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:

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 Silva: Elio's in San Leandro.

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.

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.

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

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Teresa Sparks-Temaat September 17, 2012 at 03:18 PM
Tsuro Sushi. Friendly service. Always busy. Absolutely the freshest fish in town. Tequila Grill. Again, great service, friendly. Authentic Mexican food.
Tom Abate (Editor) September 17, 2012 at 03:32 PM
Good thoughts. I was in San Jose Friday night and went to an old time place there: Original Joe's. They cook in front of the customers. Like Paradiso.
Jason Lloren September 17, 2012 at 03:46 PM
Come to my house. I'll feed you.
Tom Abate (Editor) September 17, 2012 at 04:20 PM
What a magnanimous offer :)
Pat Raposo September 17, 2012 at 05:08 PM
Good suggestions but our favorite is Paradiso
Smart guy September 17, 2012 at 09:03 PM
Paradiso is the best fine dining in San Leandro and one of the best in the bay area
Smart guy September 17, 2012 at 09:06 PM
Actually Sushi Garden on Marina is GREAT! It is an unlikely location but well worth the trip
Larry Smith September 17, 2012 at 10:09 PM
I think the best everyday dining is Elio's for variety, quality, presentation, and great, great, friendly service. Francesco's for a nice evening out is still the best value for some of the best Italian food you will find anywhere in the Bay Area. There is a very good reason they have been around for a half a century: It is called quality everything!
Justin H. September 17, 2012 at 10:17 PM
I like the englander, elios and paradisio, although the one thing I will continue to reiterate is that San Leandro in general has limited options for dining. It would really be nice if we had a thriving dowtown with boutique stores and restaraunts..I work in fremont at pacific commons and within 5 minutes: five guys, of changs, claim jumpers, panera bread, prolific oven...etc..chipotle, rubios...
Jamie September 18, 2012 at 03:17 AM
Yes Justin you do have options. Chain options. I don't want our new downtown development to become a haven of big chains. It would be nice to see some local chains (hello La Pinata outpost :) present there. I know, I know, the money issue.
Ken Briggs September 18, 2012 at 03:37 AM
Tom , you are right for San Jose the Original Joes is a great place and then for breakfast that little place over on Bascom and Moorepark by the hospital and they are open 24hours 7 days a week . but here in San Leandro I go to Elios , Nicks and then Dicks .
Fred Eiger September 18, 2012 at 04:25 AM
What's wrong with Chain Restaurants? If you don't like them then don't go, but don't prevent others from enjoying the place.
Fred Eiger September 18, 2012 at 04:26 AM
Paradiso is overrated and Yuppie.
Fran September 18, 2012 at 02:07 PM
Some of us happen to like real food Fred.
Mike September 18, 2012 at 04:59 PM
http://offthegridsf.com/ The off the grid food trucks set up in downtown Hayward on a regular basis, I would like to see them come to San Leandro. Maybe Marina Park during summer time. The downtown parking lot before Chipotle comes in. Maybe Parrott st on a different day than the farmers market. Some great food options and maybe it would generate a little excitement
Fran September 18, 2012 at 05:32 PM
I don't know about great, just my personal opinion. A lot of people do seem to like them though, if one were to believe the hype. Agreed, the Marina, while it lasts, would be a good spot for them.
gloria romaine September 18, 2012 at 06:04 PM
I'd agree about Paradiso. Love Paradiso... Elios is a great Breakfast place to eat...However, My thoughts are that the little "Mom & Pop" grocery store type "restaurants" are being replaced with "chain restaurants"...Banchero's was a family owned restaurant. They just coun't make it anymore. Moral of this story is, support your local "Mom & Pop" restaurant's and say no to the chain ones!! Chipotle..Olive Garden..Rigitonis..all chains!! Elios, Titios, Elios and Paradisio are not. Soon there will only be Chain restaurants and that's my concern.


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