Seison Restaurant & Lounge
Seison Restaurant & Lounge
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Seison Restaurant & Lounge

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.seison.com/
  • Phone: 5104521776
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Monday - Friday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Carte Blanche,Diners Club,Discover,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Fusion / Eclectic, Californian
  • Executive Chef: Erik Parada
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Please call for details.
  • Private Party Facilities: On Saturdays and Sundays, we can host DJ music and dancing in the restaurant space for wedding receptions, birthdays and anniversaries.
  • Private Party Contact: Raj Hameed 5104521776

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 10th & Washington Street
  • Public Transit: BART (12th St/Oakland City Center) is located 2 blocks away.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: There is a Public Parking lot in the Convention Center located directly across the street (entrance is on the corner of Clay and 11th; $3/hour). Parking is also available on the surrounding streets (10th and Washington; free during evenings).
A word from Seison Restaurant & Lounge
Located within the Washington Inn Hotel, a quaint historical landmark built in 1913 in the heart of Old Oakland, Seison Restaurant & Lounge creates an intimate and contemporary setting featuring seasonal California cuisine. Seison¡¯s menu offers an array of fresh produce, meats, and seafood, all of which showcase seasonal flavors and local ingredients and are fully complimented by a fine selection of wine and a full bar.
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Seison Restaurant & Lounge reviews from OpenTable diners
  • Very enjoyable ~ Great service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 3/19/2013
    Very enjoyable ~ Great service ~ Irene was welcoming ~ exceptionally good service ~ we will visit again.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion, great for lunch
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  • If you want a quiet place
    HappyValentine
    Dined on 2/14/2013
    If you want a quiet place this place is perfect. It is not crowded or noisy at all. The food was fine. And I like walking around the neighborhood.
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  • The food was very good but
    Carson
    Dined on 1/21/2013
    The food was very good but the restaurant was clearly understaffed for the number of people dining. It took a long time for our food to come out but once it did the food was very tasty. The crab cakes were delicious and fresh, and the steak was cooked perfectly. This would be a great place for a date, but not good if you're in a hurry.
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    neighborhood gem, hot spot
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  • In the attempt to try new
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002VIP
    Dined on 1/21/2013
    In the attempt to try new things for Oakland restaurant week, Seison fell flat especially when compared to other restaurants in the area. The service was painstakingly slow despite having three servers for a not very full restaurant. And, while the food was good, it was nothing mind-blowing or unique that would have me coming back again.
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  • It was the first night of
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 1/18/2013
    It was the first night of restaurant week and we had a reservation. We were seated on time but it took about 20 minutes for someone to take our order. There were only two choices for each course, but they had already run out of one of the entrees and at least one of the desserts. The restaurant closes at 9pm, with an 8pm reservation we figured we'd be out before closing time but the service was so slow we ended up receiving our "dessert" ( a scoop of ice cream because that's all they had left) at 9:30pm and the servers began to turn off the lights around us.
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  • We went there for the Oakland
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 1/18/2013
    We went there for the Oakland Restaurant week and they ran out of steak by 7pm, needless to say, we left and went somewhere else. Their service was slow and disorganized. I will probably never to there again.
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  • went for restaurant week, was meh
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 1/18/2013
    awkwardly quiet, awful service, steak was tasty but about 2 oz of it was fat. properly cooked though with a good sear. molten chocolate cake was overcooked -- nothing molten about it. crab cake appetizers were not at all crispy on the outside as they should have been, odd texture. mediocre flavor
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  • We arrived there for an early
    LocalTouristVIP
    Dined on 12/12/2012
    We arrived there for an early dinner. The bartender was there and amazingly friendly. She ended up being our server, since the server didn't show up. She was very sweet and positive. The food was very good - my husband had the rib-eye and I had the scallops - both were cooked to perfection. The clams and mussels appetizers were good but not great - the sauce was a little too thick. Nice ambiance - dark and romantic - a good date restaurant.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
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  • Didn't need to make a reservation
    P1NkB8ByG1rL
    Dined on 11/27/2012
    Didn't need to make a reservation place was empty only two other couple was there. Which was fine with me, made it more romantic. Only con is that they didn't have music so it was kind awkward for a while until the waitress noticed it herself. Other the that the food was great, easy to get to, was able to find park in front of the place, would go again.
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    good for groups, romantic
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  • The food and service were
    Caymanmama43VIP
    Dined on 11/27/2012
    The food and service were both very good, but when we arrived there was no one in the restaurant. We had to go around into the hotel lobby to ask if it were open. Later two other couples came in to eat as well, but the place was really dead. Perhaps with convention attendees in for lunch it would be a more welcoming environment.
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  • Food was only fair; service
    Deanette
    Dined on 11/15/2012
    Food was only fair; service was slow. Cozy, quiet dining room.
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  • This was our second time at
    live2eatVIP
    Dined on 10/31/2012
    This was our second time at Seison. On our first visit, the waitresses were unable to manage the small 12 table dining room, the cook had prepared excellent food, but it was coming out very slow (2 hours and we had not received our main entree). The manager demonstrated that this was obviously his first restaurant. Told 2 parties that had been waiting for their reservation for over a half-hour that they would not be seated and did not offer them anything for their inconvenience, even though they were specifically told 5-10 minute wait. We returned because the manager had obtained all the customers' emails and offered them the opportunity to come back. Service was much better thanks to the new server Sheri/Cheryl (?).
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  • Not a large restaurant but
    greymalkin42
    Dined on 10/30/2012
    Not a large restaurant but since I've never seen the dining room filled, it can be good for groups because there will likely be enough room to accommodate them! One woman had to be bartender, waitress, busboy and every other role in the front of the house, but she was friendly and pleasant and did fine. Food was tasty and generous portions for the price. It was great for my bookclub since it was quiet enough that we could chat without having to yell or strain to be heard.
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    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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  • Food is fine; restaurant is empty.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002
    Dined on 10/23/2012
    The food was fine. However, on a Tuesday night, the place was dead with only one other couple eventually showing up mid-evening. The last time I experienced something like this at a restaurant, I just told my date that I had rented out the entire place for her. (She believed me.)
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  • For the prices, the food was
    Hollywood
    Dined on 9/27/2012
    For the prices, the food was very average. I would not return as the taste and temperature of the food did not match the prices they are charging. The portion size was good. The chocolate cake was the best part. However, the main courses should have been the best part. Overall, the food was not impressive at all.
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  • The food was very imaginatively
    eateateateat
    Dined on 9/20/2012
    The food was very imaginatively prepared and served; the flavors were surprising, but in a good way. Our server admitted she was new, so it wasn't surprising that there were some glitches in the service. There was a long wait for the check (not the server's fault...) I'd go back.
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  • This is a somewhat odd restaurant.
    SFSUVIP
    Dined on 9/17/2012
    This is a somewhat odd restaurant. The service (probably the kitchen) was amazingly slow, but I have to admit, it was worth the wait ... what was served was presented well and tasted fantastic. My concern is the slow rate at which the kitchen turns out dishes might turn people away. If you're going to try this place, just prepare yourself for very long waits - took almost 45 minutes before our appetizers came out .. but once the service started, the pace was right - the main course and dessert came out properly timed. I hope this place survives.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • Disappointing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 9/12/2012
    Food presented well and was good. However, there was no one to greet you at the door and we had to look for someone at the bar. Servers were nice and helpful but place was slow. No ambience felt deserted and dead. No compelling reason to return.
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  • The only terrible thing was
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/11/2012
    The only terrible thing was the techno music playing in the background; it seemed to be stuck too! They need to have a wider wine seleection and wines by the bottle.
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  • This is an oasis across from
    BoopVIP
    Dined on 9/7/2012
    This is an oasis across from the Oakland Convention Center. It is a real restaurant with very good food at reasonble prices. Slip across the street from all the hubbub of lively convention.
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  • An Oakland gem.
    EastBayGourmand
    Dined on 8/8/2012
    This restaurant is a real gem. The food was well prepared and hot when it arrived at the table. I had the paella which was among the best I've experienced. We shared a salad which was ample for two. Dessert and coffee were excellent. I heartily recommend this restaurant.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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  • Restaurant cancelled because
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/3/2012
    Restaurant cancelled because they had private party.We had to go elsewhere.
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  • Very good food, especially
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003
    Dined on 7/27/2012
    Very good food, especially enjoyed the lamb and scallops. The bread pudding was divine!
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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  • Very disappointed. Nice dining
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 7/19/2012
    Very disappointed. Nice dining room in historic hotel but the service was very slow. 30 minute wait for appetizer and another 45 minutes for main course on a Thursday and we were seated at 6:00 pm! Food was ok.
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  • This was a very weird experience.
    BzerkeleyVIP
    Dined on 6/5/2012
    This was a very weird experience. Basically, there was no one there. The waitstaff was nice but not polished or what you would expect at all. The waitperson was lovely but had really bad and noticable body odor. What a turnoff. The spare staff of 2 seemed to have other duties as well. The saving grace was that the food was very good. Not sure that I will ever return and cannot recommend. Too weird.
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  • quiet and laid back with good food
    dragonreesVIP
    Dined on 3/27/2012
    We dined at 5pm when the doors first open, and for an hour or so were the only people there. Needless to say, the restaurant was very quiet and conducive to good conversation. It is part of the Washington Inn, a quite charming historic hotel in Old Oakland. As mentioned in other reviews there was only one employee, but there were only two diners for quite a while. Service was slow as he did do everything. But, then, we could relax inside on a very rainy evening. food was good, including fish stew, rack of lamb with garlic mashed, miso glazed salmon filet, warm brie with apricot chutney. wine list not exciting but full bar with good cocktails.
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    neighborhood gem, romantic
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  • We went for the first time
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 3/8/2012
    We went for the first time and liked the room and the food. The service was perfect plus it was quiet so we could talk.
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  • The food and drinks were tasty,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 3/5/2012
    The food and drinks were tasty, but there wad only 1 employee doing everything for all patrons. He was the bartender, the waiter,and he even went to the store next door to buy dinner rolls- so the experience was very lengthy.
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  • Hearty and delicious small plates
    JanetVIP
    Dined on 2/24/2012
    We were the only ones in the restaurant; could be because it's part of the Washington Inn Hotel. Small plates were hearty and inexpensive (braised short ribs were tender and savory). Calamari appetizers were fresh and cut in large rings and were delicious. Would return for dinner before show at Paramount Theater and will try the other items on menu.
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    neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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  • Loved it! The nice old building,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 1/27/2012
    Loved it! The nice old building, the ease of access by public transportation, the funny, friendly, and helpful server, and the excellent food combined to make a fine experience. We went during Oakland's Restaurant Week and got a good deal to boot. We'll go there again.
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    neighborhood gem
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  • The food was good and well
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 1/20/2012
    The food was good and well presented. There was one dish out of 3 that was a little monotonous and was not a favorite. The desert was either a berry compote or a creme brule. The creme brule was burnt and no one finished it. The food also took a while to arrive. Our table finished 2 bottles of wine waiting for the dinner and we were trying to conserve the wine to drink with the food. Staff was helpful in the meantime.
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    neighborhood gem
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  • Oakland Restaurant Week
    sfnewby
    Dined on 1/20/2012
    We went to Seison as part of Oakland Restaurant Week and found a very nice restaurant. The service and food was excellent. Our waiter was helpful, cordial and attentive. The prix fixe was tasty. We will be back.
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  • The Paella was delicious.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 1/20/2012
    The Paella was delicious. Bread did not taste fresh. Salad was delightful. Prices are reasonable.
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    neighborhood gem
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  • A quiet hidden gem downtown
    jaz2020VIP
    Dined on 11/11/2011
    The marvelous catfish nuggets are always on the bar menu - order them! We do every time, and love them. Much better than the calamari, although the portobello fritters are pretty good. Soups are simple, not too rich, but usually very tasty. Paella is excellent, as good or better as anything except a real Spanish restaurant (like Barlata or Zarzuela) would do. Pasta and beef dishes were good, but sometimes the kitchen oversalts - warn them if you don't like salty food (we don't).
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • Small and quiet, ignore the
    jaz2020VIP
    Dined on 11/3/2011
    Small and quiet, ignore the web menu as it's changed and has never been updated. One guy does everything so be patient, but those catfish nuggets (bar menu) are still superb. Paella was amazing for a very modest price, but the seafood pastas were a little oversalted. Bread pudding and fruit crisp are the two desserts to get, both are above average. Seison is a charming little place, ideal for a quiet dinner for 2-4 people who want good food at modest prices.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • The place was dead. The bartender
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 9/12/2011
    The place was dead. The bartender was also the host and server. The food was satisfying but nothing out of the ordinary. It wasn't bad, it wasn't great. If you are staying at the hotel it is attached to it's a convenient choice.
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  • One person in the dining room.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/30/2011
    One person in the dining room. Bartender was the waitress and when we needed more food she was behind the registration desk. It was actually humorous. Food slow...but ok. Wonder how they stay in business.
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  • A lovely, lovely place. Varied
    ExcellentVIP
    Dined on 7/15/2011
    A lovely, lovely place. Varied menu. Everything was good. I felt lucky to have come upon it.
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  • lackluster customer service
    StephyLuchVIP
    Dined on 2/14/2011
    I should have respected the reviews of others who have dined here. We were quite disappointed. We waited for several minutes before someone came to seat us and then the service was so slow. I must say I cannot blame the waitress, she was all alone on Valentine's Day to serve the entire place and seemed to be working pretty hard. The place is small, only 10 tables or so, and it wasn't full. The food was decent, but not great, and reasonably priced. I think this place would benefit greatly by adding another staff member to either help in the kitchen or bus tables and get drinks. With the exception of our waitress, their customer service is really lacking.
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  • I've never walked out of a
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/14/2011
    I've never walked out of a restaurant but did on my recent visit to Seison. I was on time for my 6:30 reservation, was seated promptly, placed my order for a salad and a steak, and then was not visited again by the server for 45 minutes. At the half-hour mark I flagged down the server and asked if I could at least get the salad, was told that "it was coming right out," but after another 15 minutes, with no further attention from the server, I left. I had a show to attend and had left myself plenty of time for a leisurely dinner, and there were only about 15 other diners in the restaurant, so I have no idea why the service was so slow, and why I was ignored by the server for nearly an hour. Inexcusably awful service.
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