Mockingbird

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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
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great brunch with friends! The food was divine. The playlist was on point. The space is warm, welcoming and stylish. I highly recommend this “best kept secret”!

RK
Chicago
31 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Brussel sprouts are amazing! The service was excellent as well. The steak was highly recommended and members of my party really enjoyed it. The Risotto was delicious as well. Would recommend

SW
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Our first time dining at Mockingbird and we were pleased with everything -food and service. We will definitely be back!

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

Service was unattentive and horrible.

TF
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Came in for lunch, the place the packed and we were seated in the middle of the room. Service was fast and foood was amazing!!!!

DH
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 1

We were looking forward to 'date night' at Mockingbird. We booked a reservation about 2 weeks in advance. We arrived and were promptly seated upstairs on the mezzanine overlooking the main dining room. It was secluded and quiet, which was great for us. There were two or three other tables on the mezzanine that seemed to be wrapping up. The hostess seated us and then about 20 minutes later, someone on the wait staff came by to offer us water. After 20 minutes, we were actually ready for drinks and appetizers so we asked if we could order that. She said she would send over our waiter [we thought she was the waiter?] Anyway, about 10 minutes later the waiter came over... and asked if we'd like to order drinks. However, after 30 minutes staring at the menu, we were ready to put in our entire order. So we did.

I am not sure - but I think they forgot about us up on the Mezzanine. Or maybe the waiter had tables downstairs that kept him busy? Or maybe they were changing shifts and nobody wanted to deal with the table upstairs? I'm not sure what happened. However this began what will go on record as one of the most laughably BAD nights of service we've had in all our time in the Bay Area. The servers were not rude; they were quite nice. They just seemed to forget that we were even in the restaurant. Our wine came AFTER we'd finished our entrees. We had to go downstairs and look for someone to help us order desert. Then we had to go find someone to bring us the check. Then we had to go find someone to pay the check. Each time, the staff was seated at the bar downstairs or chatting near the front. It was almost like the staff was done for the night and were really just hoping we'd leave.

This is ashamed, because the food was great. We both enjoyed our meals... when we finally got them. However next time, we're gonna sit at the bar.

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

Everything was delicious. Noise level was great for business dinner.

t
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Phenomenal! We loved our visit to Mockingbird. It was a cool vibe, charming hosts, servers, and amazing cocktails. The drinks were expertly crafted and mixed. The kitchen highlighted our visit with some fantastic Moroccan style chicken that stepped up to challenge the best good ‘ol southern-crisped & rubbed chicken a la New Orleans. What great spices! Excellent job chef! The flavors found within their pastas and risotto dishes were equally compelling. Desert was on another level too. Wow. Delicious all around! We will definitely be back!

OJ
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Staff accommodated my special request, food was excellent and service was attentive and friendly.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Very tasty vegetarian options and a great selection of cocktails and beer/wine. Would love to come back and try the desserts sometime.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 5ambience 1

Bad, dirty, unsafe area! My car has been broken into. I will never come again!

PG
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Decent food. Great service. A little uninspired menu. Great dessert.

OT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great! We will be back!

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mockingbird is such a gem in the downtown area. Great spot for a business lunch or a fun dinner with friends.

S
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

Let me begin by saying that we love this restaurant. That’s why we chose it to celebrate our anniversary. Our evening started promising. We ordered our drinks and the brussels sprouts. The drinks arrived promptly and were delish! The brussels arrived 30 minutes later. Although we saw some delivered to two ladies who literally just sat down. Not sure if the server ordered ours on the wrong table or if the food runner took them to the wrong table. While we were still waiting for the sprouts we ordered our salad and mains. Salad arrived promptly but still no sprouts. After finishing our appetizers we waited, and waited, and waited for our mains. Our server Jesse promised after 20 minutes that our food would be right out. And 45 minutes later it did...ICE COLD. At this point we just ate cold food because we didn’t want to wait anymore. It was 9:15 and we had been there since 7:30. He comped our dessert because he knew he blew it. Unfortunately it still left a bad taste in my mouth. Next time we’ll just sit at the bar...

A
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

First courses were fantastic. As is increasingly the case at California cuisine restaurants, entrees were disappointing. Ingredients heavy and unbalanced, esp the clams and chorizo. I would return and just order from the top of the menu.

W
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Very noisy inside compounded by road construction in front took away from the experience. A big party seemed to throw off the organization and attention to seating other guests.

OT
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Lovely decor and ambiance. High ceilings so noise travels. Unique and delicious dishes but small portions. Minimal carbs on main dishes so not very filling.

NM
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

We've been there as a duo, a trio and as a large party. The food never disappoints. One of our faves for sure!

SB
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was told the food was excellent and it was. What Downtown needs a white tablecloth restaurant

BC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 5

Love the vibe and the food was really good. The one gentle complaint would be the constant reminders of our reservations via Open Table. We wanted our luncheon tab split three ways for a small group of five but were advised not to.

M
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was delicious! The Crispy Brussel Sprouts, a must have.
Service very timely and pleasant.
A better selection of wine would be great!!
Will go back.

FE
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, great service, good ambiance, a little loud, challenging location

OT
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

The Brussels sprouts were outstanding but everything else seemed just ok. I was surprised they served fries with the steak and didn’t allow a substitute. The wait staff was fine but not exceptional in any way. He forgot things when asked. It was fine overall but I wouldn’t go out of my way to go back.

OT
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another delicious night at Mockingbird. This was our second visit to the restaurant and the menu and service did not disappoint. We love this place before a show at the Fox and will definitely be back!

d
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love Mockingbird! Been several times now and it's always a delight!

J
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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.

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

Nothing special

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! :-)

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

Everyone enjoyed their meals.

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!

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!

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.

MG
Houston
36 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

f
San Francisco
179 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.

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.

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..

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.

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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