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Sanctuary Bistro is a gluten-free, vegan restaurant committed to:

Sustainable, local, organic, food.
Dairy-free and gluten-free


Lunch on 10/10/15 was very good. The Bistro pays attention to spices the way a French bistro would (and unlike the bland Portola a few blocks away) Artisan cheese plate was heavenly. My chimichangadilla was tasty portabella strips and spices in a fried brown tortilla (great) and a giant heap of kale (they’re trying to keep me healthy). Friendly staff. Curious (but good) wine list (I had a Higgs Boson Pinot).


  • Closed Tuesday
  • Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday: Lunch 11am -3pm,  Dinner 5:30-9
  • Saturday: Brunch 8:30am – 3pm,  Dinner 5:30-10
  • Sunday: Brunch 8:30am – 3pm,  Special events: Visit our events page for details.                Lunch and Brunch are first come first serve.Dinner Reservations are recommended.



550 2nd St.
Oakland, CA 94607

We ate a late supper here after Timmy’s art show. Wonderful flavors, inventive menu, good wine list, friendly and efficient service. Large portions. Crowded. Popular.

Uta and I split a sort-of Moroccan pastilla — with no pigeon or chicken. I failed to mention: encuentro is vegetarian. It doesn’t matter. The food was spiced perfectly. We will be back. Menu.

We will be back. Probably many times.

Tigerlily opened in the former location of Mint Leaf in the Epicurious Mall in the Gourmet Ghetto. sign


This is an odd restaurant. Dominated by the bar. Only four or five items on the menu. The food is tatsy but Id hoped for more than wild rice and rabbit food.


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938CRAWFISH is a one-year old restaurant on San Pablo at Solano with one of the most limited menus you’ll ever find. The choices are crab, crawfish, clams, shrimp, and mussels. All are steamed in a plastic bag and served with garlic butter or lemon pepper sauce.

Decor is funky — once Vietnamese, formerly Japanese, now a confusing set of nooks and crannies.

I had crawfish with a cobbette of corn and a baked potato. The crawfish are fresh — shipped in twice a week from the Delta or Sacramento. While I was told they were especially plump, the suckheads were small by New Orleans standards.

bag crawfish

Dessert is Fried Oreos or a Fried Banana. I went with the latter.

menu2I may be back.

Himalayan Tandoori and Curry House is a reincarnation of the Everest Cafe. The food is still good but the prices have doubled. They serve humongous portions but no longer on a thali. Lunch (tandoori salmon) and beer (large Taj Mahal) set me back $30.

Bistro Liaison is once again open for lunch. They’ve streamlined the menu. Two courses $26, three courses $34. Still the same great ambience and food.

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16216105286_fa18da2778_mThe Torpedo Room on Fourth Street has scant food but a full line up of Sierra Nevada beers to sample.

16241162782_fce2734864_mThe Girl and the Fig is a great place to eat in Sonoma, just off the main square.

Hot Italian in Emeryville is one big room serving delectable pizzas with Italian charm.



30 Poppy Lane. We’ve been enjoying raclette. Austin gave us the machine for Christmas.

Closed. Mint Leaf (no big loss). Taiwan. Slow. Padi. Cafe Venezia.

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