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5403 College Avenue
Oakland, CA 94618
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Homespun Fare Details
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 9pm
Friday & Saturday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Bar Dining, Beer, Cafe, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
Please call Sadri Madjlessi to arrange for your next catering event. He can be reached at 510.658.4400. The executive Chef and Manager will meet with you to make sure that your needs and your guests' needs are met.
Private Party Facilities:
The dining area can accommodate up to thirty-eight guests. The restaurant is also available for buy-outs.
Private Party Contact:
Sadri Madjlessi (510) 658-4400
Special Events & Promotions:
We would be more than happy to be a part of your next special event. Please contact Sadri Madjlessi to discuss your upcoming party. He can be reached at 510.658.4400.
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Rockridge BART station is about two blocks away, and AC Transit bus number 51 stops just in front of the restaurant.
A word from Homespun Fare
Classic Comfort food with a Full Bar and open kitchen.
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Love the lamb-multiple spices
infused cabbage wrap. FLAVOR GALORE! Server was superb...what a great, welcoming smile! Looking forward to when they start serving brunch...menu top secret...we asked but no go. Parchment tilapia divine. Garlic smashed hit the mark. We'll be back."
Dined on 8/18/2014
We always have a well made
cocktail with our dinner. Homespun makes real food, so it takes a bit longer than some restaurants. We have never had a bad dish there. Don't be fooled by typewritten menus. The food and cocktails will be what you come back for."
Dined on 7/18/2014
We had a little family get
together the other night. There were 8 of us and although they never showed a table for 8 we got creative and booked a table for 4 on my account and another table for 4 on my sisters account. We called the restaurant and told them our situation and they kindly pushed the two tables together to accommodate us. That made for a great dinner. For you Belgian beer drinkers out there, they serve Westamalle Triple. An all-time favorite of mine. Wine selection was good as well. A splendid time was had by all."
Dined on 7/7/2014
We had great dinner wonderful I
salad with warm mushrooms and goat cheese. Lamb shanks were excellent with artichoke hearts. Bar drinks were well prepared."
Dined on 6/21/2014
We went with our two kids and the
server made us all feel very welcome. We started with the polenta fries, which were very tasty. I had the fish in parchment paper which I had a love sauce on top that was creamy yet very light. My spouse had the cabbage wraps which he loved. Overall, it was an enjoyable dinner."
Dined on 4/12/2014
Food not good, service not
fabulous, hardly anyone on the joint, poor wine selection."
Dined on 3/5/2014
Not really ready for prime time.
Friendly, courteous and energetic staff. Feels like a small, owner-run ethnic restaurant, but what could go wrong did - despite their best efforts. Mushroom pasta arrived piping hot and tasty, just w/o any mushrooms among other missing ingredients. They brought the mushrooms later, on the side, when we pointed that out. No comp offer on that. Maitre d said chef too busy, despite the place 2/3 full on a $55 price-fixe night. Asked for bread 5x - finally brought some w/ o butter or oil. Overall, pace of meal a bit slow, but they're trying. I would consider returning if prices were 2/3 of what they are currently. I don't see them surviving on this street otherwise."
Dined on 2/14/2014
Had a wonderful date night here. I
love the restaurants on college avenue, but some of them are a bit more upscale and pretentious, and rightly so. Homespun fare is a nice, romantic venue, with outstanding food. It's another great place to go when you just want to relax and have an excellent meal. The muscles were a bit bland but the balance of savory lamb and spicy/sweet sauce in the cabbage wrap as well as the intense lamb shank flavor balanced by the creamy sauce were fantastic. One of the best meals I've had on college ave."
Dined on 2/12/2014
Great food wonderful service huge
portions at a very reasonable price. Can't wait to go bavk"
Dined on 1/18/2014
Although quiet and clean
(therefore pleasant) the food was completely average. In addition, I requested that all sauces and salad dressing be served on the side and the kitchen never got that right. The restaurant also charged for bread service which never suggests a "classy" establishment. I predict this restaurant will only be around briefly."
Dined on 11/23/2013
The interior is hip and modern.
The menu is limited, but all the choices sounded good (nothing weird). The prices are really good. Entrees for $11 and $12. Well drinks for $6. Extensive inventive drink menu too. The waiter couldn't have been better. Attentive but not smothering. The food was delicious. Meatloaf was not only baked, but was finished on the grill. Creamy mashed potatoes. Veggies were a little bit oily. Don't expect huge portions. They served us the right amount of food and we didn't have leftovers, which is what I expected for the price. We look forward to going back."
Dined on 11/15/2013
Three words: paid for bread. And
got just three slices. The rest of the dinner items were similarly chintzy. My eggplant parmesan was pretty good. My husband's meatloaf was over cooked, dry and tasteless. That's pretty hard to do to meatloaf. I was disappointed that they didn't have a kid's menu since they have one on OT. Won't go back, but hope they make some simple changes. I wish them well."
Dined on 11/15/2013
The food is nothing special. The
prices are very reasonable ($10 main dish) which is why I wasn't upset when my pork chop came out like a hockey puck. The appetizers are smaller than tapas proportions. The service was good and the atmosphere is nice (I can't even remember it clearly now though) but nothing made me want to go back for a second try. If you never go you are not missing anything."
Dined on 11/7/2013
Perfect spot for a casual dinner
with great food and ambience that won't break the bank. Polenta lasagna and meatloaf with garlic mashed potatoes, just delicious!"
Dined on 10/16/2013
Only open for 10 days? Wow this is
a gem of a new restaurant in the midst of many other good choices. I would pick Homespun Fare over them all the next time I go out to eat! Excellent new place!"
Dined on 9/20/2013
Newly opened, good food and not
crowded as so many restaurants are on this street. Good wine, food, and service; no bread was available. They need a baker or a supplier."
Dined on 9/11/2013
Food was edible but far below
average. I can't say that I would consider any dish that we ordered as good. Server did not know if they made a fresh lemonade or not. It turns out it was a mint lemonade and I hate mint. She never said it had mint, only that she wasn't sure if it was fresh. We won't go back. NOT recommended!"
Dined on 12/22/2012
We have been to I squared about 4
times and it's always good. Interesting, tasty food, nice wine selection and wonderful staff. Definitely recommended."
Dined on 12/11/2012
The food at I squared is
excellent: everything from the apps to the main course was tasty and fun. The stuffed cabbage was outstanding and their signature salad was great, as was the hummus and baba ganoush. The homemade ice cream and dessert was fantastic, too. The prices are reasonable and the quality and flavors are outstanding. The service was professional and charming. A full bar and a good wine list make this restaurant just about perfect! Enjoy!"
Dined on 11/16/2012
I2 is a wonderful little
restaurant, with friendly, helpful staff, a cozy ambience and an excellent menu. We like the Iranian-influenced meals, for something a bit different, and they are really outstanding. This was our second time there and we'll definitely keep returning."
Dined on 11/3/2012
We've been to I Squared several
times before, but everything was especially good on Friday night. The cabbage wraps were especially sweet & hot - simply wonderful. The fish in parchment was fresh and delicious."
Dined on 10/12/2012
Second time there...we love it.
The service and food were just excellent."
Dined on 9/28/2012
Small restaurant serving
Iranian/Italian cuisine. Unusual and tasty cocktails. Mussels plump and delicious. Calamari ok. Both rather small portions. Meat dishes good. Waiter very attentive."
Dined on 9/12/2012
Food was good. Server was pleasant
and engaging and attnetive. We arrived at 6pm, so at first we were the only ones in the place, but it got busier and busier as time went on. I would definitely go back."
Dined on 9/8/2012
We thoroughly enjoyed our meals at
this restaurant. Though the menu is somewhat limited, we were able to find several tasty dishes that appealed to our mood that evening. The calamari was excellent! We highly recommend this restaurant."
Dined on 8/28/2012
We had driven past I Squared many
times and wondered about the Italian-Iranian idea. Finally decided to try it, and found it was fabulous! Interesting menu, and the food was beautifully prepared. We had mainly the Persian dishes because they were different and we were impressed. The staff were very attentive and friendly, and the cost was very reasonable. This is another fantastic restaurant in the College Ave district. Highly recommended."
Dined on 8/25/2012
Not only do they have great food
and exceptional service, they give back to the community. I came here for an event called "Dine for Justice" which is a program that provides legal services to the underserved. I Squared donated a portion of the proceeds to legal services organizations. The service is enthusiastic and food delicious. I've been twice since the event. This has become one of my "go to" restaurants."
Dined on 8/23/2012
We love this restaurant!
Everything was perfect from food to service. If you haven't been....u should go!"
Dined on 8/11/2012
I love this restaurant and the
friendly service - waitstaff and chefs. Delicious Veevy Acai cocktail, cabbage rolls, mango caprese, mussels w/ saffron (!), lamb shank, prawns kabab and pasta dish, divine flourless chocolate cake."
Dined on 8/6/2012
Sat at the bar for dinner after
the owner/bartender asked if I was sure did not want a table (during a very busy night). Cocktails were superb and food (best calamari ever) and service was proactive, prompt and top-notch (you feel they are mindful of your presence) and feel you are feeling personally attended to with all your needs met but not in an obsequious way. Ordered an Americano (how many even know what this is), asked me how many shots I wanted (nice gesture) and was served piping hot (how refreshing). Excellent, excellent, excellent and shall go back again, again and again."
Dined on 7/25/2012
It's a small space with lots of
tables. We shared a table for 6 with one other couple. It can get a little loud with larger groups in the restaurant. The Food was AMAZING!! Loved it! We had the Asparagus with pancetta, the ground beef kabaab (perfectly seasoned), the beef fillet kabaab(very tender and fell apart in our mouths), rice, and the Cannoli. It was all great! We will have to go back again to try the teramisu because they had ran out by the time we ordered dessert. We did have to ask for our wine twice and it took a while for our appetizer to come out. But overall great experience, good food, and we will be back."
Dined on 7/21/2012
Great flavors and decent portions.
Service was attentive without being overbearing. I preferred the Middle Eastern flavors over the Italian ones."
Dined on 7/19/2012
most outstanding item was a drink
called a bellini. food was disappointing. parking was difficult. i would not come back to this restaurant."
Dined on 7/19/2012
Great food, but quite noisy.
Recommend going early to beat most of the high decible crowd."
Dined on 7/14/2012
A delicious meal! Don't miss the
lamb shank! Since it is a small restaurant, I suggest you make reservations. Delightful staff and very good service!"
Dined on 7/10/2012
Unfortunately they were
understaffed the evening we went. Once the only overworked waiter went into action, everything flowed. It would have helped if he had explained it to us right away, which would have reassured us. Hungry people tend to get testy! The food was really delicious and we definitely will return."
Dined on 7/9/2012
Absolutely our favorite. Really
wonderful menu and great people. We always look forward to it."
Dined on 7/6/2012
We really enjoyed having dinner at
this spot. We shared the fried calamari - which was great. I had the linguine salsa rosa with gamberi - very tasty and flavorful. My friend had the Fesenjoon dish which she enjoyed. For dessert we shared the flour less bittersweet chocolate cake with pistachio ice cream."
Dined on 6/23/2012
The food was good. I had fesenjoon
and the flavors were not as complex as what I've had at other Iranian restaurants. Maybe there was an Italian influence in the spicing that made it more mild. Portions were on the small side. We split a starter and a dessert and they did not bring extra plates to make it easy to split."
Dined on 6/20/2012
First time at I squared and it was
very enjoyable. We had a reservation so didn't wait which was good because they were booked for the next two hours. Good selection of starters and appetizers to get you ready for the main course. Also a good selection of cocktails and drinks. It was a vibrant atmosphere. Definitely go back."
Dined on 6/15/2012
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