The Arlington, Catering and Cafe Rental

269 arlington ave
kensington, ca 94707
CAFE: 510-525-3900
CATERING: 510-525-2757


November 2017- To our dear cafe customers, after 10 years of cafe service we have decided to concentrate solely on our catering business which has grown significantly in the past two years. We will be temporarily closing the cafe for daily business. We are considering options for re-opening the cafe in the future as a new concept-stay tuned! Thanks for your continued support.  Please use us for your catering  needs or rent the cafe for your next event! Thanks, Marc Lajoie and Trish McDermott, Owners



The Arlington caters a range of events including weddings, Bat and Bar Mitzvahs, birthdays, anniversaries, memorials, bridal or baby showers, graduations, dinner parties and corporate events. Venues for catering include The Brazilian Room, Lake Temescal Beach House, Hillside Club, Piedmont Community Center, Juaquin Miller Park, Sequoia Lodge, Fern Cottage, Shoreline Center, Berkeley Yacht Club, El Cerrito Community Center, Fort Mason and other locations. Also the Arlington cafe is available for rental for private catered events and holds up to 50 seated and 75 for cocktail parties.

The Arlington Cafe is now closed for daily business-we do pick up, delivery and full service catering and also rent the venue for parties,meetings, and as a location for film shoots. For more information about The Arlington please call the cafe at 510 525 3900 and catering at 510 525 2757 or email at:  269thearlington@ix.netcom.com




KENSINGTON, CA – November 20, 2007 – Local husband and wife team Marc LaJoie and Trish McDermott announced the grand opening of “The Arlington” – an EastBay neighborhood catering/cafe/venue featuring fresh, local  food and drinks. Located at 269 Arlington Avenue in Kensington, formerly Shai’s, The Arlington officially opened doors for business in November 2007 and has become a favorite neighborhood hang out and hot spot.

A place to eat-in, take-home and cater your events, The Arlington offers a great, mouth-watering menu created by Chef Marc LaJoie. Marc, with a passion for organic foods, he has created a menu featuring a wide variety of dishes made from local, organic, and sustainable ingredients, while retaining some of Shai’s old favorites. Marc’s recipes combine a healthy mix of ingredients that taste great and feature fresh, seasonal produce. Also being offered are locally produced beverages including wine, beer, and soft drinks.

“Our concept is “eat where you live” which doesn’t mean you have to live nearby to enjoy our food, our goal is to support and utilize local vendors and suppliers in a green environment”, says Marc. Trish adds “We wanted to create a place for people to gather and feel comfortable in a relaxed atmosphere and enjoy their meal with family and friends”.

The Arlington menu featured a range of breakfast dishes including organic coffees, fresh baked goods and mouth-watering quiche and breakfast burritos. The lunch menu featured a full deli, hot sandwich specials, piping hot soups, inventive salads and seasonal side dishes. A kids’ menu offered a range of healthy items for kids to choose from.

Lajoie and McDermott want The Arlington to give local residents a great way to enjoy delicious meals in a casual and laid-back environment or to take out/cater to share with family and friends in the comfort of their own homes. They have been hosting a variety of events including local, live music on Friday nights, Sports viewing on the flat screen tv, Karaoke, outdoor movies for kids and other entertainment. The cafe is available for rental for private parties and meetings.

For more information about The Arlington please call the cafe at 510 525 3900 and catering at 510 525 2757 or email at:  269thearlington@ix.netcom.com