CK Restaurant

3.6
55 Reviews
$30 and under
American

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Neighborhood locale with rustic accents serving New American lunch & dinner plus weekend brunch.
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vipCarebear168
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Foods are fresh and good value.

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Runnergirl
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall1food1service2ambience1

They never looked at the reservation to see that we were celebrating a birthday. Yelp has my experience written out. Overall it was poor, and we will not return.

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Meag
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience4

I have been here 4 times and each and every time the service has been terribly slow. When I am with my kids, I prefer to go to places that can get things going rather quickly. This past time, it was a leisurely dinner so we didn't have to rush. However, we were there for 2.5 hours and that is mostly because there was 1 server and it was his first day. One server called in sick and the chef was making drinks, cooking food and helping the brand new server. I realize that this could be a one off but my friend who I was with said the last time she was there, it was the same exact situation. It took forever for us to get drinks, order our food and get our food. We sat at 7 and probably ate at 8:30. The chef and new guy were very nice but some people don't have 2.5 hours to hang out. Or some people are really hungry and need to eat ASAP! 3 of the 4 of us enjoyed our meal and thought it tasted good. One didn't love hers. Overall, it's a cute place and sweet people with good food but the service needs to be stepped up big time. Like either have a bartender and 1 server or have 2 servers and have some back up plans in case someone calls in sick.

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vipMoofjo
New York Area
47 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience4

The food in CK is delicious! We’ve been there 3 times and it is one of the better restaurants in Alameda. Service was not good. There was no ceasar salad available, and it was only 6:00 p.m. Our entree was served with the comment that our appetizer “was coming.” We cancelled it. The waiter explained he’d only been there 4 days. The pot roast needed some juice or light gravy, but was reported to be delicious and a very ample portion. The other diner liked his sand dabs and I loved the large scallops with fettuccine in a lemon butter sauce. Months ago I had the cippoline and it was magnificent! So we would recommend CK Restaurant, but they have a long way to providing a seamless dining experience.

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vipScottP
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience1

They seemed like nice people but the place was completely empty and there was zero vibe - no ambiance. The music turned off and we were just hearing ourselves talk. The food wasn't great either and the server was brand new.

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Valentine’s Day

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MarkV
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience3

Food and presentation were not strong enough to overcome the disorganization and understaffing that seems to keep this from being a success. There appears to be attention to small details while ignoring the basic need of honoring reservations, recognizing online requests and adjusting for walk-ins. Business model needs re-evaluation.

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NormanH
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience3

My wife and I sat down and waited almost 30 minutes for the menu. The staff were overwhelmed due to the crown. Obviously they are not prepared for Valentines Day crowd. We decided to leave as other patrons were complaining of the long wait for food. It is unfortunate that the management didn’t have the experience and sufficient staff for the occasion.

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JulieS
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Absolutely horrible!! Reservation at 6:30
And hour later NO ONE had come by our table
Line out the door of reservations waiting - NO food on any table - not one person had been served the hour we were there

Got up and left

Never again

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Wylma
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Understaffed and not prepared for large crowd that showed up. Some left after waiting for a table. We made reservations but no one checked. Those with later reservations had to wait. Food was good along with good value for tasting menu and glass of wine. Need to get spring for front door so it will close by itself!

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MaryS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

CK is new to us. We were greeted by a friendly employee. They were a little slow, but is was worth the wait! They have only been open since October last year so still working out some kinks. Our food was great, good portions for the price and the wine was a good value. The staff was all very helpful. We will go back again!

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BethL
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience3

I’ve been to CK’s 4 times. The food is always delicious, but don’t come here if you are in a hurry. They are always apologizing about being under staffed, but they are super kind and appreciative. 75% of my visits, there has only been 2 people working — one in the kitchen and one in the house. The chef delivers the food and sometimes even takes orders, when the server is busy with other tasks. Honestly haven’t been disappointed about anything we’ve ordered — appetizers, burger, lamb shank, duck confit, pasta. It’s just a lesson in patience — good things come to those who wait.

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GigC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Hard working team putting out delicious food.

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CAJJ
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Seafood is super fresh and cooked to perfection! Will be back for the halibut. Pretty extensive menu. Great new spot. Wine list is so so and ambiance could use some help- weird 90s music and stark bright lights, but they are a fairly new restaurant so I think they are still nailing out the details.

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vipJeffV
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Such excellent food with very un-stingy portions. The bone marrow is amazing, as is the duck confit.

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Rudy
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wow! I don’t want folks knowing how great this dining experience was last Sunday night. They may fill up the open tables.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Portland
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was amazing!

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calala1
San Francisco
27 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Kinda of bizarre

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vipJonF
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent neighborhood restaurant on Webster Street in Alameda, a newly decorated, nice room. They serve comfort food with a flair. The shrimp scampi was very cheesy and the steak cobb salad was tasty.

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pamelaf
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

this restaurant is very pretty and welcoming The food was delicious and well presented The menu is heavy on beef several steak choices but there are several vegetarian choices The service was great even to the obnoxious client who sent his meal back 3 times !! at our next table

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience3

The food was hit or miss and the service was poor.
The food:
A few of the dishes were good (the steak, lamb and fish tacos) and some was mediocre (the wedge salad was not a wedge and lacked flavor), and the short ribs and burger were pretty bad. The fries looked like they were frozen from a bag.
The service:
The waitress seemed new so there were a few minor flubs (wrong order, incorrect bill) that were totally forgivable. But, the biggest issue we had was that the food came out at widely different times. In fact there was an hour between when the first main was served until the last one was brought out. And there was no apologies for it. There was only one waitress and one cook in the entire restaurant, so we understood why, but for the price we were paying, the service should have have been much better. There were only 4 tables occupied the in the whole two hours wee were there, so it’s not like it was busy.

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Nina
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall3food3service1ambience3

Food was good. Service was bad

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We’re new to Alameda and enjoyed our meals very much. My son had the tomato soup and loved it, which is quite a bit since he can be pretty opinionated. Thank you.

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OnFlight1978
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience2

I've tried CK Restaurant 3 times now. The first time was when they opened, so I expected there to be "learning opportunities". The second time was much better as the food tasted up to par, they had their license to service wine and they had adequate help. In regards to my most recent visit, it was horrible. They only had 1 waiter and he seemed overwhelmed. The only thing he was good at was sitting at the bar playing on his phone. A couple walked in to sit at the bar and left after not being acknowledged within 5 minutes. The food was not up to par and the prices are somewhat ridiculous. I made a reservation, however it was not needed. We were the only people in the restaurant for about 2 hours. It's obvious that I missed the memo on what others had already discovered, which is for CK Restaurant to close their doors.

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Aimee
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience1

Restaurant was half empty on a Sunday brunch, however there was only three people working in entire restaurant. Two servers and one chef. Service was painfully slow. It took a while to get seated even though we had a reservation, because the servers were buzzing tables which was ok. But it took the servers 20 minutes after we sat to great us while they noticeably kept away from eye contact. The bar was half full of used dishes and dirty glasses. Then they tell us all drinks are made with wine juice, there is no liquor. We left.

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sorenW
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Sunday brunch; Food was great but the regular coffee not great and the hot chocolate was overflowing and making a mess, service not so great, waiter seemed overwhelmed even though the place was barely half-full. Music was great (80’s), but way too loud for anyone’s taste for brunch music, got turned down later, luckily. Overall ok, but not great.

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vipFrancesK
San Francisco
50 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We came for an early dinner, so the hostess was amused that I made reservations. Regardless, I hate long waits, so I always think it safer to make a reservation.

I've been to CK once before, but that was for brunch. I was impressed with the food, so thought it was time to try dinner. The food was impressive and beautifully displayed. We started out with salads. The Caesar salad was average. I only order it because it had anchovies, but it wasn't anything special. I wish I had what my daughter ordered: the beet and farro salad. It large enough to split. She raved about it.

I had the prosciutto wrapped prawns over mashed potatoes with peas and a pea puree, as well as a carrot puree. Beautiful and very tasty. My daughter had the salmon with a pureed cauliflower, I believe. She practically licked her plate clean. My husband had the grilled prawns, probably the least impressive of the three, although still delicious. He thought it was too rich.

For dessert (of course!), we had the mango panna-cotta. Delicious! If it's rich, it's deceiving. It tasted so light. Let me live with my fantasy! I'd order it again.

CK is one of the nicer restaurants in town. It makes a great date night dinner, but also a friendly neighborhood place, especially with the bar. I hope to visit again soon!

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SharonC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Had to wait far too long for a cup of tea. It arrived once all the food was cooked.
Food tasted very good and was nutritious as well.
Staff were all very nice
The slow tea was a big deal to me; the wait was just too long.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Did not have menu items in stock. Did not cook food fresh. Incompetent service.

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MarkH
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Webster Street is "coming into its own" as fine restaurants and businesses move in. CK is a great example. The food is incredible, and while the wait staff was overburdened when we were there, everyone was very pleasant and working very hard for all of the customers. You must go if you haven't been there yet! The Impossible Burger is heavenly.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The inside-out wagyu oaxaca burger was soooo tasty! It looked small at first but it was very filling. The cheese was the perfect amount of melty. We shared the brussel sprouts and it was a huge serving but we devoured it. I was disappointed that I got too full to finish my fries because they were great too, greatly salty and crispy (I usually don't finish fries anywhere).

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vipDivebudee
San Francisco
28 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Definitely one of the very best in Alameda. Sophisticated flavors, great service and fair price. Well done!

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Food4thoughts
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great little neighborhood restaurant. Food was good but need more seasoning. Great selection of vegetarian food.

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vipLuv2eat
San Francisco
35 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall5food4service5ambience3

The restaurant location is tough. They are on Webster street but for whatever reason this spot can't get traction. The space has changed users several times. This restaurant is trying hard and desires to make it.

The food is good, the service is good. I have been there three times and like what I order and have a good time whenever I have been there.

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PaulL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall4food5service5ambience2

Food, service and value were great. Acoustics in the restaurant are odd, though — not the restaurant's fault, but there was a table of drunk business people being pretty loud, and it carried across the entire dining room.

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DaniM
Palm Springs
16 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We dined at CK with two other couples. We all very much enjoyed the restaurant and the food! The wait staff allowed us as much time as we needed to talk and catch up before ordering and we appreciated this very much. Once our orders were taken, the food arrived in a reasonable amount of time (but not too fast) and first we noticed that the presentation of all of the entrees was lovely as was the taste and quality of the dishes. Ample portions and very good service rounded out the evening. Only one complaint: We didn't notice a statement on the menu that they charged an automatic 18% gratuity for parties of 6 or more, so in splitting the check three ways, we each added a 20% tip to our individual bills. After arriving home, we noticed that the receipt indicated the 18% gratuity charge - so the staff got very nice tips that night on our party, which is fine. It would have been nice for them to point out that the gratuity was already included as none of us noticed this fact on the bill at the end of the evening. We will go back, overall very good experience!

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LisaE
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall3food2service3ambience3

I’ve heard really good reviews from friends. However, I was not happy with my meal. The prawns were very very dry, the pasta was dry. Sent back, reordered beer battered fish which was undercooked. The Panna Cotta was good. The waitstaff was pleasant. If friends ask, I would let them know I didn’t have a good experience but understand others have. I hope you do well, my intent is not to hamper.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

It was great!

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vipRegina
San Francisco
32 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Wonderful service. Beautiful presentation on each plate. Nice glass of wine but limited choices

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Denia
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a lovely family dinner at CK Restaurant before a show in Oakland on Saturday night. We had the Roasted Bone Marrow with bacon jam and Steamed Mussels for appetizers. The Bone Marrow was rich, and a little fatty, but incredibly delicious. And the Steamed Mussels in the coconut curry broth was perfect. The curry broth was mopped up quickly with our breads. We also had the burger, grilled prawns with fettucine and the risotto -- all were yummy.

We will definitely be back!

FAQs

CK Restaurant does offer delivery in partnership with Caviar and Postmates. CK Restaurant also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (510) 239-4142.

CK Restaurant is rated 3.6 stars by 55 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.