The Den at the Fox – 1807 Telegraph Avenue – 510-302-2250 - www.thedenoakland.com
Conveniently located inside the Fox Theater, The Den at the Fox serves select bites from Rudy's Can't Fail Café and also operates as the perfect pre-concert hang out. The Den includes a lounge area, full bar and flat screen TVs with a live feed from the stage so you'll never miss a moment of the show.
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
Located directly across from the Fox Theater, Duende is a collaboration between Chef Paul Canales and impresario Rocco Somazzi, born from a common passion for creative soulful food, artisanal wines, beers and spirits and eclectic improvised music and art. Their cohorts in this venture are tech wiz and food enthusiast Tony Siress and strategic visionary and style mogul Alex Vorbeck. Duende takes reservations, accepts walk-ins and is great for groups.
Camber - 1707 Telegraph Avenue - 510-663-4560
If you're looking to enjoy tapas in a relaxed atmosphere, Camber is your spot. New to the expanding Uptown area, Camber's menu features Asian-fusion cuisine with a California touch and also has a full bar. Fun fact: the name Camber comes from combining Cameron and Amber – the owner's children's name.
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.
Hutch Bar & Kitchen – 2022 Telegraph Avenue – (510) 419-0622 – www.hutchoakland.com
Hutch Bar & Kitchen intends to contribute to the rich and vibrant Uptown district of Oakland with simply, carefully and uniquely prepared food and libation whenever possible prepared with an emphasis on local, organic and sustainable ingredients. In a space designed and built by some of the top restaurant and bar industry craftsmen in the Bay Area, Hutch will execute a menu with an emphasis on the cooking traditions of the American South featuring a Gulf Coast influenced raw bar stocked with fresh and sustainably fished California seafood, traditional house prepared grits, unique ethically farmed grilled local meats, as well as an eclectic array of Southern inspired bar snacks.
HIBISCUS - 1745 San Pablo Avenue - (510) 444-2626 - www.hibiscusoakland.com
HIBISCUS serves organic Creole Caribbean dishes from the kitchen of exec chef Sarah Kirnon. You can expect Pan-Caribbean influences from Barbados to New Orleans and from Jamaica to Martinique. The menu changes according to seasonal ingredients but the Spicy Crab and Grits are always a hit. There is also a lounge and bar for a unique rum inspired cocktail and a flavorful appetizer.
Awake 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.
Umami Burger – 2100 Franklin Street, Suite 2190 – (510) 899-8626 - www.umami.com
Umami Burger is 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. It is amplified by the vibe of the room, the energy of the community and the fine-dining service with a California casual feel. Finally, it explodes with house-made sauces, paired with unique sides, accompaniments and the perfectly paired beverage. What is Umami Burger? Experience it yourself.. After one bite, you'll accept no substitutions.
Mama's Vietnamese Restaurant - 365 19th Street - (510) 251-8878
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.
Cafe Madrid - 2001 Broadway - (510) 271-0001 - www.cafemadrid.org
An authentic Spanish sandwich bar serving its famous Bocadillos alongside items ranging from gazpacho to tortilla Española. The Bocadillos here are resolutely hefty and sandwichlike: split lengths of baguette layered with Spanish-style meats, cheeses, and condiments, and served either warm or cold.
Pho 84 - 354 17th Street - (510) 832-1338 - www.pho84.com
Popular with the local lunch crowd, who line up to get their "pho fix" in huge steaming bowls of the namesake dish, this Oakland favorite is more relaxed at dinner and on weekends, when you can order with less jostling and rubbing elbows; the extensive menu of other Vietnamese vittles, including great rice and noodle dishes with just the right amount of spice. At an inexpensive price and combining the finest and freshest ingredients with a delicate balance of spices, Pho 84 brings you the finest in Vietnamese cuisine.
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.
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.
Ichiro – 412 15th Street – (510) 452-1994 – www.ichioakland.com
Oakland's Ichiro Sushi & Sake Bar is located in downtown Oakland. Ichiro features some of the freshest and most authentic sushi and Japanese cuisine in the East Bay. They offer more than 70 Sakes, Beers and Drinks from Japan. Go into the restaurant for Lunch or Dinner and experience real Japanese delicacies prepared by Ichi himself.
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.
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.
Plum - 2214 Broadway - (510) 444-7586 - www.plumoakland.com
Just five blocks north of the Fox Theater, Plum is a sophisticated urban restaurant in Oakland's Uptown neighborhood. The menu is a mix of creative dishes made with the highest quality local ingredients. Open until 1 am, it's the perfect late night spot.
Tribune Tavern – 401 13th street – (510) 452-8742 – www.tribunetavern.com
The Tribune Tavern is the latest venture from Chris Pastena of Chop Bar and Temoor Noor of Grand Tavern. A century ago, the Oakland Tribune used the tower's ground floor as its "local room" where reporters from different departments worked side by side and shared tips on the news of the day. It was a gathering spot for the great minds of Oakland, and a place where headlines were made. The Tribune Tavern carries on that tradition as a place for people to mingle over happy hour drinks, lunch meetings, or dinner with authentic, nourishing comfort food that's affordable enough for everyone to enjoy, and a bar stocked with the best locally-made beer and wine.
Hawker Fare – 2300 Webster Street – (510) 832-8896 – www.hawkerfare.com
Hawker Fare serves Southeast Asian street food - predominately it's a rice bowl shop. The cuisine is humble, innovative and personal while still paying homage to classics and tradition utilizing local, sustainable, and organic ingredients as much as we can.
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.
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.
Tamarindo Antojeria – 468 8th Street – (510) 444-1944 – www.tamarindoantojeria.com
Goria Dominguez, a native from Mixtlan in the state of Jalisco, opened Tamarindo Antojeria Mexicana in 2005 with her son Alfonso Dominguez. Gloria happily introduces an old concept into a new experience of eating Mexican food: small cravings (Antojitos) "I had a simple goal - no fusion, just traditional Mexican cuisine that one can find throughout Mexico." Another important goal was bringing the social aspect back into dining.
Cosecha – 907 Washington Street – (510) 452-5900 – www.cosechacafe.com
Cosecha (harvest in English) brings together the bounty of the Bay Area's best ingredients, offering a warm and cozy place to gather, talk, and rejuvenate in the historic Swan's Market. Those who find their way to the Old Oakland location will experience the communion of California and Mexico and will find comfort in home-style offerings. All dishes are prepared from scratch every day, including handmade tortillas, pastries, and complex traditional entrees, as well as seasonal salads and soups. Cosecha strives to provide high quality, affordable meals that can be eaten inside or on the go. They serve California wines, beers, and ingredients and use an abundance of high quality, local products.
Trueburger – 146 Grand Avenue – (510) 208-5678 – www.trueburgeroakland.com
Trueburger is a modern-day hamburger restaurant that is the long-awaited dream of two local chefs who wanted to open a place inspired by the foods they love to eat. The small, well-crafted menu offers house-ground hamburgers, crispy Portobello mushrooms stuffed with smoked mozzarella both served on toasted egg buns; chili-cheese fries, all-beef kosher hot dogs, and hand-spun milk shakes that include mix-ins such as strawberries, marshmallow, hot fudge, and more; all made with quality ingredients and offered at affordable prices. Trueburger is contemporary fast food done right without unnecessary preservatives, additives, or transfats.
Home of Chicken and Waffles - 444 Embarcadero West - (510) 836-4446 - www.hcwchickenandwaffles.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.
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