Almond and Oak

4.6
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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Congratulations to Chef Rico and his family for buying Penrose. We will be changing our name to Almond & Oak very soon. We will keep you posted. Thank you so much for your patronage and we will see you soon. So much love - Penrose Staff.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Grill
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Hours of operation
Mon - Thurs 5:30 pm to 9:30 pm Fri - Sun 5:30 pm to 10:00 pm Brunch Sat and Sun 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
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Phone number
(510) 250-9550
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AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Chef Rico
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Additional
Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.6
service
4.3
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MJ
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

I was blown away with this restaurant. It started when I was walking down the street towards the restaurant and I could smell the wood in the oven. Its a beautiful and open dining and kitchen area. The food is large, pretty and DELICIOUS. It's marvelous and I highly recommend it.

TA
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Almond and Oak is wonderful addition to the Oakland restaurant scene. Beautiful decor, delicious food, wonderful and friendly wait staff, yummy drinks with an awesome bar. I have been here twice and will definitely be back. You cannot go wrong with any occasion with this restaurant.

M
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Excellent food, lovely place. Too noisy, but that's everything these days, isn't it? Pity. Oh, and points off for dessert--no chocolate???

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food and vibe always...really a gem...big ups to Rico and his whole staff.

EB
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was quiet at 5:30pm for an early dinner. Salads and corn soup were excellent and generous. We had small plates (gnocchi with ragu and grilled asparagus with fried goat cheese) in place of mains. Excellent cocktails. Will definitely return.

b
New York Area
110 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time at the restaurant since the ownership and name changed. Am absolutely delighted to say that everything about Almond and Oak was superlative. Cocktails and food was inventive, extremely tasty and abundant. Service was top notch. Ambience was familiar with the good vibe that Penrose had.

LC
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My third time here and it was amazing!!! Loved everything as usual. Fantastic restaurant. Great staff. Amazing owner/Chef!

GS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

This was a terrific meal with good service in a beautiful atmosphere. Highly recommended

MF
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The new owner/chef Rico has a lovely menu of seasonal ingredients. The spring peas were a standout. Also recommend for happy hour with food and drink specials!

OT
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Excellent pork chop plate, which we both had. One of our best meals there — which is already usually very good!

OT
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

I'll admit I did not enjoy the music that was playing, at all. Service was great after they remembered the appetizer. Food was delish

TD
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

Our server was excellent. Unfortunately, the food did not live up to the service. We asked if we could have warm sliced bread. It arrived grilled to a crisp with charcoal lines. The chicken was very salty. My hamburger was cooked to medium rare, as requested, but of the extra cost options - cheese and avocado - I requested only the avocado, but I got both. The noise level was not conducive to conversations as the room is extremely loud.

v
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love the food, decor, and ambiance of Almond & Oak! It's our favorite place for family brunches and date nights, and we love to bring our guests here. High quality food and experience and a place you truly feel welcome.

OT
San Francisco
31 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food is delicious, organic, and paired well! They were also very attentive to our needs and requests.

SC
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Three of us went for brunch on Sat. Our first visit of many to come. The wait staff was warm and welcoming and very knowledgeable on the menu. We met the wonderful owner and head chef. It was a great experience all around!

LK
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

The food was great. Service staff were friendly, very helpful and overall good but a little slow at times. My only suggestion would be to offer some options for food intolerances, such as gluten-free options or dairy free, or both.

BM
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

Very cool place and service was good. Food was good

KN
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Almond and Oak was fantastic! I dined recently with my partner to celebrate his birthday, and the staff made us feel so special. There were a wealth of vegetarian options or alternatives, and everything we got was delicious.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 4ambience 1

Loved Penrose, and A&O seems like it’s going to be great. There was a live “smooth Jazz” background music band playing that was very loud and I don’t think really fit the ambiance of the neighborhood or the restaurant. It seems like it should be in a suburban hotel, rather than Grand. We were unable to hold a conversation and left ASAP. I really hope they don’t make the live music a regular thing

D
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 4ambience 1

This restaurant is touted as 'best ambiance' on open table which is why I chose it, but the live music was so loud we could barely hold a conversation. I cannot comprehend how anyone thought it was an appropriate level. I am a little irritated that customers are asked to advise of any changes in attendance by email on the day of the reservation, as if we are assumed to be unreliable, while the restaurant did not reciprocate by notifying us of the band that would render the atmosphere utterly different than promised.

OT
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were pleasantly surprised by how good the food was. Everything we ate, from asparagus to pork chop, was fantastic. Toward the end, the live music started and it was too loud to have a conversation so we skipped the dessert, but we would go back if they change the menu from time to time.

Z
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was spot on! Loved it as Penrose and love it just as much as Almond and Oak!

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The pork chop was perfectly cooked and a hefty portion. It has been two days since I ate it and I’m still thinking about it! I appreciated that a lighter dessert of fresh berries and citrus whipped cream was an option, it was the best kind of treat to end the meal.

L
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this place. I think the new ownership has added a sense of excitement to the menu, and the portion size has gone up from previous. Brunch is a better price deal than dinner, but both are delicious. I have never eaten anything here that I didn't enjoy and the staff is very nice.

RL
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ample servings and excellent quality and presentation

MM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great food, but wow that is loud, they even play music over the din.

O
Seattle
10 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Potential to be so much better...perhaps it was an off Friday night? Good food, uninspired but adequate service and lukewarm cortado that looked like a latte. You know that feeling that if you told the waiter that something wasn’t right that they wouldn’t really care...?

HS
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

all great except hamburger itself just ok. drinks super.

F
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great time celebrating a friend’s birthday. Love the menu choices and their beverages are outstanding! Many choices to please everyone’s pallet. We had a tough time choosing a dessert - waitstaff brought us a half order of lemon ice cream to try. The service was impeccable and friendly. This is my new hangout while waiting for traffic to die down and unwind after a day at the office.

SQ
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

The space is beautiful, has a warm industrial relaxed vibe. The vegetable hash wasn’t really hash. It was some vegetables presented as they would appear as a side dish. The hash conjures images of small diced pieces of well-browned bites. This dish was not that at all. The potatoes seemed steamed and lacked any exterior browning or crispness so characteristic of hash. Another diner had the pork Benedict and it arrived room temperature. Pork was tasty though.

B
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Just returned to Penrose after a long hiatus based on the concerns around ownership. It's still a grand space, good value and food that I think is even up a notch from prior years. I hope the new name engenders even more interest. It will, again, become a regular for me.

EM
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of the BEST restaurants I've ever been to! We had a little of everything and it was all beyond delicious. The service was also excellent and very friendly. My friends and I go out to eat monthly and have been for over 20 years. This is by far one of the best we have tried. Oh and did I mention their mouth watering, superb cocktails?! What a treat! It's not cheap, but the servings are generous and everything tasted amazing. We will be returning for sure!

L
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great bar, great food and generous portions, live jazz an added plus, high energy, and a confidence and professionalism from the top on what they’re going there under new leadership.

TL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere, setting, food, and service! We tried a little of everything and it was delish.

RC
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We had excellent service. The food was outstanding. We were given plenty of time to enjoy our pre-dinner cocktail at our table before dinner. All the food was brought to the table timely. We were never rushed, even though the restaurant was busy.

The only negative to our experience was the noise level was so high, that it was impossible to carry on a conversation. The main reason for the high noise level was the music blasting over the sound system. Because of the music level, people in the restaurant had to shout to each other to carry on a conversation.

CO
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great neighborhood spot with friendly service and freshly sourced food. Highly recommend

CS
Denver
12 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Glad I got around to writing my reviews. It reminds me that I want to go back here. They provided excellent service to our large group. Food was great. Drinks were great. Ambience is great. The high ceilings keep it from being too loud to talk. I'll be headed back soon.

SM
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

The food/drinks was not as good as Penrose used to be, which is sad bc it used to be one of my favorite restaurants.

CS
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

This restaurant offers a balanced menu, interesting wines, and a wonderful way to people watch, both customers and folks strolling along Grand Avenue. My mother loved her hamburger, and the stolen fries were delicious. Swordfish and green beans came out moist and crisp, respectively. Save room for dessert, as you won’t regret the indulgence.

DT
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful restaurant, wonderful food and service. They embody the true meaning of "neighborhood restaurant." I try and make it there whenever I have the chance

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