Check, Please! Bay Area

Check, Please! Bay Area is airing its fourteenth season which premiered on Thursday, April 10, 2019. The success of Check, Please! Bay Area has added a new dimension to the famous Bay Area restaurant scene, as regular diners become amateur food critics of both popular and hidden local restaurants. With more and more people clamoring to share their favorites combined with the never-ending supply of great Bay Area dining, the thirteenth season of Check, Please! Bay Area promises to be even tastier than the first twelve.

Every week, Check, Please! Bay Area features three guests who are local diners, not professional restaurant critics. Each guest chooses their favorite restaurant and the other two guests visit that restaurant anonymously — the restaurants are not notified that Check, Please! “reviewers” are dining there. After trying all three restaurants recommended, the guests come on the show to discuss, dispute, and celebrate their dining experiences. The panel of diners is moderated by host Leslie Sbrocco, an award-winning author, wine connoisseur, newspaper columnist, and speaker.

David Manilow is the creator of the series and the executive producer of the original, Chicago-based version of the program. Check, Please! continues to garner an enormous following in the windy city. You can also now find Check, Please! in South Florida, Kansas, Phoenix and soon, San Diego.

On this website you can watch almost all the episodes, subscribe to the video podcast, add your comments about the program and restaurants, learn wine tips from Leslie Sbrocco and apply to be a Check, Please! Bay Area guest.


With some of the world’s best chefs basing their landmark restaurants in this region and a wealth of locally grown produce and ingredients, the Bay Area is a foodie’s paradise. San Francisco and the surrounding areas offer a diverse selection of ethnic epicurean delights, as well as California cuisine, invented here by pioneers of organic cooking. Check, Please! Bay Area continues to explore this fantastic world of food through local diners ready to dish about their favorite neighborhood places.

Support for Check, Please! Bay Area is provided by the Members of KQED.