Where to eat between Oakland and Santa Cruz

This food trip itinerary gives you restaurant recommendations for places to eat over 6 days. Starting from Oakland, you can leave at 10:50 am and drive for about 10 minutes to the first stop.

2375 Shoreline Dr
Alameda, CA
(510) 865-0999
$$
  3473 reviews
Japanese restaurants, Sushi
11am to 9:30pm
Day 1. Arrive at 11:00 am. Eat for about 2 hours. Then drive for about 10 minutes.
685 Bancroft Ave
San Leandro, CA
(510) 430-9310
$$
  1931 reviews
Italian restaurants, Seafood restaurants, Steakhouses
10:30am to 9:30pm
Arrive at 1:10 pm. Eat for about 2½ hours. Then drive for about 10 minutes.
579 Floresta Blvd
San Leandro, CA
(510) 667-9545
$$
  1055 reviews
Japanese restaurants, Salad, Sushi
11am to 9:30pm
Arrive at 3:50 pm. Eat for about 2 hours. Then drive for about 10 minutes.
2115 Kelly St
Hayward, CA
(510) 889-8257
$$
Arrive at 6:00 pm. Eat for about 2 hours. Stay overnight. The next day, leave at 8:50 am. Then drive for about 10 minutes.
32115 Union Landing Blvd
Union City, CA
(510) 324-7623
$$
Day 2. Arrive at 9:00 am. Eat for about 2½ hours. Then drive for about 10 minutes.
3924 Decoto Rd
Fremont, CA
(510) 792-5677
$$
  1280 reviews
Japanese restaurants, Sushi
11am to 9:20pm
Arrive at 11:40 am. Eat for about 2 hours. Then drive for about 10 minutes.
5325 Mowry Ave
Fremont, CA
(510) 797-3188
$$
  2335 reviews
American restaurants (Traditional)
6am to 10pm
Arrive at 1:40 pm. Eat for about 2 hours. Then drive for about 10 minutes.
43476 Boscell Rd
Fremont, CA
(510) 573-0447
$$
  2489 reviews
Asian Fusion, Barbeque, Korean restaurants
10am to 11:30pm
Arrive at 3:50 pm. Eat for about 2 hours. Then drive for about 5 minutes.
43406 Christy St
Fremont, CA
(510) 791-8675
$$
  1858 reviews
Salad, Seafood restaurants
11am to 10pm
Arrive at 6:00 pm. Eat for about 2 hours. Stay overnight. Spend the next day visiting local attractions and leave at 4:50 pm. Then drive for about 10 minutes.
224 N Abel St
Milpitas, CA
(408) 263-1472
$$
  3390 reviews
Japanese restaurants, Sushi
5pm to 8pm
Day 3. Arrive at 5:00 pm. Eat for about 2 hours. Then drive for about 5 minutes.
190 Barber Ct
Milpitas, CA
(408) 955-0228
$$
  2751 reviews
Asian Fusion, Barbeque, Korean restaurants
5pm to 10pm
Arrive at 7:00 pm. Eat for about 2 hours. Stay overnight. The next day, leave at 9:40 am. Then drive for about 20 minutes.
2855 Stevens Creek Blvd
Santa Clara, CA
(408) 248-1688
$$
  3619 reviews
Dim Sum, Soup
10am to 8:30pm
Day 4. Arrive at 10:00 am. Eat for about 2 hours. Then drive for about 5 minutes.
2301 Stevens Creek Blvd
San Jose, CA
(408) 294-7886
$$
  4675 reviews
Fast Food, Middle Eastern food
10am to 8pm
Arrive at 12:10 pm. Eat for about 2 hours. Then drive for about 5 minutes.
3055 Olin Ave
San Jose, CA
(408) 423-8973
$$
  3776 reviews
Italian restaurants
11am to 11pm
Arrive at 2:10 pm. Eat for about 2 hours. Then drive for about 10 minutes.
1875 S Bascom Ave
Campbell, CA
(408) 340-5285
$$
  3574 reviews
American restaurants (New style), Tapas
4pm to 5:20pm
Arrive at 4:20 pm. Eat for about 2 hours. Stay overnight. The next day, leave at 7:50 am. Then drive for about 10 minutes.
340 N Santa Cruz Ave
Los Gatos, CA
(408) 354-4647
$$
  1986 reviews
Breakfast & Brunch, Burgers, Sandwiches
8am to 2pm
Day 5. Arrive at 8:00 am. Eat for about 2 hours. Then drive for about 5 minutes.
17533 Santa Cruz Hwy
Los Gatos, CA
(408) 354-4020
$$
  591 reviews
Barbeque
4pm to 11pm
Arrive at 10:10 am. Explore the area for about 6 hours. Double check the opening time of 4:00 pm. Eat for about 2 hours. Then drive for about 10 minutes.
21433 Broadway Rd
Los Gatos, CA
(408) 353-5633
$$
  164 reviews
Italian restaurants, Pizza
11am to 9pm
Arrive at 6:10 pm. Eat for about 2 hours. Stay overnight. The next day, leave at 10:40 am. Then drive for about 20 minutes.
235 Mt Hermon Rd
Scotts Valley, CA
(831) 440-9040
$$
  896 reviews
Japanese restaurants, Sushi
11am to 9pm
Day 6. Arrive at 11:00 am. Eat for about 2 hours. Then drive for about 5 minutes.
1210 Mt Hermon Rd
Scotts Valley, CA
(831) 335-1210
$$
Arrive at 1:10 pm. Eat for about 2 hours. Then drive for about 10 minutes.

Reach your destination in Santa Cruz around 3:20 pm after eating at 20 restaurants over 6 days. If you were to drive nonstop, it would take about an hour driving roughly 65 miles straight to Santa Cruz. Looking for more restaurants? You can choose a category below if you want to do an entire road trip full of Japanese restaurants, Sushi, Italian restaurants, Seafood restaurants, Steakhouses, Salad, or more. Enjoy the journey!

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