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About Le Cheval

Le Cheval is located in Oakland, California and has been serving the flavors of Asia since 1985. Family recipes bring together the flavors of Chinese, French and Southeast Asia for a unique experience while dining. Most entrées at Le Cheval are served family style and menus change on occasion.

The seven courses of beef is a favorite entrée at Le Cheval and is intended for two or more diners. You will try lemon marinated beef, beef dipped in hot vinegar, grilled beef, beef in lot leaf, imperial beef sausage, ground minced beef and rice beef porridge. This meal comes with lettuce, sprouts, cucumber, pickled shredded carrots and daikon, mint leaves and rice paper.

1007 Clay Street
Oakland, CA 94607
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Vietnamese

Hours of Operation:

Lunch: M-Sa 11:00am-3:00pm
Dinner: M-Th 3:00pm-9:00pm
Dinner: F-Sa 3:00pm-9:30pm
Dinner: Su 4:30pm-9:00pm

Cross Street:
10th Street

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(510) 763-8495

Website:
http://www.lecheval.com/

Additional:
Bar Dining, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Le Cheval Ratings and Reviews

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4.1

Overall Rating

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food

4.1

service

3.9

ambience

3.7

value

4.5

Noise

Moderate

85% would recommend it to a friend

Good for Groups (47)
Fit for Foodies (29)
Great for Lunch (27)
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Neighborhood Gem (23)
Kid-friendly (19)
Special Occasion (17)
Hot Spot (10)
Great for Brunch (5)
Late-night Find (5)
Vibrant Bar Scene (5)
Notable Wine List (3)
Romantic (2)
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 26, 2015

Flavor is overrated. The restaurant doesn't look much outside but the food was extremely amazing. The soup was to die for. I would most definitely go back and I did one more time.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 15, 2015

LeCheval has been a favorite of ours for years. The food is consistently good and we love the noodle, curry and pork dishes. The atmosphere is energetic and it can get noisy there. If you are dining with someone with a hearing problem, I would not recommend visiting during peak busy times. The service is consistently good, but don't plan on spending a long leisurely evening there. They tend to clear the dishes and turn over the tables very quickly.
Give LeCheval a try- you will definitely enjoy this neighborhood gem.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on April 11, 2015

With the intention of ordering the fish of the day (catfish), I entered this entertaining restaurant solo. Learning they had sold out of that fish, the wait person kept pressing me toward the tilapia. It was a large filet, yet served solo on the plate without garnish. It had been pan-fried and was not greasy.

Still, the spices native to the Vietnamese cuisine were all but undetectable in my dish. If I venture back, I will be sure to order the watercress salad enhanced with prawns or one of the clay pot selections. These dishes elicited smiles from other diners.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Late-night Find
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 19, 2015

We've been here many times and think it is one of the best Vietnamese restaurants in Oakland. Try their beef, appetizer rolls, salads, and fish clay pots. It is one of few restaurants left where cocktails can be $8, which accounts for the many peope at the bar. Service can be too fast and not well paced You can be eating the appetizer and the main dishes are already appearing at your table. Friendly staff.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Kid-friendly, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 14, 2015

We have been to le Cheval numerous times and the food continues to be good as was the service. But the noise level made conversation difficult.

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 28, 2015

This restaurant is amazing! I took my wife and kids to celebrate her birthday and it just so happened to be Chinese New Year. The dragon dancing and martial arts demo was AWESOME! The food was 5 stars as usual and the service was impeccable! I recommend anyone who is looking for a great evening at a classy place to try Le Cheval's

Tags: Good for Groups, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 21, 2015

Great service! Excellent food! We also enjoyed the vibrant energy and atmosphere. Fun for a birthday party.

Tags: Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 20, 2015

I love their cube beef. Good food for good price.

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 17, 2015

It's so easy to over order at Le Cheval. The food comes out ridiculously fast, and yet it is so tasty. We hadn't been here in a long time, but the food and service is just like I remember. Maybe next time, I'll remember to have a shot of the "snake juice"....

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 16, 2015

No wait time for a table and food was also quick to arrive once ordered.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 27, 2014

Le Cheval is our go to restaurant for family, friends and groups when in Oakland.
We have never been disappointed with the food, service, ambience and experience.
We have a variety of favorites that we go too, like the Shrimp Roles, Lemongrass Prawns, Fish in Claypot, Whole fish, dry fried crab...
We return weekly for lunch or dinner.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 16, 2014

Le Cheval is pretty basic: a good place to get a hearty lunch and go. Both the lemongrass beef and prawns were drowned in a very oily and spicy turmeric sauce.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 7, 2014

When you first walk in, you don't expect much. It's clean, but dated. Has the typical "asian" theme decor. The place is huge, so if you have a big party, it'll be perfect. The best part is the food though. It's amazing. Salted prawns and the garlic noodles were my favorite. Whoever came up with the cheese in the noodles is a genius!

Tags: Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 6, 2014

I would recommend Le Cheval to my friends as it was recommended to me. The food was excellent, the atmosphere was nice, and the price was right!

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 29, 2014

We really ordered right this time. Get the firepot soup - an outstanding and thrilling gourmet experience. The bird;s nest is also excellent!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 21, 2014

My drink was not the best, but the food was good, so it made the overall experience enjoyable.

Tags: Good for Groups
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 16, 2014

They were out of the whole fish, which was the main purpose of my selecting this restaurant. The beef and broccoli was salty and the broccoli underdone, the shrimp was ok, the chicken--I can't remember which one we chose--was the best. The waitress was sweet but it took forever for her to first arrive at our table.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 5, 2014

Le chevalier has a wide menu of interesting dishes. We had clay pot fish (excellent), orange beef (very good), lemon chicken (average), and stuffed mussels (delicious). Prices reasonable. Big cocktails. Would have liked fresh whole fish, but they had only "fresh frozen".

Tags: Good for Groups, Kid-friendly
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 30, 2014

Not so crazy about the fish hot pot soup. Shrimp dumplings pretty good

Tags: Good for Groups
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 26, 2014

The food was excellent. And our server was very attentive. Lots of families, couples on dates, groups of women. It was comfortable for all!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 27, 2014

Oh my gosh is this place amazing! Fabulous food, and the atmosphere is great.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 25, 2014

Make sure to order the garlic green beans - they were to die for. The soup was delicious, and although I thought the kabobs were a bit small on the portion size, combined with the green beans they filled me up. I would definitely go back to try more items on the menu.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 12, 2014

The food was delicious and the menu was diverse. The bar scene was lively and the cocktail menu had mouth watering drinks. I would highly recommend this restaurant.

Only complaint: the hostess wanted to seat us next to the kitchen door so we asked for a window table. She went on and on about how there wasn't a server in that section.
In a restaurant as large as this one, wouldn't you staff the window tables instead of the inside tables for the customers enjoyment?

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 12, 2014

Food was tasty and came out in bunches quickly. Bartender made drinks well and accommodations for a special event for 20 people the day of, was very convenient.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 23, 2014

The food was amazing (beef cubes & calamari are delious) but it was insanely loud! There were multiple kids running around my table and banging on plates and the window. Additionally, the service was terrible! Our waitress was extremely rude and never said one polite thing. Worst service and ambiance I've experienced!

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