The Bull Valley Roadhouse


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. The Bull Valley Roadhouse serves a personal take on American fare, prepared from scratch using fresh ingredients from our favorite small farms, along with pre-Prohibition cocktails and our own modern concoctions. Tucked away at the end of a canyon road in the dock town of Port Costa, the Roadhouse is a beacon that welcomes locals, travelers and day-trippers alike. Guests stepping into the landmark foragers and gardeners in our 1897 dining room and saloon can sense more than 100 years of hospitality. The proprietors and staff of Port Costa and Crockett strive to maintain that warm tradition, making sure everyone feels relaxed and well fed. The Roadhouse has developed a devoted regional following since opening in November 2012. It was recognized as one of the Bay Area’s top 100 restaurants by the San Francisco Chronicle in 2013, 2014 and 2015, and Condé Nast Traveler named it one of the 70 best new restaurants in the world in 2013. Earl Flewellen and Samuel Spurrier, two of the three Roadhouse partners, moved to Crockett from San Francisco in 2006 to escape the pace of city living. Once there, Earl seized on his long-held desire to take up beekeeping. The launch of E.G. Flewellen’s Bee Farm led the couple to Port Costa, where a sunny spot called Big Bull Valley provided perfect terrain for an apiary. One thing led to another: Needing a place where they could extract the honey from the comb, Earl and Samuel set up a “honey house” in the town’s Burlington Hotel. They soon transformed the space into a café (naturally, honey features prominently on the menu). Building on that success, they began managing the hotel, upgrading the accommodations to genteelly faded Victorian rooms that appeal to travelers who appreciate small-town character. When the restaurant next door came up for sale, they had just the right partner in mind—David Williams, a chef serving as the assistant general manager at the Slanted Door in San Francisco. The three engaged a group of talented friends from the Slanted Door, along with nearly the entire town of Port Costa, to achieve their vision of a convivial gathering spot for locals and tourists alike that serves perfectly prepared, accessible food showcasing local farm products, along with well-matched wine and cocktails. Founded in 1878, the town of 200 was once a major port, and it retains a whisper of California’s rowdy 19th-century waterfront culture. Two of the world’s largest train ferries steamed from its location on the Carquinez Strait, tucked between Crockett and Martinez in western Contra Costa County, to Benicia and back. The town teemed with thousands of sailors, stevedores and rail roaders drawn to thriving warehouses, saloons and hotels. Since then, Port Costa has survived fires, earthquakes and other turns of fortune. The ferryboat era ended in the 1930s, and the town went into a slow decline. In 1963, Bill Rich, an influential property owner and former Coors truck driver, saw business potential and began renovating Port Costa as a tourist attraction with restaurants, hotels and antique shops. By the 1970s, the streets were buzzing with antique hunters and day-trippers. In 1983, a fire ravaged the hills between Crockett and Port Costa, destroying many homes. Then the scenic road from Martinez that had brought many people to town collapsed. The antiques craze waned, Port Costa’s antiques dealers closed up shop, and the town once again slipped into obscurity. Port Costa’s appeal endures, however: historic buildings and homes line the main street, and the town is blooming again. In addition to the Bull Valley Roadhouse and the Burlington Hotel and Cafe, attractions include the Warehouse Cafe and Bar, a local hangout and Sunday biker bar beloved by Bay Area saloon cognoscenti, and the Theater of Dreams, designer Wendy Addison’s studio and shop. In surrounding parklands, biking and hiking trails wind through oak and eucalyptus with sweeping views of the water and East Bay hills. Newly opened, East Bay Regional Park District’s “George Miller Trail” provides paved access to hikers and bikers along the Carquinez Strait, connecting Port Costa with Martinez, Amtrak and the San Francisco Bay Trail.

Additional Information


  • Dining Style:
  • Casual Elegant
  • Cuisines:
  • American, Comfort Food, Organic
  • Dress Code:
  • Smart Casual
  • Price Range:
  • $31 to $50
  • Payment Options
  • AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Executive Chef:
  • Justine Kelly and David Williams
  • Private Party Facilities:
  • Have your private event in our historic restaurant full of Victorian charm and Old West history. Between our oak-paneled dining room, grand wooden bar and outdoor patio under a canopy of walnuts, we are ready to host the perfect event with a full range of service, drink and famously delicious food!
  • Private Party Contact:
  • Tuala Pierce-Zua Zua: 8777359447
  • Additional:
  • Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wine
  • Organic


Hours of Operation: Dinner: Thurs 5:00pm - 9:00pm Dinner: Fri 5:00pm - 10:00pm Dinner: Sat 4:00pm - 10pm Dinner: Sun 4:00pm - 9:00pm Brunch: Sun 10:30 am - 2:00 pm

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