Now that the end is (hopefully) in sight for Covid-19 related restrictions, and we are headed into the warmer weather, we are looking forward to a return to normalcy. This will be appreciated in no small way when we can confidently return to eating out.
With this in mind, here is a selection of restaurants that we personally offer for consideration as places that offer good food and pleasant surroundings to relax and enjoy a good meal.
Note that there are numerous newer restaurants in our area that have either opened shortly before the pandemic or even during it, and some have been forced to close. None of the newer ones are here as I wanted to promote those that have survived, and hopefully will go on to continued success.
Piatti, in Danville Livery – Danville.Piatti.com
A long-time Danville favorite, Piatti (pictured here) has something for everybody. Whether you want a classic pizza , or you are looking for somewhere for a full meal with a wide range of appetizers with entrees from interesting pasta dishes to steak and salmon, you should find something here to please. The dining areas are welcoming with a fireplace in one area, plus attractive patio dining for those warm summer evenings.
The Peasant’s Courtyard in Alamo – RodneyWorth.com
Casual American Dining at it’s best. Chef Rodney Worth’s second restaurant (after the Peasant & The Pear in Danville), this is the place for burgers, some classic American sandwiches including pulled pork and a great BLT, as well as some individual entrees. The setting of the outdoor patio is superb and the food is consistently reliable. If you are looking for fish & chips, come on Friday when it is served as their special dish.
Silk Road, Walnut Creek – WalnutCreekSilkRoad.com
If you are a fan of Mediterranean food, you will love the food at Silk Road. A fairly small restaurant, right on North Main Street, their patio has always been the place to eat. Food portions are generous and cover a wide range of Mediterranean dishes. The menu includes pizzas, kebabs, pasta dishes, moussaka, lamb shank and an outstanding rack of lamb. Everything seems to be made in house, including their pitta bread and the prices are very affordable. If you like desserts, I strongly recommend the baklava, which is outstanding.
Primavera Ristorante, San Ramon – Primavera.me
Situated in the Crow Canyon Place shopping center on Crow Canyon Road, it seems that Primavera has been here forever. This is a traditional pasta restaurant with one or two surprises that are well worth trying. It has been nicely updated a couple of times over the years, and is a very pleasant place to enjoy a quiet meal. Among the pasta dishes, I particularly enjoyed the fettucine carbonara, one of my favorites when cooked as well as it is here. The chicken saltimbocca is another, but some additional dishes I certainly recommend are the chicken risotto with Dijon sauce and the lamb shank risotto.
Reve Bistro, Lafayette – ReveBistro.com
Of all the restaurants mentioned here, a meal at family owned and run Reve Bistro will almost certainly you the most. Yet the chances of getting a table without a reservation are virtually non-existent and they are frequently fully booked for at least a week out. There are three very good reasons for that – outstanding food, attentive service, and an attractive ambiance, both inside and outside. All the dishes are prepared in-house, of course, with an authentic French influence. The menu changes seasonally, so it is difficult to make recommendations, although French onion soup and steak frites always seem to be on offer. Regardless of what you eat though, you should not be disappointed. One final thought though – in my opinion, this is a restaurant where you should not plan to be in and out in an hour. Treat it like a special occasion and savor the moment. Just like the French do.
I hope that you find the above of interest, and in closing, let me once more appeal to you to support our local restaurants, especially those that have managed to survive the past year.