Where to Eat in San Pablo: The Best Restaurants and Bars

April 14, 2018 Rebbecca Marino

San Pablo (pronounced San PAB-low or San POB-low) is a city in Contra Costa County, California, United States. The city of Richmond surrounds nearly the whole city. The population was 29,139 at the 2010 census. The current Mayor is Cecilia Valdez. Current Council members include Paul Morris and Rich Kinney.
Things to do in San Pablo

1. Salute e Vita Ristorante

1900 Esplanade Dr, Richmond, CA 94804-4500 Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wheelchair Accessible Italian, Mediterranean, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch SGD 39 - SGD 39 +1 510-215-0803
Excellent
49%
Good
39%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
1%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 133 reviews

Salute e Vita Ristorante

Salute E Vita, remains a home away from home for all lovers of food, art, wine, friends and most of all family, which is who we consider everyone dining with us to be. Our house made desserts, risottos, soups, pasta sauces and salad dressings are created daily. We are best known for traditional homemade Italian fare with fresh and delicious California cuisine. Whether you are in the mood for pasta or a magnificent entrée salad, fresh seafood or steak, you’ll find it here in our 100-year old Cape Cod Victorian that overlooks the marina waterfront with an elegant and welcoming fireplace dining room, an indoor veranda with stunning views of San Francisco or on our outdoor patio overlooking the Bay. We have a saying here, “at the table, no one grows old” So feel the passion for good food, beauty and friends and join us for lunch or dinner; we have your table ready!

Reviewed By Snakewrangler - Brentwood, California

The view is great and the restaurant is nice. A little run down but overall still in decent shape. The service was good although at points felt overwhelming.... This is a place that still grinds pepper and grates parm on your dish. The food was very good and apparently made not in mass but to order.

2. La Strada Italian Restaurant

2215 Church Ln, San Pablo, CA 94806-3726 Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Takeout Italian, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner SGD 28 - SGD 39 +1 510-237-9047
Excellent
50%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
1%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 64 reviews

La Strada Italian Restaurant

Reviewed By rjbouch - Fair Oaks, California

Yeah, I ate too much at lunch. Their portions are pretty big and I probably ate too much bread... but the bread was really good.

It's a good place. Sure, I've had lots of better Italian meals but I paid more.

I'll be doing some work in San Pablo so I suspect I'll go back a few more times.

3. Sukie's Country Kitchen

2000 International Market Pl, San Pablo, CA 94806-3373 Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Waitstaff Diner, Cafe Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch +1 510-233-5856
Excellent
53%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
14%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 21 reviews

Sukie's Country Kitchen

Reviewed By Lin0515 - New Castle, Delaware

We were in the mood for a "real" breakfast and came here. It's a classic diner--nothing fancy--with good basic food. Our server was great. My eggs-over-medium arrived almost raw--a lot of the white was still raw--and she was great about replacing them promptly.

4. Cafe Soleil

3550 San Pablo Dam Rd, El Sobrante, CA 94803-2796 Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible American, Cafe Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner +1 510-758-6134
Excellent
38%
Good
49%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
3%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 26 reviews

Cafe Soleil

Reviewed By Roy T - Los Angeles, California

Just a good place to eat. Waitress was nice, friendly and on top of things. The restaurant had a relaxed atmosphere with two TVs going. My breakfast was very tasty and the price was reasonable. I would happily recommend this place to anyone.

5. Huong Tra Restaurant

12221 San Pablo Ave, Richmond, CA 94805-2400 Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Waitstaff Asian, Vietnamese Lunch, Dinner SGD 7 - SGD 13 +1 510-234-7428
Excellent
69%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 34 reviews

Huong Tra Restaurant

Reviewed By KokoPowder - Fremont, California

I am happy that I have found a supplement to my normal pho location! So there are two decent spots in the Richmond area. Apparently they have recently renovated and expanded the restaurant. It looks like they have been in the whole location for quite some time... so not sure what exactly has changed. I will take other yelpers word on that one.

Customer service is a bit lacking. The kids running the front shop don't quite have the proper etiquette down that.. the customer standing in front of you holds priority over the phones ringing etc. Phones should be picked up and placed on hold. Or designate tasks and just have one person answering phones, one filling bags for orders, and one taking customers in the line.

Since phone is priority for them, I recommend calling ahead and submitting your order. So it is ready or close to ready by the time you get there.

The price is definitely right and portions are decent! I am looking forward to exploring their menu more and expanding my review on specific dishes!

6. Blue Bay Thai Cuisine

13501 San Pablo Ave, San Pablo, CA 94806-3869 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Reservations Asian, Thai, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner +1-510-232-4888-13501-94806
Excellent
48%
Good
47%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 17 reviews

Blue Bay Thai Cuisine

Reviewed By notoriouslyFat - Hong Kong

Visited for dinner in a group.

Blue Bay was recommended to us and convenient at the time. We drove in at close to 9 PM on a Friday night--the place was fairly packed but one table was just leaving. The restaurant itself is also pretty tiny--seats maybe 9-10 groups at max.

As the name implies it is a primarily Thai restaurant, but the menu has some favorites from other SE countries and even some random Japanese fusion. Menu is quite long and comprehensive

Overall, found the food was a little oily and underspiced. We ordered the Viet rice paper rolls, chicken wings, a pomelo salad, Panang curry, a pineapple fried rice, and a phad thai. The fried rice and phad thai were both a tad bland, whilst the starters were a little better. More notably, the curry took longer to serve and did not include any white rice.

Beyond that, the service was very friendly and efficient. Pricing is also reasonable and portions are generous. A pretty good choice for convenient Southeast Asian if you live in the area.

7. Portumex Restaurant

721 23rd St, Richmond, CA 94804-1446 Takeout, Seating Mexican Lunch, Dinner +1 510-237-7513
Excellent
43%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
21%
Poor
3%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 33 reviews

Portumex Restaurant

Reviewed By reinalove - California

Good food and good service from the cashier to the bussers. The red salsa is yummy but spicy... Green salsa is even more spicy. Good size tacos and free chips and salsa??? Need I say more? They have their own little parking lot which makes it a little easier to get to. A gem in Richmond. I recommend it.

8. Sala Thai

15501 San Pablo Ave, Ste F, San Pablo, CA 94806-5848 Reservations Thai Lunch, Dinner +1 510-223-2933
Excellent
42%
Good
58%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 7 reviews

Reviewed By tkatl76 - Winter Garden, Florida

I love Thai food but am a bit picky on it. We were trying to find a place to eat while in the area and wait out traffic a bit after leaving San Francisco. We happened to find Sala Thai and stopped in to check it out. Ordered appetizers and a meal which all came up quickly. Service was excellent and the food was delicious! Loved this little gem, would definitely visit again if we were in the area.

9. Taqueria Maria

3800 Klose Way, Ste B, San Pablo, CA 94806-5714 Mexican +1 510-758-8155
Excellent
58%
Good
42%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 7 reviews

Taqueria Maria

Reviewed By Mike B - Sacramento, California

Second time I've eaten here in last year. I don't live in the area, but pass through frequently. Good food with quick service. I especially liked their Pico de Gallo. Very diverse patronage so it appears the residents in the area have taken to this place

10. Rockin Crawfish

2300 El Portal Dr, San Pablo, CA 94806-3486 Seafood +1 510-230-4874
Excellent
58%
Good
14%
Satisfactory
14%
Poor
14%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 7 reviews

Rockin Crawfish

Reviewed By Farrah F - Concord, California

Nice local seafood joint, spacious with tv all around (sports bar feel) good is delicious order Dungeness crab, shrimp, mussels with "the whole shabang" it was good. The garlic noodle is just how I like it. Also had chicken wings, calamari, sweet potato fries as appetizers. Good place to eat with friends and family

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