Where To Eat Now That Banchero's Is Gone

The family favorite closed in June, leaving a void when it comes to enjoying that special dinner out. Readers suggest some alternatives. Add yours.


When Banchero's Restaurant closed in June the news prompted an outpouring of regrets and recollections from Patch readers who had dined there over the 63 years that the family-owned establishment had been in business.

The surprise and sadness have worn off. But the problem remains: where to go for that special dinner now that this family favorite is no more..

Here are some suggestions from readers:

Cheryl Vanderbilt: We like to go to Genghix for family events. Family style meals. Large room in the back. Reasonably priced.

Charmaine Wilcox Tilly agreed: Ghengix every time.

John DeFord: One Italian place we go that has been around for a long time (43 years) is Francesco's in Oakland. Located at Hegenberger and Pardee (near the airport). They have some of that old time atmosphere.

Lisa Jones: Rigatoni's Restaurant. The food is awesome and they have three locations. It doesn't matter if I'm in Dublin or Hayward. The Castro Valley one is always too crowded for me.

Sharon Morris: Tito's Mexican Restaurant in San Leandro has longevity like Banchero's. It's been open since 1956. I've gone there since 1970 and now drive in from Pleasanton because its the reatest Mexican food. The shrimp fajitas are soooooo good.

Dave Chapman: I took 20 people to Buon Appetito Restaurant in Hayward.
Everything was great.

Carol ParkerOlive Garden near Southland Mall? Gold Coast Grill in Alameda?

Jackie Craig Corrigan and Karen Avon SilvaElio's in San Leandro.

What do you think of these suggestions? Do you have others?

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fred stafford September 17, 2012 at 03:15 PM
I guess another questin is where is the Spaghetti going to come from for the Castro Valley Schools Music, Spaghetti Feed? Banchero's had good food and gave them a great price!
Tom Abate (Editor) September 17, 2012 at 03:40 PM
Thanks, Fred. Those are the kind of ripple effects that are not so visible.
Rai W. September 17, 2012 at 04:15 PM
If only a Buca DiBeppo could open nearby (my favorite). Until then, we need to make better use of other local places for our spaghetti feeds that Fred mentioned. I for one love Caesar’s chicken in Hayward for a spaghetti alternative to Banchero's. Though I always preferred Banchero's, Caesars is very close to the same style and has awesome garlic bread and fried chicken that is beyond compare. As far as sit down restaurant, Buon Appetito is a great and inexpensive Italian restaurant, though not family style. For our fund raiser, a few of us are stepping up to make homemade sauce for our event. It will be a slight challenge but I feel is a better choice than take out.
Carolyn Zichterman September 17, 2012 at 08:09 PM
Don Jose's is a good family place. They have a room in the back for parties. The service is great and the food terrific. And it's here in Castro Valley if that matters.
C. Jones September 17, 2012 at 09:00 PM
It matters. And, I agree.
Janet Marshall September 17, 2012 at 09:21 PM
Caesars use to be good till they got new owners now their chicken is over cooked but Ernies in San Leandro has new owners and are doing a bang up job on their fish platers and their crab/shrimp louie is great and they have some of the best fried clams I've ever had.
x September 18, 2012 at 06:10 AM
Nathan 11:07 pm on Monday, September 17, 2012 Whatever you do, don't open the little sliding door cabinets in the dining room next to the dining tables at Buon Appetito. You'll find mouse traps and feces every time. We ate there a few times, but never again.


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