Boot and Shoe Service - Oakland

4.6
114 reviews
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Italian
Boot & Shoe Service is located on Grand Avenue right by Lake Merritt. We pride ourselves on providing exceptional service, delicious seasonal fare only using local ingredients in a warm and eclectic atmosphere.
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IB
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food with interesting flavor combinations. The space is interesting. The music was a bit too loud for conversation.

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k
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Not as good as my last visit.... they did not have our reserved table ready for half an hour. The pizzas were not as good as last time and some were actually really burned. $200 total for 3 pizzas and a salad and some desserts for the 4 of us seemed excessive given the quality. So dark we could barely read the menu and so loud we could barely carry on a conversation

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Good spot to take a date and the service was very welcoming and so accommodating. I would definitely go back for the lamb bites.

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HS
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

never have had a boring pizza or salad in 10 years!

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NS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Salad was good and scallops were exceptional (but there were only three!). Pizza was good but not extraordinary and took way too long. Service began attentive, slacked off and then almost disappeared...

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D
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ask about the vegan pizza! Always delicious. Everyone enjoyed their meals (pizzas, pastas, salads). Drinks were great too.

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RS
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nettle pizza. What's not to love. Wine Wednesday. Half price by the bottle. Only challenge was that they did not have a table available at the time reserved so we sat at the bar.. which we enjoyed.

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DI
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Innovative Dishes, such as the Pastrami Nuggets, the Salads where solid, and the wood fired Pizzas had interesting choices.

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OT
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of my favorite, go-to restaurants in Oakland. I always experience friendly, welcoming service and great food. The seasonally driven menu is great, not too precious yet innovative. Don’t even get me started on the cocktails!!! Delish. We ordered for four, 2 pizzas and two appetizers along with bread and olives. Perfect meal. I will definitely be back.

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DM
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Really wonderful staff - so accommodating to our party's questions and concerns and the food was outstanding! can't wait to go back to try more of the menu!

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We go here all the time - the pizza is amazing. I also got the chicory salad this time and loved it.

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S
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We will definitely be back! The drinks were fantastic, the food was yummy, and the service was stellar.

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MT
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The hospitality was really spot on, so nice, attentive and lovely. The food is really good, the chicories salad was so inventive and tasty. Such a good operation here.

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KM
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We've been meaning to come here for yrs and yrs and finally had a chance. Maybe that's a good thing with all the changes it's gone through. All that has been said in the past, is still very true of Boot and Shoe. It's a wonderful space, amazingly flavorful and colorful foods, ambiance and mood is romantic and cozy and the STAFF and SERVERS were friendly,welcoming and gave excellent service-nothing pretentious. We brought our 15 yr and 12 yr old boys who throughly enjoyed the experience. It is our new favorite spot, though it's been around for years. We're happy that we found it.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was delicious, but the pizza is always a standout! Slightly charred crust, but still pillowy! Yum!

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing dim environment. Great service, amazing cocktails and beer menu. We loved the crafted salad and wood fired oven pizza.

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SM
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

They're getting their legs back! Food offerings are a little more diverse. Great pasta, love the dough on their Pizza! Service is definitely improving. Happy to make this place part of our regular neighborhood spots again.

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JH
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 3

We are regulars but the food on our last trip was just so so salty it masqued the simple fresh local seasonal ingredients. What a shame. The sweet delicate crab on the toast was just lost as where the sea scallops & cabbage dish.

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CH
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Masterful pizzas & cocktails! The the awkward winter vegetable crudite plate was like something out of Portalandia ($10 for 6 thin slices of radish, some carrot halves, and zatar spice?), but otherwise a great experience and I can't wait to go back~

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OT
Portland
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious wines, interesting salads and “small” plates, very professional severs. Didn’t try the pizza but it smelled good.

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JD
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere, good service and delicious sharing food with quality produce. The house made ginger soda is delicious! Only criticism is that the pizzas are a little burnt.

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DC
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Amazing salads and great pizzas- the service was the usual- waitresses never smile there- and they never care that the stuff is coming out really slow....

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f
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great experience and very good servers

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SF
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place and excellent menu. Wine menu needs help.

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H
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

I really like the food here but a glass of wine ranges from 14 to 30. I had 2 for 19 each which I didn’t realize until I received the check because I asked for a recommendation and never saw the price. The cost of 1 pizza and 1 salad with the wine and tip cane to more than 80 bucks!!

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FA
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Menu is a little spars and not necessarily to everyone's taste. It is however, different and one might say novel compared to a traditional Italian restaurant. It is pricey but prepared using good quality ingredients. Pizza was very good, particularly the base. Would I go back? Maybe. I would recommend a one time visit though.

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V
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We started with some tasty creative cocktails, then ordered a variety of food to share; steak, pizza, salad, and pasta which we thoroughly enjoyed .

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1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I went with the kids and they were happy with the pizza and went for the more adventurous dishes. All in all everyone like what they had. We will definitely be back.

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ML
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

It’s not what it used to be. Dark to the point of ridiculous and when we used our phones to be able to see the menu the table across the way complained to the server that we were shining a light in their eyes ...🙄 whatever vampires. This used to be a destination spot for birthdays and celebrations but the food is mediocre at best and the price point is just not where it should be. I was super sad because this was THE place for pizza and now.... meh. Crust no longer crisp and the nettle pizza was downright soggy. Such a disappointment.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Freezing cold inside. No heat.

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F
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

First time and loved the food, every dish. Very creative dishes which were delicious. Can't wait to go back. Server's recommendations were perfect. Thank you.

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G
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

Our waitress was un informed on wine and did not follow up with samples
As promised. Then she completely forgot to put one of our dinner orders.
I sat there while my husband finished his dinner. We were right by kitchen
She was preoccupied. Finally when I asked her she realized I didn’t have my dinner.
She brought us bread and apologized. Could have at least comp me a drink
While waited.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 4

Server was dismissive and rude

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G
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

Had a reservation for four people at 8PM. We arrived 20 minutes early but were not seated until 9:20PM. Food was meh. Service was great. Happy to wait 10-20 mins after my reservation, but an hour plus is ridiculous. At least comp our corkage, toss an appetizer at us... something. Hugely dissapointed by this past dining experience.

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place. Pizzas and ragout are my favorites, but really, all the food is great.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Always love Boot & Shoe. Food was great, as always, but the portions were TINY. We ordered a scallop dish that had 3 smaller than usual scallops for $22 and a pasta dish that was about 4 bites at most for $20. Again, both were delicious, but it seems a bit much for such tiny potions.

Only other mild issue is the noise. With the music being loud and the diners contributing to try to talk above the music, it can be a bit much.

That said, again, food is great, drinks were great.

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MZ
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a great dinner. We had a nice date night on the back patio. The heaters are warm enough for the fall weather.

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OT
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Outstanding Pizza, one of the best I've had in a long time. Got a margarita with Anchovies and sausage added. Fried Chicken was excellent but that was a one-time thing. Only complaint it's a bit noisy it could turn the music down a bit and I guess it's not their fault but it's a young crowd and they laugh a lot.

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PM
Seattle
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was absolutely outstanding and the food prep was unique and fresh. I enjoyed my overall dining experience very much and will highly recommend to others to experience themselves.

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DM
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just all around good! Everything delicious. Service attentive & fun!

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