The Bull Valley Roadhouse

4.7
2142 reviews
icon/ic_price_rangeCreated with Sketch.
$31 to $50
icon/ic_cuisineCreated with Sketch.
American
{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.
What 2142 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
food
4.6
service
4.7
ambience
4.4
value
Noise · Moderate
95% of people would recommend it to a friend
5
4
3
2
1
Sort by
Filters
OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is just great. We have come with larger groups and the service was great then! Tonight it was just two of us and the portions were perfect for us to share and were truly delicious- we can’t wait to go again!

M
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Been here several times now and never disappointed. The cocktails are pricey but worth it and the food is always very good.

DB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

Very slow and inattentive service. Small portions of plates to share. Dry fried chicken. It was a birthday that we wanted to celebrate, and we were disappointed. Our fourth trip there...and perhaps our last.

AC
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Mussels are amazing!!!! Great host and staff! We frequently dine here, for good reason. Go on and try this spot out.

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

Love this restaurant.

HV
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Have returned here many times and always have found very friendly staff, very good food and fun ambiance. Great place for any special occasion.

KB
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really good food.
Beyond excellent service.
Ridiculously small portions considering it is “family style” eating. Expensive for portion size.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is always great when visiting this restaurant. The service is excellent. Food is fresh and delicious!

j
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I took my family here for a birthday several years ago and since that this is the only place anyone wants to go for celebration dinners. Everything I've had has been delicious. It's so worth the drive!

WT
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Vintage ambiance and excellent farm fresh food make this an outstanding restaurant. The service is spot on and the unusual decor and art (albeit somewhat dark) adds to a very unique dining experience.

Love the pre-prohibition cocktails and the wonderfully prepared food. Delectable.

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this restaurant! The food, ambiance, and service are always amazing!!

OT
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

Awesome ambiance and great food, but our server was not attentive at all. Not sure if the restaurant was extremely busy or if our server was having a difficult time multitasking. All other tables with other servers were getting serviced fairly quickly, so it was a bit disappointing.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food as always! Had too many service personnel as it was hard to keep track of at times but worked out fine.

s
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent brunch. Loved the ham hock hash. Can’t wait to come back.

SS
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love this place! The food is delicious, the servers, skilled, gracious and fun (even when I spilled a full glass of water and extra time needed to be taken to talk through options for one of our guests who has celiac disease-they were very knowledgeable and accommodating by the way).

RP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our favorite restaurants. Great food and great service. We will be back :)

TK
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Simon, our waiter, was terrific. The ceviche serving was really ridiculously small, mussels were amazing, pork chop was good (bed of beans was great) and fried chicken was super delicious. The town and the restaurant are like a throwback to the old west. Absolutely worth the schlep to the edge of the earth (aka Port Costa).

OH
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have lived in Port Costa for almost 50 years. I have seen the Bull Valley go trough several owners. The present owner, Earl Flewellen, has created a top notch restaurant which hits all the buttons for ambiance, service, menu, and quality of food and drink. Gosh, and it is only 3 blocks away.

Ovid Holmes, Port Costa

OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it! Delicious and great decor!

OT
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I brought my parents here for a belated Mother’s Day and Father’s Day. We ordered the fried green tomatoes, mixed lettuces, fried chicken, pork stew, scalloped potatoes, and then the olive oil cake. Just so good. For drinks we did the rosemary and three others that I can’t remember the names of, but they were amazing. Everything about this place is nostalgic. It’s always special.

KW
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never disappoints. Fabulous and creative drinks, food so good you feel like you’re in food heaven. Staff are professional and very friendly.

EB
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our seats were perfect, the food was excellent, you had some of our favorite beer on tap (henhouse, yum). I think that was the BEST cup of coffee I've ever had. I never order dessert, but so glad I did! I am still thinking about that pot de creme.
Cannot wait to be back for more date nights and for brunch with our daughter!
Hoping to plan a post wedding brunch there for next June!

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome as usual.

4
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always such a pleasure to dine at the Bull Valley Roadhouse. Great for special occasions as well as a nice night out.

s
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great as always

L
San Francisco
52 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love this place. Funny drive in, but the food is worth the drive. That steak is incredible!!!

M
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food, drinks and service were superb! Fresh and high-quality ingredients combined to produce an amazing and unforgettable meal.

s
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superior meal by every measure. Looking forward to dining again

K
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great as always!!! The gin tonic with the botanicals was delicious

W
San Francisco
29 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

BVR continues to exceed all expectations. What a spectacular evening of dining with close friends. Everything about BVR: the ambiance, the food, the service is first rate. From the time you enter the front door you are made to feel welcome. “Sit down and enjoy everything we offer.”
With six, we were able to sample a variety of first course choices. The two that were most memorable were the Ceviche and the Tomales Bay Mussels. Two days later, I still salivate at the memory of the broth the mussels were steamed in. (Order lots of their wonderful sour dough bread to sop up the juices).
The dish to share that was the most memorable was the Smoked Pork Chip. It was richly flavored, fork tender; served over a bed of greens and a variety of beans.
The only entre I would pass on is the Fried Chicken. It was nothing memorable, I’ve had better elsewhere (try Revel - Danville).
We’ll return to BVR again and again

QC
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a hidden gem with in a hidden gem. Port Costa itself offers up so much. Then there’s The Bull Valley Roadhouse which has fantastic food and service. Awesome cocktails with great atmosphere. Highly recommend you check it for yourself.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great time

LM
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

Went for Sunday brunch 7/14/19 & asked for a table on the patio. No problem, especially if you’re willing to dine family style. H20 came right away. The server came to take our drink order shortly thereafter. When I asked about an ingredient on their “specialty cocktail” menu he didn’t know what it was. When I asked that my drink not include egg white the server came back 5 MINUTES LATER to tell me that the bartender wouldn’t make my drink that way because it “spoiled the integrity of the drink”. Really? When did bartenders start telling you what you could & could not have? Meanwhile, the drink my guest ordered still hadn’t shown up. The server went to get the owner to explain the drink drama to me because he didn’t get it either. We placed our meal order. One item was toast. Plain toast. His food came but mine didn’t show up for another 10 minutes! So his sat & got cold. The toast never came at all. The owner came to our table & again told me that the bartender wouldn’t make the drink without the egg white. I told him I knew every ingredient in the drink & was confident the drink would be fine. He told me “then the drink would be a Beachcomber”. I said that’s fine, bring me a Beachcomber. He refused. Outright refused. He was supercilious & his tone was snide & condescending. I was speechless. I ordered some other drink. What I should’ve done was gotten up & left right then. The entire experience was an utter disaster that ruined our day. We were still maD the next day. I’ve gone to the BV many times, spent LOTS of $$, but only on Tuesday or Wednesday nights. For good reason. I never go there on the weekends. Sit at the bar. You get the best service there. There ARE some great people working there. The owner is a horror though. Now I’ll never go there again. If you’ve gotten this far in my review here’s 2 more things. The owner KNOWS I’m a patron. The waiters don’t get to keep their tips so don’t bother tipping them cash. It goes to the house i.e. the owner.

JC
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of my favorite spots in the Bay Area for brunch or dinner. Cannot beat the location; quaint and historical.

C
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always amazing.

AL
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service. Very fresh and the service was very good. Fun drinks as well.

SD
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Funky place in a unique location. Good food and drink. Good service. Closely packed tables and too loud. We were at a tiny table for two and I could barely hear my partner.

JP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Our server was slow but the food made up for it! We were not in a hurry anyway.

FM
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Coming to the Bull Valley Roadhouse is a Treat for my husband and myself. You see my husband is the Wine and Beer snob and I am the Locavore Snob! We both must know the origins of what we drink and eat. Another prerequisite snd essential to complete Joy for us is to be transported to another time and place with excellent service mixed in. The Roadhouse supplies all of this in spades. Our server, “ Charlie” knew exactly our every need and treated us like royalty. Impeccable service combined with just not incredible but remarkable food made our “Date Night” perfection.

1
San Francisco
60 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Well worth the windy drive to get there. Excellent fried chicken, generous portions.

1
2
3
54

Tweets by The Bull Valley Roadhouse