Go Hungry And Leave Happy

When visiting Benicia, California or nearby areas, here are some of the best places to get a great bite to eat and see the area.  Most of the popular restaurants in the area are all on one street. That aspect makes visiting a few of them easier if you chose to hop around and have an appetizer at one, dinner at another, and dessert somewhere else.  Here is a list of a few that are centrally located and frequented by locals and tourists alike.

  1. 1. The Loft Wine Bar & Restaurant

With over sixty reviews on Google that are almost all with a 5-star rating, this restaurant and wine bar has a great reputation.  It also has a perfect location right near the water on the well-known First street.  Known for carrying wines that are otherwise hard to find and paired well with small plate American food served.  The patio area has a water view which is also enticing for both locals and tourists to relax and dine outside.

  1. 2. Lucca Bar & Grill

A somewhat upscale yet casual restaurant with a beer garden that has live music in the Spring and Summer months is also located on the 1st street.  The Loft Wine Bar & Restaurant is not far also located on the 1st street with many other dining options to choose from.  Lucca Bar and Grill has plenty of great food to choose from including a Smoked Chicken Salad, Oysters Rockefeller, or a Creekstone Skirt Steak with cherry bbq sauce.  There is a quote on their website stating that “music is better when heard live” to encourage their live music in the beer garden.  Sounds like a great time and a chance to enjoy the equally great food.

  1. 3. First Street Cafe

Known for their delicious Dungeness Crab & Artichoke sandwich, people have been said to travel for miles for it.  Another dish that is popular and one-of-a-kind is the Shellfish Capellini pasta or their Apricot Chicken dish served with an apricot cilantro sauce.  The building it is located in is a landmark with classic wooden interior finishings and a charm that has been around for over twenty years since they opened.  With one hundred and eighty-one nearly 5-star reviews on Google, this restaurant is a must-see when visiting the heart of downtown Benicia.

  1. 4. Rellik Tavern

If you are looking for a little entertainment while you dine out then Rellik Tavern is the place to visit.  This place has something going on almost nightly from blues, jazz, or reggae bands, to sports games on Monday nights.  Serving great appetizers from French Dip Sliders to Shrimp and Chips to Mushroom Risotto Croquettes, they offer food for all to enjoy.  Located on 1st street, this would also be a great place to stop in and see what is going on that night or by checking the calendar on their website.  

Visiting Benicia has a lot to offer, from water-view dining to local live music venues that offer a variety of performances.  It is located in the East Bay not far from San Francisco to easily make a day trip over the bridge to experience all that the famous neighboring city also has to offer.