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Tribune Tavern
Tribune Tavern

Tribune Tavern Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://tribunetavern.com
  • Email: info@tribunetavern.com
  • Phone: (510) 452-8742
  • 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. Continued
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
Diner Reviews
  • "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. "
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "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. "
    Dined on 4/17/2014
  • "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"
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "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"
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "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"
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "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!"
    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."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Pretty good, but hamburger overcooked and fries soggy."
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "I 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."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Experience 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."
    Dined on 3/11/2014
  • "The 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."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Excellent 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."
    Dined on 3/4/2014
  • "WAY 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."
    Dined on 2/27/2014
  • "This 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."
    Dined on 2/24/2014
  • "Some food forgotten, service slow. Waitress too busy & somewhat inattentive."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "We 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."
    Dined on 2/17/2014
  • "Good cocktails, fresh food, well prepared, will go back if in the area again."
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "We 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!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "This 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."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "The 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."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Tasty food, especially the goose liver pate, hushpuppies and super-indulgent guilty fries. Service was cheerful and we could linger as long as we wanted."
    Dined on 2/13/2014
  • "Tribune 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."
    Dined on 2/10/2014
  • "This 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."
    Dined on 2/10/2014
  • "This 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."
    Dined on 2/3/2014
  • "Best 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!"
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "It'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."
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "This 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."
    Dined on 2/4/2014
  • "I 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."
    Dined on 2/4/2014
  • "Great place for a working lunch or an after-work drink."
    Dined on 1/28/2014
  • "This 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!"
    Dined on 1/29/2014
  • "This 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)."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "The 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 back"
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "We 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."
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "I 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."
    Dined on 1/14/2014