10 Favorite North Bay Restaurants (As Chosen by Check, Please! Bay Area Guests)

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Bacon-Wrapped Medjool Dates at Marche aux Fleurs

Exceptional views, a laid-back atmosphere: the North Bay Area truly has much to recommend it. But as all dedicated foodies know,  it's really all about the bites. With many North Bay restaurants featured over almost a decade of Check, Please! Bay Area (returning to KQED 9 on Thursday, April 16!) here are some of the most esteemed dishes raved about by guests on the show...

Bistro Vis a Vis

Restaurant: Bistro Vis a Vis, San Anselmo (previously Greenbrae)
Season: 8
Recommended by: Rachel
Dish: Fish Tacos
Why? “I highly recommended these fish tacos; everything was so fresh, including the tortillas.”

Hana Japanese Restaurant

Restaurant: Hana Japanese Restaurant, Rohnert Park
Season: 9
Recommended by: Bob
Dish: Masaba (mackerel) Sashimi
Why? “Hana epitomizes the definition of the word “fresh,” in everything that they serve.”


Station House Cafe

Restaurant: Station House Café, Point Reyes
Season: 7
Recommended by: Gabe
Dish: Hangtown Fry
“I just see no reason to order anything other than the Hangtown, it’s my favorite.”


Restaurant: Risibisi, Petaluma
Season: 6
Recommended by: Matt
Dish: Gnocchi with Braised Wild Boar
Why? “It was absolutely delicious – it melts in your mouth!”

Copita Tequileria y Comida

Restaurant: Copita Tequileria y Comida, Sausalito
Season: 8
Recommended by: Raphael
Dish: Coctel Mixto Ceviche
“Super fresh and really bright and beautiful!”

Central Market

Restaurant: Central Market, Petaluma
Season: 2
Recommended by: Janette
Dish: Angus Beef Short Ribs
Why? “They fall off the bone! It was fabulous.”

Davey Jones Deli

Restaurant: Davey Jones Deli, Sausalito
Season: 7
Recommended by: Jeremy
Dish: Vegan Wrap
Why? “With 5 proteins, it gives you a ton of energy and a boost throughout the day.”


Restaurant: Insalata’s Restaurant, San Anselmo
Season: 1
Recommended by: Roger
Dish: Porcini-Crusted Tenderloin
Why? “The beef tenderloin was superb; I savored each and every bite.”

the girl and the fig

Restaurant: the girl and the fig, Sonoma
Season: 6
Recommended by: Beth
Dish: Fig and Arugula Salad
Why? “Really refreshing and scrumptious.”

Marche Aux Fleurs

Restaurant: Marche Aux Fleurs, Ross
Season: 2
Recommended by: Steve
Dish: Bacon-Wrapped Medjool Dates – stuffed with Pecorino cheese
Why? “The sweetness of the dates and the creamy cheese center mixed with the saltiness of the bacon was just incredible."