MUA

MUA

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.muaoakland.com/
  • Phone: 5102381100x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch on Fridays
    Fridays only 11:30am-3pm

    Dinner:
    Sunday 5pm-10pm
    Monday-Thursday 5:30pm-11pm
    Friday-Saturday 5:30pm-midnight
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Fusion / Eclectic, Contemporary American
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Please email info@muaoakland.com for private party inquiries.
  • Private Party Contact: Euri Dong 5102381100x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Broadway
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from MUA
MUA is an eclectic dining, drinking and entertainment spot for all ages in Uptown Oakland.
Enter the 1930's warehouse-era building, pass through a curtain and find yourself at the welcoming bar. Venture beyond and the space opens up to a surprisingly large two story dining area with large communal tables and smaller tables, surrounded by local artwork that constantly changes.
The food is American and Asian comfort food served in small and large plates.
Later in the evenings MUA has DJs along with other surprise events (check the website to see the latest). It's a great place for large parties.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
MUA reviews from OpenTable diners
195 reviews since May 19, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.2
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelEnergetic
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (123)hot spot (118)fit for foodies (116)vibrant bar scene (116)neighborhood gem (94)special occasion (55)late-night find (54)romantic (25)kid-friendly (19)great for outdoor dining (16)notable wine list (15)great for lunch (12)scenic view (6)great for brunch (4)Show More
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Wonderful food - Great place for a vegetarian with so many vegetarian dishes (and not bad for meat eaters too). It is very noisy though (possible to have a conversation but only with occasional shouting). Wine list and drinks are on the pricy side but in line with what other restaurants charge.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Good food I would like just a few more menu choices service was good . I will definitely return
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great spot!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Mua was a fantastic dining experience. Everything from the staff to the food. Our server was very attentive to our party of 12. We had 5 different appetizers that were all delicious. Everyone enjoyed their entrees. Highly recommend Mua!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Small plates to share are marvelous.My wife and I shared the lamb shank with couscous--It was perfectly prepared
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • ScooterVIP
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Hopping bar scene. Nice techno-electronic dance music. Food is good but not outstanding. Kale Salad was the only memorable item that we had.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I'll go back
    boppiess
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    I really like Mua but this time it wasn't as great as before. I didn't get my entree until I reminded the waiter I had ordered it - my friend's entree came out on time. And my entree wasn't as good as when I had had it before. My friend's fried chicken was just okay. So I've had better experiences there but I really like it and will return.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Eclectic vibe!
    Gerry
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Food is wonderful and the presentation is great. Been twice and every thing we've ordered is delicious. Wait staff is very knowledgeable and friendly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Besos to MUA
    DeeEllGee
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    This was my third visit to MUA, and I had the best service I've had yet. This wasn't a special occasion...my sister and I were too lazy to cook Saturday night, so we made a last minute reservation. The food was great. Brussel Sprouts and Ribs were the highlights of the night. Another great experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • MUA is off the Hook!
    darblu
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Cavernous energetic big room with incredible presence and ambiance. Have eaten here twice and loved it both times with all around great food, drinks, excellent DJ, and an over the top Hip vibe. We ran into a couple of friends at Art Murmur and I called Mua to see if we could add 2 to our party and they accommodated us no problem. This place goes on forever with rooms and mezzanines, and I think it is a true feat that they can keep a place of this scale offering such great food, drinks, and service. Love it!
    Special Features:
    hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • catbee
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    The hostess was very accommodating in giving us a quieter table. Loved the food, the service, and our awesome bird's eye view of the restaurant from our table. Great for birthday parties and celebratory dinners. We will definitely be returning!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fit for ANY Occasion!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    This place is PERFECT for a girl's night out, date night, family dinner night, etc. It's fun and energetic. It was a great experience and would definitely go back again!
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Yes It's Loud
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    As many reviews have said, the place is quite loud. We sat upstairs where the noise was much more tolerable. It was pretty easy to have a conversation across the table. A great cocktail and food selection. Nothing rally knocked me out so a four star rating. I would go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • palauan
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Very hip and artsy, feel the energy and excellent bar drinks selection. Service is excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • MojooVIP
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Consistent delicious food. Great appetizers! Good service!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • So Disappointing
    jcdewart
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    I took my boyfriend to MUA for his birthday. I wanted to do something really special for him. The restaurant seemed really exciting at first . . . fun ambiance, art on the walls. But the food. The food was really not great. The flavor was okay but the plating was flat and uninspired. The fried items we tried were flabby and soaked in grease, not crispy. All of the flavors were super-rich without a foil to offset that richness. Overall, it made me sad and it gave us both indigestion. I will take him somewhere else next year. :(
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  • Interesting noisy surroundings!
    Luv2EatVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Have been couple times. Seating close together and can be very noisy! But food overall is fine, sometimes a bit bland!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Fun place, food was terrible, except for the calamari. Spare ribs dry, steak overpriced and half of it was fat, lamb cheeks recommended but were fatty, little gems salad was sour, duck was very salty. Flourless Chocolate cake dry, bread pudding and fruit cobbler were good. non alcoholic drinks for were overpriced at $7.00 for a glass of strawberry lemonade for my kids. It was 200.00 for my husband and 2 kids to have a very mediocre birthday dinner : (
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Just okay
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    The service was a little disappointing and the waitress was not friendly or engaging. We ordered the brussel sprouts and the spare ribs as appetizers. The brussel sprouts were overcooked and mushy and the spare ribs were overpowered by the taste of Worcestershire sauce. The food overall was just okay and not worth the price. This was my second time at Mau and I don’t plan on going back. There are too many decent places to go here in the Bay Area.
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  • Excellent..
    BigTimeFoodie
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    I've dined at MUA on several occasions, and each time my experience has been enjoyable! Great place for food, fun and drinks with friends!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, special occasion, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Casual Family Dinner
    Funfood
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We had a choice between Chop Bar in Oakland or Mua. Chop Bar only reservation was at 9pm and Mua was able to make appt on Open Table website for 7 at 7pm. Great choice, everyone love the ambiance, drinks and food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always awesome!!!!
    NordoVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    This place rocks time and time again - our 6 year old can't wait to go back....the small plates are perfect for him
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great menu for gluten free & vegan
    AliceBTVIP
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Well, maybe not as much vegan but vegetarian, tho there are vegan choices. But gluten-free folks can eat happily; the food is delicious and eclectic -- I like the soft-shell crab po'boy, my spouse likes the steak, but you could easily make a great meal from the appetizers and small plates. Also what's a pleasure about MUA is that it's very "Oaklandish" -- everyone shows up; families with kids, parties of 10, lesbian & gay couples & friends, folks of all races & ages; the waiters are friendly and competent. We take our friends from out of town to give them an Oakland flavor.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyed It
    TwoForDinner
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    First time diner at Mua. Funky, eclectic ambiance - liked it. Good service. Could have a more diverse wine by the glass offering. Would come back
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good Time
    Nevergoingagain
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Enjoyed the Mac and "cheese" and pecan tart. Great Drinks also!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • EL11VIP
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Loved the watermelon salad, polenta, and the cheese free Mac & cheese. Artichoke hearts were so so.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • WAY TOO LOUD
    BradC
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    The starters of grilled artichokes, and a beet/goat cheese salad were very good. The hamburger was excellent, but the fries were not crispy enough. The cocktails and wine were very good. The service was excellent. However, while the music played was acceptable, the loudness played was NOT. It was so loud that many people were "cupping" their ears so they could hear the other people at their table. When I asked several employees about the loudness they said that they had heard this complaint many times, but "the owners likes it this way". The owner can count me out as a customer.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food and atmosphere
    2brides
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Everything we ordered was amazing...from the salads and small plates to the entrees...to the cocktails...and the creme brûlée. We had a vegan with us and she loved her options too. I even tried one of her small plates with tofu (which I normally hate) and the chef must be a magician, because it was so tasty. Can't wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • No disappointments-we'll be back
    only1lgt
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    We visited MUA with my niece and her husband for dinner on a Saturday night with a 6:30 reservation. We were seated immediately upstairs where we were told it was less chaotic than downstairs. Thankfully we took the advice and had a nice table. As the entire restaurant is open, the music was a little loud but we could have a conversation. We ordered 4 small plates. I especially liked the calamari and brussel sprouts in browned butter. Also we ordered crab cakes and padron peppers, all very good. The large plates we ordered were also very good, but we especially liked the assortment of small plates. Our next visit will be for small plates and a bottle of wine. Our waiter was attentive even though he was very busy, did not rush us.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great
    Goodtimes
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Only second time that I have been to this restaurant but I love the rustic feel and the customer service. The food dishes are great and good for a big group because you can order a little of everything and share. Wings and shrimp are to die for.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A feast for the senses
    Luvbees
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    We were blown away from the start! The restaurant is beautiful, artsy, large, and energetic. Our group of four was seated immediately upstairs, and soon, we had some well made cocktails in hand, enjoying them with fried padrons and stuffed squash flowers. Please order the squash flowers before the season ends, you will be grateful you did. Our waitress was sweet, helpful, and attentive and her suggestions were perfect including the no cheese"mac n cheese" and the burrata ( it was sublime). Next, we feasted on pork jowl lettuce wraps, lamb tagine, duck confit, and bone marrow (very large portion, and wow, so melt in your mouth delicious!)... Believe it or not, we had room for chocolate cake. Perfect ending. All senses gratified.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hip local hotspot!
    Pulse
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    First time going there and it was fantastic! It has a very industrial chic vibe and is very large-great for large parties. The food was excellent and the drink were amazing-great mixologists! We loved the duck confit, best we ever had. The new pineapple upside down cake with coconut ice cream was out of the world! We will definitely best back soon and will share this spot with friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always great food!
    David
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Always great food at Mua. Love all the food options and various cocktails. Limited communication with others at your table due to music is on the louder side and acoustics are challenging in this warehouse space.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Big Fan
    RYGY
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    Took my team from work for late dinner. They are young and were super excited about the menu. They were able to try a bunch of new things and it didn't break the bank.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • BREAD PUDDING...SAY NO MORE
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    My wife and I dined at Mua 2 years ago with a group of friends and had a great time. We returned as we were celebrating our anniversary specifically for the Bread Pudding. We have never tasted anything like it and will be back again for that very reason.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great restaurant
    Jukie888
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Been here multiple times and the food never disappoints, especially the calamari. Service is hit and miss, but usually more of a hit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yum. Fun.
    RLDinOakland
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Our group of 15 had a wonderful evening at MUA! We started on the patio with happy hour, and then went inside for dinner. We had a last-minute change in our reservation, and the staff was incredibly helpful in accommodating the change, even on a crowded Saturday evening. Then came the food--every dish was excellent. With such a large group, we were able to try over half the menu, and there was not a single disappointment. The wine list was great too.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fun but music distracting
    Bassless
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    MUA is a regular dining spot for us but many times the music is over the top. The only person who seemed to enjoy is was the DJ up there by himself. He probably couldn't hear the annoyingly prominent bass line that made any conversation difficult.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • luv2eat
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    Not my first time there, good is good every single time but I suggest management offer customer service classes for some of their staff. Something as simple as providing a great customer experience or bad customer service can drive customers in or take their business elsewhere no matter how great the good is.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • awesome!
    yummyyummyfood
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    we ordered everything on the menu and everything was awesome. it's pretty noisy, but upstairs is a lot quieter
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great atmosphere, would go back
    Lulu
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    Loved the atmosphere the second we walked in. Different than any restaurant we had been into! We had a group of six and were sat at a large table in the middle of the restaurant. The ahi tuna sashimi was amazing, the CBQ burger was also great. Only complaint was that our waiter was not fun, or very involved. He also brought out a dessert for one of our birthday, yet he charged us for the dessert that we didn't order. Overall it was a good experience and I would definatley go back and hope to get a different waiter.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.