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A lot happened while you were vacationing. From healthy fast food by the Omakase folks to five-course seafood-centric dinners with a French influence, you’ve got a whole lot of reservations to make. Here are the six new restaurants you need to know.

The roasted corn, nixtamal nieves, sea grass and trout roe from Salsipuedes

Salsipuedes Small plates and rosé are the name of the game at this Baja-inspired bistro helmed by a Meadowood vet. Embrace the beachy vibe by ordering the roasted corn, sea grass and trout roe; shishito peppers with cooked fruit and salt plum; and heirloom bean cioppino.

Salsipuedes, 4201 Market St., Oakland; 510-350-7489 or

Petit Crenn This new Hayes Valley spot, a casual concept by Michelin-starred restaurateur Dominique Crenn, has a strong seafood bent. Drop in for Champagne and oysters at the bar or reserve your spot for one of two nightly five-course seated dinners. Think escargot in a chanterelle mushroom broth and a whole fire-roasted trout topped with cider sauce.

Petit Crenn, 609 Hayes St.; 415-864-1744 or

The Advocate’s Gnocchi Sardi

The Advocate From the owners of downtown Berkeley’s Mexican joint Comal comes this new restaurant offering rustic, wood-fired NorCal fare. Let us recommend the chickpea fritters with Manila clams and salsa verde; the gnocchi sardi with lamb sausage; and a mouthwatering pork tenderloin with plum panzanella and shaved turnips.

The Advocate, 2635 Ashby Ave., Berkeley; 510-370-2200 or

Calavera At this uptown Oakland hot spot, Mexican gets a mescal-rich makeover. Choose from three ceviches (we like the Negro de Pulpo with Spanish octopus, compressed melon and five-chile ash), then top off the app with a few tacos and Johnathan’s gin tonic (made with mescal gin).

Calavera, 2337 Broadway, Oakland; 510-338-3273 or

Gluten-free rolls from Origami Market

Origami Market If the $150 prix fixe sushi experience at Omakase isn’t in your budget, head to sister restaurant Origami Market for prices that are more palatable (dishes average between $8 and $16). The healthy menu is divided into greens, rolls and bowls. Go for the rainbow papaya salad and three-grain rice bowl with salmon.

Origami Market, 669 Townsend St.; 415-865-9788 or

Gardenias A French bistro with a delightful back garden, Gardenias is brought to you by the folks behind Woodward’s Garden. Savor the last bits of summer by ordering a shrub cocktail and the pork cutlets with pickled nectarines and sautéed butter beans.

Gardenias, 1963 Sutter St.; 415-621-7122 or

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