The Top 10 Restaurants In Hayward, California

Sushi © Mrmcdonnell/WikiCommons
Sushi © Mrmcdonnell/WikiCommons
Photo of Kelly Rose
9 February 2017

What better way to learn about different cultures than to eat your way around the globe? Home to an ethnically diverse crowd, this East Bay city has a lot to offer. Ranging from delis to sit-down venues, here’s a look at the top 10 restaurants in Hayward!

Favorite Indian Restaurant

Restaurant, Indian, $$$
Chicken tikka masala
Chicken tikka masala | © Kelly Rose/Flickr
Located on Mission Boulevard, Favorite Indian Restaurant is the perfect place to satiate your cravings for North Indian food. Offering appetizers such as samosas and pakoras – a deep-fried snack coated in a chickpea batter – you’re sure to find something to make your mouth water. The menu features staples such as lamb vindaloo and chicken tikka masala, a must-try. If you’re feeling especially hungry, they offer an all-you-can-eat dinner buffet Friday through Sunday.


The interior may be small, but the flavors definitely aren’t. Decorated with only a few tables and some wall art, Sushiland is definitely worth the wait. For fish lovers, they offer a wide variety of both deep-fried and raw rolls. For the picky eaters, there are teriyaki bento boxes, as well as udon noodles and donburi – a rice bowl served with your choice of meat.

Sushiland, 19740 Mission Boulevard, Hayward, CA, USA, +1 510 481 7000

Tin’s Teapot Bistro

Bistro, Restaurant, Chinese, Seafood, $$$
For an authentic Cantonese dining experience, check out Tin’s Teapot Bistro. Only using the freshest and most natural ingredients, the owners and chefs are dedicated to preparing traditional Chinese dishes in a healthier fashion. They offer a wide variety of entrée items, but the dim sum is outstanding.


Restaurant, Mexican, $$$
Enchiladas | © LanguageTeaching/Flickr
The owners of Pepe’s make sure to take care of each and every customer that walks through the doors of this family-run and operated restaurant. Everything on their menu is homemade and guaranteed to be delicious, especially the chile verde. Open at 10 am every day except Sunday, Pepe’s offers breakfast burritos in addition to their lunch and dinner menus. Not only do they boast the best fish tacos in town, but also have the best prices.

Paya Thai

Known as one of the best Thai restaurants in Hayward, Paya Thai serves up recipes that have been passed down for over a hundred years. The sweet owner will regale you with tales of her home in Thailand while you read over their delectable menu. If you’re unsure of what to order, go with the pad Thai or panang chicken curry – a milder curry made with dried chili peppers, coriander, and cumin.

Paya Thai, 1149 B Street, Hayward, CA, USA, +1 510 581 6580

Buon Appetito Restaurant

Restaurant, Italian, $$$
At Buon Appetito Restaurant, disregard the advice your mother told you about not filling up on bread. The bread with red garlic dipping sauce is so scrumptious that it’s difficult to believe that it’s complimentary. Their larger noodles, such as fettuccine, are made in-house, adding another dimension of flavor to their skillfully crafted dishes. Make sure to leave room for dessert; the budino di pane – bread pudding – is worth another 30 minutes on the treadmill.

Pot Pie Paradise & Deli

Deli, Vegan
If you are not a fan of pot pies, you will be after leaving Pot Pie Paradise & Deli. They offer everything from the standard free-range chicken filling to more unique and robust flavors, such as Thai chicken curry. Other meat options include duck, steak, and seafood. Don’t eat meat? They’ve got you covered with six vegan options as well.

Bronco Billy’s Pizza Palace

Colloquially known as just Bronco Billy’s, Bronco Billy’s Pizza Palace is highly recommended by Cal State East Bay students, present and former. Where else can you get a ‘slice’ of pizza the size of your head for as little as $4.25? Each slice is cooked to order to your specifications. If their prices still aren’t reasonable enough, they offer coupons on their website.

Bronco Billy’s Pizza Palace, 26775 Hayward Boulevard, Hayward, CA, USA, +1 510 727 0532

Ghazni Afghan Kabobs

Restaurant, American, $$$
In July 2014, Ghazni Afghan Kabobs was born in Downtown Hayward. From the bolani – seasoned flatbread with potato or leeks – to the dogh, everything on their menu is crafted with care to ensure the most authentic and delicious dining experience. The mantu – dumplings stuffed with ground beef, topped with meat sauce and yogurt – are simply divine.

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