If Friends had been set in Berkeley, the patio at Jupiter would have been their Central Perk. This place serves fantastic local beers, pizzas, and bar snacks best consumed under the fairy lights and next to the fire pit in the giant outdoor seating area. There’s usually a band playing jazz or funk, and the crowd is always having a great time - it’s hard not to. Come with a group of friends when you want to have a long, relaxed hangout, and/or figure out which one of you is the Rachel.
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Gather in Berkeley does great pizzas in a space that feels relaxed (if aggressively rustic).
Tomate Cafe might be a bit hard to find, but you should keep looking - they do one of the best breakfasts in Berkeley.
Gregoire in Berkeley is a tiny, takeout-only spot where you can get perfect picnic food.
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Nook is a solidly on-price, reliable neighborhood hang in Russian Hill. Even if they do weird things with granola.
Che Fico, on the edge of NoPa, serves excellent Italian food in an impressively designed space.
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Emilia’s is the best pizza in the Bay Area. Getting it is a huge pain in the ass. But it is 100% worth it.
We appreciate the oven engineering at PizzaHacker, but the pizza they turn out is just solid.
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