As the unofficial end of summer approaches and we begin to usher in shorter days and cooler nights, Labor Day weekend is the perfect time to indulge in the flavors of the season at these top restaurant selections.


2015 Shattuck Avenue | Berkeley
With worldwide acclaim, including locations in London and Sydney, this popular ramen restaurant is coming to Berkeley, with a projected summer opening. Fans of the chain’s famous pork broth and house-made thin noodles should be prepared for long waits when this highly-anticipated eatery opens its doors in mid-July.


180 Hamilton Avenue
The world-famous Japanese restaurant Nobu is making its way to Palo Alto this summer. Recognized for its innovative use of Peruvian ingredients to create unique Japanese fusion dishes, Nobu, named for chef and founder Nobu Matsuhisa, will occupy the bottom of Larry Ellison’s Epiphany Hotel. The popular eatery has 30 locations worldwide and is slated for a June opening.


50 University Avenue | Los Gatos
Modern American dining with a neighborhood feel is the concept behind The Catamount, a new restaurant from the team behind San Francisco’s Presidio Social Club. This chic hotspot, offering a range of menu options, from steaks to seafood to California fare, also has an impressive cocktail menu, focusing on local wines.


260 California Avenue
Dennis Kelly, former master sommelier, and Anthony Secviar, former sous chef, both from the three-Michelin-starred The French Laundry, are teaming up to bring Protégé restaurant to Palo Alto, with an anticipated opening of late 2017. Although the Protégé team has not released further details about the planned eatery, the menu is expected to focus on French-Californian and Spanish cuisine.