Z Cafe & Bar
Z Cafe & Bar

Z Cafe & Bar

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.zcafeandbar.com/
  • Phone: 5104512905
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday: 11:00 AM - 2:30 AM, Tuesday - Friday: 11:00 AM - 10:00PM, Saturday: 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Californian
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Contact: Mehdi Zarekari 5108286564

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 27th street
  • Public Transit: 19th St Oakland BART Station
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Z Cafe & Bar
Z Café & Bar offers unpretentious contemporary American Bistro fare using the freshest, locally grown meats and produce around the Bay Area. The menu changes seasonally to provide flavors at their peak.

The bar features exciting new alternatives with house cocktails infused with fruits and fresh-squeezed juices. Z Cafe & Bar carries over 100 vodka selection and offer a variety of hand shaken specialty martinis.

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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
Z Cafe & Bar reviews from OpenTable diners
31 reviews since May 25, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4.2
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (19)great for lunch (12)good for groups (12)vibrant bar scene (6)fit for foodies (6)great for outdoor dining (4)great for brunch (2)kid-friendly (1)late-night find (1)hot spot (1)romantic (1)Show More
  • Second time to eat here this week!
    sheilaVIP
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Never, never been disappointed! The topless burger is fabulous for no carb or paleo eaters. Good meat, cooked to your desire of "doneness" with the delicious Z salad (greens, apple, onion, balsamic vinegar - YUM!) or french-fries if you wish. Hey - they recently changed the way they serve this, so if you order it, ask for the ""burger sides" which is the dill pickle, onion, mustard, etc. then it will be served as it was before, which was perfect! Their vanilla gelato is the best ever! And as always, I had my favorite happy hour cocktail, the cucumber basil martini. That is so fabulous I wish it could be made sans alcohol, because the flavor is so refreshing, I could easily drink more...... and more!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    vinrouge
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    After reading the Open Table reviews about this venue I decided to try it. Great location and space, but that was about all. The service was not good whatsoever. After asking what were the popular dishes, the server simply went down the menu about every item, seeming not to understand my question. The descriptions of the food overstated the food that actually arrived. It seems no one was really trying to make the dining experience even as successful as a Mel's Diner. Probably won't return, and would not recommend to friends.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Still Good
    EATS4BB3VIP
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    I am on a mission to try everything on the menu, but I back slid and had a repeat. The B.A.T. Burger and a salad for me and the Turkey Club with fries for my dining companion. He had never been but said he would return with his wife.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • joseVIP
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Great place for lunch, dinner. The menu is surprisingly varied given the fact its a neighborhood restaurant. Easy to locate, easy to park, easy to drop in. A real local gem. When others appreciate the offerings, it will be a loss to those who appreciate its current casualness. Great success is around the corner.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • STILL GOOD
    EATS4BB3VIP
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Wanted a couple of good burgers, got a couple of very good burgers, plus excellent shrimp and onion ring that were NOT greasy. the bartender made very good martinis and margaritas.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • glovesmVIP
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    This local spot has great ribs and overall the food was good. I would come back again.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • happy hour !
    wineandine
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    Great happy hour prices on wine. Service was awesome. Food was excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just OK Experience
    Dinergirl
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    Being a big fan of Z's I took a colleague to lunch only to experience a mediocre lunch of one of my favorite's, the crab salad sandwich. This time it had way too much mayo and absolutely no flavor. Quite a disappointment as service and ambience was fine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fabulous - always
    sheilaVIP
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    8 of us meet at least once a week here. This week 3 of us had the pork stew which was so yum! Two had pork chops - very generous and very tender & flavorful. As always, the service is good and the happy hour cocktails are great! I always have the cucumber basil martini which is very refreshing. We have never been disappointed here!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • sheilaVIP
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    Had the special tonight - always good &always a great meal for the price. Tonight was a chicken with mushroom sauce, cooked perfectly. Love, love the cucumber basil martini. The Happy Hour is great! Check the website for hours - not sure, but always happening when we come! Topless burger is sooooo good!!!! Comes with a beautiful salad - yum guild-free food! We come at least once per month & it is consistently good!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Value For Solid Meal
    OakFind
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Food is very good. Stopped there on way to East Bay from Oakland Airport. Appetizer Bruschetta was excellent. Salad good but get dressing on side. Fish of the day and hamburger were well prepared and tasty. One criticism is that food came way too fast. We were barely done with appetizers when salad and entrees were served. Tell the server to slow the pace down. We would go back.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun Evening
    JohnnieVIP
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Nice place for a group to take advantage of reasonably priced food and drink. Great selection of mixed drinks and a nice vibe, very friendly waitstaff.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Business Lunch
    MaryVIP
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    Z's is a good place to talk confidentially because tables are far apart. The food is consistently good. Without much soft/sound absorbing material it can be kind of noisy. Z's is one of my go-to restaurants in the Downtown Oakland area.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • sheilaVIP
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    As always - awesome! We had the topless burger - very good meat on a wonderful salad! Topped that off with a gelato! Yum!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 17 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 25, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.9
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance3.8
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 100 reviews are from the Z Cafe & Bar reviews archive.
  • Additions
    EATS4BB3VIP
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    The server was on her second day...hopefully she will get better. Great news for us Tequila drinkers, there is a larger and better selection!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always a good dinner
    sheilaVIP
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    First time for our friends - everyone was happy! Basil cucumber martini is so refreshing & different! The salad with fresh apple slices, blue cheese & raspberry vinaigrette is always fresh & crisp. My husband loves the burgers. The atmosphere is very nice, casual and relaxing. We love the Z -Introduced 4 friends & now they love the Z too!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • AMAZING
    MrsLee
    Dined on 5/14/2014
    We had an amazing time catching up with an old co-worker. My husband and I enjoyed their drinks a lot!!! and they Happy Hour Special for food delicious!!! Can't wait to go back!!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • AbbyVIP
    Dined on 4/23/2014
    Very good food. Appetizers to main course was delicious. Happy Hour choices were wonderful with a variety and good wine list.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Will Roger
    willroger
    Dined on 4/23/2014
    My wife and I have been eating at the Z-Cafe since it first opened. We love the food, ambiance and service. I've never had a complaint. Nice to be able to eat lunch outside. We'll keep coming back!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The Z Cafe always pleases me.
    eatingisfunfunfun
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    I'm stuck on Z's meatloaf which is a very substantial and tasty meal. The martinis are always nice; I liked the ginger one best. Portions are plentiful, service always great and prices are wonderful. No complaints and can't understand why there's not a line in front of the place every night.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Again
    EATS4BB3VIP
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    As I continue to eat my way through Z's menu, I am still pleased. Tonight I tried the Honey-Dijon Glazed Salmon with steamed Jasmine rice and sauteed seasonal veggies. I also tried a cup of Clam Chowder, creamy, but not too thick, and did NOT taste like bacon and potatoes The glaze did not over power the salmon and the veggies were tender crisp. (all-n-all another good meal)
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Surprise
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 3/18/2014
    We were pleasantly surprised as it is next to car showroom. Ambiance good and food excellent also very reasonably priced. Definitely returning.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Okay, nothing special
    KRWINEVIP
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    My wife and I dined here on Friday evening. First off...the pluses. The server was very good and very attentive. Bad side was simple....the food was mediocre...nothing horrible, but really dull (my wife had the salmon, I had the fettucini). The place is a bit too loud for conversation also....which i don't like, but many people do. Another plus is that the wine list is dull, but extremely cheap! I am not saying anything really is wrong with the place....they just need a little more focus on their food and wine to get me to want to go back.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • UNUSUAL LOCATION-GOOD FOOD
    EATS4BB3VIP
    Dined on 3/5/2014
    Walked past many times as "Z" is located in Oakland's Auto Row, glad I stopped in! My first visit was lunch, the sauteed garlic prawns were tasty and cooked just right, and the "Z" house salad was fresh and crisp. Came back for dinner with a friend and we both had the "Z" burger. Mine was the B.A.T. (bacon, avocado, tomato) both were cooked the way requested and were JUICY! I have since decided to eat my way through the menu, grilled cider pork chop was tender and moist. "Z" has what they call HAPPier HOUR which runs until close most days and 2100hrs on Saturdays. If You like vodka, this is the place to stop and sip, BUT TEQUILA is my drink of choice and there are not many choices
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Decent food - great prices
    liv4food
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    Little plates great for sampling - fried green tomatoes and meatballs were tasty. Good drink selection, and happy hour prices are very good.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good Neighborhood Place
    RubberbluesVIP
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Nice Neighborhood place. Good food and burgers. Not a foodie place.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • My family has gone to Z's
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    My family has gone to Z's on a number of occasions as a place with a very pleasant environment, a very good menu at reasonable prices, something for everyone, and pleasant service. Our recent meal there--f or a family group of ten, was a pleasant gathering, well supported by Z's
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • hidden gem
    HUlagirlVIP
    Dined on 2/13/2014
    Z is a little off Broadway so was a little hard to find (next to a car dealership!) but well worth it. It's very cute with a few outdoor seats. It has a great cocktail menu and the happy hour prices are very good - $5 for a cosmo or caiparinha, $5,75 for a chocolate martini. I had the lobster ravioli which had big chunks of lobster in them, not just ground meat but they were a little salty. I asked my dining partner how her eggplant parmagiana was and she said very good and not too salty so I think it was only the ravioli that got the extra dose of salt.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • This is a good and under appreciate
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    This is a good and under appreciated restaurant. It is very crowded at lunch but dead at dinner.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun and casual
    fallonVIP
    Dined on 2/6/2014
    The interior is charming - beautiful tile, fairly open floorplan, cute bar. The food was all good. The mac-and-cheese is a hybrid of pasta alfredo and the classic mac, but delicious. The fish and veggie burger were also great - and all reasonably priced. I wouldn't go here on a first date, but it's a lovely spot for a toothsome meal with friends.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love this place! Excellent
    Anastassia
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    Love this place! Excellent food! This time tried their meatloaf...the best I ever had. Thank you!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a nice meal and good value
    MaryVIP
    Dined on 1/29/2014
    We enjoyed our salmon dinners and cheeseburger. Everything was tasty and a good value.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great hamburgers
    CaptainVIP
    Dined on 1/25/2014
    Very nice casual restaurant with the best hamburgers in town!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice meal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 1/24/2014
    This was our second visit to Z. The service was great. Our waitress coordinated setting up for a big party on a busy night and was attentive/responsive to our order. Our food was nicely plated and enjoyable.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The service was excellent,
    Angel
    Dined on 1/11/2014
    The service was excellent, the food delicious, and the atmosphere was welcoming. I was there for a special occasion and got a free dessert from the manager. I love this place!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Small Treasure
    Kelly
    Dined on 12/20/2013
    Z cafe is a diamond in the rough. I had no idea it was there Aye I've driven down that street a million times. Yelp helped me and my group of 3 find it and I would definitely go back! The food and drinks were amazing!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good for 1000 point try, but....
    BillinOaklandVIP
    Dined on 12/14/2013
    My spouse, a friend and I went on a Saturday night. It is close to our Piedmont Avenue area home and we thought we would give it a try for the 1000 points, as we have found many new favorites this way when they are starting out. When we arrived, there were multiple large groups and the noise level was off the charts due to the interior of the restaurant being mostly tile and cement. We were seated at table 6ft from another table for 20 and we asked if we could have a table for 4 that had a "reserved" sign on it across the room. The server was "Snarky" and said no as it was reserved. We rushed through 2 courses (food was good) to finish as we could not talk. The reserved table was never used. They did waive our corkage fee when I complained.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The food's quality is not
    hollybabe
    Dined on 12/14/2013
    The food's quality is not comparable to many many other restaurants in the uptown area. Too much sauce, too over-cooked, quality of ingredients not top notch. It's fairly reasonably priced and the space is nice (although it's often cold in there). We need all dishes (salads, entrees, etc) to come out at once because we had limited time and asked twice for this - yet, the dishes all came out at different times. It was clear the kitchen did not listen to the waitstaff.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Quiet date night
    dani
    Dined on 12/7/2013
    Great restaurant before seeing a show in the Uptown district. Great happy hour drink menu. The food was good but way too much In a serving.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The onion rings were good,
    Caymanmama43VIP
    Dined on 12/3/2013
    The onion rings were good, the burger and the mac and cheese pretty mediocre. The main problem was the temperature in the restaurant. It was so cold that my friend and I had to move, and we were still cold. No wonder there were so few people there.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet