New / Coming Soon East Bay Restaurants  

Sultans Kebab Walnut Creek

At last, things are starting to get back to normal post-Covid, and restaurant patrons will no longer be required to mask up or show proof of vaccination status. Very soon, Covid will hopefully become a distant memory, and we can all get back to enjoying the various eating places that we love in our area. The dining scene has changed though. Some restaurateurs have closed down, while others have opened new venues. This month I’ll highlight some of the latter that you may not be aware of.

Nick The Greek, Walnut Creek

Already with six outlets in the East Bay, Nick The Greek is opening a seventh in Walnut Creek.

Though not as trendy as other regional cuisines, the success of Nick the Greek makes it clear that food from the eastern Mediterranean has plenty of fans without needing the fanfare.  This location will be next to Chipotle on Locust Street, and fans can choose from a menu that includes pitas, gyro bowls, salads, and falafel. Sweet lovers should note that they also have Baklava. Yum!! This is definitely a casual dining eatery, but one that serves extremely tasty meals ideal for lunch or a mid-week dinner.

SanDai Modern Indonesian, Walnut Creek

When it was first announced that Table at 7 was replacing Prima Ristorante in downtown Walnut Creek, the concept was a little murky. Star Oakland chef Nora Haron would be serving as the “consulting chef.” But there have been some changes and clarity in the concept judging by a recent Instagram post from Haron. The restaurant is now called SanDai, which is described as a “Modern Indonesian and Kopi Bar.” Word is that Nora Haron will have more direct, day-to-day involvement in the kitchen and over the menu than the previously announced consulting chef role, which is great news for Walnut Creek

As I write, SanDai is still under construction but the word is that the menu will be inspired by numerous Singaporean favorites like beef randang, kaya toast and gado gado. The website is also under construction but will be at

Sultan’s Kebab, Walnut Creek

Yes, another Mediterranean restaurant, and another one in Walnut Creek. This appears to be the busiest area for new openings right now.

With established restaurants in Danville and Pleasanton, Walnut Creek will be their third location, and the menu is just what you might expect from a middle eastern restaurant. You’ll find all your favorites here from kebab’s to lamb shank, and dishes that get particularly good reviews are the chicken shawarma and the beef & chicken kebabs combo.  They are located on North Main Street across from the 1515 restaurant.

Do you know of any new restaurants in our area  that we have missed, or even established ones you think we should feature? If so, email and we will do out best to review them.