 - 14, please visit https://bit.ly/bvrlarge. For parties of 15+, please visit https://bit.ly/bvrprivate.
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Lylo
Dined 3 days ago
One of our favorite places to celebrate any occasion. There is a gracious vibe here that is really rare. Everything from the kitchen and bar is delicious and the service is excellent - both warm and professional. So worth the drive from San Francisco to this uniquely charming place even with the great restaurants in our own neighborhood.
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4.7
4.7 (2399)
$31 to $50
American
Orinda
About the restaurant
Casa Orinda has been serving the finest Western and Italian food in the area for the past 84 years. We are famous for our fried chicken, prime beef, and classic Italian pasta, chicken, and veal dishes -- everything being made from scratch in our kitchen using only the freshest, highest quality ingredients.

Our full service mahogany bar is a popular stop for locals and visitors looking for a nice refreshment and a hearty meal in a cozy, friendly atmosphere. We have three dining rooms, each with a slightly different character afforded by our hand-formed brass hearth fireplace, Western original art collection, famous antique gun collection, and alluring floral arrangements.
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Karebear76
Dined 4 days ago
Had a lovely gentleman server. Very diligent in refilling our drinks. Food was received in a decent time and tasted delicious. Will definitely visit again.
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4.7
4.7 (235)
$30 and under
American
Oakland
About the restaurant
May and David Wasem's second Grand Lake Kitchen location offers the same uplifted American classics and warm hospitality as you've come to expect from the original but in a larger, more accesible and central location of the Dimond District in Oakland. An all-day cafe specializing in brunch and dinner! Maximum party size for regular reservations is 10.

GLK Dimond houses a spacious dining room, full bar, two outdoor patios (dog friendly), private dining room, take-out counter, and retail wine and gift store
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BrianAvip
Dined 3 days ago
Excellent birthday brunch! Eggs Florentine for two, french toast with fruit for the table and a breakfast sandwich. Irish coffee for the birthday person! Everything was fantastic as always. This location and also Lake Merritt location are dependable go-to eateries. We have never had a bad meal and we have been going since GLK LM first opened. Also a great place to bring out of town guests.
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4.4
4.4 (39)
$30 and under
American
Oakland
About the restaurant
Oeste is a 100 seat bar and kitchen with a rooftop deck, located in the heart of Old Oakland. At Oeste, we are committed to providing an inviting and inclusive atmosphere, offering food for the soul, and pouring the highest quality spirits, wines and beers. We offer exemplary dishes by focusing on fresh, organic and sustainably farmed ingredients, fusing California cuisine with Latin, Southern and Asian influences. Enjoy one of our signature tap margaritas while lounging on the deck or watching a Warriors game at the bar.

Come solo or with friends and family and enjoy what Oeste has to offer!
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carla2020
Dined 3 days ago
We ordered the whole red snapper but it was bland and not crispy at all. It looked crispy but I think it was re-heated. The Brussel sprouts also tasted re-heated and tasted burnt. The sauce for the Brussel sprouts was amazing! The French fries=amazing the cocktails amazing! The ceviche Meh....I will go back for the ambiance and the cocktails. We couldn't even get our water carafe refilled.
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4.6
4.6 (1721)
$31 to $50
American
San Leandro
About the restaurant
Welcome to Paradiso! We are open daily from 11:30am to 9:00 pm (closing at 10:00pm on Friday & Saturday). Whether you are looking for a romantic dinner for two, a thirty-person special event, or anything between, we can make it happen. With our award winning wine list, craft cocktail program, and 'everything made from scratch' menu, Paradiso's California inspired Italian has been a crowd favorite for nearly three decades. Additionally, we love when you come to us, but we can also bring Paradiso to you. We have takeout and delivery available, please check our website for hours and details.
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billP
Dined 1 day ago
Amazing restaurant. Been talking to the chef you realize how important it is to him to produce a consistent quality product. 
A photo of Grand Lake Kitchen - Lake Merritt restaurant
4.7
4.7 (618)
$30 and under
American
Oakland
About the restaurant
May and David Wasem's flagship location Grand Lake Kitchen location offers American classics and warm hospitality. An all-day cafe specializing in brunch and dinner! Maximum party size for regular reservations is 8 at Lake Merritt and 10 at the Dimond location.

Grand Lake Kitchen at Lake Merritt has a full bar, bustling dining room, outdoor patio, take-out counter, and The Bubble Room (private dining)
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MissMoe
Dined 3 days ago
The food is really quite delicious. We had the tuna melt, the deviled eggs, and the brussels sprouts (theirs are the best!). We are never disappointed. And the service was perfect! Heem greeted us promptly, made sure we had everything we needed and served us with a warm smile. He was helpful, courteous and kind. I highly recommend Grand Lake Kitchen for Sunday Brunch, breakfast, lunch, dinner - anytime. It's a great place to have a good fresh meal.
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4.5
4.5 (276)
$30 and under
American
Alameda
About the restaurant
Spinning Bones is a California rotisserie restaurant that specializes in roasted meats with bold flavors. The focus of the menu is slow roasted meats: poultry, pork and beef, rotating on spits over high heat, and basting in their own natural juices. The rest of the menu is comprised of shareable appetizers, vegetarian side dishes, and healthier salads with vegan dressings. The principle of the menu is straight-forward: quality products that are prepared minimally and cooked thoughtfully. Spinning Bones is a brunch and dinner spot for Alameda people by Alameda people. It is a casual neighborhood restaurant open 6 days-a-week for sit down dining, take-out, and large party catering. Spinning Bones strives to be a common area for the residents of the East Bay to come together and engage in conversation and comradery over great food and drink.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
Great tasting food. Every thing was great but the cocktails could be better
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4.6
4.6 (1060)
$30 and under
American
Dublin
About the restaurant
Market Tavern’s continued vision is to bring high quality food from scratch and unique beverages to Dublin. Our incredible team welcomes the community to enjoy an eating experience in a relaxed, but upscale environment. We will become the place where you can go to celebrate memorable life events with family and friends, conduct a business meeting, spend a night with one’s family or dear friends, date night and, of course, to just sit at the bar to enjoy the “game.” For parties larger than 12, please call the restaurant directly.
We are currently limited seating to 90 minutes per reservation due to limited capacity. Thank you for understanding.
Top review
Rosey
Dined on Jun 2, 2024
Felix was our outstanding server - excellent recommendations! Skirt steak was delicious & cooked perfectly med-rare!
A photo of BackDoor Bistro and Wine Bar restaurant
4.7
4.7 (110)
$31 to $50
American
Vacaville
About the restaurant
BackDoor Bistro and Wine Bar focuses on sustainable, ethically sourced cuisine. Local farms produce as much as possible of the produce and ingredients for BackDoor Bistro. Its menu changes seasonally for varied options that change with the seasons and the bounty of surrounding farms. This restaurant also offers local beer, wine and artisanal cocktails for delightful pairings.

Guests can start their meals with bites and appetizers like the Polenta Fries with Cilantro Lime Crema, the Crispy Thai Brussels Sprouts. or the Seasonal Seared Spanish Octopus. They can then move onto the crowd-pleasing Stempler Creek Beef Burger, the Coconut Lime Bouillabaisse, or the hearty Southern Style Fried Chicken which is served Tuesday-Thursday nights.

The gorgeous patio is surrounded by plant life and set aside a bustling courtyard. The dining room is charming yet elegant. BackDoor Bistro has been voted best spot for a date night for many years for a reason!
Top review
ConnieM
Dined 4 days ago
Love BackDoor Bistro! Good & service always very good, but the noise level is too much. Tables very close together.
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