MUA
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 June 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.2
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelEnergetic
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (135)hot spot (125)fit for foodies (122)vibrant bar scene (120)neighborhood gem (91)late-night find (58)special occasion (44)great for outdoor dining (23)notable wine list (19)romantic (16)kid-friendly (16)great for lunch (10)great for brunch (5)scenic view (3)Show More
  • Noise
    Stephanie
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    It's very, very loud. I got a sore throat just trying to talk to my two friends who were sitting next to me. The night we went they had a DJ playing old 90's hiphop music, which I love, but not at the volume of a club. If they added some sound-proofing so it doesn't echo I would go more frequently and maybe even get to try everything on their menu!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Experience.
    GDubb
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    If your looking for great food and wine this is the place for you. Its great for groups and a date night with a special someone. I enjoy this place and you will too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic food, amazing service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    I wish we could have ordered everything on the menu, but we had to choose, and we did: grilled romaine, pressed watermelon, brussel sprouts, spare ribs, calamari, bone marrow, blackened catfish. And there were only three of us. And we had dessert. Everything was a celebration of flavors, and our waiter kept the rhythm just right. Things came at a regular pace, and we never felt rushed. We'll be back often.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food and service!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2001
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    I had their 1lb rib eye w/ fries dish, and I took half of it home. But, wow! Very flavorful! My brother who is a food and wine snob had their macaroni and cheese appetizer and BBQ ribs, and he said it was outstanding! My nephews are allergic to everything, so we needed the gluten-free, dairy free, egg free, peanuts free and yeast free food. And, they grilled the 1lb rib eye clean and made them a special spinach side dish not on the menu for the kiddos. Their fries were clean as well. What was amazing was their bread pudding dessert. Both my brother and I agree that it might be the best bread pudding we've ever had! BTW, because we had kids, they put us on the 2nd floor where it wasn't as noisy. Super accommodating!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great girls night!
    KayJay
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Met with the girls and our table was ready immediately- great vibe, good Dj, great food (we shared several small plates) and the prices were very reasonable for everything you get. Will definitely be going back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lots of Options
    RichH
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    My wife and I heard about MUA from our daughter the foodie and decided to take her brother and his wife there for his birthday. We walked in and were a bit blown back by the noise level! The hostess took one look at us (we are over-50 types) and said, "Would you like the quiet room?" She took us through this enormous space and upstairs; to my surprise the space, though open to one section of the ground floor, was quiet enough for great conversation. Additional options are in the structure of the menu - either small plates or larger entrees are available. One of us ordered two small plates, the others an entree. Portion size was perfect - generous but not wasteful. Beer and wine lists are decent if not outstanding. Desserts were all great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Friday Lunch Find
    rl19523
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Having enjoyed a couple great dinners at Mua, I took a friend for its once-a-week (Friday) lunch. The lunch menu included some dinner faves, like the delicious vegetable ragout, but lightened up with more tapa-type dishes, sandwiches, and salads. The interior lighting and noise level were only slightly lighter than at dinner, although the candles and DJ were absent. The food and service, however, were almost as good. The only not-so-great dish we tried was the kale salad, which was primarily bland cooked kale combined with extremely vinegary pickled onions. In previous visits my groups had never had a bad dish. But everything else was terrific. Warning: This is NOT a place for the hard of hearing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Something for everyone
    Trish
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    I went with a group of ladies from work, all with different dietary needs. We all found something we enjoyed and can't wait to come back again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    Our family always enjoy dining at Mua's. The food and drinks were excellent. Despite the large crowd, the service was very good and respectful of our time sensitive schedule.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Overall great place
    wineplease
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Sweet location in the owner's old art studio (am a designer). Excellent food and drinks. I would say a good value as far as quality and uniqueness of food to price.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good food and service, but noisy
    goodfood
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    mua looks and feels very hip and the food is pretty darned good. but here's the drawback - it's a big loud noise space with poor acoustical engineering, so that conversations among a group of friends are difficult. the dj and light show - do we need that while eating dinner? i don't, but maybe some one else does. the food was good and the service was great. good drinks list - all the elements of being a fun place, but so over stimulating that i felt we were eating as fast as we could and got out of there asap. not a place to linger.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Husband's Birthday
    Gamma10
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    I took my husband here for his birthday. When we arrived it was already bustling with lots of people. We were greeted by 2 people and the person who looked up our reservation actually commented on my request for a quiet table! They took a few minutes but found us the perfect table that was a bit quieter and away from the music speakers. Our server, Alan (I think) was amazing as were the rest of the table staff. Helpful, attentive, but not at all hovering. The food - amazing. We ordered 3 small plates and on entree to share. We ordered mussels, lamb cheeks, no cheese Mac n cheese and the brussel sprouts (not mention dessert and a great beer). It was a great dining & birthday experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful Dining Experience
    GoodFoodie
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    When we walked in, we were greeted by a very lovely woman. I was with my mom who's 85 and the lady was concerned about seating her right away. I LOVED that! Once we were seated, the waiter came over to ask what we wanted to drink. Very polite and efficient. All in all, this was a great dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great ambiance!
    pamBino
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    No cheese Mac and cheese is so good and so is the soft shell crab po boy. Everything else is great too but these two items is what brings me back! The ambiance is live so is the music. Great place!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Noisy but fun
    oaklandauthor
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    I generally steer clear of noisy restaurants, but MUA is the exception. It's high energy and blasting loud, but the food is delicious and reasonable and it's such a fun scene. Great options for vegetarians and vegans, as well as omnivores. And a fun cocktail list (though at last visit the drinks were small and weak). Always a blast.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • SAM
    SAM409
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Excellent food, fun decor, attentive wait staff. Great place for our girls night out!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great find
    rikabird
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    Live in sf, but was going to the tears for fears show at the fox and wanted something delicious nearby. Recommended by a friend so we checked it out. Aside from not being marked as seated in opentable and having to dispute this with the restaurant since I was being penalized by OT, it was overall an enjoyable experience. Service was slow for 6:30pm on a Wednesday (perhaps bc we weren't ordering as much as other tables?), but everything was tasty (zesty guacamole, gluten free gougeres, perfectly salted pardon peppers, and grilled romaine Caesar). Enjoyable wine and beer selection also. I'll be back next time in Oakland, but will for sure make sure they properly mark my reservation before being seated.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun place!
    yummers
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    The ambiance is quite a cool warehouse space with lots of interesting art. The food isn't too shabby, either. The mussels and lamb cheeks in particular were outstanding on this trip but the rest of our food (smoked trout salad, mac & "cheese," 24 hour ribs) hovered in the "good enough" range. I love that they serve Crabbie's Alcoholic Ginger Beer! I keep coming back for that alone.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Funky and Cool
    JulezKass
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    I liked the vibe of Mua. I did think that the food was okay, but not outstanding. The ambiance was super cool and edgy. I enjoyed my visit. My artichoke was undercooked, the nectarines in my arugula/quinoa salad were on the crunchy-side. Crab cakes were terrific.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • FoodieNut
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    This is one of my favorite places in Oakland. I took my 14 year old niece wanted her to experience an urban feel restaurant. She thought the place was REALLY cool! The food is yummy! She ordered a Crab Poor Boy Sandwich and I got the Fried Chicken. I wanted her to try the Brussel Sprouts and the Vegan Mac & Cheese...she loved both side dishes. Cocktails are really good. The vibe in their is awesome. I LOVE the DJ spinning the old school R&B that was a good set that evening.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice spot
    boagente
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    First time at MUA. Chose MUA because of the proximity to the Paramount Theatre. The restaurant looks small from first look of the outside but is actually quite large. Menu is varied enough to please a variety of tastes. Food was good .... nothing exceptional. Looks like a great place for drinks and appetizers. Getting a glimpse of the plates that were served to other tables, many looked quite appealing. I will try it again.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • LarryC
    Berkeley63
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    I was very impressed with the menu and excellent service. Their chicken milanese was the best I can remember eating. The scene is very hip, lots of young professionals and its decor certainly adds to the new bohemian scene in Downtown Oakland. My one big complaint is that it is incredibly noisy!! I could barely hear my dinner mate across the table. Next time, I'll try going there for lunch. If you are looking for an intimate, romantic dinner or even first date, this is not the place! If you want to try some great cocktails, great food, enjoy a boisterous evening with your posse and don't mind yelling while you are eating, you'll have a great time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • MUA
    teddy
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    This was my first experience and my guest to MUA. We both enjoyed our lunch and drinks. Was very impressed with the menu. Will certainly make this one of my favorite restaurants and have told friends about MUA.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Good comfort food, excellent service and cool vibe.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding!
    nine11golferVIP
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    We love this place. From intimate date nights, groups of friends, or with our 5 year old...this place is awesome!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 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.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great spot!
    dinnerwithfriends
    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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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.
    • Food
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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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fit for ANY Occasion!
    RachelsReviews123
    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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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. :(
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic