Pican - Oakland
Pican - Oakland

Pican - Oakland

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.picanrestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 5108341000x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Open daily!
    Lunch Monday – Friday 11:30am – 2:00pm; Saturday Brunch 10:30am - 2pm; Sunday Brunch: 10:30am – 2:30pm
    Dinner Monday – Thursday 5:00pm – 9:30pm; Friday & Saturday until 11:00 pm; Sunday 4:30pm – 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Southern
  • Executive Chef: Sophina Uong
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Entertainment: Occasional live piano entertainment in the Lounge. See Facebook http://tinyurl.com/23nbz7h for daily updates!
  • Special Events: Private dining at Picán offers an elegant yet comfortable experience featuring delicious food, wine pairing and specialty craft cocktails. We work closely with you to create a memorable occasion. The result is a magical environment for celebratory events ranging from bridal showers and wedding receptions, to anniversary, graduation and birthday celebrations to uniquely refined corporate dining and entertainment.

    The Bourbon Room features a high ceiling, chandeliers, and a built-in milled wood china cabinet filled with fine bourbons, antiques and rare books from a New Orleans mid-19th Century home. The Vieux Carré is a combination of a New Orleans traditional drawing room with a splash of sophisticated chic. A focal fireplace with dark stained wood surrounding a dramatic built-in 10 foot tall wine tower anchors the space.

    Please contact Terry Betts at events@picanrestaurant.com for more information.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Grand Avenue
  • Public Transit: 19th Street BART, Oakland
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Curbside validated Valet Service; parking lot across the street on Broadway at 23rd; street parking (metered until 6pm; no fee Sundays); parking garage (enter on 23rd) M-F until 5pm.
A word from Pican - Oakland
The tradition of the South. The sophistication of California cuisine. Vibrant, cosmopolitan energy. Picán is 'Southern...Unleashed!' Full service bar/lounge with hand-crafted cocktails, Southern "twists" and classic standards. The most comprehensive Bourbon portfolio in the Bay Area; a thoughtful selection of wines. An open kitchen serves as focal point in the casually elegant dining room.

Unique Southern flavors: Signature Southern Fried Chicken, Catfish Nantua and VooDoo Shrimp & Grits. Seasonal produce and sustainably sourced meats and seafood. "Ultimate Southern Social Hour." Lunch Favorites: Flavorful salads, Southern Sammies including NOLA Brisket Burger! Brunch Favorites: Beignets, Fried Chicken Eggs Benedict and Bourbon Bloody Mary.

Private, luxurious dining rooms: The Bourbon Room seating up to 28 and Vieux Carré seating 40. Named "Best Overall Oakland Restaurant 2012" by Oakland Magazine.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked 1000-Point Tables
Pican - Oakland reviews from OpenTable diners
293 reviews since June 3, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (188)special occasion (176)neighborhood gem (120)good for groups (99)romantic (96)vibrant bar scene (75)great for brunch (66)hot spot (63)great for lunch (58)notable wine list (35)great for outdoor dining (23)late-night find (20)kid-friendly (11)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Good Food, Terrible Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Although the food at Pican was delicious, it would have been nice to have been served in a remotely timely fashion. We had a reservation for five people at 6:15, but did not receive or entrees until over two hours later, after making a compliant to the manager. We were entirely without service (including water refills, to ask how we were doing, etc.) for nearly an hour, and our server was nowhere to be seen. Further, neither the manager nor our server were polite in responding to our complaint. The manager did comp. our bottle of wine, but it took another half an hour to get our check, and had to request both the check and that our plates be bused after being finished eating for nearly half an hour.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Gormet Soul Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Very tasty and interesting mix of ingredients gave my shrimp sandwich and home made potato chips an interesting flair. My two guests were impressed with the upscale decor, their lunch and the way the food was presented.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Southern Style
    StevAVIP
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    We were at first enthusiastic there for the first time and in lovely space. Enjoyed friendly waitress who had been working there for 5 years. But soon realized this was not our style of food-- the corn bread was dry, Nothing interesting for vegan among us. I selected lobster dish that was very disappointing-- should have selected fish of the day or be advised by waitress. The kale was too oily. There was too much breading on tiny heavily coated green fried tomatoes, and fried eggplant. The veg entre dish was bland and not interesting. Even dessert tart missed pecans. Sorry it is lovely place but not worthwhile for us. I had integestion that the evening which never happens. Wanted better for high price
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • NOM!!
    hanakealohaVIP
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    We LOVE Pican, which was bustling on a Mon night. Each dish had layers of spectacular flavor. Fried green tomatoes have the most delicious shredded pork stuffed between firm cornmeal fried tomato rounds with an assortment of yummy garnishes, like date slivers, that went with it perfectly. Our mains were the spectacular pork shank with peaches on a cornmeal base, and the expertly seared juicy flat iron steak. We shared a buttery rhubarb upside down cake garnished with strawberries and reduced balsalmic vinegar glaze with lemongrass ice cream, and the bourbon peach cobbler (a little too bourbony for us, but excellently done). Kudos to eclectic owner Michael Le Blanc, for whom this eatery is clearly a labor of love. We can't wait to come back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was delicioius
    arikcap
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    I brought my boyfriend here for his birthday. It was beautifully designed, the lighting was perfect, and they had a woman playing the piano in the background which all set a nice romantic tone. The food was delicious, my boyfriend and I agreed the fried chicken was by far the best either of us have had. The restaurant was packed and at times it was difficult for us to hear each other from across the table, but that is really my only complaint. The service was wonderful, attentive but not overbearing. Our waitress even brought us a small dessert plate with happy birthday written in chocolate syrup on it after hearing me mention that it was my boyfriend's birthday. We're already planning our next visit!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Noise level
    dons
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    The noise was off the wall. I took off my hearing aids when we first walked in. As we were seated the noise level seemed to have increased. It made me want to eat and get out of there. The food and service was very good.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • dquijote649
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    As good as any New Orleans restaurant, even Commander's Palace. The wait staff made a couple of mistakes but was very gracious about it and made everything right. I'll be back for sure!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OaktownFoodie
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Elegant, comfortable restaurant. Good food; good service; good place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pican is special
    eclectic
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    A friend of mine is on the search for the best fried chicken, so I took him to Pican. He LOVED it! But not as much as I loved their special catfish dish with shrimp and crawfish in a lobster bisque. OMG I had to take the cornbread (which is ALWAYS great) to soak up the remains in my dish. had a wonderful time and really impressed my friend, too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great as Always
    CaroleC
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    My friend and I chose this place to go before the Oakland Speaker Series. I had the Shrimp and Grits and she had a beautiful pork dish. YUMMY! And, the food server was prompt as she knew we had time constraints.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not enuf to Enjoy
    BonTon
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    The duck was excellent, just not enough of it. Listed veg served with it were minuscule shavings...one must order sides for a normal meal and that Makes it very pricey, indeed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Soul food gem
    jcashman01
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Pican is great place for a special occasion or catch up with friends. From the New Orleans style decor and high ceilings to great menu of gourmet soul food, it is a great go to place.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Pican has gourmet southern food
    tastybits
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    My friends and I really enjoyed Pican. Our server, Rashad, was very attentive and well-trained. The food was all delicious, especially the fried green tomatoes. My friends had cocktails, which they really enjoyed. I recommend Pican if you're looking for elegant southern food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Smokey goodness!
    Pablo
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    2nd time here in a week for lunch with different groups...great flavors and sauces...had six different items that were very good: blue crab & deviled egg chips, fried chicken, little gem caesar...2nd time we tried the catfish- on top of beef brisket collard greens-outstanding...tex-mex chopped salad in and xlnt dressing and smokey chicken, finally the brisket dip sandwich was a rave hit w/ the mild horseradish sauce...great service and good looking crowd....all of my guests were impressed with the food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    Best jambalaya ever had. Maybe best meal I have ever had
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I'll be back!
    ZeeJ
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    Love love love. The food was exquisite and so many surprising blends that melt in your mouth. I especially enjoyed the blue crab, shrimp and artichoke dip.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Meal
    JamesVIP
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    We had a very nice time here. Our waiter (Rashad) is a true professional. The Seafood Boil was very very good, with shrimp NOT overcooked (like all the other places seem to do). The onion rings are knife-and-fork worthy...delicious, delicate, crispy, yet not greasy. Lemonade... YUM! It was fine dining, with high-tone comfort food and in a plush environment. We had lunch in the salon room, very nice. I can't wait to go back for dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Perfect for our Anniversary
    gpomaro
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    This was a great spot for an anniversary dinner. The service was top notch, the food was excellent. Had a hard time deciding what to order. All the choices sounded great. Had the Gulf shrimp and grits and the chicken cracklin for starters. I had jambalaya and she had the fried chicken with crawfish mac and cheese. Little tweaks and updates to classic southern dishes made for a very enjoyable meal.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I love Pican!!!!
    Niecey
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    I've been here twice and each time I have had great service and great food. I will keep coming back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2000
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Great food. The fried chicken here is perfect. The pork shank is great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    It's been a while since we've gone to a restaurant where the food was actually really good and it didn't feel like the menu was trying too hard. Pican hit the spot. Everything was perfect. We started with cocktails at the bar. They had a great list to start from with some interesting cocktails. When we were seated we had teh friend green tomato appetizer, the fried chicken dinner with classic mac and cheese and a BBQ rib special. They were all incredible! I would highly recommend the appetizer. We finished with a peach cobbler, which was also good, but maybe not as up to par as the other food we tried. The service was great from greeting to the bar to our waiter. I will definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    We had Jill as are server. Let me tell you something! It was our 55th wedding anniversary. When we mentioned it to Jill, she went over and above. They served us champagne, a dessert surprise of a candle on a plate that said ''Happy Anniversary'' and two chocolate decadent cakes...heavenly!! Jill made our day she was wonderful with her winning smile and bubbly personality. We will definately return and ask for Jill!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding!!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    The food and cocktails were the bomb but the service was exceptional! I will defiantly be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Southern cooking
    Liv2eat
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    My husband and I tried Pican for the first time and were not disappointed. The shrimp and grits were quite tasty with a Worcestershire gravey. The fried chicken was cooked to perfection with a beautiful cripy crust and the Mac and cheese side was better than mom's. With a creamy bacon sauce and just the right amount of heat, the corn maque choux was a great addition. The wait staff was attentive and very personable. The decor was simple yet elegant and the food was moderately priced. We're looking forward to our return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I Love Pican!
    OaklandLunchieVIP
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    At lunchtime in uptown Oakland, this is our go to place for team celebrations - welcoming newcomers, saying goodbye to those moving on, "great job" lunches, you name it. The staff can easily handle groups of 8 - 12 people, recognize that we also need to get back to work so they are so efficient and everyone loves their ever changing menu. I love Pican.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Satisfied
    LoveToEat
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    The service was a little slow, but given how many large parties there were, they did a good job. The food was good but, my order was messed up and in general the serving size was small and a bit pricey. Glad I wasn't paying but would go again for a special occasion!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tasty Gem in Downtown Oakland
    ups2011VIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We had heard so much about Pican over the past few months, that we had to go there. Our dinner exceeded our expectations. The restaurant is beautiful, the food and service fantastic! We already made a return reservation!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First Time For Everything
    FoodLover
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Although I have dined at Pican's for brunch on numerous occasions, this was the first time that I had the restaurant to myself. For the first 20 minutes or so, my guest and I had the undivided attention of the staff. The quietness made for a very intimate and romantic setting. The food was delicious and for the first time I tried the Sexy Bacon...AMAZING! Pican's will always be among my top choices for fine dining in Oakland.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service
    captain9
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    We were seated immediately. The service was excellent. The server knew the wine list. They were out of several items on the menu, and the server alerted us.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pican: Pleasant splurge
    robles101
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Tasty cocktails, weighted toward bourbon variants. Southern flavors, gently encouraging exploration of jambalaya and catfish. Prompt and responsive service. Valet parking. An exotic excursion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Out-dated menu
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    We have been to Pican numerous times. The menu on this last visit was out-dated. There were 3 entrees that were not available as well as other special items for the month of August. It is not very impressive to dine on Sept. 4th when the menu still has August only items.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food and Ambiance
    Customer
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    The food, location, and ambiance make this restaurant a real find. I've eaten there twice in the last year, and would go there again....maybe. While the host was very friendly and energetic, our wait staff was non-responsive to our arrival and throughout the meal. Regularly, we noticed our waiter chatting/laughing with one of the bartenders (one of the managers we were told) even after I complained to that bartender that we had waited way too long for service at our table. Perhaps the success has gone to their heads. Thankfully, that doesn't seem to be true for the wonderful people in the kitchen that continue to knock out great food.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good but disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Food was very good. The service was slow but professional. But what was so surprising was how out of date the menu was. They handed us the menu and disappeared for 10 minutes. When the server finally came over he told us that all 4 menu items we had picked were not available!! In fact the entire section labeled peach specials was no longer valid. Why was this advertised on their sidewalk billboard. When my wife asked them why the server just shrugged. We ended up with the fried chicken which was very good but all in all a disappointing night. Not sure when or if we're going back there. So many other good restaurants to try. If they had just told us that 1/4 of the menu was unavailable when they seated us for a 6:30 dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pican
    Alice1000
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Though our waiter could have been a little more attentive, all other personnel were great and the food was very good. Went for our 20th anniversary, and we would go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What happened?
    EATS4BB3VIP
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    How do you go from FOUR STARS down to TWO STARS? Bland chicken, NEVER GOT my MARGARITA, had to settle for a $23 shot of Clase Azul, which is $5 more than everybody else. AND having to wait THIRTY FIVE MINUTES from getting two good appetizers (pork belly wraps and shrimp-n-grits) and the entrees
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  • nice southernish meal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Not much space to wait when you arrive and your reservation isn't available yet, but that's part because the bar was completely full. Food was good, southernish with a California flair.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • love Pican
    kitsie
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Pican has become one of our favorite places to have some very good New Orleans fine dining. The menu choices are definitely in line with the best News Orleans has to offer. The staff is cheerful and attentive, Michael is wonderful. Would love to go each month to enjoy whatever they are offering that day. Valet parking right outside the door which is an awesome advantage.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • My new favorite spot in Oakland
    alhill10
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Fantastic southern/creole food in an upscale setting. The cornbread is out of this world.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • KimboVIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    fried chicken - SOOO moist, flavorful and tender. highlight of the meal, tho, were the "slow and low" rib appetizer - YUM!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great place!
    GreybeardVIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    I'll be back - the staff is friendly and fun and the space is cool and welcoming. Good bar crowd and the food and drinks were excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.