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San Ramon City Center opens!

San Ramon City Center opens!

A little over a year ago, I posted about the beginning of construction of the San Ramon City Center along Bollinger Canyon Road in San Ramon.

This past Thursday, the center opened its doors, just in time to kick off the holiday season.

Kicking it off

While they’re stilling putting in the finishing touches, the center has opened with an inaugural set of shops including:

  • Athleta
  • Starbucks
  • Pottery Barn
  • Alys Grace
  • Boba Guys
  • Candle Delirium
  • Fieldwork Brewing
  • M by Maggie Rizer
  • Neeko
  • On the Edge
  • Trader
  • West Elm
  • Williams Sonoma
  •  the piece. store

On November 15th, “The Lot” movie theatre, restaurant, and bar will open as one of the anchor stores. In December, Equinox, an upscale gym and yoga fitness center, will open its doors. The Slanted Door, the renown Vietnamese fine dining restaurant out of San Francisco, will open next door shortly after.

Reshaping San Ramon

In the age of Amazon, the mall and retail space is transforming. What once was anchored by department stores like Sears, Macys and Nordstrom is now anchored by activity destinations like movie theaters and fitness gyms.  It’s no wonder that Equinox and The Lot are helping to launch San Ramon’s cultural hub.  Supporting them, over half of the initial tenants are restaurant or bars.

Just blocks away from San Ramon’s new City Hall, Community Center,  and renovated library off of Bollinger Canyon Road, the City Center adds modern facilities for suburban residents keen on sensory delights.

Nearby Bishop Ranch office buildings and the Iron Horse trail should provide an ample proximity to peripheral foot traffic. As part of the opening, Bollinger Canyon Road has been widened, but fear remains among residents that the area will become crazily congested during weekday commutes. In the meantime, construction vehicles are moving onto the adjacent lot for phase 2 of the city center which will feature a hotel and apartments.

The next few months will be exciting to watch as the rest of the shops come online. Like other large development projects such as the Livermore Premium outlets, the City Center has the opportunity to bring envious new experiences and the crowds that flock towards them. I for one can’t wait to try out The Slanted Door, Fieldwork Brewing, and later next year, Hiroshi Ramen!




Nothing beats the taste of a cold beer after a long hike!

Essential Info


7370 San Ramon Rd, Dublin, CA 94568
Phone: (925) 560-8344


Sun: 11am-9pm
Mon: closed
Tu-Thurs: 4pm – 10pm
Fri-Sat: 11am-12am

Kitchen closes @ 9pm except Fri/Sat @ 10pm

Happy Hour

4-6pm, Tu-Fri
House Beers $1 off
House Cocktails $2 off
Beer and Well shot: $5


Facebook (updated frequently):


Inc82 is a new gastropub at the intersection of Amador Valley Blvd and San Ramon Rd, next door to Mcormick’s in Dublin. There’s only about 8 parking spots in the front, but the back and street have ample parking.

Named after the date of Dublin’s incorporation into a city, Inc82 is the newest addition to an upheaval of microbrew restaurants. The onsite brewery is still under construction as of this writing, but the restaurant is open and serving both its own (although running out!) and guest beers on tap.

Recommended Beers

(Constantly being updated!)

West Up! Double IPA

4 out of 5
Their unofficial flagship beer, it’s a bright IPA, that’s refreshing and fulfilling.

Where’s My Haze, New England IPA

4 out of 5
East coast styled IPA that provides a pleasant alternative to West Up!


Dublin Bublin’

4 out of 5
Cocktail drink with fresh strawberries. Refreshing!

Recommended Food

Street Tacos

4 out of 5
Remind me of the simple, traditional style tacos I used to get in the SF Mission. Beef was a little rubbery and could of used more seasoning, both overall + points for authenticity.

Berry Salad

4 out of 5
Fresh ingredients and tasty.


A development friendly city, Dublin is quickly expanding to become a trendy, family friendly city. Try out these other Dublin favorites!

  • Three Sheets
    • Tap room with lots of beers. Food is handled by 3rd party trucks on a rotating basis.
  • Yakitori West
    • Japanese sushi, bar food, and imported draft beer. Happy hour 5-6pm weekdays are particularly good.
  • Lazy Dog
    • Popular gastropub chain in the Hacienda Crossings shopping center.