Lafayette Food Guide: 10 Must-Eat Restaurants & Street Food Stalls in Lafayette

April 14, 2018 Roseanne Arnett

Lafayette (formerly, La Fayette) is a city in Contra Costa County, California, United States. As of 2011, the city's population was estimated to be 24,285. It was named after the Marquis de La Fayette, a French military hero of the American Revolutionary War. Today Lafayette is known for its pastoral rolling hills, good schools, and wealthy inhabitants. In 2016, the median household income in Lafayette was over $140,000, more than twice the statewide average and about two and half times the national median.
Things to do in Lafayette

1. Postino

3565 Mt Diablo Blvd, Lafayette, CA 94549-3803 Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Valet Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Italian, American, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night SGD 46 - SGD 66 +1 925-299-8700
Excellent
56%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
3%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 246 reviews

Postino

Reviewed By Christine D - Lafayette, California

The menu is limited but whatever you choose will be delicious! Our group tried several entrees and everyone was very pleased. They accommodated a group of 12 easily with excellent service. The tile floors make the rooms a little noisy. The cost of drinks drove up the bill quickly.

2. Morucci's Si Mangia Bene

1218 Boulevard Way, Walnut Creek, CA 94595-1107 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Lunch, Breakfast SGD 8 - SGD 16 +1 925-939-2426
Excellent
84%
Good
12%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 105 reviews

Morucci's Si Mangia Bene

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Reviewed By gkazantsev - Walnut Creek, California

Amazing deli. Best sandwiches ever. Hidden, but very well known among locals. Be prepared to wait in line, but not disappointed. Love this place.

3. Johnny's Donuts

3629 Mt Diablo Blvd, Ste A, Lafayette, CA 94549-3789 Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible American Breakfast +1 925-283-9352
Excellent
67%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 35 reviews

Johnny's Donuts

Reviewed By catgetsdown

Johnny's has the best donuts ever! If you like light, fresh donuts, this is the place. I am a glaze-donut lover and do not like the heavy fried cake-like donuts. Johnny's is wonderful and they sell out of their glaze donuts early so get there before 11 if possible. You bite into the donut and it's so fresh, it almost melts in your mouth. I love their donuts. I only wish they made low-calorie donuts and I'd be there every morning!

4. San Francisco Creamery Co.

1370 Locust St, Walnut Creek, CA 94596-4512 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Reservations American Lunch, Dinner +1 925-926-0228
Excellent
58%
Good
36%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
0%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 167 reviews

San Francisco Creamery Co.

Reviewed By calinn_13 - Walnut Creek, California

Went to SF Creamery today with my family. Had a delicious black and tan sundae. Nice restaurant, quiet when we went, not too busy. Service was fast and the sundae's were yummy.

5. Millies Kitchen

1018 Oak Hill Rd, Lafayette, CA 94549-3834 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available American, Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch SGD 26 +1 925-283-2397
Excellent
49%
Good
43%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 107 reviews

Millies Kitchen

Reviewed By mzbecks07 - Stanford, California

Solid benedict hash. The much vaunted coffee cake was light but at $5 per slice is really not all that great. The cinnamon roll is actually better.The bacon was not pretty but tasty and crispy. The coffee is pretty good. Overall an OK breakfast option if you are around the area.

6. Va de Vi Bistro & Wine Bar

1511 Mt Diablo Blvd, Walnut Creek, CA 94596-4515 Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Wine and Beer, Accepts Credit Cards International, Wine Bar, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner, Drinks SGD 26 - SGD 39 +1 925-979-0100
Excellent
63%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 459 reviews

Va de Vi Bistro & Wine Bar

Va de Vi translates to "It's all about wine!" in Spain's Catalan language. Of course, it's all about food, too! Chef Mike Fischetti's menu encourages diners to explore and share a variety of eclectic, international small plate portions. Bold tastes encourage diners to explore the large international wine list, easily navigated by tasting notes. Many wines are offered by the glass in addition to pre-arranged flights to allow diners to compare different wines and discover new favorites. A warm, casual elegance defines the ambiance. Outdoors, dine under an ancient oak tree or grab a table in the picturesque lane.

Reviewed By calbearfan - bay area, ca

This tapas style restaurant with great wine pairings is probably one of the best go to restaurants in Walnut Creek. Always good. Everything on the menu is tasty, just know that it is small plate.

And really fun and good wine flights. Take a chance, I am almost always happy with the chance.

7. The Park Bistro & Bar

3287 Mt Diablo Blvd, Lafayette, CA 94549-4029 (Formerly Duck Club Restaurant) Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Valet Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Outdoor Seating, Television American, Bar, International, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night, Drinks SGD 20 - SGD 51 +1 925-283-7108
Excellent
54%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
2%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 151 reviews

The Park Bistro & Bar

The Park Bistro & Bar showcases only the freshest, local and organically grown produce as well as naturally raised meats and line-caught fish. Executive Chef Adam Carpenter has created an approachable, yet inventive menu, presenting a French twist on American fare. With a wholesome and earthy quality, many dishes elevate “comfort” food. Natural light from the romantic inner fountain courtyard, intimate alcoves, a large communal table and versatile private dining spaces. Rustic stone floors, natural wood tables, leather seating and an original art program create a warm and inviting, yet grand and inspiring, space that will create the most memorable dining experience in Lafayette. The Park Bar overlooks the recently renovated covered patio with an adjacent outdoor terrace featuring two fire pits offering both dining and casual lounge seating year round. The Park Bar offers guests traditional bar fare, aselection of artisanal beers and wines by the glass, and classic cocktails.

Reviewed By SJDTravel1 - Lafayette, California

Just visited the Park again after a long time. The decor has been updated and the menu improved. The prices are definitely higher but the quality also seems to be much improved. I had the crab cake appetizer which was delicious and the Mary's Pressed Chicken for an entree. The chicken was perfectly cooked and well seasoned - the only disappointment was the relatively flavorless "creamed spinach" base. They have a full bar and lots of mixology options plus a surprisingly good choice of wines. Lots of parking plus valet if you want that.

8. Walnut Creek Yacht Club

1555 Bonanza St, Walnut Creek, CA 94596-4523 Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar American, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Drinks SGD 41 - SGD 46 +1 925-944-3474
Excellent
61%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 360 reviews

Walnut Creek Yacht Club

Reviewed By G Frank R - Walnut Creek, CA

I've been eating here since The Yacht Club opened over twenty years ago. I had the most fantastic Abalone on that day. Of course, Abalone is no longer served commercially. At any rate, this is one of the best, most consistent restaurants anywhere in the Bay Area. Fresh fish every day. A wonderful lobster special during the month of January each year. AND, they have one of the best burgers in town-yes, a seafood restaurant. If you have never been there, you must go.

9. Yankee Pier

3593 Mt Diablo Blvd, Lafayette, CA 94549-3803 Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Highchairs Available American, Seafood, Soups, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner SGD 20 - SGD 26 +1 925-283-4100
Excellent
38%
Good
44%
Satisfactory
14%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 142 reviews

Yankee Pier

Reviewed By John S - SF Bay Area

This was a repeat visit and as before, we were not disappointed. Wife loved the oysters and, having had a larger mid-day meals and not real hungry, the beer battered shrimp and chips filled the bill nicely. Good wine selection. And a free parking lot - getting to be a rarity in Lafayette.

10. Chow Restaurant

53 Lafayette Cir, Lafayette, CA 94549-4321 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Parking Available American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night SGD 13 - SGD 39 +1 925-962-2469
Excellent
28%
Good
44%
Satisfactory
17%
Poor
6%
Terrible
5%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 286 reviews

Chow Restaurant

We support our neighbors and local farms by offering fresh, organic, healthy ingredients. Our chicken is organic free-range, our beef is natural & organic and our seafood is sustainably caught & delivered fresh. All our desserts are made fresh daily in our Lafayette location and fresh juices are pressed to order. This commitment to quality has put us on San Francisco Chronicle's list of the Top 100 Restaurants in the Bay Area nine years in a row.

Reviewed By markltennis - Lafayette, California

Having eaten at Chow a number of times, I find the food to be hearty, but uninspired. The menu could use a major overhaul and updating as many of the items are a bit stale. Food presentation is OK, but the food is barely warm and not hot. Overall, you can do better for the money.

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