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Best Restaurants for Celebrating Derby Day in San Francisco Bay Area

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by OpenTable x Woodford Reserve
Updated October 19, 2021

To mark this year's Derby Day, OpenTable and Woodford Reserve have come together to bring you a list of restaurants offering Derby Day drink specials and celebratory dishes near you. Whether you are donning your finest Derby attire and heading to a local watering hole or planning a feast for the festivities at home, we've got the restaurant (and game day tipple) for you.

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4.6
4.6 (550)
$31 to $50
Global, International
San Leandro
About the restaurant
Top Hatters Kitchen & Bar






Top review
Sanfransoul415
Dined 5 days ago
I’m so disappointed that I have not dined at this neighborhood gem before! I have been missing out on very inventive, delicious flavors this whole time. Everything was delicious, creative, and beautifully crafted. I am plotting my next trip there now!
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4.8
4.8 (3381)
$31 to $50
Contemporary Italian
Alameda
About the restaurant
Chef-owner, Giuseppe Naccarelli presents a seasonally inspired menu of classic Italian dishes with a modern twist, influenced by the cuisine of his native region of Abruzzo.
A Trabocco is a unique fishing pier found along the Adriatic coast of Abruzzo. Architect and Designer Lev Weisbach of Weisbach Architecture|Design was inspired by the beautiful Trabocchi of Abruzzo when he created his spectacular design. With its reclaimed wood ceilings, dramatic copper encased fireplace, and modern bar Trabocco is warm and welcoming yet strikingly dramatic and modern.
Top review
ceherro
Dined 4 days ago
From the moment we walked in the door and were met with a cheerful greeting to the moment we left, everything was perfect. The menu was creative, the food was delicious, the service was thoughtful and the value of the experience was exceptional. Our evening was made even more memorable when Chef Giuseppe and I serenaded my wife with a birthday duet. It was a great evening.
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4.8
4.8 (2733)
$31 to $50
Gastro Pub
Oakland
About the restaurant
Wood Tavern is nestled into a charming neighborhood shopping district on bustling College Avenue. Serving a hearty American Brasserie style menu. The contemporary loft- like space houses a dining room filled with "butcher block' tables, a comfy, copper topped bar and a chef's counter where you can dine watching the chef in action.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 5 days ago
Food never disappoints. Service was excellent and not unreasonably expensive. If you haven’t been-go. I’ve only been for lunch but hope to enjoy a dinner soon.
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4.6
4.6 (1726)
$31 to $50
American
San Leandro
About the restaurant
Welcome to Paradiso! We are open daily from 11:30am to 9:00 pm (closing at 10:00pm on Friday & Saturday). Whether you are looking for a romantic dinner for two, a thirty-person special event, or anything between, we can make it happen. With our award winning wine list, craft cocktail program, and 'everything made from scratch' menu, Paradiso's California inspired Italian has been a crowd favorite for nearly three decades. Additionally, we love when you come to us, but we can also bring Paradiso to you. We have takeout and delivery available, please check our website for hours and details.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 1 day ago
We got their little early, so we waited in the bar area and within 15 minutes our server came to get us placed us at the chef counter, which we enjoyed every time we come to Paradiso. It’s not only great food, but we get to look on the chefs prepare are delicious Food we seem to have a three course dinner every time we come we start out with the chef salad seafood extravaganza. I recommend highly ordering this before your course then we have a secondary course which includes calamari, which is absolutely delicious. Our entrée comes we order the rack of lamb and the filet mignon , both are watering. Spectacular and delicious. Very worth ordering! Paradiso for giving us a great date night at a great restaurant continue the great food the great service and the great ambience. We will definitely come back over and over again!
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4.3
4.3 (828)
$31 to $50
Californian
Walnut Creek
About the restaurant
With its cozy and inviting ambience, 1515 Restaurant & Lounge serves fresh and inventive California fare for lunch, dinner and brunch Friday- Sunday. Appetizer options include the pan-seared jumbo scallops with a habanero orange glaze, calamari, fried raviolis bruschetta and chicken wings. Popular house entrées showcase how 1515 Restaurant & Lounge infuses Italian cuisine with a California twist, including the sea bass topped with shrimp and scallops served over a bed of pesto gnocchi, the surf and turf combo with a grilled ribeye steak. seafood fettucine, lamb chops, chicken piccata, jambalaya penne pasta, hearty salads, hot sandwiches and pizzas too. An additional menu with a variety of raw oysters as well as a small plates menu are other popular options.

Enjoy days with beautiful weather and your meal outside on 1515 Restaurant & Lounge's sunny patio. We also offer private dining and banquets rooms for large or small parties. Contact info@1515wc.com
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Top review
TraceyC
Dined 5 days ago
Our experience eating at 1515 is always just so nice. The food, the service is just the best. I love the variety and I tried the salmon this time and it was just amazing. I feel like they do a great job and it's kind of a hidden gem for a great dinner with a wonderful happy hour!!
A photo of Izzy's Steaks & Chops - San Francisco restaurant
4.3
4.3 (1071)
$31 to $50
Steakhouse
Marina / Cow Hollow / Presidio
About the restaurant
Izzy’s Flagship location in the Marina is temporarily closed for some much needed improvements. We look forward to welcoming our guests back Summer 2024!
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Oct 21, 2023
Service and food was great! Easy location we will definitely be back
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4.5
4.5 (1330)
$31 to $50
Mediterranean
Financial District / Embarcadero
About the restaurant
Sens is French for the word meaning "Sense," which refers to the faculties of sight, sound, smell, and taste that humans perceive this as stimuli originating from the body inside and out.

At Sens we love the process of cooking and its end result, complete happiness. Our inspiration is that of the Mediterranean with its diverse cultures and cuisines. Our goal is not to redefine or reinvent their cuisine but rather to refine and create delicious and beautiful food. We use only the finest local ingredients and exotic spices to elevate our classic and modern techniques. Our destination is and will always be the same, to develop and perfect the flavor, fragrance, texture and composition of each dish while creating a unique and unforgettable experience.

Welcome to Sens.
Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 7 days ago
Beautiful rooftop restaurant at 4 Embarcadero. Food and service were great.
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4.7
4.7 (3247)
$50 and over
Spanish
Financial District / Embarcadero
About the restaurant
Brought to you by Award Winning Chef Michael Chiarello and located at Pier 5 on the bustling San Francisco Waterfront, Coqueta is inspired by the cuisines of Spain. Chef Chiarello feels that Spain’s signature ‘small plates’ coupled with the social vibrancy of their dining scene is the perfect combination for San Francisco, which has its own deep-rooted history with the country. Focusing on regional dishes from Madrid, Catalonia, the Basque Country and beyond, the menu will feature Chiarello's interpretation of traditional Spanish cuisine and, as has always been his tradition, will highlight the bounty of fresh, local ingredients from land and sea.

Coqueta means “flirt” or “infatuation” in Spanish, and represents Michael Chiarello and his team’s exploration and interpretation of Spanish Cuisine, wine and inspired cocktails, while highlighting the bounty of Northern California.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
We’re from Oregon. Coqueta is one of our very favorite restaurants anywhere…..
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4.7
4.7 (1297)
$30 and under
Seafood
Financial District / Embarcadero
About the restaurant
Pier 23 Cafe Restaurant & Bar, a historic wharf restaurant and bar, continues to serves fresh seafood and good drinks to locals and visitors alike.

Family owned for nearly 35 years, Pier 23 Cafe takes an innovative approach to San Francisco’s traditional seafood dishes. It’s a tried and true establishment that captures the essence of the City and its waterfront history in food, service, and picturesque waterside setting.

Soak up the California sun and the beautiful San Francisco Bay views from our Beer Garden & Waterside patio or city views of Telegraph Hill and the Embarcadero from our sidewalk tables.
Top review
BeatHvip
Dined on Apr 26, 2024
Always nice to pass by Pier 23. Good food and nice people.
A photo of Oeste restaurant
4.5
4.5 (39)
$30 and under
American
Oakland
About the restaurant
Oeste is a 100 seat bar and kitchen with a rooftop deck, located in the heart of Old Oakland. At Oeste, we are committed to providing an inviting and inclusive atmosphere, offering food for the soul, and pouring the highest quality spirits, wines and beers. We offer exemplary dishes by focusing on fresh, organic and sustainably farmed ingredients, fusing California cuisine with Latin, Southern and Asian influences. Enjoy one of our signature tap margaritas while lounging on the deck or watching a Warriors game at the bar.

Come solo or with friends and family and enjoy what Oeste has to offer!
Top review
carla2020
Dined on Jun 9, 2024
We ordered the whole red snapper but it was bland and not crispy at all. It looked crispy but I think it was re-heated. The Brussel sprouts also tasted re-heated and tasted burnt. The sauce for the Brussel sprouts was amazing! The French fries=amazing the cocktails amazing! The ceviche Meh....I will go back for the ambiance and the cocktails. We couldn't even get our water carafe refilled.
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