Great China: Rising from the ashes after a destructive fire two years ago, this Berkeley Chinese restaurant has reopened a block from its original location. Classic Chinese-American food is still the focus — walnut prawns, Peking duck, stir-fried crab — and there's a new tea menu. 2190 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, (510) 843-7996, greatchinaberkeley.com.
La Nebbia: The casual spinoff of Noe Valley's popular Sardinian restaurant features prosciutto, pizza, and other light bites along with a well-curated Italian wine list. 1781 Church, 874-9924, lanebbia.com.
Rare Barrel: A new brewery dedicated to sour beer opens in Berkeley. The tasting room housed inside the production facility, with its 10 beer taps, is open on Fridays and Saturdays, and also offers sandwiches and salads. 940 Parker, Berkeley, (510) 984-6585, therarebarrel.com.
Verbena: This Russian Hill Cali-cuisine spot comes from the folks behind Berkeley's Gather. Expect menu items like duck meatballs, pig trotter terrine, and seafood sausage, along with a producer-focused wine list. 2323 Polk, 441-2323, verbenarestaurant.com.