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MUA Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.muaoakland.com
  • Phone: (510) 238-1100
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch on Fridays
    Fridays only 11:30am-3pm

    Sunday 5pm-10pm
    Monday-Thursday 5:30pm-11pm
    Friday-Saturday 5:30pm-midnight
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American, Fusion / Eclectic, 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 (510) 238-1100

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 WinnerContemporary American
  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
Diner Reviews
  • "Eclectic atmosphere and wide variety on a short menu. Good stuff. Recommended by a co-worker of a friend who lives in the area, it didn't dissapoint. The food items we really liked weren't the usual seasonings. The tender ribs are seasoned different, good different, although the kids didn't like them. The NO cheese mac and cheese was awesome. The Duck Confit was outstanding. The Beef Bone Marrow is a rare menu item in any restaurant, give it a try. Great experience."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "The menu is awesome. There is a lot of variety in terms of type of cuisine, light and heavy dishes, and price. We like choosing a bunch of options across sections of the menu (salads, small plates, entrees) to share as a table. We are glad to have found a new neighborhood spot to go back to regularly!"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "We went the first time about a year ago. My parents were visiting and my father suggested we go again. Made the reservation via open table and arrived on time. After a few minutes we were seated. Waitress was friendly and provided some good comments. We wanted to try different dishes from our first visit. Food arrived hot and tasty (chicken wings, roasted peppers and calamari for appetizers and lamb shank, steak, fried chiken and slalad for main dishes). Overall we were pleased with our food with the only exception dessert. We ordered mint chip ice cream sandwich that had very little ice cream between two hard cookies ($6.00). Only disappointment of the night."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Loved it and can't wait to go back! There is no other place like it -- Art, music and food are a wonderful combination."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Great addition to revitalized Oakland. Always enjoy the food and ambience at MUA."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "I took my friend here for Birthday Dinner. Food was great and wonderful variety. Unique dishes ! We had several small plates. dessert freshly made is off the charts !! Coffee was horrible.."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "Had my going away party here and everything was really good!! Thank you"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "You can always count on Mua for amazing food and a great drink menu. The service is always great, and the ambiance is fun. My particular favorite is the butternut squash mac & cheese. This time, I had the Salmon, and it was cooked to perfection, seared perfectly with great flavor. I was celebrating my birthday; and as always, it was a great atmosphere. My friends and I had a blast."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Great food. But for someone my age (51) the noise level is so high and can't even hear people at my own table. Makes conversation very hard and unenjoyable to attempt. Will only go back late at night when they are one of the few options open."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "Mua is my first date get-up. Every first date I have near Oakland I select Mua. Why? Because you just can't go wrong. The bar is always crowded so my date and I are well seen as we pass those thatsettle just for drinks.Seating is always perfect because there is no bad spot in the house. You can see everything from anywhere. The music always flows and tends to mix with my wine and entree and we all dance together as I nibble away. If my date is able to moan and eat at the same time while looking for more then he's happy. Very happy. And that makes me happy. I've eaten just about everything on the menu and I can attest, every dish is amazing. I've never complained and nor have my dates. Mua is perfect and closes late so more time to date."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "Good food, good bar, funky and fun environment. A comfortable and easy going place. Always try the roasted romaine, and the artichoke. Great small plates!"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "every food item was delicious--and such variety---great tastings for a group"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Good food, energetic and friendly staff... Will definitely be back (even if we're not in the area). Can't wait to try their brunch!"
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "The food is wonderful here! It is one of our favorite spots. Now they've added a simple addition to the menu that lists all the food that is, or can be made, vegan/gluten free/etc Note: Mua is a LOUD place. We asked to sit upstairs, which it quieter, but they don't always have it open for dining. On days when we can't deal with loud, we go somewhere else."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "It seemed like they were in a bit over their heads trying to accommodate so many large parties on the night we dined. Our main courses were brought out before our starters. We asked to receive the starters first. After receiving the starters, we then waited almost 40 minutes to receive our main courses. Our reservation was at 7, and we didn't finish our main courses until 10 which didn't leave us any time for desert. I won't come again with a large group, but will for a casual dinner with one or two friends."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Mua has great food and service! This is not a quite restaurant, as it always has a DJ spinning!"
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "This was my second time to Mua. Everything was great about the restaurant. They took the Guiness floats off the menu (because they no longer sell Guiness), but the staff was accommodating and made us a few floats with a different stout."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "Great food, super smart service, and an incredibly diverse crowd of happy people, And we liked the bass player with the disc jockey. Mua is very well run and always a delightful evening. Our favorite restaurant in the Bay Area. "
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "It's not exactly that this is a five-star restaurant in the way that Camino or Chez Panisse may be, but the food is reliably good, the menu inventive and interesting, the servers funny and competent, and they care about folks with food restrictions -- enough to have a special menu, and invent delicious new gluten-free & vegan offerings. Plus it's "Oakland" at it's best - everyone of every kind & persuasion & age & their kids having a good time. "
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "Went here for dinner, split an appetizer and a main course (artichoke & CBQ burger) with someone. There was plenty of food for us both, and the quality was above average (Artichoke was average, CBQ burger was crazy good). The service and drinks were exceptional as well."
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "My husband and I usually walk to mua and sit outside on the patio with our dog. No formal service out there, but always had a great experience ordering at the bar and having the runner deliver our food. Recently, we took some friends for dinner and sat inside. We ordered a lot of food and drinks, which was all delicious. Problem was the annoying food server who was hovering over our table for the entire meal, continuously interrupting our conversations and making us feel rushed? There were other available tables, so I don't understand the rush. At 70 dollars per person, I would expect more courteous and professional service. As always, the support staff was friendly and attentive without being in your face and the food was superb. "
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "Loved this place the very first time, and every time I get to dine here. MUA is both a food and artistic experience. The eclectic and upbeat interiors, the wonderful staff, the energetic music, the array of food choices - all made my 4 hour dinnertime feel too short! "
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "The atmosphere is great, but would prefer music to be turned down a bit. The food here is Amazing and very self satisfying! It will definitely be a hotspot for my friends and I!!!"
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "Good food, on the small side price wise. You had better like the food as they serve it because no substitutions or replacements allowed!!! "
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "Came here for my boyfriend's birthday, reserved a party of 8 on a Saturday night during memorial day weekend. We were seated right away and it was pretty busy. The service was great but the food was amazing. My boyfriend loved the scene and so did the rest of our party. Very classy and tasteful. The staff was great and our food came out relatively quick. The drinks were tasty as well. The hero of this place is the dinner menu and the atmosphere by far. Will definitely dine here again."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "The food and service were fantastic - but the NOISE was toooooo much!!! I would only go again at opening time before the restaurant became crowded."
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "Nice food, interesting space and great service, all undone by the high volume of the pounding dance music. We won't go back because it is unpleasantly loud - even our server found the volume unnecessary and distracting. "
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "We sat upstairs and it was a great view of the place. We shared a few small dishes with my favorite being the short ribs, definitely need to get this every time I go. They can do no wrong with the Brussel sprouts and garlic shrimp."
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "I've lived in Oakland 8 years and have gone to MUA countless times and always enjoyed it. This last time my guests and I received very bad service and brought it to the attention of the hostess and waiter. The waiter was apologetic but oddly nervous about our complaint. According to him the Management is ruthless and forces the waiters to take any customer care compensations out of their salaries even if it's a kitchen problem. When I asked the hostess to speak with the Owner, who happened to be sitting at the next table having dinner, she said she was busy and wouldn't speak to us. The hostess had the "Manager" come over and she was horribly unprofessional. My guests and I were completely shocked and offended by the whole experience."
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "We had a great time - food arrived HOT and was delish. Kale salad a disappointment however, was like it had just been defrosted from a frozen state and was clumpy. Artichoke sauce messy, should be served separately. Guest loved the grilled Romaine. Beet salad the best of four starters. Fried chicken and blackened catfish great. Loved the Affagato. Yes, we would go back if in the area. Staff very friendly and accommodating. "
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "Great service, food, and I dig the place. A good example of what great options Oakland offers."
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "I recently had my graduation party there and my reservation was for 7pm and I called to switch to 6pm and they totally said yes! The staff there was amazing and welcoming and the food was excellent! All my guests loved it so much and I was so happy!"
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Took a date to this place. Environment is very nice and unique. A dj is playing hip hop as you eat. They have a great cocktail selection, we tried three (collins, manhattan, and basil) and they were all good. We ordered tapas style dinner (many small plates). The polenta, garlic prawns and brussel sprouts were all delicious. Sadly, the bbq sauce on the spare ribs was very sweet and didn't seem to go well with the ribs and the artichokes seemed slightly undercooked. The sauce on the artichokes was mediocre as well. Overall though, I'd definitely go back for their extensive, yet simple, menu. 4 star rating."
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "I have been to Mua a few times and it never fails to be a good time. The food is quite good and the atmosphere is energetic. The place is HUGE so there's nothing intimate about it, but for a group of friends who like good food and don't mind shouting to hear each other the place is outstanding. The outside area is fantastic for eating and drinking, as well. Make reservations because there is always a crowd waiting to get in. "
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "Service was great. Recommended drink, The Saint, was perfect. Fried Chicken closer. Definitely recommend. "
    Dined on 5/13/2014
  • "Went for an early Mother's Day dinner before it got crowded (6pm) it was very enjoyable from the food to the service. Had not been in a while and will be going back again soon. "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "When we arrived we had to wait 20 minutes for our table and the hostess was very rude. Once we sat down the service and the food was good "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "When we walked in the bar was packed and busy! Fortunate for us, two people left so we swiped their seats! Bartender was quick, and informative ( I'm a whiskey drinker, so he helped me pick a new one to try). The restaurant part was packed as well, but we had made reservations to stay after our drinks and have dinner. I highly recommend making reservations, and the service, and food was fantastic to boot! We will be back!"
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "Every time I dine at Mua, I am astounded that I am never disappointed. I love the atmosphere too!"
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "$20 for 3 pcs of fried chicken - oouch. All sides dishes separate $$. Went for Motherys Day and had a very pleasant dining experience. Very unique and good energy."
    Dined on 5/11/2014