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May 4, 2021
Keeping Track Of Bay Area Restaurant Reopenings, By County
Here’s the status of restaurant reopenings in every Bay Area county.
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Last August, California started using a color-coded risk level assessment to determine a county’s reopening status. Indoor and outdoor businesses, like restaurants and gyms, that are allowed to reopen depend on the county’s risk level, classified as “widespread” (purple), “substantial” (red), “moderate” (orange), or “minimal” (yellow).

As vaccination rates increase, the Bay Area is starting to reopen indoor businesses for the first time since last March. Currently, San Francisco County is in the least-restrictive yellow tier, while most other Bay Area counties are in the orange. Below you’ll find information about reopening dates, and what’s open for dine-in, broken down by county. We’ll be updating it as we get more information, so keep checking back. And for the most up-to-date information right in your inbox, sign up for our newsletter.

San Francisco County

Current status: “Minimal” risk (yellow), Open for takeout, delivery, and indoor and outdoor dining

The Latest Update: On May 4th, the city moved to the yellow tier, meaning bars that don’t serve food can reopen indoors at 25% capacity (or 100 people, whichever is fewer). Indoor dining remains at 50%, but the 200-person cap is lifted. These changes will go into effect May 6th.

  • Outdoor Dining: Open.
    • Here’s a list of over 400 SF restaurants that are currently open for outdoor dining. You can find our list of places with heat lamps and fire pits here.
  • Indoor Dining: Open at 50% capacity.
  • Bars, breweries, wineries, and distilleries that do not serve food: Takeout, delivery, and outdoor drinking allowed. Indoor drinking is allowed at 25% capacity.
  • Bars, breweries, wineries, and distilleries that serve food: Takeout, delivery, and outdoor and indoor dining (at 50% capacity) allowed.

  • You can find more information in the county’s health orders.

Alameda County

Current status: “Moderate” risk (orange), Open for takeout, delivery, and indoor and outdoor dining

The Latest Update: On March 30th, Alameda County moved to the orange tier, meaning indoor dining can reopen at 50% capacity (or 200 people, whichever is fewer). The county is also allowing bars that do not serve food to open for outdoor drinking, with proper social distancing guidelines.

  • Outdoor Dining: Open.
    • For a list of East Bay restaurants that are open for outdoor dining, head here.
  • Indoor Dining: Open at 50% capacity.
  • Bars, breweries, wineries, and distilleries that do not serve food: Takeout, delivery, and outdoor drinking allowed.
  • Bars, breweries, wineries, and distilleries that serve food: Takeout, delivery, and outdoor and indoor dining (at 50% capacity) allowed.

  • You can find more information in the county’s health orders.

Contra Costa County

Current status: “Moderate” risk (orange), Open for takeout, delivery, and indoor and outdoor dining

The Latest Update: On April 6th, Contra Costa County moved to the orange tier, meaning indoor dining can reopen at 50% capacity (or 200 people, whichever is fewer). The county is also allowing bars that do not serve food to open for outdoor drinking, with proper social distancing guidelines.

  • Outdoor Dining: Open.
    • For a list of East Bay restaurants that are open for outdoor dining, head here.
  • Indoor Dining: Open at 50% capacity.
  • Bars, breweries, wineries, and distilleries that do not serve food: Takeout, delivery, and outdoor drinking allowed.
  • Bars, breweries, wineries, and distilleries that serve food: Takeout, delivery, and outdoor and indoor dining (at 50% capacity) allowed.

  • You can find more information in the county’s health orders.

Napa County

Current status: “Moderate” risk (orange), Open for takeout, delivery, and indoor and outdoor dining

The Latest Update: On April 6th, Napa County moved to the orange tier, meaning indoor dining can reopen at 50% capacity (or 200 people, whichever is fewer). The county is also allowing bars that do not serve food to open for outdoor drinking, with proper social distancing guidelines.

  • Outdoor Dining: Open.
  • Indoor Dining: Open at 50% capacity.
  • Bars, breweries, wineries, and distilleries that do not serve food: Takeout, delivery, and outdoor drinking allowed.
  • Bars, breweries, wineries, and distilleries that serve food: Takeout, delivery, and outdoor and indoor dining (at 50% capacity) allowed.

  • You can find more information in the county’s health orders.

Sonoma County

Current status: “Moderate” risk (orange), Open for takeout, delivery, and indoor and outdoor dining

The Latest Update: On April 6th, Napa County moved to the orange tier, meaning indoor dining can reopen at 50% capacity (or 200 people, whichever is fewer). The county is also allowing bars that do not serve food to open for outdoor drinking, with proper social distancing guidelines.

  • Outdoor Dining: Open.
  • Indoor Dining: Open at 50% capacity.
  • Bars, breweries, wineries, and distilleries that do not serve food: Takeout, delivery, and outdoor drinking allowed.
  • Bars, breweries, wineries, and distilleries that serve food: Takeout, delivery, and outdoor and indoor dining (at 50% capacity) allowed.

  • You can find more information in the county’s health orders.

Marin County

Current status: “Moderate” risk (orange), Open for takeout, delivery, and indoor and outdoor dining

The Latest Update: On March 23rd, Marin County moved to the orange tier, meaning indoor dining can operate at 50% capacity (or 200 people, whichever is fewer). The county is also allowing bars that do not serve food to open for outdoor drinking, with proper social distancing guidelines.

  • Outdoor Dining: Open.
  • Indoor Dining: Open at 50% capacity.
  • Bars, breweries, wineries, and distilleries that do not serve food: Takeout, delivery, and outdoor drinking allowed.
  • Bars, breweries, wineries, and distilleries that serve food: Takeout, delivery, and outdoor and indoor dining (at 50% capacity) allowed.

  • You can find more information in the county’s health orders.

Solano County

Current status: “Substantial” risk (red), Open for takeout, delivery, and indoor and outdoor dining

The Latest Update: On March 9th, Solano County moved to the red tier, meaning indoor dining can reopen at 25% capacity.

  • Outdoor Dining: Open.
  • Indoor Dining: Open at 25% capacity.
  • Bars that do not serve food: Closed.
  • Bars, breweries, wineries, and distilleries that serve food: Takeout, delivery, outdoor dining, and indoor dining (at 25% capacity) allowed.

  • You can find more information in the county’s health orders.

San Mateo County

Current status: “Moderate” risk (orange), Open for takeout, delivery, and indoor and outdoor dining

The Latest Update: On March 16th, San Mateo County moved to the orange tier, meaning indoor dining can operate at 50% capacity (or 200 people, whichever is fewer). The county is also allowing bars that do not serve food to open for outdoor drinking, with proper social distancing guidelines.

  • Outdoor Dining: Open.
  • Indoor Dining: Open at 50% capacity.
  • Bars, breweries, wineries, and distilleries that do not serve food: Takeout, delivery, and outdoor drinking allowed.
  • Bars, breweries, wineries, and distilleries that serve food: Takeout, delivery, and outdoor and indoor dining (at 50% capacity) allowed.

  • You can find more information in the county’s health orders.

Santa Clara County

Current status: “Moderate” risk (orange), Open for takeout, delivery, and indoor and outdoor dining

The Latest Update: On March 23rd, Santa Clara County moved to the orange tier, meaning indoor dining can operate at 50% capacity (or 200 people, whichever is fewer). The county is also allowing bars that do not serve food to open for outdoor drinking, with proper social distancing guidelines.

  • Outdoor Dining: Open.
  • Indoor Dining: Open at 50% capacity.
  • Bars, breweries, wineries, and distilleries that do not serve food: Takeout, delivery, and outdoor drinking allowed.
  • Bars, breweries, wineries, and distilleries that serve food: Takeout, delivery, and outdoor and indoor dining (at 50% capacity) allowed.

  • You can find more information in the county’s health orders.

Santa Cruz County

Current status: “Moderate” risk (orange), Open for takeout, delivery, and indoor and outdoor dining

The Latest Update: On March 30th, Santa Cruz County moved to the orange tier, meaning indoor dining can reopen at 50% capacity (or 200 people, whichever is fewer). The county is also allowing bars that do not serve food to open for outdoor drinking, with proper social distancing guidelines.

  • Outdoor Dining: Open.
  • Indoor Dining: Open at 50% capacity.
  • Bars, breweries, wineries, and distilleries that do not serve food: Takeout, delivery, and outdoor drinking allowed.
  • Bars, breweries, wineries, and distilleries that serve food: Takeout, delivery, and outdoor and indoor dining (at 50% capacity) allowed.

  • You can find more information in the county’s health orders.

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