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11 New Happy Hours, Brunches, and Lunches in the Bay Area

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Patricia Chang

Restaurants are constantly adding new dishes, features, and specials to the menu. Here are 11 new lunches, brunches, and happy hours in San Francisco, the East Bay, and more.

Happy Hour



Basalt: The new Napa Cal-cuisine spot now has happy hour with under $10 bar bites (fried shishito peppers, daily tacos) and drinks specials from $4 to $8. It goes down weekdays from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. and weekends from 2:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in the bar and lounge.

The Bywater: Now that it’s been six months of chef David Kinch’s New Orleans-inspired Los Gatos restaurant, there’s now happy hour every day from 2:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. and 9 p.m. to close. You can get $6 shots, beer and wine, plus the signature Voodoo frozen daiquiri. Food includes $4 Creole-spiced fries, a $12 burger, a dozen oysters for $20, and more.

The Cavalier: Every day from 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at The Cavalier brings "Bevvys and Bites" (which is just happy hour said in a British accent), a daily happy hour with $8 cocktails, $10 boilermakers, and some discounted food. See the full menu below.

Five: Berkeley’s Five now has happy hour weekdays from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. with under $10 food like crispy duck flautas and gruyere gougeres, plus $5 house wine and house sparkling wine, as well as $3 Trumer Pilsner. See the full menu below.

The Bywater Dr. Phil/Yelp

The Bywater

Hawker Fare: Chef James Syhabout’s playful Thai restaurant on Valencia now has "Tiki Hour," with a tiki- or Thai-inspired movie showing and tiki food and drink. See the full menu below, available Monday through Thursday from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Mina Test Kitchen: This Cow Hollow space may be a rotating concept, but the new late night menu at Mina Test Kitchen will always feature dishes from chef Adam Sobel on Wednesdays through Saturdays from 10:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m., and drink specials until 1:30 a.m. Food includes barbecued pastrami steamed buns, a fried chicken sandwich, burger specials, and more. See the full menu below.

Volta: This Scandinavian-inspired Mid-Market spot from Perbacco's Staffan Terje is now serving up happy hour at the bar weekdays from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. with $8 glasses of wine, $4 beers, and $9 cocktails. Plus, there are $5 bar bites weekdays from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m., with dishes like smoked salmon rillettes and chicken wing confit (plus burgers for around $15).


Basalt: Basalt has also launched weekend brunch from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Dishes like breakfast tacos, oxtail and fried sopes, and more are on the menu.

Volta | Photo credit: Patricia Chang

Farm: Another new Napa brunch is at Farm at The Carneros Inn, where Sunday brunch occurs on the newly-renovated outdoor patio from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. It’s $45 per person for a four-course, family-style menu of items like smoked fried chicken and waffles.

Volta: This Scandinavian-inspired spot from Perbacco's Staffen Terje is now serving up brunch on Saturday and Sunday, from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Breakfast cocktails are a must, with dishes like poached eggs with smoked salmon and dill hollandaise or a baked egg with ham marmalade and bechamel.


Myriad Gastro Pub: Myriad has added lunch during the week from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. with dishes like a roasted lamb sandwich, market salad, and more. See the full menu here.

Five Bar Menu

Hawker Fare Tiki Hour Menu

Mina Test Kitchen Late Night Menu

The Cavalier HH Menu