Denica’s Real Food Kitchen


2723 Castro Valley Blvd, Castro Valley, CA 94546

We were there because we thought it would be fun to go. And we were having a lazy morning.


There is a parking lot, but it was full. We parked in the back.

You don’t have to make reservations. There’s no greeter in the front. There is a paper menu or you can look at the menu thing.

It is cafeteria-style ordering, and then you find your own seat. They will bring your order to your table.

The wait was actually pretty short. We thought it would be a long line because of the parking, but it was short.

The restaurant was great for the number of people coming in, but it was kind of hard to find a seat because you have to wait for tables to be cleared.

We didn’t play there, but there is a play table with trains, dinosaurs, and other small toys for kids who are tired of waiting. It is on the left back side of the restaurant.

I love the smell of the baking and the chocolate and pancake-y smell. It did not take the food too long to get to us.


The presentation of the food was good. The dishes were big so you can share, but we each ordered our own.

My dad had California Benedict (3 poached eggs, avocado, English muffin, house made hollandaise served with potatoes). My dad thought it was yummy.

Melody: I had Lucky Boy Crepes. It had bananas, strawberries, Nutella, real whipped cream, and caramel. It was really good and really sweet. I recommend this to people who like sweet stuff. Also, I like crepes.

I had Cookie Dough Waffle (chocolate chip cookie dough baked into homemade waffle batter). There was syrup on the side. It was topped with whipped cream and powdered sugar. It had glazed Nutella. It had a strawberry on top too. It was really, really yummy. I recommend this to people who like sweet stuff and breakfast.

Pictured at the top of this post: My mom had Denica’s Scramble (sautéed mushrooms, green onions, Andouille sausage and eggs topped with melted pepper jack cheese, served with potatoes and toast). She thought it was really yummy, but she ate it right away because she was hungry. We ate late, it was for brunch. She said kids might not want to order this one because the sausage is peppery.


Everyone was really friendly when we were ordering.

We had to pick our own seats, but they gave us a number so they can bring us our food.

No one comes by to check on you. You can serve yourself fruit-flavored water and refill your drink at the buffet-style food area. You can also get your own chips and bread.

You can also grab your own box(es) from the buffet area if you have leftovers.

If people step away from their table to refill drinks, it is hard for the workers to know if they should clear the tables. It looked like some people had a hard time finding a seat.



Children’s Menu [Y] (can be found at the restaurant)
Changing Station [?]
Highchairs/Boosters [Y]
Stroller Access [minimal]


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