Got Plate Lunch

810 West 9th Street
Benicia, CA 94510 
707 745-4751 
Open 10 am – 8 pm

Have you heard the great news?

Got Plate Lunch just opened a brand-new full-service restaurant at the old Cliff’s Restaurant location. You can find them on the waterfront across from the 9th Street Park near the boat launch. 

The Grand Opening was May 1. Gracie stopped by a couple of days later and the place was hopping with a line out the door. The inside has been remodeled with plenty of seating and all your menu favorites plus some new items.  

Got Plate Lunch opened originally with their Food Truck in 2011 and then opened a full-service space in 2013—located on First Street in downtown Benicia. After 10 successful years, they lost their lease and have finally found a new home—with a view. 

Their meats are fresh, delivered 3 times per week.

Fresh Ahi Poke flies in once a week, you can call ahead to find out when. They offer S&S Brand Saimin, Redondo Portuguese sausages, Hawaiian Sun juices, and School Kine Cookies. All are flown in from the Islands. 

The Kalua Pork Tots are over the top with tender pork, lots of cheese and crispy tots. Another favorite is the BBQ chicken, which is so tender and delicious dipped in garlic soy sauce. Or, try the Loco Moco: ground beef patties with over easy eggs and covered in brown gravy with fresh green onions. Onolicious! This family run restaurant takes serious pride in offering authentic Hawaiian comfort food with a large serving of aloha. 

The Got Plate Lunch Express location at 3200 Bayshore Road, Unit #2, is still open for takeout with new hours Monday-Friday from 10 am-2 pm. Closed Saturdays and Sundays. Don’t forget to check out their food truck on Farmer’s Market nights. Catering is available.


105 minutes  

Written and directed by Cameron Crowe of Jerry McGuire, Almost Famous and Fast Times at Ridgemont High fame, Crowe has received a Grammy and an Academy Award.

This is his most recent film to date.

Aloha brings us a heartwarming story about relationships, redemption, and reconnection all happening within the beauty of Hawaii’s lush surroundings. Cameron Crowe is known for his blend of humor and humanity and he shines here with an emphasis on heritage and identity. The cinematography and storyline capture the cultural significance and the struggle resulting from the US military presence on the Islands.  

A celebrated military contractor returns to the site of his greatest career achievements, after a series of significant setbacks.

He reconnects with a long-ago girlfriend while finding surprising and unexpected new love. Although underrated when first released, many have since named this as a top 5 movie favorite. Simply put, this is a love letter to Hawaii. 

Despite the unfortunate choice to cast Emma Stone as a character meant to depict a woman of Asian/Pacific Islander descent, the cast has obvious chemistry. What’s not to like about Bradley Cooper, Emma Stone, Rachel McAdams, Alec Baldwin, and Bill Murray with John Krasinki to boot? Sit back, relax, open your heart and mind, enjoy the scenery and beautiful soundtrack and imagine falling in love all over again. 

Streaming on Prime Video, Apple TV+ and Google Play

Movie Magic gives this 4 Moons out of 5.

Aloha movie art