We enjoyed a birthday celebration
We enjoyed a birthday celebration Saturday evening. The beet salad was great (the panzanella not so great- too much fennel for my taste). The pizza was yum- especially the wild nettle pizza. The sausage pizza was very good too and the fried chicken received rave reviews. I think one of the main reasons we will be back, though, was the server. I wish I remembered her name. She was very accomodating to one of our guests with food requirements (didn't even feel like she was having to accomodate!)and she brought a complimentary birthday dessert, even though it hadn't been set up ahead of time. Thank you- great job, Forge.
4/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
Real pizza pie, wonderful simple ingredients prepared and cooked correctly! Viva Napoli!
4/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great location, excellent food
The Forge, a recent arrival at Jack London Square, does justice to its excellent location fronting the Marina along the sea walk. This fun place has outside seating on a raised patio with several fire pits. The house specialty is hand-crafted thin crust pizzas that are top notch. We had the Pepperoni pizza and the Potato pizza with guanciale (pig cheeks bacon). Both were delicious. Our starters included the fried cheese curds (don’t miss these) and smoked chicken wings with buttermilk blue cheese. There is a small list of specialty cocktails and a good assortment of local beers. The wine list is small, but with good selections reasonably priced. Service was excellent. Jeff was very knowledge about the food and gave us great recommendations.
4/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great place to have a drink and some good food. The staff is friendly, location great, and relaxed atmosphere. It's great to have Forge in Oakland!
4/24/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great Addition 2 Jack London Square
Fabulous addition to Oakland's dining scene. Housed in the old El Torito location in Jack London Square, The Forge adds another notch in the revitalization belt of JLS and Oakland in general. Serving mostly pizzas of the thin crust variety, they also offer a handful of appetizers, a few salads, a daily soup, a daily catch and fried chicken. Of the menu items we sampled - 3 apps, 2 pizzas - everything was tasty and fresh. Service was great too, as our server was professional yet warmly welcoming, and informative. We will definitely return to try the other items on the menu!
4/26/2013 4:00:00 PM
Local fresh and seasonal everything
The beauty of this spot is in the ability of the diner to choose the indoor or outdoor seating thereby creating their own experience. I have sat inside at the bar on a Friday night (very busy, very loud, and very entertaining even if you succeed in ignoring the televisions - I hate televisions, I don't go to restaurants to watch television), and on the patio on a Tuesday evening which was delightful in that it was less noisy and allowed for conversation and people-watching in Jack London Square with sailboats right across the way. The Amtrak trains go by every thirty minutes or so about 200 feet away so expect some loud noise periodically even outside.
Food has been consistent in its quality here and the house cocktails are off the hook!
4/29/2013 4:00:00 PM
Going Away Business Lunch
We enjoyed the Forge. We will return for dinner when we can try the alcohol list.
Delicious pizzas and salads. Reasonably priced
5/1/2013 4:00:00 PM
A nice warm evening (rare
A nice warm evening (rare occasion in Oakland) made for a wonderful outdoor dining adventure. A great view of the waterfront, and excellent people watching. The food and drinks were really good. The waitress was fun and very personal. The Pizza's were nice thin crusts, with excellent topping. The best thing was the Calamari Salad with Fava Beans. It was a special that night, but should be a regular. The only item we would not order again is the "Crispy Cheese Curd" appetizer. Not that it tasted bad, but my body doesn't need deep fried cheese.
5/2/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great California pizza with a view
I'm from the East Coast so know "real" pizza. This place has great California-style pizza. Thin crust, brick-fired. Great flavors. Wonderful view and outdoor dining. This is a great Oakland spot! Will definitely be back.
5/17/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great pizza, service, and location!
We really enjoyed our meal at The Forge. Four of us shared the fried mozzarella curds - they were light, crispy, and delicious! We then shared three pizzas - the Margarita (my husband's favorite), the sausage pizza, and the potato pizza. Each tasted completely different and delicious. I loved the use of fresh herbs, and how those flavors were really prominent in each pizza.
5/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great addition to Jack London Sq.
Tasty appetizers- fun airy fried cheese curd, the baby octopus was off the hook!
Fried buttermilk chicken was moist and crunchy, (uncut 1/2 chick)
The local on tap beer list was really good, as were the cocktails and wine.
Nice industrial chick atmosphere, great outdoor seating w/firepits and water views.
Beautiful Italian wood burning oven, fresh pizza toppings were tasty, the crust was a bit flat,
may have been an off night for the pizza dough, will try again. Great Butterscotch pudding, not too sweet.
Service was spirited and warm, overall a memorable meal.
5/25/2013 4:00:00 PM
Artisan Pizza + Other Good Choices
Wonderful service and good, carefully prepared food. The location, looking out at passing sailboats and the water at Oakland's Jack London Square, is wonderful. There is a generous outdoor seating area with huge fire pits.
What a great find on Memorial Day when so much else was closed! I appreciated the non-touristy vibe. Our waitress was just perfect too, attentive, accomodating but not over-bearing. She was happy to change our table to a window location.
I would go back in a minute.
5/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
What a gem...A plus!!,,,,
Smoky chicken wings are delicious...We had three cheese pizza...thin,light,creamy best pizza
Ever had, and also potato pizza which was equally good....hip, beautiful view of boats and our server
Was a delight...don't miss the butterscotch pudding for dessert...sublime!
5/27/2013 4:00:00 PM
sunburned but happy
The patio seating is lovely -- until the sun goes down and it's blinding your eyes and burning your face. Hopefully management will add shades to drop off the overhang to cut down on the misery.
The food was really excellent: octopus appetizer was super flavorful and perfectly cooked. The arugula salad was perfectly seasoned and dressed. The pizza crust was sourdough goodness topped with plenty of cheese and accents like speck and spinach.
The beer selection left much to be desired, as it is 90% IPA.
The service was good, the food came quickly on a Saturday evening. Although I have to confess that the uber-casual attire of the staff is a bit off-putting, you generally can't tell who works there vs a customer.
6/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Thin crust pizza
Our second time here. We had reservations and had to wait at least 1/2 hour. Once seated, our waitress apologized for the wait and promised our food would be out quickly. She was right. We had the margarite pizza and potato pizza. Both excellent. Started with chicken wings which are a favorite and ended with cornmeal cake. The only things I don't like about forge is the noise level - very loud - difficult to have normal conversation. The other thing are the tvs all over. Even if I don't want to watch, it is very distracting. Food/service was good. We will be back.
6/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
This place was great! Great find, location, love that there is outdoor seating, bar is great, pizza and salads are awesome!
Definetly going back and soon. :)
6/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great pizza in JLS
Nice, enjoyable place to relax with friends and enjoy some pizza. Nice wine list, good food and the outdoor patio is large enough for many a guest. Will be back.
6/13/2013 4:00:00 PM
Brought out-of-town visitors here for Friday night dinner. Love that I could make a reservation for outdoor seating on the fantastic patio space. Pizza was delicious, nice cocktails and good beer list. Service timing was a little off and felt a little pushy. But will definitely be back for more pizza on the patio.
6/13/2013 4:00:00 PM
Fun Place and Good Eats
Foods very fresh and pizza are hand made and the ingredients and receipts are really good! Usually they have great wings that are tasty but NOT fried. Good place for folks who care about accessibility as well. Very nice staff.
6/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
needs better patio coverage
many tables are left uncovered by the haphazard covering of awnings and umbrellas, leaving diners to eat in the baking hot direct sun.
the pizza is good though!! sourdough crust is tangy and chewy and the toppings are tasty.
the cheese curds are TDF :-)
6/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great water-side vibe.
Forge keeps getting better, both service- and food-wise. Our three-cheese pizza with arugula was quite good. The fried chicken was excellent, and piping hot - plus included a nice side salad. Even on extremely busy days, the place seems to run like clockwork.
6/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great pizza and more
I was there twice in one week, once for brunch where I had eggs and the second time for pizza. It's great to see that it goes beyond pizza. Although the pizza is great and the dough has a slight sour kick to it. Love it. Flavor combos are interesting with a great variety. Share a couple of pies to get the full experience. Nice selection of local beers.
6/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
We had a sampling of salads and pizzas and were very impressed with all.
6/30/2013 5:00:00 PM
Great place ok food
Limited menu and just so-so. I go all the time so nothing really bad to say...
7/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
We very much enjoyed our first
We very much enjoyed our first meal at the Forge. The location and view were outstanding, as was the friendly waitess. The wine and beer selection was extensive for a pizza place, with many of my favorites. The stone-fruit cabbage salad with almonds was a real winner. I will order that again. The only dissapointment was the margherita pizza. While it was good, it was not great. The amount of mozarella was meager as was the 3-4 sprigs of basil. The tomato sauce was also on the thin side. The crust was reasonable crispy and a fair price.
7/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great Pizza & Ambiance
Delicious, creative food and nice outside dining on the Oakland estuary. The spare, industrial interior is stylish and comfortable, too. Try the octopus. The pizza crust is amazing!
7/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
I went recently with a big group and requested to sit outside under heaters. It was a little breezy but the staff helped make sure we were warm and enjoying our time. The food was great and the wait staff was friendly and efficient. I highly recommend the beet purée appetizer and the mushroom pizza. I will definitely be going back again.
7/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Vibe, Great Pizza
The atmosphere was energetic and fun. The location was excellent: Right on the water. The staff were superb: Very active but not intrusive. The customers were diverse. We had a mushroom pizza, which was A+. Even my wife that doesn't eat pizza that much, love it Wholewheat crust, super tasty and pretty healthy for a pizza! We'll definitely be going back!
7/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food was wonderful. We
The food was wonderful. We had pizza and Fried chicken. The mashed cauliflower was perfect. Cocktails were perfect as well.
8/1/2013 5:00:00 PM
Keeps Getting Better
First had pizza at The Forge back in April and thought it was good pizza, decent wine, and okay service. Liked that it had a bit more space than some of the other hot spot pizza places (Boot and Shoe Service, Marzano's). Came back again in May, July and then again in August. Each time I started appreciating the pizza more and more. This past visit I was with three friends who were blown away by the pizza, local beers and fantastic waiter. I have always been inside but the outside dining looks fantastic - lots of fun and a great view of the Jack London Marina. This is now my favorite pizza place in Oakland - Mushroom with fresh sausage is perfection.
8/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Simple but Nice
This place keeps getting better and better--the menu is simple but well-executed.
The staff is friendly an accommodating--you can tell they genuinely care and want the guests to feel nurtured.
The indoor space is loft-like and industrial: concrete, metal, and wood with leather accents. sitting around the two fire pits (outside) seems to be a perfect place to sip cocktails, catch up with friends, or chat-up a date.
8/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Salad was almost all cabbage and stone-hard stonefruit...needs work. Mushroom pizza w/housemade sausage was excellent.
8/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
Run, don't walk!
What a great combination, stellar food and über lively scene!
8/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
Dog friendly - love it!
The patio is dog friendly and I love that. Fire pit looks cozy and the food was great. Our server was on the ball. Thanks!
8/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Open Table Emailed at Midnight
My only complaint is that Open Table emailed me at midnight. I got a ping on my phone while in bed, and was very annoyed.
8/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great location on the Jack
Great location on the Jack London Square waterfront/marina in Oakland. Must try the roasted corn appetizer. Thin crust, brick oven pizza was outstanding (I had the pepperoni with anchovies added). Some very nice local beers on tap. I'll definitely be back to The Forge!
8/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Local, delicious, fun.
I love everything about Forge, from the incredible pizza selection (always add the arugula!) to the local craft brews, the friendly staff, and the great design it's such a wonderful addition to Jack London Square. If you skip the cheese curd appetizer, you will have made a huge mistake, they are divine. Salty, light, crunchy, cheesy, divine.
8/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Delicious food. Definitely
Delicious food. Definitely try the cheese curds and the potato skins! Yummy cocktails. Server was friendly, perfectly paced and had great recommendations . It was our first time here.
8/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Jack London Gem
New younger felling place in Jack London Square. Great views and food. This is so much more than a pizza place. Interesting, fresh things on the menu. I sent my college age daughter there and she found it just as fun as me.
9/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
the salads were delicious, as were the rib appetizer, the pizzas were also very good. it would be a great place to go with a group of friends to watch a game - i guess this is more of a "sports bar", not exactly my kind of ambience but i was happy to have ended there for the pizza and salads and would go back again if i thought it wasn't going to be packed for a special game everyone wanted to watch on the wide screen tv. our waitress was very good.
9/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
A Pleasant Surprise
Friends and I had planned to dine at another restaurant in the near Oakland area, but couldn't get a reservation. We found this restaurant (with available reservations at the time we wished to eat) on OpenTable and thought it was worth a try. We were very pleased with the meal, service and location. I had some local beers and one of my friends tried the High Tide cocktail - wow, it was great. We had smoked wings and crispy cheese curds for appetizers and they were different and tasty. The restaurant had a fish special that was outstanding as a main course. We also tried an excellent pizza. We all agreed that we would go again - loved it. Oh, did I mention that we walked off a bit of the meal by walking along the dock?
9/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Dinner with another couple. Sat inside due to the brisk breeze. On a warmer evening, it would have been great sitting outdoors around one of Forge's fire pits. Looks like a great seating area for a group. First thing we ordered were the cheese curds. I've had my share in the midwest so these are different but very delicious. Battered like tempura, these cheese curd morsels were addicting. We had to have an extra order, we'll diet later. Had the Forge's homemade ginger beer, delicious! Balanced and refreshing. The romaine salad was just okay. Dressing was a bit bland. Not sure about the breadcrumbs. The 3 cheese pizza was good but lacked a bit of seasoning? It needed something. Butterscotch pudding was a hit! Great service throughout meal!
9/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
we ate outside because the
we ate outside because the music was far to loud to have a conversation........I would recommend they turn the music down during the dinner hour....after about 10 turn it up all you want.
10/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent dinner in Jack London Sqr
I highly suggest this place! Delicious and interesting pizzas, extremely fast, fantastic service, and great ambiance. 5stars!
10/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
I came here with my wife, 2 year old son and my wife's parents. The pizza was top notch. The service was excellent. I was happy to see other option on the menu, such as the rock cod, which my in-laws enjoyed very much. I was even able to watch some of the baseball game on the giant screen. All in all a great dinning experience. I will return.
10/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Jack London spot
Hip, fun restaurant. My husband had a pizza and I had the mussels. Both were great. We shared a great salad. My cocktail was wonderful. Good options on the menu for everyone. Lots of families w young kids when we were there. Restaurant is loud, but not in a bad way.
10/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great everything, cept the pizza
When we walked in, we were faced with a scowly man at the front desk. I was worried the reviews I had read about rude customer service were about to be an issue for us as well. When he saw we had a reservation, he immediately sat us, but that didn't melt his icy welcome. Off to a bad start.
Luckily, we had a fantastic server who turned things around. She was on it and we really appreciated how she checked in on us periodically.
The appetizers were fantastic...but the pizza was a little bland. The homemade sausage needs more spices or something. We weren't crazy about dessert either, which is usually unheard of for me.
I'd probably be back for cocktails and appetizers and skip the pizza next time.
Beautiful setting in a great location.
10/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Delicious birthday dinner
Great spot for a small gathering of friends to celebrate my birthday! Pizzas were delicious and we got a few appetizers; loved the cheese curds (true Midwestern girl at heart) and the pimientos. The leftover slices made for 2 amazing lunches, as well. To top it all off, the restaurant paid for this birthday girl's dessert! I will definitely be back!
10/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Our party arrived almost an hour befor our reservation and they were able to accommodate us right away. We have 2 young children and the kids menu pizzas are a great option! They are the same size as an adult pizza so a very good value! The only complaint I have was the kids butter noodles is very very small (yummy but small). Both my kids wanted more noodles and the little bowl was $8, which seems excessive to me. Otherwise the service was great and all the food we ordered was very yummy!! Cheese curds, special squash apitizer, arugula salad, a couple pizzas and fried chicken;-)
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
Will be sure to return!
We had a great time. the pizzas were delicious crust was perfect. Must try the cheese curds! Waitress was very friendly and attentive and we had delicious drinks!
11/16/2013 4:00:00 PM