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Abstract Table

4.4
79 Reviews
$50 and over
Californian
Abstract Table, a dining experience without boundaries or pretension. Conceptual artists and longtime friends Andrew Greene and Duncan Kwitkor, who collaborated on the menu at Duchess in Rockridge and are veterans of Naked Kitchen, are the brainchildren behind this project, that combines Japanese influences with unexpected global flavors.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 79 people are saying
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4.5
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MarkC
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Shockingly awesome. As I posted on FB “Probably the best meal I have had in years!” 5 stars for taste, texture and appearance. Very unassuming venue with dynamite food and service.

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KathyCan
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food once again! Although somewhat limited, it is a really imaginative menu and everything that we ordered was delicious. The rustic outdoor setting adds to the ambiance, but cushions on the chairs would be helpful for overall comfort.

KC
KathyCan
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The food presentation and quality were excellent and the setting, lovely. The prices were rather too high for the more casual experience, but I would go back again

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PaulP
Sacramento
6 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent meal, excellent service.

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Friedchickenlover
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience1

I hope this place can survive. Having a new addition to the neighborhood would be nice. They need to up the quality of their food. The duck leg was so tough, I couldn’t cut it. The short rib was also very tough which amazes me. If you braise a short, how can it be tough? Two of the three starters were good. All portions are very small, which we are okay with. The entrees are protein only, no veg. And, they don’t offer sides to buy.

Service was real slow and it wasn’t that busy. Our waiter pretty much ignored us, even when he knew we wanted out of there. We put our credit cards out and waited 20 minutes and he was just standing talking to a co-worker. We finally walked the bill into the place and had it closed out.

The garden setting is beautiful and I have enjoyed it many times for coffee. This was our first time at night and we had many rats scurrying around us. At one time we saw 4 together. It started getting creepy. The waiters response to us commenting on the rats “Force of nature”. What kind of response is that? When your only dining area is outside, I’d say to get the rats out of your dining room. Since they are charging fine dining prices, I think they are off the mark.

We had to walk over to Cesar’s and have a few cocktails to get that experience out of our minds.

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LiyaR
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful and interesting on the plate. The portions are very small and the meal is very pricey, so be aware. This is not a place to go for a filling meal, but a dining “experience” and a good glass of wine.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience3

Mother’s Day

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vipMichael4diners
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This culinary marvel surpasses any expectation I've had about food as art. Every bite was an amazing experience. We were exclaiming throughout the whole meal "this is amazing". The portions aren't huge but that gives you room to try more than one dish. Since the two of us shared. It was perfect. The wine was the other complimenting aspect. The variety that these two chefs brought to the menu are extraordinarily. Just go you will love it!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Hawaii
5 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience2

The short ribs were super burnt and stringy. There were at least two different mice running around the back patio. The service was nice. The coffee and Hamachi were very good.

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vipGaryM
San Francisco
49 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed the food, presentation, and outdoor garden

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TimF
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fun playful dishes and hard working, energetic staff.

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JudyK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

The covered garden area is a delightful visual treat. The presentation of the dishes are elegantly arranged. Flavors are unique and delicate. The areas they’ll need to work on are: 1. Waiter knowledge of the wines, 2. Quality of the wines, and 3. At least a second dessert option.

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HeidiM
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

It was a lovely experience and the food was amazing. Only issue...it was FREEZING. Not enough heating units, especially for tables placed outside of main/center area under heat device.

GM
vipGaryM
San Francisco
49 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

we tried one tasting menu with no wines, and two dishes, all the dishes very tasty and nicely presented. Enjoyed the evening, and the food. Will return again.

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AnnW
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the Berkeley Restaurant Week Tasting menu. Each course was carefully constructed visually, and interesting ingredients with a complex balance of flavors.

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vipoaklandlonghorn
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

very interesting items all prepared excellently, wonderful outdoor environment

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emily
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Tried during Berkeley Restaurant Week with the 4 course prix fixe tasting along with the wine pairing. It was delicious!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food. A circus for the mouth. Compliments to the chef.

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DavidH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

ALL the food was flawless, will definitely be back. They could use more heaters outside, but that was the only problem in an otherwise perfect meal.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience1

Both the dining experience and the food are very disappointing for the price. There aren’t enough space heaters to keep everyone warm, water is served in plastic cups, the silverware came dirty, the seating is uncomfortable. Service was slow, and the food at best very bland. The trout was good, but the quail was dry, stunted, and poorly assorted. The scallops were borderline fresh. I am all for supporting local restaurants especially during the pandemic, but this experience was really terrible. To top it all off the portions are tiny for the price (had the flavors and combinations been intricate and well put together I wouldn’t mind but this wasn’t even the case). Not setting foot in this restaurant ever again.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

saw this on an instagram post. decided to book a reservation. the food and the flavors were all on point. it was an excellent dining experience and would recommend others to try it out. the dishes were all creative. i especially loved the seafood cappuccino.

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vipCristinaW
San Francisco
105 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Abstract Table is a little difficult to find. (Behind Cat Coffee near Cheeseboard on Shattuck).

Worth the trip! The service is great. Each dish is well thought out and delicious! We had the seafood cappuccino- which was a blend of lobster, shellfish, white fish-refined and elegant. The shaved Scallop appetizer was simply amazing. Loved our entrees as well. Nice short wine list.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wow! Delicious good, outstanding service and most of super delicious! We are looking forward to our next visit.

LJ
vipLauraJ
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall3food5service2ambience2

Food amazing! They just need some tweaks: gotta have more outdoor heaters - real glasses for water; coffee for desert; cloth napkins. There is a way to do higher end covid outdoor dining nicely and safely. They have the space to do it. I hope they work out the kinks.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience4

This bottle of Champagne was served in plastic cups and set on a table w/out table cloth.

If your feel the need to do this your food should be half the price.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Enjoyed the experience. Waiter attentive to our interests. Liked the variety and modest presentation.

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vipPhrmDoc
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Wonderful adaptation to COVID restrictions. Well thought out menu and excellent attention to detail.

If you enjoy wine with dinner, bring your own glasses (and wine if you wish!)

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vipShadow
San Francisco
31 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

I applaud the cooks for thinking outside the box with menu items and presentation and the food was very good. The serving size is small and heavier on protein than vegetables. The heavy food could use more citrus and the incorporation of greens would help the presentation. The limited menu did not include a green salad. In addition, there was only one beer on the menu and a very limited wine menu. It was still a nice evening but there is room to grow!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience2

The outside patio was quite charming, but lights were so bright. They could’ve done more mood lighting as it felt a little unsettling. the food was okay and looked better on the photos. The portions were extremely small so be prepared to leave hungry. I was also a little surprised to see they were serving everything in disposable and plastic and paper plates and utensils especially because of the price of everything. I realize it’s because it’s covid and they are more of a pop up then actual full service restaurant. Would we go back again ? Probably not, I was not amazed with the food, besides the small baby serving portions and my order being too dry and my friend ordered the lamb which was so fatty it was inedible! My husband ordered the short rib which actually really good and we substituted the lamb for the maitake mushroom entree which was delicious.


I hope they get their ambiance nicer, maybe music? Better lighting, as well as their plating and portion sizes. If so I would return because it’s hard to find a patio like that to eat in the East bay

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Alex
Miami
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience2

Overpriced, small portions, poor ambiance, slow and innefective service (wasn't brought water, given a broken wine glass). Very dissapointed.

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vipSusanS
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Superb meal. One of the best restaurants in East Bay.

LD
LDS11
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious and upscale dishes in a mellow, casual environment. The chefs are true artists and the waitstaff as professional as they come. Would recommend a hundred times over.

JL
vipJrryLouise
Los Angeles
128 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience2

Was difficult to located because no name is displayed and gps did not pinpoint it for the uber driver. The food and service was good.

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Reeve
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My meal last year at Abstract Table was one of my three favorite meals of 2019. At that time my wife and I were wowed by the presentation and even more impressed by the flavors.

Last week we tried Abstract Table again. Although the entire meal was just a notch below our first visit (really nick-picking) it was again fantastic. In fact, my favorite dish this year, and probably better than any one thing I ate all last year at any meal was a seafood "cappuccino" that composed the second dish of this meal.

The theme of this most recent meal must have been the Pacific Islands because some of the dishes reminded us of our favorite luaus in Hawaii and other dishes reminded us of meals we've had in Fiji and French Polynesia. Abstract Table is a great value considering the types of ingredients that make up your meal and the craftsmanship that is put into those ingredients. Normally, this type of dining experience costs twice as much in the SF Bay Area.

Both times my wife and I visited we opted for the 7-course meal and we both left the establishment totally full (fat and happy).

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Charlie
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We had a fabulous dinner at Abstract Table. The food was sublime and the atmosphere was different in a fun way. Looking forward to bringing a relative who loves to cook next time.

PF
vipPiaF
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food was very creative and the service was good (in terms of timing of plates being brought out, checking-in, etc.). We ordered the 8-course menu, which was all very tasty (although I wish the portions could have been a little bigger).

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Birthday - it was great!!

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vipFoodie
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Our family had the Oakland restaurant week menu which was delicious but the portion size was ridiculously small for $40 3 courses. We were all left feeling hungry and had to go to another restaurant to eat afterwards. We are thin people and used to fine dining, Michelin star type or tapas restaurants. We travel to Europe twice a year and eat at many establishments which have pre fixe menus. The food quality and flavors were fine and we enjoyed it, but can’t understand why the portions were so small. Sadly we can’t recommend this place to anyone or will come back again. Again we’re not looking for buffet huge sized portions, just something more reasonable sized portions for $40 each plus tip and tax.

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Reachelsa
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

We tried it during restaurant week. It was only 3 courses and they did not up the portions so it did not feel like it was enough food. I get it’s a “discount” from their typical $65 for 5 courses, but it’s not much of a concession since they took out 2 courses. Plus their regular menu just did not look that interesting. They more than made up for it by the big mark up in drinks. $18 for a glass of OK Brut rose was definitely over priced. We may consider going back if the next menu looks more interesting but not dying to.

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vipYummm
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Went there for Oakland restaurant week, they offered a 3-course menu. The food was delicious and really well presented. The portions were very small so after the meal we were still hungry. I believe they offer 5- and 7-course menus, which sound amazing and are probably more filling.

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Abstract Table is rated 4.4 stars by 79 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.