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

Monaghan's on the Hill

  • 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: Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service, Californian
  • 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 8886522193
  • 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!
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
Monaghan's on the Hill reviews from OpenTable diners
21 reviews since July 30, 2014
Overall Rating3.6
  • Food3.4
    Service3.7
  • Ambiance3.4
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (14)great for outdoor dining (9)vibrant bar scene (9)good for groups (6)kid-friendly (5)great for lunch (5)romantic (3)late-night find (3)great for brunch (2)hot spot (2)special occasion (1)fit for foodies (1)notable wine list (1)Show More
  • Good neighborhood restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 11/4/2014
    Although it looks small from the outside I was happily surprised by the spaciousness and I quite enjoyed the ambiance. The happy hour menu has a good range of foods and are priced very well. We went for Taco Tuesday and the fish was really tender. I would go back!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Won't go back!
    JulesVIP
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    Food was awful! Even with a $25 coupon, it was not worth it at all. Too bad, because our server was very good.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Sometimes... hit or miss
    EATS4BB3VIP
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    House Salad was fresh and not overly dressed, the Boneless Short Ribs were great, as was the Chicken Marsala. TWO problems...had the Chicken Marsala because the Talapia Piccata was NOT good, the fish was mealy and off tasting.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • the best
    fatbird
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    In Oakland, do not waste your time - visit Monaghan's for risk free experience
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • didn't stay to eat
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    there is no air conditioning or fans and all windows were closed during a heat wave. We were told we couldn't eat outside despite the many empty tables in full view. Hostess seated us and then we were ignored for the next 15 minutes. Not so much as a wave, a wink, or an ' I'll be right there'. Too hot and grumpy to put up with such poor service - we left without eating.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food was good
    KayR
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    We went on a Saturday night to celebrate my step mom's birthday. Happy hour drinks are excellent.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Service was excellent!
    AnitaVIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    I thought this was a 1000 points reservation but was only credited 100 points
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not worth the money
    Ttttttt
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    We weren't greeted when we came in for several minutes even though waiters walked by. The food was ok, but not work the price. It is convenient from where I live but I doubt I will be back.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Live music
    Mloak
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    The live music was excellent! Food was very good. Casual and festive atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great neighborhood hot spot.
    WalnutCreekScott
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    I really like Monaghan's. They have a surprisingly good menu. Live entertainment is fun. The service people are really nice and accommodating. Drinks are well-priced. Parking is a bit of a challenge but worth it. I really like this place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Still the same(it is a good thing)
    EATS4BB3VIP
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Alejandro is a great server, I never ran out of water, dirty dishes disappeared, and everyone had a smile. As for the food, the salads were both fresh(baby beet&spring greens) with good, but not too much dressing. Had the Pork loin and Talapia, both were good without being over sauced. The area that fell short was the Peanut Cream pie, I LOVE peanut butter and there was not enough in the pie. Lots of folks in the bar and front patio, a good time was had by all.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good eats and drinks
    Foodie1
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    We have been going to Monaghan's since it opened. The bar scene was always lively but the restaurant had struggles early on maintaining consistent quality in both service and food quality. Happily their menu problems seem to be solved. We have enjoyed several well prepared dinners for four and a couple late night romantic dinners for two. There is music on the patio some nights but we prefer to eat inside and then dance when we are done eating. There is a large "party" room that you can see into from the main dining room but with the doors to it closed we didn't get bothered by any noise in there. The bar is far enough away that even on game nights (most nights) the noise level was fine. Get the fireplace tables for warm seating in winter
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Favorite Bar offering
    mouse1
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    I ordered the Pozole (stew or soup) from the Bar Menu. It was Fantastic. Although it was August the weather was cold out on the patio and it hit the spot.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 8 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 30, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.8
    • Food3.6
    • Ambiance3.5
    • Service3.9
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The following 93 reviews are from the Monaghan's on the Hill reviews archive.
  • Worse than before
    WinoDino
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    My brother and I had not been to Monaghan's for a long time and decided to try it again. The dining room and outdoor patio were busy. We were seated and after a short while our server came to take a drink order. My brother orders vodka and water. Our server is handling many tables, so I am not surprised when drinks take a while. After trying, my brother says "taste this." His drink is actually tequila! The drink is replaced, but without so much as an "I'm sorry." Finally our food arrives and my 'Fish & Chips' are frozen fish sticks heated in an oven, and what is billed as "Seasoned Fries" turns out to be regular fries with parsley flakes sprinkled on. The food is mediocre, prices are low, service is lax. Guess that works for some people.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    We ate outside on the patio, which was very nice and quiet enough to converse easily. Despite my misgivings, fried pickles were delicious as was the fried calamari, lemon and artichokes and the marinara sauce that came with them. An entree entitled "airline chicken" - despite its anti-auspicious name - was very good. The Caesar salad was worse than disappointing. Service was hit-and-miss.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fun Place
    dreaMiles
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    We came for dinner before a show at the Woodminster Amphitheater. We were surprised and lucky to find a live band playing on the patio! I ordered an arugula salad for dinner which was OK, and my husband got the Chicken Piccata which was way better than mine! The interior is really cute with exposed beams and bistro lights.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Improving
    DanCVIP
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    Monaghan's has gradually been getting better over the last couple of years, in my experience. I think the quality is now good for the price, and they are clearly working to keep up with the Oakland restaurant scene. And the bar has a very nice ambience for neighborhood gathering.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner and the Blues
    Wicklowman
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Our party of 4 enjoyed a wonderful Saturday evening at Monaghans. The Aki Kumar Blues Band were what drew us in, but dinner was terrific too.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    food was very good had the chicken piccata at the recomendation of the waitress and it was great.other people in our party had prime rib and another had the short ribs and both said they were great. will return
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It was way too noisy!
    Pablo
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Saturday Night Fun!
    winlvr
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ok
    Budd
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Kind of a simple place, food was good but not much selection.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just a great dining experience!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Interesting
    JBGY
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 2hijasandmaxVIP
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Surprising visit. We enjoyed the food and unexpected music. We will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fine food, atmosphere
    Rapidfirerob
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    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. :)
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always good
    BeemorVIP
    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.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    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
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and great music!
    Pudly
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Waste of Good Space
    gslover60VIP
    Dined on 2/23/2014
    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.
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  • Nice, but not what we thought
    MrsAye
    Dined on 2/13/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved the food but it was
    FoodRequired1VIP
    Dined on 2/7/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not on the beaten path
    SteveV
    Dined on 1/26/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Monaghan's on the Hill - a Gem!
    Delight
    Dined on 1/25/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    diggers1
    Dined on 12/26/2013
    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".
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice place to enjoy a meal or drink
    Quinns
    Dined on 12/21/2013
    Nice easy place to dine. Always good food, good service and periodically active sports bar scene.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hidden gem in the hills
    Fyrflie
    Dined on 12/12/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great first impression
    oaklandeaterVIP
    Dined on 12/6/2013
    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!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great local spot
    RandR
    Dined on 12/5/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice surprise
    Snocone
    Dined on 11/23/2013
    We had a very nice time at Minaghans and the food was very good. The ambiance was warm and inviting.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.