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Diners' Choice: Good for special occasions restaurants in East Bay

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Updated July 05, 2024

Looking for the best special occasion restaurants in East Bay? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyzes nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favorite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!


A photo of Commis Dining Room restaurant
4.9
4.9 (1204)
$50 and over
Californian
Oakland
About the restaurant
Commis in Oakland is a Two-Star Michelin rated fine dining restaurant by James Beard Foundation Nominated Chef James Syhabout that serves a multi-course Tasting Menu.

Diners at Commis are invited to linger for 2.5 to 3 hours over an multi-course meal in a warm, comfortable and relaxing dining room appointed by glowing glass light pendants, dark furniture, bare walnut tables, dim lit candles and floral arrangements.

Delivered by the attentive service staff and sommeliers, the cuisine of Commis showcases some of the best Northern California ingredients that are in season through modern and classic cooking techniques. The cuisine aims to bridge the flavors, textures and temperatures of the East and West with every course with the intention to excite and satisfy.



Top review
LeahO
Dined 4 days ago
Beautiful food and service. The deep care that is undeniably put into this dining experience is something to behold.
A photo of Bardo Lounge & Supper Club restaurant
4.8
4.8 (445)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Oakland
About the restaurant
Recommended in the MICHELIN Guide for California 2021-2023. Located in Oakland’s historic Grand Lake District, Bardo is a neighborhood lounge and restaurant inspired by the comfort and camaraderie of a mid-century dinner party. Drawing on the celebration and elegance of old school entertaining, we envisioned a space for friends and neighbors to enjoy amazing food, cocktails, conversation and great music.

Our lounge is a swank living room, furnished with hand-picked finds from antique and vintage markets from Palm Springs to Portland. Our mezzanine dining room features a rotating menu of fresh, seasonal supper-fare with local and sustainably sourced meats, fish and produce. While we think the food, drinks and atmosphere are all great reasons to visit us, it’s the relationships with our friends, neighbors and guests that is the driving force behind Bardo.

Top review
R2Oaklandvip
Dined 2 days ago
This is a wonderful neighborhood gem. The service was great, and although the menu is somewhat limited, things were very tasty. The ambience was warm.
A photo of Biancoverde at Hotel Mac restaurant
4.8
4.8 (202)
$30 and under
Italian
Richmond
About the restaurant
Italian cuisine from the heart & soul by Executive Chef Fabio Bucio
Top review
KishRvip
Dined 2 days ago
The Hotel Mac is such a wonderful experience. A beautiful old space with fantastic ambience. The staff was helpful and attentive. The menu was wonderful and the food was fantastic at a great value. It’s a delightful spot for lunch that I recommend to all.
A photo of Chianti's restaurant
4.6
4.6 (765)
$30 and under
Italian
Brentwood
About the restaurant
In its chic and inviting eatery, Chianti's Ristorante serves classic Italian fare with passion and know-how. Appetizers include the prawns sautéed in a white wine pesto sauce, toasted bruschetta and the salmon carpaccio with mozzarella and capers. Chianti's Ristorante's house specialties include the hearty meatballs with spaghetti in a peppery tomato sauce, the baby manila clams with linguini, the chicken gorgonzola with apples, mushrooms and sun-dried tomatoes and the Italian sausage cannelloni. A vast selection of vegetarian dishes abound, with options like artichoke stuffed ravioli, pasta primavera and the classic eggplant parmesan being just a couple of the tasty highlights. Enjoy Chianti's Ristorante's luscious tiramisu, made with espresso drenched ladyfingers and mascarpone cream, with a rich cup of cappuccino. For a wonderful night out filled with authentic and delicious Italian cuisine, Chianti's Ristorante does it best.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jul 16, 2024
Good was great, staff was polite and professional
A photo of Shirasoni Japanese Restaurant - Lone Tree Brentwood restaurant
4.6
4.6 (411)
$31 to $50
Japanese
Brentwood
About the restaurant
Shirasoni Japanese Restaurant in Brentwood invites you to experience the otherworldly flavors of authentic Japanese cuisine using a blend of fresh ingredients and spices. Along with a meal, diners will also have the chance to appreciate the entertaining environment as experienced chefs cook foods on open hibachi grills. You can opt for seating around one of the grills so you can watch as the chefs work their magic. The spicy tuna roll, kappa roll, chicken teriyaki, vegetable tempura and edamame are just some of the authentic Japanese dishes found at Shirasoni Japanese Restaurant. There are also plenty of combination platters, specials and side menu options to help customize your meal experience. Make sure you start off with one of the highly appetizing starters at Shirasoni Japanese Restaurant.
Top review
LeeD
Dined 5 days ago
We had a super grill chef. He was very entertaining and skilled. I ordered the fillet with mussels. I wanted medium rare, but the meat was not rare at all (more medium). I should have been more descriptive. It was very tasty so I enjoyed it! My daughter’s veggie pasta was perfect. Veggies were nice and crisp and she said that the dish was just what she wanted. My young grandson, a picky eater, loved his medium fillet and the white rice. It was pricey, but we certainly got what we paid for in excellent food, ambiance, and service. We will be back. .
A photo of Berevino restaurant
4.5
4.5 (56)
$31 to $50
Italian
Dublin
About the restaurant
Berevino "Drinking Wine" restaurant in the heart of Dublin. Our passion is rustic old world Italian cuisine using the most freshest local ingredients. Our wine menu focuses on local & Italian Grapes to compliment our delicious homemade sauces and dishes. Our beautiful interior and courtyard will make you feel like you are in Tuscan village trattoria.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 16, 2024
the food was OK and the service was OK. Nothing was bad, just not great either.
A photo of The Essence - Walnut Creek restaurant
4.5
4.5 (32)
$30 and under
Indian
Walnut Creek
About the restaurant
The Essence Redefining Indian Food represents Indian food in all its eccentricity and diversity along with a high quality family dining experience. The Essence provides its guests a feel of traveling across India with all five senses and a plate. A beautiful extension is that the menu undergoes a change every two months with exciting add-ons. Also, whichever region The Essence makes its home, there is an adoption of the local cuisine by its menu.

Top review
LaurenSvip
Dined on Jun 14, 2024
Good food. Both cocktails and wine available. Lambshank tender and lots of meat.
A photo of Kimono Restaurant restaurant
4.4
4.4 (628)
$31 to $50
Japanese
Benicia
About the restaurant
Kimono welcomes you to a great experience and fresh sushi, seafood, and steak. Where we take customer service seriously and make every visit remarkable.
Top review
MONAB
Dined on Jul 13, 2024
Kimono made my sons 14th birthday 🎉 a memorable experience
A photo of Virtue + Vice restaurant
4.2
4.2 (190)
$30 and under
Californian
Danville
About the restaurant
Virtue + Vice is located in Historic Downtown Danville.

We are an independent, upscale restaurant and bar serving a globally inspired menu of gourmet comfort food.

For those looking to indulge their vices, we offer luscious libations and an extensive wine menu.

Available for indoor and outdoor seating.

Top review
Jackie
Dined on Jun 30, 2024
We dined on Saturday evening and both ordered salmon dipped in a pistachio crust with topped with lobster bisque. We both loved it. Highly recommend this dish. Service was spot on as well
A photo of Taj Mahal Flavors of India restaurant
3.8
3.8 (39)
$31 to $50
Indian
Livermore
About the restaurant
Our exquisite fine dining restaurant is poised to redefine Indian Cuisine in Livermore, California. Experience the perfect blend of tradition and innovation as we take you on an unforgettable flavorful journey.
Top review
RichardB
Dined on Jun 9, 2024
This is a special place. For Indian cuisine I think it has few competitors in the Bay Area. The authenticity of the ingredients, the blend of tradition and originality in the recipes, gives a complexity and richness to the flavors that is remarkable. And the presentation is stunning.Two appetizers that reflect these qualities are Dahi Batata Puri, a semolina shell filled with a garbanzo potato masala, curd and chutney, and Avocado Jahlmuri, a dish that incorporates puffed rice and multiple other textures. The 4 of us were so smitten with these flavors we almost couldn't resist reordering both and focusing on appetizers. But we were glad we continued to order, two vegetarian entrees and two chicken entrees, all superb. And the various naans were wonderful accompaniements. The black carrot pudding was a good finish. And the cocktails and mocktails were artistic and photo worthy. You leave Taj Mahal with joy. Comfortable, relaxed ambience, and the owner is a gem. Don't miss this experience.
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