Top 10 restaurants in Benicia, United States

April 14, 2018 Stefan Strunk

Benicia (/bəˈniːʃə/ bə-NEE-shə; bə-NI-shə; Spanish pronunciation: [beˈnisja]) is a waterside city in Solano County, California, located in the North Bay region of the San Francisco Bay Area. It served as the state capital for nearly thirteen months from 1853 to 1854. The population was 26,997 at the 2010 census. The city is located along the north bank of the Carquinez Strait. Benicia is just east of Vallejo and across the strait from Martinez. Elizabeth Patterson has served as Mayor of Benicia since 2007.
Things to do in Benicia

1. First Street Cafe

440 1st St, Benicia, CA 94510-3208 Delivery, Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Credit Cards American, Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch SGD 7 - SGD 38 +1 707-745-1400
Excellent
50%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 233 reviews

First Street Cafe

Thanks for looking at our listing. We are open daily for breakfast, lunch, dinner and in-between times. Looking for somewhere to have a leisurely lunch, we can help you. Need to get back to work quickly, we will accommodate you too. Coming to Benicia to see the sights? Come by for a meal during your visit. We have a great beer & wine list, menus that have a little something for everyone with food that is flavorful (not bland) and prepared fresh. Our servers will demonstrate that they care about creating a great experience for you, during your visit. We have an upstairs room that features live music on Friday, Saturday night & Sunday afternoon (Jazz). Have a group to feed? We are also a full service caterer providing food, beverage and service for groups from 4 to 350 or more. Our upstairs room is large enough for 50 for a catered event and intimate enough for 10. Call or email Mark (the owner) today for more information or to just ask a question. We have won many awards including the best dessert in Solano County & Best restaurant in Solano County.

Reviewed By FarmerRK - Moraga, California

We went for the first time late on a Friday morning during the December holidays. As mentioned in other reviews, we had reservations which was a smart thing since it was quite crowded. We had the crab and artichoke open sandwich and it was really delicious. The portion was quite large. I would go back just for this sandwich. My friend had a waffle which was light and tasty; ordered the lemon curd with the waffle, a nice addition. The apple pie was the only dish that was disappointing: it was a tad too sweet and the flavor was nothing special. Service was friendly and efficient; nice casual atmosphere in this Cafe.

2. Lemongrass Bistro

501 Main St, Martinez, CA 94553-1127 Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol Asian, Thai, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner +1 925-387-0388
Excellent
64%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 143 reviews

Lemongrass Bistro

Reviewed By DianneLuna48 - Martinez, California

The place is typically crowed and noisy. Service and food are mediocre. I've eaten here three times now and only because I love Thai food and downtown Martinez is limited in its options.

3. Camellia Tea Room

828 1st St, Benicia, CA 94510-5552 Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff American Lunch SGD 13 - SGD 31 +1 707-746-5293
Excellent
67%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
0%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 44 reviews

Camellia Tea Room

Reviewed By Barbara K - Las Vegas, Nevada

My niece's baby shower was held here last month. The teas and deserts that were served were quite nice. The ladies explained the teas that we were drinking that day and I found that particularly helpful. This was an enjoyable spot to have a private party.

4. Bull Valley Roadhouse

14 Canyon Lake Dr, Port Costa, CA 94569 Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar American, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Dinner, Lunch, Brunch SGD 41 - SGD 66 +1 510-787-1135
Excellent
58%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
3%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 143 reviews

Bull Valley Roadhouse

{Join us for SUNDAY BRUNCH!} The Bull Valley Roadhouse serves American roadhouse food prepared from scratch with century-old techniques using fresh ingredients from our favorite small farms. A beacon at the end of a canyon road in the historic dock town of Port Costa, the roadhouse welcomes locals, travelers and adventurous day-trippers alike in its 1897 landmark dining room and bar. Stepping into the saloon-like rooms, guests can sense more than 100 years of hospitality. The proprietors strive to maintain that warm tradition and leave everyone feeling relaxed, well fed and eager to return. Look for us under the golden bull. Sunday brunch served from 10:30 am through 2:00 pm.

Reviewed By Dave S

Near the end of the world you will find a town called Port Costa which is actually in the back yard of San Francisco / Oakland area. Port Costa is located on the Carquinez Strait and has a lovely restaurant called the Bull Valley Roadhouse. The Roadhouse has been magically refreshed to the splendor of an old time bar & restaurant. It’s a splendid mix of the old and new perfectly placed in a quaint town. It was lovely too as a group party was in the bar and a wedding was in the back room. The restaurant service, food, and ambiance was perfect with a nice selection of music playing softly in the background. The mixologist made the most excellent libations while the chef (and dessert baker) made you want to lick the plates clean. After dinner make sure to visit the local shops and Victorian hotel. Hopefully this town won’t change and will remain faithful to its roots.

5. Rosanna's European Delights

305 1st St, Benicia, CA 94510-3206 Takeout, Seating European Breakfast +1 707-747-9333
Excellent
67%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
2%
Terrible
5%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 37 reviews

Rosanna's European Delights

Phone - 707-747-9333

Reviewed By gbsrunner - Benicia, California

On a Sunday morning during our early walk my husband was craving a pastry so, we decided to stop by Rosanna's. Obviously the pastries are not baked on the premises. They get brought from the bakery in Farfield.which is fine but what is not acceptable is when they sell to you day old pastries. Not good:( I'm not sure but you can't even get a capuchino. I can only say that their croissants are good when they are fresh and baked on the premises.

6. Lucca Bar & Grill

439 1st St, Benicia, CA 94510-3207 Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar American, Bar, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night +1 707-745-3749
Excellent
49%
Good
37%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
3%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 131 reviews

Lucca Bar & Grill

Reviewed By Buzzard100

Benecia is a lovely place to stop for lunch on a return trip from Tahoe to the Bay Area. Lucia’s is located on the cute Main Street of this historic California town.

There is something for every taste on the menu including vegetarian selections, a great Rueben and fries and a variety of interesting, and tasty salads. All four of us enjoyed our choices.

The service was excellent, the ambiance was fun and I suggest a stroll following lunch to browse the interesting shops. I highly recommend this restaurant and will go again.

7. Double Rainbow

560 1st St, Benicia, CA 94510-3295 Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner +1 707-745-5000
Excellent
42%
Good
48%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 19 reviews

Double Rainbow

Reviewed By amarion - San Diego

My kids love to stop in when we are in town. They love the bubblegum ice cream that is special to Double Rainbow. They are a little expensive, but a nice splurge.

8. Rrags Cafe

1383 E 2nd St, Benicia, CA 94510-2836 Seating Cafe Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Excellent
76%
Good
12%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 16 reviews

Rrags Cafe

Phone - 707-748-4247

Reviewed By Nnella - Los Alamos, New Mexico

This is where the locals hang. Local paintings on the wall, local folks sitting for hours, local family running the business, and excellent coffee. This is so much better than the Starbucks next door. It's been around so long, it should be considered historically significant. I find the coffee to have a very nutty taste that I quite enjoy. To top it off, they offer gluten free goodies. Support your local people, drink excellent coffee and eat gluten free. It's a wonder all the other joints don't catch on. Good job, Rrags. I do think your name suffers a basic appeal, but you've got everything else going for you. Love the decor, too.

9. Sailor Jack's

123 1st St, Benicia, CA 94510-3203 Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wheelchair Accessible American, Bar, Seafood, Soups, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night +1 707-746-8500
Excellent
30%
Good
47%
Satisfactory
14%
Poor
5%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 242 reviews

Sailor Jack's

Upscale seafood focused restaurant housed in one of Benicia's most historic buildings steps away from the Carquinez Straight, with dramatic bay views.

Reviewed By YayaShare - Concord, California

Sailor Jack’s provides amazing views, great service (thank you Kristine) and average food. We went for brunch on a Saturday - four adults and three kids. The food was mostly tasteless except for the overpowering orange flavored maple syrup. The dishes were tepid at best - nothing was really hot, except the coffee. I’m glad we went once, but not again.

10. Venticellos Ristorante Italiano

911 1st St, Benicia, CA 94510-3217 Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Takeout Italian, Vegetarian Friendly Dinner, Lunch +1 707-747-5263
Excellent
55%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
3%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 56 reviews

Venticellos Ristorante Italiano

Reviewed By jdc8mbc - California

Venticellos menu offers various entrée salads for lunch (along with many other dishes). One of us had the pesto chicken salad and the other the spinach salad with shrimp. The portions were generous; however, the balsamic vinaigrette dressing for the spinach salad was too sweet. Perhaps the restaurant should lighten up on the amount of dressing poured on the salads... both salad seemed overly dressed.

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