Brisket, matzah ball soup, gefilte fish and more is available at Mollie Stone's. (Photo/Courtesy)
Brisket, matzah ball soup, gefilte fish and more is available at Mollie Stone's. (Photo/Courtesy)

Your guide to Passover food in the Bay Area

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Whether you’re looking for a traditional, unconventional, kosher or plant-based experience for your Passover seder, you can find the goods somewhere in the Bay Area. For those who love cooking at home, many Bay Area grocers offer kosher-for-Passover staples and prepared dishes, making it easy to get everything in one place.

If eating out is more your style, or you prefer the meal to come to you, we’ve listed some restaurants with Passover menus and caterers who prepare the essentials. This list is not exhaustive; consider it a starting point for your holiday planning. Make reservations and place orders early!


Food & Wine

Draeger’s Markets has matzah ball soup, herb roasted leg of lamb, butternut and leek gratin, latkes, salmon with shallots and herbs, scalloped potatoes, braised brisket, grilled asparagus, braised winter kale, fruit tart, chocolate decadence cake, chocolate pecan sponge cake, almond sponge cake and pure almond macaroons available for catering. Plus, it has homewares like Le Panier bowls and plates, Caspari placemats, Bodrum napkins and rings for hosting and a large Manischewitz Foods selection, including Passover wines, gefilte fish and other holiday staples. Three locations on the Peninsula and one in the East Bay.

Market Hall Foods and Bakery in Oakland and Berkeley offer a range of Passover specialties—from housemade, full meals to heat and serve hors d’oeuvres, starters, entrees and desserts. Available items include house made horseradish, charoset, matzah ball soup, brisket, braised chicken, roasted carrots, vegetable kugel, gefilte fish, grilled salmon, chicory salad, chopped liver, dark chocolate-covered matzah, pavlova, matzah meal sponge cake Bocca di Dama, coconut macaroons and almond meringue cookies. The Passover menu is available April 20-24.

2020 Market Hall seder plate with horseradish, shank bone and eggs. (Photo/Courtesy)
2020 Market Hall seder plate with horseradish, shank bone and eggs. (Photo/Courtesy)

Mollie Stone’s is known for its large kosher selection year-round, but on Passover it really goes all out. An assortment of matzah products, including Israeli matzah, matzah farfel, matzah cake meal, chocolate-covered matzah, matzah meal and matzah ball soup mix are available in stores now, plus pickles, rendered chicken fat, jarred horseradish, babaganoush, kosher cheeses, candies and more. Mollie Stone’s also offers catered meals with gefilte fish, matzah ball soup, buttermilk-and-thyme-roasted root vegetables, latkes with sour cream and applesauce, “atomic” horseradish sour cream sauce and a choice of brisket or flame-roasted chicken for a main and mashed potatoes or roasted potatoes for a side. A la carte items can be ordered as well, including grilled tri tip, chopped chicken liver, honeycrisp apple and walnut haroset, sweet noodle kugel, flourless chocolate decadence cake and fresh fruit tart. Take stock of the store’s extensive kosher wine selection, too. Of the nine Bay Area locations, Mollie’s Palo Alto store boasts the largest kosher department, but Passover catering is available from all.

Nugget Markets in Corte Madera offers a chef-prepared Passover meal featuring tender braised beef brisket and a host of traditional sides, all homemade by their talented team.

Piedmont Grocery Co. has Passover pantry items, including Rokeach Old Vienna Gefilte Fish, Manischewitz Matzah Ball Mix and Matzah Ball Soup Mix, Manischewitz or Yehuda Matzah, Manischewitz Macaroons and Beaver Kosher Horseradish, as well as prepared foods such as brisket, lamb, matzah ball soup and whitefish salad. The store also carries other holiday essentials including kosher plain and chocolate-dipped macaroons from Grand Bakery.

Grand’s macaroons are also available at Farmer Joe’s Marketplace in Oakland; Safeway in Oakland (5100 Broadway) and S.F. (145 Jackson St.); Village Market in Oakland; The Food Mill in Oakland; Star Grocery in Berkeley; Berkeley Bowl Marketplace; Andronico’s in Berkeley (1550 Shattuck Ave. and 1850 Solano Ave.) and S.F. (1200 Irving St. and 375 32nd Ave); Piazza’s Fine Foods in San Mateo and Palo Alto; and most Mollie Stone’s locations.

Other grocers with stock for the holiday include Scotty’s Market in San Rafael, Afikomen Judaica in Berkeley, Bi-Rite in San Francisco and Lucky Supermarkets across the Bay Area.

And don’t forget the wine. Everything you need for those four cups (and maybe a little extra) can be found at kosher wine mainstays Hagafen Cellars in Napa Valley and Covenant Wines in Berkeley. In addition to kosher vegan wines, Covenant makes a brandy — the Covenant Double-Edged Sword Brandy — that contains no grain products, if you’re looking for something on the stronger side. For Passover, Covenant is running a few promotional wine bundles.


Restaurants

Cafe Boho offers a holiday feast that includes gefilte fish, cabbage salad with citrus dressing, matzah ball soup, roasted cauliflower, potatoes and carrots, and a choice of seared salmon, roasted chicken or braised brisket as a main dish and flourless chocolate cake or poached pear with raspberry coulis and shaved chocolate for dessert. Plus, a la carte options include latkes, savory matzah kugel with caramelized onion or sweet matzah kugel with caramelized apples and dried apricots, deviled eggs and hazelnut cake with fresh fruits. 3321 Steiner St., S.F.

Canela Bistro and Wine Bar is offering a four-course meal that includes a Passover plate starter with homemade matzah; dill egg salad; bubbe’s pecan haroset; roasted beet, parsley and horseradish salad; and veggie crudité with salty “tears” followed by matzah ball soup, house-pickled veggies, seasonal wild fish filet, fried artichokes with preserved lemon and olive aioli, sauteed chard and tres leches matzah “bread” pudding with fresh strawberries for dessert. Additional options include a flight of paired wines, vegetarian dishes or another course of brisket and tzimmes pinchos. Order 24 hours in advance for takeout April 21-30. 2272 Market St., S.F.

Last year's Passover feast from Grossman’s Noshery & Bar. (Photo/Grossman's)
Last year’s Passover feast from Grossman’s Noshery & Bar. (Photo/Grossman’s)

Grossman’s Noshery & Bar has a Passover dinner available for dine-in or takeout. The menu includes chopped liver and onions with matzah crackers; potato leek latkes with sourcream and applesauce; matzah ball soup; spinach salad with dates, feta and pistachios; smoked and pickled fish board; sabich board; smoked meats board; sweet-and-sour braised brisket with latkes and horseradish cream; slow-braised lamb shank with latkes and horseradish cream; and orange sesame macaroons. Available for take out April 22-30, or dine in any night of Passover. 308 Wilson St., Santa Rosa.

Jane the Bakery offers a Passover menu featuring fallen chocolate soufflé filled with flourless chocolate mousse, sponge cake made with matzah flour and marbled with cinnamon, layered apple and walnut torte with dried apricots and matzah flour, flourless torte with dark chocolate and brandy, matzah star cookies, almond macaroons, cherry bomb cookies and chocolate chew cookies. The holiday items are available at any of its locations in San Francisco or Tiburon April 22-30.

One Market Restaurant is offering a four-course Passover meal for dining in, pickup or delivery. The menu includes matzah ball soup, latkes with applesauce, smoked beef brisket with onion jus, asparagus, snap peas and baby turnips, and flourless chocolate cake with mixed berries for dessert. Individual dishes are available a la carte. The menu will be offered April 22-26 and April 29-30. 1 Market St., S.F.

Stoll family matzah ball soup from Delfina (Photo/Courtesy)
Stoll family matzah ball soup from Delfina (Photo/Courtesy)

Pizzeria Delfina is expanding its Passover offerings this year with a daily-changing menu featuring dishes inspired by la Cucina Ebraica (Roman Jewish cuisine). Options include arancini (fried stuffed rice balls) with cream cheese and bagel spice, California mackerel in saor, “seder plate” antipasti misti, carciofini alla giudia (deep-fried artichoke), Arrowhead cabbage involtini alla nonna, pastrami-cured gravlax with kosher dills and crème fraîche, brisket and tongue picolo bolito misto (mixed simmered meat) and matzah toffee bark. The a la carte holiday menu is available April 22-29 for dining in at the Mission District location. Delfina also has its traditional “Stoll family matzah ball soup,” made with chicken-bone broth, veggies, shredded chicken, dill and its signature walnut-stuffed matzah balls. This 2019 J. article tells why the Stolls add nuts, but they also have nut-free balls available upon request. Preorders begin April 15 and are available for pickup or delivery from all locations April 18-29.

Pomella and Israeli caterer Bishulim SF (Bay Area chef Aliza Grayevsky Somekh) are teaming up again to host a community seder, now an annual tradition. The April 23 event will feature communal tables, a guided reading of the haggadah and a multicourse, family-style meal. There’s also Pomella’s usual selection of Passover favorites available for preorder until April 18, for pickup April 22. The menu includes matzah ball soup, apple and pecan haroset, fresh organic horseradish and pickled beets, chopped liver, lamb meatball tagine, spicy Moroccan salmon, potato kugel, vegetarian stuffed artichoke bottoms, matzah brittle, chocolate-dipped coconut macaroons, pistachio pavlova, kosher wine from Covenant and an “everything but the plate” seder plate. 3770 Piedmont Ave., Unit B, Oakland.

Pavlova from Pomella (Photo/Courtesy)
Pavlova from Pomella (Photo/Courtesy)

Saul’s Restaurant & Delicatessen is offering two Passover options this year: a la carte catered items or “Seder at Saul’s.” The menu includes house-made matzah, a seder-plate kit, matzah ball soup, gefilte fish, root vegetables, chopped liver (both chicken and vegan options), brisket tsimmes, rockfish in sauce, chicken with dukkah spices, and mujaddara with lentils, eggplant, fried onion, greens and yogurt. Desserts include citrus almond cake, flourless chocolate cake, sweet matzah kugel, plain or chocolate-dipped coconut macaroons, chocolate marshmallow candy, fruit slices and chocolate jelly rings. Saul’s is accepting reservations for every night of Passover. Pickup for catered items available April 21 4-6 p.m. or April 22-30 10 a.m.-6 p.m. 1475 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley.

Wise Sons Jewish Delicatessen has an extensive Passover menu that includes a full seder plate, chopped chicken liver, matzah balls in brine, brisket, roasted chicken, potato kugel, green beans and pearl onions, smoked trout salad, smoked salmon, latkes, mini coconut macaroons, rugelach, babka, flourless chocolate torte and chocolate- and caramel-covered matzah. Place orders at least two days in advance for pickup or delivery April 22-28. Three S.F. locations and one in Oakland.

Lea Loeb
(Photo/Aaron Levy-Wolins)
Lea Loeb

Lea Loeb is engagement reporter at J. She previously served as editorial assistant.