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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.

American Restaurant
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“Elecletic trip back in time with proudly prepared locally sourced. Ever changing menu always interesting. And the tiny village has unique odd and rare articles to shop over. Ancient hotel across the street looks inviting. Scenic drive to boot. ”
  • 16 locals recommend
Park
“Cyclists , runners, walkers and roller skaters enjoy the park's 2.5 miles (4 km) of road and bike paths. The Hike and Bike Trail—two parallel, paved, accessible trails—begins at the Military West entrance and runs 0.75 miles to the main park entrance, joining Dillon Point Road for 1.5 miles. The trail system is part of the Bay Area Ridge Trail and San Francisco Bay Trail. Most popular is the 1.5-mile-long walk out to Dillon Point on the park road. Picnicking is available at the group picnic area, one mile into the park. The Forrest Deaner Native Plants Botanic Garden is located at the end of the picnic area, offering displays of and information about plants native to the Bay Area. From the top of Dillon Point, you can trace the route of the Carquinez Strait Scenic Loop Trail, a 50-mile route that will, when finished, ring the strait.”
  • 14 locals recommend
New American Restaurant
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“Good food, nice bar, (sometimes) live music in the beer garden; a generally great place to meet and dine. Service is a bit underwhelming but the food is spot on. ”
  • 11 locals recommend
Lounge
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“One of the most popular full bars in Benicia. A classic bar with a menu of light foods: pizza, salads, appetizers. Music and entertainment several nights a week.”
  • 11 locals recommend
Café
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“Typical home made breakfast staples, in very small town feeling of locals only! Everything is fresh and perfect for big eaters.”
  • 11 locals recommend
Route
“Most of the restaurants, shopping, dog and people watching happens on first street. Walk bar-to-bar, restaurant-to-restaurant or store-to-store. Enjoy the beautiful views and slow pace of small town living.”
  • 7 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
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“Very well done steak house, in time worn template of iconic steaks, chops and seafood on the water at the end of the main street center.Great bar scene and well trained service teams. ”
  • 10 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Some of the best Indian food I have had in the Bay Area. Great location too if you want to walk around the quaint streets of Benicia afterwards.”
  • 7 locals recommend
Italian Restaurant
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“This fabulous restaurant showcases Italian American cuisine in a true fine dining setting. Located in the historic Tannery Building near the foot of First Street, the restaurant and patio sport a spectacular, panoramic view of the scenic Carquinez Strait. There’s also a large, full bar and an extensive wine list. My favorite menu item includes marinated grilled skirt steak with garlic mashed potatoes, house-made onion rings and seasonal vegetables. Open for lunch and dinner, there are also several vegetarian options, a prix fixe lunch menu, kids’ menu and an incredible selection of desserts. Bella Siena is the sister restaurant of the established Ristorante Allegria in Napa. ”
  • 7 locals recommend
Historic Site
“Benicia is the original 1st Capital of California in 1851. The Original Benicia State Capital Building is iconic, beautiful, and historic. At the corner of 1st & G Streets, it is right downtown, easy to get to and a "must see" for Visitors to Benicia.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Meal Takeaway
“Drinks, awesome local atmosphere and an amazing beer selection in bottles. ”
  • 3 locals recommend
Coffee Shop
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“Cozy up with your latte in a "for here" mug or grab a cup of coffee and walk along the waterfront. ”
  • 4 locals recommend
Restaurant
  • 3 locals recommend
Bar
“Rookies is a lively sports bar. Lots of TVs. Lots of beer choices. Good sports bar food. There is also a full restaurant attached to the bar.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Natural Feature
  • 1 local recommends
Store
  • 2 locals recommend