The Top 10 Restaurants In Pleasanton, California

Pleasanton Sign © Jay Galvin/Flickr
Pleasanton Sign © Jay Galvin/Flickr
Photo of Aaron Parr
9 February 2017

Living in the Bay Area, we are lucky to have so many great food options from which to choose. No matter the location, good food is never far away. If you find yourself in the Tri-Valley area, check out these top ten places to grab a bite in Pleasanton. Depending on what you’re in the mood for, one of these restaurants will hit the spot.

Mexico Lindo

Bar, Restaurant, Mexican, $$$
Hidden in the corner of the Koll Center business park, this hidden gem of a Mexican restaurant offers one of the biggest – and best – burritos around. Their super burrito is a giant flour tortilla stuffed with rice, beans, and your choice of meat, then smothered in mole sauce and melted cheese. The crunchy tacos are amazing – a fried corn tortilla with your choice of meat, lettuce, shredded cheese, and a drizzle of mole sauce on top. Mexico Lindo boasts a large dining room separated from a full bar – which has additional seating. Check out Mexico Lindo for some top-notch Mexican food.

Bob’s Giant Burgers

Diner, Restaurant, American, Hungarian
Pleasanton Ridge
Pleasanton Ridge | © Donna Sutton/Flickr
Feeling a blast from the past? This 1950s-style diner in downtown Pleasanton offers just that. A downtown mainstay for decades, Bob’s Giant Burgers offers juicy (and giant) mouthwatering burgers, decadent milkshakes, fries, and onion rings, all at a reasonable price. The burgers come with an assortment of different toppings and cheeses, including chili and bacon. Bob’s also makes some of the best onion rings around. The walls of this classic diner are covered in memorabilia. Stop into Bob’s Giant burgers for some nostalgia and classic American grub. Bob’s also has a location in Fremont.

Fiesta Taco

Located just down the road from Amador Valley High School, Fiesta Taco is a staple of Pleasanton’s culture. This magnificent hole-in-the-wall offers a full menu of Mexican delights. Burritos as big as your forearm loaded with rice, beans, meat, guacamole, and sour cream – with a ‘mojado’ option. Smother your already beautiful burrito with mole sauce and cheese. Fiesta Taco’s walls are adorned with varsity team pictures and televisions that are always playing Mexican soap operas and soccer matches (always broadcast in Spanish). Fiesta Taco is a great place to grab a meal – and to hang out.

Fiesta Taco, Mission Plaza, 1989 Santa Rita Rd Suite J, Pleasanton, CA, USA

Gay Nineties Pizza

Another great downtown hangout, Gay Nineties Pizza probably offers the best pizza in Pleasanton. Located conveniently on Main Street in the heart of downtown, Gay Nineties offers take-out and dine-in options. This family-friendly establishment has a spacious, yet always crowded dining room, as well as outside seating for those who want to catch some sun rays. This pizzeria offers a menu including specialty pizzas, salads, pastas, and other options, but guests can also feel free to order a ‘build your own’ pie. If you’re into pizza and you’re in Pleasanton, check out Gay Nineties.

Gay Nineties Pizza, 288 Main St, Pleasanton, CA, USA, +1 925 846 2520

Morning fog | © Jeffry/Flickr

Morning fog Pleasanton | © Jeffry/Flickr

Atrium Café

This place may be a bit out of the way, but it makes one of the best sandwiches in Pleasanton. Tucked away in the Atrium business building near the Stonebridge Mall, this cafe has a menu of sandwiches, soups, and salads sure to please anyone. The owner and his wife run a tight ship and will remember your face whether you’ve been there two times or 200. Shopping at the mall and looking for something to eat? Skip the food court and head to the Atrium Café.

Atrium Café, 5776 Stoneridge Mall Rd # 110, Pleasanton, CA, USA, +1 925 463 8284

Oasis Grille

Restaurant, Wine Bar, Mediterranean, Indian, $$$
Yet another downtown gem, Oasis Grille offers some of the finest Mediterranean cuisine in Pleasanton and the whole Tri-Valley. The spit-roasted lamb is so tender, it quite literally falls off the bone. Oasis is another restaurant that offers indoor and outdoor seating. Order yourself one of a variety of hummus appetizers that are sure to satiate your appetite. Oasis Grille is a great change of pace from your average downtown dinner spot, check it out and see for yourself.

Jim’s Country Style Restaurant

Restaurant, American, Vegan, Vegetarian
Jim’s is the absolute go-to for breakfast in Pleasanton. If you come here, you’re guaranteed to leave with a full belly. The portions at Jim’s are huge, and this place offers any kind of breakfast you can think of, as well as a tasty lunch menu. With hearty portions and a family atmosphere, Jim’s Country Style is a great option for breakfast or brunch in Pleasanton.

Meiko Sushi

Bar, Restaurant, Sushi, Japanese, $$$
Located in the Amador Vally Business Plaza, Meiko Sushi is the best sushi bar in all of Pleasanton. Friendly service and a fantastic menu set this place above all the others in the area. Their extensive sushi menu will leave even the snobbiest of sushi connoisseurs satisfied. Walk up to the bar, or sit down and enjoy a fine dining experience. Dine-in or take-out, Meiko Sushi will take care of you.

Nonni’s Bistro

Bistro, Restaurant, European, American, $$$
Downtown and looking for a good sandwich? Look no further than Nonni’s Bistro on Main Street. A terrific option for downtown shoppers and professionals since 2010, Nonni’s is the place to be. Order to go, or sit down in a spacious dining room – or outside for a view of downtown – and enjoy your meal. Soups, salads, pastas, and sandwiches – with a full breakfast, lunch and dinner menu, Nonni’s has something for everybody. Try Nonni’s for a fantastic bistro experience. © Nonni’s Bistro

Eddie Papa’s American Hangout

With a menu full of American classics, and cotton candy accompanying the check, what’s not to like? Eddie Papa’s is a recent addition to Pleasanton’s dining repertoire, but it is one that has drawn in customers and curiosity since day one. With a menu boasting popular entrées such as chicken fried steak and bacon cheddar garlic fries, Eddie Papa’s pays homage to some of America’s classic dishes. Bring the whole family down to enjoy a meal and relax at Eddie Papa’s American Hangout.

Eddie Papa’s American Hangout, Gateway Square Shopping Center, 4889 Hopyard Rd, Pleasanton, CA, USA, +1 925 469 6266

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