Bissap Baobab - Oakland

4.3
48 reviews
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$30 and under
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African
Bissap Baobab Oakland brings the savory, succulent flavors of Senegal to Oakland, California. Our menu consists of traditional Senegalese cuisine and West African-California fusion specialties.

Choose from a full range of gourmet African dishes, including avocat créole, yassa, mafe, ceebu jen, and dessert crépes. Our newest addition, Afro Wraps, are our version of a West African burrito. Then wash it all down with one of our homemade juices: hibiscus, tamarind, or ginger. We also squeeze our own juice blends, so drop in to see the flavor of the day!

More than just a restaurant, Bissap Baobab Oakland is a community center, with a laid back, yet distinctly cosmopolitan, worldly vibe which upholds the concept of an African village.

Our name is a tribute to the meaningful symbol of life, community, and culture in Africa -- the Baobab tree.
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AB
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 1

Staff was the only positive at this place. House cocktails were all below par, we ordered 4 different drinks. None of us were happy with the drinks. The food quantity was good but the rest were unacceptable. From presentation of food to taste, very disappointing. Couple of our dishes were exceptionally salty.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2017
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 1

They didn't say they were closed for vacation. It was a frustrating experience. The street was empty.

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RF
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Fabulous and creative African cuisine with fun drinks and great service. Casual and friendly atmosphere. Live music on the last friday of each month should not be missed.

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y
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Excellent, interesting food. Good service. Great value! Worth the trek.

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D
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful atmosphere, friendly service and amazing food ! Will definitely be back and also use for event catering.

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d
San Francisco
67 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Fun Place! Food not too spicy, lots of onions, lamb Yassa was really good. Kenyan beer was good. Don't be put off by the funky neighborhood. Take a cab/Uber/Lyft.
The yogurt dessert was not too sweet but very bland - probably authentic!
The decoration and music immediately revealed how much Senegal culture (via slaves) formed much of todays Caribbean culture.
Interesting and nice experience!

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B
San Francisco
27 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

No one in our party of 3 had eaten "West African cuisine" before we went, although one had been to South Africa. All of us enjoyed it, all sampled one another's entrees and we like all three. On that basis, it was a very tasty and enjoyable dinner.

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RS
San Francisco
105 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This was my second time at the restaurant. I had lunch before and dinner this time. We asked for some help in ordering, since we weren't familiar with Sengalese cuisine. We ordered Bibi with lamb and it was excellent. We also had the one with the peanut sauce, it was very good, but had too much sauce (gravy) for me. I will definitely order the bibi next time. We also asked for non-alcoholic drinks. He suggested juices and he mixed the hibiscus with ginger--it was perfect! It was a quiet night, so things were quiet. I will be back to try some other new things (Along with the bibi) next time.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Really great food, fun atmosphere for celebration & dancing after dinner. Delicious home made drinks!

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CR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

I celebrated my birthday here and enjoyed every moment! Dinner was delicious and dancing afterwards was so much fun!

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B
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 22, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service were great. I was able to have a great conversation with my date. The ambiance was nice. Though we did not stay for the live entertainment, it was nice to know that there was a place we could come back to for that. We took leftovers, and though sometimes leftovers look horrendous the next day, our food did not, which led me to believe that not too much of the bad stuff was used. The drinks were really good. Not too sweet, which was nice.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2017
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

We ordered the Seafood Coco and the Baobab Gambas. The Coco was quite good, however the Gambas was fairly bland. Unfortunately, the service was so incredibly apathetic that we will not be returning. Our food came out quickly, which was great, but then our server did not return to our table for OVER AN HOUR. My partner had to go to the bar with our cups to ask for more water. Our server finally came to take our dishes and bring the check, but then resumed ignoring us. We finally waved down another server to run our credit card.

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D
San Francisco
36 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

food is tasty but would like more fish and less rice. Music is too loud hard to carry out a conversation asked them to turn it down but still too noisy.

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S
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2017
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

excellent food; good service; cozy seating; value for portions provided were great and excellent fried tilapia

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Good overall experience! Appetizers a bit disappointing. But meals were very tasty. Tho not look so good.
WE went on a thurs eve. So no live music. Next time for sure. That must be fun

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BV
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

really interesting- the flavors are familiar, yet very different at the same time. try it. go. now.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2016
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Great food at great prices. Different food well cooked and not pretentious. Nice people working there. The atmosphere was a little cold and sparse on a rainy Friday. Would definitely go back. We were a party of 10 and were happy with our choice for a large party.

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s
San Francisco
87 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorites. Vegans and omnivores alike can eat together without drama. Deeply flavored sauces and well prepared meals. The food is healthy, delicious and served by people who are pleasant and upbeat. I am afraid it is going to be discovered.

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RS
San Francisco
105 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This was our first visit to Bissap Baobab. We were concerned about possible parking challenges, but we got lucky and found a car pulling out near the front of the restaurant. We liked the African motif of the restaurant and found the setting comfortable and pleasant. We ordered two different meals and found both were very delicious. My husband had the tilapia and I had the chicken with the peanut sauce. We also had the fruit smoothies and enjoyed them as well. We definitely plan to come back. It is a great find for us.

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good was absolutely delish and our waitress was the sweetest!

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JJ
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This West African bistro, with mildly but richly spiced food from Senegal was a real lunch-time treat for my friend and I . We both had the Chicken Mafe, which was a wonderful peanut-based stew with braised chicken. The walls and tables are a funky, brightly painted folk art that speaks to the modern West African culture. Highly recommended. Can't wait to go back.

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BB
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious delicious delicious . We were served quickly and food amazing

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s
San Francisco
87 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Love this place. I'm not a vegan but I can have lunch with one here and we both can be happy. The tofu made from black eyed peas is just dang good; doesn't matter if you are vegan or not. There are chicken and fish options as well. The fruit drinks are tasty but a bit too sweet for my taste. And the fried bananas are a fine dessert. Haven't had any alcoholic drinks here but they do have beer. The waitresses are really pleasant and clearly like their jobs. It is a no stress place to have a meal and a chat.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I LOVE to stay connected with the culture and people of our roots. This spot is a Pan-African heaven for us! I took my wife for her 40th; just a small group of friends and relations. SCORE!! Not only was the atmosphere nice and the service great, but the 3 lady servers (Asna & crew) that were working that evening went above and beyond to make my wife feel loved and appreciated on her special day. I will make it a point to return everytime I visit Oakland. NIcely done!!

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m
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2016
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

This Senegalese restaurant is special because it adds community involvement to the basic menu which is quite simple but well-prepared and served. We went because it was the monthly flamenco night and we were not disappointed. The 4 flamenco performers were terrific.

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2015
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food, a little chilly inside, but great service. The drinks were good but not amazing, that's why four and not five stars. Truly great food, though, definitely going back.

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2015
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Food was tasty and fresh, and service was excellent.

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T
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2015
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

It was our first time and we really liked it. We will come back and recommend to friends.

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S
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2015
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 3

I really enjoyed the flavor of the dishes. The one thing that I would change is using drumsticks in the main course. For me entrees served with chicken are best when served with chicken breast. A drumstick is not appropriate for saucy dishes and has very little meat.

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b
San Francisco
48 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2015
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 2

Didn't care for the food. Not to my taste.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Definitely one of the gems of the Bay Area. Great food at a reasonable cost.

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p
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2015
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Good food, good service on a funky block in downtown Oakland. All-around fun experience. Good selection of signature cocktails with ginger, rum, hibiscus and other interesting ingredients. Highly recommend!

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s
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2015
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We went here for my birthday recently and it was an overall great experience. I had been to the one in SF so wanted to try the one close to home and it was so convenient. The food was as tasty as I remembered it. The plantain and the yucca fries appetizers were great and there were plenty for our party of 4 (plus two kids). Our drinks were also good (I got the coconut rum and yes, like other reviews, it is fabulous! The second one was just as good). The other drinks were good but they ended up ordering different ones for the second round. We ordered 4 entrees (the curry shrimp, the spicy curry fish, the lamb onion dish, and the black eyed peas dish) and everything was really good. We cleaned our plates, for the most part. The server was extremely nice and helpful with our questions.

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JP
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Try a curry. They are delicious. Definitely have a hibiscus cocktail.

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KK
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2015
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

I ordered Dibi - onion sauce with black eyed pea tofu and fried plantain. It was one of the best things I've ever eaten, full of flavor, but not too spicy. I look forward to trying their other dishes.

The restaurant plays fairly loud music, so it's a fun place but not necessarily good for intimate conversation.

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B
San Francisco
52 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2015
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

A friend and I had a nice relaxed lunch. The service was so friendly and accommodating and the food was tasty. Since it was lunch we didn't try the cocktails, but the non alcoholic home made drinks (hibiscus, ginger or tamarind) were delicious. I will definitely go back and have already recommended this restaurants to friends for a family lunch or dinner.

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AD
New York Area
57 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2015
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Everything about the place was charming. To those who complain about service being slow: ours was neither rushed nor slow. Remember that some cuisines are meant to be enjoyed at a relaxing pace. If you're in a hurry, go to some other kind of restaurant, and save this for when you're willing to relax. That said, I have no complaints about the service and would go back in a minute. The food, if not outstanding, was very good.

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E
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Quality food, delicious African dishes, nice decor and super friendly service. Will come here again.

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EN
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had lunch with a group of 8 here recently. Service was friendly and good. Nice ambience. The Yassa wrap (grilled chicken, beef or tofu with marinated onions, served in a lemon, garlic, mustard sauce with greens, tomato, and avocado.) was very delicious. Tamarind juice was very good, ginger was spectacular, and the plantains were perfect. I'm looking forward to coming back i teh evening for the music (apparently they have african drummming)

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BG
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazingly delicious and the customer service was spectacular. It was my birthday and our server informed the live band and the whole restaurant paused to sing and it was wonderful. The restaurant was clean.

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