401 13th Street
Oakland, CA 94612Neighborhood:
AmericanPrice: $30 and under
- Dining Style: Casual Dining
- Website: http://tribunetavern.com/
- Phone: 5104528742
- Hours of Operation:
Lunch: M-F 11:30am-3:00pm
Dinner: M-Th 5:00pm-10:00pm
Dinner: F 5:00pm-11:00pm
Dinner: Sa 5:30pm-11:00pm
- Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
- Cuisine: American, Comfort Food
- Executive Chef: Huw Thornton
- Dress Code: Casual Dress
- Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
- Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wine
A word from Tribune Tavern
The Tribune Tavern is the latest venture from Chris Pastena of Chop Bar and Temoor Noor of Grand Tavern. A century ago, the Oakland Tribune used the tower’s ground floor as its “local room” —where reporters from different departments worked side by side and shared tips on the news of the day. It was a gathering spot for the great minds of Oakland, and a place where headlines were made. The Tribune Tavern will carry on that tradition—as a place for people to mingle over happy hour drinks, lunch meetings, or dinner—with authentic, nourishing comfort food that’s affordable enough for everyone to enjoy, and a bar stocked with the best locally-made beer and wine.Continued
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Tribune Tavern reviews from OpenTable diners
59 reviews since May 26, 2014
- Ambiance3.9Noise LevelModerate
great for lunch (28)good for groups (28)vibrant bar scene (26)fit for foodies (21)neighborhood gem (20)great for outdoor dining (19)great for brunch (13)hot spot (12)special occasion (7)late-night find (4)notable wine list (4)kid-friendly (3)romantic (1)Show More
- Hit the spotNorCalNibblerDined on 3/15/2014I wanted to get together with former friends and colleagues from Oakland, and this was the ideal spot, being in the city's most recognizable building (and our former workplace). The reservation was easy to make; I got a confirmation the morning of and the event went off without a hitch. I liked the beer selection and everyone seemed content with their food selections. I just picked off of others' fries (which were great), but I can't rate the food other than that.Special Features:
- Salt Much?rb1384Dined on 3/11/2014Experience was bad, really bad. The place doesn't know what it wants to be: an interesting foodie joint, a sports bar, an evening stop on the way to somewhere else? Managed to get through cold, greasy potato chips, a nut mix that was more like nut pieces. Good front of house and waiter (Sara) and extensive beer and wine list (that was nearly impossible to read in the dim lighting). The food was, frankly, terrible. It was so heavily salted - on both the chicken pot pie that I had and the pork chop my friend had, that I wanted to send it back. Truly bad work by a kitchen and chef that doesn't trust the food. For $66 + $12 gratuity I would only recommend the Tavern to someone I that A) I didn't like and B) was never going to see again.
- Good food, bad servicefoody1Dined on 3/8/2014The food was excellent and tasted delicious. I had the fried chicken and my mouth was watering the whole time. Fries were a bit too salty though. The service was horrible. We kept wondering where our server was and she would disappear for a disproportionate amount of time.Special Features:
- Excellent service even thoughCaymanmama43VIPDined on 3/4/2014Excellent service even though the restaurant was busy. The drink menu has changed and the one I had was not particularly good. Salad was outstanding, hangar steak was good, but asparagus croquets were a disappointment. We could find no trace of asparagus, but the salsa on top was tasty. It's a fun spot, and I will go back for their fries with pulled pork that I had the first time.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- WAY TOO LOUD. The food andfoxeatsDined on 2/27/2014WAY TOO LOUD. The food and service were fantastic, but it was difficult to enjoy my dinner company as we could not hear each other, even in a small group of 4.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Nice lunch spotJimboDined on 2/24/2014This was my second time there, and I found it to be a great spot to have lunch. You can sit either inside or outside. The food choices are good and very tasty.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Need work on Veg optionsTigger2003VIPDined on 2/17/2014We had a lovely experience. Our server was outstanding, patient, and very attentive. The burgers were delicious and perfectly cooked. My Veggie dish ( the yam dish) was really spicy (I wish I would have known) but tasty. The crockets do have lemons zest and I am allergic to them.... The beer selection is really good, mostly local - kuddos on that I wish only there were a few more items for vegetarians.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Good cocktails, fresh food,RingLeader1VIPDined on 2/16/2014Good cocktails, fresh food, well prepared, will go back if in the area again.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Some food forgotten, serviceOpenTable Diner Since 2011VIPDined on 2/15/2014Some food forgotten, service slow. Waitress too busy & somewhat inattentive.Special Features:
- Lacking ServiceOpenTable Diner Since 2012Dined on 2/15/2014This the worst brunch service I've ever had. Completely inattentive and the restaurant wasn't even full. We were seated, the hostess(?) took our drink orders and then disappeared. 10 minutes later, sill no drinks, our waitress (who never even introduced herself) walked up and asked if we'd decided on our food and drinks. So, we were a little put-off by the disconnect and impersonality. Our bloody marys came and were delicious but lacking the specific garnishes listed on the menu, and when our food came, it was delicious. Not once did our server come to check on the meal or offer us another round. We waited at a bussed table with empty glasses for about 15 minutes until the server brought our check. It definitely detracted from the meal.Special Features:
- Went twice in 3 days!!KatyVIPDined on 2/14/2014We made a reservation a couple weeks ahead for dinner on Valentine's Day (a Friday night). We hadn't been there yet & were looking forward to trying a it. It was so amazing (the fried chicken wings! The asparagus salad!) we went back for brunch on Sunday! And the hostess said, "Welcome back!" Pretty stellar memory! Great service from start to finish. The food is awesome (try the Scotch Egg for brunch!). And the Vic's Fix is the most fabulous cocktail! Really good beer selection, too. We will be back. Lots. P.S. nice big room in back for special events!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Just OKGeezDined on 2/14/2014The Guilty Fries dish was fairly rich (the sauce), but tasty/innovative. The caesar salad tasted very fishy (3 of us agreed). Meat loaf sandwich was fine. I probably will not return. It is just not for me.Special Features:
- Very welcominggreymalkin42Dined on 2/13/2014Tasty food, especially the goose liver pate, hushpuppies and super-indulgent guilty fries. Service was cheerful and we could linger as long as we wanted.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Could be betterOpenTable Diner Since 2007Dined on 2/10/2014This was my first time here. I was excited to try their dishes after reviewing the menu prior to making the reservation. I also brought co-workers visiting from out town to hang out "in the town". The ambiance was dim lights, low music, perfect for quality conversations. The service good. The kitchen could be better. It was beer week so they had great drink and food specials. Spicy shrimp and pate - yummy, buttermilk fried chicken - burned dry to the bone, blackened cod/pork sliders/pork fries - salty. I would only go back to meet for drinks.Special Features:
- Tribune Tavern a hit.JakeDined on 2/10/2014Tribune Tavern is a local hot spot in downtown Oakland with a great bar (lots of interesting choices for cocktails). the small plates and appetizer menus were where we concentrated. The Pork belly sliders were outstanding! The Hushpuppies were a pleasant surprise. Not like the ones I have had on the east coast and more of a bread texture but very nice. I am not a fan of dates but my partner loved the pork belly stuffed dates. The place really seems to hop in the hours after work is over. Have been there several times for lunch also with other people from the office and it is one of our favorites.Special Features:
- Amazing BrunchOpenTable Diner Since 2010Dined on 2/8/2014Best French toast in the East Bay. Nice and quiet so you can actually talk and catch up with friends. Can't wait to go back!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- UnderwhelmingOakCynVIPDined on 2/7/2014It's a good location and fun to see the tavern revived. And the menu looked super promising. But the food when it came was pretty bland. Nothing really popped. Pot pie was too salty, Salad was overdressed. Couple of dishes were too spicy to taste the food. Our service was slow, but no mistakes. I'm hopeful they will be able to step it up, because the location is good and so are the drinks.Special Features:
- Quirky introduction to OaklandJannypanDined on 2/4/2014I had corporate guests in from Boston. Our office is in Concord, but they were willing to come to Oakland to accomodate my desire to go to something closer to my home in Oakland. I wanted to take them somewhere that had some Oakland flavor, with good food, and some charm, and that was easy to get to, and then easy for them to get back to the freeway to get back to their hotel in Walnut Creek. Our food was excellent. Two people had the Chef's Special Ribs. I had the Chef's Special Curried Beef Pot Pie. Two people had the Beeler's Pork Chops and one person had the baby Yams with an appetizer of Butternut Squash Arancini. Everyone was very pleased with their food, and we enjoyed an assortment of beer, cocktails and wine.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Nostalgic Tribune TowerOpenTable Diner Since 2008Dined on 2/4/2014This is a bright, lively, and friendly place, but definitely not quiet and cozy if that is what you are looking for. It's open setting, high metal ceiling and marble fixtures make it fairly noisy so it is not conducive to group conversation. However, two of us enjoyed our meals and, found the menu interesting and varied enough to encourage return lunch engagements. Brings back memories of the times when the building functioned as the Oakland Tribune's bustling headquarters. Plenty of street and garage parking nearby.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Go-To LunchBizeaterDined on 2/3/2014This is quickly becoming my go-to lunch spot for a business conversation. Great food, efficient service, noise level can be a bit high sometimes. Make an early reservation for lunch and ask to be seated deep into the restaurant if your conversation requires any degree of privacy. Communal tables are a nice touch for solo diners or casual groups.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- So glad we checked wentlilbitesDined on 2/1/2014This has been on our try list for a few months, after hearing good things from neighbors, and so glad we went. I was part of 6 person group and everyone really liked their meals. This will replace luka's on our list (tired of yelling over dinner).Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great foodOpenTable Diner Since 2010Dined on 1/31/2014We really enjoy the simple dishes made with quality ingredients. The flavors came through to create tasty plates. The bone marrow, cheese plate and the stuffed date are a don't miss. The service is friendly and professional. I don't drink alcohol but they have a great selection of local beers and wines. The house made lemonade and root beer are quite good too. We have already made reservation to go back.Special Features:
- Friday lunchOpenTable Diner Since 2002Dined on 1/31/2014The food was from decent to good, I thought the smoked sausage sandwich was excellent and salads good. They also have fried chx who's is great. The noise level though was preventing us from having any sort of convetaation, it's not a place for a work lunch or a lunch meeting. Otherwise a good casual spot, we will be backSpecial Features:
- Dinning at the Trib.StevieDined on 1/29/2014The first thing I noticed was the friendly staff. There were there to seat you and help you in any way possible. They made some wine and drink selections and we chose among those. We were never hurried or rushed in any way. As one who does not eat pork and very little beef, I found the lunch menu to be lacking in more choices in the areas of chicken and fish selections. The wine selections were great as well as the other alcoholic choices.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Generally okay, but couple glitchesKatorindaVIPDined on 1/29/2014This was my first meal here and the sandwich and service were good. I did go back ago the next week and had a couple disappointments. My companion order the regular nothing fancy fries. They were not great, but not terrible; however, they were $6 for a serving of fries that weren't special at all. The other odd thing--we paid in cash and the server only gave us bills back, but no coins. This resulted in her shorting us for the change. I mentioned it to her and she said that since they don't deal in cash much that they don't keep change! I find it hard to believe that you would short someone and not so much as mention it. Yes, it was only 40 cents, but still, it was the idea that it wasn't even worth mentioning!
- Great place for a workingDanCDined on 1/28/2014Great place for a working lunch or an after-work drink.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Downtown OaklandBayAreaDinerDined on 1/28/2014Not alot of options near City Center can compare with atmoshpere and ambiance of the Tribune Tavern.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Birthday Dinner Celebrationazq1966Dined on 1/26/2014We tried 5 appetizers and each had different entrees. My son really like the fried chicken as said it was crispy and not at all greasy. My wife loved the humus with home made bred sticks. I munched on a nice chess plate and olives. All at Happy Hour prices (which are honored at the table in addition to the bar). Started out with squash soup- Yummy! - Must have. My entree was the fennel sausage with chicken. Great balance with seasoning and thin slices of chicken. Others had braised beef and pork chop. All loved their entrees. No misses and service was top notch. Had the Etonian and son had Mad Hatten (sp?) All in all a greattime and we will return.Special Features:
- Wished the experience had bettersulliDined on 1/26/2014Maybe it'll get better -- very cool looking space and food had all the components of greatness but it didn't come together. Had grilled cheese and bread was a little spongey and burned while cheese never fully melted. Had a delicious virgin Bloody Mary with free sparkling water. Then ugh -- dirty spots on the glasses, bar argument with people screaming profanities at each other and rightfully so staff avoided, but it was embarrassing as I had suggested the place. Really outer borough behavior, Oaktown. What'd ya gonna do? Keep my fingers crossed once again for downtown Oakland's comeback -- looks a little uphill.Special Features:
- Visited Tribune Tavern duringOpenTable Diner Since 2010Dined on 1/24/2014Visited Tribune Tavern during restaurant week. Ordered the chicken and fennel sausage course which arrived lukewarm and in a pool of grease. Maybe food off the regular menu is much better.
- Great Oakland FindMaryDDined on 1/23/2014We went to Tribune Tavern as part of the Oakland Restaurant week. We had never been there before but had seen good reviews. What a great place. Noisy bar when you first go in. TV's with sports at the bar and pretty crowded. When the hostess took us to the back of the restaurant I was very relieved. Much quieter and nice atmosphere. We had the Prix Fix menu and it was delicious. My husband had the farro and beets and it was delicious, I had the cola beef. Our server was great and very friendly. We will definitely be back even after Restaurant week!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Thank you, restaurant week!RAEchelDined on 1/18/2014I had never been to Tribune Tavern, and I am rarely in the downtown area of Oakland, so when I heard it was Oakland restaurant week (my favorite time of year), I knew I wanted to try somewhere new and got very excited to see that this restaurant was created by one of the Chop Bar owners (one of my fave places in Oakland to eat). The prix fix menu looked great online, the menu was a little different on site, and even better! AND, for $12, I got endless wine with my meal. WIN! The service was a little slow/impersonal, though it was fairly busy. However, I loved the vibe of the place, the food was excellent, and I left very happy! Definitely plan to come back and try the smothered fries and burger (hopefully as good as Chop Bar)!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Went for dinner on a FridaybsilkieDined on 1/17/2014Went for dinner on a Friday night to catch up with two friends. Front of the house was filled with large groups of after work party-ers and VERY noisy. By waiting a little longer than our reservation time, we were able to get a table in the back where we could easily hear each other. Ordered the Old Etonian, a gin cocktail which I liked a lot although I'm usually not a fan of drinks made with bitters. Among the 3 of us we got chicken liver pate, kale salad, fried chicken, parsnip soup, guilty fries and mussels. Soup and fries were ultra rich. Everyone enjoyed their dishes with the only negative being that I was hoping for plumper mussels. Would definitely eat there again. Make reservations and if you want to hear, wait for the back rooms.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Oakland does goodXpressoDined on 1/17/2014The Tribune was a nice find. It was lively and vibrant. The food was excellent and the service was great aside from the hostess at the door. I would not only recommend it but I certainly would go back.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Friday night at Tribune TavernFinickygalDined on 1/17/2014It was the beginning of restaurant week and expected it to be crowded. Very noisy, but good vibe Did not order off the restaurant week menu. Fried chicken basket was yummy! Hamburger was ok, fries way too salty. Nothing memorable about food but nice place for a Friday night.Special Features:
- Good happy hour, fun place.PDKlugeDined on 1/17/2014Came here early before heading off to a show, so we hit the happy hour before eating. I liked the drink menu - a half dozen or so suggested cocktails and as many different craft beers, mostly local - a good and varied selection but not a mind-numbing long list of only slightly different options. The servers were friendly and very good but not hover-y. Place is a bit loud, even when not yet full. Food was interesting and well prepared, good, but not "to die for" good. Fun atmosphere, eclectic crowd, reasonable prices. Not pretentious.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- My first time at this TribuneOpenTable Diner Since 2003Dined on 1/17/2014My first time at this Tribune Tavern. I am a native Oaklander and the Tribune Tower and clock are a childhood land mark. It is wonderful to see the neighborhood triving and the Tribune Building being used as a great dining venue. The bar and wait staff were great, and the food was good. This is a place that I will return to and will recommend to friends.Special Features:
- Tavern is a another Oakland starBillDined on 1/14/2014Had dinner at the Tribune Tavern with four other guest. We split between the chicken pot pie and sole. Both dishes were good--clean plates at the end. The beer and wine selection were good too. This is a good lunch place and could be a good dinner place too. The only concern is that this part of downtown Oakland is still in transition and could be intimidating for the less adventuresome. Having said this, I had no problem getting to and from the restaurant at nigh.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- A PleasureCaroleCDined on 1/14/2014This is not my first time to Tribune Tavern. I always like it, I am hoping in the future for a bit lighter fare to be included. The food is great, just a lot of it. But, great banana split and not too much of that!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Disappointment after disappointmentFoodie13Dined on 1/14/2014I made a reservation for 2 for a business lunch and when my colleague checked in, she asked for a larger table so that we could work and have lunch comfortably. Though the restaurant wasn't busy, the hostess declined the request and sat her at a 2 top, which was next to an empty 4 top. I arrived and we ordered drinks. While reviewing the menu, two gentlemen were seated at the 4 top next to us. We thought that they may be waiting for others, but it was just the 2 of them for the duration of their meal. We ordered-- a winter salad with chicken for me and a fish sandwich for my colleague from the waitress. 10 minutes later, the waitress came back to say she had forgotten what our orders were. We reordered, food came, it was unremarkable.Special Features: