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Summary of kosher food options in the bay area:

Restaurants:
(all under hashgacha of the Sunrise Kosher / Vaad Hakashrus of Northern California unless otherwise stated)

San Francisco
Sabra Grill (Chinatown)
L'chaim Foods (not a restaurant, take out / delivery only) currently "Under Orthodox Certification of Rabbi Joel Landau."
Frena Bakery Dairy and pareve sambusak, burekas, shakshuka, savory and sweet baked goods
Limonnana Middle Eastern dishes, principally Falafel, Shawarma, and Hummus, and of course, delicious limonnanas.
Hummus Bodega Hummus, Falafel, Middle Eastern in the Richmond district

East Bay
Amba Falafel (Oakland) (Fleishig as of 4/28/14). Pas Yisroel available by request CLOSED
Oakland Kosher (Oakland) Fleishigs. Check for certs on www.restaurant.com.
Cafe 3 at UC Berkeley
Touro Kitchen in Vallejo, CA - http://dining.tu.edu/menu.html

South Bay
Izzy's Bagels (Palo Alto) Pas Yisroel. Some Items Cholov Yisroel, Check the kashrus certificate, Open on Shabbos
Kosher Food Oasis at the OFJCC (Palo Alto) Neshama Foods, The Ma'lawah Bar and Holy Sushi require ordering in advance. Walk-in orders are accepted for Caffe Mediterraneum. Please check vendor sites for individual holiday hours. All under the Vaad.
Jerusalem Grill (Palo Alto area)  not Kosher, no Kashrus certification, not Jewish owned (as of Nov.22, 2015)
Pars Kosher Market in San Jose, certified by the Vaad, now has a small eat in section (4 tables, first come first serve) with a short meat menu and ready made hot food. Also lots of kosher groceries.
Stanford University Cafeteria weekday lunches five days a week and dinners Monday - Thurs. General public can pay at Florence Moore Dorm and enjoy the Kosher section. Fleishig (meat) for both meals each day. Flo-Mo, as it is called, is on Mayfield Ave., across from the parking lot of Tressidor.  Finding the dining hall can be a challenge for outsiders but any student will direct you.




Groceries (etc):

San Francisco
CHOUX Bakery - French cream puffs (Haight-Ashbury) Pas yisroel, cholov yisroel. No longer certified kosher / open on Shabbos.

East Bay
Oakland Kosher.
Grand Bakery (Oakland) Pas Yisroel, Dairy items are NOT cholov yisroel. Closing 12/23/16
Berkeley Bowl (Berkeley) has some kosher items.
Costco (Definitely the one in Richmond. I believe this applies to others in the Bay Area, but this is what I know firsthand.) has cholov yisroel cheese and Jack's sausages. (As of August 2014)

South Bay
I believe Mollie Stone's in Palo Alto has a big Kosher selection. there are probably other options there as well.

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Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
« Reply #440 on: July 27, 2016, 01:41:16 PM »
also what areas of yosemite are most popular  for those that are coming via san fran i see there are alot of nice hotels in mammoth lakes but thats really deep into yosemite and over 5 hrs from sf
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SF area for Shabbos?
« Reply #441 on: August 11, 2016, 12:52:07 PM »
I need to be in SF area over Shabbos. Where is the easiest place (hotel w/in walking distance of a shul) for this - SF, Oakland, Palo Alto, Berkeley...?

Thanks

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Re: SF area for Shabbos?
« Reply #442 on: August 11, 2016, 01:48:41 PM »
I need to be in SF area over Shabbos. Where is the easiest place (hotel w/in walking distance of a shul) for this - SF, Oakland, Palo Alto, Berkeley...?

Thanks
If you don't need an eruv, this place seems like a great option: http://www.kenesethisraelsf.org/services.html
Downtown SF, with tons of hotels within walking distance. They have minyanim and meals.

If you need inside an eruv, there are apparently 4 in the area (source): Richmond District, Sunset District, Berkely and Palo Alto. The first 2 don't appear to have any hotels inside the eruv.

Berkeley eruv lists several motels inside the eruv and walking distance from the shul:
http://www.berkeleyeruv.org/Links.html
Same for Palo Alto:
https://www.emekberacha.org/guide/lodging.html

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Re: SF area for Shabbos?
« Reply #443 on: August 11, 2016, 02:25:50 PM »
If you don't need an eruv, this place seems like a great option: http://www.kenesethisraelsf.org/services.html
Downtown SF, with tons of hotels within walking distance. They have minyanim and meals.

If you need inside an eruv, there are apparently 4 in the area (source): Richmond District, Sunset District, Berkely and Palo Alto. The first 2 don't appear to have any hotels inside the eruv.

Berkeley eruv lists several motels inside the eruv and walking distance from the shul:
http://www.berkeleyeruv.org/Links.html
Same for Palo Alto:
https://www.emekberacha.org/guide/lodging.html

Thanks - very helpful!

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Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
« Reply #444 on: August 11, 2016, 03:57:36 PM »
Anyone been to Hagafen Wine Cellars? Is it worth the trip to Napa?

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Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
« Reply #445 on: August 11, 2016, 05:14:56 PM »
Anyone been to Hagafen Wine Cellars? Is it worth the trip to Napa?

I went. It's nice but small. Good tasting room. I would go to Modavi (not kosher) for the tour to see a full sized winery and then go to hagafen for tasting. Napa itself is worth a trip. Can also see the redwoods. Armstrong park is near there.

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Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
« Reply #446 on: August 11, 2016, 10:19:16 PM »
Anyone have recommendation for hotel to stay in for 5 people - 2 adults & 3 kids. Preferably like 2 or 3 bedroom. Any possibility of doing something like this with points in San Francisco?

Thanks! Already searched can't seem to find much.

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Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
« Reply #447 on: August 12, 2016, 03:00:02 AM »
Anyone have recommendation for hotel to stay in for 5 people - 2 adults & 3 kids. Preferably like 2 or 3 bedroom. Any possibility of doing something like this with points in San Francisco?

Thanks! Already searched can't seem to find much.

If you're willing to go over the Bay Bridge by car or take the BART,there is a Hyatt House in Emeryville that was decent. Some rooms have a pull out sofa. There is also a kitchenette which came in handy for our dinners as there isn't much kosher in the area. Hyatt House has free breakfast for all so we had cereal and fruit.

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Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
« Reply #448 on: August 12, 2016, 09:10:41 AM »
We have a 5 hour stopover in SFO with the kids, any ideas of things to do not far from the airport? Also, what's our best bet for food?

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Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
« Reply #449 on: August 12, 2016, 11:37:39 AM »
We have a 5 hour stopover in SFO with the kids, any ideas of things to do not far from the airport? Also, what's our best bet for food?

not sure when you are landing or what traffic would be like but sunrisekosher.org lists a bunch of kosher options. I'm guessing for you that palo alto may be worth it food wise for izzys bagels or krispe kreme (not sure what to do) unless you want to get from sabra in san fran but reading this thread may make you want to avoid it.

or look into one of the bakeries on that website if they have stuff..

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Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
« Reply #450 on: August 14, 2016, 11:28:41 PM »
Anyone been to Hagafen Wine Cellars? Is it worth the trip to Napa?

go to covenant in berkly

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Re: SF area for Shabbos?
« Reply #451 on: August 14, 2016, 11:30:53 PM »
I need to be in SF area over Shabbos. Where is the easiest place (hotel w/in walking distance of a shul) for this - SF, Oakland, Palo Alto, Berkeley...?

Thanks

I ate at Rabbi Pill shull, not sure what area thats in but there is an eruv there, they have awesome shabbat meals at the shull

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Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
« Reply #452 on: August 21, 2016, 03:57:31 PM »
spending next 4 days in sf travelling with a 1 yr old what should i make sure to see and do besides gg bridge and alcatraz which is unfortunately sold out, staying in westin 2 days then 2 days at ritz
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Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
« Reply #453 on: August 23, 2016, 12:30:56 PM »
also would love to visit google tomorrow if anyone knows anyone that can get me in that would be great
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Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
« Reply #454 on: August 24, 2016, 03:51:30 PM »
New Kosher option in Berkeley for anybody local or visiting (started Aug 19th).

One of the dining hall options in UC Berkeley is now under the Vaad of Northern California and is open to the public (as well as students).

It's buffet style dining, with prices at $10 for Breakfast, $11 for Brunch/Lunch and $12 for Dinner. A to-go container is $1 extra.

Here's some more info about the place.

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Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
« Reply #455 on: August 24, 2016, 04:08:04 PM »
Cool, add it to the wiki.

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Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
« Reply #456 on: October 19, 2016, 11:29:01 AM »
Will be in SF next Friday and can't get back to Midwest in time for Shabbos.  Would like to meet DW somewhere near SF (within 90 minute flight or so) for a weekend getaway - any suggestions of nice (points) resorts/locations? 

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Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
« Reply #457 on: October 19, 2016, 12:22:14 PM »
Will be in SF next Friday and can't get back to Midwest in time for Shabbos.  Would like to meet DW somewhere near SF (within 90 minute flight or so) for a weekend getaway - any suggestions of nice (points) resorts/locations?
Vancouver?

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Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
« Reply #458 on: October 19, 2016, 01:10:02 PM »
Vancouver?

Thx - on the list of places we want to go, but too long a flight SFO-YVR.  Any other reccs?

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Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
« Reply #459 on: October 19, 2016, 01:18:31 PM »
Thx - on the list of places we want to go, but too long a flight SFO-YVR.  Any other reccs?
Reno / Tahoe?