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Sneak Peek: Rooftop, Walnut Creek’s Classy New Restaurant, is on the Up and Up

Enjoy panoramic views along with delightful dishes and craft cocktails.


Nicholas Boer

With the temperature climbing, it may be time for you to do the same—to the recently opened Rooftop restaurant, Walnut Creek’s solution for the summertime blues.

The ambitious menu at this eatery—which crowns Brian Hirahara’s stunning three-story building (the second floor houses Telefèric Barcelona, and the ground floor contains Slice House, a hip pizza joint that just opened last week)—was still coming together on our two early visits. But with Rooftop’s bar front and center, a full dinner isn’t mandatory. Consider a half-dozen oysters with the bubbly Up and Up, one of Rooftop’s many compelling craft cocktails. Or create your own refreshing combo; the raw bar boasts a wide array of chilled seafood selections.

For more substantial fare, we suggest Rooftop’s gutsier dishes, such as the smoky, charred rib-eye steak and the moules-frites—mussels in a silky shellfish broth with a side of fries and thick aioli for dipping. The menu does not have a regional theme, but Vietnamese (we loved the simple lime-spiced chicken wings) and French (try the smoked trout rillettes) dishes are highlighted.

So if the weather has got you clammy, no sweat. The fully retractable roof at Rooftop creates a “bar-under-the-stars” atmosphere that’s oh-so cool.

1500 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Walnut Creek, (925) 300-3540, rooftopwc.com. Lunch and dinner daily.

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Happy Hour Bar & Bites at
The Cooperage

Monday through Friday
3pm – 5:30pm


This isn’t your typical happy hour. This quintessential neighborhood spot offers high-quality craft cocktails on tap and tasty bites. Menu features: $10 cocktails on tap, $5 select beer & wine, $1 oysters, $7 bacon cheeseburger sliders, $7 crispy beer battered shrimp sliders, $9 sashimi-grade ahi tuna tartare. 

32 Lafayette Circle, Lafayette
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