Pleasanton’s 12 Best Food And Drink Spots: Businesses Of The Year

PLEASANTON, CA — Friendly staff, quality food and top-notch service are among the reasons why Pleasanton Patch readers love these 12 local hot spots nominated as Local Businesses of the Year.

Here are the businesses that rose to the top, according to Patch readers:

Alberto’s Cantina

Hours: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday to Thursday; 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday

From the nominator: “Excellent service before and during Covid times.”

Baci Bistro & Bar

Hours: 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., 5 to 9:30 p.m. Monday to Thursday; 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday; 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday; 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday

From the nominator: Great food and service! Owners and family are awesome!”

Chinese Szechuan Restaurant

Hours: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., 4:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday; 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday; closed Mondays

Location: 3059 Hopyard Rd., #F

Phone: 925-846-5251

From the nominator: “Amazing food, great service and wonderful family-owned restaurant.”

Experience Burma Restaurant & Bar

Hours: 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., 4:30 to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday;

Location: 221 Division St.

Phone: 925-398-8219

From the nominators: Their food and service are always outstanding!”

Inklings Coffee and Tea

Hours: 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday to Thursday; 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday to Saturday; 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday

Location: 530 Main St.

Phone: 925-399-6746

From the nominator: “During a very hard year in the East Bay, Inklings has reached out charitably to several groups: ongoing discounts to veterans, Kids Against Hunger Bay Area, employing local vendors/food trucks, sponsoring Alpha Online: a place for safe conversation about life’s hard questions, offering products such as tea from a non-profit that sends its proceeds to medicine in Africa, blood drives, as well as organized donations for Axis Health, CityServe, Open Heart Kitchen, Senior Support of Tri-Valley, Tri-Valley Haven, and Meals on Wheels, first 100 customers get free drinks, and ongoing, much-needed posts of encouragement on their Instagram.”

Lokanta Mediterranean Grill & Bar

Hours: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday to Thursday; 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. brunch Saturday and Sunday
Location: 443 Main St.
Phone: 925-223-8074
From the nominators: “Great food! Great people! … The food is delicious, imaginative and the staff is friendly and competent.”

Meadowlark Dairy

Hours: 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Location: 57 W. Neal St.

Phone: 925-846-2261

From the nominator: “A great place to go off Main Street to get out of the house for a sweet treat and receive friendly service by our towns teenagers.”

“Meadowlark Drive-Thru Dairy has always been incredibly supportive of the community. 2020 has brought unending challenges to businesses and communities. They haves been incredibly flexible and innovative by partnering with other local businesses (ie. Salt Craft) to continue to provide high-quality necessities and safe-service to customers. All this AND the ability to continue to bring smiles to everyone with their soft-serve cones”

Peet’s Coffee

Hours: 5:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Location: 349 Main St.
Phone: 925-474-9301

From the nominators: “As an app user I accidently ordered coffee at another Pleasanton location as it picked up my recent order location. But the Peet’s at Main Street honored it smilingly instead of telling me to go to the other location to pick it up. The staff is super friendly and remember most customers names even with masks on.”

Porky’s Pizza Palace

Hours: 10:45 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday to Thursday; 10:45 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday

Location: 2911 Hopyard Road

Phone: 925-417-1600

From the nominator: “Porky’s Pizza brings back the wonderful feel of family-style dining.”

Sabio on Main

Hours: 3 to 8 p.m. Monday to Thursday; 3 to 9 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

Location: 501 Main St.

Phone: 925-800-3090

From the nominator: “There are many good restaurants in Pleasanton but Sabio on Main is a step above. It’s great food, great decor, warm and cozy, and nice staff.”

Sultan’s Kebab

Hours: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday to Saturday

Location: 6654 Koll Center Parkway

Phone: 925-846-2511

From the nominator: “Great food, very friendly staff, easy to order.”

Vic’s All Star Kitchen

Hours: 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Location: 201 Main St., Ste. A

Phone: 925-484-0789

From the nominator: “Wonderful owners. Great food and service.”


Patch will regularly feature nominated businesses throughout November and December. Please submit your nomination by Dec. 10.

Find out how to nominate a Pleasanton business here.