Mockingbird

4.4
401 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Californian
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  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Business Meals
  • Fit for Foodies
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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Californian, Contemporary American
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Hours of operation
Lunch
Mon–Fri 11:30 am–3:00 pm
Dinner
Mon–Wed 6:00 pm–9:30 pm
Thu, Fri 6:00 pm–10:00 pm
Sat 5:30 pm–10:00 pm
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Phone number
(510) 290-0331
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Catering
We also are available for off-site catering with our company California Table. For more information please contact melissa@mockingbirdoakland.com
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Broadway
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Public transit
We are located just steps away from 12ST Bart .
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 401 People Are Saying
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4.4based on recent ratings
4.3
food
4.3
service
4.3
ambience
4.0
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined on June 14, 2018

The food was great and the staff were very friendly and attentive.

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2.0Dined on June 12, 2018

Nothing special. We could haveade the same food at home. Some veggies blanched with a yogurt saude, a burger too small for the bun so it was mostly bread. 2 drinks. $100?!!?!?! It's a wannabe Brooklyn farm-to-table... Never going back... It was that bad.

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4.0Dined on June 6, 2018

had dinner there with a friend. waiter Gavin was great. food was also great!

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5.0Dined on June 5, 2018

Amazing time. Delicious food. Superior service. We will be back.

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2.0Dined on June 3, 2018

The wait staff were super nice, enjoyed a great cocktail and decaf coffee, the food was just meh. I really wanted to like the food more than I did. The ambiance was cool! We will not return, though.

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5.0Dined on June 3, 2018

Loved this place! What a gem. We were looking for someplace close to the Fox Theater. All the reviews we read raved about the Brussels sprouts. They were right. Absolutely fabulous! My friend and I shared the hangar steak. It's a big meal so it was perfect to split. Came with really yummy fries and a salad. We also had the bread with homemade butter - so so good. Couldn't leave without trying their dessert. Fantastic too. Everything was great and we will definitely be back. The service was fast and friendly. My friend forgot her credit card and they immediately called us so we were able to walk back and get it.

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5.0Dined on June 1, 2018

Really enjoyed this place with a bunch of friends. We shared 2 sides and a meal for 3 people and it was still too much food for us to finish. Delicious vegetarian options. Loved the vegetable tagine with fresh bread.

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3.0Dined on May 21, 2018

Food was marginal.. server did not take subtle cues. Service was mediocre! Host was exceptional!!

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3.0Dined on May 21, 2018

Love, Love, Love the Brussel Sprouts! They are a must!
Really enjoyed the Moroccan chicken it was perfectly cooked and delicious!
Cool Atmosphere!

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3.0Dined on May 20, 2018

Go for the brussels sprouts and the bread, the rest was meh and my friends' pasta dishes were inedible. The service was good. Might return for the brussels sprouts, bread and cocktails.

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5.0Dined on May 18, 2018

This was our second visit and we liked it just as much as the first time. Definitely try the fried brussel sprouts, steak, and bread pudding. So delicious! We order manhattans (which aren't on their cocktail list); they are perfect. It does seem loud when you walk in but when seated it was easy to hear our party of four and we weren't too close to the table next to us.

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4.0Dined on May 17, 2018

Service was pretty lacking but food was good (steak frite was awesome). Cocktails were okay.

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4.0Dined on May 9, 2018

Really enjoy this place. Been once before. Brussel sprouts were a bit over cooked. Although they are still my favorite.

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5.0Dined on May 6, 2018

What a pleasant surprise Mockingbird was! They were well staffed, the service was great and the food was delicious. My only feedback for them would be to get some black napkins...the white ones made my date night outfit all linty!

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4.0Dined on May 4, 2018

Great place but super loud and close tables. Food was delicious and service great! Only sauce for delicious steak was ketchup:( otherwise great spot!!

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4.0Dined on May 2, 2018

Good service and the food was very nicely prepared. The staff went out of their way to remember my guests birthday.

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4.0Dined on April 20, 2018

This was my third time at Mockingbird so I definitely like this place a lot. The food was excellent again, and the service was fantastic. We were seated right next to a birthday party of ladies who seemed very happy and were extremely loud. Another couple next to us left for the bar downstairs. Luckily it was an early dinner for us so we could catch a show so this didn't ruin our experience -- it did make the last 20 minutes hard to talk though. Next time I will check to see if a party will be upstairs and request a table below! I will be back and recommend you try this place if like good creative food at a reasonable (Bay Area) price.

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5.0Dined on April 19, 2018

The new interior has a hip vibe to it and more spacious. Definitely reflects the Oakland feel.
Everyone was really pleasant and the food was very good. We were seated upstairs so that helped with being able to hear the conversation better. The serving portion is pretty large so it was nice to share everything between the 4 of us. Parking is hard.

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1.0Dined on April 17, 2018

Terrible chicken sandwich. Measly portion and cold for $13. Not returning here

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4.0Dined on April 17, 2018

The cheeseburger was excellent — warm soft bun and juicy patty. The happy hour deals were great and included items not on the usual dinner menu. However, the service at both the bar and the table were quite slow. I waited for seemed like an eternity for the deviled eggs happy hour appetizer. When my friends and I got to our table, an appetizer plate sat uncollected until we asked a passing server to take it. Overall, good value and good food, but the service could be more attentive.

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Great service and great drinks! Highly recommend! The fried Brussel sprouts are the best.

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

The and gentleman who greeted us at the door and the entire wait staff could not have been nicer. Well crafted cocktails and nice casual environment with open architecture. Excellent salmon from a known local source and some of the best Brussel sprouts I've had. Will be back again.

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3.0Dined on April 11, 2018

Upstairs dining area a little stuffy and warm; duck mousse was a on the salty side and shrimp/avocado salad just okay; service also average

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5.0Dined on April 4, 2018

A great new addition to the Downtown Oakland restaurant scene. Relocated to a more convenient spot for business lunches or after work cocktails!

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5.0Dined on April 4, 2018

A welcome return at a new location.
Great dinner with fantastic service!

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3.0Dined on April 4, 2018

Very noisy when filled. Food good and portions large but overpriced. Service failed to warn that servings were large and should be shared.

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2.0Dined on April 3, 2018

The food here is usually exceptional, but this most recent visit everything was off. Very disappointing!

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5.0Dined on March 23, 2018

Great business lunch spot, convenient to BART. Had a terrific meal.

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4.0Dined on March 22, 2018

This was our first time eating at Mockingbird and loved it. The hosts were warm and friendly, the restaurant has a cool vibe and the food was delicious. A wonderful addition to the neighborhood.

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5.0Dined on March 21, 2018

The food is excellent. I've reserved this restaurant a few times now. Each time was with a different group of people from out of town and the feedback was awesome. Everyone enjoyed the food a lot. I will definitely make more reservation when I have guest needs dining.

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

The place is gorgeous and the ambiance won me over as soon as we walked in. The service was great, everyone e was attentive. Before our food even arrived, you could smell every other dish being brought out to neighboring tables; everything smelled absolutely delicious. The partions are bigger than I expected; I wanted to finish the plate because it was so good but there was too much on the plate for me to finish. The dessert menu had vegan friendly options (I’m not vegan, but the desserts we happened to pick were the vegan friendly options) and they were amazing! Can’t wait to go back!

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5.0Dined on March 16, 2018

WOW! Just WOW!
This place is the perfect spot for a date night or even a quick lunch if you are in Oakland. The atmosphere is excellent and very chill, the service is fast, and the food is terrific. I would recommend the Brussel Sprouts as a starter. Just packed with flavor and perfectly made. Also, the bread if you are a little hungrier. The Bay Shrimp Stuffed Avocado Salad is perfect for a light lunch and goes well with the Brussels sprouts. For vegetarians, the Winter Vegetable Tagine is great and comes with an amazing sauce. Would highly recommend this to anyone in Oakland!

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5.0Dined on March 16, 2018

Great food and drinks, nicely sized portions, knowledgeable and kind servers. Also helpful with food allergies. Highly recommend.

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4.0Dined on March 15, 2018

Lovely dining spot in the heart of downtown Oakland. Upscale Oaklandish. Amazing house-smoked trout salad. Would definitely go back and absolutely recommend.

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5.0Dined on March 14, 2018

Great, attentive service. Good vibe. Fresh food done with flair but not overdone to take away from natural flavors in foods. Love the Brussels sprouts and salads. We'll be back!

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

The bread pudding is a must! Service is always great and the food is delicious

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3.0Dined on March 10, 2018

The restaurant was a nicely designed space. Large volume, good general ambiance, however, I didn't care for the extra bright tv monitor or bright white glowing light from the kitchen. I ordered the Hummingbird drink but had to send it back because I couldn't taste the Ancho Chile. I had them bump up the notch on the spiciness. I thought they should have remade the drink entirely but instead they just added more chile drops. By the time the drink came back to me it had warmed up and was no longer chilled. Not a great start.
We ordered the fried brussel sprouts and hanger steak (med. rare) to share between my husband and I. The fried brussel sprouts was pretty good. The steak however came out on the more rare side. Luckily the waiter thought it was too rare as well and so we sent it back. The fries were quite good and when the steak came back out with the meat more cooked, they refilled the fries pile which I thought was a nice gesture. I tried the steak but was disappointed that it lacked flavor. I asked the waiter for salt. The waiter had forgotten (it was a busy night). I had to ask for the salt again. By this time, 10-15 minutes had passed and my steak was already cold. I added salt but it still didn't taste good. The steak really needed to be pre-seasoned. I did notice that the salad that came with it was over salted. Maybe I was suppose to eat them together. Not sure, but an over salted salad is something I don't prefer. We finished our meal and ordered the bread pudding. I was hoping they would redeem themselves with the dessert menu. I thought the bread pudding was a bit on the burnt side. Parts of the bread crust was over burnt and thus left a burnt taste in your mouth. My husband didn't mind it so much, but I didn't care for it. By the end of our meal, I had given up on giving the food a good rating. I liked the ambiance and friendly staff, but was disappointed in the food (the fries was the exception. they have good fries).

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4.0Dined on March 10, 2018

We went before a concert. Food was good and restaurant had a cool hip vibe.

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4.0Dined on March 8, 2018

The service was very kind and cheerful. The food choices were great, and our choices very good. Other dishes served around us looked and smelled great. The restaurant is pretty - clean lines, wood, good angles. There was a private party up on the second level - that looked like a great place for a small event.

The one thing I didn't care for was the large TV over the bar - pretty distracting for the tables near there.

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5.0Dined on March 7, 2018

Welcome addition to Oakland downtown scene. Food is creative and interesting with short but varied menu. Wines exquisite but small selection. Desert was excellent too and the price for the quality was spot on. Great for pre Warriors game dinner too as just by BART 12th Street station.

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