What people are saying about us…


“…We were thrilled when Top Hatter’s Kitchen set up shop in San Leandro! Open last week, the restaurant, which began as a food truck, took up residence in a midcentury hat shop, and they kept the name, the architecture, and the stunning bonsai trees. They turned the space into a contemporary hangout with clean lines, bright tile, and an incredible, vegetarian-friendly menu, like ricotta donuts, mushroom pâté served with As Kneaded Bread, and a beautiful cauliflower and hen of the woods entrée.”

Sunset Magazine Best of the West, Things to See and Do This Week, April 2019

"Everything about this new restaurant is A+!”

Sunset Magazine’s Instagram Story, April 2019

“Vu is sensitive to the fact that San Leandro is socio-economically and racially diverse, so she’s put a lot of thought into how Top Hatters Kitchen will not limit her creativity, yet reflect and serve the neighborhood too. The family-style concept, she said, will allow for a variety of plate sizes and price points, which she feels will allow for more diners to enjoy meals here.”

Top Hatters Kitchen & Bar to bring modern California cuisine to San Leandro, Berkeleyside NOSH, September 2018


“Vu hopes that everyone feels at home at Top Hatters Kitchen — even those who may not be accustomed to upscale dining. [Vu says], "In our cultural training, I tell our staff [....]Our menu may look and sound elevated […] but I want people to feel comfortable here."

Top Hatters Kitchen Opens in San Leandro, East Bay Express, April 2019

“As for the opening menu, Vu said to expect two Go Streatery favorites, oxtail and grits and lemon ricotta doughnuts, along with dishes like chopped clams with Vietnamese herbs, peanuts, chile and lime served with sesame rice crackers; cauliflower and hen of the woods mushrooms with parsnips and soft boiled egg; and a mushroom and hemp seed pate on grilled bread from San Leandro’s As Kneaded Bakery. Cocktails named after hats, like the Bonnet Rouge and Bourbon Beret, are also finding fans with early diners.”

New Hat, Berkeleyside NOSH, April 2019

“We loved everything about this restaurant and they are such a welcome addition to expand our dining options in San Leandro.  I am looking forward to exploring their menu.”

Soft opening at Top Hatters Kitchen and Bar in San Leandro, Foodhoe’s Foraging, April 2019