Mockingbird

4.4
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609 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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Californian
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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4.4based on recent ratings
4.4
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4.3
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4.3
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4.1
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71% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Had to wait 45 minutes for a table even with a reservation.

C
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is always delicious and the service is friendly and attentive. Love the space. This is one of our favorites!

OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mockingbird is always delicious and a real treat. Highly recommended!

OT
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday luncheon

MP
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Great Happy Hour cocktails. Everyone had something different and all plates were practically licked clean. The Clementine cake was spectacular.

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall3food2service1ambience4

I would not go back for the food or service. However the ambiance was great. The food quality is not worth the prices that they have. I was expecting more from this place based on their reviews.

g
San Francisco
29 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Friend and I ate there last night. Brussel sprouts were good but we ordered without the blue cheese and think had that been included the dish would have been overwhelming. I ordered a burger, kudos to the chef for making a hand cut patty, however flavor and texture were off, and there was some grizzle and cartilage included. Salad was under dressed or just wasn’t seasoned properly. Maybe I ordered wrong as I was trying to be healthy, and it clearly says they’re serious about their fries...

f
San Francisco
155 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience1

It was very crowded for a Tuesday evening, perhaps because of restaurant week. We ordered a salad which was excellent and two glasses of rather expensive Syrah Grenache ($15 for a relatively small glass). After the salad we waited for over twenty minutes for our hanger steak and had to ask three servers - no one noticed that we were sitting there while folks all around us were served? Then the steak arrived - which could have been very good only it was cold - where had it been? The wilted greens that we ordered on the side were inedible because it was so tough and undercooked. We are in towntown Oakland a lot and wanted to add to our repertoire of restaurants. That's why we went to explore. Sorry experience.

CL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Made a reservation for New Years Eve. The website didn’t state anything about a select 4 course dinner menu priced at $85 per person. We were a bit shocked we when arrived to check-in for our reservation after the host mentioned this.

M
San Francisco
63 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great meal and perfect service. The high ceilings are nice, but the noise levels can be loud at times if you're sensitive to that.

NK
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Service and food need attention.

SW
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience3

I thought the food and service were excellent. However, the noise level was so high that we couldn't carry on a conversation. So I will not be back.

DF
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my first time at Mockingbird. I was promptly greeted and seated. Our waiter was attentive, but not intrusive. Our meal was scrumptious and plentiful. The fried brussel sprouts were perfectly done, as was my main course, pork belly. We were too stuffed for dessert. We will definitely be back!

OT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place, really good food, and atmosphere. Service was great as well. We will definitely come back when we are in town again.

OT
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Great atmosphere, excellent food, service was OK / kinda slow and inattentive. I’d go back.

AB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

This place has a very industrial chic feel to it. The french fries were more similar to doughnuts than any french fry I have ever had, and that is NOT a complaint. They were delicious. The muscles were good, the wine was a bit sweet, but all in all, it was a good meal!

A
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

It was just ok.

KF
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I asked that my receipt be emailed to me, but I haven't received it yet. This will cause a big problem with my expense report.

f
San Francisco
188 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Good dining option by Oakland City Center. Seated promptly for a group dinner. Good menu options; while the food was not remarkable, everyone was satisfied with their choices. Starters of roasted brussel sprouts and blistered beans were particularly popular. The carafes of local wines, while interesting, were not terrific, and not cheap - we'd probably order something different next time.

AK
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We really enjoyed our experience. The service was great, they had our favorite bottle of Pinot at a reasonable price and the food was delicious! We started with the brussels which were the best I think I’ve ever had. For the entree’s we had the steak and chicken. Both were great! Fries were definitely worth it. For desert we had the baked apple. It’s was ok but I wish we would have tried the bread pudding instead. Overall, it was a great experience and we’ll be back!

LS
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Came here for my husband’s birthday that I had noted when I made the reservation. The staff seemed oblivious, not even a “Happy Birthday.” The service was okay. The food mixed —my husband’s squash soup and Moroccan chicken, my lettuces salad were all tasty. The squash risotto totally bland. The restaurant is so noisy, it’s difficult to carry on a conversation with the person right across from you.

MC
San Francisco
41 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Love Mockingbird!! It is a favorite. The selection of foods is nice, and every dish we have had over at least a half-dozen visit has been excellent. I have to be gluten-free, and Mockingbird has many options for me, all of which have been really good. I particularly like the Pumpkin Spice cake made with almond flour that is gluten free and has been on the menu now for a bit. It may be the best gluten-free cake dessert anywhere!! We will definitely be back!

o
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Not impressed. Hard seats, loud noise and food not great. Vegetarian/Vegan options limited and not well prepared. French fries were good.

PH
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Th vegetarian entree was fantastic the flavor of the sauce was spicy and tangy. Thanks.

RH
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Loved everything about it except the noise level was exceptionally loud. My lunch partner and I had to shout at each other across the table.

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Our meal was great, the staff were friendly and accommodating. Our meals were delicious- fried Brussels sprouts with aioli was a highlight, as was the Bolognese. Fries are super crispy and yummy! Only think I didn’t like was the duck liver pate- needed salt or something- very bland. Would definitely recommend this restaurant- very nice ambiance and cool styling as well!

JU
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great restaurant in the heart of downtown Oakland. Unique Mediterranean menu, and I think everything on it is interesting and rewarding to try. Service is welcoming, friendly and good! Enjoy!

d
Orange County
16 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Our go to place before a show at the Fox Theatre. Staff is great and craft drinks are not to be missed.

LL
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

The service was very good. We never felt rushed although it was very busy. Our server was excellent and friendly. The food was delicious! Prices, typical for the bay area were a little high but... Short walk to the Fox Theater, as well as close to the Bart Station. I will definitely return.

l
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

A bit pricey for a casual eve out; food was good but plating needs reassessment because some dishes like the trout was served in a bowl-like vessel that was simply too small. Great ambiance, great drinks! Wine list needs attention and more choices. Will return for sure!

OT
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Had a great experience, our table was ready when we arrived, food was excellent. The only issue I had was that this evening out was for a birthday and I had put that in the notes of the reservation as requested. I would have been happy with a candle for the dessert but no mention was made by the staff.

G
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

No complaints, per se..restaurant was cute enough but very loud for conversation and service was...fine. Food was ok but generally underwhelming for the portion size and price point.

M
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

For a date night we were upstairs and bored. Would have liked to be by the edge or downstairs in the hustle and bustle. Probably our fault for not mentioning. Food was delicious and service was top notch!! Will go agaun

MS
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience2

Slow service, noise, very noisy environment

SH
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Love this Oakland restaurant. My favorite place for lunch. Great food.

GG
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience3

We arrived as a party of four and were promptly seated. The place has a pretty good ambiance but is incredibly loud so much so that I had to strain to hear the person across the table. The menu is largely composed of variations on bistro fare such as roasted chicken, fish, burgers and steaks. We ordered a couple of salads and main dishes. The salads were pretty "meh", nothing original or interesting. For example, the tahini dressing on one was anemic and without body. We ordered the hangar steak, burger, moroccan chicken, and trout. The meats were ordered medium rare but came out medium well with only the slightest hint of pink. Similarly, the chicken was overdone and tough; the trout was quite good even though the portion size was wanting. The dessert, something with a lot of chocolate in the title was pretty meh too, left largely uneaten after first bite.

Now, every restaurant can have an off night and it's easy to overdo meat. What's particularly annoying is the rather unapologetic response to my comment - the waitress simply said that it's unusual for food to be overdone and seemingly reluctantly, that she can ask the kitchen to do a redo. Honestly though, does anyone do the redo? What, you wait another 20 mins, or have two people eat and 2 others sit around watching them eat? It's not an ideal situation - a sincere apology or accommodation would go further, especially when charging $20 for a burger.

Anyway, not a great tragedy, but not a great experience, and definitely not a repeat place.

OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
33 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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
11 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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 on September 11, 2019
Overall4food4service2ambience4

Service was unattentive and horrible.

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