Cafe, Restaurant, French, $$$
Ravenous Cafe is an unexpectedly urbane restaurant that serves seasonal dishes inspired by the cuisine of France, Italy, Spain, and Portugal. Everything is thoughtfully and skillfully prepared, with excellent quality ingredients and gracious service that make dining at the restaurant a truly exceptional experience. The owner, Wade Sawaya, always makes sure that guests feel welcome. Patrons fall in love with incredible dishes like the tomato applewood smoked soup with feta cheese and micro greens, crab cakes with spicy corn tomato relish, sautéed organic mushrooms, risotto with prawns and cherry tomatoes, steak and crab, pan seared scallops over shies leaf, and the duck breast over celery root mash and a tamarind reduction, just to name a few. Lunchtime features sophisticated sandwiches like the smoked salmon, the eggplant, the steak, the fried egg topped with Manchego cheese, and the bacon, watercress, and tomato. All of the breads come from Acme in Berkeley and are the perfect texture, crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside. They also offer amazing desserts like creme brûlée, lemon ginger sorbet, and delicious creamy gelato, with flavors including caramel sea salt, honey lavender, and port and berry. Though it also has a wonderful outdoor patio, the restaurant is rather small, so reservations are a good idea.