Coming to Concord for work or a visit? Just in a restaurant rut and looking for a new food adventure? Sure, we know and love signs, but we also know and love a good restaurant just as much. Here are our picks for the top ten restaurants to check out in Concord, California:
Pick #1: Eureka!
If we are talking about top recommended restaurants in Concord, you will be sure to find Eureka! on just about any list. With a fresh take on modern American fare and a happy hour that can’t be beat, there’s something to surprise and delight everyone. Your mouth will water just thinking about the truffle cheese fries, topped with green onion and a white truffle cheese sauce, and we can’t get enough of their awesome burger selection. (PS: You will have a very hard time picking from their brunch menu, too. You may need to make several trips!)
Pick #2: Fiore
Fiore is an intimate, authentic Italian restaurant with food offerings that extend well beyond the traditional choices of many other Italian restaurants. Their menu is packed with fun, delectable options that are surprising and traditional at the same time. Fiore not only brings the ambiance and old world charm of Italy to Concord, making it perfect for a date night or quiet dinner, but it also brings the flavor in full force. Fiore is known for their beet salad and the Pescatore complete with lobster tomato sauce. There is something to delight every lover of Italian cuisine, from the traditional to the more adventurous
Pick #3: Digger’s Diner
True Concordians know that the best local spot in town for any kind of comfort food is Digger’s Diner. You won’t want to miss out on the breakfast sandwich first thing in the morning, and there is a reason the menu lists the burgers as “famous.” The Coffin Burger is renown for satisfying even the most voracious of appetites. There’s nothing fancy about the place: Digger’s has the comfortable feeling of a greasy spoon or a hole-in-the-wall diner—a name they claim with pride—but the food here is top-notch.
Pick #4: La Sen Bistro
Looking for something a little fancier than a diner? La Sen Bistro is a delightful French restaurant that will transport you from Concord to France with your first sip of wine. La Sen truly does all of the French classics incredibly well and their kitchen isn’t one to shy away from using real butter or rich flavors to bring you the real tastes of France. The lamb chops and duck breast are out of this world and you can’t beat their incredibly flavorful French onion soup. With a small, lush dining area and authentic flavors, you will think you’re on vacation from the first sip to the last bite.
Pick #5: Plate & Vine
Not sure what you’re in the mood for? You can find a wide array of both new American dishes and pizzas at Plate & Vine, and as the name would imply, you won’t be wanting for lack of wines from which to choose. As many ingredients as possible are locally and sustainably sourced thanks to our long growing season, and the sleek atmosphere matches the complex yet delightful flavors that Plate & Vine has to offer. Also, if you give it a taste, you will surely be dreaming about the lobster mac and cheese for days.
Pick #6: Lazy Dog Restaurant & Bar
It’s worth checking out Lazy Dog Restaurant & Bar multiple times a year thanks to their exciting seasonal menu, but there is also truly something to please everyone at Lazy Dog, home to traditional-yet-exciting American fare. Plus, you can enjoy the fire pit on the patio with your four-legged canine friends, which we love. You can even order off a special menu for your pups, but for you, we recommend the mahi-mahi tacos or the brussel sprouts. Check out the weekend brunch for a delicious start to your day as well.
Pick #7: Naan n Curry
There is frequently a short wait at this little restaurant for some of the best butter chicken and other Indian cuisines that Concord has to offer, and we can see why. Have patience and know that you will soon be rewarded with fresh baked, tasty naan bread and stellar chicken tikki masala. Naan n Curry is also very vegetarian-friendly, but there is surely something on the menu to amuse everyone’s palates too. Watch your meal being prepared right in front of your eyes with Naan n Curry’s open kitchen, and then enjoy delicious, authentic Indian food in the heart of Concord.
Pick #8: DJ’s Bistro
If you’re in the mood for German or Eastern European fare, look no farther than DJ’s Bistro. With excellent goulash, sauerbraten, schnitzel, and dumplings served fresh daily, you can enjoy all the tastes of Europe right here in Concord. You will be greeted warmly in this small but mighty restaurant, and with ice cold German beers on tap, you will soon feel like part of the family too. Don’t miss the true European delights that DJ’s has to offer, and come back again and again for the friendly, family-like atmosphere.
Pick #9: Hunan Restaurant
Hunan Restaurant has been a staple of traditional Chinese restaurants in Concord for decades, and because you can order many dishes to be served family style, you can try a variety in just one visit. The Chinese dumplings, filled with both pork and Chinese cabbage, served with perfectly paired sauces will be enough to bring you back time after time, but we know you will want to give the whole menu a try.
Pick #10: Steamboat
Steamboat is an Asian-fusion restaurant where you can find killer sushi and Chinese cuisine all in one spot. Steamboat is also known for its offering of hot pots, or pots where you cook an assortment of foods (usually with meat) in a heated broth right at your table. This fun atmosphere is perfect to share with a party for a delicious and unforgettable dining experience filled with both camaraderie and delicious entrées. You also won’t want to leave without sampling the macaron ice cream sandwiches that are offered in a variety of exotic flavors and can definitely satisfy even the most extreme sweet tooth.