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(211)
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American | Oakland
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Homestead
Homestead
(730)
$$$$
Californian | Oakland, East Bay

Kudos to our waitress and waiter: they were pleasantly personable and the dot on the 'i', the excellent food. We had a most delightful and memorable anniversary evening More

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Sister  - Oakland
Sister - Oakland
(156)
$$$$
Californian | Oakland, East Bay

Superb experience, especially the warm and thoughtful service and the tangy flavors. Highly recommend! More

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Pucquio
Pucquio
(422)
$$$$
Peruvian | Oakland, East Bay

This is a gem of a restaurant. I visit the area once a year and never miss the opportunity to eat here. More

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Enoteca Molinari
Enoteca Molinari
(301)
$$$$
Italian | Oakland, East Bay

We came through the tunnel and were able to get a Saturday evening reservation at this wonderful little Italian restaurant on College Avenue. We were so lucky because we found this hidden gem. While it’s been here close to nine years it’s really easy to walk right by it. We had seen it before and had never ventured in. The owner and the Italian chef are so friendly and the food is authentic and outstanding and the service spot on with a smile. The tagliatelle is as good as you can find anywhere in Italy or New York. The Monterey Bay calamari with Frisée was awesome. Their wine list is great and Joe picked out a super nice bottle of red for us from Tuscany. While Belotti just down the street gets much fanfare, don’t miss Enoteca Molinari. The service here was much better then we received at the bar at A16. More

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The Fat Lady Bar & Restaurant
The Fat Lady Bar & Restaurant
(329)
$$$$
Contemporary American | Oakland, East Bay

It was a great evening. Service was exceptional. More

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The Saap Avenue
The Saap Avenue
(59)
$$$$
Laotian | Oakland, East Bay

Great options, we had the vegetarian platter, definitely recommend it. More

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Soi4 Bangkok Eatery
Soi4 Bangkok Eatery
(399)
$$$$
Thai | Oakland, East Bay

Love the food! Our server was very knowledgeable and had us try some new things. The short ribs in curry sauce was amazing! More

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Shakewell
Shakewell
(862)
$$$$
Mediterranean | Oakland, East Bay

First - understand that it is located in a trendy part of Oakland (upper Lakeshore) and patrons have money to spend. Two of three people at dinner had lived in Madrid for several years (~9 years) and are very used to various Spanish styles of cooking. The starters were OK but overpriced. The spicy sauce was good however on the potatoes. I had never seen blue potatoes in Spain however. The main meal was good. The carne asada (flank steak) was cooked perfectly. If you have issues with salt, you might ask them to reduce the amount they use however. Two of the three people at our table had the Paella they loved it. They had it with fresh fish and chicken (a classical style in Spain). Personally I did not see much chicken in it but I did taste the rice and it was done correctly even if the crusty part was on top and not on the bottom as is normal. Skip the Sangria. Not much taste and too much water perhaps in it. For the price, it was not worth it. To be honest, as a great fan of Sangria (and I have it often when I am in Madrid), most Sangria drinks in the US tend to be created by individuals who have not had the chance to drink "real" Sangria in Spain. They are often missing the entire concept of what Sangria is supposed to be. We did share the Churros and Chocolate sauce desert. It was served hot as is expected. While in Spain, it is really more of a morning item, it worked well as a desert here as it was cooked correctly. Would I go back? I would but I would try different starters. I would also skip the Sangria and just have the house red wine (tinto de casa). Enjoy. More

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Marzano
Marzano
(478)
$$$$
Italian | Oakland, East Bay

This is a family owned neighborhood restaurant that has very good food and is reasonably priced. More

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Iron & Oak
Iron & Oak
(21)
$$$$
American | Oakland, East Bay

Yes! a great last minute, hassle free, place to go. Wait staff is wonderful1 More

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Pizzaiolo - Oakland
Pizzaiolo - Oakland
(617)
$$$$
Italian | Oakland, East Bay

Dsat outside on the patio since it was a warm night which was great. Food was good as always and the craft cocktails were yummy! More

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Galeto Brazilian Steakhouse
Galeto Brazilian Steakhouse
(666)
$$$$
Brazilian Steakhouse | Oakland, East Bay

The staff were wonderful and the food were delicious. More

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Yoshi's Oakland
Yoshi's Oakland
(6368)
$$$$
Japanese | Oakland, East Bay

Astonishing food, and wonderful music, what could go wrong? More

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Bellanico Restaurant and Wine Bar
Bellanico Restaurant and Wine Bar
(1806)
$$$$
Italian | Oakland, East Bay

I have been to this restaurant many times, and each time it is as good as before. The choices, preparation, and quality of the food is amazing. Servers are very knowledgable about wine pairings and eager to help but never intrusive. Don't ever take the Beet/Ricotta ravioli off the menu! More

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Dyafa
Dyafa
(499)
$$$$
Syrian | Oakland, East Bay

The food deserves the hype. Was skeptical at first but the cocktails, hummus, chicken..... amazing! More

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Grand Lake Kitchen - Lake Merritt
Grand Lake Kitchen - Lake Merritt
(419)
$$$$
American | Oakland, East Bay

I love this place. The food is always fresh and delicious and the staff is outstanding. They go out of their way to be helpful and make you feel welcome. More

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Oliveto Café & Restaurant
Oliveto Café & Restaurant
(2990)
$$$$
Italian | Oakland, East Bay

As always an interesting menu and great ambience. Minor issues. Sitting at the end table for two my chair got bumped by passers by a dozen times. Halibut is hard to get just right and I hoped it would be perfect. Sadly not quite. More

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The Star
The Star
(505)
$$$$
Pizzeria | Oakland, East Bay

Girlfriend just loved to the US and she was craving deep-dish. There’s no place better than the Star. More

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District - Oakland
District - Oakland
(310)
$$$$
Tapas / Small Plates | Oakland, East Bay

Food is fantastic! The place is a great place to relax and enjoy, but the service is superb! Tori was our server, she was not just a great Sever, but she knew her game! She did great recommendations about food and drinks More

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Grand Lake Kitchen - Dimond
Grand Lake Kitchen - Dimond
(77)
$$$$
American | Oakland, East Bay

Beautiful large and bright. Service was outstanding. The food was disappointing for dinner but I’ll try it again. More

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Duende
Duende
(1034)
$$$$
Spanish | Oakland, East Bay

Love this place! Amazing staff and stellar food. A perfect spot for intimate and fun dinner :) More

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Flora - Oakland
Flora - Oakland
(2008)
$$$$
American | Oakland, East Bay

Sea bass slightly over cooked, otherwise excellent More

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Z Cafe & Bar
Z Cafe & Bar
(272)
$$$$
Californian | Oakland, East Bay

Husband and I tried Z last weekend and were happily surprised at how nice it was inside. Looks are deceiving from the outside and we didn't expect much. Service and food were very good. Vegan options available. We will be back! More

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A Cote
A Cote
(2310)
$$$$
Mediterranean | Oakland, East Bay

Great wine selections... lots of special regions and countries. More

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Abstract Table
Abstract Table
(18)
$$$$
Californian | Oakland, East Bay

The menu was very interesting and fun. Would def recommend the 7 course as it's only $70! Fun and unique tastings. More

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Paulista Brazilian Kitchen and Taproom
Paulista Brazilian Kitchen and Taproom
(24)
$$$$
Brazilian | Oakland, East Bay

Friends and Family getting together. More

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Scott's Seafood - Oakland
Scott's Seafood - Oakland
(3170)
$$$$
Seafood | Oakland, East Bay

As always, great food and interesting seasonal selections. Service was attentive and location on the waterfront is quite nice. More

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Mockingbird
Mockingbird
(563)
$$$$
Californian | Oakland, East Bay

Mockingbird is such a gem in the downtown area. Great spot for a business lunch or a fun dinner with friends. More

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A16 Rockridge
A16 Rockridge
(1683)
$$$$
Italian | Oakland, East Bay

I love this spot. We were seated on time and the food was great. The server gave me a great recommendation on wine and it went great with my food. My colleague loved his steak and I loved my salmon. Great spot. I love their restaurant in San Francisco too. More

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Parlour
Parlour
(199)
$$$$
Contemporary Italian | Oakland, East Bay

I have been to Parlour several times and they do not disappoint. Food is great, service is great and I try something new almost every time and it's always a treat! More

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Copper Spoon - Oakland
Copper Spoon - Oakland
(118)
$$$$
Californian | Oakland, East Bay

Small, but unique menu. Everything we ate was of excellent taste. Will definitely visit when in Oakland. More

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Belcampo - Oakland
Belcampo - Oakland
(267)
$$$$
American | Oakland, East Bay

Delicious food, ambiance and wonderful happy hour option...highly recommend the Belcampo burger...juicy, flavorful along with the yummy fries! More

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Calavera Mexican Kitchen & Agave Bar
Calavera Mexican Kitchen & Agave Bar
(864)
$$$$
Mexican | Oakland, East Bay

On a previous visit I'd thought that the food at this upscale Mexican place was just so-so,, but this time it was excellent. The chicken salad was innovative and tasty, and the meat in the pork enchilada was tender and juicy. More

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Quinn's Lighthouse Restaurant & Pub
Quinn's Lighthouse Restaurant & Pub
(976)
$$$$
Contemporary American | Oakland, East Bay

We were celebrating our Anniversary and our server James was excellent More

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Benchmark Oakland
Benchmark Oakland
(4)
$$$$
Italian | Oakland, East Bay

My friend & I had a delicious dinner at Benchmark Oakland. We've been there many times and never tire of the exquisite setting and friendly service. We loved the melon salad with prosciutto, the fried sage pizza and the pasta with pesto. Everything always tastes so bright & fresh! It is always perfectly prepared. We were too full for dessert. Otherwise we would have had the lemon ricotta donuts with chocolate sauce. Maybe that's a good reason to return soon! More

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Bar Cesar
Bar Cesar
(176)
$$$$
Mexican | Oakland, East Bay

Well-prepared hash with potatoes and poached egg. Excellent French toast with fruit and creme anglaise. Pleasant setting, excellent service, a bit too noisy. More

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Umami Burger - Oakland
Umami Burger - Oakland
(143)
$$$$
Burgers | Oakland, East Bay

Had the Manly Burger. Outstanding flavor! The fryer was down the day we visited, though... More

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Kincaid's Bayhouse - Oakland
Kincaid's Bayhouse - Oakland
(2564)
$$$$
Steak | Oakland, East Bay

Birthday dinner More

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Qi Dumpling Lounge
Qi Dumpling Lounge
(36)
$$$$
Chinese (Sichuan) | Oakland, East Bay

Everything we ordered was hot when brought to table, and tasted fantastic! The service is very fast and friendly. The dumplings were the perfect texture. I think I found my go to place for garlic noodles, great chew and taste. More

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Neecha Thai
Neecha Thai
(7)
$$$$
Thai | Oakland, East Bay

Food was fresh and super tasty’ More

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Criollos Mexican and Mediterranean Cuisine
Criollos Mexican and Mediterranean Cuisine
(1)
$$$$
Mediterranean | Oakland, East Bay

The food was great the location was decent seems more like a take out place as there wasn’t anyone else dining when we were there but the service was great and food was prepared quickly. More

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Bissap Baobab - Oakland
Bissap Baobab - Oakland
(50)
$$$$
African | Oakland, East Bay

The service and atmosphere were perfect! Friendly staff, great music, happy fellow patrons. The food was delicious but I felt a couple of items were a bit over priced. But overall, I highly recommend this spot. More

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Beer Baron- Oakland
Beer Baron- Oakland
(83)
$$$$
Comfort Food | Oakland, East Bay

Had a blast yesterday! Thank you again OpenTable 😌🙏🏽 More

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Lungomare
Lungomare
(1015)
$$$$
Italian | Oakland, East Bay

Wonderful patio dining with views of the water! Great food and attentive service! More

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Mistura
Mistura
(58)
$$$$
Peruvian | Oakland, East Bay

I enjoyed my dinner experience at Mistura. I ordered the Lomo Saltado and my husband the Jalea. Both dishes were very good. Our server was very attentive and treated us very well. I would very much come back again the next time I visit Oakland area. More

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Spice Monkey Restaurant & Bar
Spice Monkey Restaurant & Bar
(11)
$$$$
Global, International | Oakland, East Bay

Made reservations but when we arrived the person that tried to help us had no clue about reservations and we could not understand him. Cocktail was watered down. No table ready for us....why allow reservations? More

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Chop Bar
Chop Bar
(9)
$$$$
American | Oakland, East Bay

We sat outside as I had my pups with me. The initial greeter was a bit stand-offish but our waiter was fantastic. The menu has a few price increases post move to the new location making drinks a bit expensive during regular service but at happy hour there are select cocktails for $6 about 40% off the regular price. We had a few appetisers including the happy hour sampler. Very good as always. Pricier now though for regular meals so if you are on a budget this is a special occasion place and happy hour is a better deal. More

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Lena's Soul Food
Lena's Soul Food
(21)
$$$$
Soul food | Oakland, East Bay

I found this to be one more of the many hidden treasures of the Bay Area. The buffet was my choice and of course will be on my second visit as well. I will add this though: Baked Fish, Fried Chicken, Oxtails, yams, greens, Mac and cheese, potato salad. I guess you get the picture, so why not stop by and get a plate as well. More

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Guru Curry House
Guru Curry House
(3)
$$$$
Indian | Oakland, East Bay

Five women friends had lunch here last week and found the food and service excellent. I thought it was a lovely touch to have a Chai Bar where guests can help themselves to a delicious cup of chai. More

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Messob Ethiopian Restaurant
Messob Ethiopian Restaurant
(3)
$$$$
Ethiopian | Oakland, East Bay

We enjoyed the food - easy to get a seat and casual dining. More

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Great Wall Chinese Restaurant
Great Wall Chinese Restaurant
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Chinese | Oakland, East Bay

Great Wall Chinese Vegetarian & Seafood Restaurant is located in the Rockrige area in Oakland, CA. We offer dinning hours for lunch and dinner and are open seven days a week. The cozy, intimate setting is perfect whether you favor mild, colorful Chinese dishes or; hot and spicy, rich, sweet and sour, or classic Chinese dishes . Our restaurant is located at 6247 College Ave, Oakland, Ca. For details or any questions, please call us (510) 658-8458 Explore our exciting menu that offers you fine Chinese Vegetarian & Seafood cooking as well as Wine, Beer and Desserts. Whether it be it business or pleasure, Great Wall Chinese Vegetarian & Seafood is here for you dining pleasure.More

Judoku Sushi Rockridge
Judoku Sushi Rockridge
(4)
$$$$
Japanese | Oakland, East Bay

Service was mediocre- we had reservations and still had to wait at least 10 minutes to be seated and I literally had to ask my server 3 times to please bring me tea. It sure what the problem was there. The food was good though not so good that I would come here over other great sushi spots in the area. More

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High Peaks Kitchen
High Peaks Kitchen
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Indian | Oakland, East Bay

Welcome to High Peaks Kitchen!
The High Peaks Kitchen is a family owned business. Having been exiled from Tibet, all of our team members have experience in diverse culinary backgrounds from our upbringing in India. This is how High Peaks Kitchen came to serve Indian foods.More

Connie's Cantina
Connie's Cantina
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Mexican | Oakland, East Bay

ConnieÕs Cantina is a restaurant in Oakland, CA that brings an extensive selection of Mexican food to the city. The restaurant has been in business since 1990 and has consistently used fresh ingredients to bring you delicious dishes. ConnieÕs Cantina offers a garden patio so you can dine in the open air. The restaurant also offers catering for group events.

The food at ConnieÕs Cantina runs the gamut from a la carte light dishes to large, savory options. A number of breakfast dishes are served, from chilaquiles with scrambled eggs, cheese and salsa wrapped up in a warm tortilla, to huevos con chorizo, which is made of eggs with Spanish hot sausage, served up with beans and rice. A childrenÕs plate is also available, as well as TinaÕs famous flan for dessert.

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Local Food Adventures
Local Food Adventures
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Global, International | Oakland, East Bay

Featured in National Geographic 2019 Best Places to Travel as THE “how to go” activity in Oakland and named the 2018 BEST WALKING TOUR IN THE EAST BAY by Diablo Magazine, we take you on guided walking food tours of Oakland and the East Bay.

FRIDAYS & SATURDAYS
SF to Oakland/Jack London Square Food Tour
Starts at 11:45 am (10 am from SF)
3+ hours | 4+ stops | from $69 pp | VIP upgrade available
Terrific for morning & afternoon fun

SATURDAYS
Grand Lake Cultural Cuisine Food Tour
Starts at 3:00 pm
3 hours | 5 stops | from $79 pp | VIP upgrade available
Great for happy hours & early evening fun

SUNDAYS
Rockridge Neighborhood Heritage Food Tour
Starts at 11:30 am
Perfect for lunch & brunch
3 hours | 6 stops | from $69 pp | VIP upgrade available

Rockridge Ice Cream & Gelato Tour
Starts at 3 pm & 4:30 pm
Great for families & youth groups
1 hour | 3 stops | from $15 ppMore

Judoku Sushi Piedmont Ave
Judoku Sushi Piedmont Ave
(1)
$$$$
Sushi | Oakland, East Bay

Wonderful food and excellent service. The staff was friendly and helpful More

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Spinning Dough
Spinning Dough
(2)
$$$$
Pizzeria | Oakland, East Bay

Value for money! We asked the waitress what was her favorite and we ordered as per her recommendation... Sausage, shiitake mushroom pizza. It was excellent! More

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Venga Paella – Popup and Catering
Venga Paella – Popup and Catering
(46)
$$$$
Spanish | Oakland, East Bay

The food was solid across the board with the paellas being excellent. Great beer and wine list (though we had some excellent Spanish Cider). The service was definitely off that night. They either seemed understaffed or had pretty junior wait staff. More

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Oakland Diners' Choice Winners

Oakland's best restaurants based upon thousands of OpenTable diner reviews
Enoteca Molinari
Enoteca Molinari
(301)
$$$$
Italian | Oakland, East Bay

We came through the tunnel and were able to get a Saturday evening reservation at this wonderful little Italian restaurant on College Avenue. We were so lucky because we found this hidden gem. While it’s been here close to nine years it’s really easy to walk right by it. We had seen it before and had never ventured in. The owner and the Italian chef are so friendly and the food is authentic and outstanding and the service spot on with a smile. The tagliatelle is as good as you can find anywhere in Italy or New York. The Monterey Bay calamari with Frisée was awesome. Their wine list is great and Joe picked out a super nice bottle of red for us from Tuscany. While Belotti just down the street gets much fanfare, don’t miss Enoteca Molinari. The service here was much better then we received at the bar at A16. More

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Homestead
Homestead
(730)
$$$$
Californian | Oakland, East Bay

Kudos to our waitress and waiter: they were pleasantly personable and the dot on the 'i', the excellent food. We had a most delightful and memorable anniversary evening More

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Sister  - Oakland
Sister - Oakland
(156)
$$$$
Californian | Oakland, East Bay

Superb experience, especially the warm and thoughtful service and the tangy flavors. Highly recommend! More

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The Fat Lady Bar & Restaurant
The Fat Lady Bar & Restaurant
(329)
$$$$
Contemporary American | Oakland, East Bay

It was a great evening. Service was exceptional. More

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Pucquio
Pucquio
(422)
$$$$
Peruvian | Oakland, East Bay

This is a gem of a restaurant. I visit the area once a year and never miss the opportunity to eat here. More

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Marzano
Marzano
(478)
$$$$
Italian | Oakland, East Bay

This is a family owned neighborhood restaurant that has very good food and is reasonably priced. More

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Shakewell
Shakewell
(862)
$$$$
Mediterranean | Oakland, East Bay

First - understand that it is located in a trendy part of Oakland (upper Lakeshore) and patrons have money to spend. Two of three people at dinner had lived in Madrid for several years (~9 years) and are very used to various Spanish styles of cooking. The starters were OK but overpriced. The spicy sauce was good however on the potatoes. I had never seen blue potatoes in Spain however. The main meal was good. The carne asada (flank steak) was cooked perfectly. If you have issues with salt, you might ask them to reduce the amount they use however. Two of the three people at our table had the Paella they loved it. They had it with fresh fish and chicken (a classical style in Spain). Personally I did not see much chicken in it but I did taste the rice and it was done correctly even if the crusty part was on top and not on the bottom as is normal. Skip the Sangria. Not much taste and too much water perhaps in it. For the price, it was not worth it. To be honest, as a great fan of Sangria (and I have it often when I am in Madrid), most Sangria drinks in the US tend to be created by individuals who have not had the chance to drink "real" Sangria in Spain. They are often missing the entire concept of what Sangria is supposed to be. We did share the Churros and Chocolate sauce desert. It was served hot as is expected. While in Spain, it is really more of a morning item, it worked well as a desert here as it was cooked correctly. Would I go back? I would but I would try different starters. I would also skip the Sangria and just have the house red wine (tinto de casa). Enjoy. More

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Galeto Brazilian Steakhouse
Galeto Brazilian Steakhouse
(666)
$$$$
Brazilian Steakhouse | Oakland, East Bay

The staff were wonderful and the food were delicious. More

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Bellanico Restaurant and Wine Bar
Bellanico Restaurant and Wine Bar
(1806)
$$$$
Italian | Oakland, East Bay

I have been to this restaurant many times, and each time it is as good as before. The choices, preparation, and quality of the food is amazing. Servers are very knowledgable about wine pairings and eager to help but never intrusive. Don't ever take the Beet/Ricotta ravioli off the menu! More

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The Saap Avenue
The Saap Avenue
(59)
$$$$
Laotian | Oakland, East Bay

Great options, we had the vegetarian platter, definitely recommend it. More

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