Hours: Dinner (daily), Lunch & Brunch Sat. & Sun.
This refined East Bay eatery serves up caviar and Champagne, plus luxe brunches and lunches. Happy hour service runs every day from 4 to 6 p.m.
When Cypress shut down in May 2017, it was hard to imagine anything filling the venerable farm-to-table restaurant’s shoes. Almost two years later Tradd’s — now occupying the stunningly renovated space — has arrived on remarkably nimble feet. To start, the interior has been elegantly brightened and polished. While the rustic exposed brick walls remain, there’s now a chic, upscale interior filled with velvet, leather, white marble, and life-size artwork. The menu is equally elegant, yet convivial, with familiar ‘ladies who lunch’ standards like shrimp cocktail and vegetable crudité. The beef tartare is impeccable. Set upon four gaufrettes (that’s freshly fried, waffle-cut potato chips in American-ese), the cubes of raw beef are topped with shallots, capers, and caviar, plus a crumble of olive oil-poached egg yolk. The crisp, salty potatoes are a perfect foil to the creamy, buttery meat, served a smidge cooler than room temperature. The wine and cocktail menu arrives encased in a leather-bound cover and includes a handful of traditional picks, like a classic daiquiri or caipirinha, as well as an extensive list of wines and some local craft beers. There’s also a Champagne bar, with an accompanying food menu focused on caviar and seasonal raw seafood. —Vanessa Wolf