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About Mockingbird

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.

416 13th St
Oakland, CA 94612-2602
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Californian, Contemporary American

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

Cross Street:
Broadway

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(510) 290-0331

Website:
http://www.mockingbirdoakland.com/

Catering:
We offer full service catering services. From lunch drop offs to weddings up to 200.

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Mockingbird Ratings and Reviews

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4
3
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4.3

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.2

ambience

4.2

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

87% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (28)
Fit for Foodies (27)
Creative Cuisine (23)
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Good for a Date (22)
Handcrafted Cocktails (21)
Casual (19)
Great for Lunch (17)
Business Meals (16)
Local Ingredients (14)
Fun (13)
Good for Groups (13)
Comfort Food (12)
Good Vegetarian Options (12)
Pre/post Theatre (12)
Bar Seating (11)
Special Occasion (11)
Good for Birthdays (9)
Happy Hour (9)
Quiet Conversation (9)
Good for Anniversaries (8)
Healthy (7)
Hot Spot (6)
Worth the Drive (6)
Authentic (5)
People Watching (5)
Seasonal (5)
Vibrant Bar Scene (5)
Organic (5)
Cozy (4)
Gluten Free Options (4)
Paleo Friendly (4)
Romantic (4)
Quick Bite (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Great Beer (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Tapas (2)
Vegan (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Great for Brunch (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Notable Wine List (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 3, 2017

We will definitely be back--great food, great service, great bar.

Decided to try Mockingbird before the Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir concert at the Paramount. Started with cocktails and their fried Brussels sprouts--amazing! I had the duck confit and my wife had the hangar steak. Both were fantastic.

Highly recommended.

Tags: Healthy, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 30, 2017

This is my third time to this restaurant. The first time, for dinner, I thought it was OK, but a little overpriced. $31 for okay Hanger Steak is a little expensive. The second time we went with a group (6 people) and the food was a little better, but still very pricey. We had 6:30 reservations, but went to restaurant early for drinks. We were told that there was a very large crowd coming in and that we would have to give up our table in the bar area so they could accommodate their guests. I thought this was a little strange, so I let them know we had 6:30 dinner reservations and perhaps they could just seat us early. They did and that worked out. The third time was for lunch and they were really good. The waiters were good and the food came out quick which is important when you have an hour lunch. The Brussel Sprouts are "to die for" food and the morrocan (sp?) chicken was really good. Again, the hanger steak, not bad, but not great either. I will, of course, go again. As far as the person who wrote it is a dangerous area, really? It is in the heart of downtown Oakland, and I love this area. We urban people get it - :)

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 26, 2017

We were recovering from Pican closing, when we chanced on Mockingbird. Yes, friendly service. Yes, interesting drinks and a good wine list. And yes, shrimp and grits (prawns, actually). Great meal, and one that pleased three generations.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Overall, the choices of appetizers and entrees our party of four ordered were creative, fresh and delicious. The Tagine, Moroccan Chicken and the shrimp dishes were tender and yummy while the pasta was fairly good. The Kale salad was refreshing. We dined there on the evening after thanksgiving and it was not very crowded and the noise level was fine. My only complaints were that Joe, our server was somewhat pushy and seemed to want to rush things along when in fact, the place was not busy. Also, he did not seem interested in checking with the chef re: our questions about the menu. Otherwise, the staff was attentive to our water needs, etc. Finally, the lighting in the space was too bright and we were seated against the back wall that contained a bright lighted window.

Tags: Fun, Healthy, Seasonal, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Gluten Free Options, Special Occasion
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·Dined on November 20, 2017

Great food with wonderful flavors. Portion size is good for lunch. Egg salad sandwich and Brussels sprouts are awesome. I've been twice and I've not been impressed with the service either time. The waiter we had on this last visit was abrupt and whisked our plates away before everyone was done. He seemed to be hurrying us out particularly when we didn't want to order dessert. The place is also very loud. I'll keep coming back because the food is great.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Seasonal, Business Meals, Bar Seating, Happy Hour, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Decent food. Ok service. Ask for the main floor dining area. The upstairs area ambiance is awful.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Restaurant is located in a very unsafe area - my husband and I were assulted by 8 young men while walking to our car a few blocks away - it was terrifying and will not be going back. Food was good, our server was good, but the hostess was unorganized and unprofessional.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Yummy food! Happy hour!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Lively and hip ambience. Great service. Fried brussell sprouts and squash and burata were amazing. Disappointed in the hangar steak. Medium rare was actually raw and it wasn’t that flavorful. Fries were amazing though. The corpse reviver drink was not prepared to expectation though granted it’s not a common drink...we’ll be back soon and try something else

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Enjoyed the food immensely! The Brussels sprouts are to die for! It was very noisy at 6 pm due to crowded bar area so hard to hear at the dinner table. Staff was nice but reservations are booked 1 1/2 hours apart so some pressure to eat and leave! But staff was nice and attentive.

Tags: Happy Hour, Good for a Date, Casual, Paleo Friendly
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on November 15, 2017

The service was outstanding. Knowledgeable about the ingredients, about the wine and the source of the food. Simple decor covers a small portion of the walls helping to reverberate sound. Fun cocktails. A small wine list for lunch. Parking right next door.
The Brussel Sprouts were very good and the French Fries tasty and unique. The hanger steak and fries was the correct size for lunch. The food is presented well.

Tags: Business Meals, Disabled Access, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch
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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on November 15, 2017

Brussels sprouts and duck confit dishes were delicious. Friendly servers.

Tags: Fun, Casual, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 14, 2017

Bar service was exceptionally poor.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 14, 2017

Service, food and ambience: 5 stars.
Friends got lost--WAZE sent them to the old San Pablo location.
Owner comped us brussel sprouts (delish!) when she heard.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Happy Hour
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Great atmosphere and good, honest food. Creative but not fussy. Good size portions. Friendly staff.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Fun, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Everything we had, had too much salt. There was even salt on the butter with our bread, and salt on top of our cheesecake. Why?? The brussels sprouts starter was the best thing on their menu. The Moroccan chicken was salty, the shrimp with grits bland, and the hamburger bun was soggy from the meat. Everyone raved about the french fries but they’re nothing special . Would not go back

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 7, 2017

Absolutely delicious! We can't wait to return. Started with old fashions and crispy brussels sprouts. Next we shared the escarole salad with beets, satsumas and walnuts - perfectly dressed. Hubby had the shrimp and grits which he loved. I had the Moroccan chicken - super moist with crispy skin and the most incredible sauce. Our server recommended a great wine pairing as well.

Tags: Business Meals, Fun, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Meal was mediocre but definitely enjoyed the brussel sprouts appetizer.

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 4, 2017

The decor and atmosphere were pleasant but overshadowed by the overly bright lighting and noise level. Cut lighting by 50% and soundproof the ceiling. The server could barely hear us. The cocktails sound interesting but tasted a bit watery. The persimmons were underripe. I really wanted to like this place but it needs some fine tuning.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Awesome addition to downtown Oakland. Don’t miss it!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Good for Groups
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·Dined on October 29, 2017

The best french fries I have ever eaten by far. To die for. I'm literally going to get heart disease and die and early death so I can eat more of these fries.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 28, 2017

We enjoyed our dinner at Mockingbird with 6 friends seated upstairs. The cocktails were great. Most of our party ordered the steak, which was terrific. The french fries "which they take seriously" were amazing. This was a great place to eat dinner before seeing a show nearby.

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Fun atmosphere, tasty cocktails, good service and friendly staff. Some of the food was delicious and some was just okay. A bit overpriced but I would definitely go back to try their happy hour. Appetizers, especially the brussel sprouts and cocktails seem to be their forte.

Tags: Casual, Creative Cuisine, Paleo Friendly, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 27, 2017

We love the new location downtown. The exposed brick and custom artwork is a great touch. The food is still fantastic!

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Great food and service. We had a group of 7, and everyone raved about their entrees. I had the steak, and it was terrific. Only problem—the ventilation—very windy! My eyes are dried out!

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·Dined on October 26, 2017

Fabulous addition to the neighbor. Great place for lunch or dinner, convenient to many offices in Oakland City Center!

Tags: Comfort Food, Afternoon Coffee
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 26, 2017

Food is good however a little pricey for the portions. We had two entrée salads and one soup, two iced teas and the bill with tip was $60. A good smoked trout salad and nice presentation; just a small portion of trout. Will return however. Needed an afternoon snack also as wasn't full.

Tags: Casual
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vip
 (London)·Dined on October 24, 2017

Food was great! I loved brussel spouts as a child and then grew to dislike them as an adult. Mockingbirds brussel sprout appetizer reminded me why I used to like (and perhaps still do) them.

I was a bit surprised to find our entree salads arrive prior to our appetizers. Other than that, the staff was attentive without being intrusive and ensured our water and iced tea glasses were always refilled.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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·Dined on October 24, 2017

Those who had drinks enjoyed them. Those of us who had food really enjoyed the great flavors. Olives were so good! Vegetable tangine was great! Chicken was too pink too eat but our server brought two amazing desserts to make up for it. Caramel bread pudding dish was outstanding! We weren't a large group but the noise really carried so it got very loud very fast. Fun night though. Will put it on our list to try again!

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Local Ingredients, Good for Groups
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 22, 2017

A cool place in Oakland, with many cool places. Great food. Ambiance. Friendly chef.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 22, 2017

The food was only ok. Unfortuneatly, the menu did not state the the prawn dinner was cold and my clients were very disappointed. :-(

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Extremely friendly people staffing bar & restaurant; delicious food; wonderful ambiance; plus big tv for sports fanatics

Tags: Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Organic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Really loved the food (smoked trout salad and shared fries with my dining friend). She had a sandwich and enjoyed that too!

My only quibble is that they charge for bread and butter ($6, I think). That seems petty especially when one is having a salad, and bread would be nice to have on the side.

Also, I would not want to sit on the left side near the back and see people washing their hands, combing their hair, etc. outside the restrooms. That is just strange and unappealing.

But great to have an excellent restaurant in downtown Oakland!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 20, 2017

The cheeseburgers were truly especially good, cooked perfectly medium rare and service was quick to supply mustard and mayo upon request. I highly recommend the Brussel sprouts as an appetizer and the bread pudding, complete with whipped cream and caramel, for desert.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 18, 2017

Thanks very much to the staff for bringing us a dessert without us even asking, to celebrate the birthday of a member of our party!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Great for Lunch, Good Vegetarian Options, Seasonal
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Pretty nice place with a good food and nice atmosphere, but nothing very special.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Sunday Lunch, Bar Seating, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Great wine and cocktail program! I have been twice this month because of the good options, including gluten free and vegetarian.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Far too noisy. Ordinary food. Over priced for the quality.

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 (Detroit)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Friends from deeper East Bay, San Francisco, and Oakland were all coming together, so the best place seemed like Oakland. We needed a place that would take a reservation for 5 the night before, and had a full bar. This is harder than it seems, and Mockingbird fit all of this. None of us are "foodies", we're happy with fusion and American food. The atmosphere was great, there is parking close by, and the loft was a great space for conversation (I imagine the first floor would be pretty loud).

Tags: Good for Groups
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·Dined on October 4, 2017

Great food and service but horrible lighting at night! Way too bright. Not romantic :(

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