Top 10 restaurants in Hayward, United States

April 14, 2018 Velvet Mowry

Hayward (/ˈheɪwərd/; formerly, Haywards, Haywards Station, and Haywood) is a city located in Alameda County, California in the East Bay subregion of the San Francisco Bay Area. With a 2014 population of 149,392, Hayward is the sixth largest city in the Bay Area and the third largest in Alameda County. Hayward was ranked as the 37th most populous municipality in California. It is included in the San Francisco–Oakland–Fremont Metropolitan Statistical Area by the US Census. It is located primarily between Castro Valley and Union City, and lies at the eastern terminus of the San Mateo–Hayward Bridge. The city was devastated early in its history by the 1868 Hayward earthquake. From the early 20th century until the beginning of the 1980s, Hayward's economy was dominated by its now defunct food canning and salt production industries.
Things to do in Hayward

1. Lucca's Italian Deli

3121 Castro Valley Blvd, Castro Valley, CA 94546-5511 Takeout, Seating, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible Italian, Delicatessen Lunch, Dinner +1 510-537-2222
Excellent
60%
Good
36%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
2%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 80 reviews

Lucca's Italian Deli

Reviewed By Dianah R - Oakland, California, United States

Luccas is an awesome, classic Itian deli with simple, quality foods. They have fresh slices meats, cheeses and other deli items. They also have small grocery items that include pastas, oils, candies, crackers, etc. They've become my favorite sandwhich spot in Hayward/Castro Valley

2. Acqua E Farina

22622 Main St, Hayward, CA 94541-5112 Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Highchairs Available Italian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner 510-888-1568
Excellent
70%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 138 reviews

Acqua E Farina

Reviewed By BarryandJackie - Berkeley, California

Generally just good old Italian food, without any attempt to be particularly splashy or uber-gourmet. The salads were generous, and we enjoyed both a pesto and marinara sauce pastas which were tasty with lots of chicken and shrimp respectively. The service was very attentive and friendly. The prices quite reasonable. The place is bigger than it looks from the street, with a wing at the back with Italian-scene frescoes. Street parking in the evening is fairly plentiful.

3. Val's Burgers

2115 Kelly St, Hayward, CA 94541-3225 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible American, Diner Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch +1 510-889-8257
Excellent
64%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
1%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 251 reviews

Val's Burgers

Reviewed By ArkansasRev - Arkansas

Grew up with Val's. Now live out of state, always go to Val's when I return for a visit. It is always great. The two of us can make a great meal of 2 Baby Burgers and split a shake and order of fries or onion rings. The shakes are served in the old fashioned metal containers and will fill up 2+ milk shake glasses.

4. Genghix Asian Fusion

20855 Redwood Rd, Castro Valley, CA 94546-5915 Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol Chinese, Japanese, Asian, Sushi Lunch, Dinner +1 510-537-3862
Excellent
49%
Good
38%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 86 reviews

Genghix Asian Fusion

Reviewed By thehermit - Bay Area, California

Whenever I go home to the Bay Area, I must eat there or order food for take out. It is always delicious. Especially the Peking ribs and Thai rice. I also love the sushi. What truly amazes me is that they have such a wide selection that are all good! Truly, you can't go wrong.

5. Buffalo Bills

1082 B St, Hayward, CA 94541-4108 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Parking Available, Full Bar American, Bar, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +1 510-886-9823
Excellent
35%
Good
51%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
2%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 182 reviews

Buffalo Bills

Reviewed By tedkirby - Lexington, Massachusetts

Went here for lunch on Sunday, wasn't crowded when we got there, but got pretty packed. They have some special beers which sound very tasty. The food itself was tasty, not cheap, but not too expensive. There is outdoor seating too, which was nice on this day. Service was OK, nothing spectacular.

6. Doug's Place

20871 Redwood Rd, Castro Valley, CA 94546-5915 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible American, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch +1 510-538-9155
Excellent
46%
Good
41%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
1%
Terrible
5%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 100 reviews

Doug's Place

Reviewed By j3mmr71 - Hayward, California

I came across this place and made a point to try it based on name. Well it didn't live up to it's namesake. We arrived early on a Sunday morning and it was not yet busy. Tables were plentiful on arrival at around 8 am ish', and became moderately busy by 8:30. The décor can be described as eclectic nostalgia. The wife ordered an omelet where I opted for a waffle, with strawberries and cream, and bacon. Drinks were ordered at the same time as the food so we could speed up our visit. The orange juice was from concentrate; strike one. The wife didn't have any complaints about her food which was served pretty quick. The service was good too. John was friendly and had helpful. My waffle was just ok and nothing to write home about. The strawberries were from the freezer variety as they tasted as such and were even still cold like them; strike 2. The cream was very flat and tasteless as well. Now I love my bacon and really enjoy and look forward to that part of the breakfast. On this occasion however, describing it as bacon would be a stretch. That's because it was void of any taste and looked like it had 3rd degree freezer burn. Needless to say after 2 bites of the 4 strips, I put my napkin over the top of them and laid them to rest; strike 3. I was completely unimpressed. The food was not fresh, juice from concentrate and the prices were higher than all franchise and privately owned restaurants we have ever been to. This gives us no reasonable purpose to return.

7. Buon Appetito

917 A St, Hayward, CA 94541-4103 Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Italian, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner +1 510-247-0120
Excellent
47%
Good
39%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
6%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 126 reviews

Buon Appetito

Reviewed By 2232KenJi - San Jose, California

Hayward is no known a a gourmet or even pretty good dinning. Buon Appetito is the one gem in town. A wonderful selection of entrees. I had ravioli in cream sauce with mushrooms and prosciutto. My cousin had pasta Friulana with a rich tomato sauce.. While both dishes were tasty, we both agreed that there was much too much sauce.Such is not done in Italy. Somehow American's think there has to be a lot of sauce. In fact the Italian word we associate with sauce is Sugo, which translates to gravy. A lite amount. Suggest you tell the server to go lite and put the sauce in a bowl.
We wished we had room for dessert as the desert menu is to die for. We agreed next time we go we will have a salad and lots of desert..

8. Top Thai Cuisine

3837 Castro Valley Blvd, Castro Valley, CA 94546-4501 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Reservations Asian, Thai, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner SGD 7 - SGD 13 +1 510-538-4400
Excellent
42%
Good
58%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 42 reviews

Top Thai Cuisine

Reviewed By Joan W - Indianapolis, Indiana

The good reviews caught my eye & I love Thai food, so on the very last day of our vacation, we decided to give it a try. So glad we did! I ordered the cashew dish with vegetables and chicken and asked for it to be spicy hot & it sure was! The sauce was I incredibly good! Orders extra brown rice so I could soak up all the sauce! My husband orders the Penang Beef Special and said it was very good also. We had chicken wings, with a tasty sauce and basil leaves as an appetizer. Excellent service with a smile and great curtesy! If I lived here, I'd be a regular!

9. Casper’s Hot Dogs Hayward

951 C St, Hayward, CA 94541-5122 Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible American, Fast Food Lunch, Dinner +1 510-537-7300
Excellent
65%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 54 reviews

Casper’s Hot Dogs Hayward

Reviewed By ForensicChick - Redwood Shores, CA

Casper's (different than Kasper's with a K) is a Hayward staple. If you live here, you have to eat here at least once. The prices are a bit high and the cleanliness can be a bit lacking at times, but overall a solid hot dog.

10. Chef's Experience China Bistro

22436 Foothill Blvd, Hayward, CA 94541-4025 Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Full Bar, Serves Alcohol Chinese, Asian Lunch, Dinner +1 510-538-2868
Excellent
58%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 63 reviews

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Reviewed By Qualitypro3336 - Fremont, California

This is a nice Chinese restaurant in Hayward and was informed that it has been around for many years. Great service, Hot and delicious food, reasonably priced, ample parking makes for a good overall experience.

This was my first visit here. My friend and me came here for lunch on his recommendation. It's a large restaurant with a tasteful interior decor and nicely laid out tables. It was about 50% full during lunch on a weekday. Parking is available at the rear and there is a side entrance from the parking lot. We ordered from their lunch menu and the food was surprisingly delicious, fresh and hot. I thoroughly enjoyed every bite. I would highly recommend this place.

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