Orinda is most recognizable for its retro movie theater façade.

Welcome to Orinda

A peaceful and quiet community with a small-town vibe.

When talking about Orinda, the first thing that comes to mind for its residents is this city's pleasant atmosphere, relaxed downtown area, and small-town charm.
As part of Lamorinda, Orinda often receives visitors from Lafayette and Moraga, who enjoy the city's less hectic atmosphere. Here the Mediterranean climate predominates, which translates into warm summers, perfect for outdoor activities. It's never too hot to stay in, nor too cold to go out. As if this were not enough, Orinda is home to a friendly and warm community, which has made it one of the best cities in America.

What to Love

  • Rural but charming atmosphere
  • Some of the top-notch schools in California
  • A friendly and peaceful community
  • Very close to major cities in the Bay Area

Local Lifestyle

Orinda offers an eclectic mix between rural landscapes and the suburban atmosphere of its downtown. A small-town feeling that stands out amid the chaotic Californian cities contrasts perfectly with the other cities that make up Lamorinda.
The efficient educational system, the peaceful atmosphere, and the friendly community are the main factors that make Orinda a family-oriented community and the ideal place to raise children or establish a family. Unlike the big cities in California, Orinda is less bustling and chaotic, making the city more attractive in the eyes of the families seeking to settle down to raise their children.

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping

Orinda is full of wonderful options when it comes to eating out. Italian food lovers can delight their palates at Casa Orinda, a family-owned restaurant serving Italian haute cuisine. They also have western options for those who prefer a more American-style dish.
The Fourth Bore is an ideal restaurant for a pleasant evening. This restaurant offers a menu full of options for any palate, from burgers and steaks to pizzas and salads. The intimate atmosphere and relaxed vibe of The Fourth Bore are complemented by live music to make your dining out an unforgettable experience.
The Orinda Theater is a love letter to the classic architecture of American cinemas. With a facade that recalls the golden age of Hollywood, this theater stands as one of the most iconic venues in Orinda. Although it has undergone modernization, it still maintains its vintage essence, giving downtown Orinda a sophisticated ambiance.
Despite being a small city, Orinda has all the amenities to please its residents. Orinda Village Square houses the shopping, retail, dining, and entertainment venues for family enjoyment. Here you can walk with your family, or do your daily shopping in one place.

Things to Do

Fun is never lacking in Orinda; the city is full of entertainment venues and varied options for the whole family to spend a day filled with fun. The Orinda Community Center Park has large green areas to relax and enjoy nature; sports lovers can enjoy outdoor activities, hiking, or one of the park’s three tennis courts.
Tilden & Briones Regional Parks are some of the most important green spaces in the East Bay District. Both offer fun options for the healthy recreation of Orinda residents. During the summer, Briones is the ideal option for those who enjoy a dip in the lake or go fishing. On the other hand, Tilden shelters wildlife and plant species on its 2,079 acres, being an ideal place to go for a walk and admire the beauty of the botanic garden.
Sustainable development is very important to the residents of Orinda, which is why the Orinda Farmers' Market is the meeting point for those who love to eat healthily and support local farmers. Every Saturday, year-round, you can buy freshly harvested vegetables and fruits.
The Fourth of July Parade is a significant tradition for the residents of Orinda. Every year thousands of people gather to enjoy the parade and celebrate Independence Day. Once the parade is over, people flock to the park to continue expressing their patriotic spirit and enjoying an open-air concert.


Orinda is served by the Orinda Union Elementary School District & the Acalanes Union High School District.