Mockingbird

4.3
527 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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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
292 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
9 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great place for lunch downtown Oakland!

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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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KS
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
11 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
23 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
1 review
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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GF
San Francisco
32 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
16 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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f
San Francisco
42 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
15 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
56 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 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We had a casual business lunch at Mockingbird as the downtown Oakland setting worked well. We enjoyed the meal, the diverse clientele and the restaurant’s good vibe.

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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
169 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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