Where to Eat in El Sobrante: The Best Restaurants and Bars

April 14, 2018 Roseanne Arnett

El Sobrante (Spanish for "surplus" or "remaining land"; Spanish: [el so.ˈβran.te]) is a census-designated place (CDP) in Contra Costa County, California, United States. The population was 12,669 at the 2010 census.
Things to do in El Sobrante

1. The Noodle House

452 Appian Way # 3A, El Sobrante, CA 94803-1605 Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible Asian, Soups, Thai Lunch, Dinner +1 510-758-7076
Excellent
41%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
21%
Poor
3%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 28 reviews

The Noodle House

Reviewed By barbarabeautiful60 - El Sobrante, California

The very first time I went they were having a problem in the kitchen the chef had not come in due to an emergence,they have another location they were able to get what we wanted to order & have it delivered to us although they were going to close for the day!

2. La Strada Italian Restaurant

2215 Church Ln, San Pablo, CA 94806-3726 Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Takeout Italian, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner SGD 28 - SGD 39 +1 510-237-9047
Excellent
50%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
1%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 64 reviews

La Strada Italian Restaurant

Reviewed By rjbouch - Fair Oaks, California

Yeah, I ate too much at lunch. Their portions are pretty big and I probably ate too much bread... but the bread was really good.

It's a good place. Sure, I've had lots of better Italian meals but I paid more.

I'll be doing some work in San Pablo so I suspect I'll go back a few more times.

3. Starbucks

454 Appian Way, G, El Sobrante, CA 94803-1671 +1 510-223-3019
Excellent
33%
Good
67%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 3 reviews

Reviewed By SusanElSobrante - El Sobrante

My drink is usually spot on and when it isn't, they are happy to remake or replace it. No drive-up window but within walking distance. The downside is that they close too early(7PM).

4. Restaurante Due Rose

1596 Fitzgerald Dr, Pinole, CA 94564-2229 Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Highchairs Available Italian Lunch, Dinner +1 510-223-5620
Excellent
40%
Good
50%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
5%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 37 reviews

Restaurante Due Rose

Reviewed By Sydney M

We went for a birthday dinner. My husband had Linguine Tutto Mare and I went for Grigliata Di Mare. We both love seafood and were delighted with the dishes. The portions were large, the seasons perfect, the presentation appealing. We had an attentive, helpful waiter who brought just the right wine to accompany the meal.

5. Cafe Soleil

3550 San Pablo Dam Rd, El Sobrante, CA 94803-2796 Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible American, Cafe Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner +1 510-758-6134
Excellent
38%
Good
49%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
3%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 26 reviews

Cafe Soleil

Reviewed By Roy T - Los Angeles, California

Just a good place to eat. Waitress was nice, friendly and on top of things. The restaurant had a relaxed atmosphere with two TVs going. My breakfast was very tasty and the price was reasonable. I would happily recommend this place to anyone.

6. Sukie's Country Kitchen

2000 International Market Pl, San Pablo, CA 94806-3373 Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Waitstaff Diner, Cafe Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch +1 510-233-5856
Excellent
53%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
14%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 21 reviews

Sukie's Country Kitchen

Reviewed By Lin0515 - New Castle, Delaware

We were in the mood for a "real" breakfast and came here. It's a classic diner--nothing fancy--with good basic food. Our server was great. My eggs-over-medium arrived almost raw--a lot of the white was still raw--and she was great about replacing them promptly.

7. Sue's Kitchen

448 Valley View Rd Ste H, El Sobrante, CA 94803-1636 Seating, Wheelchair Accessible Asian, Thai Lunch, Dinner
Excellent
46%
Good
54%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 13 reviews

Sue's Kitchen

Reviewed By Gene G - Benicia, California

People like this place on yelp. I have had the chicken green curry and the vegetarian i like but they have some Laotian food not just Thai.

I really did not like the pork meat ball soup, but the Kao Poon, chicken and vermicelli noodles coconut and mint leaves and basil great , love it.

i like the waitresses

8. UNCLE Chung's Szechuan

2550 Appian Way, Pinole, CA 94564-2256 Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Wheelchair Accessible Chinese, Asian Dinner, Lunch +1 510-222-8881
Excellent
67%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
3%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 29 reviews

Reviewed By Noelle K - Los Angeles, California

The service here is some of the friendliest and most attentive service I have ever experienced. The food is okay, nothing special. The decor is interesting; lots of Chinese decor but a few things left over from whatever it used to be - pastoral European scenery. Lots of parking and the restaurant is towards the back of this shopping center.

9. Huong Tra Restaurant

12221 San Pablo Ave, Richmond, CA 94805-2400 Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Waitstaff Asian, Vietnamese Lunch, Dinner SGD 7 - SGD 13 +1 510-234-7428
Excellent
69%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 34 reviews

Huong Tra Restaurant

Reviewed By KokoPowder - Fremont, California

I am happy that I have found a supplement to my normal pho location! So there are two decent spots in the Richmond area. Apparently they have recently renovated and expanded the restaurant. It looks like they have been in the whole location for quite some time... so not sure what exactly has changed. I will take other yelpers word on that one.

Customer service is a bit lacking. The kids running the front shop don't quite have the proper etiquette down that.. the customer standing in front of you holds priority over the phones ringing etc. Phones should be picked up and placed on hold. Or designate tasks and just have one person answering phones, one filling bags for orders, and one taking customers in the line.

Since phone is priority for them, I recommend calling ahead and submitting your order. So it is ready or close to ready by the time you get there.

The price is definitely right and portions are decent! I am looking forward to exploring their menu more and expanding my review on specific dishes!

10. Blue Bay Thai Cuisine

13501 San Pablo Ave, San Pablo, CA 94806-3869 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Reservations Asian, Thai, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner +1-510-232-4888-13501-94806
Excellent
48%
Good
47%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 17 reviews

Blue Bay Thai Cuisine

Reviewed By notoriouslyFat - Hong Kong

Visited for dinner in a group.

Blue Bay was recommended to us and convenient at the time. We drove in at close to 9 PM on a Friday night--the place was fairly packed but one table was just leaving. The restaurant itself is also pretty tiny--seats maybe 9-10 groups at max.

As the name implies it is a primarily Thai restaurant, but the menu has some favorites from other SE countries and even some random Japanese fusion. Menu is quite long and comprehensive

Overall, found the food was a little oily and underspiced. We ordered the Viet rice paper rolls, chicken wings, a pomelo salad, Panang curry, a pineapple fried rice, and a phad thai. The fried rice and phad thai were both a tad bland, whilst the starters were a little better. More notably, the curry took longer to serve and did not include any white rice.

Beyond that, the service was very friendly and efficient. Pricing is also reasonable and portions are generous. A pretty good choice for convenient Southeast Asian if you live in the area.

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