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Flora - Oakland
Flora - Oakland

Flora - Oakland Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.floraoakland.com
  • Phone: (510) 286-0100
  • Hours of Operation: Brunch: Saturday and Sunday: 10:00am - 2:30pm; Lunch: Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm Bar remains open with a limited menu after dinner until 11pm Monday - Thursday and until 12 midnight Friday and Saturday.

    FAUNA bar: Monday - Wednesday 5pm - midnight, Thursday 4pm - midnight, Friday & Saturday 4pm - 1am
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Californian
  • Executive Chef: Rico Rivera
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 19th St.
  • Public Transit: 19th Street Bart Station
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Flora - Oakland
Flora is housed in an Art Deco architectural gem in the Uptown district of Oakland. We serve a selection of reinvented American classics accompanied by an extensive menu of prohibition era cocktails. Fauna is our sister bar next door!
Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerAmerican
Diner Reviews
  • "The chef must be a treasure. Each dish was thoughtfully executed: combination of flavors a treat, quality of ingredients fresh and flavorful, and good-looking presentations. Our cocktails were also original, and very good. The waitress was responsive, checked in inobtrusively, and informed about the menu when we had questions. We were not hurried through the meal, but nicely paced service."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "The food was very good overall -- fresh and well conceived (with the exception of a polenta side (honey and blue cheese, ugh)). The waitress and one of the other wait staff people were sour, in a bad mood, and generally killing any good vibes created by the nice looking restaurant and tasty meal."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "I've been to Flora several times and thought it the perfect spot to take my husband for his birthday dinner before a show at the Fox. We were also celebrating my husband's new job. Unfortunately, our server just couldn't be bothered with us. We sat for a good 10 minutes before she took our drink order and she seemed so annoyed by the fact that I asked her to recommend something refreshing from the cocktail list (which she wouldn't do). It set a tone that just soured our experience. She was also busy with a large party and we were an after thought at best. I really liked Flora up until this experience. I won't be going back for a while as there are so many new restaurants coming up in Oakland."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Our server had no personality and seemed to not be able to smile. She seemed annoyed when we asked questions about the drink and dinner menu. Not to mention responding with word like depends or it's up to you with no explanation. Food was very good I think the service is the weak link here..."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "I have received better service at In-And-Out Burgers. Our server was apparently trained at a truck-stop diner. My steak was over-cooked. The bun on my wife's burger fell apart and her fries were over cooked as well. We felt cramped in the small accommodations and we felt like we were an inconvenience to the wait staff. We will not be returning to this establishment."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "Shrub was great mixed drinks are always great here. Extra side of greens is a nice touch to the entrees"
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "Enjoyed the food (Pork Chop) and Service (attentive but not hovering) but the noise level was off the chart/over the top ! Made for a conversation free dinner which was disappointing."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Overall vibe of the place is great - a mix of old school deco with some banquettes, high ceilings, and modern touches. Salads (beet/garbanzo/eggplant and shrimp/avo/melon) were the highlight with really bright flavors. Salads came right out but there was a seemingly interminable wait of 40 minutes for a simple main entree of roasted salmon. Dessert was a tasty but overly dry bread pudding. Service fell short - mashed potatoes delivered cold, a water pitcher was spilled on our table, and our irritating 30-something hipster server who somehow thought it was ok to call us "sweetheart" and "hon.""
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "We had a fabulous time, the food ambiance and service was extremely good!"
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "We treated out-of-town friends to dinner. They were impressed by the quality food and service. Flora is our "special occasion" destination."
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "We were really looking forward to dining at Flora. We had a big family event and we wanted to celebrate. We had seen Flora and love Dona Tomas. The cocktails were amazing but the food was very disappointing. My halibut was cold and not at all what it should have been and my son's vegetarian entree was half the size of the other entrees and he left hungry. The wait person put the food down but never really checked back with us. I will return for just the cocktails."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "I saw Flora on Check please bay area and I wanted to take my dad there. We were seated promptly and our order was taken promptly as well but it was all downhill from there. Our waitress decided it was more important to talk to someone for 15 minutes before bringing us our drinks and appetizers, the worst service I've ever experienced. The beet salad and meatballs were delicious however the hamburger I had was dry and bland. I will not be going back and would never recommend this place."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "you can't miss here. there is a reason why all the hipsters are here. there is a reason why all the non-hipsters are here. it's a throw back. it's great service, it's bartenders that KNOW how to make a manhattan... it's trendy but it's not tooooo hip or trendy for it's own good. just to this thang.... you wont regret it"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "My friends and I loved our recent dinner at Flora. It's a great space, and the menu, cocktails and wine list are excellent. The server and kitchen dealt deftly and thoughtfully with a dietary restriction and a special request. We will definitely go back."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "With a party of eight, we were treated with attentive, charming service, outstanding food (red mustard greens salad - dynamite; halibut - best ever), "energetic" ambience which covered our equally energetic table conversation, perfection from the mixologists (worth the trip for them alone) and surprise personalized menus! May be our favorite!!!"
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "Very nice experience at Flora. Interesting and tasty food items. Delicious Bloody Marys. Friendly and attentive service."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Great meal and cocktails before heading to a show at the Fox theatre. I live in SF and can see Flora being a definite go-to spot when I'm in that neighborhood. "
    Dined on 5/20/2014
  • "Have been to Flora several times for lunch and dinner. The food this time was generally well prepared but took a while to arrive and was no longer hot. The service was attentive but forgot one of our side orders. The atmosphere is boisterous but occasionally too noisy for conversation. Fine addition to the downtown Oakland scene. "
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "Flora is a marvelous restaurant, next door to a bar named Fauna. The food is imaginative and excellently prepared. i had a sauteed squid appetizer that really looked like squid for once. Outstanding. Service is crisp but not snobbish. Ambiance is chic. And the prices are reasonable. Good value all around. Too bad I live in Texas or I would be a regular."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Took my small town folks here. Mom is adventurous with food; Dad, not so much. This was a great compromise. Recognizable food done REALLY well and with a twist. We had olives, chicharones, beets, shrimp, and salmon crudo as appetizers. For entrees the halibut, pork chop and two orders of the vegetarian polenta. The polenta was the best (and no one is a vegetarian) - it was like a museum of food on a plate. Everything was fantastic! The side of beets was great as an appetizer and there was enough for everyone. We were quite sad they did not have oysters that night but their menu was printed specific for that evening. Great cocktails and gin selection too. We skipped dessert because it was all dairy based. Great for vegetarians. "
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "I took a client to lunch at Flora on Friday. He had some very specific dietary adjustments he wanted made to his lunch. Our server was totally gracious and made all the adjustments exactly as he asked. I just ate their fabulous food as is and groaned with pleasure at each bite."
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "I was delighted when my husband suggested meeting our friends from Seattle there for dinner, though I found it less charming than expected. The menu was interesting and our server got off to a good start. But when the main course came for three at the table and turned cold while waiting for the 4th entree, I was a little miffed. And when we ordered coffee and a dessert to share, only the dessert arrived, although a bus boy had set the cups immediately. Finally, we snagged our server, and she apologized and broughtthe coffee. When the bill came it was , dessert and coffee had been comped, but the bills for each couple were inadvertently switched (we asked for separate bills.) All in all, it left something to be desired."
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "Great neighborhood gem round the corner from Duende music venue. Sat at a table for two, and we simply could not hear each other - noise level is very intense at the peak of 12 noon for Sunday brunch. Place was packed which made it lively at the same time; food was very very very good! - but the noise level was something else! not sure what could be done - "
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "Took a friend for a special brunch. Servers were friendly and sensitive to my elderly friends needs. She loved the fried chicken and waffles and lively ambience. Would love to check out lunch and dinner. Parking was OK but not the best neighborhood but it's oakland."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "A rather bad experience. Flat iron steak with roasted red potatoes. i ordered it "rare". it was "rare" but also COLD. Potatoes were way over roasted, burned flavor. returned the meal. got a replacement, but still only just warm. same potatoes. manager brought the second one out. seemed he was "preoccupied". no apology or other comment. place was not really busy yet at the time. service was lacking too. two ladies, one in training. but we had to ASK for everything, even for second drinks. yet they had time to chat with the receptionist. that can't be good training. will be the last time for me at this place. "
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "This is a relaxed, classy place for brunch. I rarely get exposed to southern food and it was a nice change. I also like that it's close to BART for visitors from San Francisco. I will go again. "
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "so dark you could not see the food, which was I think very nicely presented, I had the pork chop which at first bite tasted spoiled, but all in all was very good, I took home 1/ 2 of it and got very ill the next day after eating it. the beet side dish was outstanding. All in all the menue was not very inspired. Waitress was jus Ok, didn't check on us at all which is Ok with me.She forgot to bring the vegetable dish.until reminded. then was not apologetic at all. Loud, but we could still talk. I wouldn't go back. Valet parking would be nice. "
    Dined on 5/13/2014
  • "I booked a reservation for a celebratory dinner for my girlfriend and I and the experience from booking the reservation to getting the check was exactly as I had hoped. The food was excellent and the service attentive but not overbearing. I would highly recommend this pace to a friend or family member for any special date or even a tuesday night out."
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "I have been wanting to try this restaurant and I am glad I did. They went out of their way for my birthday guest (had her name written on the menu and brought a beautiful dessert). The food was very good (could have had one or two more entrees to choose from though). The service and the wait staff were attentive and very accommodating. "
    Dined on 5/8/2014
  • "Good location, great pre show place, they will get you in no time! Nice decor and ambiance. Great drinks and food. Calamari appetizer and polenta entree stood out for us. Service could have been better. I think aside from taking our order the server checked on us once during our dinner. Luckily for us the bussers and other staff members filled our waters and checked in on us. There was a show to the fox so maybe that's why we felt a little rushed. Our server seemed to have about 8 tables which didn't make sense when there were at least three people behind the bar. I would return if I was in the area maybe before a show. We were celebrating a special night, so the service missed the mark for us. "
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "We had a great meal. The service was excellent and friendly, the food was wonderful. "
    Dined on 5/8/2014
  • "Very convenient as we had a concert to go to at Fox Theater later that night. Impressive cocktails (a little expensive) and a great selection of beers. Great and friendly service. Food was well presented and was good but may go to the appetizer menu a little heavier the next time. And there will be a next time!"
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "Re: my second visit to Flora. The first was solid - nothing amazing but well executed dishes. This time was extremely disappointing. The one dish that illustrates that disappointment was the wild arugula, shaved asparagus and lamb pancetta salad. Skimpy (like 8 small bites of arugula and four shaves of asparagus, not even one per bite), limp (very wilted), tough (the lamb pancetta was worse than the worst beef jerky in terms of texture and all fat with no taste) and not worth $11. Overall, food was not well executed which is what you expect at $28 per entree. "
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "My husband & I went there for dinner to celebrate our anniversary. We had a really great time. Great ambiance, delicious cocktails, solid menu & oh that caramel pudding is the dessert of my dreams. We will def. be back."
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "Friendly from checking in to leaving. Great service-personable, answered questions, offered suggestions. Food was all fresh and well presented. "
    Dined on 5/1/2014
  • "Flora has excellent cocktails and food. The menu offers so many good options that choosing an entree was hard work!! The only downside was the service -- we waited a long time to even give a drink order, then much longer before we were asked to choose our food. "
    Dined on 4/29/2014
  • "Okay, a fab restaurant is allowed a mediocre day, and Saturday's brunch was mediocre, bordering on bad: 1. From the initially upbeat host who seated us in "Little Siberia" near the door with an open slot blowing a bracing breeze the entire meal -- and who forgot about us when a table for four opened up away from the door 2. To a harried wait-person who took our orders once we hailed her down and after a considerable wait brought our drinks AND food and not enough plates 3. To the hot drinks and cold drinks that were tepid 4. To the dried-out burgers served on tasteless rolls with wilted lettuce and pickles surrounding the concoction + a cold waffle with lukewarm, greasy fried chicken. I love Flora! Don't tell me it's changed hands. "
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "The service was great and the servers were very attentive! The food was excellent and it makes for a very relaxed Sunday Brunch!"
    Dined on 4/27/2014
  • "pricey for small portions. drinks also small. service efficient but a bit cold. "
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "we ordered a fish and meat dish; both selections were very good. We would recommend Flora."
    Dined on 4/24/2014