East Bay markets, restaurants and specialty shops that offer grocery delivery

When buying groceries in person is too risky, try these home delivery services.

Photo: Marco Verch

Local markets, specialty stores, wholesalers and even some restaurants are stepping up to offer home delivery of everyday staples. Some deliver through a third party platform (like Mercato, Instacart or Postmates), others have staff run orders themselves, and some rely on a network of neighborhood volunteers to serve the most vulnerable.

Here is a list of East Bay markets and other businesses currently offering groceries for home delivery. If you know of others we’ve missed, leave a comment below.

Berkeley

Ashby Supermarket

Contact: 2948 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Berkeley; 510-647-3672
What’s offered: A wide range of grocery items can be ordered through online platform Mercato
Minimum required order: $10
Service area: no set distance for customer service
Delivery fee: dependent on distance and time of delivery
More details: turnaround time varies, but same-day delivery is available

Berkeley Bowl

Contact: 2020 Oregon St., Berkeley; 920 Heinz Ave., Berkeley; berkeleybowl.com
What’s offered: Berkeley Bowl uses Instacart for grocery delivery
Minimum required order: $10
Service area: in and near Berkeley; check Instacart to see if your address is within range
Delivery fee: starting from $3.99
More details: Prices on Instacart are higher than they are in the stores

Berkeley Organic Market and Deli

Contact: 2642 Ashby Ave., Berkeley; 510-848-2640
What’s offered: produce, groceries and household goods can be ordered by telephone
Minimum required order: none
Service area: Elmwood neighborhood
Delivery fee: free to area seniors, disabled and the immunocompromised residents
More details: Staff sanitizes all products before packaging and delivering groceries. Customers receive a call or text upon arrival. Turn-around time is roughly one hour

Gather Kitchen, Bar & Market

Contact: 2200 Oxford St., Berkeley; gatherberkeley.com
What’s offered: Gather pivoted during the pandemic to offer prepared dishes, along with produce, cheese, wine, bread and other staples. Groceries and some prepared foods are available for delivery through Mercato.
Minimum required order: $15
Service area: see the full list of eligible zip codes by scrolling to the bottom of the Gather Mercato page
Delivery fee: dependent on distance and time of delivery
More details: Order for next-day delivery, but note that Gather is closed on Monday and Tuesday

Hugh Groman Group/Greenleaf Platters

Contact: 510-647-5165, info@gromangroup.com
What’s offered: Along with prepared foods, the catering group offers basic groceries that can be ordered online
Minimum required order: $160
Service area: Bay Area
Delivery fee: $25 for Berkeley, Oakland; $30 for rest of Bay Area
More details: If the $160 minimum is too steep, Hugh Groman Group says it will take multiple orders from neighbors that place their order together; orders will be delivered to each household

Local Butcher Shop

Contact: 1600 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley; 510-845-6328, thelocalbutchershop.com
What’s offered: The artisanal butcher shop provides delivery (through online platform Mercato) of all its usual meat products, as well as a few other pantry items and ingredients: “Things that go well with meat,” said owner Monica Rocchino, such as herbs, shallots, olive oil, sauerkraut
Minimum required order: $15
Service area: see the full list of eligible zip codes by scrolling to the bottom of the Local Butcher Shop Mercato page
Delivery fee: dependent on time of delivery
More details: turnaround time varies, but same-day delivery is available

Vintage Berkeley

Contact: vintageberkeley.com,  info@vintageberkeley.com
What’s offered: The Berkeley wine purveyor is taking online orders for local home delivery (or shipping) of wines and a small selection of pantry staples, including dried pasta and grains, coffee, olive oil and canned items.
Minimum required order: $50
Service area: within 10 miles of the three Vintage Berkeley wine shops, which includes the East Bay from Richmond to Oakland and some parts of San Francisco
Delivery fee: $25; free for for orders $150+
More details: Vintage Berkeley will deliver (gloved, masked, no-contact drop) within a 48-hour window — same-day, if possible

Oakland

Community Foods Market

Contact: 3105 San Pablo Ave.; 510-285-6985 (Community Foods Market), 510-560-6241 (Fresh Life Foundation), info@freshlifefoundation.org; communityfoodsmarket.com
What’s offered: Community Foods Market is partnering with Fresh Life Foundation to offer free grocery delivery for residents 65 and older in the Clawson, Hoover-Foster and McClymonds neighborhoods of West Oakland. Order online and check the box stating that you qualify for delivery
Minimum required order: none
Service area: Clawson, Hoover-Foster and McClymonds neighborhoods of West Oakland.
Delivery fee: free
More details: deliveries are offered two times per day on weekdays; one time a day on weekends

Lao Market

Contact: 1619 International Blvd., Oakland; 510-536-5888
What’s offered: This small East Oakland Laotian grocery store offers nearly 300 Asian grocery staples for delivery through the Mercato platform
Minimum required order: $10
Service area: see the full list of eligible zip codes by scrolling to the bottom of the Lao Market Mercato page
Delivery fee: dependent on distance and time of delivery
More details: Lao Market stocks fresh lemongrass and galangal, as well as harder-to-find Lao and Thai food items

Rockridge Market Hall

Contact: 5655 College Ave., Oakland; 510-250-6000, rockridgemarkethall.com
What’s offered: The Rockridge specialty store delivers prepared foods, pantry items, produce, baked goods and seafood from Hapuku Fish Shop. Orders can be made through an online order form or by phone (If ordering online, customers can request delivery by making a note in the box marked ‘Special Instructions’ during online checkout)
Minimum required order: $40
Service area: delivery available to customers within a 5-mile radius
Delivery fee: $16
More details: Orders must be placed by noon for delivery between 1-4 p.m. the following day. Deliveries are made by Market Halls catering vans, which are regularly disinfected. Staff, who wear masks and gloves while working, call customers when delivery has arrived to ensure contactless transfer

Rocky’s Market

Contact: 1440 Leimert Blvd., Oakland; 510-482-2474, rockysmarket.com
What’s offered: Oakmore neighborhood market Rocky’s is offering its organic produce and full stock of groceries for delivery. Orders are taken by phone or customers can fill out an online request form, which will prompt a staffer to get in touch to take the order, take payment, and confirm delivery dates and times
Minimum required order: $50; no minimum for seniors, immunocompromised or other at-risk residents
Service area: Oakmore, Piedmont, and Montclair residents
Delivery fee: free
More details: Online order requests are answered by staffers within 1-2 days after the form is submitted. A driver will call when the order is on your porch

Savemore Market & Liquod

Contact: 4219 Park Blvd., Oakland; 510-530-6296
What’s offered: The Park Avenue neighborhood market offers beer, wine and spirits, along with some groceries for delivery through Mercato
Minimum required order: $25
Service area: see the full list of eligible zip codes by scrolling to the bottom of the Savemore Mercato page
Delivery fee: dependent on distance and time of delivery
More details: delivery is available Monday through Saturday.

C&L Produce

Contact: 510-893-9010, www.clproduce.com, orderdesk@clproduce.com or 510-893-1105 (fax)
What’s offered: The restaurant produce wholesaler is now offering stock boxes (fruits, vegetables, rice, milk, and eggs) for home delivery. Customers place orders by phone, email or fax
Minimum required order: none
Service area: C&L covers a very extensive range of cities, including Oakland, Emeryville, and Berkeley. Scroll to the bottom of their delivery page to see full list of cities served
Delivery fee: free
More details: delivery is available Monday through Saturday.

Cream Co. Meats

Contact: 700 Julie Ann Way, Oakland; eatcream.co/retail
What’s offered: Whole animal butcher Cream Co. Meats offers both individual cuts of meat and packaged boxes
Minimum required order: none
Service area: throughout the East Bay
Delivery fee: $25; free shipping on orders $250+
More details: Cream Co. is sold out of most of its smaller variety boxes, leaving specialty cuts, like a leg of lamb for $69, up to the quarter cow ‘Bunker Box’, approximately 125 pounds of beef for $1,119. Orders are fulfilled on a weekly basis and must be placed by noon Monday for delivery the following Tuesday

Nybll Grocery

Contact: 415-617-9691, info@nybll.com
What’s offered: The Oakland-based home meal delivery service now offers produce, pantry and grocery boxes
Minimum required order: $42 (its most affordable option)
Service area: Bay Area
Delivery fee: $10
More details: Orders are delivered between noon-5 p.m., Tuesday; order by Sunday for Tuesday delivery

Beyond

Alameda Natural Grocery

Contact: 1650 Park St., Alameda; 510-865-1500
What’s offered: Alameda Natural Grocery offers delivery of more than 10,000 items through the Mercato platform 
Minimum required order: $35
Service area: see the full list of eligible zip codes by scrolling to the bottom of the Alameda Natural Grocery Mercato page
Delivery fee: dependent on distance and time of delivery
More details: Along with produce, pantry staples, flowers, deli and bakery goods, and beer, wine and spirits, Alameda Natural Grocery offers many vitamins and supplements, as well as health and beauty products

Albert & Eve Organics

Contact: albertandeve.com
What’s offered: Albert & Eve delivers farm boxes filled with organic fruits and vegetables from local farms; meat, dairy and pantry items can be added on. Deliveries can be scheduled on a weekly or a twice a month basis, or orders can be placed just once.
Minimum required order: $24.20 (Its most affordable option)
Service area: throughout the Bay Area
Delivery fee: Albert & Eve allows customers to tip drivers $10 or $20 when checking out online
More details: Albert & Eve partners with ALBA (Agricultural Land Based Association), an incubator that helps small farm workers start their own organic farm. Albert and Eve will break for the holidays from Dec 20, 2020-Jan. 2 , 2021. The website will  reopen Dec. 31 for Jan. 4-8, 2021 deliveries.

Dan’s Farmers Market

Contact: 2300 Central Ave., Alameda; 510-523-1777, dansfreshproduce.com
What’s offered: Dan’s Farmers Market uses Mercato for grocery delivery
Minimum required order: $10
Service area: see the full list of eligible zip codes by scrolling to the bottom of the Dan’s Farmers Market Mercato page
Delivery fee: dependent on distance and time of delivery
More details: Dan’s Farmers Market also offers boxes of produce via its community supported agriculture (CSA) program, for $39.95, which includes delivery. CSA Delivery is available within Alameda and also into Oakland from Glascock Street north to East 7th Street, and from 29th Avenue east to Lancaster Street

Feastin

Contact: feastin.com
What’s offered: Meal kits, prepared foods and groceries from various Bay Area restaurants and purveyors
Service area: throughout the Bay Area
Delivery fee: 20% delivery, tax and tip fee 
More details:
Feastin was started by local restaurant owners who were looking for an alternative to third-party delivery services. Feastin does not charge commission to its restaurant partners.

Good Eggs

Contact: goodeggs.com
What’s offered: Good Eggs offers prepared foods, meal kits, produce, meat and fish, dairy and other groceries for delivery.
Minimum required order: $30
Service area: throughout the Bay Area
Delivery fee: $7.99 mid-week delivery on orders less than $80 ($2.99 on orders $80+); add $4 surcharge for Saturday, Sunday and Monday delivery.
More details: Good Eggs offers flexible delivery times, seven days a week. While the service was often sold out or had very limited stock and delivery times at the beginning of the pandemic, it has adjusted and is regularly available again.

JP Seafood Co.

Contact: 2300 Central Ave., Alameda; 510-865-3474
What’s offered: Fresh seafood, smoked and cured fish for delivery via Mercato 
Minimum required order: $10
Service area: see the full list of eligible zip codes by scrolling to the bottom of the JP Seafood Co. Mercato page
Delivery fee: dependent on distance and time of delivery
More details:  “JP” stands for Joey Pucci, the purveyor of this family-owned fish market found inside Dan’s Produce.

Imperfect Foods

Contact: imperfectfoods.com
What’s offered: Imperfect Foods offers produce and groceries (meat, fish, snacks, dairy and grains) for weekly subscription delivery
Minimum required order: $16 (Its most affordable option)
Service area: throughout the Bay Area
Delivery fee: $5
More details: The idea behind Imperfect Foods is to sell customers produce that isn’t quite up to conventional beauty standards. The business model cuts waste and offers customers lower costs than they would otherwise confront at most grocery stores