Mockingbird

4.4
547 reviews
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Mockingbird located in the heart of downtown Oakland features Northern California, farm to table cuisine. A place with a comfortable, informal atmosphere with great service and stellar food and drinks; a spot to grab a sandwich for lunch, meet with friends for happy hour drinks and snacks, as well as a place to celebrate life's milestones.
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J
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice place for romantic conversation. Candlelight is a nice touch. I would suggest it.

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HC
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Our server was very friendly but our food came out at 2 separate times. It was getting cold so we had to eat without the rest of the party (reservationfor 6 adults). Nothing bad about the food but nothing amazing either.

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

Nothing special

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LW
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The service here was amazing and they were very accommodating! Food was ok in my opinion. Not something to brag about, but good service will always bring me back for other things.... like WINE! :-)

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l
San Francisco
38 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Everyone enjoyed their meals.

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OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a special place with true soul. I felt completely welcome from the moment I walked through the door. The staff makes you feel like family.
The food was outstandingly fresh and delicious with a strong emphasis on seasonal produce. Incredible!

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JG
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Good food. As with many restaurants, the main dishes weren't quite as good as the appetizers, which were excellent. The service was great - it was my friend's birthday and when they brought her an ice cream sundae with almonds sprinkled on top, then learned that she is allergic, they promptly brought out another. Both free of charge. The space is lofty with a huge bar, hip enough but not trying too hard. All in all we had a good experience and will be back!

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GF
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

To start off our date night, my wife and I were absolutely excited and salivating to try Mockingbird after we reviewed the online menu.

The experience started off nicely with a tasty, well mixed cocktail. Then came the duck liver pate, which was absolutely delicious.

Then the train came off the tracks. Wait staff disappeared. But not exactly. They were just hanging out in the service area. Even after direct eye to eye contact, totally ignored.

Why were we not surprised that our meal came served cold. When pasta cools, it congeals into a solid block of pasta. And that’s what I was served. Across the table, my wife’s meal was at least a few degrees warmer than mine.

Unfortunately, Mockingbird will become another failed restaurant in Oakland. Unless the owner takes control and manages and trains the staff. It doesn’t matter how fantastic the food is if the timing is off and the staff don’t care about creating an experience for the guests.

And quite frankly, after tasting the food, they are not creating anything memorable and just replicating what a dozen restaurants are already doing.

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MG
Houston
33 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

The food was good, but the server was slow, he just stood in a corner while my drink was ready and just sat at the bar for 10 minutes ... and he got it wrong, I ordered Vodka and he served me Gin and he blamed the Bartender

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f
San Francisco
177 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Wednesday lunch, moderately full restaurant. Friendly, prompt service, no particular polish, but wouldn't expect it in this restaurant. Fried brussel sprouts were a hit - of course - as was the chicken Kale salad and the trout salad. Asparagus and green garlic tartine was a bit tough to chew, but tasty. Vegetable tagine had distinct cumin component, but it worked. A nice lunch spot in downtown Oakland.

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DS
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I hate brussel sprouts and mockingbird had the best brussel sprouts I have ever tried! Everything was perfect.

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JS
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

The mayo aoli had no taste, not the usually their good garlic aoli..

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AH
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Wayyyyy over priced for just marginally above average food. Go to one of the many better restaurants in the bay.

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CD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great option for this area when seeking a good lunch option for a business lunch. The food is good but pricey. Two of us had lunch, no alcohol, one appetizer and two entrees and total with tip was $108.

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l
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Managed to finally nail down a buyout for 15 people. It was a massive dinner for all of my cousins and it went perfectly. The table was up in the mezzanine and included all items off the menu a-la-carte and alcohol as well which was an amazing deal. Our server was also lovely and very knowledgeable. He helped us work out the best options and ordering for everyone as we had one guest who was vegan. Truly wonderful experience, and the food was exceptional. Will definitely be back again.

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OT
New England
8 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Service was a little off tonight...one too spicy, the other a little bland. But will be back again !!

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TK
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 2ambience 4

Good food but service was below average. It took a long time to get our food

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l
San Francisco
32 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent food- all but one of our dishes were exceptional with an added flavor or preparation that was unexpected yet delicious. One dish (vegetable tangine) wasn’t superb mostly because it was measured against the others.
Atmosphere is nice- spacious and modern.
The service we had didn’t match the food or ambiance. It was fine but was lacking attentiveness and a bit of common sense.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome Mother’s Day brunch, friendly owner, yummy food, kid friendly

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C
Sacramento
303 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Casual downtown bistro with friendly staff. Servers were friendly and prompt. The brussell sprout appetizer was a highlight. The vegetable tangible was tasty and the vegetables tasted fresh. My wife had the Morrocan chicken. Tasty but a bit over cooked and dry. Overall, definitely deserving of another try.

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RL
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love Mockingbird! Never a bad lunch! I have had salads mostly because they’re always a nice combination of savory, crunchy, pickled & very light dressing. Fries are always delicious!

I’ve been seated upstairs once & that was wonderful.

Downstairs it’s hard to hear what your dining companions are saying even if they’re right next to you.

I’m looking forward to Saturday brunch!

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d
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 2

Our experience at Mockingbird was overall good. The biggest complaint is the noise level. We choose it for a business dinner and it was EXTREMELY loud. We sat at a round table in the middle of the room and my chair kept getting bumped as people walked by. Food came out quickly and was very good - service was decent. However, their wine was terrible - both my co-worker and myself had to order something else. I wouldn't run back to Mockingbird but if someone wanted to go there, I wouldn't say no.

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SM
San Joaquin
6 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 1

Exceptionally loud! Found it difficult to communicate to wait staff. Seating uncomfortable too..... disappointed.

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o
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

Entree of trout was excellent. However the brussel sprouts didn't quite live up to the hype. Although we were seated upstairs, where I think the noise level was less than downstairs, it got significantly louder and louder and two large parties merged on the area. Thus by the end of the meal, I was quite tired of trying to communicate across our table. Is there not a way that restaurants can provide quieter places to eat, especially for those of us who are starting to age and appreciate good conversation over an energetic atmosphere?

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OT
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great place for lunch downtown Oakland!

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DC
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From the front door, this place greets you with warmth and grace. I love how downtown Oakland has spruced up their dining choices. The menu is pretty repetitious but it's great and full of variety. The warm sourdough bread with butter is heavenly! Every chance that I get, I make this my lunch stop each week. You won't be disappointed.

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Best fries. Best service

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k
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

Lovely atmosphere and friendly staff. I've eaten here 4 times and have found that dinner is lovely but unfortunately lunch isn't quite as good.

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KJ
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice ambiance, not too formal but quite chic. Food was great and the door manager was super friendly. Our waiter was also terrific.

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d
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Just a nice place for people to congregate with good food, great ambiance, and really good service. This is a gem in downtown, worth checking out for those who have never been there.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The hostess couldn’t find my reservation. She asked if I had made it on open table. She replied that open table doesn’t work very well and after a short wait, she was able to scramble a table together for us on a busy night. Something’s wrong if the app claims to have made a reservation that doesn’t, in fact, exist. Isn’t that the point of this thing????

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OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food. Great service and ambience.

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DC
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A wonderful spot, full of flavor and lots of smiles. The menu has a large variety of items to choose from and the bread - oh my, delicious!

Great business crowd with a full bar for socializing.

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JA
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Looking forward to returning to Mockingbird. The food was excellent and the service was great. The only challenge was parking midday in downtown Oakland - it would be great if the restaurant offered valet parking, although I suppose most diners are walking from their offices in downtown Oakland. If parking were easier, I know I'd choose Mockingbird more often.

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e
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Overall the food is great but lately the delivery of food has lacked coordination. This is the second time I have dined in the evening that the appetizer arrived at the end of the evening after asking for it.

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RB
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great — perfect spot for working lunch.

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CH
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Third time dining here. It has become our go-to on the weekend of the Oakland Running Festival. Great service, food,wine. Do not miss the Brussels sprouts! Delicious cocktails. We love the room, too. The noise can get a bit elevated but not a turn off.

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GF
San Francisco
34 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Used to be much better....disappointed
Brussels sprouts over cooked
Fries were recooked
All in all a bad night for food

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j
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

We enjoyed meeting some old friends at Mockingbird on a Wednesday night. Overall the experience was very good. The food was tasty, but a bit overpriced. The waiter had good suggestions, but the service was slow. I loved the artwork and the bar was well-stocked.

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BL
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I haven’t finished food in one sitting in a really long time. This food was absolutely to die for. The owner was really sweet. Absolutely loved it!

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