The Bull Valley Roadhouse

4.8
1938 reviews
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{Join us for SUNDAY BRUNCH!}

The Bull Valley Roadhouse serves American roadhouse food prepared from scratch with century-old techniques using fresh ingredients from our favorite small farms. A beacon at the end of a canyon road in the historic dock town of Port Costa, the roadhouse welcomes locals, travelers and adventurous day-trippers alike in its 1897 landmark dining room and bar. Stepping into the saloon-like rooms, guests can sense more than 100 years of hospitality. The proprietors strive to maintain that warm tradition and leave everyone feeling relaxed, well fed and eager to return. Look for us under the golden bull.

Sunday brunch served from 10:30 am through 2:00 pm.
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IM
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined 11 hours ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hidden Gem.. SHHH we shouldn't tell anyone about this place because we want it all to ourselves. BUT it's amazing, staff is super sweet, food is amazing and changes ALL the time, and ambiance, well, if you love old you'll love this place. It's all about the 20's (except everyone bathes and there's no foul smells) and the food is ON POINT. But please don't tell anyone, because we want this place all to ourselves!

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Central Coast
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

After four visits here I think this is now my favorite destination (sort of staycation) restaurant. A beautiful drive, an understated town, cool dive bar across the street, eclectic ambiance and literally the most delicious food (with great service). Not much more I could ask for. If you’ve never been you have to give this a try. It’s a very special experience all around.

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Adelaide / SA
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

I love bullvalley road house, but in my trip this time around service was subpar :( sever didn't really check on us and other staff just wasn't that friendly. A little disappointing

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RC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love this spot! Food and service are always on point....

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B
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent brunch! So good that it was my second visit in 2 weeks. Start with the buttermilk biscuits, you won’t be disappointed!

Enjoy sharing all of the delicious foods!

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T
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food, a bit ecpensive.

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MY
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was absolutely delicious!
We had appetizers, 4 main entrees and couple desserts. The service was right on! BullValley has the best bar too. Many different choices of drinks.
BullValley is a wonderful dining place! Can’t wait to go there again.

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JV
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bull Valley never disappoints! The staff is always great, the food delicious, and it's an adventure to go to Port Costa!

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MR
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Overall great experience. Although I was a little shocked to see a cat sitting in the restaurant at the front window.

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SG
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

food is amazing! Drinks are strong. A hidden gem that’s worth the drive.

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O
San Francisco
49 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Hummm. If you are going to read this,get your self a nice drink, as it may go long..
I discovered this place from a newspaper review, which was very favorable..
Made the reservation through Open Table, which may have caused us to get a bit better table, looking out on the main street. Going to Port Costa kind of traveling to an out of the way location. You turn off Highway 4 and head into the rolling hills. The roadway is windy and narrow. This resembles the back roads in the Sierra's. It is a 4 mile trip to town. Port Costa has a population of maybe 200 and is set back in the 1850's. The building that the restaurant is in looks exactly like every other building in the area. Run down...You can distinguish the restaurant by the gold bull on the sidewalk. You know you have arrived at the restaurant as it is the only place in town with a lot of cars nearby.
You order any dish and there is enough served to handle two diners. All the food is very good. The service was excellent. My wife and I shared the mac & cheese and the fried chicken. My wife had tea and I had coffee. Both beverages were served in insulated presses. The beverages were hot throughout the meal. I had a glass of wine and we shared desert.
Would highly recommend for the adventure and the food.

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JL
San Joaquin
3 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was fabulous. A rustic environment. Very pleasant evening.

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JU
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A bit pricey but worth every penny. The only drawback is the windy road getting there, otherwise a surberb dining expeience, romantic, cozy, unique eclectic decor, consistantly good food. Been to Roadhouse for many special occasions. Will definately return.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Arrived early. They seated our group early. Wait staff did a great job, attentive but not overbearing. Entrees were very slow to arrive at the table, but anticipated this as we saw previous reviews. Wish we would have had an extra appetizer to help with the wait though. Brussels sprouts and pork were almost too salty, chicken was great. We enjoyed ourselves and want to try again.

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H
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We are ‘regulars’ and with good reason! It’s just simply the best! Great food! We have been dreaming of the bucatini all day! Service was excellent as always! It’s quite loud, but it doesn’t matter! The food is insanely good!

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BM
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We've been going to The Warehouse in Port Costa for a couple years now, but have not really tried anywhere else in town, but a friend of mine was raving about the Sunday brunch at Bull Valley. So , we decided to try it out, and am I glad we did. We made reservations, which may not be entirely necessary, but I'm glad we did. Upon arrival, the friendly hostess escorted us to a nice little nook in the main dining room, which was bustling and a bit on the loud side. The noise didn't bother me, but my girlfriend had a bit of trouble with it.

Immediately upon sitting we were offered water and brought the oh-so-hot towels--great touch! Our friendly server took our drink orders, Bloody Marys, of course. The drinks were excellent! Ready to order, we chose the Fried Brussels Sprouts, Chicken and Waffles and Biscuits and Gravy. Talk about a savory treat. The Brussels sprouts were evenly browned and crispy, tossed in lemon and sprinkled with a Parmesan-like cheese. It took everything we had not to devour these before the rest of the meal arrived. I am glad I paced myself because the Chicken and Waffles came out next, and they were everything I want Chicken and Waffles to be- a light and airy Belgian waffle accompanied by a perfectly browned Leg and boneless breast all drizzled with a light honey syrup. Soooo Goooood. At this point, I knew we were headed for a food coma, but I didn't care because the biscuits and gravy came out next and wow! The savory, herb infused gravy perfectly complimented the chicken while the flaky biscuits just melted in my mouth. I couldn't have asked for better drinks, food, or service.

We will absolutely be back!

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FS
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Spent the weekend starting with a fabulous birthday dinner for 15 on Saturday night and brunch for 13 Sunday morning after a stay over at their Burlington Hotel next door. It was a magical weekend... the food is the BEST!

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CL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Claire was a delight!

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff and restaurant were both part of what this an amazing experience! Not to mention, the food was delicious!

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OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

The “shareable” plate portion size was a hit or miSs. Unfortunately, we missed, and three sides with salmon and rib as our shareable entrees wasn’t enough.

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Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

It was my wife’s birthday so we went here for our date. The food was great and the service was amazing. It gets very loud when everyone comes in and the chair and seating was the only bad part. Other then that the place is worth going to.

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S
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

I would only recommend the breakfast on the weekends or just have a couple unique drinks. The dinner isn't enough to share and is really expensive for the amount of food you get. Our server started off good and then got busy or... When she came to check on us we had stacked the plates to give ourselves room, she didn't take the plates and left us again. Overall, I wouldn't be back for dinner. The menu doesn't change either which is a bummer.

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SR
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing every time!! Lil hidden gem of port costa!! The service is always amazing and the food is to die for.

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CT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and experience. The old fashioned was one of the best I’ve had. Fried chicken was outstanding. Really loved the Brussel sprouts as well. Port costa is a fun place to check out and bull valley roadhouse is a must! Very unique place with outstanding food and service we will be back

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OT
San Francisco
41 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were so positively impressed by the service and food. I can’t wait to return!

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OT
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Good food as always. Wish they would switch up the menu a bit sometimes....have specials maybe? Drinks on point as usual.

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DR
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

My wife's favorite Bay Area eatery........many memoraiable meals since they opened their doors in Port Costa!

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TE
San Francisco
56 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

It is a great surprise to find that the food in this out of the way "roadhouse" is excellent. They have a small wine list of very intelligently selected and reasonably priced items. The bar prepares excellent cocktails. The only downside is that the restaurant is often full and as a result can be quite noisy.

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U
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner with friends

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C
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

A fun excursion to Port Costa to celebrate a 50th birthday. Our whole group had fun and enjoyed the variety of the tasting menu. Highly recommended if looking for something a little different.

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p
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

There were a few hiccups in the service (too long to bring our cocktails, then it was the wrong item) but the errors were handled very well by the Manager. The food was excellent! Will definitely return!

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R
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My fiancé and always go here to celebrate important events. The service it’s great and the service it’s very good!

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C
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It is consistency the best food and experience in the east bay. The qualiy of the food is remarkable. Simply delicious!

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DR
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Still the best!! The only complaint - Irish Coffee was a little watered-down, but replaced!

Ex-Slanted Door chef and bartenders. Front-to-back the best meal you'll ever have!

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JG
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Always great service and tasty dishes. Prices a bit high for location.

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LM
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Overall this was a good experience with great service and good food. The food would have been great but the pork chop was stringy and the scalloped potatoes were too greasy and salty. The large pieces of fresh rosemary in the potatoes added flavor but the rosemary leaves were a little tough to chew on and there was too much of it. The honey ice cream was delicious and the decaf coffee was fresh which not many restaurants manage to do.

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SC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Cocktails were great. Because the menu is served "family style", there was a hodge-podge of dishes and not enough of any one thing to serve everyone at the table. Main dishes came before side dishes, and the dishes were on the smallish side. We ordered scallop potatoes that didn't come until everyone was finished eating. All together, underwhelming.

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DJ
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always love coming here and introducing this gem to friends. The food is consistent and the cocktails oh so yummy!

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m
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We took my brother and his wife here for his Christmas gift and had a wonderful evening. Bull Valley never disappoints. Lost Costa cocktail is my new favorite libation in the world. Honestly if I didn't have to drive the windy road out, I would have had 4!! The salmon melted in my mouth and the smoked pork chop was to die for. The brussel sprouts and potatoes are simply sinful. Bull Valley and quirky Port Costa are perfect for date night, family night, birthday, anniversary etc. Make a reservation - you won't be sorry.

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JN
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and very attentive staff. Food was very good. The atmosphere was very comforting . Our experience was outstanding.

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