Tribune Tavern
Tribune Tavern

Tribune Tavern

  • 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

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Franklin St.
  • Public Transit: Bart Downtown 12th Street
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Two public parking lots across the street with plenty of street parking.
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.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
Tribune Tavern reviews from OpenTable diners
59 reviews since May 21, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food3.9
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for lunch (29)good for groups (28)vibrant bar scene (27)great for outdoor dining (20)fit for foodies (20)neighborhood gem (19)great for brunch (13)hot spot (11)special occasion (7)late-night find (4)notable wine list (4)kid-friendly (3)romantic (1)Show More
  • Great spot
    oaktownfoodie
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Tasty food, attentive service and great atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Dinner out with Mom
    aweiss
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    My mom was visiting from out of town and doesn't get to go to many "foodie" places where she lives. I took her here and she loved everything! She was able to try sea beans and truffle mashed potatoes, which she had never had before. I had the lamb shank that was served on top of a bean and snap pea ragout. The lamb was fall off the bone tender. There beer and wine selection was good and they made a great dirty gin martini according to my mom. Our server was attentive and answered all the questions we had. This wasn't my first time here and they have been consistent each time I've been.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, late-night find, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Hit and Miss
    Danny
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    The food is pretty good for a bar fair. The food consistency is not there. The first time the Guilty Fries were spot on – the cheese sauce was not broken, the fries were hot and crispy, and the pulled pork was moist. The second and third time were bad: cheese sauce broken, the fries soggy, and pulled pork with pieces and bits of dry hardness. Had steak one time, asked for medium, came back medium well – had another refired to rare. Server didn’t believe me and I had to cut the steak in front of him. If he’s going to question me, he should be the one eating it and paying for it. The service is not attentive – except when they want you out. The drinks are good and plentiful. Overall, it’s still a fun place but with areas for improvement.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointing, to say the least
    FrenchRootsVIP
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Met a friend here for a late lunch. Place was half empty, and they brought us to a dank table in the back, after passing numerous nicer ones. We asked to be moved to the terrace, and they put us out side. Over the course of the meal, they brought us a salad that we had asked to have "without dressing" already dressed. The waitress spilled a bowl of olive oil and it dashed to the ground, spraying my lunch guest with Olive Oil, on her backpack, several articles of clothing . . . they were nice about it, but olive oil won't go away, so her items are ruined. Didn't wipe up the oil off the ground, either. Our food presented nicely . . . but simply was not good! Tomatoes tasteless and hard. All dishes poorly seasoned. DISAPPOINTING.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Poor service
    Dinerextraordinnaire
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Our server forgot to bring out an appetizer, two teas and a coke for our six person group. The worst part was that he never waited around to hear us finish telling him what we wanted when he took our order. My friend was still ordering and she turned around and he was gone. He literally just walked away. It was horrible.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good lunch spot
    MlsfVIP
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    I've visited Tribune Tavern for lunch several times and it's been consistently good. Service is attentive. They have a nice selection of salads and sandwiches, and the ambience is lively, but the noise level is such that you can talk/carry on a meeting easily.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Tasty food and drinks
    kool
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    Their happy hour extends to 7:00pm which is really nice. I love the fish and chips! The drinks are great.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • great first impression
    SteveTVIP
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    I'd been wanting to try this place. not only is it a warm, contemporary setting, but the creative food and superb service exceeded any expectations I might have had. I'll be back... soon!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Legit
    510Delicious
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    Love that we have another great spot in downtown Oakland. Awesome creative food, solid selection of cocktails and beers, probably great wine too, but not what I look for. Food really is excellent. Had a mixed greens salad and the lamb, both legit. On another trip I was here for brunch and had a burger and we shared the guilty fries both of which were awesome.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Solid Bar Style American Grub
    DMS111
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Nice decor. Good menu. East Bay gem. Typical new-age pub fare, and all was delivered strong. Decent cocktail menu.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Gastropub worth visiting
    UCLASteveVIP
    Dined on 6/16/2014
    Wonderful old building with a modern gastropub inside. Moderate selection of beers on tap, wine, and full bar complemented by an interesting new American menu on top of the standard burger and fries. Ended my meal with a plum sorbet that was the best I have ever tasted!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    Food was disappointing. Our entree was cold when brought to the table. Bar was quite busy. Good selection of cocktsils and beer.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great design, bad ribs
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    Went with a group of 12. The place had a very nice look and feel to it; however, the chairs were a little too high to easily adjust (I'm 6'1" so my coworkers were more bothered by this). Great atmosphere and can't say anything bad about the service. Don't get the ribs. All the other food seemed delicious but I chose ribs because before I ate them I had never been disappointed by ribs before. I definitely wouldn't consider myself a rib connoisseur but they were pretty bad. Small portion, small amount of meat, not much flavor or sauce and gave me a really bad stomach ache until I got home that night and took some Pepto. Would definitely try again and order something else but I should have listened to my coworker and not ordered that.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great overall very friendly service
    jimk
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    I really like the place and the service staff. Ambience is good, if a little noisy at cocktail time. I'm being picky to say that sometimes the food flavors don't work for me, it seems like the chef is trying so hard to differentiate the menu that the execution falls a little short. Perhaps I'm reacting to very unusual flavor pairings, so I want to stress that the quality of the food is excellent, it's the flavor combinations that sometimes put me off a bit. Overall a true asset in a wonderful downtown location.Oakland, we need to keep this one...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great find!
    JoelR
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Our first time at this restaurant and our meal and service were excellent!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 44 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 21, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4
    • Ambiance4
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 167 reviews are from the Tribune Tavern reviews archive.
  • An Oakland asset - Tower Tavern
    food4life
    Dined on 5/13/2014
    A fun eatery with an interesting menu and a food-serious staff. Cool environment. They are getting it right!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Winning reuse
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/12/2014
    The Tribune Tavern makes great use of the first floor space of the former newspaper headquarters one block from city center. Large corner windows make for great people watching. Noise level won't get in the way of conversation. Limited and quirky menu may be too foodie for downtown Oakland.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Ambience
    AbbaZabba
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Interesting menu, a mix of tendy bar snacks and comfort food. Unique cocktails, well crafted and delicious. I would definitely come back here just to get a drink. Great decor and a very laid back vibe.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Place
    GeoKooL
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    This was my first time here and it was a great experience.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Liked the food, noise too much
    whomecook
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    Sign of a successful restaurant must I suppose include the noise factor...too quiet and it's not a success...too noisy and folks like it. But it was hard to hear our conversation. I liked the food and the service was very good.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Biz lunch meeting possible here
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    The service is attentive, the food well made and the noise level well under control, making business conversation possible but private.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Lunch spot in Downtown Oak
    Jake
    Dined on 5/5/2014
    This is one of my favorite lunch spots in downtown Oakland. The food is usually quite good. I tried the cheeseburger for the first time and it was one of the best burgers I have ever had. It will be a tough choice in the future between it and the pork bell sandwich. Lots of choices for different palates with some interesting fare (house made sodas anyone?) Haven't had a bad experience in my 4-5 forays to this spot.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fresh, delicious, drool-worthy food
    AmandaheartsDave
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    The food and service are fantastic. The manhattans: incredible! I can't wait to come back for more!!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Late-Night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Everything I wanted it to be.
    LizEats
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    We were looking for a place for girl's night. Drinks, gossip, bad for you food. We say the Guilty fries on the menu, and decided in the Tavern. It's beautiful, the waitstaff was very attentive, and the food was wonderful. It was a little bit noisy, but Not so we couldn't hear each other across the table. We ate way too much, because all of it was wonderful. I have every intention of returning whenever I have an excuse.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Romantic, Late-Night Find, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • glovesmVIP
    Dined on 4/22/2014
    The food was pretty good - we had a few appetizers to share and then each person had an entrée. The burgers were a little over-done, but the waitress was really nice about it. We were seated in the back so we had our own space, which was nice.
    Special Features:
    Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mixed Tasty Plate
    PickyEater
    Dined on 4/21/2014
    I liked the selection of food choices and the taste of my burger and fries. The server did not ask to refill my drink maybe that is why they leave the water at the table. Nice setting. I have been there 3 times. Very busy at lunch. Suggest sitting in the back of the restaurant if you want to hear each other. In the front if you want the energy and great city vibe.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Find
    ADMoVIP
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    We hadn't been here before but were pleasantly surprised with the food, service and ambiance. Food was very good pub fare. Good location before show at the Fox theatre.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fun place, HEAVY food
    tamdineVIP
    Dined on 4/17/2014
    Tribune Tavern is an energetic place with a fun vibe that has been beautifully remodeled and is located in the heart of downtown Oakland. I appreciate the concept of revitalizing a historic Oakland landmark, and I really wanted to love the place; but the food - while tasty - is so HEAVY that I will probably wait a long while before braving a revisit. Even the salads were weighed down by fat. Surprisingly, the menu did not appear to offer a single healthful choice to offset the many deep-fried, heavily "cheesed," abundantly buttered, over-dressed, and generally fat laden items. Chefs: please just throw in one or two lighter choices and the place will be a winner.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Decent But Loud
    HappyEaterVIP
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    I've been wanting to check this place out since it opened and finally got the chance. I was looking forward to it, but I wasn't sure what to expect. I made reservations for two and when we arrived our table wasn't ready, so we sat at the bar to wait - and eventually ate at the bar. Funny, the gent who convinced us to stay at the bar said they were more attentive, would offer better service, etc., was not the person who served us (he also forgot about us till we called him out in good fun, of course). The food was OK; I prefer the food at Chop Bar. Chips and dip are too salty; wings are meh; and steak was good. The chips were cold and salty - lots of dip, not enough chips. The wings were huge and tasted OK, but it's not something I would
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A gem in downtown Oakland
    Sangovese
    Dined on 4/10/2014
    This was our second time at Tribune Tavern and it was just as wonderful as the first time. Excellent food, service and atmosphere. On the first visit we were with a group of 8 people and tried just about everything on the menu, everything was fantastic. On our second visit there was just 4 of us and we each ordered our own individual entrees, instead of sharing like the previous time. I was craving a hamburger and I must say, their hamburger had to be one of the best I have ever had. Spectacular, highly recommend it. Enjoy
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • There IS a THERE, THERE
    serve2allVIP
    Dined on 4/9/2014
    Wonderful new place in the Iconic Oakland Tribune building....had a GREAT birthday lunch w a number of surprising and creative dishes. The chicken spaetzl was delicious and those house fries A-1.Tavern Chowder delicious and the owner brought us two complimentary desserts for our celebration that were over the top (chocolate bread pudding with ice cream was inhaled by all of us.) A bit noisy but worth talking a bit louder, cause this place should not be missed. A unique German food slant on some things. Our lunch group ordered recommended sparkling wine that was perfect. So, Tribune Tavern proves there is a THERE, in Oakland...no matter what Gertrude Stein said!!! BRAVO to TRIBUNE TAVERN!!! We will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A solid good
    OaktownMomma
    Dined on 4/2/2014
    Came here on the recommendation of a great burger. Our server was friendly and made an effort to get us drinks within the happy hour time frame. Food came out quickly as we asked because we had children with us. Guilty fries were great, chicken wings were okay, burger was good, ceaser salad was okay. Desserts were the best part of the meal: lemon bar and caramel cream. Ultimately waiting for the dessert and having to track down our waiter for the check turned into a much longer stay than we'd have liked. By 6:30 pm the noise in the restaurant was quite loud.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I've been here several times
    EllenVIP
    Dined on 3/25/2014
    I've been here several times and have enjoyed the food . Don't know if there was a different cook but there were 3 of us and no one enjoyed their meal. Soggy grilled cheese sandwich , tasteless soup and cold fries
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  • A work in Progress
    dmeisterVIP
    Dined on 3/23/2014
    Overall a nice place, but the service was a bit off/slow even though our waiter was young and polite, he just didn't stop by to check in on us, and keep the experience moving along as one would expect. The food was good, just the kitchen was a bit slow, and the place wasn't even full. Just could have been an off night overall, but not sure I'd go back. They need to fine tune a few things and there is great potential for the place.
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  • Have been to this place twice
    RingLeader1VIP
    Dined on 3/23/2014
    Have been to this place twice now, and we have enjoyed it both times! Jessica is a very good server, and the food is very tasty. Tried the house cured trout appetizer this time, yum! We will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just a little short...
    ECCT
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    A really cool ambiance, corner bar/restaurant, historic feel but jousts falls short with a limited menu. Great place to watch a sporting event but look elsewhere for a romantic dinner.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Once is more than enough...
    Sasha
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    Ambiance was bar like. Service needs work and food was random and uninspired. Noisy and felt sub par.. Website is much sleeker and inviting than the actual restaurant. A real disappointment unfortunately.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Pretty good, but hamburger
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 3/20/2014
    Pretty good, but hamburger overcooked and fries soggy.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best place to celebrate a birthday
    JamieC
    Dined on 3/18/2014
    Our friend was turning 50 so 4 of us went out together to Tribune Tavern to celebrate. Lively, sports bar atmosphere in the front, places to sit outside, interesting drinks and food, we sat towards the back where it was quieter but just as much fun. Our server Shannon was fantastic-making great recommendations and walking the fine line between overattentive and making sure we had whatever we wanted. I would thoroughly recommend Tribune Tavern.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Spot for Food & Fun
    MzTee
    Dined on 3/16/2014
    My friend and I decided to dine at the Tribune Tavern for brunch. We're very pleased with our choice. Everything was great from the food, our waitperson, Jessica, who was great and had a wonderful personality to boot, the restaurant itself, the fabulous music, and seating on the patio which was perfect for us to take advantage of the great weather. We both had a wonderful time and were pleased to discover this gem of a restaurant in downtown Oakland. I'll definitely come back for dinner and will definitely recommend this restaurant to others.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.