Flora - Oakland
Another great experienceConsistently delicious, and the service is always top notch here. The burger was once again outstanding.6/15/2013 12:00:00 AMRomantic AnniversaryMy partner and I dined at Flora for our 5 year anniversary. They sat us in a great booth seat that was off to the side and romantic and they even printed " Happy 5 Years" on our menus! It was really beautiful, special, delicious cocktails and food and we loved our waitress.
We're very happy with our experience there and are also looking forward to checking out their bar next door "Fauna".6/14/2013 12:00:00 AMalways good!....and I will also try Fauna next time there- have our cocktail before the wonderful meal.
Out friends loved it too- first time there fro them.......Thx6/14/2013 12:00:00 AMgreat spot in a great neighborhood.great spot in a great neighborhood. wonderful food, wonderful service.6/13/2013 12:00:00 AMoutstanding, againI've been going here since they opened, and have never been disappointed. The food is amazing, the cocktails are some of the best in Oakland, and the staff is stacked with true professionals.6/11/2013 12:00:00 AMFun and tastyGood food, creative cocktails, friendly staff. A little pricy, but then I am cheap.6/10/2013 12:00:00 AMAmazing FoodThis is our 2nd visit to Flora. Both times the food has been delicious. Executive chef Rico Rivera knows just what gloats blend to make every bite amazing. Wonderful time!6/7/2013 12:00:00 AMFlora a special, neighborhood placeI love the feeling of the interior-- visual people will love the wallpaper. Cocktails are really nice. the pork shoulder was just outstanding, with tart cherries, the saltiness of the meat went nicely with it, and my friend's salmon was excellent, too. so was the fried squid!!6/7/2013 12:00:00 AMWonderful service, great foodFlora is housed in a great art deco building (the former flower mart) and the inside decor lives up to the outside promise. The menu consists of a number of small plates and a half dozen or so larger entrées. I recommend sharing to get as many different tastes as possible. Each dish has a number of different ingredients, which the chef brings together like an orchestra leader creating a symphony. There is an excellent adventuresome cocktail list with both classic drinks and inventive creations. The wine list is extensive with many French, Italian, and Spanish selections. The best ingredient of all, however, was service by Erin. She was very knowledgeable about the dishes and ingredients, was accommodating, friendly, and professional.6/4/2013 12:00:00 AMBrunch good, but not greatWe eat dinner at Flora's fairly often, and I'm a fan. Friends have recommended brunch here, so we went this past weekend. While the menu looks appetizing, the food fell a little short of expectations. Fried chicken was underseasoned, variant of croque monsieur was drowned in bechamel sauce, which was just crazy overkill on the richness. Coffee not to our liking - so bland I wonder if they gave us decaf by mistake. But the cocktail was very good.
I'll be back, but we'll stick with dinner and pass on brunch.6/2/2013 12:00:00 AMFun and livelyHoused in a hansom art deco building and tastefully decorated Flora offers well prepared food with efficient and friendly service.5/31/2013 12:00:00 AMPooch loves this placeBeen to Flora four times. Food offerings have improved and cocktails are an adventure worth imbibing. A bit difficult to carry on a conversation when restaurant is full. Wait staff is very attentive. Great place for Oakland.5/31/2013 12:00:00 AMevery morsel was fabulousI tried Flora for celebrating my friend's birthday, having heard that it has excellent food. How true! The choice is not huge, but adequate for different dining needs/preferences/allergies, and the combinations of ingredients are unique and very delicious. The staff is also very accommodating and friendly. Every morsel that we ate was truly unique and fabulous. They even brought a free birthday dessert treat for my friend with a candle, a yummy and special surprise. And a block away on 19th there is an amazing new bronze sculpture outdoor art square. Downtown Oakland is really changing in a good way. I am a Berkeley resident.5/31/2013 12:00:00 AMperfect cocktails, delicious foodhonestly, flora has the best cocktails in town! oh, and amazing food, too. loved the squid starter - it was way more special than your average calamari appetizer. the vegetarian option was a falafel plate that had somewhat incongruous ingredients, but everything was absolutely delicious. the salmon was cooked perfectly rare and accompanied by faro, rice and veggies. i had forgotten how much i love this place and am eager to return!5/29/2013 12:00:00 AMSurprised in down town Oakland.Must admit I have not dined in the down town Oakland area for many years having once been an Oakland resident, so Saturday evenings dinner for a friends birthday was a wonderful surprise. Flora is a wonderful restaurant with high standards without being portentous or snobbish - a great break from San Francisco and Berkeley watering holes.5/25/2013 12:00:00 AMExtremely Good!!!!I booked this restaurant after reading good reviews of it, and they were right! We celebrated a bday celebration over brunch, and yes, the food was excellent, the art-deco decoration was so nice to be around. Very much enjoyed it. I highly recommend it! The restaurant had the special touch of personalizing the menus for the table.... very nice!5/25/2013 12:00:00 AMWho'd-a -thoughtLoved the decor, in keeping with the restored movie theater across the street & with the vintage building it is located in. My dinner was fabulous, a delicate blend of flavors that enhanced my pork & complemented the polenta & vegies that went with it. My salad was a great mix of greens & cheese 7 dressing. the dessert to blended espresso, ice cream & cookie. Picked a wine from Argentina a Malbec that wrapped it all up . Can't wait to go back & bring friends!5/25/2013 12:00:00 AMFlor'a's a favorite so alwaysFlor'a's a favorite so always expect the best and am never disappointed. Cocktails top notch. Fabulous squid. Try to get at Drew's table.5/24/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat Food, Amazing CocktailsWe went to Flora to celebrate a college graduation (Go Bears!). The food was nicely prepared and tasty, the veggies were fresh and, from what we understand, local. The service was beautiful. This restaurant is nice, but not stuffy. I think its a perfect place for a celebration, a romantic date, a casual bite or even just cocktails Yummy....5/20/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat service, Amazing DrinksI went to Flora for my bachelorette party and again for a friend's graduation dinner. Both experiences were wonderful. We had excellent service and the food was very good. It's the handcrafted cocktails that really tip the scale in Flora's favor. They are creative, delicious, and well-mixed.5/15/2013 12:00:00 AMFun and deliciousFlora is a wonderful choice for an event in that part of Oakland or if you're in the neighborhood and want a night out. The food is outstanding, the cocktails are both creative and absolutely delicious. and the desserts--oh, boy. The menu is relatively restricted, so if you're a high maintenance diner, you may be disappointed. The tables are also rather close together; I wouldn't want to propose or have an argument here. But if you're in the mood for a Paris bistro type experience, you have found your restaurant. We will definitely be back any time we're in the Broadway-Grand Avenue area, if only for the caramel pudding--absolutely to die for.5/11/2013 12:00:00 AMexcellent diningRight in the hub of the theater and music district--an excellent choice for good dining and efficient if you tell them what time your curtain goes up.5/8/2013 12:00:00 AMLove Flora!Flora is always good -- impeccable service -- they know what they're doing; great bar -- will make anything and do it superbly; and the food is always interesting and high quality. Love to support this place! Try to get Drew as your waiter.5/6/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat drink mixing and greatGreat drink mixing and great food! A bit noisy but it is a popular place. The buttermilk fried quail was amazing.4/27/2013 12:00:00 AMThe restaurant is unique inThe restaurant is unique in that it's restored to the former elegance, ambiance and cocktails of the Art Deco period...and it's fabulous! A visual and gastronomical treat. Two dozen signature cocktails from some of the premier water holes of the Art Deco period (20's. 30's and 40's) Featuring gin in many of the concoctions, they are very reminiscent of a fantastic slice of American design history. We were in town for The Art Deco Preservation Ball at the nearby fully restored Paramount theater (also an unbelievable gem from the 30's)and Flora had featured a special menu just for Ball attendees. Had the salmon and pork loin chop...both amazing. Wonderful salads and don't miss the salted caramel pudding dessert. Well worth the effort to go!4/27/2013 12:00:00 AMIt's my new favorite restaurant.It's my new favorite restaurant. Service is GREAT and the food is amazing and well worth the price. Flora is my new favorite restaurant in Oakland. I plan to have my birthday here this year because I like it that much!4/27/2013 12:00:00 AMperfect brunchThe service was fantastic and the food was even better. We took our time and never felt rushed and asked for the dinner dessert menu at brunch and the waitress didn't blink an eye! The cocktails are amazing, we are definitly going back.4/27/2013 12:00:00 AMTried everything from theTried everything from the starter menu, fantastic. Creative, fun cocktails. Over the top salted carmel pudding.4/26/2013 12:00:00 AMFlora was awesome. I wouldFlora was awesome. I would totally recommend the caramel pudding. It is to die for!! This place has a nice environment, friendly staff, and delicious food. I will definitely be returning.4/26/2013 12:00:00 AMWe went there for an up scaleWe went there for an up scale lunch, for which it was terrific.4/26/2013 12:00:00 AMAlways Good Food. ServiceAlways Good Food. Service can be unattentive and spotty but overall friendly. Cocktails are a must. Put the wine list down.4/25/2013 12:00:00 AMTruly a neighborhood gem.Truly a neighborhood gem. All the food was great and the cocktails are one of a kind. Will definitely be back soon!4/24/2013 12:00:00 AMIt had been years since I'dIt had been years since I'd been to Flora and was thrilled to find it still fabulous!4/24/2013 12:00:00 AMDelightful MealI am not a "cocktail" person but after seeing recommendations on Flora's specialty drinks I tried one and it was delicious. Everything that we were served was delicious. This is more expensive than where I would typically dine (total bill over $100 for two) so this was a "treat" experience that made it very easy for my guest to join me coming from San Francisco on BART.4/22/2013 12:00:00 AMIt was recommended by a friend,It was recommended by a friend, and I was not disappointed.4/22/2013 12:00:00 AMThe Eggs Benedict with porkThe Eggs Benedict with pork belly and smokey greens was a delicious brunch dish. The Duck Comfit and vegetable hash was superb, the waffle was light and sweet. Overall excellent, if I am in Oakland for a brunch/lunch time I will stop.4/21/2013 12:00:00 AMPerfect place to begin thePerfect place to begin the evening... especially if your evening will find you at a show at The Fox Oakland of at The Paramount.4/20/2013 12:00:00 AMService was good but slow.WeService was good but slow.We were a party of 4 with a reservation for noon. Two of us received our cocktails almost 10 minutes before the other two. Made it kind of hard to make a toast. Also, I had requested a birthday dessert or some acknowledgemnt of my daughter-in-laws birthday and that never happened, even when I mentioned she was the birthday girl. Overall. we had a very good time and even if I didn't go back to eat, I would certainly go back for a "Sophia Loren"..4/20/2013 12:00:00 AMOutstanding food and service.Outstanding food and service. Great feel for the City of Oakland.4/19/2013 12:00:00 AMFood is very good, not outstanding,Food is very good, not outstanding, but very good. Great location especially if you are seeing a show at the Fox Theatre across the street. They make a drink called Carter Beats the Devil and it is fantastic. Staff is super nice. I love eating here before a show. One time Eric Clapton was at the bar while we ate.4/13/2013 12:00:00 AMThe food here is always superbThe food here is always superb right down to the very last detail.4/12/2013 12:00:00 AMClassic means classicWhen the shrimp cocktail is described as classic, don't throw in a heap as divisive ingredient as cilantro. Ruined the entire appetizer for me. Luckily everything else bordered on the sublime.4/9/2013 12:00:00 AMLoved this place--great service,Loved this place--great service, very pleasant atmosphere. They seated us at the best table and we were able to have a nice conversation without any difficulty. (Most restaurants are so loud you end up shouting at each other.) The wine/cocktail list was excellent. Just wish the food was a little better. Brunch was really nothing special.4/7/2013 12:00:00 AMPerfect for Sunday morningPerfect for Sunday morning brunch! Loved the donuts.3/17/2013 12:00:00 AMAmazing food and amazing service.Amazing food and amazing service. Highly recommended!!3/15/2013 12:00:00 AMFood was great, service wasFood was great, service was terrific, with admirable care around gluten free needs. Every thing we ordered was delicious and inventive without being precious.3/14/2013 12:00:00 AMHaving grown up in Oakland,Having grown up in Oakland, I recall the days when now Uptown was referred to as downtown. Uptown has really been revitalized with new living space and trendy restaurants. Helping to blaze the trail is Flora; a slightly upscale American fare restaurant with exceptional service. I had the roasted chicken on a bed of garlic mashed potatoes while my dining partners had hamburger. Both entrees were perfectly seasoned as well as nicely plated/presented. The most remarkable trait I experienced was Flora's exceptional mixology! If you're into old school cocktails, Flora's got the lock on everyone in the area! The Old Fashioned and their house speciality concoctions are all mixed with care and to impress.3/14/2013 12:00:00 AM