FOOD & DRINK
There’s no shortage of food on College Ave. Whether you’re looking for a cup of coffee, a locally brewed beer, a quick bite, or a fancy meal, this single street has it. And the time of day is flexible, too — brunch, lunch, dinner, and dessert are all there.
For many all over the Bay Area, College Ave. is a dining destination for special occasions. The district is home to some of the East Bay’s best fine-dining spots — particularly in the area around Rockridge BART station. And the options range widely: from Oliveto’s handmade pasta to Millennium’s high-end, world famous vegan offerings.
But there’s actually an even greater number of mid-range restaurants that are perfect for both dates and parties. You can find a huge range of options: Greek, American, Mexican, Chinese. The only challenge is choosing. Deep dish at Zachary’s or thin crust across the street at Jules’? A cup of joe at longtime local establishment Cole Coffee or something more exotic across the way at Philz? Be ready to encounter these kinds of decisions.
À CÔTÉ RESTAURANT
Small plate Mediterranean cuisine served family style either in the dining room or on the patio with an expansive wine list and rare botaniques and fine liqueurs at the bar.
5478 College Ave.
510-655-6469 | acoterestaurant.com
Inspired by the Campania region of Italy, A16 features fresh pasta, house-butchered and cured meats, authentic Pizza Napolitano, and an impressive wine selection.
5356 College Ave.
510-768-8003 | a16pizza.com
A café with a wide variety of fine teas, food, comfy seating, free Wi-Fi, and bicycle parking outside.
2992 College Ave.
Organic produce and grocery items including bulk, international, vitamins, green cleaning supplies, organic coffees, fine cheeses, and more.
2642 Ashby Ave.
BARNEY’S GOURMET HAMBURGERS
All natural Niman Ranch burgers served gourmet style in an extensive variety of flavorful styles.
5819 College Ave.
510-601-0444 | barneyshamburgers.com
BELOTTI RISTORANTE E BOTTEGA
Brings traditional Italian cooking with a modern touch in a relaxed environment and peaceful place to enjoy a glass of wine.
5403 College Ave.
510-788-7890 | belottirb.com
BEN & NICK’S BAR & GRILL
Focuses on great pub food, local and hard to find beers, and well-crafted cocktails in an easy going atmosphere.
5612 College Ave.
510-923-0327 | benandnicks.com
Serves an ever-changing menu of seasonal coffees from the best roasters in the Bay Area.
5701 College Ave.
BOURBON & BEEF
Serves fine cut beef and seafood, creating unique and memorable dishes accompanied with excellent house cocktails.
5634 College Ave.
510-788-4821 | bourbonandbeef.com
Best all-around no-fuss meal for those on the go
High quality, quick service Mexican restaurant focused on freshness, sustainability, and sourcing from partner farms.
5642 College Ave.
510-658-6180 | cactustaqueria.com
Iconic, indie coffee place featuring hand-crafted espresso drinks, house-made pastries, and large outdoor patio across from UC Berkeley campus.
2300 College Ave.
CASA DE CHOCOLATES
Award-winning handmade chocolates and desserts inspired by the flavors and ingredients of Latin America.
2629 Ashby Ave.
510-859-7221 | casadechocolates.com
CASK ON COLLEGE
Curates a selection of hard-to-find, unusual, esoteric, and generally tasty wines, spirits, beers, and mixers along with books and bar tools.
3185 College Ave.
510-788-6228 | caskoncollege.com
THE CHOCOLATE DRAGON BITTERSWEET CAFÉ & BAKERY
Decadent cafe with fine chocolate treats, baked goods, and artisanal coffee drinks.
5427 College Ave.
Perfecting their coffee craft for nearly 3 decades by offering specialty coffees individually brewed for their loyal patrons.
6255 College Ave.
510-653-5458 | colecoffee.com
Uses a wood burning oven imported from Italy to bake pizzas made from scratch and other specialties.
2930 College Ave.
510-649-8600 | cuginimanzone.com
Adorable, upscale little cafe that has a big heart and welcoming staff plus a full bar with yummy cocktails.
5422 College Ave.
510-871-3463 | duchessoakland.com
Friendly café in a historic location serves organic fair trade coffees, belly warming menu, and supports community groups based on customer votes.
2900 College Ave.
510-843-1300 | elmwoodcafe.com
Delicious Italian cuisine with notably affordable, expansive wine list, and simple place with a great feel.
5474 College Ave.
510-428-4078 | enoteca-molinari.com
ESPRESSO ROMA CAFÉ
Coffee shop and café with expansive outdoor patio and old European décor offers a convenient place to refuel while shopping Elmwood.
2960 College Ave.
Italian Restaurant with generous portions catering to both vegetarian and nonvegetarian diners with heated outdoor seating and parking.
5400 College Ave.
510-601-8646 | filippos.biz
Best patio for enjoying an Indian summer with friends
Neighborhood pub with great outdoor dining supporting the independent craft beer scene with 16 local beers on tap, specialty spirits, and juicy 1/2 pound grass-fed burgers.
2700 Bancroft Wy.
510-647-2300 | berkeleyfreehouse.com
GEORGE & WALT’S
Celebrating 70 years in business, a casual neighborhood pub with a lot of HD screens playing various sporting games.
5445 College Ave.
THE GOLDEN SQUIRREL
A family-friendly pub with extensive menu of comfort foods, full bar, and lots of beers on tap.
5940 College Ave.
510-735-9220 | goldensquirrelpub.com
Local’s bar with jukebox, popcorn, great bartenders, chill vibe, and plenty of affordable alcohol to go around.
6202 Claremont Ave.
GREAT WALL CHINESE CUISINE
Specializes in vegetarian, vegan, glutenfree, and seafood as well as wine, beer, and desserts in a cozy, intimate setting.
6247 College Ave.
510-658-8458 | greatwallrockridge.com
HAPUKU FISH SHOP IN MARKET HALL
A sustainable, fresh fish shop that will also cook to order, house made sauces, chips, soups, and offers expert advice on all things fish.
5655 College Ave.
HIGHWIRE COFFEE ROASTERS IN MARKET HALL
Meticulously sourced and roasted coffee drinks and delicious teas made by people who genuinely love caffeine.
5655 College Ave.
510-653-0450 | highwirecoffee.com
HOUSE OF CURRIES
Provides perfectly balanced spices and exotic flavors to their South Asian dishes served with complimentary hot chai tea.
2984 College Ave.
510-841-1688 | houseofcurries.com
HUDSON BAY CAFÉ
Spacious neighborhood coffee shop with lots of sunlight, comfortable seating, and lite bites to enjoy with a cup of joe.
5401 College Ave.
ICI ICE CREAM
Handmade on location, offers frozen treats, candies, and cookies made in small batches using top quality, local ingredients and organic milks.
2948 College Ave.
510-665-6054 | ici-icecream.com
IKE’S LOVE AND SANDWICHES
An impressively long list of sandwich options, whether meat or vegetarian, all served on fresh baked breads with yummy sides.
6310 College Ave.
JULES’ THIN CRUST
Thin crispy pizzas topped with locally sourced, organic products for meat eaters, vegetarians, and vegans plus a gluten-free crust option as well.
5804 College Ave.
510-597-1859 | julesthincrust.com
KATRINA ROZELLE PASTRIES & DESSERTS
Delicious cakes and desserts if you drop in, or you can order an elegant custom cake for any celebration.
5931 College Ave.
510-655-3209 | katrinarozelle.com
Mouth-watering Indian food with constantly changing menu items and spices handpicked by family members in India.
5316 College Ave.
510-658-2300 | khanapeenaoakland.com
LA FARINE BOULANGERIE PATISSERIE
Quality French-style baked goods including cakes, breads, pastries, cookies, and tarts, also accepts special orders.
6323 College Ave.
510-654-0338 | lafarine.com
Family recipes with fragrant herbs and spices will transport you to the Mediterranean with influences from Armenia, Greece, Lebanon, and France.
2936 College Ave.
510-540-7773 | cafelamed.com
Chef Owner Christopher Cheung and family create simple but elevated dishes primarily from the sea with a new daily menu and prix-fixe dinner option.
5301 College Ave.
510-985-8388 | maricaoakland.com
MARIN SUN FARMS AT MARKET HALL
Full-service butcher shop with 100% grass fed, pasture raised local beef, pork, lamb, goat, veal, chicken, rabbit, duck, eggs, and sausage.
5655 College Ave.
510-601-8997 | marinsunfarms.com
MARKET HALL BAKERY
European-style bakery with savory selections, breads, pastries, and desserts, including their famous cookies.
5655 College Ave.
MCNALLY’S IRISH PUB
Traditional Irish pub with a dedication to craftsmanship in their bites, meals, and drafts and cozy atmosphere to enjoy with friends or family.
5352 College Ave.
510-655-3929 | mcnallyspub.com
MIKKELLER TASTING ROOM & BOTTLE SHOP
Fully stocked bottle shop with both common and hard-to-find Mikkeller beers and select guest beers.
6309 College Ave.
510-594-2339 | mikkelleroakland.com
Globally inspired plant-based food in a fine dining setting that boasts an internationally recognized wine list.
5912 College Ave.
Zachary’s Chicago Pizza
5801 College Ave. | zacharys.com
Rich in Flavor and Community
What’s the secret sauce for being one of the most award-winning businesses in the East Bay? Well, in this case, it’s literally the secret sauce. But Zachary’s tasty deep dish pizza isn’t the only thing to love about this local institution.
They have been innovators in business, offering employee stock ownership as far back as 2003. As a result, they have a staff that is truly invested in your experience. They stick around for years (decades even) and perfect their trade.
Case in point, their current CEO started as a dishwasher thirty years ago.
They also integrate their customers into their business in creative ways.
Since the mid-1980’s, they have conducted an art contest, and now have over 300 posters adorning their restaurant walls. Here are a some.
Highly regarded but casual Japanese restaurant including a house-made Ramen, sushi bar, and sake bar.
3201 College Ave.
510-652-6157 | mitamasushi.com
Handcrafted bakery goods using real butter in all non-vegan products and hormone and pesticide free dairy products.
2708 Russell St.
510-845-2253 | nabolombakery.com
Best payoff after waiting in line
Very popular Asian fusion restaurant with inspired Ramen noodle dishes, flavorful plated creations, dumplings, and more.
6099 Claremont Ave.
510-595-6988 | noodletheory.com
OLD BROOKLYN BAGELS & DELI
Fresh boiled bagels and sandwiches made to order along with coffee drinks in a comfortable café setting.
6000 College Ave.
Oakland fine dining institution offering top quality classic Italian foods and wines either in the restaurant or the more casual café.
5655 College Ave.
510-547-5356 | oliveto.com
Modern-classic Asian restaurant with full bar focused on an array of Chinese regional dishes, Japanese, and South-East Asian flavors.
6048 College Ave.
PAUL MARCUS WINES AT MARKET HALL
Friendly, sophisticated wine shop carrying European and domestic wines that offer the highest quality, best value wine you can buy.
5655 College Ave.
510-420-1005 | paulmarcuswines.com
Artfully selected coffees brewed once cup at a time, fine teas, and delicious espresso drinks served by friendly and knowledgeable baristas.
6310 College Ave.
510-463-6790 | philzcoffee.com
Speedy delivery to locals only (see map on website) of amazing, raved-about partially baked pizzas.
510-394-5422 | pizzamatador.com
POWELL’S SWEET SHOPPE
A colorful candy paradise that will blow kids’ minds with something delicious for all ages and tastes.
3206 College Ave.
510-658-9866 | powellsss.com
Contemporary Peruvian street food that honors the staples and is always based on California’s seasonal bounties.
5337 College Ave.
510-658-7378 | pucquio.com
THE RAMEN SHOP
A Ramen-lover’s favorite makes this popular place worth visiting, and they have very good drinks.
5812 College Ave.
510-640-5034 | ramenshop.com
THE RIC: ROCKRIDGE IMPROVEMENT CLUB
Classic-inspired custom cocktails and beers in this historic 1912 building featuring a huge brick fireplace.
5515 College Ave.
Well-portioned servings of homemade comfort food and breakfast served all day at this popular neighborhood café.
5492 College Ave.
510-653-1567 | rockridgecafe.com
ROCKRIDGE MARKET HALL
A foodie paradise all under one roof with a coffee roaster, bakery, flower shop, wine store, butcher, fish shop, fine foods, cheeses, deli, and produce market.
5655 College Ave.
510-250-6000 | rockridgemarkethall.com
SACK’S COFFEE HOUSE
Coffee shop serving bagels, paninis, and salads, with lots of seating, free Wi-Fi, and local artists’ works on display.
2701 College Ave.
510-644-2233 | sackscoffeehouse.com
SMITTEN ICE CREAM
Easiest way to blow your kid's mind with smoky-ice magic
Not just amazing ice cream to eat, but an amazing ice cream experience as your serving is made fresh before your eyes with science-y, foggy magic.
5800 College Ave.
510-594-7630 | smittenicecream.com
SOI 4 BANGKOK EATERY
Delightful modern Thai dishes in a beautifully appointed restaurant with a private mezzanine for groups.
5421 College Ave.
510-655-0889 | oakland.soifour.com
A go-to restaurant for foodies who will fall in love with the house made granola, original lunch sandwiches, or exquisite dinner menu with fine wines.
6311 College Ave.
510-654-0100 | southieoakland.com
Friendly coffee shop with a real neighborhood, welcoming vibe where you can talk with friends, get some work done, or just read a paper in peace.
6021 College Ave.
Full-service butcher shop and sandwich shop serving locally-sourced meats that are humanely farmed.
3068 Claremont Ave.
510-652-7712 | star-meats.com
Neighborhood Thai restaurant that offers modern dishes in a quiet, comfortable atmosphere.
5498 College Ave.
510-420-8600 | sukhothaioakland.com
SUMMER KITCHEN & BAKE SHOP
This restaurant serves pastries, brick oven pizzas, and belly-filling dishes that seem like they are straight from the kitchen of a gourmet farmhouse.
2944 College Ave.
Home of the original sushi boat, their boats are loaded with fresh sashimi, nigiri, and specialty rolls that float by you to serve yourself.
5897 College Ave.
510-601-1424 | takarasushioakland.com
TARA’S ORGANIC ICE CREAM
The best organic ingredients hand crafted in small batches with seasonal fruits, fresh herbs, and freshly ground spices to create amazing flavors.
3173 College Ave.
510-655-5014 | tarasorganic.com
A variety of traditional English tea with fresh baked goods and beautiful presentation make this shop an experience to awaken all your senses.
6241 College Ave.
510-658-8475 | thetearoomshop.com
TRATTORIA LA SICILIANA
With a family lineage that traces back to culinary masters in Sicily, this award-winning Italian restaurant brings authentic cuisine perfected over generations.
2993 College Ave.
510-704-1474 | trattorialasiciliana.com
VER BRUGGE FOODS
Family-owned purveyor of fine meats, seafood, poultry, and fancy foods for over 60 years with expertise to guide your selections.
6321 College Ave.
A fine selection of wines priced at a good value with unpretentious, knowledgeable staff to help you select.
6319 College Ave.
Specializes in carefully selected, small-batch production wines from the U.S. and around the world.
2949 College Ave.
510-549-9501 | vintageberkeley.com
Popular fine dining in a warm and friendly environment for enjoying well-executed hearty meals and great cocktails.
6317 College Ave.
510-654-6607 | woodtavern.net
YASAI PRODUCE MARKET
Neighborhood market with all the staples and quality produce that forces you to take your time and find all its many treasures.
6301 College Ave.