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October 20, 2020
Keeping Track Of Bay Area Restaurant Reopenings, By County
Bay Area restaurant reopenings updates, broken down by county.
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On August 28th, California replaced its watch list and Stage 1-4 reopening system with a new one: a color-coded risk level assessment for every county. Indoor and outdoor businesses that are allowed to reopen depend on each county’s risk level, which is now classified as “widespread” (purple), “substantial” (red), “moderate” (orange), or “minimal” (yellow). The state updates each county’s risk level every Tuesday.

So, what does this all mean for restaurants? Purple counties can only offer outdoor dining, while orange counties can open for indoor dining at 50% capacity, or 200 people, whichever is fewer. However, most counties that have reached the orange level are choosing to operate at 25% capacity. If you’re looking for a more detailed breakdown of what the colors mean, head here.

Below you’ll find information about reopening dates, and what’s open for dine-in, broken down by county. We’ll be updating it as we get more information, so keep checking back. And for the most up-to-date information right in your inbox, sign up for our newsletter.

San Francisco County

Current status: “Minimal” risk (yellow), Outdoor and indoor dining allowed

  • Outdoor Dining: San Francisco restaurants reopened for outdoor dining on June 12th. Under the Shared Spaces Program, restaurants that don’t currently have a patio or outdoor seating can apply to take over sidewalks and parking lanes. Head here for more outdoor reopening guidelines.

    • For a running list of restaurants that are open for outdoor dining, head here.
  • Indoor Dining: Restaurants were scheduled to reopen for indoor dining on July 13th, but Mayor London Breed put indoor dining (along with outdoor drinking and other indoor businesses) on hold on July 7th due to increasing coronavirus cases. On September 29th, the county moved to the orange tier - and indoor dining resumed at 25% capacity on September 30th. On October 20th, after the county moved up to the yellow tier, Mayor London Breed announced that restaurants can increase capacity to 50% on November 3rd.

  • Bars: On Monday, June 22nd, Mayor Breed announced that bars could open for outdoor drinking on June 29th. However, due to rising coronavirus cases, Mayor London Breed announced on June 26th that bars in SF wouldn’t be reopening on the 29th.

    • On October 20th, after SF moved up to the yellow tier, the county announced that the city will allow bars that don’t serve food to open for outdoor drinking by mid-November.
  • For all of our takeout and delivery guides, head here.

  • You can find more information in the county’s health orders.

Alameda County

Current status: “Moderate” risk (orange), Outdoor and indoor dining allowed

  • Outdoor Dining: Alameda County restaurants reopened for outdoor dining on June 19th. On July 10th, the county reversed the order, and mandated that all restaurants return to takeout and delivery only. And on July 15th, the county was granted a variance, and outdoor dining resumed again.

  • Indoor Dining: On September 22nd, Alameda County entered the “substantial” tier, but the county decided to hold off on indoor dining at 25 percent capacity until it reached the “moderate” tier. On October 13th, the county advanced to the “moderate” tier, and announced that indoor dining will start on October 26th.

  • Bars: There is currently no set date for bars to reopen.

  • For a list of takeout and delivery options in Alameda County, check out our East Bay Delivery & Takeout Directory, Part One and Part Two.

  • You can find more information in the county’s health orders.

Contra Costa County

Current status: “Substantial” risk (red), Outdoor and indoor dining allowed

  • Outdoor Dining: Contra Costa County restaurants reopened for outdoor dining on June 5th. Here’s a list of retaurants that currently have outdoor seating.

  • Indoor Dining: Restaurants and bars in Contra Costa County were scheduled to reopen for indoor dining on July 1st. But following a rise in coronavirus cases, the county announced on June 29th that they were pushing back the date. On July 1st, they were ordered to shut down indoor businesses, effectively pushing off the indoor reopening date for at least three weeks. On July 13th, Governor Newsom ordered all indoor dining and bars across California to shut down.

    • On September 29th, Contra Costa County was classified as “substantial” risk, meaning indoor dining can operate at 25% capacity.
  • You can find more information in the county’s health orders.

Napa County

Current status: “Moderate” risk (orange), Outdoor and indoor dining allowed

  • Outdoor Dining: Restaurants in Napa County reopened their dining rooms and patios on May 20th.

    • For a running list of restaurants that are open in Napa County, head here.
  • Wineries: On June 5th, Napa County wineries reopened for tastings. Most wineries are offering them by appointment only. If you’re looking for a list of reopened wineries, head here.

  • Indoor Dining: On July 6th, the county announced that indoor dining, indoor and outdoor drinking (bars, brewpubs, and breweries), and other indoor businesses would be required to close, due to a rise in coronavirus cases. On August 28th, Napa County was classified as “substantial” risk, and the county announced it would reopen for indoor dining on August 31st.

  • For a list of takeout options, check out our North Bay Takeout & Delivery Directory.

  • You can find more information in the county’s health orders.

Sonoma County

Current status: “Widespread” risk (purple), Outdoor dining only

  • Outoor Dining: Restaurants in Sonoma County reopened for patio service on May 23rd and dine-in service on June 6th. On Monday, July 13th, Governor Newsom ordered all indoor dining and bars to shut down.

    • For a running list of restaurants that have reopened in Sonoma County, head here.
  • Wineries: Sonoma County wineries reopened (reservations are required for tastings) on June 12th. Here’s a list of wineries that are open.

  • If you’re sticking with takeout and delivery, check out our North Bay Takeout & Delivery Directory.

  • You can find more information in the county’s health orders.

Marin County

Current status: “Substantial” risk (red), Outdoor and indoor dining allowed

  • Outdoor Dining: Marin County reopened for outdoor dining on June 1st.

  • Indoor Dining: Indoor dining resumed on June 29th. However, on July 3rd, the county was added to the state’s watch list due to increasing coronavirus cases, and two days later Marin County restaurants were ordered to close indoor dining for a minimum of three weeks. On September 15th, Marin County was classified as “substantial” risk, and resumed indoor dining at 25% capacity.

    • For a running list of restaurants that have reopened for both outdoor and indoor dining, head here.
  • If you’re not dining out just yet, check out our North Bay Takeout & Delivery Directory.

  • You can find more information in the county’s health orders.

Solano County

Current status: “Substantial” risk (red), Outdoor and indoor dining allowed

  • Outdoor & Indoor Dining: Solano County reopened for indoor and outdoor dining on May 21st. On July 1st, they were ordered to shut down indoor dining. On September 22nd, Solano County was classified as “substantial” risk, meaning indoor dining can resume at 25% capacity.

  • For a running list of restaurants that are open for outdoor and indoor dining in Solano County, head here.

  • For takeout and delivery options in Solano County, here’s our North Bay Takeout & Delivery Directory.

  • You can find more information in the county’s health orders.

San Mateo County

Current status: “Substantial” risk (red), Outdoor and indoor dining allowed

  • Outoor Dining: San Mateo County restaurants reopened for outdoor dining on June 6th.

  • Indoor Dining: On June 17th, the county announced that indoor dining would be allowed, and that bars and wineries could reopen as well. However, on Monday, July 13th, Governor Newsom ordered all indoor dining and bars to shut down. On September 22nd, San Mateo County was classified as “substantial” risk, and resumed indoor dining at 25% capacity.

  • For a running list of restaurants open for outdoor and indoor dining, head here.

  • For takeout and delivery options in the county, check out our Peninsula Delivery & Takeout Directory.

  • You can find more information in the county’s health orders.

Santa Clara County

Current status: “Moderate” risk (orange), Outdoor and indoor dining allowed

  • Outdoor Dining: Santa Clara County reopened for outdoor dining on June 5th.

    • For a list of restaurants that are open, click here.
  • Indoor Dining: On July 1st, the county was ordered to shut down indoor businesses. On September 8th, Santa Clara County was classified as “substantial” risk, but chose to hold off on indoor dining until it reached “moderate” risk. On October 13th, the county advanced to the “moderate” tier, and announced that restaurants could open their dining rooms at 25% capacity.

  • If you’re looking for South Bay delivery and takeout options, head here.

  • You can find more information in the county’s health orders.

Santa Cruz County

Current status: “Substantial” risk (red), Outdoor and indoor dining allowed

  • Outdoor Dining: Santa Cruz County reopened for outdoor dining on May 30th.

  • Indoor Dining: Indoor dining also resumed on May 30th. On July 13th, indoor dining was shut down statewide. On September 8th, Santa Cruz County was classified as “substantial” risk, meaning indoor dining can resume at 25% capacity.

  • You can find more information in the county’s health orders.

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