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A modern-classic Asian restaurant, our kitchen focuses on an array of Chinese Regional dishes, Japanese and South-East Asian flavors. We create bold flavors through casual dishes. A full bar serves craft cocktails inspired by Asian ingredients.
Oakland, CA 94618
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: T-Su 11:30am-3:00pm
Dinner: T-Su 5:00pm-10:00pm
$30 and under
Plentiful street parking
Three blocks from Rockridge BART
Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Osmanthus Ratings and Reviews
Had dinner with a group of friends at Osmanthus on a Friday night. The staff was very friendly and knowledgeable about the food and drinks. We had a very nice time but felt a bit underwhelmed by the food. It was very good but not great. All plates are family style and meant for sharing. We all had craft cocktails from their creative list and the were fantastic! Overall, I would say it is a great place to grab bite with a great drink. I wouldn't consider it a dinner option.
Never again. We like to try new restaurants and made arrangements to meet another couple for dinner. The four of us had not gotten together in months and were looking forward to catching up. The reservation was for Saturday at 6:30 and we were there on time. We ordered a bottle of wine, made our food decisions and ordered... all while having fun and enjoying each others' company. The restaurant was fine. The food was fine. The service was fine. At least it was fine until the waitress came to our table at 8pm and told us our table had been reserved for that time. (I'm not sure what was special about that particular table except that it was one of only a few booths in the place.) We were all a little shocked and discussed that none of us had ever been asked to vacate a table at a restaurant. So we paid and left... and we saw NO one waiting inside or outside for a table. This unfortunately, and unnecessarily, put a damper on what had otherwise been a very nice evening with friends. Therefore, none of us will be back. And when others ask for restaurant recommendations this place obviously won't be on the list. In fact, I will tell this story so others can avoid a similar situation.
We had a wonderful dinner at Osmanthus. I took my parents and my children (8 & 10) we tried five dishes and four had really excellent flavors. Nice cocktails too. My kids LOVED the brussel sprouts. Our only suggestion is that the owners consider changing the light bulbs from blueish lights to bulbs that feel warmer (like warm-glow LED) in the fixtures next to the tables. We felt it would improve the ambiance. The food and overall experience was great.
I love the food, especially the tuna tartare. I often go for dinner before traveling by air and get the ginger, honey glazed chicken wings. The serving is huge so I have dinner and lunch for my flight the following day. I also love the rose that they offer.
The tea salad is good, and that's where "good" stops. The rest of the dishes are average. I got a coconut shrimp dish which was too sweet. But the service is awful. It is reminiscent of arrogant NYC waiters but with none of the pay off---of a really great meal. So many great restaurants have gone out of business on college "Citron" comes to mind. I hope this one is next--they don't have anything that makes it worth it.
We've been here since it's opening. We are frequent flyers. It is a neighborhood gem. Good food, good vibe.
Although, on quite few occasions, the cooking was uneven. Our favorite eggplant can be from incredibly good to quite lousy. Services can get uneven as well. I think it is time to introduce few new dishes. We still love the restaurant. But it needs to inject some new energy.
Interesting flavor combinations. The food tasted good, but not great. They were either understaffed, which would be odd for a Sunday evening, or the waiter was pointedly not interested in our table. He would avert his gaze when passing our table, and never initiated contact after taking our drink order. Maybe it was because we didn't order drinks?
Been here a few times now, each time was super fun and delicious. My favorites are the short ribs, spare rips, garlic noodles. Drinking, I think the best cocktail is the Red Rum, garnished with a big piece of ginger.
Music has been great each time I've been in, too-- it's so nice to find a spot that sounds like playlists I would follow.
The service was very slow and unattendive, however they did appear to be a bit understaffed.
The menu sounded wonderful but truly the food was boring and lacking. We had the sausage and fried rice, the Dan Dan noodles and wings with honey sauce. The fried rice and noodles were lackluster and definitely under flavored.
We left most of our entrees and will not return.
Garlic noodle was fantastic, really hope they could add meat option into it since it's just a truck load of carbs.
The fried rice with Chinese sausage was also great!
I also got the dry fried chicken wings.
They were all tasty. Will definitely come back again.
Not forget to mention, they have really good Manhattan! The best I've had at a restaurant I would say.
After seeing previous reviews we had high expectations. We started with the avocado and tuna dish, which was great! However, we then continued with the garlic noodles and some sort of ribs with sweet and sour sauce. The noodles were overcooked and overly "garlicy" and the pieces of ribs were a mess of meet and small pieces of bones, making it very difficult to eat. These dishes were also selected as they were recommended by the waitress to be suitable for our 4-year old, which they weren't at all. So why the starter was excellent, we were fairly much disappointed by the rest of the food. The location and ambience is very nice, however.
We were there for lunch with friends. Our server, Brooke, was cordial and attentive. We ordered the Snow White, Plum Manhattan and the Nessie cocktails to start with followed by Thai Prawns, Eggplant, Sichuan Wings, Curry Fried Rice and Dan Dan noodles. The food and drinks were very good but not outstanding. Overall, we had an enjoyable time. Thank you.
The $9.95 lunch special was mostly good value. The pork belly and dry fried chicken wings were delicious, though the accompanying rice and pickled cabbage seemed a bit inadequate. The restaurant was nearly empty at 1:15 on a Friday, so it was nice and quiet, though service was a bit lackluster, too.
This is the second time in a row that the salmon in the usually delightful salmon curry dish did not seem to be freshly cooked. It was a little cold and a little cardboardy, as though it had been cooked in the afternoon and microwaved for the plate.
The hostess remains a star.
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