Rudy's Can't Fail Cafe - 1806 Telegraph Avenue - (510) 251-9400 - www.iamrudy.com
Rudy's second location is now open on 18th and Telegraph next to the historic Fox Theater in the center of Oakland's Uptown district. Classic American diner fare prepared by with seasonally fresh, often locally sourced ingredients. This location features 120 seats, full service bar, VIP catering, and food concessions to the Fox theater's guests insuring that Rudy's literally Can't Fail. Rudy's Can't Fail Cafe has been open since 2002 and was born from our desire to create a restaurant where people of all walks of life can feel welcome and at home, eat honest, good, nutritional food at affordable prices in an atmosphere of fun and creativity. Rudy's has received many accolades and awards ranging from television to press to the hard core Rudy Fan's who proudly wear their Rudy's tattoos.
Flora - 1900 Telegraph Avenue - (510) 286-0100 - www.floraoakland.com
Just across the street from the Fox Theater, Flora's classic Californian food has a modern sensibility. The menu is straightforward, but far from boring, as a few unusual combinations and ingredients raise the interest level. The meticulously stirred and shaken cocktails add a rhythmic beat to the symphony of happy dinner chatter.
Xolo Taqueria - 1916 Telegraph Avenue - (510) 986-0151 - www.xolotaqueria.com
Xolo Taqueria is Restaurante Dona Tomas' new "mission-style" taqueria located in downtown Oakland across the street from the historic Fox Theatre. Xolo is a casual, cool and kitschy taqueria featuring a simple menu of unusual and delicious tacos and burritos plus a few other items like the "Danger Dog", a Mexican-style bacon wrapped hotdog, vegan pozole and hot bite-size churros. Beer and wine is served along with house made horchata and seasonal aguas frescas.
DUENDE - 468 19th Street - (510) 893-0174 - www.duendeoakland.com
DUENDE is a collaboration between Chef Paul Canales and strategic visionary and style maven Alexandra Vorbeck and tech whiz and food enthusiast Tony Siress, born from a common passion for creative soulful food, artisan wines, beers & spirits and eclectic improvised music and art. The space is housed in the historic and ornate Oakland Floral Depot building, considered by many to be the Art Deco jewel of the Uptown/Downtown scene.
Camber Restaurant & Bar - 1707 Telegraph Avenue - (510) 663-4560 – www.camberoakland.com
Camber is a classy, trendy, sophisticated new establishment located in the heart of uptown Oakland. Just blocks down from the Fox and Paramount Theatre, Camber is an ideal spot for lunch, happy hour, dinner or simply just drinks. Enjoy the specialty cocktails and the 7 flat screens of sports while you indulge in the hand crafted authentic plates. With Southeast Asia's influences in spices, the owner has set up a menu with an Asian flare. Those who seek for flavor and spices in a casual-dining atmosphere, seek no further, Camber is here.
Hopscotch - 1915 San Pablo Avenue - (510) 788-6217– www.hopscotchoakland.com
Hopscotch is an upscale diner serving seasonally inspired cocktails and regional American food with Japanese sensibility in Oakland’s Uptown neighborhood. Yonsei Ramen Shop is the savory after-hours shadow of Hopscotch, open every Friday from 11pm to 2am.
Mockingbird - 1745 San Pablo Avenue - (510) 290-0331– www.mockingbirdoakland.com
Mockingbird is helmed by William Johnson and Melissa Axelrod; the pair are veterans of the San Francisco restaurant scene, with Johnson bringing experience from stints at Zuni, Spruce, RN74 and Alembic, and Axelrod from Delfina, Fringale and Ottimista. Now, they've opened their own place, with a strong focus on locally-sourced, rustic food with modern cooking influences.
Luka's Taproom & Lounge - 2221 Broadway - (510) 451-4677 - www.lukasoakland.com
Luka's menu inspiration comes from the brasseries of France and Belgium. In fact, they've taken to calling their style of cuisine "California Brasserie," which basically means that they've taken traditional French & Belgian brasserie dishes such as oysters, mussels, frites , sausages and cured meats, and put them together in a way that reflects the culinary sensibilities of the Bay Area.
Awaken Café - 1429 Broadway at 15th Street - (510) 863-1440 - www.awakencafe.com
Open seven days 7:30 am to 10 pm (open until midnight on Friday & Saturday). Awaken Cafe serves Fourbarrel Coffee, great California wines, regional craft beers, organic sandwiches and salads, and more. Located in the heart of Downtown Oakland just two blocks from the Fox Theater.
Mama's Vietnamese Restaurant - 365 19th Street - (510) 251-8878 - www.mamasvr.com
Mama's Vietnamese Restaurant is a fine diner, located in one of the area's most pleasant settings and is known for its delightful staff and superb cuisine. The menu at Mama's Vietnamese Restaurant features a wide array of great selections, made from only the freshest and highest quality ingredients, with something sure to please every member of your group. Mama's Vietnamese Restaurant has established itself as one of the area's favorite culinary destinations and is sure to offer you a pleasant and unique dining experience every time you visit.
Umami Burger- 2100 Franklin Street - (510) 899-8626– www.umami.com
Adam Fleischman developed a restaurant concept dedicated to the all-American classic, hamburgers. The ART of creating that perfect mouthful. It starts with the house-ground, hand-formed patty infused with the Umami Master Sauce. It builds with the carefully crafted combination of toppings resting on the lightly toasted and slightly sweet bun. Finally, it explodes with house-made sauces, paired with unique sides, accompaniments and the perfectly paired beverage.
Picán - 2295 Broadway, at 23rd - (510) 834.1000 - www.picanrestaurant.com
Tantalizing aromas, rich tastes, stimulating colors, layered textures, enveloping sounds. The tradition of the South. The sophistication of California cuisine. Vibrant cosmopolitan energy. Full-service bar and lounge with Southern Twists and classic standards, alongside the most comprehensive Bourbon selection in the Bay Area.
Ozumo - 2251 Broadway - (510) 286-9866 - www.ozumo.com
This San Francisco favorite has moved across the bay, just a few blocks from the Fox. Ozumo offers a well-rounded list of Japanese specialties: tempura, grilled items, sushi and sashimi. Aside from the expected, the kitchen comes up with more unusual fare such as herb-marinated scallops with a raspberry vinaigrette and veal sauce, or grilled lobster with a dashi-citrus sauce.
Ume & Plum Bar - 2214 Broadway - (510) 444-7586 - www.umeoakland.com
Just five blocks north of the Fox Theater, Ume serves dishes grounded in northern California ingredients, and inspired by the Japanese pantry (think fried chicken ramen and a tomato salad with runner beans, miso and shiso). Visit Plum Bar next door to Ume for creative and classic cocktails, and tasty market-driven bar bites.
Spice Monkey - 1628 Webster Street - (510) 268-0170 - www.spicemonkeycafe.com
Spice Monkey Restaurant in Oakland can be best described as a spice house that combines several world flavors and seasonings to create unique mouth watering dishes. With dry fresh herbs they create their own signature spice blends, sauces and marinades for each dish. They add their own creative twist to produce massive flavors that cannot be found elsewhere. Throughout the year they travel the world to taste new dishes, test and recreate them in their kitchen then add wonderful new creations to their menu every summer.
Ike's Lair - 2204 Broadway - (510) 338-6789 – www.ilikeikesplace.com
Ike’s Place first opened its door on Halloween of 2007. The man behind the sandwich, Ike Shehadeh, always puts his customers happiness first. That is what sets Ike’s Place aside from the rest. When you come to Ike’s Place it is our goal to make you feel like the unique individual that you are. If that isn’t enough to set us aside, did I mention that the bread is baked fresh to order? And our soon to be patented “Ike’s Dirty Secret Sauce” is spread on every sandwich and baked right in the bread, and another layer is spread on afterwards to give it that extra flavor. Mmmmm… are you hungry yet?
Lake Chalet Seafood Bar & Grill - 1520 Lakeside Drive - (510) 208.5253 - www.thelakechalet.com
The people that rocked San Francisco with the beloved Beach and Park Chalets are have opened their follow-up in Oakland -- the Lake Chalet, a 425-seat, multimillion dollar seafood behemoth in Lake Merritt's newly renovated boathouse. The seriously classed-up premises are awash in painted blue wood, blackened steel, and mahogany, and are made up of several distinct dining zones including two fireplaced private eating rooms, an 80-foot marble bar that looks out at the lake, and a dockside patio.
Le Cheval - 1007 Clay Street - (510) 763-8495 - www.lecheval.com
East Bay Express Readers' Choice for Best Vietnamese/Southeast Asian for 21 years running, Le Cheval's style incorporates the French, Chinese and Southeast Asian cooking concepts of preparing wholesome, nutritious and special dishes that emphasize quality with quantity.
Mua - 2442a Webster Street - (510) 238-1100 - www.muaoakland.com
The cozy bar opens to an airy two-story dining area full of eclectic art that can be transformed into a dance floor or performance space as needed. The upstairs is intimate and lounge-like. The menu focuses on international comfort food such as BBQ pork buns, butternut squash soup, lamb tagine with couscous, and fried chicken.
Dogwood - 1644 Telegraph Avenue - (510) 444-6669 – www.bardogwood.com
Bars generally do one thing well. Introducing Dogwood, an intimate spirits-driven meat sanctuary specializing in cocktails and charcuterie by the pound, opening this weekend in Uptown. Since the sleek, marble-topped deli counter is all the way in the back, it makes sense to start with some cocktails like a classic martini or maybe the citrusy, whiskey-centric Stone’s Throw before zeroing in on a few pounds of salami, prosciutto and bacon. You know, the important food groups.
Home of Chicken and Waffles - 444 Embarcadero West - (510) 836-4446 - www.homeofchickenandwaffles.com
Immensely popular Oakland soul food hotspot Home of Chicken and Waffles (HCW) opened its doors in May 2004. From residents of the neighborhood’s luxury lofts to club-goers looking for a delicious way to end their night, Home of Chicken and Waffles is a hands-down favorite. Originally a franchise of Roscoe’s Chicken and Waffles, the family-owned HCW implemented an upscale thematic flair and re-branded itself with a 60’s diner image.
Bakesale Betty - 5098 Telegraph Avenue - (510) 985-1213 – www.bakesalebetty.com
Bakesale Betty was created by Australian cook, Alison Barakat, whose passion for food and regard for using the best ingredients make her unique cakes and sweets divine. That line around the corner outside of Bakesale Betty every day at lunchtime? That’s for their famous fried chicken sandwiches, with buttermilk-fried chicken topped with a generous helping of slaw. Also serving chicken pot pie and brisket, Bakesale Betty is well worth the wait in line, which moves surprisingly fast.
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