Italian Food, Craft Beer and Everything in Between: Explore San Ramon’s Culinary Scene
July 28, 2016
If you’re living in San Ramon and have yet to check out the eateries and bars scattered throughout the city, a night out is long overdue. From craft beer to upscale Italian cuisine, the restaurants in San Ramon have something for everyone. Explore this list of options for dinner or happy hour tonight.
The Hop Yard
The most impressive thing about The Hop Yard is its lineup of brews on tap, each one poured with the perfect balance of beer and foam. You have a huge selection to choose from on the draft list, as well as the standard bottled beers stowed beneath the counter. The bar décor consists largely of polished wood that gives the entire dining room a pleasant, rustic feel. Have a pint of whatever you like, but do yourself a favor and order some food, too. Unlike other beer bars, this place serves up handcrafted burgers piled high with your choice of veggies, bottomless bowls of house-made tortilla chips and salsa, and many other revamped versions of typical pub fare.
In honor of the brave firefighters who serve the San Ramon area, Firehouse 37 is a simple eatery that doubles as a bar. There are at least a dozen beers on tap at any time, as well as a full list of wine and spirits. Weekends bring crowds to Firehouse 37, so make a reservation to ensure you get a good seat if you’re planning on coming in with friends. There are more than 20 big-screen televisions throughout the restaurant, as well as an arcade for kids.
Gianni’s Italian Bistro
Award-winning and slightly upscale, Gianni’s Italian Bistro brings authentic Italian cuisine to the Golden State. Known for its Old World charm and comfortable atmosphere, Gianni’s also boasts a close-knit staff that makes you feel like one of the family. The bistro is family friendly, but it largely encourages romantic date nights with long-stem wine glasses set on each table ahead of dinner time. The menu is extensive, but locals come back most often for the gnocchi, a bowl of house-made potato dumplings filled with truffle mushrooms in a creamy, rich cheese sauce. You can also indulge in a three-course dinner for $25 per person.
The Brass Door
Formal and beautiful, The Brass Door is the go-to eatery for business meetings, quiet conversations with friends, and one-on-one date nights. Reservations are strongly advised, especially if more than two people are coming to dinner. If you want to know what special seasonal items to expect, check out The Brass Door’s Facebook. The owners post specials months ahead of time to let guests know what’s coming up. The prime rib is consistently the most popular dish, served with creamed spinach and a side of housemade au jus.
Living in San Ramon can be a challenge at times, but only because there is so much for you to do, see, and taste. Start exploring the community this weekend to find your new favorite dinner and happy hour spots.