Mockingbird

4.4
626 Reviews
$31 to $50
Californian
Mockingbird, located in the heart of downtown Oakland features Northern California, farm to table cuisine. Mockingbird is 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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vipGlobetrotter
San Francisco
28 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience2

It was one of the most horribly overpriced meal I’ve ever had!! $45 for two eggs (Benedict) & coffee!! though the restaurant was virtually empty, we were sited behind the hostess stand, next to the door, as if unwanted?!!! WHY??? Was busy catching up with a friend but left feeling “taken”!! Worst experience using OpenTable!!

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vipKarlO
Seattle
11 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Menu was promising. Food took a long time to arrive, and all of the two egg dishes only had one egg. Ambience is solid and staff were engaging when we got to talk with them. They seemed busier than they expected, so issues were mostly about that.

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vipKichan
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

It’s Very chic restaurant and busy after work people-
My friend & I thought foods are very good and
Service was pretty good too.
The restroom door had a problem to lock.
Definitely needs to fix that !!!!

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PhilW
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The atmosphere, service, menu options and food were all extreamly good. This was my third time for lunch and I have never-ever been disappointed. My aim is to now test their evening food and drink selections.

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vipCatherineL
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great food and service, wish the tables were just a little too close!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great! Good food and food wine.

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RachelS
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Nice spot for Vday! Brussel sprouts are outstanding! Also quiet here for brunch. Very delicious!

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vipSusanH
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As usual I had a lovely lunch. The food is great and this is my favorite downtown Oakland restaurant.

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vip2Canucks
San Francisco
31 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Great California comfort food. Super tasty, great portions and excellent price point!

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viphm1590
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Super cute inside! Salad lacked flavor and server forgot about our drinks until we were basically done with our meal. Hard to hear each other with the noise level inside the restaurant.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience5

Very slow - 6pm reservation and not served until a little after 7. Had a 7:30 show and had to sprint through the meal...

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Merle
Seattle
12 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They were out of the dish I wanted to order but other than that it was a great experience. We had a new waiter on his first night and he was a pro! Did not realize he was new until we paid the bill and he thanked us for a great first night. Will definitely be back.

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PaulaW
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I cannot tell you how pleased we were with the service, which was EXCELLENT. We loved your staff and would return just for them. However, the food was so delicious and produced so quickly that we are already gushing to our friends about Mockingbird.

Thank you so very much for the delightful experience and the fantastic senses of humor!!!

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Scarlet
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Mockingbird was the perfect canvas for our brunch! Our trio was seated in the corner table and we held court for three hours enjoying the delicious meal, chatting, laughing and having a great time.

SERVICE: attentive yet allowed us time to linger; overall the service staff worked well together between the food runners, bartender and our server PreJean, who was so warm and funny that we asked him to take a picture WITH us!

FOOD: everything was a flavorful, colorful and textural delight! Oh wow the Moroccan Spiced Chicken Hash was as delicious as it was beautiful with each element cut into the right shape to bring it all together in a moist and tasty dish. Fried Brussels Sprouts were wisps of crispy leaves with a nice bits of contrast from blue cheese crumbles and saba (something along the lines of a precursor to balsamic vinegar). Magic Potatoes were perfect bites made glossy and saucy from egg yolk. Creme Brûlée French Toast became dessert! The sour cherry compote was a delightful burst of tart that balanced the creamy cloud of cream, custard and caramel.

BEVERAGE: The Mother Aubert was a light and refreshing gin-based concoction with a kiwi for garnish.

ATMOSPHERE: Mockingbird is such a nice modern spot across the street from the iconic Tribune Tower of downtown Oakland. On weekend brunch time, this part of town is usually sleepy but on this particular Saturday there was a lots of construction development and local characters keeping the streets full.

Make sure to try Mockingbird for lunch, bunch, happy hour, dinner, just dessert or for drinks.

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vipJan2020
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience4

The burger was rock hard, the waiter was awkward. I'm sure it would be GREAT with a different meal and different waiter. Host was perfect.

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vipJohnU
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Wonderful farm fresh menu , while somewhat limited always has something for everyone. Set ice is always terrific and very friendly. mockingbird is definitely on the “you’ve got to go there” list for Oakland and the Bay Area.

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saxo
San Francisco
27 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Good but not great. Apple with speck was just that. Highlight was wilted chicory salad with lardon, interesting and satisfying. My vegetable stew sounded delicious and exotic on the page but was disappointingly bland. Date’s trout seemed nicely cooked and he had no complaints. Bread so crusty I could barely bite into it. Busy cheerful staff, attentive once you got hold of them. Very noisy! Date and I had to yell to hear each other. Pricey for the quality.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience3

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

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Christina
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday luncheon

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MaryeP
San Francisco
8 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.

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vipOpenTable Diner
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.

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vipgigi
San Francisco
30 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...

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vipfarpointdive
San Francisco
159 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.

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CLee
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.

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vipMaxine
San Francisco
66 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.

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vipNitaK
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Service and food need attention.

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vipSusanW
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.

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DianaFW
San Francisco
8 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!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
9 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.

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OpenTable Diner
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.

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AlexB
San Francisco
3 reviews
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!

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

It was just ok.

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KellyF
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.

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vipfoodluver
San Francisco
190 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.

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vipAmandaK
San Francisco
3 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!

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LynnS
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.

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vipMichaelC
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!

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oaklandres
San Francisco
10 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.

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Mockingbird offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (510) 290-0331.

Mockingbird is rated 4.4 stars by 626 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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