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For 2
Date
Fri, 4/20
Time
7:00 PM
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Barlago

4.3
148 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
Perfect For:
  • Comfort Food
  • Bar Seating
  • Casual
Barlago is a neighborhood restaurant and bar serving fresh pizza and pasta, Italian-inspired, locally-sourced comfort food, and gluten free options to please every palate. Peruse our selections of wine and beer on tap, or try one of our craft cocktails. Join us for our daily happy hours, from 5-6:30pm and from 9pm til close. We regularly show our local Oakland teams’ sporting events on two big HDTVs, as well as national sporting events.

The heated patio across from Lake Merritt offers beautiful views of the “Oakland Riviera” and is dog-friendly for all of your four-legged friends. Bring them by for dinner or for our weekend brunch: our Bloody Mary is an East Bay favorite!

There is ample parking available in the neighborhood, including parking lots and metered street parking.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian, American
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday 5:00pm - 9:30pm
Weekend Brunch: 11:00am - 2:30pm
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Phone number
(510) 836-2424
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Private party facilities
We here at Barlago love large parties! Barlago is available for all types of parties and events, from small private parties to large corporate dinners or events. In the spirit of making Barlago a community space, there are no room fees for private events.

We are ready to cater to your needs with our three separate dining areas: we have a large dining room, a separate bar room with a full bar and tap beer, as well as a smaller private dining room. Full or partial buyouts are available for any or all of the rooms. With our fantastic views of “The Oakland Riviera” Lake Merritt from our canine-friendly patio, Barlago is the perfect venue for your event.
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Private party contact
info@barlago.biz: (510) 836-2424
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
El Embarcadero
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Parking details
There is ample street parking along Grand Ave, as well as, public parking at a lot one block away. There is also public parking underneath the highway off of Lake Shore Dr. near the farmer’s market.
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Public transit
The nearest BART stop is 19th Street Oakland. Multiple buses run along Grand Ave.
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Entertainment
Join us for happy hour everyday from 5-6:30pm, and 9pm til close. All the local sporting events are shown on our large screen HDTVs in the bar!!
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 148 People Are Saying
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4.3based on recent ratings
4.1
food
4.3
service
4.1
ambience
4.0
value
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84% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Awesome staff! Very friendly. Food was very good. Great location

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4.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Easter brunch

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4.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Went early for happy hour and enjoy a nuce day in Oakland. Wasn't disappointed. Very tasty tacos and bruschetta appetizers. And the sangria was very good as well. And got to watch the ncaa final four game as well! Nice.

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3.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Good and simple ingredients creating great food. Great place to see the lake and soak in the Oakland vibe.

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5.0Dined on March 19, 2018

Great! Thanks.

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Had Sunday brunch here. Mohammed was an awesome server. Food was very good.

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4.0Dined on March 11, 2018

We sat in a booth by the bar. it was a bit noisy but fun! The mood felt cozy and intimate. We shared some great appetizers during happy hour including the meatballs and the tacos. Everything was great! I had the sangria. It has brandy in it, which was an added delight. The menu is full of choices for all tastes, including gluten free pizza and pasta options! I had the gluten free pesto pizza! It was great! Overall, we had a great time catching up with friends over a delicious meal! The service was appropriate and helpful in navigating happy hour and the menu!

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

First time here and had the best experience! The ambience, food, energy, service , view, and recommendations were all so satisfying. Thanks so much Barlago!

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5.0Dined on March 7, 2018

We had a great time dining at Barlago. Just some friends getting together for a nice evening dinner/drinks. Vince, our waiter, was fantastic. He was very attentive, informative about the menu, and just a great positive energy...which added to the enjoyment of our guests. The food was very tasty, nice portions, and delivered promptly. The only down side was that we were looking forward to sampling their deviled eggs, but they were out that day. However, overall, a great experience. We will be returning soon for Happy Hour.

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Good was fantastic, service quick and attentive and it was kid-friendly!

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

Amazing food and drinks, able to accommodate a large party last minute. Love this place!

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

Barlago never disappoints...and it shows - they are pretty much always busy. GREAT service, AWESOME food and drinks - the atmosphere is perfect for a date night or just hanging with friends. Definitely a neighborhood gem.

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

We brought out-of-town friends to dinner at Barlago and had a wonderful experience. The cocktails were excellent as was the food. I had the raviolis and they were delicious. Our server Allie was friendly, courteous and prompt with our drinks and dinner.

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3.0Dined on February 18, 2018

Food was good. Service was a little disorganized. We were a large group and the annoying part that the wait staff kept dropping the dirty dishes into a bucket that was placed right behind our table. It made a huge clattering noise every 10min and was way to loud. They need to look for a better location.
Also our waitress was really nice but she seemed overloaded with work and kept running off, leaving us yelling after her for a plate or other extras.
Food was lacking a bit of flavor.

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3.0Dined on February 13, 2018

Salmon was bland. My carbonara had soft mushy noodles.
Most irritating part was that the waitress knew that I had made a reservation and she placed another couple on the other side of the glass (outside) where we were sitting inside and it was uncomfortable due to the couple “making out “ in front of us within a foot away.

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2.0Dined on February 6, 2018

Parking was very difficult and we had to drive around the block a couple of times. Once seated we waited a long time before anyone waited on us....easily 20 minutes. However, once we commented that we needed to be out of the restaurant by a certain time, the servers saw to it that we were. Two in our party had burgers and they thought they were pretty good. Two of us had pasta and we wouldn't order again. It's a beautiful location right across from the lake.

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5.0Dined on January 28, 2018

Great food. Waitstaff very helpful.

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4.0Dined on January 26, 2018

We enjoyed our first visit at Barlago. We met two friends who were newbies also.
We all enjoyed our entrees. All dishes were well prepared, fresh ingredients and enjoyed by all.

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3.0Dined on January 21, 2018

Food was OK and a good value for the area. The web site suggests there is a patio and dogs are allowed. The patio is actually the sidewalk. They should clarify that it's not a patio. It's a few odd tables and a rail with bar stools. Fine for 1 or 2 people, but not good for more than that.

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5.0Dined on January 20, 2018

Large party for a birthday

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3.0Dined on January 20, 2018

We were expecting to eat lunch here and try the prix fix menu during Oakland Restaurant Week. Unfortunately, Barlago was not participating for lunch so after careful consideration, we stayed and ordered something frome their regular brunch menu. I had a bloody mary and the veggie skillet. Unfortunately, I didn't know that the bloody mary would include a piece of chicken sausage in the garnish. Since I do not eat sausages (because they usually have a pork casing), I requested a newly made drink without the meat. They were very accomodating. My veggie could have been excellent if my broccoli wasn't overcooked. Other than that, it was good.

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3.0Dined on January 19, 2018

We sat in a room off of the bar and main dining area. It was bizarre. It was 2018 Oakland Restaurant Week Prix Fixe Menu for $30. For Appetizer, I had the Shrimp Basil Bruschetta - the bread was soggy, not crisp, shrimp tasted old. For Salad I had the Mixed Green - this was excellent. Entree - Salmon with asparagus and white beans - it was just okay. The first plate was not even luke warm and not edible. I sent it back and the second plate was hot. It was not memorable. Service was great. Good place to go on a date.

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4.0Dined on January 19, 2018

Barlago is one of our local favorites. We eat there at least once a month. The food is always tasty, the staff always friendly and accommodating. Our six-year-old goes everywhere with us and we always have a good experience with her at Barlago while enjoying grown-up fare and drinks. The cocktail menu is creative without being precious. Our daughter is leery of public restrooms but likes the one at Barlago because it is quiet and has a purple light. Everybody wins.

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5.0Dined on January 17, 2018

By far the best value for Oakland Restaurant Week. Delicious food and lots of choices. Always a fun place.

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5.0Dined on January 17, 2018

We came for restaurant week and the food was so great for the price! I don’t mind coming back and paying full price for the dishes we ordered. It was my second time here and everyone else’s first time and no one had any complaints.

I wish I remembered our waiter’s name but we was absolutely pleasant. He even recommended a great beer to go with the food. Thank you thank you! He called everyone by “Sweetie” if that helps pinpoint who is he.

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4.0Dined on January 14, 2018

Went to Barlago as part of Oakland Restaurant Week and it did not disappoint. Had two pieces of Bruschetta, a generous Caesar Salad and Short Rib for $30. My dining companions opted for the Pasta option for $20. Great drink menu and relaxing vibe across the street from Lake Merritt.

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5.0Dined on January 12, 2018

When I arrived I realized the modification to my reservation did not go through. The hostess was very sweet and accommodated my additional person without any fuss. The food was fabulous as well as the service!

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5.0Dined on January 1, 2018

Great food, service. Nice location near Lake Merritt. Loved the French toast.

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4.0Dined on December 13, 2017

We had a reservation for 8 at 7 pm for a family group. Over the course of the day our plan fell apart and we showed up with 6 people at 5 pm. They were so gracious about it, they got us in right away and the service and food were excellent. We had a blast.

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5.0Dined on December 9, 2017

Barlago was absolutely amazing. Food was delicious. Ambiance was excellent and our server was the best. Highly recommend it. Perfect for group dining.

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5.0Dined on November 2, 2017

Great italian food, cocktails, with a view of Lake Merritt. Wished we had gotten there in time to sit on the front patio under the heaters, but there was plenty of room inside.

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3.0Dined on October 28, 2017

Servers were overwhelmed. We couldn’t get refills. Server forgot to bring the salad. Everyone got served except for one person so we were eating while one person had to wait for his food. I suggest you get more servers to help. Don’t be cheap. Hire more wait staff.

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2.0Dined on October 14, 2017

Because the staff was overwhelmed. 20 minutes to get our drinks. Appetizers and main dish came out of the same time.

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4.0Dined on October 8, 2017

This was my second visit, service was great, but they messed up our order. Bad timing...by time the mix up was fixed...we were full on other items, couldn't eat all main meal..but they made it right...our wait person messed up..

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3.0Dined on October 7, 2017

The service was good--friendly staff and pretty efficient. The food, though, was only OK. As Italian food goes, I'd rate it as pretty mediocre. The Brussels sprouts were boring and the seafood pasta was bland. But, I guess that's why they still had room for a party of 6 on an hour's notice on a Friday though. The really good Italian restaurants in Oakland were full.

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4.0Dined on October 6, 2017

this is a perfect restaurant for families. Lots of room to move around. The staff went all out to accommodate our needs of switching tables; there was a mix-up on the happy hour offer but our waitress was so kind and available.

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5.0Dined on October 3, 2017

Restaurant people choose a great table. Wait staff personable and readily available. They did not rush our meal. It was clean and well-lit. Will return and try some other dishes. Job well done.

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4.0Dined on September 30, 2017

The food overall was pretty good -- we loved the mussels, and my chicken Piccata was tasty, though the portion was small, especially considering the $21 price. We also shared a Caesar salad which was average. The dressing was overly creamy and quite ordinary. My husband had the seafood pasta which he said was good.

The service was good. I realize now, after reading some of the other reviews, why our server was very concerned about the order that food was brought out. She really wanted to make sure she was bringing out our items in the right order and that the timing was ok.

Overall, it was good-very good but with so many delicious restaurants to choose from, hard to say we will be back unless we were looking for an outdoor dining experience with lake views.

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5.0Dined on September 30, 2017

We had an excellent time and the food was delicious. Our server (Cynthia) gave us outstanding service, she was kind and very attentive to our every need. She even answer some questions in Spanish to some of my family members that didn't speak English. Great Service!!

Thank you

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3.0Dined on September 15, 2017

Service this time was less than attentive; I had to ask for drink refills. The food, however, was good, as always. It's average but still good. I had the meatballs as an appetizer and ravioli as an entree.

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