San Ramon is a community in Contra Costa County that is spotted with parks, golf courses and local restaurants. Highlighted in our guides The 11 Best Bay Area Suburbs to Live and 10 of the Best Places to Live in The East Bay, the community boasts affordability compared to other Bay Area cities, a booming housing market, a high per capita income, high graduation rates, low crime rates and an unemployment rate that is 1.5% lower than the California average.
Its East Bay location puts it just 15 minutes from Walnut Creek and 30 minutes from Oakland. But the community itself offers plenty of businesses, attractions and events that will make you want to stay in town. Keep reading to learn more about all of that and more.
The Essential Restaurants
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Gianni Bartoletti came to San Francisco in 1977 after attending culinary school in Italy, gaining experience in London and then continued to gather experience inside some of the city’s finest Italian restaurants. He opened Gianni’s Italian Bistro in 2012 where he and his family offer some of the East Bay’s best Italian-inspired cuisine.
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A staple of the San Ramon community for nearly 30 years, Primavera Ristorante uses the freshest produce and seafood to craft homemade dishes, made to order sauces and, our favorite, the house-made tiramisu.
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Baagan is San Ramon’s headquarters for plant-based eats. Their menu of affordable, health-conscious meals is prepared using only fresh, raw and organic ingredients from local farmers and companies, and everything is vegan.
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On Fire Pizza is a San Ramon Valley original owned and operated by a San Ramon family. They cook their pizzas inside imported Stefano Ferrara ovens from Naples using 00 flour, homemade mozzarella cheese, San Mariano tomatoes and other imported meats, cheeses and seasonal flavors.
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Cafe Attila is San Ramon’s favorite for breakfast, lunch and weekend brunch. The restaurant began as City of D’Lights Pastry Shop and grew into a full restaurant and bakery shop in 2011. Now, they serve their beloved pastries alongside European-inspired bistro dishes.
Things to Do
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Located less than ten minutes from San Ramon in Danville, the Blackhawk Museum is one of the East Bay’s best museum attractions. The facility boasts an automotive gallery, Spirit of the Old West which presents a narrative of both Native Americans and American settlers as well as other exhibits on the arts of Africa, the culture of China and more.
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Operated by the City of San Ramon, the performing arts program includes kid-friendly film screenings, indie and foreign film series, theatre productions and more. You can peruse the event calendar here for events happening Dougherty Valley Performing Arts Center, Front Row Theater and San Ramon Community Center at Central Park.
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Known for their exceptional greens and their island green on the 9th hole, San Ramon Golf Club is one of the city’s best golf courses. The 18-hole championship course is an urban oasis set amongst some of San Ramon’s most beautiful neighborhoods.
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The Chocolate Works story began all the way back in 1973 with the mission to create happiness one chocolate smile at a time. Today, they do that in more than 15 store locations across the United States, including the only California location right here in San Ramon! In the shop, you can buy premium chocolates, host a private party, design, dip and mold your own treats, and even learn how to make chocolate. For more details, click here.
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This local business is a full-service roller skating rink for kids of all ages. They offer open skate hours, lessons, a hockey program, a snack bar, free WiFi and more.
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Zscape offers three different escape room experiences for groups of between three and ten. Your group has one hour to collect the clues and escape a toy box, a prison cell or the terrifying graveyard.
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This 16-acre farm has been a landmark of San Ramon for decades. In 1997, the City of San Ramon began operating it as an educational, historic site where they offer special events, group tours, education programs, the Glass House Museum and more.
Las Trampas Regional Wilderness offers 5,342 acres of wilderness and an impressive trail system that invites hikers and horseback riders to explore the lands. The park is also home to Las Trampas Stables where you can take riding lessons, enjoy day camps, special events and more.
Bishop Ranch is San Ramon’s quieter and smaller outdoor getaway located just a short distance from San Ramon Valley subdivisions. The park offers 444 acres of hiking and wildlife viewing.
Once home to the Bay Miwok Tatcan tribe, the Sycamore Valley Open Space Preserve is located less than ten minutes from the heart of town. Just south of Mt. Diablo, it occupies two major ridges located within a region of rolling hills and valleys with elevations between 600 and 1,000 feet.
About 15 minutes southwest of San Ramon near Hayward, this recreation area offers a swimming area, hiking trails, picnic areas and so much more.
Awarded a silver medal for Best Family Festival by Bay Area Parent, attractions at San Ramon Art & Wind Festival include kite-making workshops, professional kite flyers, more than 150 local vendors and artists, exhibits from local non-profit organizations, two kids zones complete with carnival rides and amusements, and local food vendors, too!
Fourth of July in San Ramon has always been a festive occasion complete with parades, concerts and other activities. Part of the fun is Run San Ramon, a race event that includes a 10K run as well as a 5K run and walk.
Dive-In Movie Night
Throughout the summer, the City of San Ramon hosts a handful of outdoor movie nights at San Ramon Olympic Pool & Aquatic Park. These are family-friendly movies that invite you and yours to dive in, swim and enjoy with the community. For information on upcoming events, follow City of San Ramon News and Information on Facebook.
As a celebration of San Ramon’s diverse cultures, this annual festival features delicious food, multicultural entertainment on two stages, international crafts, games, booths and more.
This 5K run and walk kicks off the holiday season in San Ramon and is followed by other festive activities during the month of December like Holiday on the Farm at Forest Home Farms Historic Park!
Other Nearby Communities
Home to California State University, East Bay and newly remodeled, the city of Hayward is a breath of fresh air. With the introduction of the Century Theater, local restaurants and boutiques line the main shopping district and bring new life to the Hayward community. In 2008, the city implemented the Hayward Public Art Program, inviting local artists to create murals throughout the city inviting creative expression.
Home to the Little League Intermediate World Series and the Annual Livermore Rodeo, the community of Livermore frequently hosts festivals and events, is home to the Livermore Premium Outlets, and offers some of the East Bay’s most beautiful farmland. And the Livermore Valley is one of the state’s best wine growing regions! So be sure to swing by the abundant wineries in town.
Another community highlighted in our guide, 10 of the Best Places to Live in The East Bay, Fremont is the fourth most populous city in Alameda County and is known for its plethora of parks.
For more information, check out Your Guide to Living in Fremont.
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