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Calabash, Oakland, CA

Calabash

4.1
4.1
69 Reviews
$30 and under
Jamaican
Like its namesake, Calabash—restaurant, market and bar in Uptown Oakland—is a place of global innovation; a home for creative local chefs and producers to bring the uniqueness of their culture and flavors to The Town.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 4 times today
Experiences are available.

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Jamaican, Home cooking, Caribbean
  • Hours of operation
    Wed, Thu 11:00 am–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:00 am–10:00 pm Sun 10:00 am–3:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (510) 844-4631
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Executive chef
    Collection of chefs

Experiences

  • Jazz Brunch at Calabash!

    Multiple dates available
    Join us for brunch, mimosas & live jazz with Doctors of Note Sundays between 10:00am-3:00pm
    Jazz Brunch at Calabash! Photo

What 69 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.1
4.1 based on recent ratings
  • 4.2Food
  • 4Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

69 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta Metro

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 7, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    The food and the overall vibe is great. I highly recommend this for great Jamaican dishes.

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This place is great. We were lucky enough to be seated on a love seat (regular tables are available, but this made it more intimate). Highly recommend the chicken wings and to drink the oakland drop. Our waiter was wonderful. highly recommend for both small and large parties.

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    11 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on May 24, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    Had really high hopes for this spot. The menu sounded delicious. But the food missed the mark. The oxtails were underseasoned and had no vegetables in them (carrots/potato/butter bean) The beef patty wasn’t fully heated through and also lacked flavor. The jerk chicken didn’t even have a hint of spice. My search for good Caribbean food in the bay continues. Had I known this restaurant was affiliated with Kingston 11 I would’ve tempered my expectations.

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  4. WillH

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Calabash is a place I can’t wait to get back to. I took my wife there for Mother’s Day and we really enjoyed the brunch.

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    We'd been excited to try this place since we'd long meant to get to Kingston 11. Service was pleasant and professional and it's a nice, open-feeling space, but it was a disappointing Mother's Day brunch. We were a bit baffled on arrival since when I booked I was offered only counter (which turned out to be bar) space, but there were plenty of tables. Unfortunately, the experience from there wasn't great. Water served at the tables was warm. Coffee was awful--I couldn't drink mine. Omelettes were okay, nothing special. The french toast, at $25 for four small pieces, a few berries, and a few pieces of turkey bacon, was a raw, soggy mess. Thankfully, the server took it off our bill.

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  6. James

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Dine in | Lunch | $30–50 -made reservations and called before going -decent location -the sorrel/hibiscus drink is great -greatly flavored patties -authentic fresh cut sweet potato fries, lightly seasoned to perfection -you get your money's worth -the server was intuitive -the food came out at reasonable times -the Jamaican music is pretty chill and at a moderate volume -love the simplicity and style of the interior -i think oakland residents are sleeping on this place -black owned -they sell spices inside -brunch on Sundays only; however, the Saturday menu is pretty good -good portion sizes

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  7. IRGoree

    St. Louis

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 10, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    They were closed when we arrived and they didn't send an email or text letting me know they would be closed even though we booked a reservation. I'm not sure about the food etc. Open table made me select a star level but I haven't been able to try them yet.

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  8. Marlena

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Restaurant was closed. Perhaps you should update your service to indicate that. I brought 4 guests and the door was locked on Sunday. Sad.

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  9. MS2018

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Highly recommend for eating in a group, or date or by yourself. It has a cozy atmosphere and comfy food. We tried all the small plates, the plantains and beans were highlights at our table and hands down the ribs.

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  10. nikki

    San Francisco

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent Jamaican cuisine! We loved the flavors, and found all of our dishes to be very tasty and well prepared. The jerk chicken was amazing! Fantastic set and beautiful setting.

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FAQs

Calabash is rated 4.1 stars by 69 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 4 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for Calabash

2300 Valdez St Ste A, Oakland, CA 94612-3127

Additional information

  • Neighborhood
    Oakland
  • Hours of operation
    Wed, Thu 11:00 am–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:00 am–10:00 pm Sun 10:00 am–3:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Jamaican, Home cooking, Caribbean
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Collection of chefs
  • Additional
    Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Kosher, Non-Smoking, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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