The Bull Valley Roadhouse opened in October 2012, with the goal of providing a respite from the hubbub of the Bay Area and a focus on high quality drinks and local food. Today, BVR is operated by Anthony Paone (Executive Chef), Tamir Ben-Shalom (Beverage Director), and Sarah Wright (Events and Front of House Manager).
Bull Valley Roadhouse is a magical convenient getaway, discovered and influenced by its community.
We’re driven by the values of Wonder, Safety, and Community. Guests are swept into a new universe upon entry, where they are cared for with expertly crafted food and drink and by service that treats them with respect. We are proud of the work we do, and guests are proud to be involved in our community.
“I was born in New York into an Italian American family for whom the ‘Sunday dinner’ was the focal point of our family. Forging a career in the hospitality industry connects me to the conviviality of the table and the shared experience of a meal in a way I find very enriching. Over the course of the last 30 years I have been fortunate to work with and for some interesting, generous and inspiring people in New York, New England, the Bay Area and Northern California wine country. I am thrilled to be part of the Bull Valley Roadhouse team and to continue the tradition of fun food, warm hospitality and conscientious sourcing.”
Tamir Ben-Shalom got his start in Albany (California, of course!), cutting his chops at Fonda Solana as a bartender in 2003. He’s tended bar at numerous local favorites, including T-Rex in Berkeley, Slanted Door in SF, Pizzaiolo in Oakland, and since 2013, the Bull Valley Roadhouse in Port Costa. A 2021 USA Spirits Ratings judge, his ethos is simple: Serve Good Drinks.
A Bay Area native, Sarah is coming up on 18 years in the restaurant industry, most recently as the bar manager at Oakland favorite Pizzaiolo. She also loves being a mom to her son Otto—objectively, the most adorable child in the universe.