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Wood TavernWood Tavern
2314 reviews
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Gastro Pub | Oakland, East Bay

Wood Tavern never disappoints! This time it provided a warm, friendly & delicious atmosphere for 4 college friends to reconnect, converse & linger over a nice lunch. Thank you! More

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The Fat Lady Bar & RestaurantThe Fat Lady Bar & Restaurant
292 reviews
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Contemporary American | Oakland, East Bay

Food and Service were both good. It is one of my favorites. More

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The Wolf - OaklandThe Wolf - Oakland
991 reviews
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American | Oakland, East Bay

Good service and delicious food, thank you! More

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Spinning DoughSpinning Dough
2 reviews
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Pizzeria | Oakland, East Bay

Value for money! We asked the waitress what was her favorite and we ordered as per her recommendation... Sausage, shiitake mushroom pizza. It was excellent! More

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HomesteadHomestead
656 reviews
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Californian | Oakland, East Bay

Wonderful food. Could easily have had a second serving of the pasta but had to save room for the ribeye steak which was equally delicious More

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Penrose OaklandPenrose Oakland
38 reviews
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Contemporary American | Oakland, East Bay

Awesome! Food was excellent, service was friendly, ambiance was lovely. More

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PucquioPucquio
386 reviews
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Peruvian | Oakland, East Bay

The food and hospitality was amazing!!! It’s not often where I can’t decide what my favorite part of the meal was!! Everything was so delicious. The Ceviche s .... superb. More

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Enoteca MolinariEnoteca Molinari
269 reviews
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Italian | Oakland, East Bay

All around great experience every time. A rare, more intimate setting and experience. More

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MarzanoMarzano
399 reviews
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Italian | Oakland, East Bay

Started with a Manhattan cocktail. Then a delicious arugula salad. Next, cooked to perfection a well seasoned pan-seard cod. More

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Hog's ApothecaryHog's Apothecary
325 reviews
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Contemporary American | Oakland, East Bay

We will definitely return. Intimate setting with great food. More

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Dona TomasDona Tomas
1651 reviews
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Mexican | Oakland, East Bay

Dona Tomás never ever fails me. The Mexican toast, chilaquiles verde and the juevos rancheros are just to die for. Keep up the great work. More

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ShakewellShakewell
749 reviews
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Mediterranean | Oakland, East Bay

Anniversary lunch More

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Soi4 Bangkok EaterySoi4 Bangkok Eatery
351 reviews
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Thai | Oakland, East Bay

Everything we ordered was fantastic. We will be back soon. More

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ContrastoContrasto
90 reviews
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Italian | Oakland, East Bay

We ordered the carbonara, gnocchi, and ribeye. Ribeye was a little on the fatty side, but it happens with ribeyes. The pasta was phenomenal, perfect degree of firmness for my tastes. Carbonara was wonderfully cheesy and the pink gnocchi sauce was subtly flavorful. Owner is very friendly and hands-on, he both seated and served our party, and was managing the kitchen too the entire time. I was saddened to learn the restaurant will be closing at the end of March due to their landlord having sold the building, but I will definitely be on the lookout when this place reopens elsewhere! More

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The StarThe Star
459 reviews
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Pizzeria | Oakland, East Bay

Went on a Monday night with a party of 6. Great service and good food - all star deep dish, thin crust pesto chicken, little gem salad and choc gelato desserts. Make a kid’s cheese for the little one. All good More

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The Saap AvenueThe Saap Avenue
47 reviews
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Laotian | Oakland, East Bay

The food was wonderful. Fresh, and well-balanced. We were with friends and everyone enjoyed their dishes. My only complaint was that the tables were a little small for four people--not a big complaint. The place has a really homey feel. I highly recommend it. More

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Grand Lake KitchenGrand Lake Kitchen
348 reviews
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American | Oakland, East Bay

Met a bestie I hadn’t seen in awhile for a late lunch. GLK was the perfect place for this! More

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Boot and Shoe Service - OaklandBoot and Shoe Service - Oakland
111 reviews
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Italian | Oakland, East Bay

never have had a boring pizza or salad in 10 years! More

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Messob Ethiopian RestaurantMessob Ethiopian Restaurant
2 reviews
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Ethiopian | Oakland, East Bay

This has been a favorite from when I used to live in the neighborhood. I have tried other Ethiopian restaurants since moving away, but this is still my favorite and close enough to my current location to get to easily. The injera bread is just right, not too sour as some other restaurants are,. The staff is friendly, attentive, but stays low key, in the background, and unobtrusive. The food is very authentic. I always have the Ethiopian spiced tea and share a combination plate. We had more people this time so we opted for an additional fish dish of fried tilapia chunks. It was a good choice! We went on a Wednesday, so it was pretty quiet. I have seen it packed on weekends though, but it's always pleasant atmosphere. More

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Yoshi's OaklandYoshi's Oakland
6085 reviews
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Japanese | Oakland, East Bay

Happy Hour was great and service outstanding. Looking forward to returning. More

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DyafaDyafa
366 reviews
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Syrian | Oakland, East Bay

Absolutely delicious! More

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Scott's Seafood - OaklandScott's Seafood - Oakland
2941 reviews
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Seafood | Oakland, East Bay

Good food and beautiful view of the Bay. This would be a nice restaurant for dates or family lunches or dinners. I loved my swordfish dish :) More

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Bellanico Restaurant and Wine BarBellanico Restaurant and Wine Bar
1738 reviews
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Italian | Oakland, East Bay

We arrived early (5:30 pm) since the restaurant fills up quickly. We had the cauliflower fritters, and two different pasta dishes, followed by the donuts. All were excellent. Wonderful flavors. Great preparation and service. A true neighborhood gem. More

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District - OaklandDistrict - Oakland
277 reviews
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Tapas / Small Plates | Oakland, East Bay

The food and ambience were wonderful. Service was prompt and very friendly. Wonderful people watching was a nice bonus. More

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Quinn's Lighthouse Restaurant & PubQuinn's Lighthouse Restaurant & Pub
917 reviews
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Contemporary American | Oakland, East Bay

Very nice fish restaurant More

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Galeto Brazilian SteakhouseGaleto Brazilian Steakhouse
594 reviews
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Brazilian Steakhouse | Oakland, East Bay

Galeto was a great experience. While some meats were a bit dry, I did very much enjoy majority of the choices. The salad bar options are great. Service was awesome! More

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DuendeDuende
947 reviews
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Spanish | Oakland, East Bay

The small plates were very good. We had the tuna carpaccio, the beef tartare and the cabbage salad which all were excellent. We shared a meat paella for two and it was plenty for four. For dessert, we had biscotti and walnut pear torte. The wait staff was very attentive and paced the plates. More

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Oliveto Café & RestaurantOliveto Café & Restaurant
2852 reviews
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Italian | Oakland, East Bay

Service was outstanding- extremely attentive and timely. Food was well prepared. More

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A CoteA Cote
2210 reviews
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Mediterranean | Oakland, East Bay

Wonderful date night ambience. Great food and ambience! More

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MockingbirdMockingbird
509 reviews
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Californian | Oakland, East Bay

We enjoyed meeting some old friends at Mockingbird on a Wednesday night. Overall the experience was very good. The food was tasty, but a bit overpriced. The waiter had good suggestions, but the service was slow. I loved the artwork and the bar was well-stocked. More

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A16 RockridgeA16 Rockridge
1589 reviews
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Italian | Oakland, East Bay

Simply outstanding food and wine selections. The salads and Neapolitan pizzas were excellent as usual. The pacing of service was a little off, particularly at the end of the meal but the servers were pleasant and knowledgeable. More

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Flora - OaklandFlora - Oakland
1931 reviews
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American | Oakland, East Bay

I enjoyed having a delicious brunch with friends on my birthday. I'm looking forward to coming back to Flora for dinner. More

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ParlourParlour
163 reviews
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Contemporary Italian | Oakland, East Bay

Our work department enjoyed a wonderfully prepared lunch. The service was attentive and always checked if we needed anything. The restaurant smelled delicious and had such an attractive rustic cool decor. More

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Calavera Mexican Kitchen & Agave BarCalavera Mexican Kitchen & Agave Bar
776 reviews
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Mexican | Oakland, East Bay

Wonderful! Food and service are always top-notch! More

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Tambo RestaurantTambo Restaurant
252 reviews
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Peruvian | Oakland, East Bay

The ceviche was the best I ever had! Not a single drop left on the plate. More

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Paulista Brazilian Kitchen and TaproomPaulista Brazilian Kitchen and Taproom
12 reviews
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Brazilian | Oakland, East Bay

Absolutely, I already have shared the positive experience with others. More

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Z Cafe & BarZ Cafe & Bar
251 reviews
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Californian | Oakland, East Bay

Rich, textured, smoky mac n cheese (its’s difficult to find a good one)!! My date enjoyed a vegan burger & fried green tomatoes. Yummy, pretty drinks! Very friendly & attentive staff. I’m hard of hearing - but there wasn’t too much noise on a Wed eve. Plus there’s a patio for future visits! More

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Bar CesarBar Cesar
153 reviews
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Mexican | Oakland, East Bay

We arrived about 45 mins early and there was no one at the front to greet us. We walked in and sat at the bar since there was a couple of seats open. We had a great time at the bar, enjoyed our food and cocktails. We’ll definitely be going back. More

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Belcampo - OaklandBelcampo - Oakland
195 reviews
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American | Oakland, East Bay

This is my second lunch here and it didn't disappoint any of us. Cobb salad delicious, steak salad also delicious as was the Belcampo burger. Will return again to try either dinner or weekend brunch. More

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MisturaMistura
47 reviews
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Peruvian | Oakland, East Bay

This restaurant is super cozy and the employees are very friendly and give great service. The food was excellent and our wait person (possibly the owner?) was very warm and obviously very proud of the food. We will definitely be back. More

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Kincaid's Bayhouse - OaklandKincaid's Bayhouse - Oakland
2440 reviews
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Steak | Oakland, East Bay

Our waitress was outstanding. Very attentive. Very pleasant. Thank you More

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Beer Baron- OaklandBeer Baron- Oakland
63 reviews
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Comfort Food | Oakland, East Bay

This is a great pub! The tables are spaced well so you don't feel like you're packed in to the place. It's a great location and easy to get to but the parking may be a challenge since it's College Ave and you have to park in the surrounding neighborhood. The small plate food was really good. We had the fried chickpeas, kale & quinoa salad, and chili lime cashews. The service was good, but I at one point I wanted to order another drink, but I think they got slammed (it was a Friday night), so when the waiter checked on us ~20 minutes later the desire had passed and we were getting ready to go. Overall, I definitely recommend this place to meet up with friends for good food and conversation. More

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Qi Dumpling LoungeQi Dumpling Lounge
29 reviews
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Chinese (Sichuan) | Oakland, East Bay

This is one of those restaurants you find very rarely, The food here is amazing its our new favorite! More

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Copper Spoon - OaklandCopper Spoon - Oakland
98 reviews
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Californian | Oakland, East Bay

Nice local bar with interesting cocktails. Food is limited, some things not available due to access to fresh ingredients so okay with us. Tasty bites with variety. More

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LungomareLungomare
937 reviews
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Italian | Oakland, East Bay

We are an older group of Grandmas who get together for lunch every 3 months. The last 2 lunches were at this restaurant. We have had a good experience each time. Thank you More

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Neecha ThaiNeecha Thai
6 reviews
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Thai | Oakland, East Bay

I'm giving Neecha Thai 4 stars mainly for the food. Fine dining it's not, but it's very tasty. It's a rather small space, a bit crowded, with a fair amount of noise from the open kitchen. Wait staff was friendly, but "inexperienced college student" level. Service could be more "professional" i.e. attentive. My friend arrived before I did and while water and menus were on the table, we had to ask them to come take our order. We had been seated for some time, and I had even checked in for our reservation 5 minutes early. The food arrived in a timely manner from there; we had an appetizer on spinach leaves with a delightful chutney that tasted of ginger and maybe tamarind? My friend had the Basil Chicken and I had a salmon dish. Both had delicious sauces and the vegetables were cooked to perfection. My salmon was a bit overcooked and dry, so good thing there was plenty of peanut curry sauce to spoon on top. We split a chocolate "lava cake" with ice cream for dessert, since it was my friend's birthday, and they accommodated a request for a birthday candle. But it was slightly over cooked and more fudge-y than lava-y. My friend said she saw it heated in the microwave. Lava cake should always be baked to order as overcooking is very easy to do, especially in the microwave, where things cook from the inside out. Overall, however, I would consider it a great neighborhood place to get some tasty food with friendly service, and good sized portions. We were happy to have leftovers to take home for lunch the next day. More

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Iron & OakIron & Oak
15 reviews
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American | Oakland, East Bay

Was looking for a good downtown restaurant before a concert. We do not know Oakland at all but found this restaurant on yelp. We did not realize it was inside the Marriott Hotel. So, it is a typical hotel restaurant with some nice options on the menu. Nothing too exciting but not bad as well. Service was great. More

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Umami Burger - OaklandUmami Burger - Oakland
122 reviews
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Burgers | Oakland, East Bay

We found a new "go to" pre-concert spot. Only a couple blocks and an easy walk from the Fox and the Paramount, this place is a hidden gem. The truffle burger, bliss! The truffle tater tots, double bliss!! Great service on top of great food!! More

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Lena's Soul FoodLena's Soul Food
18 reviews
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Soul food | Oakland, East Bay

I found this to be one more of the many hidden treasures of the Bay Area. The buffet was my choice and of course will be on my second visit as well. I will add this though: Baked Fish, Fried Chicken, Oxtails, yams, greens, Mac and cheese, potato salad. I guess you get the picture, so why not stop by and get a plate as well. More

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Spice Monkey Restaurant & BarSpice Monkey Restaurant & Bar
7 reviews
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Global, International | Oakland, East Bay

A friend and I took our 5- and 6-year old sons to dinner here in the early evening prior to a kid-friendly show at the Paramount. The servers were so kind and patient with our kiddos, and the food was yummy and arrived quickly! I love the decor and ambience at Spice Monkey, and want to go back for adult beverages sometime soon. Great little downtown spot! More

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Grand Ave. Thai Cuisine - OaklandGrand Ave. Thai Cuisine - Oakland
1 review
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Thai | Oakland, East Bay

The Grand Avenue Thai Cuisine offers authentic Thai fare at reasonable costs. The restaurant offers a casual dining atmosphere and caters to singles and large groups alike. It is also child friendly with a courteous staff. Wheelchair accessible, Grand Avenue Thai Cuisine facilitates its patrons with plenty of bike and street parking.

The restaurant is operational during lunch and dinner hours and offers waited dine-in services. Takeout options are also available. Popular menu items for lunch include the Pad Ka Pow, Tofu Fries, Shrimp Rolls, Tum Kha Gai and a special Lemongrass Tilapia served with steamed Jasmine rice. The traditional Thai BBQ is a must have for dinner with Salmon Yang and Neur Yang being the crowd favorites. Various salads, soups and noodle options are also available. The Grand Avenue Thai Cuisine is open seven days a week.

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Great Wall Chinese RestaurantGreat Wall Chinese Restaurant
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Chinese | Oakland, East Bay

Great Wall Chinese Vegetarian & Seafood Restaurant is located in the Rockrige area in Oakland, CA. We offer dinning hours for lunch and dinner and are open seven days a week. The cozy, intimate setting is perfect whether you favor mild, colorful Chinese dishes or; hot and spicy, rich, sweet and sour, or classic Chinese dishes . Our restaurant is located at 6247 College Ave, Oakland, Ca. For details or any questions, please call us (510) 658-8458 Explore our exciting menu that offers you fine Chinese Vegetarian & Seafood cooking as well as Wine, Beer and Desserts. Whether it be it business or pleasure, Great Wall Chinese Vegetarian & Seafood is here for you dining pleasure.More

Judoku Sushi RockridgeJudoku Sushi Rockridge
4 reviews
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Japanese | Oakland, East Bay

Service was mediocre- we had reservations and still had to wait at least 10 minutes to be seated and I literally had to ask my server 3 times to please bring me tea. It sure what the problem was there. The food was good though not so good that I would come here over other great sushi spots in the area. More

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Local Food Adventures - Grand Lake Food TourLocal Food Adventures - Grand Lake Food Tour
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Global, International | Oakland, East Bay

Featured in National Geographic 2019 Best Places to Travel as THE “how to go” activity in Oakland and named the 2018 BEST WALKING TOUR IN THE EAST BAY by Diablo Magazine, we take you on a three-hour guided walking tour around the Grand Lake neighborhood where you'll enjoy five tasting locations with eclectic food flavors, including:

- a seasonal donut from one of the “Top 10 Donut Shops in the West” according to Sunset Magazine

- a taster of local East Bay beer and wood-fired pizza that pairs perfectly in this historical location

- hand-prepared spices, blends and artisan seasonings from one of world’s best spice shops according to Food & Wine Magazine

- a selection of sweet and savory bocadillos from the most authentic Cuban restaurant in the neighborhood

- modern day takes on mid-century classics at the Grand Lake neighborhood’s newest supper club and lounge

$79 per person. Add our VIP option for +$20 (includes pint of beer, tropical sangria, classic cocktail + gift bag)More

Judoku Sushi Piedmont AveJudoku Sushi Piedmont Ave
1 review
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Sushi | Oakland, East Bay

Wonderful food and excellent service. The staff was friendly and helpful More

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Guru Curry HouseGuru Curry House
1 review
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Indian | Oakland, East Bay

Everything was perfect. Staff was very friendly, didn’t feel rushed, food was excellent, Everyone enjoyed the food. More

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Venga Paella – Popup and CateringVenga Paella – Popup and Catering
46 reviews
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Spanish | Oakland, East Bay

The food was solid across the board with the paellas being excellent. Great beer and wine list (though we had some excellent Spanish Cider). The service was definitely off that night. They either seemed understaffed or had pretty junior wait staff. More

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Oakland Diners' Choice Winners

Oakland's best restaurants based upon thousands of OpenTable diner reviews
Wood TavernWood Tavern
2314 reviews
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Gastro Pub | Oakland, East Bay

Wood Tavern never disappoints! This time it provided a warm, friendly & delicious atmosphere for 4 college friends to reconnect, converse & linger over a nice lunch. Thank you! More

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The Fat Lady Bar & RestaurantThe Fat Lady Bar & Restaurant
292 reviews
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Contemporary American | Oakland, East Bay

Food and Service were both good. It is one of my favorites. More

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Enoteca MolinariEnoteca Molinari
269 reviews
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Italian | Oakland, East Bay

All around great experience every time. A rare, more intimate setting and experience. More

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Penrose OaklandPenrose Oakland
38 reviews
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Contemporary American | Oakland, East Bay

Awesome! Food was excellent, service was friendly, ambiance was lovely. More

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The Wolf - OaklandThe Wolf - Oakland
991 reviews
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American | Oakland, East Bay

Good service and delicious food, thank you! More

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HomesteadHomestead
656 reviews
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Californian | Oakland, East Bay

Wonderful food. Could easily have had a second serving of the pasta but had to save room for the ribeye steak which was equally delicious More

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MarzanoMarzano
399 reviews
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Italian | Oakland, East Bay

Started with a Manhattan cocktail. Then a delicious arugula salad. Next, cooked to perfection a well seasoned pan-seard cod. More

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PucquioPucquio
386 reviews
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Peruvian | Oakland, East Bay

The food and hospitality was amazing!!! It’s not often where I can’t decide what my favorite part of the meal was!! Everything was so delicious. The Ceviche s .... superb. More

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ShakewellShakewell
749 reviews
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Mediterranean | Oakland, East Bay

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Dona TomasDona Tomas
1651 reviews
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Mexican | Oakland, East Bay

Dona Tomás never ever fails me. The Mexican toast, chilaquiles verde and the juevos rancheros are just to die for. Keep up the great work. More

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