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23 Excellent East Bay Brunch Spots

Start your weekend right with eggs, beignets, and dim sum

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Whether weekend brunch serves as your reward after tackling a long hike in the Berkeley Hills or just a chill way to ease into a lazy Sunday, East Bay restaurants have you covered. There’s a brunch spot for just about every mood from homey mom-and-pop spots where the menu brims with American classics to buzzy destinations where big groups can dig into shareable plates. Craving dim sum? There are plenty of great options on this side of the bridge.

And if you’re looking for brunch options in the city, here’s our guide to the hottest brunches in San Francisco.

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1. Saigon Seafood Harbor Restaurant

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3150 Pierce St
Richmond, CA 94804
(510) 559-9388
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Saigon Harbor remains one of the East Bay’s strongest weekend dim sum options — the fried taro dumplings, steamed rice rolls, and sticky rice in lotus leaf all rank among the tops in the area.

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2. Sam's Log Cabin

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945 San Pablo Ave
Albany, CA 94706
(510) 558-0502
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The historic San Pablo Avenue brunch spot, set in an actual log cabin, is offering its entire menu — pancakes, scrambles, hashes, and all — for takeout, curbside pickup, and delivery. Keep an eye out for the daily blue plate specials, which run the gamut from a classic Monte Cristo to a carnitas torta.

3. Saul's Restaurant & Delicatessen

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1475 Shattuck Ave
Berkeley, CA 94709
(510) 848-3354
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For decades, Saul’s has been the East Bay’s gold standard for Jewish deli classics like (house-smoked) pastrami sandwiches, latkes, and matzo ball soup. It’s now also one of the area’s best options for a weekend bagel brunch: perhaps the East Bay’s finest bagels (now boiled and baked in house), plus an assortment of smoked fish options. Other morning staples include a classic salami-and-egg scramble and a pastrami and corned beef hash.

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4. Lulu

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1019 Camelia St
Berkeley, CA 94710
(510) 529-4300
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This bright Berkeley spot does a bountiful weekend brunch, when diners can order table-sized mezze platters piled high with all sorts of fresh-baked breads, dips, and pickled vegetables. There’s a cozy outdoor patio and an airy indoor dining room which a view of the kitchen, where you may even spot chef Mona Leena artfully building each of the many platters for guests.

A platter of food including hummus, baba ganoush, pickled vegetables, fruit salad, and fresh breads. Lauren Saria/Eater SF

5. La Note

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2377 Shattuck Ave
Berkeley, CA 94704
(510) 843-1525
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The classic downtown Berkeley brunch spot, a favorite for generations of Cal students, is still welcoming long lines of diners to enjoy pain perdu, French-style omelettes, and combo plates like the “Cote Ouest”: a three-egg omelette with ratatouille, homefries, and a choice of toast. The garlicky breakfast potatoes alone are worth a visit.

6. Viks Chaat

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2390 Fourth St
Berkeley, CA 94710
(510) 644-4412
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The popular West Berkeley chaat house, known for its huge crowds on weekend mornings, is open for takeout, curbside pickup, and outdoor dining — and still serving all of its customer favorites, including its dosas and its bhatura cholle (aka the “big puffy bread”), which almost everyone orders.

7. Rick & Ann's Restaurant

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2922 Domingo Ave
Berkeley, CA 94705
(510) 649-8538
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Indulge in classic American breakfast and lunch fare at this homey little spot, where the dining room winds past the kitchen and a patio wraps around the side. The menu stars big platters of pancakes, eggs, hash browns, and the usual breakfast meats — think, sausage patties and bacon. Everything is cooked with attention and care and there are some unexpected options worth exploring such as the corn waffle and orange rice flour pancakes.

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8. Standard Fare

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2701 Eighth St #118
Berkeley, CA 94710
(510) 356-2261
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Perhaps best known for its weekday focaccia sandwich brown bag lunches, Chez Panisse alum Kelsie Kerr’s West Berkeley breakfast and lunch spot also serves up a mean Saturday brunch — a weekly tradition that the restaurant revived after staying closed on weekends for the bulk of the pandemic. The menu changes every day, but keep an eye out for sticky buns, sourdough waffles, and picture-perfect fried eggs.

9. Lois the Pie Queen

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851 60th St
Oakland, CA 94608
(510) 658-5616
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This North Oakland institution serves a mean fried chicken breakfast plate, with or without the waffle, but the real star of its breakfast and brunch menu is what’s probably the creamiest, most delicious side of grits you can find in the East Bay. No one will blame you if you finish your morning meal here with a slice of pie.

10. Kitchen Story

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5422 College Ave
Oakland, CA 94618
(510) 922-9443
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This Rockridge restaurant is serves its brunch dishes every day. The menu aims to offer something for everyone, from pancakes and Benedicts to morning fare with Korean and other international influences: omurice, morning tacos with kalbi, and Korean fried chicken and waffles.

11. Alem's Coffee

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5353 Claremont Ave
Oakland, CA 94618
(510) 655-6003

This cozy coffee shop across from the Temescal DMV serves some of the tastiest Eritrean breakfast dishes around. The shahan ful, a spicy fava bean dip that comes with two warm, crusty French rolls, is the must-order dish, but the cafe’s excellent Eritrean-style frittata (like an onion-y scramble) also has its fair share of devotees.

12. FOB Kitchen

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5179 Telegraph Ave
Oakland, CA 94609
(510) 817-4169
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Since reopening for indoor dining (though takeout and delivery are still available) FOB Kitchen has also resumed its three-day a week brunch hours, which means you can snag one of their silogs (garlic rice breakfast plates) — say the one with tocino or a Filipino eggplant omelette — on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday mornings.

13. Brenda's Oakland

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4045 Broadway #101
Oakland, CA 94611
(510) 929-0510
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Before the shelter in place hit, this counter-service spinoff of SF Cajun institution Brenda’s was probably Oakland’s hottest new brunch spot. It’s now serving the restaurant’s time-tested classics including a flight of beignets, a po’ boy, or a hearty plate of shrimp and grits for pick up or delivery from 8 a.m to 8 p.m. daily — with the option to dine at the restaurant Thursdays through Mondays.

14. Nibs Restaurant

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3112 Market St
Oakland, CA 94608
(510) 250-9272
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Huge classic American breakfasts are the calling card of this West Oakland diner, a newly reborn version of a beloved El Cerrito spot. Well-stuffed omelets and fluffy, buttery pancakes are the way to go here, but the Asian-leaning dishes (teriyaki plates and such) are worth trying too: The Spam-and-egg rice bowl really hits the spot.

15. Daughter's Diner

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326 23rd St Unit D
Oakland, CA 94612
(510) 309-1943
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A relative newcomer to Oakland’s breakfast and brunch scene, Daughter’s Diner brings a modern, California-inflected, and slightly whimsical sensibility to classic diner food. That means weekend brunch might feature breakfast sandwiches with soufflé eggs (including a version that uses pancakes in place of the bread); French toast with honey-roasted fruit; and “princess pancakes, perhaps the restaurant’s signature dish, made with marzipan and house-made raspberry preserves.

16. Grand Lake Kitchen

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576 Grand Ave
Oakland, CA 94610
(510) 922-9582
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By far the most popular brunch spot in the vicinity of Lake Merritt (the weekend lines are legendary), Grand Lake Kitchen is open for takeout with a limited — but all-day — brunch menu that includes both sweet and savory versions of French toast. The restaurant has a second location in the Dimond that’s also open.

17. Peony Seafood Restaurant

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388 9th St STE 288
Oakland, CA 94607
(510) 286-8866
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The dining rooms in this classic Oakland Chinatown banquet house and dim sum parlor are once again open, and Peony remains the most reliable takeout dim sum option in the neighborhood. You’ll find all the classics here, but also slightly more contemporary and hard-to-find options: Buried in the restaurant’s vast menu are gems like pan-fried daikon cake with XO sauce; crispy-garlic-topped “typhoon style” taro cake; and cute, Instagram-ready piggy-faced steamed custard buns.

18. La Santa Torta

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95 Linden St
Oakland, CA 94607

Now that quesabirria food truck La Santa Torta has landed in its brick-and-mortar home, there’s weekend brunch to enjoy: there’s chile rellenos, chilaquiles with La Finca Tortillas, French toast with cajeta goat milk caramel and pecans, and a new creation: breakfast sopes on the the list. Wash it down with a beer or a beer-mosa from Old Kan Brewery.

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19. Philomena

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1801 14th Ave
Oakland, CA 94606
(510) 532-2399
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After rising from the ashes of a small fire back, this East Oakland pizza restaurant is back to slinging some of the better East Coast–inspired pies in the Bay Area. That’s especially good news for fans of egg-topped brunch pizzas, including the ham, bacon, and hashbrown-topped Merica and braised kale and sausage anointed Tuscany.

20. Sequoia Diner

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3719 MacArthur Blvd
Oakland, CA 94619
(510) 482-3719
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The chic Laurel District diner is open for breakfast, lunch, and weekend brunch, Wednesday through Sunday. The waffles and biscuits are spectacular, as are the breakfast sandwiches, and there are plenty of vegetarian-friendly options — and mimosa and bloody maria kits to boot.

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21. East Ocean Seafood Restaurant

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1713 Webster St
Alameda, CA 94501
(510) 865-3381
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The Alameda Cantonese restaurant doesn’t have as full a slate of dim sum offerings as it does when the carts are making their rounds in the dining room, but it’s got enough classic items on its menu — from har gow and siu mai to black bean spareribs — to cobble together a solid dim sum feast.

22. La Grana Fish

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952 Fruitvale Ave
Oakland, CA 94601

Is quesabirria a brunch food? In our household it is, especially if you snag an order at 10 a.m. on a Saturday or Sunday and wash down each bite of the crispy, cheesy birria tacos with a sip of soul-warming consomé. Get an order of michelada mix, too, to make it a proper morning feast.

Close-up view of the quesabirria Karina

23. Koi Palace

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4288 Dublin Blvd #213
Dublin, CA 94568
(925) 833-9090
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Like all the other Koi Palace locations, the Dublin dim sum destination is offering a selection of frozen dim sum for customers to steam (or bake) at home — everything from har gow to chicken feet to Portuguese egg tarts.

1. Saigon Seafood Harbor Restaurant

3150 Pierce St, Richmond, CA 94804
takeout dim sum containers Luke Tsai

Saigon Harbor remains one of the East Bay’s strongest weekend dim sum options — the fried taro dumplings, steamed rice rolls, and sticky rice in lotus leaf all rank among the tops in the area.

3150 Pierce St
Richmond, CA 94804

2. Sam's Log Cabin

945 San Pablo Ave, Albany, CA 94706

The historic San Pablo Avenue brunch spot, set in an actual log cabin, is offering its entire menu — pancakes, scrambles, hashes, and all — for takeout, curbside pickup, and delivery. Keep an eye out for the daily blue plate specials, which run the gamut from a classic Monte Cristo to a carnitas torta.

945 San Pablo Ave
Albany, CA 94706

3. Saul's Restaurant & Delicatessen

1475 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA 94709
four bagels on a wooden pizza board Luke Tsai

For decades, Saul’s has been the East Bay’s gold standard for Jewish deli classics like (house-smoked) pastrami sandwiches, latkes, and matzo ball soup. It’s now also one of the area’s best options for a weekend bagel brunch: perhaps the East Bay’s finest bagels (now boiled and baked in house), plus an assortment of smoked fish options. Other morning staples include a classic salami-and-egg scramble and a pastrami and corned beef hash.

1475 Shattuck Ave
Berkeley, CA 94709

4. Lulu

1019 Camelia St, Berkeley, CA 94710
A platter of food including hummus, baba ganoush, pickled vegetables, fruit salad, and fresh breads. Lauren Saria/Eater SF

This bright Berkeley spot does a bountiful weekend brunch, when diners can order table-sized mezze platters piled high with all sorts of fresh-baked breads, dips, and pickled vegetables. There’s a cozy outdoor patio and an airy indoor dining room which a view of the kitchen, where you may even spot chef Mona Leena artfully building each of the many platters for guests.

1019 Camelia St
Berkeley, CA 94710

5. La Note

2377 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704

The classic downtown Berkeley brunch spot, a favorite for generations of Cal students, is still welcoming long lines of diners to enjoy pain perdu, French-style omelettes, and combo plates like the “Cote Ouest”: a three-egg omelette with ratatouille, homefries, and a choice of toast. The garlicky breakfast potatoes alone are worth a visit.

2377 Shattuck Ave
Berkeley, CA 94704

6. Viks Chaat

2390 Fourth St, Berkeley, CA 94710

The popular West Berkeley chaat house, known for its huge crowds on weekend mornings, is open for takeout, curbside pickup, and outdoor dining — and still serving all of its customer favorites, including its dosas and its bhatura cholle (aka the “big puffy bread”), which almost everyone orders.

2390 Fourth St
Berkeley, CA 94710

7. Rick & Ann's Restaurant

2922 Domingo Ave, Berkeley, CA 94705
Lauren Saria

Indulge in classic American breakfast and lunch fare at this homey little spot, where the dining room winds past the kitchen and a patio wraps around the side. The menu stars big platters of pancakes, eggs, hash browns, and the usual breakfast meats — think, sausage patties and bacon. Everything is cooked with attention and care and there are some unexpected options worth exploring such as the corn waffle and orange rice flour pancakes.

2922 Domingo Ave
Berkeley, CA 94705

8. Standard Fare

2701 Eighth St #118, Berkeley, CA 94710

Perhaps best known for its weekday focaccia sandwich brown bag lunches, Chez Panisse alum Kelsie Kerr’s West Berkeley breakfast and lunch spot also serves up a mean Saturday brunch — a weekly tradition that the restaurant revived after staying closed on weekends for the bulk of the pandemic. The menu changes every day, but keep an eye out for sticky buns, sourdough waffles, and picture-perfect fried eggs.

2701 Eighth St #118
Berkeley, CA 94710

9. Lois the Pie Queen

851 60th St, Oakland, CA 94608

This North Oakland institution serves a mean fried chicken breakfast plate, with or without the waffle, but the real star of its breakfast and brunch menu is what’s probably the creamiest, most delicious side of grits you can find in the East Bay. No one will blame you if you finish your morning meal here with a slice of pie.

851 60th St
Oakland, CA 94608

10. Kitchen Story

5422 College Ave, Oakland, CA 94618

This Rockridge restaurant is serves its brunch dishes every day. The menu aims to offer something for everyone, from pancakes and Benedicts to morning fare with Korean and other international influences: omurice, morning tacos with kalbi, and Korean fried chicken and waffles.

5422 College Ave
Oakland, CA 94618

11. Alem's Coffee

5353 Claremont Ave, Oakland, CA 94618

This cozy coffee shop across from the Temescal DMV serves some of the tastiest Eritrean breakfast dishes around. The shahan ful, a spicy fava bean dip that comes with two warm, crusty French rolls, is the must-order dish, but the cafe’s excellent Eritrean-style frittata (like an onion-y scramble) also has its fair share of devotees.

5353 Claremont Ave
Oakland, CA 94618

12. FOB Kitchen

5179 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA 94609

Since reopening for indoor dining (though takeout and delivery are still available) FOB Kitchen has also resumed its three-day a week brunch hours, which means you can snag one of their silogs (garlic rice breakfast plates) — say the one with tocino or a Filipino eggplant omelette — on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday mornings.

5179 Telegraph Ave
Oakland, CA 94609

13. Brenda's Oakland

4045 Broadway #101, Oakland, CA 94611

Before the shelter in place hit, this counter-service spinoff of SF Cajun institution Brenda’s was probably Oakland’s hottest new brunch spot. It’s now serving the restaurant’s time-tested classics including a flight of beignets, a po’ boy, or a hearty plate of shrimp and grits for pick up or delivery from 8 a.m to 8 p.m. daily — with the option to dine at the restaurant Thursdays through Mondays.

4045 Broadway #101
Oakland, CA 94611

14. Nibs Restaurant

3112 Market St, Oakland, CA 94608

Huge classic American breakfasts are the calling card of this West Oakland diner, a newly reborn version of a beloved El Cerrito spot. Well-stuffed omelets and fluffy, buttery pancakes are the way to go here, but the Asian-leaning dishes (teriyaki plates and such) are worth trying too: The Spam-and-egg rice bowl really hits the spot.

3112 Market St
Oakland, CA 94608

15. Daughter's Diner

326 23rd St Unit D, Oakland, CA 94612

A relative newcomer to Oakland’s breakfast and brunch scene, Daughter’s Diner brings a modern, California-inflected, and slightly whimsical sensibility to classic diner food. That means weekend brunch might feature breakfast sandwiches with soufflé eggs (including a version that uses pancakes in place of the bread); French toast with honey-roasted fruit; and “princess pancakes, perhaps the restaurant’s signature dish, made with marzipan and house-made raspberry preserves.

326 23rd St Unit D
Oakland, CA 94612

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16. Grand Lake Kitchen

576 Grand Ave, Oakland, CA 94610

By far the most popular brunch spot in the vicinity of Lake Merritt (the weekend lines are legendary), Grand Lake Kitchen is open for takeout with a limited — but all-day — brunch menu that includes both sweet and savory versions of French toast. The restaurant has a second location in the Dimond that’s also open.

576 Grand Ave
Oakland, CA 94610

17. Peony Seafood Restaurant

388 9th St STE 288, Oakland, CA 94607

The dining rooms in this classic Oakland Chinatown banquet house and dim sum parlor are once again open, and Peony remains the most reliable takeout dim sum option in the neighborhood. You’ll find all the classics here, but also slightly more contemporary and hard-to-find options: Buried in the restaurant’s vast menu are gems like pan-fried daikon cake with XO sauce; crispy-garlic-topped “typhoon style” taro cake; and cute, Instagram-ready piggy-faced steamed custard buns.

388 9th St STE 288
Oakland, CA 94607

18. La Santa Torta

95 Linden St, Oakland, CA 94607
A paper plate with two quesabirria tacos Ls Santa Torta

Now that quesabirria food truck La Santa Torta has landed in its brick-and-mortar home, there’s weekend brunch to enjoy: there’s chile rellenos, chilaquiles with La Finca Tortillas, French toast with cajeta goat milk caramel and pecans, and a new creation: breakfast sopes on the the list. Wash it down with a beer or a beer-mosa from Old Kan Brewery.

95 Linden St
Oakland, CA 94607

19. Philomena

1801 14th Ave, Oakland, CA 94606

After rising from the ashes of a small fire back, this East Oakland pizza restaurant is back to slinging some of the better East Coast–inspired pies in the Bay Area. That’s especially good news for fans of egg-topped brunch pizzas, including the ham, bacon, and hashbrown-topped Merica and braised kale and sausage anointed Tuscany.

1801 14th Ave
Oakland, CA 94606

20. Sequoia Diner

3719 MacArthur Blvd, Oakland, CA 94619
Sequoia Diner

The chic Laurel District diner is open for breakfast, lunch, and weekend brunch, Wednesday through Sunday. The waffles and biscuits are spectacular, as are the breakfast sandwiches, and there are plenty of vegetarian-friendly options — and mimosa and bloody maria kits to boot.

3719 MacArthur Blvd
Oakland, CA 94619

21. East Ocean Seafood Restaurant

1713 Webster St, Alameda, CA 94501

The Alameda Cantonese restaurant doesn’t have as full a slate of dim sum offerings as it does when the carts are making their rounds in the dining room, but it’s got enough classic items on its menu — from har gow and siu mai to black bean spareribs — to cobble together a solid dim sum feast.

1713 Webster St
Alameda, CA 94501

22. La Grana Fish

952 Fruitvale Ave, Oakland, CA 94601
Close-up view of the quesabirria Karina

Is quesabirria a brunch food? In our household it is, especially if you snag an order at 10 a.m. on a Saturday or Sunday and wash down each bite of the crispy, cheesy birria tacos with a sip of soul-warming consomé. Get an order of michelada mix, too, to make it a proper morning feast.

952 Fruitvale Ave
Oakland, CA 94601

23. Koi Palace

4288 Dublin Blvd #213, Dublin, CA 94568

Like all the other Koi Palace locations, the Dublin dim sum destination is offering a selection of frozen dim sum for customers to steam (or bake) at home — everything from har gow to chicken feet to Portuguese egg tarts.

4288 Dublin Blvd #213
Dublin, CA 94568

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