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September 22, 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).

San Francisco, Alameda, Napa, Marin, San Mateo, and Santa Clara counties are currently classified as “substantial” risk. The rest of the Bay Area counties - and much of California - are at “widespread” risk. The state plans to update each county’s risk level every Tuesday.

So, what does this all mean for restaurants? Purple counties can only offer outdoor dining, while red counties, like San Francisco and Napa, can open for indoor dining at 25% capacity, or 100 people, whichever is fewer. (If you’re looking for a more detailed rundown of what all the colors mean, check out this PDF.) Napa County recently reopened for indoor dining (again), while San Francisco is sticking to outdoor dining until the county reaches the orange tier (which could happen as soon as September 29th).

Below you’ll find information about reopening dates, what’s open for indoor and outdoor dining, and takeout and delivery guides, 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: “Substantial” risk (red), Outdoor dining only

  • San Francisco restaurants started reopening 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. You can learn more about outdoor reopening guidelines here.

  • For a running list of restaurants that are open for outdoor dining, head here.

  • Restaurants were previously projected to reopen for indoor dining on July 13th. On July 7th, Mayor Breed announced that indoor dining (along with outdoor drinking and other indoor businesses) would be put on hold indefinitely, due to increasing coronavirus cases. After the county was classified as a “substantial” risk (meaning indoor dining can operate at 25% capacity), Mayor Breed said that indoor dining would only be allowed when the county reaches the orange tier - which could be as early as September 29th.

  • On Monday, June 22nd, Mayor Breed announced that bars could open for outdoor drinking on June 29th. However, due to a rise in coronavirus cases, Mayor Breed announced on Friday, June 26th that bars in SF will not be reopening on the 29th.

  • For our full guide to the city’s takeout and delivery options, check out the San Francisco Neighborhood Delivery & Takeout Directory (Part One and Part Two).

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

Alameda County

Current status: “Substantial” risk (red), Outdoor dining only

  • Alameda County restaurants reopened for outdoor dining on June 19th. On Friday, July 10th, the county reversed the order and mandated that all restaurants return to takeout and delivery only, after the state revised its guidelines. And on Wednesday, July 15th, the county was granted a variance that allowed outdoor dining to reopen once again.

  • On September 22nd, Alameda County was classified as “substantial” risk, meaning indoor dining can operate at 25% capacity. The county will still only allow outdoor dining only for now.

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

  • There is currently no projected date for indoor dining and bars to reopen.

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

Contra Costa County

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

  • Contra Costa County restaurants reopened for patio dining on June 5th. Here’s a list of restaurants that are currently open for outdoor seating.

  • Restaurants and bars were scheduled to reopen for indoor dining July 1st. Following a rise in coronavirus cases, on June 29th, the county announced that they would be delaying these reopenings until further notice. On July 1st, they were ordered to shut down indoor businesses, effectively pushing off the indoor reopening date for at least three weeks. On Monday, July 13th, Governor Newsom ordered all indoor dining and bars to shut down.

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

Napa County

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

  • Restaurants in Napa County were allowed to reopen their dining rooms and patios on May 20th. For a running list of restaurants that are open in Napa County, head here.

  • On June 5th, Napa County wineries reopened for tastings. Most wineries are offering them by appointment only - here’s a list of wineries that are open for visitors.

  • 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. These businesses must remain closed until July 30th, at the earliest.

  • On August 28th, Napa County was classified as “substantial” risk, meaning indoor dining can resume at 25% capacity. The county announced that they would allow indoor dining, effective August 31st.

  • For a full 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

  • 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.

  • 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 for now, 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

  • Marin County reopened for outdoor dining on June 1st and indoor dining on June 29th. On July 3rd, the county was added to the state’s watch list due to increasing coronavirus cases. On July 5th, 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, meaning indoor dining can resume at 25% capacity.

  • For a running list of restaurants that have reopened, 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

  • 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 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

  • San Mateo County restaurants reopened for outdoor dining on June 6th. And 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, meaning indoor dining can resume at 25% capacity.

  • Here’s our running list of restaurants that are open.

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

  • Santa Clara County reopened for outdoor dining on June 5th. For a list of restaurants that are open, click here.

  • On July 1st, the county was ordered to shut down indoor businesses, effectively pushing off the indoor reopening date for at least three weeks.

  • On September 8th, Santa Clara County was classified as “substantial” risk, meaning indoor dining can resume at 25% capacity. The county will still be holding off on allowing indoor dining, for now.

  • Our guide to South Bay delivery & takeout options can be found 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

  • Santa Cruz County reopened for outdoor and indoor dining 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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