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Mezze

3.9
673 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Californian
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  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion

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About

Mezze is an American fine dining restaurant. Despite the elevated cuisine, the atmosphere here is fairly casual, unlike other fine dining restaurants that can feel stuffy and pretentious. Instead, Mezze looks to serve impeccable, beautiful food to guests who can relax and have a good time. The dining room itself is fairly simply decorated, with art from local artists hanging on the walls and a pleasant but simple color scheme for the decor.

Mezze's menu is full of American cuisine in addition to international dishes from Mexico, Morocco and France. Small plates include pomme frites, hummus, eggplant relish and burrata, tabbouleh and a house specialty yellow fin tuna tartare with avocado, English cucumber, pine nuts, apple, mint, chilis and a truffled lime vinaigrette. One of the most popular items is actually a dessert, a decadent chocolate croissant bread pudding with vanilla bean creme chantilly.

Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Californian, Mediterranean
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 9:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm.
Happy Hour: Monday - Friday 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
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Phone number
(510) 663-2500
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Alice Lee
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Private party facilities
Casual yet elegant, with high ceilings, Mezzé is available for private luncheon and dinner functions any day of the week with prior arrangement. The facility is conveniently located near Lake Merritt and near the Lakeshore/Grand Avenue 580 Freeway exit. The restaurant can accommodate 65 seated guests or 85 standing with a full bar and a professional staff. Mezzé offers a seasonal Mediterranean menu.
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Private party contact
Maurice Darwish: (510) 663-2500
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Trestle Glen Road
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Special events & promotions
*HAPPY HOUR MENU* on Monday Through Friday (4:30 PM - 6:30 PM.) And No corkage fee nights Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Both offers cannot be combined with other offers or promotions. Enjoy $3 beer & $5 cocktails along with a variety of food bites ($4 - $8.) Mezzé offers an innovative pan-Mediterranean menu that changes with the seasons. Described in the Zagat guide as “a neighborhood treasure” with "world-class food" this Oakland jewel is a real "treat" at delivering eclectic fare. The "three-course prix-fixe menus are a "steal." The menu encompasses a wide variety of dishes, including pizze, Moroccan lamb tagine, coriander-crusted ahi tuna, wood-oven roasted chicken. Mezzé offers several three-course prix fixe menus for between $23 - $34 and those are available all night.

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Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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3.9  based on all time ratings
4.0
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3.9
service
3.7
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82% of people would recommend it to a friend
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EstB (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on December 12, 2013

Every course was very, very good. Warm, pleasant atmosphere

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Brian (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on November 30, 2013

Our dinner at Mezze was excellent. It always is. They are closing in a couple of weeks and will be missed. For the same quality food in a very casual setting, the owners of Mezze run the Cove on Castro Street in SF. Last time I was there at the Cove, they were smoking their own brisket! Fabulous!!

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Doug54 (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on November 9, 2013

We had what was likely our last dinner at Mezze Saturday night. Maurice greeted us warmly as we've come to expect. Our server knew our favorite cocktails and served them promptly. The food was reliably tasty (I had the corn soup and the coriander crusted tuna, my companion had a salad and the cioppinno), and the chocolate bread pudding was wonderful. We will miss all of this when Mezze closes in less than a month. We will miss this place which always made us feel at welcome and at home.

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BirthdayGirl (San Francisco)
2.0  Dined on November 8, 2013

I remember many good meals at Mezze, but they were years ago. When my friends and I heard that Mezze was closing next month, we decided to have my birthday dinner there for one last farewell. The food was fine, but the service was awful. We waited more than 30 minutes for our drinks, after getting up several times to check on them at the bar and complaining to the owner. They are definitely in short-timer mode there. They are closing next month and the don't care about good service. I also had an empty water glass for at least 45 minutes until I flagged someone down to fill it up. At the same time, they had bus boys who were trying to clear your plate before you finished chewing your last bite. Time for a change at that location.

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vipTontheTown (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on November 3, 2013

So sad to see our favorite restaurant go. Thanks to Maurice and Solange and all the staff for so many wonderful years of dining and celebration, right in our neighborhood. You will all be missed!

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vipLocal30 (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on November 1, 2013

It's been nearly a decade since I was here last but it was exactly as I remember it...many delicious menu choices with a healthy bent easily done Mediterranean-style.

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Pandemonium (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on October 20, 2013

Very nice food, presentation, lovely restaurant.

Only comment is I would have liked the opportunity to look up to signal the waiter and bussers to come to the table for ordering, taking plates away, each pause during the meal. Well the bussers, maybe not, but they could have let the plates sit just a wee bit longer before whisking them away.

As we were not really lagging and there were few diners that night, it made me feel rushed. You would think we had arrived 45 mins before closing or something. the waiter was really nice, btw so i don't want him to feel bad....just sayin"

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vipoaktownmom (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on October 18, 2013

we heard Mezze is being sold, which is too bad. This is a solid, great restaurant.

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vipjose (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on October 16, 2013

wonderful dining experience, as always, as expected.
the place was unusually quiet that evening, great for us, sad for the establsihment
a personal favorite

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vipJenX (San Francisco)
2.0  Dined on September 27, 2013

We were seated by the kitchen, under a speaker, despite a half-empty restaurant. A server took our drink order. A minute later another server came for our drink order. 15 minutes later still no drinks and no food order yet, the two servers notwithstanding. Then I saw the bartender shake a drink, which arrived as "sangria." It tasted like cheap wine with orange peel, with no other fruit in it. Lamb tagine was mediocre; chicken Caesar was fine. The receipt said $24 for the Caesar when the menu said $18. The manager made me reread the prix-fixe paragraph, which in fact didn't note a price differential, then said he forgot to type $24, and added, "If it's going to bother you, I'll change it to $18." He treated me as if I were stupid and cheap.

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jrock (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on September 26, 2013

We loved our meal from start to finish. Vegetarian appetizer platter,martinis, clams, lamb shank, duck, ribs and chocolate bread pudding and wine, coffee. Delicious! Our server (Annie?) was helpful and friendly. We'll be back!

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viplove2eat (San Francisco)
2.0  Dined on September 20, 2013

Butter lettuce salad, yellow fin tartar, and bread were good. Hamburger and fries were good, but not memorable. Risotto was bland, Ribs were juicy and meaty but the sauce was too sweet. Service was very friendly but often quite distracted and inattentive.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
2.0  Dined on September 10, 2013

The restaurant was not nearly crowded enough to have to wait over one half hour for our plates. The wait staff seemed to know that the kitchen was way behind, and not one person came by to explain . If this were the first time that this occurred, I would give the benefit of the doubt. This is easily the third time that the kitchen has dragged beyond reasonable.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on September 6, 2013

I wanted Mezze to be better than it was.

Pros: Good service. Server was helpful, attentive, made us feel welcome.
Mezze Platter- a decent assortment of Mediterranean goodies. Especially tasty Olive Tapenade and Labne.
Cons: The food- which is mostly why I go out to eat. We had a Ceasar Salad and Lamb, both of which I would expect to be better crafted dishes for the price we were paying. They were under-seasoned, and just missed the mark a little.

Overall, in the Lakeshore/Grand Neighborhood, you are competing with Sidebar, Grand Lake Kitchen, Cana, Boot & Shoe Service. Your food and the overall value of the experience needs to stand up to these competitors, and they have set the bar just too high.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on August 31, 2013

We've eaten at Mezze two times to celebrate special occasions. The ambiance and service are wonderful, but the food is the star. Delicious, creative, well prepared and presented, and at a reasonable price. Bravo!

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10up (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on August 21, 2013

Good french fries (frites) with two sauces. Delicious falling-off-the bone lamb shank. Excellent small cioppino. atypical key lime pie, good flavor, strange creamy texture, especially the meringue, nice pastry shell and good touch with hazelnuts..

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hukilau (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on August 18, 2013

Got out for a date night and got a table for two near the windows that were opened and watched the near full moon rise. Great food and drinks! Loved the key lime pie for dessert, which was a change from our usual chocolate or berry desserts. The risotto was also very good.

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Choice (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on August 18, 2013

Mezze is a wonderful neighborhood gem. The staff is great and food is always wonderful. Perfect spot for a small or large gathering where you can sit, relax, have a lovely meal and not be drowned out by too much noise.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on August 17, 2013

We've been to Mezze many times. We always love it. The food is delicious and beautiful. I had the tagine and ate every morsel even though I was stuffed because it was so good. My friends were equally happy. They raved about the red pepper soup and roasted chicken in the the three course dinners which were incredibly priced. Our server was friendly and attentive and our food came out quickly. They have this thing down! It's a perfect date night out. I wouldn't change a thing (except maybe adding white tablecloths). @; ).

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OpenTable Diner (Hawaii)
4.0  Dined on August 13, 2013

We love this place and have never had a bad meal here!

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