Kingston 11

4.5
198 reviews
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$30 and under
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Caribbean
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  • Good for Groups
  • Spicy
  • Neighborhood Gem
Kingston 11 Cuisine offers a unique dining experience with consistent high-quality and delicious blends of Jamaican and world cuisines, in an entertaining and pleasurable atmosphere. Our Jerk Meats are smoke roasted Jamaican style.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Caribbean
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Hours of operation
Sunday Brunch: 11:00am - 4:00pm
Lunch: Tuesday - Friday: 11:00am - 2:00pm
Dinner: Tuesday - Friday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm (Bar open until 11:00pm), Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
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Phone number
(510) 465-2552
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Nigel Jones
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Cross street
23rd Street
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Parking details
Street parking is available at all times. Parking is free on Sundays.
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Public transit
19th Street Bart is walking distance from the restaurant.
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Entertainment
Live music once a week: DJ's perform two times a week on Wednesday's Latin music and Fridays Reggae music and Soul.
Additional
Bar Dining, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 198 People Are Saying
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Las Vegas
8 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A taste of home right in Oakland. Can't wait to make this a regular spot fot me and friends

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PP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious food; cheerful service. The servers were energetic, friendly and knowledgeable about all the dishes.

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JT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Kinston offers authentic, loving & passionate food & spices.

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DJ
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place to eat before a concert. Looking forward to visiting again!

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Will return.

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ML
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food, fun atmosphere, very happy with the evening out.

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CK
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had a wonderful time. My friends and I celebrated my birthday. The food and service was excellent.
Thank you for your wonderful food and service.

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OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Jerk chicken was very good. Tables are too close together for me. I like the DJ music. Service is inconsistent but ok.

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B
San Francisco
46 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 2

I would recommend Kingston 11 for the food. We had the Goat Curry, Ox Tail stew and the Jerk Chicken salad. The food was great. The drinks were really good: Old Jamaican, Kingston Collada and Spiked Sorrel. The dessert, a fruit cake-like substance with a sort-of creme fraiche splash was okay. Wouldn't bother with that.

The service was really terrible. Although there were a lot of people on the floor, actually getting someone to come over was a chore considering that the restaurant was not that crowded. When the person finally came over, he was not very informed about the food, which was not helpful at all. Like saying, "on a scale of 1 to 10, it is between 1 and 10 (for heat)!" Let's just say the wait staff was basically clueless, that is, inexperienced at restaurant work. Here's a good one: I didn't have a fork. When I asked for one I was told that they must be washing them now! What! They ran out of forks! That also happened with the dessert, which was described one way by one person (a dark chocolate cake) and another (a fruit cake style). It was sort of neither. We finally got the desert with one spoon (there was three of us and we asked for three utensils). We finally got two espresso cup spoons, i.e., very small. Ridiculous! The spoons were delivered and the person left so quickly we couldn't even get their attention about it. Hard to eat cake with such a small spoon. I will say this about the service: once the drink order was place, they came out quickly. Then we ordered for the main courses and those came out quickly (stews, curries, salads mostly pre-made). But, we also ordered the Swiss Chard and it came out very late in the meal. When we asked for it, the waiter said, "we are behind on the chard orders." Matter of factly, "we are behind." Oh well. The food is good but not worth the lack of service. We'll check back in a year or so and see if they improve.

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OS
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this restaurant and the options that are available whether I am starving or just want small plates and a drink. Whenever my friends want to get together, I tend to think of this restaurant first because it is a laid-back, colorful place, and the staff is always great.

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OT
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 3

Great food. Okay service. We had to ask for our water to be refilled. The server walked by without checking in. I had to wave him down to get him to stop and interact with us. The service is not great here.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Tasty original flavors. We’ll be back.

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M
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I had an amazing time on our bunch lunch date. Fantastic foods and we loved the Jack Daniel Red labor shots.

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CH
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Kingston 11 makes amazing food and treats their employees well, they are what's known as a High Road Employer. Service is just "okay", but 100% worth the trip!

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KT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

We had reservations and a large group. We were seated quickly. The servers were great but there weren't enough of them to handle the number of diners. The jerk chicken salad was delicious, spicy yet complex and falling of the bones tender. Everyone loved the good and would return go another meal.

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CR
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Though the food is great, they did not honor our reservation. They sat several parties without reservations before us. We waited 40 minutes for our table.

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BB
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

Made a reservation for 7:30pm and didn't get seated until after 8:00pm. The service was overall slow (told that there were only two servers for a Friday night). The jerk chicken was dry and cold. Oxtail stew was good. Drinks were mediocre.

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KB
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

The atmosphere was mellow, the service hospitable, and the food was quite tasty. I’d highly recommend Kingdton II.

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OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely delicious! I haven't tasted anything on the menu here that I didn't love. The goat curry was superb!

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l
San Francisco
49 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

It was a beautiful day which started off with wine tasting on Treasure Island and ended here at Kingston 11. I had been dying to try this place ever since I seen it on Check Please. We started with the Wild gulf shrimp, salt fish fritters and Jamaican patties which were my favorite. For dinner we had the Jerk chicken and Oxtail stew. Both were very good. I didn't get a chance to try the drinks but I'll save that for another day. ;)

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AW
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great original food in a casual homey environment.

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LR
St. Louis
15 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great as always! Love this place.

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B
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

My favorite thing that I ordered actually was the limeade. I wish that there were free refills. The next favorite for me was the rice dish. I had to adjust my palate to eating the greens. I liked the band a lot but it was a little close to where I was sitting.

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LR
St. Louis
15 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is always outstanding!

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CG
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Trust me, IRMAO this place has eerie ting Irie. Authentic, to say the least. Wonderfully diverse crowd with great energy. Staff was cool and the food was banging! The Beef pattie, Bra!! And the plantains, Damn. But the oxtail will make you want to not go home. Get up. Stand up!

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RK
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 2

Everyone was kept waiting over an hour to obtain their orders, and even then things were missing from orders. Many, many unhappy tables.

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DP
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service. The owner was friendly, and hospitable. The food was delicious. I'd go again!

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LR
St. Louis
15 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Oxtails were amazing! They were seasoned well. Probably the best I ever had. The reviews did not lie when it said they fall off the bone. My husband who is from the West Indies says the curry goat was excellent as well. We are moving to Oakland and will definitely eat here monthly if not weekly.

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JV
San Francisco
46 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The jerk chicken is delicious. Casual atmosphere. Loud. Drinks are creative though small for the price. I’m definitely going back for the chicken. It’s a good portion with wing, drumstick and thigh. I don’t love dark meat but this was tender and tasty. The greens that we got as a side were also really good. No dessert menu but we were so full it didn’t matter.

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r
San Francisco
45 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Authentic Jamaican food with fun vibe. They were slammed when we arrived. Our table was waiting for us and we were warned that service could be slow. Drinks were delicious too. Wish they served hot sauce

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c
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very good experience. First time here. Will return when in the area. Loved the jerk chicken and rum punch.

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M
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great and so was the service. My whole family loved it and there were 12 of us.

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CA
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

The music alone was worth the price of admission! I do love the dinner menu more than the Sunday Brunch menu. Everyone in my party enjoyed their meal.

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BT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Went for Sunday brunch. Great food. Great ambiance except that the steel drum player was a bit loud. Hart to heard conversation with my son. Great value

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BT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best Jamaican food !
Friendly staff, and fantastic food.

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OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 5

chicken was dry and the beans and rice has odd sauce on top
I thought 5.00 for a kiddie cup of sorrel was overpriced
the plantain were the best I ever had
entire meal was overpriced for the quality
service was friendly and the interior was really nice
I wouldn't go back or recommend

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N
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Food and drinks were good. Energetic and cool vibe inside. Great neighborhood for a night out. Service was friendly but just not very consistent. It was nice in a way because we certainly didn’t feel rushed! I would go there again for sure.

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c
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Great food and great vibe! They could cut the vegetables a little smaller in the curry, but the use of spices is absolutely delicious! Would highly recommend this to anyone visiting the Berkeley area!

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DJ
1 review
Dined on April 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good, fresh food. Great service and I enjoyed meeting the owner- very personable! Keep up the good job!

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RL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love Kingston 11! Great food, ambiance and service. If you are in Oakland and want to spice things up a bit for dinner. Go to Kingston 11! Excellent Jamaican cuisine.

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