The best Mediterranean food in the Bay Area can be found at the aptly-named Ristorante Mediterranean. While the influences hail from that picturesque cultural crossroads of the globe, Ristorante Mediterranean itself is right at home at the intersection of Pleasant Hill and Concord a mile from Walnut Creek and Martinez. The beautiful space features high ceilings, vibrant yellow hues, dark wood accents, sleek drapes, and well-curated flourishes that create an inviting and refined dining experience.
With a Halal menu that includes beef, lamb, seafood, poultry, and vegetarian dishes, Ristorante Mediterranean’s menu is a revelation. You’ll be hard-pressed to choose among offerings like falafel and baba ganoush, chicken shawarma, beef shish kebab, and the gyro plate (vertical spit-roasted lamb and beef thinly sliced to succulent perfection). Save space for a sweet finish, such as creme brulee with frutti di bosco, a traditional Italian tiramisu, or the classic baklava. If you swing by on Friday or Saturday evening, you might even catch a live piano performance, which is a fine way to wind down the day.