Favorite East Bay Food Halls for Families - 510 Families

Favorite East Bay Food Halls for Families

Dining out can be a treat for families, but it’s a drag when family members can’t agree on a restaurant or cuisine. Thankfully, food halls (aka modern-day food courts) can make out-of-the-house dining a pleasure by serving up a variety of dishes from a multitude of food stands, all under one roof.

This post is brought to you by Public Market Emeryville. With 20+ artisan eateries in the Public Market food hall, everyone in the family will find a meal they will love. You can enjoy a meal in the indoor dining area, on spacious outdoor patios, on a blanket near the play structure in Christie Park, or to go.

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Take the night off of cooking and give them a meal they’ll love at an East Bay Food Hall | Photo: Public Market Emeryville

Parents can choose an eatery, your kids get to choose an eatery, and all are happy. We rounded up four East Bay food halls that should be on your radar the next time someone says, “Let’s go out for dinner.”

Food Halls in the (510)

Family eating dinner in kid friendly seating
Delicious food and kid-friendly seating at The Public Market | Photo: Public Market Emeryville

Public Market in Emeryville

This upscale food hall experience has many different lunch and dinner options to please nearly every palate, plus indoor and outdoor patio dining. Choose from Peruvian and pizza to sushi and ribs at the 20 purveyors. Several businesses offer kids’ meals or kid-friendly options, including C Casa, Jayna Gyro, Paradita Eatery, Super Duper Burgers, NabiQ, and Pizzeria Mercato. Save room for dessert with Mr. Dewies or soft serve at Super Duper.

Families can take advantage of child-sized tables, sporting events played on the big screens, monthly live music, occasional kids’ events, and free games like air hockey and foosball.
Location: 5959 Shellmound St, Emeryville
Hot Insider Tip: Kiddie Combos at C Casa includes an entree, a side of chips, fruit, a drink, and a dessert for $10.50. There’s also a full-service bar for parents to enjoy an adult beverage (responsibly).
Nearby Family Activity: Christie Park (AKA Whale Park) is just steps away from the Public Market. Grab your food and eat al fresco outside near the giant whale play structure. The Emeryville Marina and Bay Trail are great stroller-friendly walking options not far from the market.
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Epicurious Garden in Berkeley

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Epicurious Garden is great for snacks or a meal in the secret garden | Photo: Maureen Burke

Epicurious Garden has six eateries for takeaways or dining in its beautiful secret garden — complete with flowers, a pond, and a waterfall. The vendors serve up options that aren’t overtly kid-friendly but are familiar to kids, like quesadillas, miso soup, or chicken and rice.
Address: 1511 Shattuck Ave. #1581, Berkeley
Hot Insider Tip: Kirala 2’s offers grab-and-go sushi but also a microwave for warming. All the food vendors are vegetarian and vegan-friendly — just ask. Multiple levels of outdoor seating make dining al fresco a real treat for the whole family with enough distractions for energetic toddlers.
Nearby Family Activities: Pick up food for a picnic at Live Oak Park, just a little walk down the road. The food hall is also a convenient location if you’re planning to drive into Tilden Park or explore the Cal campus.
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Indoor Food Hall in Oakland
Lots of seating at Swan’s Market | Photo: Maureen Burke

Swan’s Market in Oakland

Located in Old Oakland — where the streets are paved with brick and the buildings are filled with charm — Swan’s Market is home to a variety of restaurants and businesses. The central food hall area has 12 food stalls that are a great option for lunch or a quick snack. There’s a large indoor communal dining space and outdoor seating, too. The building itself is a bit of a maze, filled with hallways and courtyards; I find it helpful to take a photo of the map posted on the building’s exterior because I can get a little turned around while inside. Street parking can be tricky at certain times of the day, but there are a couple of parking garages in the area. Closed on Sundays.
Address: 538 9th St, Oakland
Hot Insider Tip: Huangcheng Noodle House has three types of handmade noodles. There’s a sausage shop on site so you can grab ingredients for a future meal, too.
Nearby Family Activities: Walk to the open studio sessions at The Museum of Children’s Art (MOCHA) or visit The Museum of Art and Digital Entertainment (MADE) in Swan’s Market. A few Oakland attractions are close by (but likely too far for little legs to walk) including OMCA, Children’s Fairyland, Jack London Square, and Gardens at Lake Merritt.
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Lake Chabot Public Market in Castro Valley

Indoor Food Hall in Castro Valley
Asian food lovers will enjoy this airy space at Lake Chabot Public Market | Photo: Maureen Burke

Families who like Asian cuisine and sweet treats will enjoy Lake Chabot Public Market. The light and airy building houses 7 vendors including a butcher, two cafes, and four eateries. Parking is free and plentiful. There are several large tables in the indoor and outdoor seating areas.
Location: 18911 Lake Chabot Rd, Castro Valley
Hot Insider Tip: Each vendor has different operating hours, so check the website if you’ve got your heart set on a specific one.
Nearby Family Activities: Down the street, you’ll find Castro Valley Community Park: a large park with several play structures that appeal to multiple age groups, plus a splash pad during the summertime. A short drive away, families can play a round of mini golf at Golden Tee Golfland, or spend time near the water at Lake Chabot Regional Park.
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Families can play foosball or watch games on the giant screen | Photo: Public Market Emeryville

Castro Valley Marketplace

A stone’s throw away in downtown Castro Valley, this artisanal food hall and community gathering space offers three eateries and four shops, including meat, wine and a market.
Location: 3295 Castro Valley Blvd, Castro Valley
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Food Halls Worth the Trip out of the (510)

If you’re in the area, these food halls may be a worthwhile visit if you’re looking for eateries that appeal to all:

Thanks again to Public Market Emeryville, where your family can travel the world one bite at a time. Find family-friendly monthly events including Market Beats, Trivia Tuesday, and pop-up events that will surprise + delight like craft events, game nights + more. Plus, free game tables, kid-sized seating, and a new order-from-your-table option.

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