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Mockingbird

Mockingbird Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.mockingbirdoakland.com
  • Email: info@mockingbirdoakland.com
  • Phone: (510) 290-0331
  • Hours of Operation:

    Dinner: W-Su 5:30pm-10:00pm
  • Payment Options: Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Californian, Contemporary American
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Farm to Table, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: We offer full service catering services. From lunch drop offs to weddings up to 200.
  • Private Party Contact: Melissa Axelrod (510) 290-0331

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 18th Street
  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from Mockingbird
Mockingbird is a restaurant in Uptown Oakland featuring Northern California, farm to table cuisine. Set in an open airy space with flickering candles and classic jazz playing in the background.
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Diner Reviews
  • "We were very disappointed. Every course we ordered was poorly executed (poached egg was hard cooked, Brussels spouts were blackened, over-fried chips), eggplant was undercooked, couscous was overly spiced with cumin (couldn't taste anything else), the server couldn't answer basic questions like what cut is the "Bistro Steak" (she said beef)). You can be sure we won't be returning to this restaurant. Then the restaurant cancelled our reservation after we actually did show up. "
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "The food. This place is all about the food. Well, okay not ALL, but the food is awesome. The smoked trout salad is delicate and filling at the same time. The bistro steak was so flavorful that even my husband did not salt it (that's saying something!). The bread pudding is real bread pudding, not some California-ized version. But the service was terrific, too. We've been there twice and the wait staff is knowledgeable about their offerings and they're prompt without hovering. The owners are on-site, participate in the seating, serving, cooking and recipe creation and are just delightful to visit with. The restaurant itself is small, and both times there we chatted with other diners. It's a very nice find in this neighborhood!"
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "Pork Torchon must be the ultimate appetizer, yum! Everything scrumptuous and beautifully presented. Setting is classy w/o being stuffy. Glad we came!"
    Dined on 4/17/2014
  • "A delightful new find in uptown Oakland! We'll definitely be back."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Nicely prepared dishes with interesting and tasty combinations. Good service, can bring your own wine or select from their list."
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "We were looking for a restaurant near the Fox Theater and Mockingbird was a real find. Staff was super helpful and friendly and the food was great. Loved the homey and hip vibe of the space."
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "Food was great. Ambiance was a little stark, but the art was very interesting and unique. The service was great and the evening was a fun one. The restaurant was quiet but had no problem with our group of four laughing and talking our way through dinner."
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "Food was incredibly good, creative, made with fresh, fresh ingredients. Service was perfect. House made truffles were wonderful. We live in Napa Valley, but we'll drive to Oakland for the amazing bread pudding!!"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "The smoked trout salad was great, the french fries, too. Choices are quite limited, and the wine slection was sub-standard. Noise level rose during our dinner. Service was only good."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "Food and service were both exceptional. Menu is eclectic but the four dishes we had, while very different from each other, were perfectly executed. A mistake was made with my order and they owned up to it immediately, offered to give me a glass of wine or appetizer while they fixed it, and fixed it very quickly. Can't wait until I can go back."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "My husband and I and another couple ordered 4 starters to share and 4 different entrees. Everything was delicious. The pork torchon and brussels sprouts were outstanding. The steak with porcini sauce was to die for and the accompanying fries were the best I have ever had. My husband slurped up the mussels and clams. We went back to Mockingbird five days later with a friend from out of town. The smoked trout salad is hands down the best dish on the menu. If I were to find fault with anything it would be to say that the desserts did not pique our interest. I can't remember what we had the first time; we had the chocolate truffles the second time and they were fine, just not memorable. Great food! Great service! Great ambience!"
    Dined on 3/12/2014
  • "We enjoyed our first visit to a new find in Oakland, Mockingbird. We were greeted immediately by the hostess, and two wait persons. Huge hellos and smiles were our introduction to new addition to our restaurants in Oakland. We order the mussels and clams and the roasted chicken both were well prepared with just a suggestion of more spices, herbs...please. We will return for further exploration of the menu. Oh...we will prefer the lower tables next time, too."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "A new restaurant near the 19th street BART station that is worth a visit. Interesting menu, but limited in scope. It's actually fairly quiet and you can carry on a conversation. I had the clam/mussel stew which was excellent. My went with Steak/frites. We will return."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Super creative menu. Expertly prepared food. Great place. love the decor as well."
    Dined on 2/26/2014
  • "Table was ready when we arrived, and server was attentive and friendly. Beer and wine selections pretty limited, but interesting. Started with French fries which were perfectly cooked and salted but served with pedestrian ketchup which didn't add anything. Chickpea soup was fresh and flavorful, nice hint of mint, but the smoked trout salad was one of the best things of the evening and could have been a main course. Ravioli were yummy in a light cream sauce, and pork tenderloin came perfectly medium, but was atop a bed of of soggy bitter greens, and undercooked squash. But the grand finale bread pudding was scrumptious with a caramel sauce and whipped cream. Nice service, funky decor and sketchy in-transition neighborhood."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "So quiet and civilized-you can have a conversation without screaming. Food is lovely and homey too. Sweet"
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "An excellent experience all around. The execution on each course was thoughtful and skillful. We started with a spicy chickpea soup and ended with a perfectly prepared bread pudding. Everything in between was just as good. A small but varied wine list pairs nicely with the menu. Quietly, this is perhaps one of the best new restaurants on the Oakland scene."
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "En route to our 6:15 reservation at Mockingbird, we fell in with a large, loud Mardi Gras parade up 17th St. The parade participants were partying in the street and in the courtyard of the building next door, so our dinner lacked the quiet atmosphere that we'd read about in reviews, but the ambience and food were excellent despite the raucous celebration. Our table overlooked the interior courtyard next door and we had great entertainment from the costumed guests as we enjoyed the roasted Brussels sprouts, Moroccan Chicken, Fideo and scrumptious bread pudding. We will be back, and we'll be bringing more folks."
    Dined on 3/4/2014
  • "I started with a butter lettuce salad--very fresh, great dressing, wonderful salad. Then I had chicken tacos and they were delicious. My friend started with a butternut squash soup that was divine and then had something I can't recall but she loved it and the place. Only one sour note. When the place had nearly emptied out, the employees turned on some horrid music at a very loud volume. When my friend complained, however, they turned it way down immediately. Great place. Oh, and I had a glass of pinot noir that was fine."
    Dined on 3/5/2014
  • "Everyone in our group of four enjoyed Mockingbird very much. It has a relaxed, pleasant vibe, attentive but not fussy service, and the food was excellent."
    Dined on 3/4/2014
  • "It seems weird to be able to make a reservation for 9:45 when the kitchen closed in 15 minutes. Food was fine (not great but not sure if kitchen has tuned out). Found a pebble in the clams and mussels dish but flavors were good."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "Let's start by saying that the food is excellent. Flavors are vibrant and not gimmicky. But I appreciate equally the warm hospitality of the hostess and rest of the staff. It was our first visit so we will go back again soon to see if it still holds up."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "I went to dinner with my sisters and we shared lots of dishes...everything was yummy. Highlights were the pork torchon and brussel sprouts."
    Dined on 2/25/2014
  • "We liked Mockingbird; really nice, casual ambience, very bright and cheery and attractive decor. I am hopeful they start pulling in a larger lunch crowd as it was pretty quiet when we were there. All 3 of us enjoyed our lunch there; a great addition to the neighborhood."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "Slightly sketchy neighborhood, but such a cute little place. Not too loud, nice lighting, great for a dinner date. Everything we ate was great but OMG get the bread pudding for dessert. I don't care, save room, do it. It's phenomenal."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "My girlfriends and I came to Mockingbird before a concert at the Fox. Great ambiance and the food is really good. Two words: brussels sprouts. Two of us ordered the steak, supposed to be medium rare more medium in actuality, so definitely specify your preference. Our food also took a little longer than we expected but once we asked it came out right away."
    Dined on 2/19/2014
  • "First thing we noticed when we walked in is a peaceful sweet setting that's stylish and comfortable, then we sat down and realized we could actually hear each other at the table...then the food arrived and it was delicious -- brussels sprouts, smoked trout salad, pork tenderloin were amazing. The Moroccan chickpea soup was also tasty. My friends loved the red wine recommendation. I'd definitely go again....the greatest part having a great meal (many places to have one in Oakland ) AND being able to talk at a normal volume and hear each other."
    Dined on 2/18/2014
  • "I've been at this restaurant several times with my wife, it's always great food and a great evening!"
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "We enjoyed Mockingbird's food very much. Worth a visit despite the somewhat sketchy neighborhood. Highlights were the fired brussels sprouts, the bistro steak and the pork loin. There were no specials, even on Valentine's Day, which was a bit surprising. No cocktails, either, but the short wine list has nice offerings. The chocolate date cake was underwhelming. We loved the fact that the dinner was not rushed. The pace here was what you get in a European restaurant--long pauses between courses and a willingness to serve the coffee after the dessert. Interesting decor, good service, and a great value."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "I didn't know anything about this place, so I went there with no expectations. I was pleasantly surprised to find the food, and ambience was really great! The steak was grilled well (med-rare), a little more on the rare-side which was awesome, and the brussel sprouts were amazing! I did not expect to find such a great place in that part of Oakland."
    Dined on 2/13/2014
  • "We had a great time at Mockingbird: well spaced tables, tall ceilings, and just a simple feeling of open and airiness. Wonderful starters, entrees and desserts. The buttery butter lettuce was tossed with a perfect vinaigrette dressing. Our moroccan chicken and roast pork, cooked and presented lovingly, was delivered by an owner/chef! And, the waitstaff saw to all our needs. We really felt special."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "The food was wonderful - duck confit was very tasty, as was the pork with chicory. We had two salads/appetizers: smoked trout salad and scallop with olio nuovo. Both were quite good. Our server was fairly new to "fine dining" but was knowledgeable and quite charming."
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "The food was excellent, service very good and the room felt spacious and quiet enough for easy conversation. We had the pork torchon, which has a great mix of flavors, and a chicken pot pie (terrific crust but more mundane filling and a bit wet) for starters. We enjoyed the shellfish fideos, which had a wonderful broth (it would have benefited from a different pasta which would carry more of the broth). The moroccan chicken was very good but not spectacular."
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "Salads need better acid/oil balance (too much vinegar); pork tenderloin a little overcooked/dry. Sourdough? So '90s."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "Small, intimate with limited menu, but everything looked very tempting. I really enjoyed the moroccan Chicken and the bib salad. My friends enjoyed the Steak entree and endive salad. Used local sources."
    Dined on 1/14/2014
  • "The food was good, the atmosphere very pleasant, and it made for a great dinner with friends."
    Dined on 1/14/2014
  • "Had a great dinner there, staff is very attentive. Ambience is very downtown Oakland, a cool place to have dinner before doing a show. Tables for two are tiny, which is a bit awkward for dinner."
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "First time to the newish Mockingbird. We had duck pate, endive salad and Moroccan chicken dishes. They ranged from good to very good. Presentation was nice, service was good and ambience was nice/hip - great feel to the place. It wasn't amazing an amazing meal but it was all in a solid start and we would go there again."
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "We were seated quickly and served water promptly yet had to wait a while to be acknowledged even though our server walked by the table several times. Overall the food was just ok, the menu is limited. I would not return to try anything else on the menu because the overall experience was so lukewarm. Service, although not unprofessional, was also "just ok". Friendly servers but not alert or overly effective. I could have ordered my food at a counter and a food runner could have brought it to the table and the dining experience would have been about the same. Our bill was $70+ for a shared app, two entrees, one beer + tax/tip - for the money. I would rather go somewhere else for a better overall experience."
    Dined on 1/10/2014
  • "Appetizers and entrees all have interesting flavor twists to enhance the usual whether it's roast chicken or brussel sprouts. The dining area is warm and inviting with plenty of space between tables. The waiters are attentive and helpful without being overly attentive. While the flavor twists may not work for all, the dishes stand out from the usual offerings and are worth a try. Sharing with a group is the best way to go as hopefully the majority at your table will enjoy each dish while the dissenter then can focus on other dishes."
    Dined on 1/9/2014