The 12 Coziest Soup Spots in The East Bay

|January 25, 2018

With the East Bay’s coldest months ahead of us, we’re already craving the world’s most comforting dish: soup! Whether it’s ramen, broth, chowder or chili, the meal never ceases to warm us up and make the Bay Area feel even cozier.

Join us on a soup tour from Berkeley to Lafayette and everywhere in between. We’re stopping for French Onion, Chicken with Matzo Balls, Chilled Avocado and Split Pea, seasonal semolina, and various fresh Soups of the Day!

If that doesn’t satisfy your craving, check out The 15 Essential Ramen Shops in the San Francisco Bay Area. Enjoy!

The Cooperage

Find it in Lafayette | Facebook

The Cooperage is a neighborhood gathering place famous for its French Onion Soup. Though the menus change to accommodate local and seasonal ingredients, you’ll usually find the perfectly cheesy and perfectly crispy dish amongst the lunch and dinner selections. Order yours to start then finish your meal with an upscale, comfort food classic like The New Cooperage Burger or Crab Louis.

Ramen Shop

Find it in Oakland | Facebook

Highlighted in our guide, The 15 Essential Ramen Shops in the San Francisco Bay Area, this appropriately named ramen shop is the shining gem of the East Bay. Because they offer to-go service, you might find yourself craving their ramen more often than normal. The shop was originally opened in Downtown Oakland by three chefs from the legendary Chez Panisse who wanted to open a casual noodle spot. When you stop by, order any flavor of ramen and don’t skip the Black Sesame Ice Cream Sandwich!


Find it in Berkeley | Facebook

This Epicurious Garden favorite is all about soup! Each week, they feature a new menu of at least six artisan soups, stews, chowders and chilis — all made fresh daily, by hand, in-house with homemade stocks and natural ingredients. Stop by to peruse the current options or narrow down the choices on their up-to-date online menu.

Genuine Goodness

Find it in Orinda | Facebook

This Orinda spot serves handcrafted genuine goodness with all-natural, organic and locally sourced ingredients prepared by moms with a passion for feeding the families of the community. Their grab and go menu changes with the seasons and the chefs’ culinary whimsy so you’re guaranteed a fresh, innovative meal every time. Preview the current menu of soups, salads and sandwiches online.

Mama Papa Lithuania

Find it in Alameda | Facebook

Mama Papa Lithuania San Francisco East Bay Oakland Berkeley Soup

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Family traditions and home-style cooking drive the menu at this family-owned cafe. As the only Lithuanian restaurant on the west coast, it’s the only place you’ll find authentic soups like bright and sour Borscht with Mushroom: a beet and chicken broth packed with veggies, topped with sour cream and served with Lithuanian rye bread. And you can get it in the charming beer garden!

Yuzu Ramen & Broffee

Find it in Emeryville | Facebook

As one of the East Bay’s best ramen spots, you’re usually guaranteed a wait for your seat — but trust us, it’ll be worth it! Each bowl of ramen is prepared to order, individually by hand. And every broth is homemade using fully grass-fed, pasture-raised meat and bones as well as organic vegetables with no artificial coloring, flavoring or preservatives. When you find yourself in San Rafael, stop by the second location, Yuzu Ramen & Taproom!

Ladle and Leaf

Find it in 9 locations | Facebook

In celebration of their home region, Ladle and Leaf sources their ingredients from local farms, bakeries, dairies and craftsmen as much and as often as possible. From Hobbs’ Applewood Smoked Meats to Point Reyes Farmstead Cheese Company, you can meet many of their purveyors here and taste the ingredients in comforting soups, grain bowls, sandwiches and more when you stop by in Oakland, Berkeley or one of seven SF locations.

Rick & Ann’s Restaurant

Find it in Berkeley | Facebook

As one of Berkeley’s favorite local, family-owned restaurants, Rick & Ann’s has been serving artisan comfort food since they opened in 1989. Their breakfast, lunch and brunch menus feature meals made simply with sustainable ingredients — including Solomon’s Onion Soup, chilis and the fresh, seasonal Soup of the Day.

Saul’s Restaurant & Delicatessen

Find it in Berkeley | Facebook

Saul’s building has housed a delicatessen since the 1950s and this particular restaurant has been in operation since 1986. Named in honor of Saul Lichtenstein, the place is still locally owned and operated today by Executive Chef and Co-owner Peter Levitt and Karen Adelman. The Jewish eatery functions as a unique combination of old-world traditions and new, vibrant Northern California flair. For a classic, we recommend the Chicken Soup with Matzo Balls, or opt for the fresh Soup of the Day!

Millennium Restaurant

Find it in Oakland | Facebook  

Millenium Restaurant Berkeley best soups in the SF San Francisco East Bay

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Millennium is one of East Bay’s outstanding vegan eateries. Though they recently moved from SF to Rockridge, the team has been offering the same, outstanding, globally inspired plant-based fare in a warm, fine dining setting since 1994. Because they source from small, local farms, the menu changes constantly, but you’ll always find an artfully prepared Soup of the Moment on the dinner menu in addition to seasonal creations like Curried Rugosa Squash Soup and Chilled Avocado and Split Pea Soup.


Find it in Berkeley | Facebook

Gaumenkitzel is the Bay Area’s go-to spot for fresh, organic German slow food. Featuring cultural classics like semolina soup and seasonal soups like Butternut Squash and Apple, the menu combines German tradition with fresh, local Northern California ingredients and culinary practices. Order the soup and don’t skip the Bavarian Bockwurst!

The Starry Plough

Find it in Berkeley | Facebook

This full-service restaurant, pub and nightclub has been a staple of the East Bay since 1973, making it as historic as it is delectable. With deep roots as an Irish Revolutionary watering hole, the menu — and the soups — have had plenty of time to warm our hearts. Try the Vegetarian Chili or the Soup of the Day for something special, then pair it with the even more comforting Cast Iron Irish Mac & Cheese!

Where are you headed?

In the comments below, let us know where you go for the best soup in the East Bay — even if it’s not on our list!

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