Welcome to Benicia
Family-friendly, waterfront fun on Main Street USA.
Often described as ‘the hidden gem of the Bay, Benicia
is a family-friendly town close to San Francisco, Silicon Valley, and Napa Valley, making it a highly sought after community.
A picturesque downtown situated on the banks of the Carquinez Strait is home to beautiful parks, piers jutting out into the water, and restaurants along a historic and quaint downtown.
Throughout the California gold rush, Benicia was the main stopping point on the way to the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Benicia was then one of the first incorporated cities in the state of California, the temporary state capital from 1853-1854, and is home to numerous historic sites still standing today. Today, several homes from this golden era can be found within the center of the community, showcasing storied architecture from forgotten eras.
Benicia is known for being a friendly, safe and family-oriented community. With a thriving arts district and a growing downtown, Benicia is living up to its reputation.
What to Love
- Tranquil waterfront location
- Homes built in classic Victorian and Craftsman styles
- Bright, bustling downtown that is accredited as a California Main Street program
- Plethora of festivals celebrating the culture of San Francisco and Northern California Lifestyle
Despite the central location on the northern edge of the bustling San Francisco Bay Area, Benicia locals enjoy a quiet, family-friendly lifestyle.
The community’s downtown district
is an accredited California Main Street program with a busy calendar of lively events, unique local businesses, wine walks, and farmers’ market.
Waterfront dining establishments and parks are popular spots to enjoy special occasions, spend time with family and friends, and waste away lazy weekend afternoons.
Dining, Entertainment, and Shopping
Waterfront views and cozy Main Street eateries and shops await in downtown Benicia. From sushi to Italian, to seafood and desserts, there is something for everyone.
Breakfast, lunch, and midmorning snacks are enjoyed at One House Bakery
, located on bustling First Street. An open kitchen offers a glimpse into the process behind their fresh-baked creations and lengthy process. A head chef with experience working under Thomas Keller at his flagship restaurant has created each and every recipe, such as their popular take-and-bake doughs and meals, house cake, sticky toffee pudding, and fresh bread.
Later in the day, indulgent Italian dinners are enjoyed at Bella Sienna
. Both Italian classics and California-inspired creations such as wild mushroom ravioli, Napa cabbage salad, prawns, and crabcakes are enjoyed in an airy dining space overlooking the Carquinez Strait, making for a pretty special spot to enjoy special occasions.
Centrally located on First Street, Izakaya
is a hidden gem of a sushi spot showcasing all the classics and a few highly Instagrammable 21st-century concoctions. Their wagyu specials, Titanic roll, and Japanese tarts are a few of their more unique menu items, making any simple occasion all that more special.
Things to Do
Benicia celebrates both the arts and the untouched beauty of the surrounding region. Arts Benicia
is a local community center supporting visual arts through exhibitions, sales, and immersive classes.
For three decades, the local farmers’ market on First Street
from April through October has been a highly anticipated shopping experience for their vast selection of farm-fresh produce, baked goods, gourmet pantry staples, and more.
Weekends and lazy days are also frequently enjoyed at Ninth Street Park
, right on the waterfront. In addition to the peaceful views, visitors enjoy access to a boat launch, picnic and barbeque facilities, a playground, and large beach area, to name a few amenities.
Two miles west of downtown, Benicia State Park and Recreation Area
feels worlds away with its serene tranquility, peaceful walking paths, dog-friendly green spaces, and over 200 acres of grassy hills and marshlands.
Benicia boasts some of the finest educational campuses in the greater Bay Area. Some shining examples consist of:
Benicia Unified School District, kindergarten-12th grade; the top district in Solano County boasts high ACT and SAT scores and near-perfect graduation rates, with several students going on to pursue a collegiate education at some of California’s more prestigious universities