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Calabash, Oakland, CA

Calabash

4.4
4.4
61 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Like its namesake, Calabash—restaurant, market and bar in Uptown Oakland—is a place of global innovation; a home for creative local chefs and producers to bring the uniqueness of their culture and flavors to The Town.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 2 times today
Experiences are available.

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary American, Persian, Global, International
  • Hours of operation
    Wed, Thu 11:00 am–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:00 am–10:00 pm Sun 10:00 am–3:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (510) 844-4631
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Executive chef
    Collection of chefs

Experiences

  • Jazz Brunch at Calabash!

    Multiple dates available
    Join us for brunch, mimosas & live jazz with Doctors of Note Sundays between 10:00am-3:00pm
    Jazz Brunch at Calabash! Photo

What 61 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

61 Reviews
  1. Marlena

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Restaurant was closed. Perhaps you should update your service to indicate that. I brought 4 guests and the door was locked on Sunday. Sad.

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  2. MS2018

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Highly recommend for eating in a group, or date or by yourself. It has a cozy atmosphere and comfy food. We tried all the small plates, the plantains and beans were highlights at our table and hands down the ribs.

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  3. nikki

    San Francisco

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent Jamaican cuisine! We loved the flavors, and found all of our dishes to be very tasty and well prepared. The jerk chicken was amazing! Fantastic set and beautiful setting.

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  4. PatriciaB

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 7, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We were the first in the restaurant so it was very quiet then they added some great ambiance music! Being the first we had all the attention and the host was also our server. He was sweet and personable. The food. We ordered the monte Christo sandwich, corn and blueberry pancakes, and the vegetable potato hash. - The Monte Christo sandwich was delicious. Not over bearing, the challah French toast was deliciously light and slightly sweet and the slices of ham were juicy and thick. - The corn and blueberry pancakes were good with the spicy chicken sausage it came with but was slightly disappointed as the caramelized bananas were missing. - The vegetable potatoes were crispy and flavorful. I would return for another meal here.

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  5. JoyV

    San Francisco

    17 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on December 20, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Great food and service. And large portions. Unfortunately they didn’t have a lot of items in their menu available on a Weds lunch.

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  6. ReneeS

    San Francisco

    112 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    112 reviews

    Dined on December 15, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    We had lunch on a Friday afternoon. The restaurant was understaffed (only one person on duty) and she gave the best service she was able. The food came out quickly but did not seem to be made that day, probably reheated and/or microwaved. We realize these are challenging times for restaurants, but when the overall service is not good the restaurant really suffers. We hope that things will improve in the future and are willing to try again at a later date.

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  7. RosannaL

    San Francisco

    24 reviews

    4.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on December 10, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The food and service was fantastic. but we were drawn here for the jazz brunch which got cancelled. We hope to go back another time when jazz is back.

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  8. Annabelle

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We were a party of 6 for lunch and we ordered family style so we could sample various dishes; 2 salads, 3 small eats, and 1 entree. The meal was plenty for us and each dish was delicious. We want to go again.

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  9. GregM

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Dining at Calabash was a remarkable experience. This restaurant not only offers an outstanding culinary journey into Jamaican cuisine but also provides a warm and welcoming ambiance that makes you feel like you've taken a trip to the Caribbean. I left with a satisfied belly and a big smile on my face, eagerly looking forward to my next visit. If you're in search of authentic Jamaican flavors and a memorable dining experience, I highly recommend Calabash - it's a true gem!

    1 person found this helpful

  10. StZe

    San Francisco

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 14, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Staff was responsive, but food was disappointing: We couldn't eat both vegetable dishes -- the brussel sprout balsamic was too sweet and vinegary (we returned it) and the carrot / squash was too sweet (lots of unexpected sugar) -- and the oxtail had lots of tiny sharp bones in it. My wife and I ate slowly but both hurt ourselves at least once.

    2 people found this helpful

  11. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 13, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 1
    THE MENU HAS BEEN LIMITED TO THE POINT THAT IT IS NOT INVITING AND AS A RESULT I SHALL NOT RETURN!!

    2 people found this helpful

  12. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 24, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 5
    Lot of gendered language from the server but the food was good

    1 person found this helpful

  13. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Restaurant was closed when we arrived. There were other guests who also seemed confused

    2 people found this helpful

  14. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The service along with the food was excellent. I plan to dine here again in the near future.

    1 person found this helpful

  15. QuantumQuacker

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was our first visit. It was definitely a positive experience. The food was delicious and the service was excellent.

    1 person found this helpful

  16. MomaBetty

    San Francisco

    28 reviews

    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Everything was great. I wanted to order the duck and grits to go but they had ran out of that item. We really enjoyed ourselves. Was worried about the car break ins around Oakland but we survived with having any windows broken. It would be nice to have a monitored parking lot close to the area. Both my friend and I were born and raised in Oakland. It was nice to see something coming up on Valdez Street. Looking forward to returning.

    1 person found this helpful

  17. Anonymous

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Delicious food, very quiet - I don’t remember hearing any music, which would’ve helped a lot. We went there for a mimosa brunch special on Instagram, but when we got there they said there was no special

    1 person found this helpful

  18. GayleR

    San Francisco

    11 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on July 7, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Fun place, with tasty creative food in a nice modern atmosphere

    1 person found this helpful

  19. Oaklander

    New York City

    147 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    147 reviews

    Dined on June 24, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Interesting food, good-sized portions, reasonable prices.

    1 person found this helpful

  20. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great location..supper Stylish and greattt afro-beats. Plus..the food was good! I will be back.

    1 person found this helpful

  21. LSKM

    Sacramento

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 27, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My husband and I really enjoyed the food and drinks. Service was great as well. If we are ever in town again we will definitely stop.

    1 person found this helpful

  22. Marge

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 20, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was good but not particularly outstanding. The presentation of the food was a bit careless. The pairing of cuisines is interesting but not necessarily combined in a way that was cohesive. The service while friendly was slow and no suggestions offered as to how the two parts of the menu might go best together. The space is lovely and a good place to gather. We ordered the fish, the Neshtaa platter, and the curry goat. The fish was a bit dry and the curry was plated a bit messy.

    1 person found this helpful

  23. MarisaM

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 19, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful service with great Jamaican food and unique cocktails!

    1 person found this helpful

  24. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service was excellent. Staff was attentive and responsive. Thank you

    1 person found this helpful

  25. AnnH

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was fantastic and the service was great. So many interesting dishes to chose from. We already want to go back to sample more. The trout was outstanding and the crab with vegetables had us rolling our eyes with delight. I love the decor and that there are different types of seating arrangements to chose from. Don’t miss an opportunity for dine here.

    1 person found this helpful

  26. Zzzz

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 4, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 1
    Loved the food here but the atmosphere really leaves a lot to be desired. I was surprised since Kingston 11 was such a gorgeous restaurant. This place feels like a cafeteria and the price point is pretty high for the lack of vibes. Staff was great and food was tasty. It'd ok for a quick lunch but wouldn't go for dinner again. Might do take out tho, the jerk chicken was fantastic.

    1 person found this helpful

  27. JumokeH

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was play offs so there was a great buzz! The drinks were outstanding. We ordered food to go. So many choices. The twist on ordinary dishes. Grits and Duck superb. And a good ole hamburger. So happy I finally made it to Calabash! There was great choices for seating and all the staff were attentive! Amazing bringing more friends next time!

    1 person found this helpful

  28. JapaneseFoodLover

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    The menu was creative and mostly plea

    1 person found this helpful

  29. Oaklander

    New York City

    147 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    147 reviews

    Dined on April 20, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Ample portions of interesting and tasty food. Service was friendly and efficient. I will definitely be going back.

    1 person found this helpful

  30. smeep

    San Francisco

    32 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on April 16, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Hi- top Seats were really really hard to sit in - we kept slipping off. Drinks were great but they were out of half the drinks when we arrived at 7.30. Carrots were undercooked. Brussels sprouts were too oily. The Jamaican patty was delicious and the veggie curry was really good.

    1 person found this helpful

  31. ArleneZ

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 15, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful selection of foods that enrich and excite your tastebuds. Attentive and friendly service. A great addition to Oakland’s culinary offerings.

    1 person found this helpful

  32. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 14, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 1
    Ambiance felt like an airport. Food was not good- overcooked salmon bowl and tofu I could have made better at home. Mezzo platter was mediocre and served with store bought cold pita.

    1 person found this helpful

  33. LauraC

    San Francisco

    12 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on April 2, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Wanted to try the new neighborhood restaurant that had both Jamaican and Iranian food. The Oxtail stew was absolutely delicious and worth getting any day. Once we got a server, as there was some issue with staff being on a break, the service was good. Definitely will return.

    1 person found this helpful

  34. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 1, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Pretty good experience on a sunny day. I recommend the Aloe Dreamin as a drink and getting a short rib sandwich with fries.

    1 person found this helpful

  35. BrendaA

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 26, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food that comes out fast too! Chill vibe. Have been here like 5 times since they opened and it’s my go to when people come visit us from out of town.

    1 person found this helpful

  36. RobertS

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 19, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The menu is short and all the items are delicious. The servings are ample. The service is attentive. I have only been there on Sundays but both times with other people so I've experienced several of the dishes.

    1 person found this helpful

  37. Julia

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 19, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    This is a great addition to Oakland's food scene with interesting takes on offerings that you think may be familiar. Highly recommend for business day lunch or weekend brunch (I've had both)!

    1 person found this helpful

  38. ElaineJ

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on March 19, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our first time having Sunday brunch at Calabash and it was fabulous in every way. Honestly, order the duck on grits with sun-dried tomatoes and capers. My mouth is watering just writing about it. My daughter thoroughly enjoyed the BBQ pulled beef sandwich, and we shared a Persian starter of honey and cream with crackers. Our drinks of Irish coffee and a greyhound were delicious. Service was so warm, friendly, and attentive, and the ambience beautiful and smart. Value was excellent, making it such a find for the outstanding quality of food and service. Would we recommend Calabash to a friend? You bet. And we're looking forward to returning.

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  39. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on March 16, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A work friend and I enjoyed a Thursday lunch here. The food was delicious (noodles with shrimp, roast leg of lamb salad), the service was friendly, quick, and attentive, and the atmosphere was good - people were talking/etc but it wasn’t loud so you could enjoy your own conversation. Will go again to try more of the food!

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  40. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 26, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was excellent and the company and conversation was still manageable withe music playing.

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily

FAQs

Calabash is rated 4.4 stars by 61 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 2 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for Calabash

2300 Valdez St Ste A, Oakland, CA 94612-3127

Additional information

  • Neighborhood
    Oakland
  • Hours of operation
    Wed, Thu 11:00 am–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:00 am–10:00 pm Sun 10:00 am–3:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary American, Persian, Global, International
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Collection of chefs
  • Additional
    Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Kosher, Non-Smoking, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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