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Best Neighborhood Gem Restaurants in Oakland

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A photo of alaMar Dominican Kitchen restaurant
4.7
Exceptional(174)
Price: Expensive
• Caribbean • Oakland
Booked 20 times today
alaMar is a Contemporary Dominican Kitchen located in the hip Uptown Oakland area. Bravo TV's Top Chef Season 18 Contestant, Chef Nelson German, dives deep into his Dominican culture at alaMar by offering a regional menu of foods he grew up on that his mom, grandmother, and Aunt Maritza would cook and NYC-style Dominican street foods he enjoyed as a child. German brings a unique take to family recipes with his contemporary NYC twist on traditional dishes, including his popular braised oxtail dish. There is indoor seating and a dog-friendly patio with heaters for al fresco dining. The not-to-be-missed craft cocktail program reflects Caribbean influences such as the signature Mamajuana cocktail.
A photo of Commis Dining Room restaurant
4.9
Exceptional(1195)
Price: Very Expensive
• Californian • Oakland
Booked 11 times today
Commis in Oakland is a Two-Star Michelin** rated fine dining restaurant by James Beard Foundation Nominated Chef James Syhabout that serves a multi-course Tasting Menu.Diners at Commis are invited to linger for 2.5 to 3 hours over an multi-course meal in a warm, comfortable and relaxing dining room appointed by glowing glass light pendants, dark furniture, bare walnut tables, dim lit candles and floral arrangements. Delivered by the attentive service staff and sommeliers, the cuisine of Commis showcases some of the best Northern California ingredients that are in season through modern and classic cooking techniques. The cuisine aims to bridge the flavors, textures and temperatures of the East and West with every course with the intention to excite and satisfy.
A photo of Bardo Lounge & Supper Club restaurant
4.7
Exceptional(436)
Price: Expensive
• Contemporary American • Oakland
Booked 28 times today
Recommended in the MICHELIN Guide for California 2021-2023. Located in Oakland’s historic Grand Lake District, Bardo is a neighborhood lounge and restaurant inspired by the comfort and camaraderie of a mid-century dinner party. Drawing on the celebration and elegance of old school entertaining, we envisioned a space for friends and neighbors to enjoy amazing food, cocktails, conversation and great music. Our lounge is a swank living room, furnished with hand-picked finds from antique and vintage markets from Palm Springs to Portland. Our mezzanine dining room features a rotating menu of fresh, seasonal supper-fare with local and sustainably sourced meats, fish and produce. While we think the food, drinks and atmosphere are all great reasons to visit us, it’s the relationships with our friends, neighbors and guests that is the driving force behind Bardo.
A photo of Grand Lake Kitchen - Lake Merritt restaurant
4.7
Exceptional(618)
Price: Moderate
• American • Oakland
Booked 46 times today
Grand Lake Kitchen at Lake Merritt is a beloved neighborhood gem. The place is cherished for its 'consistently delicious, interesting, comfort with good cocktails and service' as one reviewer put it. It's a favorite spot for many, offering a warm, friendly atmosphere, and an excellent menu of American classics. The reviews rave about the 'amazing' food, 'yummy' cocktails, and the 'fantastic' service. The 'great vibe' and 'good value' make it a neighborhood gem.
A photo of Left Bank - Jack London Square restaurant
4.2
Awesome(457)
Price: Moderate
• French • Oakland
Booked 37 times today
Inspired by the birthplace of the original Parisian brasseries along the Left Bank of the Seine River, Left Bank Brasserie is an authentic Parisian-style brasserie by Chef Roland Passot. Left Bank pays homage to the joiede vivre that is synonymous with the Left Bank neighborhood in Paris. Guests are invited to step intoFrench culture, in a vibrant, social atmosphere that captures all the charm of traditional brasseriesand iconic alfresco dining of France. An all-day menu features authentic French cuisine utilizingseasonal, local and organic ingredients, and consists of iconic lighter fare such as oysters, tartare andprawns provençal, in addition to heartier classics like coq au vin and beef bourguignon. Inspired by theParisian-style Bar Américain, an extensive cocktail menu features classics of a bygone era, along with awide range of rotating taps, seasonal drafts and bottled beer, and an expertly-curated wine selection.
A photo of Duende restaurant
4.5
Awesome(1632)
Price: Expensive
• Spanish • Oakland
Booked 23 times today
Duende is a Spanish Inspired neighborhood restaurant in Oakland's Uptown district.A modern and casual dining experience, a cutting-edge cocktail program, and an inviting Spanish-based wine program!Parties of 7 or more will be served a prix fixe chef's menu, please email reservations@duendeoakland.com to make a large group reservation. For private events please email events@duendeoakland.comDuende reserves seats for walk-ins! If you don't see your desired reservation time, come on down and we will find you a seat!
A photo of Limewood Bar & Restaurant restaurant
4.4
Awesome(2289)
Price: Expensive
• Unspecified • Berkeley
Booked 60 times today
Experience a vibrant, casual gathering place with bay view patio seating, showcasing regionally-sourced cuisine. A kitchen inspired by Bay Area artisans is complimented by a spirited bar offering house-crafted cocktails and a well-balanced wine list.
A photo of Bellanico Restaurant and Wine Bar restaurant
4.8
Exceptional(2031)
Price: Moderate
• Italian • Oakland
Booked 15 times today
Bellanico Restaurant & Wine Bar saves some tables for walk-ins, please call Bellanico directly for large party reservations. Bellanico is a continuation of Chris Shepherd & Elizabeth Frumusa’s successful restaurant in San Francisco, Aperto in Potrero Hill. Bellanico is a neighborhood restaurant located in the Glenview district of Oakland. The name Bellanico is derived from their daughters’ nicknames, Bella & Nico. The Bellanico staff take great pride in food, service and wine. We serve rustic Italian cuisine that changes seasonally. We are dedicated to serving the best seasonal, local, sustainable and organic products that they can find. Bellanico features Pitman Farms Chicken, Prather Ranch Meat, Duroc Pork and only wild caught fish and seafood. It also features a wine bar offering Old World wines with an emphasis on Italian wines. There are more than 25 wines by the glass & 6 different flights of wine.
A photo of Yoshi's Oakland restaurant
4.7
Exceptional(8036)
Price: Moderate
• Japanese • Oakland
Booked 75 times today
Yoshi's has served Japan's best traditional dishes to Bay Area patrons since 1972. The menu highlights artfully arranged sushi, fresh grilled seafood, classic Japanese dishes, and vegetarian fare. Patrons can kick off their shoes in the traditional Japanese tatami seating or dine at tables. Expert sushi chefs create sushi and sashimi to order either in the restaurant or in the jazz house. Start the evening in the cocktail lounge before dinner or have a nightcap after taking in a show in the jazz house.
A photo of Acre restaurant
4.5
Awesome(515)
Price: Expensive
• Mediterranean • Oakland
Booked 53 times today
ACRE is an ingredient-driven menu of California/Mediterranean cuisine served witha welcoming, neighborhood approachability.*20% gratuity will be added to all parties 8 or more. *As of January 5, 2024, a 4% surcharge will be included to enable us to provide health insurance benefits to our staff. If you would like this charge removed, please let us know. Thank you for your understanding and support.
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