By Vickie Lewis | Photo credits: Stacy Ventura
In a somewhat desolate industrial location on Hoffman Boulevard in Richmond, next to a recycling yard and across from a Burger King Restaurant, a unique and fine dining experience awaits you. Although this may sound unlikely, once you step through the door of the warehouse that houses Anaviv’s Table Restaurant, you will immediately be exposed to the warm and cozy elegance of the dining room as you and a small group gather around the beautifully set table for an experience unlike any other in the local surrounding area.
Anaviv’s Table, which opened in September 2018, is owned by renowned chef, Arnon Oren, who for over thirteen years has been providing catering services in the bay area, offering unique menus featuring delicious and healthy farm-to-table food. Arnon is originally from Israel and received his culinary training in France. Prior to starting his catering businesses, he worked in several notable bay area kitchens such as Chez Panisse and Oliveto’s. His original catering business, Oren’s Kitchen, previously offered full-service catering, but currently focuses on providing corporate lunches and meals. A second catering business, Anaviv’s Catering and Events, which Arnon launched several years ago, now handles the full-service catering, including event planning and floral design, for small events to those with up to 500 guests.
Chef Oren’s extremely satisfied catering customers often remarked that they wished they could enjoy the delectable cuisine they’d enjoyed through their catering experience without having to host an event. These repeated comments inspired the eventual opening of Anaviv’s Table Restaurant, which is adjacent to Chef Arnon’s commercial kitchen, where all food preparation takes place for both catering businesses.
Anaviv’s Table features communal dining opportunities from Thursdays through Saturdays weekly, with one seating at 7:00 PM. The restaurant features a single long oak table that is built out of recycled wood from the old Cal Berkeley stadium. The table comfortably seats ten guests but can be expanded to accommodate up to sixteen. Dining at Anaviv’s Table is by advance reservation only, available on the website at https://table.anaviv.com/ at a cost of $127.50 per person plus tax. The price includes a multi-course tasting menu (dinner), a specialty cocktail, and wine pairings for each of the meal courses. All