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The Essential Guide to Eating and Drinking in Alameda

From breweries to old-school diners and tiki bars, this island has it all

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Only a quick drive from the East Bay or a 22 minute ferry ride from SF (on which, mind you, there’s booze), this island community has long offered a slower pace of life than its rambunctious neighbors Oakland and San Francisco. However, the tiny town of Alameda has seen an explosion of activity in recent years that’s turned it into a Bay Area dining and drinking destination in its own right.

The sunny island offers a surprisingly diverse range of cuisine for a land mass measuring only six-by-one square miles, from Hong Kong-style dim sum to Japanese classics to the west coast’s only Lithuanian restaurant. Pair that with an ever-growing number of distilleries, breweries, and wineries, and it’s no wonder people have caught on to what was once known as the Bay Area’s best kept secret. (It’s also become an expansion favorite of restaurateurs, with its own Burma Superstar, Cholita Linda, Phnom Penh House, and The Star, but we didn’t include those on this list since you can find them off the island.) Make it a day in the East Bay at one of these 38 essential restaurants.

Note: Map point are listed West to East, not ranked.

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1. Hangar 1 Vodka

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2505 Monarch St
Alameda, CA 94501
(510) 871-4950
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Vodka made from Karl the Fog? Yep, it’s a real thing here at Hangar One. This distillery, located in Spirits Alley, has received a lot of attention for Fog Point vodka, which is infused with water from real California fog. Tours of the facility are popular, as are tastings (walk-ins welcome) featuring samples of six vodkas like rose, buddha’s hand citron, and pink peppercorn. Sip your liquor outside with stunning views of the bay or inside the gorgeous tasting room that features large windows into the distillery and decor playing off of its roots as an airplane hangar.

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2. St. George Spirits

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2601 Monarch St
Alameda, CA 94501
(510) 769-1601
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This independent craft distillery produces nearly every type of artisanal spirit you could imagine, from green chile vodka to raspberry brandy and even absinthe. Hands-down, the cult favorite is the Terroir gin. Around for more than 35 years, St. George moved from Emeryville to Alameda in the 90s, and into their current, massive 65,000-square-foot facility in a former airplane hangar in 2004. Tours and tastings are both offered Wednesdays-Sundays—or, just walk in and hang out on the patio where you can enjoy epic views of the San Francisco skyline.

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3. Faction Brewing

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2501 Monarch St
Alameda, CA 94501
(510) 523-2739
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If you want truly unparalleled views of San Francisco while sipping on a cold brew in the sunshine, Faction is your destination. This hugely popular brewery opened in 2013 in a repurposed 25,000-square-foot Marine Corps helicopter hangar. And on a nice day, the patio is packed with people enjoying food trucks, city views, and cornhole. As for the beer, choose from about 20 different styles ranging from IPAs to porters and stouts (the A-Town Pale is a popular choice).

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4. Rock Wall Wine Company

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2301 Monarch St
Alameda, CA 94501
(510) 522-5700
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Don’t go here expecting to be transported to a tasting room in wine country — this spot is the definition of an “urban winery,” located in a 40,000-square-foot former airplane hangar on the Naval Air Station. It sits just north of what used to be a defensive perimeter rock wall during World War II (hence the name) with beautiful architecture and incredible views of the city. Rock Wall sources its grapes from all over California to create a diverse winemaking process with different styles and flavor profiles. Pizzas, cheese plates, and salads are available from the restaurant next door, Scolari’s at the Point.

Rock Wall Winery

5. Building 43 Winery

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2440 Monarch St
Alameda, CA 94501
(510) 263-0399
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There’s a lot going on these days along historic Alameda Point, with the massive tasting rooms getting most of the attention. Building 43 is more of a hidden gem: a smaller, more laidback taproom than others in the area. Grab a glass or bottle of their sustainably produced, small-batch varietals grown in the Sierra Nevada foothills, and head outside to the pet-friendly garden patio, featuring a fireplace, outdoor games, and SF views. Or for a more intimate vibe, cozy up inside on the couches beneath twinkling string lights.

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6. The Rake at Admiral Maltings

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5047, 651A W Tower Ave
Alameda, CA 94501
(510) 666-6419
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Admiral Maltings became California’s first craft malt house to produce artisan, handcrafted malt when it opened in 2017, using grain sourced from California farmers. By offering an alternative that’s more sustainable and elevated than mass-produced malts, it’s quickly gained a large customer base of breweries in the Bay Area  including Almanac, Faction, and Marin Brewing. The onsite taproom, the Rake, opened in January. Visitors can now try beer on tap from more than 20 breweries using its malt and snack on a small bar-bites menu while overlooking the malting floor.

7. Almanac Barrel House, Brewery, and Taproom

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651 W Tower Ave
Alameda, CA 94501
(415) 992-3438
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Fresh to the Alameda scene, Almanac Beer Co. opened in February. The “farm-to-barrel” brewery, known for its sour beers, has been around in some form since 2010 but finally got its own space: a 30,000-square-foot production brewery and taproom that was formerly a naval hanger. The taproom includes an indoor beer hall and dog-friendly patio overlooking the bay. Get a flight and try the barrel aged sours, like the Nectarine Cobbler or the Blueberry Jack, or other styles like the the Coffee Barbary Coast imperial stout or the Isometric IPA. Food trucks are brought in Wednesdays-Sundays and outside food is also allowed.

8. Neptune's

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630 Central Ave
Alameda, CA 94501
(510) 263-9438
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Trendy digs, patio space, and Instagram-ready food that also tastes delicious are important ingredients of a perfect brunch spot, and newcomer Neptune’s has it all. This relaxing and modern cafe opened last year, bringing SF-level brunch experience to the west end of Alameda, with its vibrant blue walls, tables lined with succulents, and beautifully plated dishes of fresh California cuisine. Be prepared for a wait on the weekends as people line up to get a taste of the varied, elevated new American menu, which includes everything from spam musubi to Persian-style frittata to the hangtown fry, a bacon omelette with fried oysters.

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9. Domenico's Italian Deli

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1407 Webster St
Alameda, CA 94501
(510) 865-5558
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Step back in time through the doors of Domenico’s, a 50-year-old institution passed down generations after two Italian immigrants founded the deli in 1966 on Park Street (today’s location opened in 1982). This Alameda stronghold has a loyal customer base where regulars line up daily for their sandwich fix. Order nearly sandwich combination by either building your own or choosing one of the options on the extensive menu. Pick your fixins’, make sure to put it on their Dutch crunch bread, grab a bag of chips along the wall, and enjoy.

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10. East Ocean Seafood Restaurant

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1713 Webster St
Alameda, CA 94501
(510) 865-3381
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It says something that this huge, 360-seat Chinese restaurant often has hour-long waits. People flock to this family-run, longtime Alameda staple for its quality Cantonese dishes. Another huge draw: the Hong-Kong style dim sum served at lunch, where diners can choose from about 75 items pushed through the dining room on carts. At dinner, selections range from roasted peking duck to barbecue pork or a large seafood selection (rock cod, sturgeon, lobster, and Dungeness crab).

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11. Pacific Lighthouse

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1051 Pacific Marina
Alameda, CA 94501
(510) 263-9232
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For such a small city, Alameda is spoiled with dim sum options, and relative newcomer Pacific Lighthouse ups the ante with more creative dishes, like crackly-topped buns oozing with warm black sesame paste and steamed bao dressed up like pigs. At dinner, the Cantonese banquet fare shows finesse.

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12. Forbidden Island

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1304 Lincoln Ave
Alameda, CA 94501
(510) 749-0332
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Every island is in need of some tiki culture, and Alamedians have found theirs at Forbidden Island. This retro-tropical bar is tucked away near a residential neighborhood, making it difficult to find for those not in the know. Inside is dimly lit, decorated with puffer fish and tiki statues, with vintage movies playing on the TVs. Friendly bartenders will whip up both classic and original drinks or pour a glass of rum from one of the largest and most unique rum selections around. In fact, visitors who try 100 of them (not all at once), get a plaque on the back bar — and plenty of loyal patrons have done just that. The signature drink, the Forbidden Island, is always a good bet. Pair your cocktail with a bite off the small bar menu with items like coconut shrimp, corn dogs, and mozzarella sticks.

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13. Trabocco Kitchen and Cocktails

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2213 S Shore Center
Alameda, CA 94501
(510) 521-1152
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Fresh, regional Italian cooking shines at this restaurant run by husband and wife duo Giuseppe and Christine Naccarelli. Its waterfront location paired with clean, airy design creates a picturesque place to feast on thin-crust pizzas, homemade pastas, and a variety of seafood dishes. Giuseppe, who grew up in the mountain village of Palombaro, Italy and cooked his way through restaurants in his home country before moving to California in the ‘90s, instills his roots into each flavorful dish. The substantial cocktail menu features many local Alameda distilleries.

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14. Yojimbo

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1221 Park St
Alameda, CA 94501
(510) 523-4120
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This teeny-tiny restaurant embraces many aspects of Japan from its funky anime culture to its dishes and even its design. Inside, the low ceilings will make you feel like you’re in a Tokyo pub while the decor is comprised of custom murals and art from Studio Ghibli. Food portions are known to be both massive, and high quality: From the sushi to the gyoza to the bento boxes, you can feel confident in almost anything you order.

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15. Julie's Coffee & Tea Garden

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1223 Park St
Alameda, CA 94501
(510) 865-2385
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This welcoming neighborhood cafe has been so widely popular since it debuted in 2005 that it recently opened a second location in Temescal. The owner, Julie, was inspired to open the shop after growing aromatic and tonic herbs during her upbringing in Sonoma. Julie’s offers an extensive selection of hot and cold coffee, tea, kombucha, and vitality tonics, as well as simple, fresh breakfast and lunch options like quiche and almond-coconut granola. Inside is cell phone free, so use it as an opportunity to unplug and unwind.

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16. Wild Ginger

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1239 Park St
Alameda, CA 94501
(510) 263-8128
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Xian-style food makes this tiny Chinese spot stand out, with hand-pulled noodles and meaty sandwiches sharing the menu with Sichuan street-style hotpot, malatang. It’s hard to go wrong with any of the noodle dishes or dumplings, and the hot sauce here is no joke.

17. Mama Papa Lithuania Restaurant

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1241 Park St
Alameda, CA 94501
(510) 522-4100
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Ever eaten at a Lithuanian restaurant? Most likely not, as they’re extremely rare finds in the United States. That makes Mama Papa worth a trip to Alameda alone to try this hearty, home-style Eastern European cooking. The specialty ingredient here is, of course, potato, with deep-fried pierogies, potato dumplings with creamy mushroom sauce, and potato pancakes stuffed with seasoned ground pork headlining the menu. They also have a solid selection of Lithuanian micro brews (a big industry there) and teas. For dessert, order the famous honey cake, which features seven layers of tangy sour cream and homemade chocolate.

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18. Scolari's Good Eats

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1303 Park St
Alameda, CA 94501
(510) 521-2400
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Get your fast-food fix without the guilt at Scolari’s, which serves up classic American staples like hot dogs, burgers, and fried chicken using only organic and seasonal ingredients; the meatless Impossible Burger is available here, too. This original location on Park Street is itsy-bitsy, with only a couple of tables outside and bar stools inside, so if you can’t snag a seat, take the food over the bar next door, Lucky 13. A second Scolari’s is located at Rock Wall Wine Company.

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19. Injera Restaurant

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1305 Park St
Alameda, CA 94501

Alameda’s first Ethiopian and Eritrean restaurant offers all the classics, with a build-your-own sampler plate and plenty of vegan options. The injera is fluffy, the spices vibrant, and the dishes match the high standard set by the top Ethiopian restaurants in the East Bay.

20. Pappo

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2320 Central Ave
Alameda, CA 94501
(510) 337-9100
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With dim lighting, intimate seating, and a lively ambiance, Pappo is an excellent choice for a romantic date night or special occasion meal in Alameda. The seasonally focused, new American menu offers fresh flavors in dishes like slow-braised Moroccan duck leg with couscous, housemade gnocchi with gorgonzola cream sauce and maitake mushrooms, and pan-seared halibut. The restaurant is quite small and popular, so reservations are recommended.

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21. Marley G's Pizzeria

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1330 Park St
Alameda, CA 94501
(510) 227-5521

The same team behind Scolari’s recently opened this new restaurant dedicated decidedly East Coast offerings, like New York-style pizza, chicken parm sandwiches, and stromboli. You’re not going to find this menu anywhere else in the area.

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22. Tucker's Super Creamed Ice Cream

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1349 Park St
Alameda, CA 94501
(510) 522-4960
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Every town needs a nostalgic ice cream shop: Tucker’s is that spot for Alameda. The downtown institution opened in 1941 and has served as a community outpost, hosting birthday parties, supporting local charities, and as a go-to spot for post-sports games treats. The shop changed hands after 30 years of ownership this year, but the new owners are dedicated to maintaining its original charm. That means extra-thick milkshakes and classic flavors are here to stay, though improvements to the space and a new flavor or two are on the horizon.

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23. Homeskillet Alameda

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1363 Park St
Alameda, CA 94501
(510) 769-4616
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Old-fashioned doughnuts are the star at this family-owned and operated breakfast spot. They’re made daily, with both classic flavors and more adventurous options like matcha-glazed and blueberry fritters. The small, traditional diner is a favorite local breakfast spot and also serves a classic American lunch with burgers, baked mac and cheese, and grilled sandwiches. The down-home cooking has earned Homeskillet a big fan base, so the restaurant is often packed. But don’t fret if there’s a wait — service is quick and tables turn quickly.

24. Hang Ten Boiler

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2315 Santa Clara Ave
Alameda, CA 94501
(510) 864-1188
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Skip the Hawaiian part of Hang Ten’s menu and go straight for the Viet-Cajun seafood. Crab legs, shrimp, mussels, clams, and crawfish are all available by the pound, boiled in plastic bags with zesty sauces, including one named after Steph Curry. Put on a bib, roll up your sleeves, and have fun — and don’t forget the side of garlic noodles.

25. American Oak

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2319 Santa Clara Ave
Alameda, CA 94501
(510) 521-5862
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This upscale, relaxed restaurant located in the downtown area pleases everyone. From the steak to the burger to the truffle fries and mac-n-cheese — you can’t fail with the choices on the classic American menu, elevated by organic ingredients and sustainability raised meats. If you’re looking to splurge, go for the grilled ribeye with tarragon butter and a cocktail rom the extensive bar menu. It also has one of the most extensive inventories of whiskey in the area, stocking at least 150 distilleries.

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26. Town Tavern

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1437 Park St
Alameda, CA 94501

Despite Alameda’s growing reputation as a booze destination, the main downtown strip has lacked a top-notch cocktail bar. That changed with the recent opening of Town Tavern, which offers an unusually ambitious cocktail list in addition to a lineup of internationally-influenced bites.

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27. Utzutzu

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1428 Park St
Alameda, CA 94501
(510) 263-8122

Chikara Ono, the owner of AS B-Dama and Delage in Oakland, expanded his reach across the East Bay with this tiny, seven-seat, okimari (prix-fixe) sushi bar in Alameda. For $100, you get a mix of exquisite nigiri along with salads, hot dishes, and dessert — just the sort of meal you expect to find in San Francisco but you pay a bit less for here.

28. La Penca Azul Taco Bar

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1440 Park St
Alameda, CA 94501
(510) 769-9110
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This taco bar opened last month as an offshoot of and connected to Penca Azul, a longtime Mexican restaurant in Alameda. Offering a trendier and fast-casual alternative to its sister restaurant next door, the taco bar is already a huge hit and offers some of the best street tacos on the island. And it’s much more than just tacos — burritos, bowls, tortas, and quesadillas are also all available. At the counter, choose from the huge selection of vegetarian and meat options (the brisket is a must order for carnivores) and toppings, and then pull up a seat in the trendy dining space or outdoor patio.

29. Ole's Waffle Shop

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1507 Park St
Alameda, CA 94501
(510) 522-8108
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Out of everything offered on the island, Alameda does old-school diners best. Slide into an orange booth or grab a counter seat at this neighborhood greasy spoon and soak in the midcentury nostalgia. Not a lot has changed since it first opened in 1927, when Ole Swanson immigrated to the states and brought his secret waffle recipe with him — the same one still used today. Classic breakfast items are served all day — the light and crispy waffles are a must order every time — while lunch and dinner offer hearty, old-fashioned dishes like steaks, chops, and fried chicken.

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30. Jim's Coffee Shop

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2929, 2333 Lincoln Ave
Alameda, CA 94501
(510) 523-5368
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This isn’t really a coffee shop: Itt’s a full-fledged, bustling diner that’s been breakfast, lunch, and dinner for nearly 60 years. Its website reads boldly: “Dieting? Don’t know what to tell ya.” The menu backs that statement up with a focus on good ol’ fashioned American diner fare: hash browns and home fries, biscuits and gravy, hot cakes, steaks, country ham, pork chops, chicken fried steak, meat loaf, and so on. Don’t miss prime rib dinners on Saturdays.

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31. Speisekammer

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2424 Lincoln Ave
Alameda, CA 94501
(510) 522-1300
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This warm and festive restaurant is arguably one of the best spots serving up German fare in the Bay. On a sunny day, the outdoor patio — lined with long wood tables — is usually packed with people enjoying a cold beer and traditional dishes like potato pancakes, brats, sausages, sauerkraut, mashed potatoes, wiener schnitzel, and apple strudel. Prost!

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32. Angela’s Kitchen

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1640 Park St
Alameda, CA 94501
(510) 263-8788
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Chef Saboor Zafari blends his Afghan roots with French techniques and California ingredients to create a rotating menu sourced from local farmers served in a comfortable setting. Highlights include his handmade chutneys and duck strudel appetizer, which is served with crimini mushrooms and a cranberry wine sauce.

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33. Asena Restaurant

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2508 Santa Clara Ave
Alameda, CA 94501
(510) 521-4100
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Asena has been community staple since it opened in 1996, featuring a cozy ambiance, exceptional hospitality, and fresh Mediterranean dishes with a California twist. The owners, Mustafa Yildirim and Muhittin Arpaci, originally hail from Turkey and aim to showcase the authentic cooking and friendly service of their home country. The menu puts seasonal, organic ingredients at its core — try a homemade pastas, bread baked fresh daily, and any of the grilled fish on the menu that day — with an extensive cocktail and wine list.

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1. Hangar 1 Vodka

2505 Monarch St, Alameda, CA 94501
Hangar 1 Vodka

Vodka made from Karl the Fog? Yep, it’s a real thing here at Hangar One. This distillery, located in Spirits Alley, has received a lot of attention for Fog Point vodka, which is infused with water from real California fog. Tours of the facility are popular, as are tastings (walk-ins welcome) featuring samples of six vodkas like rose, buddha’s hand citron, and pink peppercorn. Sip your liquor outside with stunning views of the bay or inside the gorgeous tasting room that features large windows into the distillery and decor playing off of its roots as an airplane hangar.

2505 Monarch St
Alameda, CA 94501

2. St. George Spirits

2601 Monarch St, Alameda, CA 94501
St. George’s Spirits

This independent craft distillery produces nearly every type of artisanal spirit you could imagine, from green chile vodka to raspberry brandy and even absinthe. Hands-down, the cult favorite is the Terroir gin. Around for more than 35 years, St. George moved from Emeryville to Alameda in the 90s, and into their current, massive 65,000-square-foot facility in a former airplane hangar in 2004. Tours and tastings are both offered Wednesdays-Sundays—or, just walk in and hang out on the patio where you can enjoy epic views of the San Francisco skyline.

2601 Monarch St
Alameda, CA 94501

3. Faction Brewing

2501 Monarch St, Alameda, CA 94501
Faction Brewing

If you want truly unparalleled views of San Francisco while sipping on a cold brew in the sunshine, Faction is your destination. This hugely popular brewery opened in 2013 in a repurposed 25,000-square-foot Marine Corps helicopter hangar. And on a nice day, the patio is packed with people enjoying food trucks, city views, and cornhole. As for the beer, choose from about 20 different styles ranging from IPAs to porters and stouts (the A-Town Pale is a popular choice).

2501 Monarch St
Alameda, CA 94501

4. Rock Wall Wine Company

2301 Monarch St, Alameda, CA 94501
Rock Wall Winery

Don’t go here expecting to be transported to a tasting room in wine country — this spot is the definition of an “urban winery,” located in a 40,000-square-foot former airplane hangar on the Naval Air Station. It sits just north of what used to be a defensive perimeter rock wall during World War II (hence the name) with beautiful architecture and incredible views of the city. Rock Wall sources its grapes from all over California to create a diverse winemaking process with different styles and flavor profiles. Pizzas, cheese plates, and salads are available from the restaurant next door, Scolari’s at the Point.

2301 Monarch St
Alameda, CA 94501

5. Building 43 Winery

2440 Monarch St, Alameda, CA 94501
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There’s a lot going on these days along historic Alameda Point, with the massive tasting rooms getting most of the attention. Building 43 is more of a hidden gem: a smaller, more laidback taproom than others in the area. Grab a glass or bottle of their sustainably produced, small-batch varietals grown in the Sierra Nevada foothills, and head outside to the pet-friendly garden patio, featuring a fireplace, outdoor games, and SF views. Or for a more intimate vibe, cozy up inside on the couches beneath twinkling string lights.

2440 Monarch St
Alameda, CA 94501

6. The Rake at Admiral Maltings

5047, 651A W Tower Ave, Alameda, CA 94501

Admiral Maltings became California’s first craft malt house to produce artisan, handcrafted malt when it opened in 2017, using grain sourced from California farmers. By offering an alternative that’s more sustainable and elevated than mass-produced malts, it’s quickly gained a large customer base of breweries in the Bay Area  including Almanac, Faction, and Marin Brewing. The onsite taproom, the Rake, opened in January. Visitors can now try beer on tap from more than 20 breweries using its malt and snack on a small bar-bites menu while overlooking the malting floor.

5047, 651A W Tower Ave
Alameda, CA 94501

7. Almanac Barrel House, Brewery, and Taproom

651 W Tower Ave, Alameda, CA 94501

Fresh to the Alameda scene, Almanac Beer Co. opened in February. The “farm-to-barrel” brewery, known for its sour beers, has been around in some form since 2010 but finally got its own space: a 30,000-square-foot production brewery and taproom that was formerly a naval hanger. The taproom includes an indoor beer hall and dog-friendly patio overlooking the bay. Get a flight and try the barrel aged sours, like the Nectarine Cobbler or the Blueberry Jack, or other styles like the the Coffee Barbary Coast imperial stout or the Isometric IPA. Food trucks are brought in Wednesdays-Sundays and outside food is also allowed.

651 W Tower Ave
Alameda, CA 94501

8. Neptune's

630 Central Ave, Alameda, CA 94501
Neptune’s

Trendy digs, patio space, and Instagram-ready food that also tastes delicious are important ingredients of a perfect brunch spot, and newcomer Neptune’s has it all. This relaxing and modern cafe opened last year, bringing SF-level brunch experience to the west end of Alameda, with its vibrant blue walls, tables lined with succulents, and beautifully plated dishes of fresh California cuisine. Be prepared for a wait on the weekends as people line up to get a taste of the varied, elevated new American menu, which includes everything from spam musubi to Persian-style frittata to the hangtown fry, a bacon omelette with fried oysters.

630 Central Ave
Alameda, CA 94501

9. Domenico's Italian Deli

1407 Webster St, Alameda, CA 94501
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Step back in time through the doors of Domenico’s, a 50-year-old institution passed down generations after two Italian immigrants founded the deli in 1966 on Park Street (today’s location opened in 1982). This Alameda stronghold has a loyal customer base where regulars line up daily for their sandwich fix. Order nearly sandwich combination by either building your own or choosing one of the options on the extensive menu. Pick your fixins’, make sure to put it on their Dutch crunch bread, grab a bag of chips along the wall, and enjoy.

1407 Webster St
Alameda, CA 94501

10. East Ocean Seafood Restaurant

1713 Webster St, Alameda, CA 94501
East Ocean Seafood Restaurant

It says something that this huge, 360-seat Chinese restaurant often has hour-long waits. People flock to this family-run, longtime Alameda staple for its quality Cantonese dishes. Another huge draw: the Hong-Kong style dim sum served at lunch, where diners can choose from about 75 items pushed through the dining room on carts. At dinner, selections range from roasted peking duck to barbecue pork or a large seafood selection (rock cod, sturgeon, lobster, and Dungeness crab).

1713 Webster St
Alameda, CA 94501

11. Pacific Lighthouse

1051 Pacific Marina, Alameda, CA 94501
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For such a small city, Alameda is spoiled with dim sum options, and relative newcomer Pacific Lighthouse ups the ante with more creative dishes, like crackly-topped buns oozing with warm black sesame paste and steamed bao dressed up like pigs. At dinner, the Cantonese banquet fare shows finesse.

1051 Pacific Marina
Alameda, CA 94501

12. Forbidden Island

1304 Lincoln Ave, Alameda, CA 94501
Forbidden Island

Every island is in need of some tiki culture, and Alamedians have found theirs at Forbidden Island. This retro-tropical bar is tucked away near a residential neighborhood, making it difficult to find for those not in the know. Inside is dimly lit, decorated with puffer fish and tiki statues, with vintage movies playing on the TVs. Friendly bartenders will whip up both classic and original drinks or pour a glass of rum from one of the largest and most unique rum selections around. In fact, visitors who try 100 of them (not all at once), get a plaque on the back bar — and plenty of loyal patrons have done just that. The signature drink, the Forbidden Island, is always a good bet. Pair your cocktail with a bite off the small bar menu with items like coconut shrimp, corn dogs, and mozzarella sticks.

1304 Lincoln Ave
Alameda, CA 94501

13. Trabocco Kitchen and Cocktails

2213 S Shore Center, Alameda, CA 94501