7 Lamorinda Restaurants to Try This Month

It’s certainly feeling like summer these days with back-to-school around the corner and some extra hot temperatures this week. What better way to beat the heat (and relax) than to enjoy a tasty meal at one of our fabulous local restaurants. We’ve put together a quick list of 7 Lamorinda restaurants to try this month. (Have a favorite restaurant or maybe a favorite dish/drink? Share it in the comments section!)

LAFAYETTE

1.  Batch & Brine — Burgers
3602 Mt. Diablo Blvd, Lafayette, CA 94549

Lunch / Dinner
Mon – Friday: 11:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Sat: 10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Sun: 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.

The new kid on the block, opened June 4, Batch & Brine is not to be missed! You’ll come for the food, and stay for the vibe and welcoming atmosphere brought to life by the Ghaben/Gonzales family. Since you’re staying, let’s talk about the food! Forget what you know about burgers and be prepared for some bold flavors and authentic tastes that only come from recipes passed down through generations. From the signature Hatch Chile Burger, featuring the one-of-a-kind Hatch chile, to the Sushi Burger, complete with fried rice noodles, radish sprouts, and wasabi aioli, there’s something here for everyone. Batch & Brine also offers 20 craft beers on tap, 10 signature cocktails, and a menu of small-production wines. This is a place you’ll have to visit more than once!

2.  Hideout Kitchen — American (New)
3400 Mt Diablo Blvd. Ste. 4, Lafayette, CA 94549

Brunch (Sat & Sun Only) / Lunch / Dinner
Closed Monday
Tues – Fri 10:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. / 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Sat 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. / 5:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Sun 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. / 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Remember being a kid and having that special hideout that felt just right? That’s the feeling you get when visiting the Hideout Kitchen & Cafe that combines just the right amount of cozy and elegance. The menu features comfort food from the soul that is specially crafted and made-to-order. While there are plenty of tasty items to choose from, if you’re in the mood for fried chicken, try it! The Honey Fried Chicken (available for lunch and dinner) comes with smashed potatoes, sautéed kale, onion marmalade, and truffle honey. In the mood for breakfast/brunch? #THEWAFFLESANDWICH is something you need to try, at least once! Hashtagging and posting photos of your waffle sandwich is optional.

3. Chow Lafayette — American (New)
53 Lafayette Cir, Lafayette, CA 94549

Breakfast / Brunch / Lunch / Dinner
Mon – Fri 7:00 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Sat – Sun 8:00 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.

One of San Francisco Chronicle’s Top 100 Restaurants in the Bay Area 9 years in a row, Chow offers all-American breakfast, lunch, and dinner staples. Chow Lafayette is one of four Chow Bay Area locations and one of two locations that offers a Farmer’s Market where you can purchase products from local vendors. Whether you are feeling a bit adventurous or more in the mood for something familiar, chances are you can find it on the menu. A breakfast favorite is the Eggs Benedict or Marion’s cottage cakes (ricotta pancakes). Added bonus? Chow offers comfortable outdoor seating and welcomes your four-legged furry friends.

MORAGA

4. Golden Palace — Chinese, Japanese, Sushi Bars

581 Moraga Rd, Moraga, CA 94556

Lunch / Dinner
Open daily 11:00 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.

In the mood for sushi or quality authentic Chinese food? You should definitely check out Golden Palace in Moraga, conveniently located across the street from the Rheem Valley Shopping Center with its own parking lot. Dine in or Take-Out, you will notice that the staff is friendly, portions are generous, and ingredients are fresh. Plus, they don’t use any MSG and are happy to make gluten-free dishes as requested. With so many great options, it’s hard to pick a favorite dish at Golden Palace.


ORINDA

5. Casa Orinda – Italian, Cocktail Bars, Seafood
20 Bryant Way, Orinda, CA 94563

Dinner
Mon – Sat 4:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Sun 4:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

“Before the Caldecott tunnel pierced the Berkeley hills, before Highway 24 grew to eight lanes and long, long before BART trains blurred through the landscape — there was Casa Orinda, the original roadhouse that has survived decades and trends to become an institution” (Diablo Magazine, January 2000). For over 84 years, Casa Orinda has been serving consistently good Western and Italian food. From the moment you walk through the large wooden door, you know Casa Orinda is unique and you’re now part of something special – it feels like you’ve gone back in time. Looking at the menu, you’ll notice comfort foods you’ve come to expect, like fried chicken with mashed potatoes, prime rib with creamy horseradish, and baked lasagne. You won’t be disappointed by these from-scratch home cooked meals made from fresh, quality ingredients.

6. The Fourth Bore Tap Room & Grill – American (Traditional), Sports Bars, Burgers
2 Theatre Sq #134, Orinda, CA 94563

Lunch / Dinner
Mon – Thur 11:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Fri – Sat 11:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Sun 11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Good food and craft beer – that’s what you’ll find at The Fourth Bore Tap Room & Grill (T4B) located in Orinda Theatre Square. Featuring 28 rotating taps from regional brewmasters, this is a must for the beer lover. However, even if beer isn’t your thing, we’re confident that you’ll enjoy the family friendly atmosphere with options for everyone. Start your meal off with some of the famous Crispy Cheese Curds with slow simmered tomato sauce. Seriously, this is something you will want to try if you like cheese. If you’re someone who wants a recommendation of what to eat, you will appreciate the menu with hearts marked next to the T4B favorites. Indoor and outdoor seating with heaters and fire pits are a bonus!

7. Piccolo Napoli — Italian
2 Theatre Square #144, Orinda, CA 94563

Lunch (Wed – Sun) / Dinner
Mon – Tues 4:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Wed – Thur 11:30 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Fri – Sat 11:30 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Sun 11:30 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Follow your nose and be prepared to be transported to Italy at family-owned Piccolo Napoli. With a relaxed family-friendly atmosphere, indoor and outdoor seating, and attentive service, you’ll wonder why you haven’t been coming here sooner. Now let’s talk pizza, this is the place to get some real thin-crust Italian pizza. However you top it, in order to have the best pizza, you must start with the perfect base. At Piccolo Napoli they take their time making homemade dough (gluten-free option available), red sauce from whole California pear tomatoes (San Marazano style), and pine-nut free pesto sauce. Although it may be hard, we also suggest saving room for some homemade gelato or Baci Piccolo (doughnut holes with cinnamon sugar caramel dipping sauce).