Taking the mystery out of what’s where along First Street in downtown Benicia, this month’s installment covers I Street to J Street. Filled with retail stores, bars, restaurants and specialty businesses, First Street is buzzing with nonstop energy.

Benicia’s 900 Block is in transition. The unreinforced building on the southwest corner of First and J Street is still surrounded by scaffolding, and the lease ended for Benicia Antiques Mall, which has been in that location for many years. As of early September, the rumor is that a bakery café will be moving into the space. Though many lament the loss of the antiques collective, a bakery café would be a most welcome addition to First Street, especially if fresh baked bread and other goodies are available to go. Other restaurants on this block include the Nine Zero Seven Eatery, Bar and Social Lounge, (formerly 907 Grill) which has been completely remodeled into a sleek, hip spot with a full bar. Pacifica Pizza, Venticello’s and Matsuri Sushi are all very popular spots to grab a casual meal.

Lisa Duncan Photography

Venticellos Restaurant Benicia

Along with real estate and professional offices, there are a couple of salons and a small jewelry store. Narcissus Salon, upstairs in the Olson Realty building, has been a stalwart on the block, catering to a loyal clientele.

Nine O Seven Grill

907 First Street



911 First Street


Pacifica Pizza

915 First Street


Benicia Antique Mall

918 First Street


A Jewel in the Sky

919 First Street


Bizou Hair Studio

919 First Street #6


Matsuri Sushi

920 First Street, #102


Narcissus Salon

920 First Street #201