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Cana Oakland
Cana Oakland

Cana Oakland Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.canaoakland.com
  • Phone: (510) 832-1515
  • Hours of Operation:
    Breakfast: M-F 8:00am-11:00am
    Breakfast: Sa-Su 8:00am-10:30am
    Lunch: M-F 11:00am-5:00pm
    Lunch: Sa-Su 3:00pm-5:00pm
    Dinner: T-Sa 5:00pm-10:00pm
    Dinner: Su 5:00pm-8:00pm
    Brunch: Sa-Su 10:30am-3:00pm
  • Payment Options: Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Cuban, Californian
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Like us to cater an event? Call us in advance and we will set up the perfect Cuban menu for you and your guests. We are equipped for delivery and provide all your catering needs.
  • Entertainment: We offer a wide variety of Live music. Club/Live-Music/DJ components available. Saturday and Sunday we offer live music during Brunch. Music starts at 12:00pm

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Lakeshore Ave
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Cana Oakland
Caña Cuban Parlor and Cafe is a high-casual, Cuban neighborhood and destination restaurant with Club, Live-Music, DJ components, supper club options. Our concept is to serve well articulated Cuban classics with an eye for locally grown and sourced products. Our overall concept involves the use of real “Caña,” that is crushing our own sugar cane to produce syrups, glazes and tinctures with a special emphasis on creating a novel cocktailing environment in the great Cuban tradition of rum-based bar-tending. Our concept involves a cultural component that integrates Cuban food, art, dance, music and ethnographic appeal that allows for penetration into Afro-centric, Latin and “Cubaphiles” who consume and/or have interest in anything Cuban… ”Cuban Chic” or “La Furandula”…refers to the place to be.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Brunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
Diner Reviews
  • "It has a fun, vibrant and colorful atmosphere. If you love salsa music and delicious latin/caribbean food then Caña is the place for you."
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "We loved Happy Hour drinks and food! The noise level was super intense but energetic... some people were dancing. The outdoor seating is PERFECT when it's 80F in the evening! We didn't hear the band for too long as we were going to the movies... but LOVED the music!"
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "I took my boyfriend here for his birthday dinner and was very disappointed. The service was horrible, we had to get up or wave down the manager (he may have been the host but he was nice). After being seated about 10 minutes, our server comes up and ask if we are ready to order! She didn't even tell us what the specials were, but she did tell the tables around us. Server only checked on us twice The food was not great. My boyfriend had the beef filet and had to send it back to the kitchen because it was undercooked than was he asked for. It was also WAY too spicy, couldn't even taste the meat. I had the vegetable dish which was way too sweet. Took 15 minutes to get our drinks (wasn't busy night). Another 10 just for water. Dissappointing"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "This restaurant has great potential but needs some work with the staff. No hostess when we arrived and when a waitress stepped in she had trouble finding our reservation. Then we were provided 3 different menus which only 1 was valid. I do believe the words 'I'm new and don't know the menu that well yet' should be uttered from any servers lips. The food was ok, but sat in the window too long as we waited for no apparent reason."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "The room was extremely hot need additional ventilation. Requested seating near band not honored. 2 bathrooms unisex not clean."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "We LOVED all the food at Cana Oakland - delicious, beautifully served, and engagingly presented. BUT, we were there @ 7pm on a Friday and the music volume was overpowering. Impossible to have a conversation between 4 people. We'll go back on a weeknight when we were told the volume is lower."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Food is very tasty so that's a plus. They sat us next to a speaker that was blasting Cuban music. I know it was next to the dance floor but I had to shout to be able to talk to my companion. The drinks took forever so it come right before the food arrived. I like to enjoy a drink before I get my dinner. The server seemed indifferent."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Service was very slow they did not honor their yelp coupon. Management was very hands off more like dead weight to the server who had more tables than he could handle. Meal arrived before we got water. Bad experience, food was good and wine was good when it did come"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "As a carribean native who recently moved to the Bay Area. I have been craving authentic Cuban or Dominican food. Raul head chef embraced all the carribean flavors from the mojo to the flang."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Cana has a great location and amazing food! The service, however, was extremely slow... for myself and my friend. We arrived just after 6p and waited for several minutes to order drinks. A family came in about 10 min after my party and their drink/food order was taken before ours. Our drinks took 20 minutes and we had to flag the waiter/waitress down to get water and to finally order. We decided to put in a drink order before we were finished with our first because we feared another 20 min delay. If Cana resolves its waiting service, it would be a 5 star all the way."
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "Restaurant was 30% full, we were seated for 15 min, no one came by to take drink orders we were completely ignored. When we adked a bartender if we could order drinks, he replied that he was new.. A few more minutes and finally our server appeared and i was irritated by then and commented to her how long we had been sitting... Of course she apologizes etc we get out drinks, our apps, entrees... Entrees were really nothing to write home about other than great presentation. I ordered the ropa vieja, which was cold at the center!! Microwave wasn't working? My boyfriends entree, rice was too sweet.. Should have been our dessert. "
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Ok, this was a good time but it didn't start that way! Sunday brunch reservation was for 2:45 but wasn't seated until 3:05. Good food, music, people watching, drinks and lots of dancing! If you don't like crowds you would want to come early before the music really gets started. "
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "Loved it! Would highly recommend it...and if you like salsa music...this is the place. Reynoso was wonderful last Sunday--beautiful singer and the band was hot and the dancers on the floor: hot! Good food and culture and entertainment."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "American and Cuban cuisine with flair. Had the chicken and waffles brunch and was pleased with the Cuban spices. Also enjoyed the bottomless mimosas. After dining we stayed for the Cuban Salsa band to dance off the calories. No longer need to go to SF for a Great dining experience. "
    Dined on 5/4/2014
  • "This is a very good option. They have good menu that include international food. The bar is amazing and the attention is excelent. There are a lot of options for to drink someting .. Waiters and bartenders very kind "
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "Great place for happy hour and the appetizers were so delicious!!"
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "We sat outside on the patio and were able to people watch. The food was amazing and the drinks were strong and refreshing! I would definitely go back!!"
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "The food was really good (definitely recommend the fufu hash) but the portions are small. My date had the chicken and waffles which were okay but the chicken was a little.dry. we indulged in bottomless mimosas...you need to drink 3 to get your money's worth, which we definitely did...and more. The waitress, the hostess and bartenders were also very accommodating. We came to salsa and though the dance floor's small and gets very crowded (I almost ended up in the drumset at one point), it's so much fun because everyone is there to just have a good time. We went on a Sunday at 11:30 and stayed til 4. Definitely make a reservation because they were turning people away by then. The berry mojitos are also delicious!"
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "We made reservations at this restaurant. They sat us pretty quickly however one of the owner guys was very rude when I was asking where the reservation desk was. With a the crowd we couldn't see what was what. We sat at one of the high tables on the wall inside. Horrible! Random people would walk up and rest there arms on the back of our chair while you were eating dinner. We ordered drinks first they came in a reasonable amount of time. After 25 minutes of waiting on appetizers we asked the waiter where our food was. She came back and said they lost the ticket!! Entree same thing! I give this place a zero! Horrible service"
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "My meal was great!! It was the machaca something or the other. When the music started and the game was on(therefore, the crowd around the bar would outburst occasionally) it was very heard to hear my friends. It didn't bother me for some reason--perhaps because I knew it'd be like that. This was apart of the experience but I don't know if it's for everyone or every occasion."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "Great ambiance and food. Do not show with a party larger than 6."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "Bottomless mimosas are $18/each and we had some delicious empanadas to start. My boyfriend had a pulled pork and egg dish and cleaned his plate. My waffles, which were probably in the window waiting for his dish, arrived cold and the whipped cream was flat when it arrived. It would have been great, hot. My boyfriend got a complementary shot of rum for his birthday. It is worth noting there is a two hour max for tables and the servers, while efficient, are definitely moving things along to make sure you've got the check at an hour and 45 minutes. You have the option to take your mimosas to the front and be pelted by salsa dancers dancing to an insanely loud band. I was glad we left before the dancing and band were at full swing."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "Food was cold, service was very slow. Drinks were good."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "The food was delicious, the ambiance was fun, but the service was terrible. I couldn't enjoy my brunch due to the CONSTANT reminders that we only had the table for a certain amount of time. Since the moment we got there the waitresses were rude. I understand it gets busy and we cannot stay at the table all day drinking bottomless mimosas but there is no need to make your customers feel rushed and unwanted."
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "Cana's is a charming, vibrant hot spot for Sunday Brunch, Salsa Dancing Experts & and the beautiful people vibe! Reservations are encouraged because it's always a long line of late comers. Once the band kicks off, the bottomless mimosas are everywhere! The platters of Chicken & waffles, Cuban Espanadas and simmering Plantains, just tease your appetite as you wait for your table. I would say you can't go wrong at Cana. Be Prepared to have a great time!"
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "Food fantastic; too noisy, however, and a bit cramped."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "I love Cuban food but find that many so-called Cuban restaurants are more "influenced" than authentic. There's little on the menu that couldn't be found in restaurants of a different background. Cana seems truly authentic in its menu and creative in its presentation. I'd go back in a heartbeat."
    Dined on 2/13/2014
  • "After I shopped at the Farmers' Market located along Lakeshore Dr., I met up with friends at Cana for a birthday celebration. On Saturdays between 1 pm - 4 pm, Cana has live music and offers a brunch menu. I was very glad that we had reservations because the hostess allowed us the choice of sitting inside or the outdoor dining area. And we were seated in front of the walk-in parties. If you're sensitive to noise, I would recommend sitting inside the restaurant because live music can be loud. If not, sit outside in the sun (like we did) and enjoy the music and Lakeshore vibe. The majority of my party ordered the chicken and sweet potatoe waffle. But, I ordered the steak and eggs. YUMMY!!! I look forward to my next Cana visit."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "I originally wanted to try Cana for my birthday, however, when we arrived there was a $10 cover, as they had dancing that night. I just wanted dinner and didn't want to pay a cover to eat it, so we went elsewhere. This weekend we went for Saturday brunch. I'm so glad we finally got in (no cover this time). The food was DELICIOUS. I had a dish with scrambled eggs, shredded pork, black beans and some delicious salsas on my side. My love had "the best waffles he has ever had," bacon, and potatoes. We also both ordered coffee and while our table was a little small to accommodate all of the plates, everything was so, so good. A very enjoyable meal for a reasonable price. We'll definitely be back for dinner and maybe even dancing sometime soon."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "I am not a big fan of traditional "Cuban" cuisine, but Cana elevates and extends the classics. I really like eating there for brunch (though I wished they opened earlier) and they have a really great drink menu and bar. Ask them to muddle some fresh jalapeno or serrano in your Mojito if you are into things with a kick."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "food is good,music is good drinks are good. This place is a must"
    Dined on 1/26/2014
  • "This was our first time eating Cuban food and it was a great experience. Our waiter helped explain some of the unfamiliar ingredients and we were really loved the flavors. We shared a generous sized beet salad and really enjoyed the fish and chicken dishes we had. We were there on a Saturday night and the large projection screen that hangs on the back wall did not have any game on, but I don't think it would have bothered us if it had. We will be back!"
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "We had a reservation at Cana for our anniversary and there was no table available, it was a really cold night, so we were huddled in the waiting area (very small). After a while the hostess offered to seat us in the "Bistro". We were ushered into a super bright room with a large family at one table and a single small round table that was very unattractive and no table cloth or place settings. We were given a regular restaurant menu and the person left. We looked at the menu and waited, and with the noise, the brightness, and the ugly table we decided it was an extremely unromantic experience and went for an excellent dinner down the street at Spettro."
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "We love Cuban food, and what Cana has done with Cuban recipes is tremendous. Meals tasted fresh, were artfully served, and were really unique. Unfortunately, what should have been a great Saturday evening dining experience turned disappointing as we had to endure sitting in front of a wall-sized TV screen showing a football game of no relevance. This was in addition to the two TV screens by the bar, which we also saw. Really? If we want to eat in front of a TV, we will stay home, not pay good money to eat out. We read from the reviews that sometimes the restaurant has live music, and sometimes show salsa dancing on the big TV. OK, that would have been better, maybe. But the food here is good enough to stand on its own. Turn the tube off."
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "Lived my experience and truly liked how hospitable the staff was. Had a lovely time but my only regret is that I didn't stay for the dancing."
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "This a great spot in the trendy Grand Lake District. It's vibrant and friendly. The owner is engaging and the staff are very attentive and knowledgable. Our server was a big part of our experience at Cana. The food was so good and the flavors were crafted perfectly together. It's hard to find really good Cuban food, but Cana is truly "on the mark" with their gem in Oakland. You gotta go!"
    Dined on 1/10/2014
  • "There to celebrate a friends birthday. Hate that we missed the bottomless mimosas but the food was great & the drinks we ordered were great as well! And the music, well it certainly makes you want to dance!"
    Dined on 12/15/2013
  • "Our group got large but the staff accommodated us very well. They were friendly & patient. Our drinks and food came in timely fashion perfect! Portions are large so we split. We ordered a good variety of different foods everyone seemed to have enjoyed. Plates were empty!!! Our server bought a rum shot for the birthday Girls. Great surprise, she felt special. Overall a fun place to come have fun with friends or family enjoy Cuban food. Will return to tryout the evening scene with live music which we missed."
    Dined on 12/15/2013
  • "I've been to Cana for dinner twice and each time it has not disappointed us. Excellent food presentation, clever mix of flavors and textures brings a nice twist to Cuban cuisine. The portions are generous and served by attentive wait staff. The platanos con crema is more like a dessert than a side dish and all the desserts taste heavenly. My favorites are the flan de coco and the rice pudding, which has a crunchy caramelized topping like creme brulee. Enjoy!"
    Dined on 11/12/2013
  • "We went to Cana for Sunday brunch. The food was delicious and with generous portion sizes. The restaurant is kind of small, so they fill up quickly. I'd recommend making a reservation if you plan on going noon or later."
    Dined on 11/10/2013