Powered By OpenTable: Restaurant Reservations. Right this way.
Restaurant Reservations - Free • Instant • Confirmed
  • Monaghan's on the Hill

  • Online Reservations

Monaghan's on the Hill
Monaghan's on the Hill

Monaghan's on the Hill Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://monaghans-onthehill.com
  • Phone: (510) 482-2500
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Tuesday - Sunday: 3:00 pm - 12:00 am; Dinner: Thursday - Sunday: 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Californian, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service
  • Executive Chef: Jason Scott
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Wheelchair Access
  • Private Party Facilities: Monaghan's features a private dining room that includes a private patio.
  • Private Party Contact: Mark (888) 652-2193
  • Entertainment: Our lounge is equipped with several HD TV's for optimum sports viewing. There is a pool table for a little friendly competition. On Sunday afternoon, our back patio features a variety of musical styles performed by leading local artists. Other music events are planned so check our website frequently for updates.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Lincoln/Highway 13
  • Public Transit: Monday through Friday available. Stop located at the corner of Mountain and Joaquin Miller. Saturday-Sunday not available
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: We have a small parking lot and street parking available.
A word from Monaghan's on the Hill
Located in the Oakland hills in the cozy Woodminster district, we offer a progressive California cuisine in our dining room, and a fun family atmosphere in our sports lounge and private patios. Our menus are designed to please the "foodie's" palate as well as the casual diner looking for a quick bite. We deliver comfort food with style . . . and a smile!Continued
Foodspotting photos
See all photos >
Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
Diner Reviews
  • "I love Monaghans on the Hill. However, it was so noisy with kids yelling and older people screaming to be heard. I could not carry on a conversation at our table for four."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "We had so much fun Saturday night out on the patio with the band "The Business" playing music we knew, loved and could dance too. Everyone had a great time. It didn't matter who you came with, when the music started everyone was friends! The service was fantastic as well!"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Kind of a simple place, food was good but not much selection."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "We invited relatives for dinner & they were very impressed!My husband ordered the short ribs & they were great! Two of us had the Paella & the other had Scampi...All were super beautiful & the price is great too!All in all a great dining experience!"
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "Setting is interesting.. Place is definitely more sports like bar that serves food than traditional restaurant. There is a dining room, but it really wasn't set up/used/ready for 7pm Sunday night dinner. Our table was physically unbalanced but they slapped a white table cloth on it anyway. The food was ok, but for the prices, could have been better. Our server sincerely tried, but i think she was more overwhelmed serving the bar and patio to really check on us lone diners in dining room. For neighborhood joint, I may drop in to drink and catch a game, but I definitely wouldn't take guests here for a "nice, sit down" dinner.. maybe for bar grub and drinks."
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "Surprising visit. We enjoyed the food and unexpected music. We will be back."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "I first ate here when my band, The Allman Step Brothers, played here a month ago. We returned here for Mother's Day. The food is quite good, the wait staff attentive. I hope to play there again so we have another excuse to eat there. :)"
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "We've been to Monaghan's many times, but this is the first time we've gone with children. We took the family there for Mother's Day dinner. The kids order (nice choices on menu) went in right away while we ordered drinks and appetizers. So they didn't have to wait too long to eat their dinner. What was especially great was the outdoor areas - of which Monaghans has two. One is used fairly regularly for outdoor seating; the other is behind or next to the "party room" in which we were seated. So it was really great that the kids could run around a bit between their meal and ours in a secure environment (with us checking in on them from time to time). This was an great way for all to enjoy their meal. Really good food and service. "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "The Staff was rude but atmosphere and food were nice. Good drink menu with fun cocktails. Did not feel kid friendly"
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Dinner for four delicious, other friends joined us for the music and cocktails. Good easy fun rock and dancing!!! Will definitely go again. P.S. Don't pass up the fried pickles...yummy!"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Sadly, Monaghan's tries too hard and falls short. Baked brie contained barely a dab of brie buried in layers of less than elegant pastry, topped with chopped pistachios and apricot preserves, an overly sweet addition. Ordered the chicken sandwich from the bar menu--bread soggy, interior overfull with tastes that canceled each other out. Couldn't eat even on half of the sandwich. The fries were okay. My friend ate hers and said when she got home she had horrible heartburn. This is too bad. The location's great and they have a patio to which you are invited to bring your well-behaved dog. We'd make good use of it if--they had a wine list worth considering and palatable food. But their cook needs additional training or maybe a new cook."
    Dined on 2/23/2014
  • "My husband and I went here for an early Valentine's dinner. We shared the Seafood Paella plate, which was small. I guess we thought there would be more variety. The food was good. The dining area was pretty small but cozy. Next time, we'll plan for a more laid back dinner instead of getting dressed up."
    Dined on 2/13/2014
  • "Loved the food but it was very noisy so not good for visiting with a group. We were in the fireplace area, the other room could have been quieter. Want to come back to try other dishes!"
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "Nice easy place to dine. Always good food, good service and periodically active sports bar scene."
    Dined on 12/21/2013
  • "We went for the first time on a Sunday night and there was no one in the dining room, only the bar. They had a great firepit inside as well as a good sized patio that would be nice for lunch or in warmer weather. The food was quite good and the server was friendly without being intrusive. We'd definitely go again."
    Dined on 1/26/2014
  • "Don't miss Monaghan's on the Hill. It is a hidden Oakland gem! I met friends there for an evening of dinner and music. The overall dining and entertainment experience was more enjoyable than I'd expected. Monaghan's on the Hill was pleasant surprise. It is not to be missed!"
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "Had some appetizers in the bar a month ago, OK for the Bar food, menu looked ok. Dinner in the dining room and very disappointed in the meal; Spinach salad was good, Salmon was OK nothing special. Shrimp Scampi was horrible, pasta over cooked and no flavor in the sauce (none). Stated on menu "Tiger Prawns" in white wine and garlic sauce, real small prawns?. May go back for appetizer but not a meal. Nice bar crowd, friendly. Stay away from the shrimp "prawns"."
    Dined on 12/26/2013
  • "This place is a hidden gem in the Oakland hills. Very easy to get to. The food was outstanding. The staff was friendly and helpful. Parking can be tricky because of a lack of space. Prices were fair for the quantity and quality of food. Would definitely recommend."
    Dined on 12/12/2013
  • "It was nice. Good food. Nice place. Just didn't stand out for me thought... Would I go again? Sure. It's conveniently located."
    Dined on 11/23/2013
  • "Food was really good for the price (great value) and I love that we can order from bar menu anywhere, and combine it with regular dinner menu. Really cozy vibe, great server/service, and better than any restaurant in Montclair Village, where I live. I'll be back!"
    Dined on 12/6/2013
  • "Nice find on the east side of the bay. Food was very good, we both enjoyed our meals. Menu value is excellent, most items under $20. with good portions. They also had a very vibrant bar with quite an appetizer or small plate list. This was our first visit, we will be going back. Monaghan's On The Hill appeared to be a local favorite, as the crowd was substantial for a Thursday evening."
    Dined on 12/5/2013
  • "We had a very nice time at Minaghans and the food was very good. The ambiance was warm and inviting."
    Dined on 11/23/2013
  • "Not great, but ok patio for outdoor dining. Mainly went for the band Loose Blues and dancing and had dinner inside by window viewing band. Dancing is on small brick patio right in front of the band. Not a good surface for dancing and too small."
    Dined on 11/9/2013
  • "Expensive for what you get but the food is reasonably good and the portions are large. Service was friendly but inattentive. There was a five member band performing the night we were there. They were just OK. Parking is horrendous. Their parking lot only has about 8 spaces. The rest is street parking and it is sparce. This is our second time there and we would not have gone back if we didn't have a $25 off certificate. They are aiming for a fine dining experience with their pricing but they don't quite make it for the overall experience. We each had an appetizer, a glass of wine, entree and shared a dessert. The price with tip before the $25 discount was $75."
    Dined on 8/8/2013
  • "The food is good and the service was very good. Liked the outdoor patio and they had live music."
    Dined on 7/25/2013
  • "We picked this restaurant due to its proximity to the Woodminster Amphitheater. We had a 6:30 reservation for an 8 PM show, and, fortunately, arrived 20 minutes early due to light traffic--otherwise we would have been late. Part of the problem was waiting 10 minutes with our menus closed for someone to take our order. The main problem was the long wait between my soup (her salad) and the main course, which didn't come until 7:05. No comment or apology from the server, so I have to assume this was par for the course. Also, I didn't receive a bowl for the empty shells for my paella, which should be pretty standard. The food, while not great, was decent enough. From other reviewers' comments, management must be aware of these service problems."
    Dined on 7/14/2013
  • "One of the servers walked up to a table, took the man's glass of wine, downed it, before asking how they were doing. Our own server was cheerful but preferred socializing with the hostess than serving tables. The food could've been worse, and the live band playing on the back deck sounded quite good, but this place fails miserably on its abysmal quality of service. We got up and left before our last course was served (which we had already paid for)."
    Dined on 7/13/2013
  • "Several friends and I went to eat and dance on a recent Saturday summer evening. The food was good, our waiter was very accommodating and the live band and dancing was great."
    Dined on 6/29/2013
  • "The music brought me to this restaurant and found the food very good. Even on a buzy hot night the service was excellent."
    Dined on 6/29/2013
  • "The food and service were spotty. The romaine salad was very good along with the on-tap Speakeasy beer. However, the braised short ribs did not have any depth of flavor and were probably not even braised. They tasted pressure cooked. The red wine sauce was weak. The appetizers were okay but better as bar fare, not fine dining. The service was fair but serving the hot dish before bringing out the salad entrees was not appropriate as the hot dish had to wait for the cold dishes to come out so we could all start dining together. This could be a nice neighborhood gem if they get better on food quality and focus on the dining experience. I sense the bar component of the restaurant does well as it was packed."
    Dined on 6/8/2013
  • "very good bar scene; nice crowd, cool staff, great Taco Tuesday special eat in the restaurant in the back for more refined fare - the ribs, slaw, salads and shrimp are highly recommended"
    Dined on 5/28/2013
  • "My salad did not appear until main course, my husband had to ask for more salad dressing & bread & it took a long time. My prime rib was the toughest I have ever had. His pork was just ok, not very tasty. Molten lava cake was good. Will not return."
    Dined on 5/11/2013
  • "My boyfriend and I booked a 1000pt table and came here expecting a nice quiet dinner. The food was unimpressive and the noise from the bar poured over into the main dining area. There is a pool table and long bar; so the restaurant seems more like a sports bar with extra seating in the back. I had the Surf and Turf. My steak (medium) was not flavorful as described and was overcooked and the shrimp was similarly bland. The waitress was nice though."
    Dined on 5/1/2013
  • "Good restaurant and neighborhood bar. Much energy and excitement from the locals in the bar area, cheering on the A's."
    Dined on 4/10/2013
  • "Server did not respond to prime rib lukewarm temperature appropriately. The vegetables were hot and the conclusion that the meat was below temperature when plated can be made. He offered to have meat reheated but reheating the prime rib would render it too well done. I chose to eat the meat almost cold--not a pleasant experience."
    Dined on 3/10/2013
  • "Although we enjoyed the food and the service was quite friendly, I doubt that I will ever return. The parking is simply atrocious. Somebody even parked across the driveway forcing us to drive half a block on the sidewalk to leave! To reach the handicap spot, you have to drive up on the curb."
    Dined on 2/21/2013
  • "their cioppino is the best I've ever had. when they have it. but it comes and goes off the menu. My latest visit was for Valentine's Day - they had a special Valentines day menu. No cioppino, but the prime rib was good and generously sized. The duck breast was also good but portion was very small."
    Dined on 2/14/2013
  • "Surprisingly good food at thus neighborhood spot in the Oakland Hills. I was desperate for a last minute spot for Valentines dinner with a special friend. I had never been to nor heard of the restaurant. I found it on Open Table and chose it because it was one of the few places that had availability at the time I wanted. I arrived a few minutes after my date and she was already seated. The decor was not as upscale as I had hoped, but I would describe it as "quaint". When the waitress first arrived, it was clear there was a knowledge deficit. Despite this, the food was excellent, especially the crab cake appetuzers and the fried artichoke sides."
    Dined on 2/14/2013
  • "Live music was a bit loud for two old timers, but the food was excellent. They have different kinds of music, including jazz some nights that would have been easier to eat by than the rock band on Thursday."
    Dined on 2/7/2013
  • "Food was great. Spinach salad rocked. Pork milanese was a great medley of flavors and the bread pudding was a thing of beauty."
    Dined on 1/30/2013