Top 10 Restaurants In Alameda, California

© Ron Hall/Flickr
© Ron Hall/Flickr
Photo of Sarah Ndjongo
9 February 2017

The culinary scene in the city of Alameda has been influenced by San Francisco and Oakland, with a growing number of restaurant options to choose from. From Asian to Italian to Mexican food selections, here are 10 picks for the tastiest restaurants in Alameda.

Burma Superstar | © Jen/Flickr

Burma Superstar

Restaurant, Asian, Vegan, Vegetarian, Gluten-free, $$$
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If you haven’t tried Burmese cuisine yet, then you should definitely make a visit to Burma Superstar. Burmese cuisine is influenced by the spices, seasonings, ingredients, and cooking styles of India, China, Laos, and Thailand. Favorites at this restaurant include oh noh kauswer (coconut chicken noodle soup), pumpkin pork stew, and Platha and dip (homemade, multi-layered bread served with a coconut chicken curry sauce).

Kamakura Japanese Restaurant

Restaurant, Japanese, $$$
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A traditional Japanese restaurant committed to excellence and quality, Kamakura Japanese Restaurant has great food and great service. Kamakura only uses premium, short grain rice. Try authentic food selections such as ohitashi (boiled spinach with special sauce), ahi tataki (seared tuna with spices and wasabi ponzu), and lobster head miso soup (with noodles, tofu, and vegetables).

Asena Restaurant

Restaurant, Mediterranean, $$$
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Asena is proud to be one of the few Zagat-rated restaurants in Alameda. The menu features seasonal cuisine informed by Mediterranean roots, and every day Asena bakes its own bread, rolls its own pasta, cures its own salmon, and preserves its own lemons. If you’re looking to try wonderful Mediterranean food, lovingly prepared and graciously served, stop by Asena.


Speisekammer is the place to go for delicious German food. One appetizer it offers is Reibekuchen, which is four potato pancakes served with house made apple compote. European-style salads include cabbage, cucumber, red beet, and carrot. A great entrée is Schweinebraten, a roast pork in beer sauce, served with sauerkraut and mashed potatoes. If your appetite isn’t as big the day you go, it is possible to halve the dish and pay less.

Speisekammer, 2424 Lincoln Ave, Alameda, CA, USA +1 510 522 1300

East Ocean Seafood Restaurant

Restaurant, Chinese, $$$
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A Chinese-inspired seafood restaurant, East Ocean offers Hong Kong–style (pan-fried) lunch and a light combination dinner. Choose from pan-fried noodles with prawns in lobster sauce, steamed and fried buns, Westlake beef soup (rock cod cubes with greens, mixed vegetables, string bean chicken, and prawns chow mein), or egg flower soup (Mongolian beef, mixed vegetables, chicken chow mein, prawns with lobster sauce, and pork and eggs).

Scolari’s Good Eats

Bar, Restaurant, American, Contemporary, $$$
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Offering a wide selection of ‘good eats’ made from ingredients sourced both locally and globally, Scolari’s Good Eats brings a diverse array of cuisines to your table. Favorites include Stromboli, the Jersey-favorite Taylor Ham sandwich, and the famous Scolari’s classic cheeseburger. Due to the restaurant’s location close to a downtown bar, customers can enjoy a drink while waiting for their food order. Enjoy food in the beautiful Alameda sunshine.

Jim’s Coffee Shop

Cafe, American, $$$
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Described as a ‘bright diner with comfy booths and a menu of homestyle American breakfasts, burgers, and hearty dinners,’ Jim’s Coffee Shop is definitely a favorite in Alameda. Drop by on Saturday evenings for the delicious prime rib dinner, a slice of prime rib, cut to order, with your choice of potatoes or rice, a vegetable offering, and a soup or salad. Jim’s starts serving this special meal at 5pm, so come enjoy it while it lasts.

Café Jolie

Cafe, Bakery, Restaurant, French, American, $$$
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Café Jolie brings the French experience to customers in Alameda. Fantastic beignets are served with powdered sugar and hot dark chocolate sauce on the side. There are large cups of coffee and espresso options, with a bakery case in back. Breakfast, brunch, and French café choices include croque monsieur/madame and steak frites. Plus, you can request French onion soup during breakfast time, too.

India Palace Alameda

Restaurant, Indian, Vegetarian, $$$
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A colorful establishment serving a buffet-style Indian menu during lunch and dinner, India Palace Alameda serves vegetarian and Indian food in the East Bay and beyond. Not only does the restaurant serve superb Indian and vegetarian cuisine, it also features an all-you-can-eat lunch buffet that’s vegan friendly and features gluten-free options. Specials include Rogan josh, mattar paneer, dal makhani, nan (raita) and rice (kreer).

Gold Coast Grill

Restaurant, American, $$$
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Gold Coast Grill takes pride in being the first Greek restaurant in Alameda. With its friendly atmosphere and classic neighborhood feeling, it’s no wonder customers have been coming for the past 20 years. The menu is full of appetizers, salads, pastas, steaks, and seafood dishes. The most popular dish is the rack of lamb, but other well-made choices are moussaka and souvlaki.

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