Gastro pubs offer fine dining with a casual vibe – a perfect fit for California. So it’s no surprise that the Bay Area boasts a bevy of exceptional spots to find brews and brule on the same menu.
Eye on the Bay’s Liam Mayclem explored the Bay Area Pub scene to see who is serving up gourmet food along side artisan beers. Here are some of his favorites:
The Tipsy Pig
2231 Chestnut St
San Francisco, CA 94123
This relatively new pub will make you feel right at home. Creative cocktails and a wealth of beer options pair up nicely with a the comfortable cuisine. Tipsy sliders and seared scallops are a good place to start.
Sliders $12, Scallops $19
3141 16th St
San Francisco, CA 94103
With more than 200 beers on the menu, Monks Kettle is serious about its love of brews. Try a Belgian style beer while you sample succulent offerings like baked goat cheese or the brined pork chops. You’ll walk out with a happy tummy.
Baked Laura Chenel goat cheese $12, Cider brined Pork Chop $24.50
6317 College Ave
Oakland, CA 94618
On the Oakland-Berkeley border, this family-run local favorite serves upscale comfort food. The pork belly and seafood stew are hard to resist.
Crispy Pork Belly $12, Tavern-Style Bouillabaisse $23
542 Grand Ave
Oakland, CA 94610
Follow your nose to this casual pub that takes equal pride in both the drinks and the dining. Sidebar sources a wide selection of local ingredients – you can even order your drink made with local liquor. The Wednesday goat cheese souffle special is not to be missed.
Appetisers $12 and under.
831 Main St
Redwood City, CA 94063
Step into another time, where conversation flows as easily as the cocktails. Flavors of Scotland and Britain blend with California cuisine. For an authentic experience, try the bangers and mash.
Dinner entres $25 and under.
The Village Pub
2967 Woodside Rd
Woodside, CA 94062
With white table cloth service, you’ll find casually dressed locals mingling happily with well dressed professionals. Settle up to the bar for one of their signature cocktails. The cuisine is local, seasonal and comes with a French twist. The Almond Wood Grilled Rack of Pork is bursting with color and flavor.
Grilled Pork $32
2942 Lyon Street
San Francisco, CA 94123
This pub in the shadows of the Presidio is the perfect place to warm your insides on a foggy San Francisco day. With a friendly staff and a wide ranging menu, Lil’s is a great place to unwind after sightseeing. Don’t miss the Braised Lamb Shepherd’s Pie .
Shepherd’s Pie $17
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