Guidebook for Pleasant Hill

Allison
Guidebook for Pleasant Hill

Food Scene

A great little neighborhood coffee shop. They also have crepes, salads, and amazing European-style desserts.
Little RED Bistro
690 Gregory Lane
A great little neighborhood coffee shop. They also have crepes, salads, and amazing European-style desserts.
Peet's is a local chain known for their powerful dark-roast coffee.
Peet's Coffee
65 Crescent Drive
Peet's is a local chain known for their powerful dark-roast coffee.
Nation's is a famous local hamburger chain. They have great burgers, amazing pie, and gloriously long hours. Try their breakfast and their cheesecake!
Nation's Giant Hamburgers
1900 Contra Costa Boulevard
Nation's is a famous local hamburger chain. They have great burgers, amazing pie, and gloriously long hours. Try their breakfast and their cheesecake!
They have a great vegetarian burger (the Greenhorn) that wins over non-veggies. If that fails to pique your interest, their ribs win competitions every year!
Back Forty Texas BBQ
100 Coggins Drive
They have a great vegetarian burger (the Greenhorn) that wins over non-veggies. If that fails to pique your interest, their ribs win competitions every year!
This is a fun and lighthearted restaurant with great views of the Carquinez Strait. It's especially romantic at night. Great food and indoor or patio dining. Also great for birthdays.
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The Dead Fish
20050 San Pablo Avenue
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This is a fun and lighthearted restaurant with great views of the Carquinez Strait. It's especially romantic at night. Great food and indoor or patio dining. Also great for birthdays.
The bar is always busy here, but we love it for their fried chicken and many varieties of mac and cheese. A good spot for taking a date.
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Jack's Restaurant and Bar Pleasant Hill
60 Crescent Drive
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The bar is always busy here, but we love it for their fried chicken and many varieties of mac and cheese. A good spot for taking a date.
Hands down, our favorite place for breakfast. They use cage-free eggs, and have a menu with healthy options. They also have pastries that will knock your socks off. Plenty of options for everyone.
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Sunrise Bistro And Catering
1559 Botelho Drive
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Hands down, our favorite place for breakfast. They use cage-free eggs, and have a menu with healthy options. They also have pastries that will knock your socks off. Plenty of options for everyone.
I prefer local businesses, myself, but if you want something reliable while traveling, this is a good place to be. This location carries all the food options, and has a pleasant patio, too.
Starbucks
1900 Contra Costa Boulevard
I prefer local businesses, myself, but if you want something reliable while traveling, this is a good place to be. This location carries all the food options, and has a pleasant patio, too.
They serve organic meats, make their own chorizo, have gluten-free and vegetarian options. Amazing presentation on the plate, and fantastic flavor. Not your average "beans and rice" joint. A local gem
El Aguila Mexican Cuisine
1300 Contra Costa Boulevard
They serve organic meats, make their own chorizo, have gluten-free and vegetarian options. Amazing presentation on the plate, and fantastic flavor. Not your average "beans and rice" joint. A local gem
Ike's is a SF Bay Area chain with the most original sandwiches you could imagine. They all have fanciful names. Very friendly to all dietary restrictions. Google their menu and behold.
Ike's Sandwiches
1159 Locust Street
Ike's is a SF Bay Area chain with the most original sandwiches you could imagine. They all have fanciful names. Very friendly to all dietary restrictions. Google their menu and behold.
Every Thursday evening from 5-9, Pleasant Hill hosts a rotating cast of food trucks. The paneer burrito from "Curry Up Now" is a favorite of mine.
Trelany Road
Every Thursday evening from 5-9, Pleasant Hill hosts a rotating cast of food trucks. The paneer burrito from "Curry Up Now" is a favorite of mine.
An independent coffeehouse with incredible style, featuring coffee roasted on-site, tea sodas in glass bottles, vegan donuts, and merchandise celebrating historic Martinez.
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States Coffee
609 Ward St
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An independent coffeehouse with incredible style, featuring coffee roasted on-site, tea sodas in glass bottles, vegan donuts, and merchandise celebrating historic Martinez.
Homage
712 Main St
Whole foods served fresh in a light ‘n’ bright storefront in gorgeous downtown Martinez, 15 minutes from our listing. Cheap street parking is available in the neighborhood, but you may have to walk a couple of blocks.
Homage
712 Main St
Whole foods served fresh in a light ‘n’ bright storefront in gorgeous downtown Martinez, 15 minutes from our listing. Cheap street parking is available in the neighborhood, but you may have to walk a couple of blocks.
A homey cafe serving breakfast, right in the neighborhood. Friendly service, and their French toast is incredible.
Sherry's Kitchen
2634 Pleasant Hill Road
A homey cafe serving breakfast, right in the neighborhood. Friendly service, and their French toast is incredible.

Arts & Culture

This theatre has a retro movie series that runs about 1-2x a month. For $5, you get entrance to the restored art deco theatre, a vintage cartoon and newsreel, a raffle ticket, AND the movie!
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Paramount Theatre
2025 Broadway
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This theatre has a retro movie series that runs about 1-2x a month. For $5, you get entrance to the restored art deco theatre, a vintage cartoon and newsreel, a raffle ticket, AND the movie!
One of my favorite places to get work done. Beautifully remodeled, has a huge selection. There are conference rooms and quick free wifi. Small cafe, great kids section, and cheap used books for sale!
Walnut Creek Library - Contra Costa County Library
1644 North Broadway
One of my favorite places to get work done. Beautifully remodeled, has a huge selection. There are conference rooms and quick free wifi. Small cafe, great kids section, and cheap used books for sale!

Everything Else

United States Postal Service
1945 Contra Costa Boulevard
Local Post Office.
The drugstore most convenient to our listing.
Walgreens
721 Gregory Lane
The drugstore most convenient to our listing.
The gas station most convenient to our listing.
Shell
2401 Pleasant Hill Road
The gas station most convenient to our listing.
Usually the cheapest gas in town, if you're willing to drive a bit out of our neighborhood. Must be a Costco member to buy gas here, though.
Concord Costco Gasoline
2400 Monument Boulevard
Usually the cheapest gas in town, if you're willing to drive a bit out of our neighborhood. Must be a Costco member to buy gas here, though.

Entertainment & Activities

This is a great takeout or eat in restaurant. It has a small storefront, so it's not great for big groups, but the pizza is tasty and inexpensive.
New York Pizza & Pasta
1649 Contra Costa Boulevard
This is a great takeout or eat in restaurant. It has a small storefront, so it's not great for big groups, but the pizza is tasty and inexpensive.
Very close to the house. Has volleyball courts, sand and playgrounds. There are also bocce courts. Ask to borrow our set if you'd like to play!
750 Grayson Rd
750 Grayson Rd
Very close to the house. Has volleyball courts, sand and playgrounds. There are also bocce courts. Ask to borrow our set if you'd like to play!
Private hot tubs in a rustic garden setting. They also offer massage and sauna packages. Prices are very reasonable, and a hot soak feels amazing after an active day sightseeing!
American Family Hot Tub & Massage
2367 Pleasant Hill Road
Private hot tubs in a rustic garden setting. They also offer massage and sauna packages. Prices are very reasonable, and a hot soak feels amazing after an active day sightseeing!

Essentials

This is my favorite grocery chain on earth. If you haven't been to one before, you'll be amazed.
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Trader Joe's
1372 South California Boulevard
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This is my favorite grocery chain on earth. If you haven't been to one before, you'll be amazed.
A natural-themed grocery store. Has a decent selection of snacks in bulk.
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Sprouts Farmers Market
1530 Geary Road
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A natural-themed grocery store. Has a decent selection of snacks in bulk.
My favorite natural foods store in the area. Huge selection of essential oils, specialty foods and bulk items.
Harvest House
2395 Monument Boulevard
My favorite natural foods store in the area. Huge selection of essential oils, specialty foods and bulk items.
Our nearest grocery store. A great place to stock up on snacks for the road!
Safeway
600 Patterson Blvd
Our nearest grocery store. A great place to stock up on snacks for the road!

Sightseeing

The Canal Trail consists of over 20 miles of well maintained, car-free, paved trails. Most of the distance is flat or small rolling hills. It also connects to the Iron Horse Trail for added distance.
Contra Costa Canal Trail
The Canal Trail consists of over 20 miles of well maintained, car-free, paved trails. Most of the distance is flat or small rolling hills. It also connects to the Iron Horse Trail for added distance.
Our closest BART station. Provides convenient access to San Francisco, Berkeley, Oakland, and beyond.
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Pleasant Hill/Contra Costa Centre
1365 Treat Boulevard
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Our closest BART station. Provides convenient access to San Francisco, Berkeley, Oakland, and beyond.

Drinks & Nightlife

A bar with a cool speakeasy vibe, upscale private booths, and artisan cocktails. Has a full menu, and food is both gourmet and gorgeously plated.
Barrel Aged Bar at Barrelista
700 Ferry Street
A bar with a cool speakeasy vibe, upscale private booths, and artisan cocktails. Has a full menu, and food is both gourmet and gorgeously plated.
Dim sum, great drinks, stylish outdoor fire pits. An inventive cocktail menu and small-plates menu, with happy hour specials that will put a smile on your face.
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Modern China Cafe
1525 North Main Street
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Dim sum, great drinks, stylish outdoor fire pits. An inventive cocktail menu and small-plates menu, with happy hour specials that will put a smile on your face.