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MUA is known for its open atmosphere, eclectic décor, art events and, of course, its delicious food. Ideal for large parties or intimate gatherings, the spacious dining room creates a relaxed, casual vibe for guests to enjoy their meals. The modern American menu features favorites like braised lamb cheeks, duck confit, beef bone marrow and - for the vegetarians - vegetable ragout, which includes couscous and kale pesto. A large selection of wines, cocktails and beers make MUA a great spot for an evening out with friends.
Art events at MUA include exhibits and performances by local artists, as well as social sketches, which allow guests to enjoy drinks as they exercise their own artistic abilities. Whether getting together for a social gathering or meeting with a business associate, MUA has the right atmosphere and an impressive menu for the occasion.
Oakland, CA 94612
Contemporary American, American, Fusion / Eclectic
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
MUA Ratings and Reviews
MUA was a delightful surprise discovered through Open Table. It has a wonderfully artsy ambiance in a re-imagined industrial building! What a wonder and the food is equally surprising in taste, texture and creative presentation. Love the "small plates" that aren't really small, enough to share. So enjoyed the crab cakes, garlic crusted shrimp, artichokes with tarragon hollandaise, grilled mushroom veggies with balsamic glaze.... and do end with the bread pudding with raspberries or/and pineapple upside down delight! Definitely, a place to return but on a week night. I can tell it could be quite noisy on a weekend. And our waiter was absolutely fabulous, attentive, helpful, fun and honored our pace to dine and chat!
we've been to MUA 4 times and will continue to dine there. the food is consistently delish. the noise level is consistent as well! Our waiter wasn't an A+ dinner house waiter. In fact, he wasn't on the ball at all. No matter what we've ordered at MUA, we've never been disappointed
Had a great time at MUA. The place was packed bottom to top. They have three or four bars within the restaurant . They have an outdoor area in front which would have been nice since it was a glorious evening. Having reservations through OpenTable was great since there would have been a long wait otherwise. We sat upstairs in a section that overlooks the front of the restaurant and Lauren was our server. It gets loud but it's nice energy. Lauren was an excellent server and always had a smile . The food was delicious. The Brussels sprouts, smoked trout salad, quinoa salad, chicken wings, tomato soup with grilled cheese, ....it was all good. Small plates are so nice since there's a good variety of flavors. And the drinks were very good with a nice selection of wines and beers. There's a list of mixed drinks as well.
the ambiance was great, the food was great but when they cranked up the music in the kitchen below you couldn't even hear yourself think let alone what anyone else in the group was saying. Not sure why that music kept getting turned on or why it was turned on so loud!
I took my Assistant to Mua for her 30th birthday lunch. She loved everything about it. We ordered and shared fried calamari (perfect). We then shared an amazing salad with watercress, endive, smoked trout and oranges with a light dressing (yum). We then shared a half pound hamburger with avocado (again, perfect). She also had a non-alcoholic ginger/mint soda that she said a very good. We were too stuffed to get dessert so they brought her a liquor glass filled with jelly beans and a lit birthday candle. Very nice! All in all a fantastic time was had by all.
Food always consistent and very good. This time service was not very good, group tried to be nice to the server and we all said thank you several times but never received thankfulness from her. Seemed like she was overwhelmed and did not know how to cover it up this Saturday night. Will make sure that we don't sit in her section again. Our normal experience is always positive and pleasant so I was quite thrown off tonight.
I enjoy introducing friends to Mua's eclectic atmosphere. The staff, the DJ and decor makes this an offbeat spot. It feels like a combo of Oakland, Berkeley and SF. The small plates are wonderful and allow you to share with friends. I suggest the friend chicken or po' boy sandwich.
Unfortunately parking is a beast... make reservations and get there early to find parking. Lastly, although staff is quite friendly, service is hella slow so be ready to chill and enjoy the time out with friends and family.
The food was pretty good and ambiance was nice. Service was slow (our order was lost, server was not super responsive) and a little prickly. Salmon was way too salty. Seating is a little too crammed together -- I had to keep scooching to let people behind me by. Also our car got broken in to -- Mua very clearly warned us tho! Not their fault, but it a total bummer. Kinda stressful altogether. I can tell the place has potential and we had bad luck so I'd be willing to try again.
We had 7 of us to celebrate birthdays! Yes the noise level is loud; however, it is very energetic and fits with the expectation. Not the place for a quiet romantic dinner. Go there to have a great meal and have fun. Our waiter was very attentive and patient. I have an allergy and he was extremely cautious with me (which I needed) so I fully trusted. I had the duck; amazing. Everyone loved their food and don't miss the desserts. Would definitely go again.
Great for foodies. Good small bites to share and wonderful designer cocktails. Go on the early side or early in the week it is quieter than later in the evening or week. Waiter was spot on with engaging personality, info about food and attentiveness. We will be back!
Food was excellent, and service was quick, especially given how busy the place was. Very annoying that they won't seat you until everyone in the party is there, which makes for quite a crowd standing in the aisle in the way of servers going back and forth. The place is so loud, though that it is almost impossible to hear people at your own table speak, unless you shout to each other. Seriously, that was such an issue that it definitely detracted from the meal.
Good ecclectic and creative menu. Service was very good, too, although our server was a little anxious to take plates & drink glasses that were not quite finished. I'm sure they were trying to turn the tables on a busy night, but it was a good thing I was paying attention. Would definitely return, and have already recommended it.
Edgy, artful scene both in the room and on your plate! Crowd skews young and hip. Extensive menu with something for everyone. The crab po' boy with tempura crab is always excellent, as are the mussels. I keep getting those two things, but finally branched out this last visit when with vegetarian friends and the grilled romaine was excellent, as was the tofu and brussel sprouts.
I was born in Oakland and love to find something that Oakland can be proud of. MUA is it. I've been there about 7 times and have never been disappointed. It's hip and a bit artsy and trendy, but not too much. It has a nice vibe which is very comfortable. The music choices and level are all very conducive for a great time. The drinks are all good. I had a Iron Maiden "Trooper" which was awesome. Never had it before and, apparently, hard to find. The drinks that use Ginger beer use Bundaberg Ginger beer. If you know what I'm talking about, I won't have to explain. The "Stormy Oaktown" cocktail is a Dark and Stormy with a Canton (Ginger Liquor) boost is my go-to. Gotta have the Mussels, but everything I've had is great. Carpaccio = awesome. Ahi tuna rolls = awesome. Brown Butter Brussel Sprouts = awesome. Calamari = awesome. Grilled Romaine heart Caeser = awesome. Have to cap it off with a 20 year Tawny Port. Yum.
Nice atmosphere but that's about it. Very loud. Drinks are not consistent. Same with food. Outdated. But I like coming here for some reason. I guess I like the space. It's probably hard cooking above average food for that many people that swarm the place. They probably see no need for improvement since people keep coming there. So don't expect too much. Better just to enjoy the company you are with if you can hear what they have to say.
From Seattle but come to Oakland monthly and always make 1 meal at Mua. Food is always great and fun ambiance. Only comment is I have always eaten downstairs and this last time ate upstairs. Different vibe. I will know to request downstairs in the future but nice to know there are two different vibe locations at the same restaurant.
Always recommend Mua to friends.
We already knew Mua was loud so I can't complain about that. Appetizers-brussel sprouts and mussels and fries were delicious and beet salad was fine. However the main courses were only fair. The very expensive Rib Steak was fatty and not particularly tender. The fried chicken was so salty it was hard to eat. I will only return for the appetizers
Loud and chaotic, really good food. We came for dinner but the place is mostly a rocking bar. Several bars, in fact. Don't go if you have a problem with continuous pounding techno beat. Excellent people watching opportunity. Chair collapsed under a neighboring diner. She couldn't have weighed 100 lbs. They were comped a dessert. The table server/busses at first delivered someone else's dinner to us. Front desk failed to check off that we had honored our opentable reservation, which resulted in a whiny note from the website a day later. But don't get me wrong, we did enjoy our dinner very much. Our waitress was very personable, too.
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