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Kingston 11

4.3
4.3
282 Reviews
$30 and under
Caribbean

Kingston 11 Cuisine is an environmentally friendly, community-oriented, innovative restaurant. Our mission is to provide consistent high-quality, delicious blends of Jamaican and Californian cuisines using local and organic ingredients. We are a contemporary urban dining oasis known for great service, cultural exchange and the nexus of great relationships. Our goal is to use these qualities to positively transform the lives of our patrons, employees, and the greater community.

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Menu

Main

  • Salt Fish Fritters

    these crisp golden gems are served with an organic dairy + nut free chimichurri

    • Plantains

      ripe, fried and served with a vegan black bean sauce and sour cream (vegetarian/vegan w/o sour cream)

      • Wild Gulf Shrimp

        grilled, drizzled with tarmarind sauce

        • Sweet Potato Wedges

          market fresh, roasted in olive oil and served with a lemongrass dipping sauce on the side (vegetarian/vegan w/o sauce)

          • Black Pepper Tofu

            fried tofu is carmelized in soy sauce, ginger, and garlic atop jasmine rice

            • Mixed Green Salad

              organic greens tossed with house-roasted peppers and housemade vinegarette

              • Caramelized spiced carrots

                organic Tomatero Farms carrots are bathed in pomegranate molasses and ginger

                • Sautéed string beans

                  Market fresh string beans sauteed with a housemae chili pepper sauce

                  • Jerk Chicken

                    organic chicken is rubbed, marinated, and smoked for hours, served with rice & peas and plantains

                    • Roasted Escoveitch Salmon

                      wild salmon is baked, topped with pickled veggies & served sweet potato wedges and swiss chard w/ dried cherries & pine nuts

                      • Oxtail Stew

                        the ultimate comfort food: rich, buttery and falling off the bone served with white jasmine rice and plantains

                        • Curry Vegetables

                          rich with jamaican curry is flavorful yet not spicy, a comfort food served with rice & peas and plantains

                          • Spanish Town Roasted Chicken

                            dark meat chicken is roasted with garlic + citrus to tender and juicy perfection, served with white jasmine rice and plantains

                            • Curry Goat (Thurs-Sat only)

                              simmered slow and seasoned to perfection served white jasmine rice and plantains

                              Last updated: March 21, 2020

                              What 282 people are saying

                              Overall ratings and reviews

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                              4.3
                              4.3 based on all time ratings
                              • 4.4Food
                              • 4.2Service
                              • 4.2Ambience
                              • 4.2Value

                              NoiseModerate

                              92% of people would recommend it to a friend

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                              1. GB

                                GladysB

                                San Francisco

                                16 reviews

                                vip
                                4.0

                                16 reviews

                                Dined on March 7, 2020

                                overall4food5service4ambience3

                                Went there for brunch and the food was good. Service was good too. I love their dinner menu not many offerings on the brunch menu plus they were out of some of the menu items.

                              2. P

                                Pencita

                                San Francisco

                                19 reviews

                                vip
                                1.0

                                19 reviews

                                Dined on March 1, 2020

                                overall1food1service1ambience1

                                It was my son’s bday. They did not honor my reservation time and we waited for 40 minutes. Then we were ignored after seating for an additional 15 minutes. They were out of most of their menu. The menu differs from the restaurant. My son a vegetarian ordered string beans and after everyone else was already eating, was told they were out. The online menu had several options for vegetarians. My son did not have anything to eat for his bday dinner. A disaster. They need Gordon Ramsay to come and fix them up. I will never go back. All that for mediocre food at best.

                              3. OT

                                OpenTable Diner

                                1 review

                                5.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on February 28, 2020

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                As Always Me and My Family Had a WONDERFUL EXPERIENCE Mos Def will return..

                              4. NO

                                NyOs

                                San Francisco

                                3 reviews

                                5.0

                                3 reviews

                                Dined on February 15, 2020

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                Good food and ambiance. Enjoyed the menu and the music.

                              5. j

                                jefferyb

                                1 review

                                5.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on February 15, 2020

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                Fantastic Food and atmosphere! Wait staff was attentive, specials were fully described. Owner greeted us at our table, made us feel welcome. Will come again

                              6. AW

                                AnnetteW

                                1 review

                                5.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on February 15, 2020

                                overall5food4service5ambience4

                                Food was good, service and staff were super friendly and accommodating! Made for a great Valentines Day dinner! Thank you!

                              7. OT

                                OpenTable Diner

                                New York Area

                                1 review

                                vip
                                1.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on February 12, 2020

                                overall1food1service1ambience2

                                Lol I walked in at 8:59 for a 9:15 dinner reservation only for them to tell me the kitchen was closed. Screw this place. Change your damn hours on OpenTable.

                              8. OT

                                OpenTable Diner

                                Chicago

                                1 review

                                2.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on February 9, 2020

                                overall2food2service1ambience2

                                We have been coming to Kingston since their pop-up in Berkeley, CA and this is the first time we were truly disappointed with the service. In the past we have overlooked some of the issues given this was a new restaurant adjusting to their new space. Below highlights the issues - Waited 30 mins before we were served and offered water - Ordered Appetizer and received appetizers with entree at the same time - Waited 30 mins for appetizers- asked if they could keep our entrees under the warmers. They said no. - Jerk chicken was overcooked

                              9. OT

                                OpenTable Diner

                                San Francisco

                                2 reviews

                                5.0

                                2 reviews

                                Dined on February 9, 2020

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                Everything was excellent! Amazing service, wonderful food! Everything was just perfect!

                              10. LR

                                LeoraR

                                San Francisco

                                1 review

                                4.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on February 7, 2020

                                overall4food5service3ambience5

                                Food is DELICIOUS. Servers and bartender were a bit overwhelmed so service was slow. But I'd come back for sure. Excellent food and a really nice atmosphere.

                              11. ML

                                MirL

                                San Francisco

                                5 reviews

                                3.0

                                5 reviews

                                Dined on March 9, 2019

                                overall3food3service4ambience3

                                We must be getting old because both my dining companion & I thought the music was too loud. We had difficulty speaking to eachother over of it. The food has tasted better on other occasions. It was just o.k. this time. Not very many desserts options either.

                              12. OT

                                OpenTable Diner

                                Central Coast

                                25 reviews

                                4.0

                                25 reviews

                                Dined on March 3, 2019

                                overall4food4service5ambience5

                                Restaurant was closed for a public event until 6 pm, but they didn't actually open the doors for another 20-30 min. There was a long line waiting by that time. Once we got in, service seemed quick and organized in spite of the sudden crowd. The atmosphere was great, nice background music and fun to see the diverse crowd there. I went specifically for the goat curry, hoping to extend my winning streak after enjoying a great lamb curry at an Indian restaurant a couple nights before. I don't remember the goat curry having any warnings on the menu about being super hot, and I'm usually OK with hot foods. It started out good, but as I continued eating, the burning sensation gradually extended and intensified throughout my mouth and lips and became kind of painful! It felt like the heat of black pepper, and that dominated my eating experience to the point where I could hardly distinguish any other spices that might have been in there. I don't know if this is always the case, but if so I would recommend offering the goat curry in two levels of hotness so more people would be able to enjoy!

                              13. JW

                                JessieW

                                San Francisco

                                2 reviews

                                4.0

                                2 reviews

                                Dined on February 28, 2019

                                overall4food4service4ambience3

                                The oxtail stew is great. We enjoyed the vegetable sides. Our table was split on sorrel.

                              14. DL

                                DonnaL

                                San Francisco

                                1 review

                                vip
                                4.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on February 27, 2019

                                overall4food4service4ambience4

                                Friendly service, great value

                              15. DM

                                DaniM

                                New York Area

                                1 review

                                1.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on February 24, 2019

                                overall1food1service2ambience3

                                I love this place, but on this day we waited well over an hour for our food to get to the table, and when it did arrive the French toast was burnt, the Jamaican breakfast was oversalted, our 4 year old never received his order of fries and my Jamaican breakfast and sorrel ran out so I had to order a replacement breakfast and drink over an hour into our dining experience because our server didn't have the wherewithal to let us know there were problems with our order or in the kitchen earlier than when it was brought to the table and hour into our experience. The communication and consideration from our server throughout the experience was subpar. I appreciate that my meal (single dish) was on the house, but was aggravated to find the fries that never arrived on our bill. Though they removed it eventually, even the wait to clear that up was exorbitantly long. I don't know that I will return to Kingston 11 after this abysmal experience where showing/accepting accountability was optional.

                              16. RL

                                RobertL

                                San Francisco

                                5 reviews

                                5.0

                                5 reviews

                                Dined on February 24, 2019

                                overall5food5service5ambience4

                                This was my second visit to Kingston 11 and it did not disappoint. From cocktails to the small plates to the large main courses, the food and service were fantastic. The flavors and quality of the food is unmatched.

                              17. BO

                                BONITAG

                                New York Area

                                3 reviews

                                3.0

                                3 reviews

                                Dined on February 23, 2019

                                overall3food5service2ambience4

                                Yes, I would recommend because food is great but service can be slow and disorganized. We went in a party of 8 and it took 20 minutes before I finally asked a waiter if he could send over our designated waiter - no one had said a thing to us. Then, our waiter came and was polite but did not write down our order and unsurprisingly, it was wrong - 1 entree was missing so 1 person had to sit and wait for his food while the rest of us had our entrees. Plus, all of our appetizers were missing - they just never came. We asked at the end for the bill to be reduced to compensate for the mismanagement and they kindly obliged. But maybe they should have offered a reduced bill before we had to ask.

                              18. J

                                Judith

                                San Francisco

                                1 review

                                5.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on February 23, 2019

                                overall5food5service5ambience4

                                Yes, I would recommend Kingston 11 to a friend. The food was delicious, the service was impeccable, and the ambience was lovely. Our only issue was that the noise grew to be quite loud for our little group of older 4, two of whom wear hearing aids, and one of whom should.

                              19. E

                                Emelio

                                1 review

                                3.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on February 23, 2019

                                overall3food4service4ambience4

                                I was surprised at the menu option being so limited at especially at dinner. Oxtail, Jerk chicken and a salad is all I had to choose from. The food was good and the portion was good however, the price is on the higher end so no doubt that you’re paying for it. This is a nice Jamaican restaurant for our Americans and foreign visitors looking for a taste of island food. This is not for actual Jamaicans in my opinion.

                              20. j

                                jeffm

                                San Francisco

                                2 reviews

                                1.0

                                2 reviews

                                Dined on February 20, 2019

                                overall1food1service1ambience1

                                My wife and I were excited to try out Kingston 11 after having read good reviews, and seen that it was featured on Check Please, and so made an 8pm reservation on Opentable for a Tuesday. Unfortunately, I received a phone call from the restaurant at roughly 4:30pm that same day, claiming that there had been a misunderstanding between them and Opentable, and that the restaurant was actually closed. No idea who’s fault it really was, or if they just wanted to cancel our low-dollar dinner for two in favor of a bigger group, but they really left us hanging, and we had to scramble for a different last-minute reservation in a city that we don’t know well. The guy on the phone wasn’t rude or anything, but it didn’t seem well handled, and left me with a bad taste in my mouth.

                              21. OT

                                OpenTable Diner

                                San Francisco

                                6 reviews

                                4.0

                                6 reviews

                                Dined on February 17, 2019

                                overall4food4service4ambience4

                                Great food. Wait staff helpful. Very very hard to hear compared to most restaurants we go to. Hard to park. Food delicious.

                              22. BA

                                BerkAlum

                                San Francisco

                                3 reviews

                                4.0

                                3 reviews

                                Dined on February 17, 2019

                                overall4food4service5ambience5

                                Noisy and friendly, just the way we like it. Great Jamaican food with unique touches.

                              23. DL

                                DanaL

                                1 review

                                4.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on February 17, 2019

                                overall4food4service4ambience3

                                I would say the food is great the atmosphere lively and fun but so loud that it's impossible to have a conversation...

                              24. m

                                maramora13

                                Exclusive

                                1 review

                                5.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on February 17, 2019

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                Every time I come to Kingston 11 I leave happy! The food is so delicious and that Rum Punch hits just right. This place does not disappoint.

                              25. j

                                jima

                                San Francisco

                                5 reviews

                                5.0

                                5 reviews

                                Dined on February 17, 2019

                                overall5food5service4ambience4

                                Bartender was slow. Food service great. All our food was enjoyed by all 5 of us. Small menu. Delicious small plates.

                              26. b

                                billmccart

                                San Francisco

                                2 reviews

                                4.0

                                2 reviews

                                Dined on February 16, 2019

                                overall4food5service5ambience4

                                First time here. Great jerk chicken with rice and beans, really friendly service, and a community hangout kind of feel to the place. But maybe the music could be turned down a notch or two. Definitely plan on going back!

                              27. MV

                                MiguelV

                                San Francisco

                                1 review

                                5.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on February 13, 2019

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                Always sooo good when I go, food is delicious, people are great and service is fantastic.

                              28. OT

                                OpenTable Diner

                                San Francisco

                                1 review

                                5.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on February 13, 2019

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                Great food, great music, great service, authentic and laid back ambiance. Was perfect for my birthday!!

                              29. D

                                Dhisashi

                                1 review

                                4.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on February 12, 2019

                                overall4food4service5ambience4

                                Friendly, helpful service by everyone and a very welcoming atmosphere. Three of us went for lunch on a Tuesday very early. Food was very good as we ate a bit off of each others plates. One had Snapper another Saltfish and Cabbage and lastly a Jerk Chicken Sandwich. Also the sides that came with each were all excellent and well matched to the main.

                              30. DD

                                DelaDee

                                San Francisco

                                2 reviews

                                4.0

                                2 reviews

                                Dined on February 10, 2019

                                overall4food4service3ambience4

                                The food and value was great, I believe it was the owner or manager who was extremely attentive to us, I wish I could say the same for the rest of the staff. Upon arrival I gave the hostess my name and she told me to wait a moment, she then asked my name again as if she had trouble finding my reservation then after that I didn't see her again and my party had to speak with the owner about getting seated. It was unusual given the time (2pm on a Sunday) it wasn't busy at all and there were many available. Once seated we got cocktails that were amazing (shout out to the bartender for the strong pour), however upon asking if there were oxtails available (sold out) or beef patties (sold out) our service told us that we should have gotten there early. Which was odd because brunch is until 4pm, no problem if things run out , it happens, but saying that we were in essence late when we had a reservation well before closing seemed a bit rude and off putting. It actually made us hesitant to order anything else. This place is good and much needed in downtown Oakland, I just hope the service remains stellar to ensure it's continued success.

                              31. L

                                Loveagoodmeal

                                San Francisco

                                1 review

                                4.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on February 10, 2019

                                overall4food5service3ambience4

                                The food was great, but the service was a little slow. It was raining pretty hard, so there were some light leakage issues too. I'd like to go there again with good weather on a weekday...it may be a totally different experience.

                              32. EC

                                ErinC

                                New York Area

                                1 review

                                2.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on February 10, 2019

                                overall2food4service2ambience4

                                They were out of quite a lot of food and kept forgetting parts of our order.

                              33. MF

                                MF22

                                San Francisco

                                338 reviews

                                vip
                                5.0

                                338 reviews

                                Dined on February 6, 2019

                                overall5food5service5ambience4

                                The oxtail stew and salmon were great. A surprise hit was the squash and carrot appetizer. Can’t wait to come again. Wish they would serve goat every day

                              34. OT

                                OpenTable Diner

                                San Francisco

                                16 reviews

                                4.0

                                16 reviews

                                Dined on February 3, 2019

                                overall4food4service4ambience4

                                Great brunch! Can't wait to go back and have dinner.

                              35. NE

                                NaomiE

                                1 review

                                2.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on February 3, 2019

                                overall2food2service3ambience4

                                Food was just ok. They were also out of hot sauce, which is a pretty big crime for a Caribbean restaurant.

                              36. MW

                                MartiW

                                San Francisco

                                12 reviews

                                4.0

                                12 reviews

                                Dined on February 2, 2019

                                overall4food4service4ambience3

                                Noise was a bit over the top, even early... The dishes wold have been better with hot sauce but they ran out! Ran out? At 5:30 on a Friday night? Server was friendly and a pleasure to speak with.

                              37. OT

                                OpenTable Diner

                                San Francisco

                                2 reviews

                                5.0

                                2 reviews

                                Dined on February 2, 2019

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                Delicious creative food, great cocktails, served with attentive care in a cool, creative buzzy vibe setting where seriously... the crowd looks like they just came from a hipster photo shoot of the casually beautiful people who you can’t help but want to know! Things are happening in this spot! We ordered hand crafted cocktails, the sweet potato appetizer, the jerked chicken and goat dish all of which were terrific. Definitely a spot to return to.

                              38. CO

                                ChrisO

                                1 review

                                5.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on January 31, 2019

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                The staff is extremely hospitable and responsive. Thank you for having amazing service.

                              39. YJ

                                YeghaJ

                                1 review

                                5.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on January 24, 2019

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                SO GOOD, they are all so nice and the food is just out of the world! The oxtail stew is a must!!!!!

                              40. DP

                                DeniseP

                                San Francisco

                                3 reviews

                                5.0

                                3 reviews

                                Dined on January 19, 2019

                                overall5food5service5ambience4

                                I’m glad we made reservations, because this place gets busy on Friday nights. The wait staff was really pleasant, our dishes arrived quickly, and my jerk chicken salad was amazing!

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                              Kingston 11 is rated 4.3 stars by 282 OpenTable diners

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                              This restaurant is temporarily offline. Please contact the restaurant directly or check back shortly for availability.

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