Mockingbird

4.3
509 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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GF
San Francisco
31 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
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
16 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
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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f
San Francisco
40 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Upon arrival, I was seated quickly without having to wait for my guest. I liked the ambiance a lot, with very open airy ceilings and bright space. The menus looked great-fresh, seasonal and local. Service was professional, friendly and attentive. After my guest arrived, I chose a bottle of Beaujolais Cru which was delicious, perfect temperature and went with the whole meal nicely. We shared the Brussels sprouts which had unusual ingredients like blue cheese yet the outcome was tasty and satiating. My guest chose the Moroccan spiced chicken and I chose the lamb and pork meatballs. Neither of us were satisfied with the mains, being somewhat underwhelming in flavor and a little overcooked and dry. Maybe it was off night but it wasn't something we could really send back to the kitchen to redo. I hope my next main course experience is better, as good as the appetizer.

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R
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From our arrival at the door to being warmly greeted at our table, everything was wonderful... our server was enthusiastic and knew both the food and the beverage menu..,we never had to ask for anything..it was my second visit to mockingbird and I will most definitely return...

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DT
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing. We will be back. Our server was timely, considerate, knowledgeable and really friendly. We had the fried brussel sprouts (so good), the little gem salad with marinated vegetables and the crab risotto. Can't wait to come back when we are in town next.

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WD
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

In a nutshell - the host was awful. When we checked in, he said, one moment, left, came back and just sat down, for like 5 minutes, left the 4 of us just standing there wondering what was happening, no update, no words. Very odd. The same gentleman literally cut us off by walking right in front of us while we were exiting. Again, no words, no apology, no excuse me. Two of us had to step out of the way to avoid him bumping right into us.
Waitress was wonderful. Cocktails were delicious. Appetizers all very good. Main courses were mediocre. Lamb meatballs were dry and flavorless. Medium rare burger was well done. They were out of crab - after someone in our party ordered it and had her heart set on it, for a 7:30 dinner? already out? After we finished our meal, it took more than 20 minutes for anyone to bus plates. By that time we were over it and ready to leave.... too late for dessert for sure.

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JM
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

They brought out a wrong order for our table and had a hard time recovering from there. It took 15 minutes to arrive meanwhile 3 of us had ours and had the dilemma of letting it get cold. 2 of 4 dishes were good, the others mediocre. I would give it another try to see if we were just unlucky this night.

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MW
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The Brussels Sprouts were great, could have eaten just those. My clients enjoyed the hamburgers, I had the vegetable Tratine, delicious.. Service was good, seating isn't for me. I prefer sectioned seating versus being shoulder to shoulder with someone I don't know

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RF
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Mockingbird is not bad, but I'm always underwhelmed. I ordered the trout. The veggies were delicious but the trout was slightly overcooked and dry. Not inedible by any means. It was a business lunch. I'm not going to make a fuss and throw off the whole rhythm of the meal for food that is a little under par. I recently had a similar trout at Red Hill Station in San Francisco that was so delicious - I'm sure I'm comparing.

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JM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My lunch companion and I had an amazing meal. All the ingredients in the salads were bright, fresh and had that just harvested taste.

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JC
San Francisco
54 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

One of the few sit-down restaurants in downtown Oakland for a business lunch. It's busy so make a reservation for lunch. We arrived with reservations - and were seated upstairs while the folks who checked in ahead of us - had no reservations - and were seated downstairs. Upstairs ambiance is what you'd expect - not cool. Food is usually very good - but on this day - maybe because they were super busy - was just OK. Ordered the vegetable tangine - and found it was mostly potatoes. For the money - should have a few carrots, cauliflower or some other vegetable. Guest had chicken kale salad. Was fine. Service was good - got us in/out quickly. Hope it gets better and food quality be more consistent.

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s
Denver
12 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Good menu choices, plenty of GF options, including 3 GF desserts

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d
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have several times and the food and cocktails have always been good and the staff friendly!

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Beautiful quaint restaurant.

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MD
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Overall a great experience. The tables are a little close, especially if you are coming from work. Also, we requested all the food at once and they proceeded to bring one item at a time. The ambiance was good and not too loud.

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AT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a delightful restaurant in Downtown Oakland. It was full of life and the owner was on the floor. We enjoyed the crab risotto and a burger with fries. But the best was a delicious caramel bread pudding with whipped cream. It is a trendy space with high ceilings and well chosen art work!

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really cute spot in downtown Oakland! Good food, ambience, and music.

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D
Los Angeles
167 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Best vegetarian dish - flavorful - fresh - and hearty.

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c
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 1food 4service 4ambience 4

Good food, beautiful restaurant and good service. Unfortunately, very bad location. Parked around the corner and my car window was broken. Nothing taken as there was nothing to take. Angry homeless people all over.

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p
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

This is a beautifulllly appointed restaurant, very trendy, very noisy. Perhaps if you sit upstairs it would be quieter. Our waitperson couldn't have been better. The food was generally quite good but could have been better. Some puzzles: eg the pears with speck was a large plate of speck with about 5 thin slices of pear. should have been the opposite proportions.
The soup and smoked trout appetizer were excellent. The tagine and risotto were about a B+. the bread pudding dessert was tiny, and barely enough to share.
The "On Tap" local red, an Urban legend, was perfect.

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J
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Friendly spot, nice atmosphere but more a place for friends than a date. Could use a bigger wine selection, hopefully with time and customer requests this will grow.

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s
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

A little noisy but good food and service. Wine wasn’t great.

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DP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, friendly staff, nice atmosphere, didn't feel rushed. A bit louder than I would've liked but a reasonable noise level for most people with decent hearing (my hearing isn't what it used to be). Not cheap, but within reason for the quality of food, service, location, etc. Brussel sprouts, trout, and Moroccan chicken were all delicious and ample portions. The pear and speck appetizer was also good, but the 4 thin slices of pear seemed a bit meager. Thoroughly enjoyed the food and the evening there and would to again.

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OH
San Francisco
35 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Have been to Mockingbird three times at the new location and had been several times at the old one. Food is always very good and in the new larger restaurant where more staff is needed and more coordination of service they have it down. Our foursome had the 'sprouts, pate and small salad to start, all great. Entrees were the burger, seafood stew, Moroccan spiced chicken and the meatballs. All great except the meatballs were a bit dry and the small amount of yogurt sauce not quite enough to offset it. had three deserts to share and all wonderful.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

I made a reservation for a business lunch meeting at 12 noon. Not only did I have my OpenTable confirmation number, but I also called the restaurant and confirmed verbally with one of their employees, whom I even explained it was an important meeting and just wanted to reconfirm the reservation; she said my name was there, party if 2 at 12pm and all was ok. Once there they said the reservation was at 11:30am, so we had to venture off looking for a place to eat.. needless what an embarrassing situation that was and how much business time we lost. Totally disappointed!

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OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service!

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CT
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

It was a beautiful meal in a beautiful place.

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OT
San Francisco
29 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Gorgeous space! Loved the decor and ambiance. We enjoyed the restaurant week price fixe meals. The duck liver mousse was divine. The delicious toasts that accompanied it were my favorite. Everything was delicious and beautifully presented. The bread pudding was the perfect sweet ending to a lovely meal!!

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OT
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Went for restaurant week. Had been to Mockingbird several times before in its old location but hadn’t been since it moved. Cocktails, appetizers (the Brussels sprouts and the duck liver mousse!) and wine were excellent. The main courses were good, but not memorable. Bread pudding was the included dessert - it was very sweet, but delicious. Good service. Very loud.

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HT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We went during restaurant week and had a great three course meal for $40 per person, which was probably about $10-$15 less than it would have been had we ordered a la carte. Portions were very large, which often isn't the case during restaurant week, and we took almost half our order with us. Must get the brussel sprouts!

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EM
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

I discovered this place on OpenTable and after I indicated I wanted to make a reservation was shuttled to Yelp. No problem, I wanted to get a table at 6 p.m on a Saturday night, but there were only two reservations at 8:30 p.m. Whatever, they were busy on Saturday night but then again it's Downtown Oakland so who isn't busy in the upcoming gentrification of downtown Oakland. My dining partner was concerned about the neighborhood, but a major hotel is located in the next block and the Oakland Tribune is across the street, and it's on a busy street so I felt secure.

Mockingbird is nicely decorated with drawings of the Oakland Tribune building and other buildings, in the area on the wall. The ambiance is wonderful but because the restaurant has brick walls sound is quite loud and it's difficult to have an intimate conversation.

The food was outstanding and delicious. I had the Brussels sprouts for an appetizer. For entre, I had the meatballs and my companion had the chicken. I was pleased with the food, and service. Since we were dining during the Dine Out Oakland, we got a Prix fix dinner, which included an appetizer, entree, and dessert. The servers were friendly, professional and knowledgable about how the food was prepared. The cocktails were delishous and the bread pudding was quickly consummed.

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b
San Francisco
153 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Love this adorable little restaurant! Super friendly staff, very good food, great cocktails (took the hostess’ Rec to not be intimidated by the arugula in “Drink Your Greens” - glad we did), cool ambiance & reasonable value. Will return for sure, even if we’re not going to a concert @ the Fox!

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M
San Francisco
141 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Did not do restaurant week menu as it was uninteresting. Best dish was the hanger steak. Kale salad was good for two persons.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 3

Had the Brussels sprouts and cauliflower soup with chili oil. Both very tasty but, for ma, a little heavy on the oil on both dishes.

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

So wonderful! Every encounter was beyond pleasant, can’t want to come back!

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E
San Francisco
52 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Small restaurant but fabulous food. Fired brussel sprouts were cooked to perfection and the chicken and meatball entrees were well prepared as well. Dessert was delicious. Service was good, and music was enjoyable Will definitely return.

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t
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The chef flipped how we wanted our meat done. My husband had a burger that he wanted rare and I had the steak which I wanted medium. It was flipped when it came out. I kept mine, surprisingly, but my husband had to get his redone and still it wasn't rare but better than before. Otherwise, the fries were nice and crispy and the brussel sprouts are always lovely. Service was responsive and we sat upstairs which was nice.

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BM
San Francisco
40 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Going out before the show

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OT
Sacramento
4 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Good food, good service, noise level that is unpleasant

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