District - Oakland

4.4
283 reviews
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Tapas / Small Plates
Located in historic Old Oakland, District brings together a menu of small, shareable plates, pizza and house-made charcuterie with one of Oakland's most extensive wine and whiskey offerings. The result is a one-of-a-kind tasting experience that you can share with friends and family in a vibrant and communal setting.

We also serve Bottomless Brunch every Sunday.
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San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent find in Oakland close enough to the Fox and Paramount to take in a show after a nice meal. Enjoyed the small plates so that we could try many dishes. The dipping sauce that came with the Chicken wings was particularly memorable. Good cocktails, great feel to the place and the service was really spot on.

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San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

I booked a reservation a week in advance and requested outdoor seating, they didn’t even acknowledge the request and sat us inside. If you don’t honor the request or even acknowledge it, don’t have it as a option during booking.

The waitress was so rude and every time we asked her for something, like another glass and carafe once more friends arrived, she made faces as if we were inconveniencing her or as if we were asking for something ridiculous.

I would have enjoyed myself more if I didn’t feel like I was an unwanted guest at someone’s house the whole time. I definitely won’t be returning and will find another place for brunch and mimosas.

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W
San Francisco
39 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Lively with great happy hour bites... nice part of town!

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y
Palm Springs
12 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the food, whiskey flights and our server Paige.

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DB
New Orleans
4 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food, great cocktails, and surprisingly local crowd.

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Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

Food was delicious but our sever was cold and never checked in with us. They forgot to give us the chicken wings we ordered, but took it off the bill since we couldn’t wait any longer and needed to leave.

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

Celebrated the birthday here after work one day. The happy hour is a really great value and the space works well for medium sized parties.

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TO
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and ambience were wonderful.
Service was prompt and very friendly.
Wonderful people watching was a nice bonus.

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LG
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So good! Started off with 1/2 dozen perfect, really cold oysters on the half shell, served with horseradish and an onion jam. Then we had a charcuterie plate that was beautifully accompanied with almonds, apples, honey, etc. Then some yummy sliders and cheesy arancini, that I just loved. Our server was great and she recommended a delicious Tempranilla. A very vibrant scene.

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EP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

Terrible food, even worse service. I will never go back. Food was very very sub par for the price, and it was 15 min before I was asked for my drink order. Do not go here, you will be disappointed.

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KE
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere and awesome play list. Food and drinks were on point. Very friendly waitress and bartenders. Will definitely go back.

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C
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love District, the decor, the atmosphere, the music, the crowd, the food, the service.
Fan of the happy hour and their lounge area is my fav.
In love with this place.

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JM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 5

We decided to go, because one time we saw a line out the door of people waiting to get it. We made reservations for Sunday Brunch. We got there at 11am. Every place can have a bad day. The food was so salty we could hardly eat it. The sausage was especially salty. Even the bacon, which I love, was too salty. We ended up eating the Cheddar Grits, which were good, the scrambled eggs, the mini pancakes. Every thing else was way too salty for us. Sorry to say. Hope you do better. The place was beautiful.

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KD
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My son and I had a wonderful time at District. We were immediately welcomed and both enjoyed the atmosphere even though we are 31 years separated by age. The food was wonderful. We each shared 4 plates that came out in succession. My son enjoyed his moscow mule and I had a hard to find IPA. We will be back.

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San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Got there early with my friend, like 10 minutes. Was not able to get the table and after waiting for 20 minutes, we just got seated at the bar. The place was overcrowded for a Thu night (conference crowd) but the service was great and food came out very quickly. Ambiance is great, especially the couches area. This was my second time. Will definitely return.

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

The staff at The District was sharp, accommodating, and offered great service. We actually ate there twice! I like the mixed seating inside and their menu offered something for everyone in our group despite a variety of dietary restrictions.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Birthday brunch was delightful.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Great vibe for drinks

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P
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Fun yet classy SF/Oaktown urban vibe with a really cool mix of casual and sophisticated, nicely set with high ceilings, great light contrasts with huge windows and reflective glass bar wall, all on a well located street corner in the Historic Old Oakland District. Great food, drinks and service. Sweet retro live entertainment duet on night we were there. It would be five stars on many reviews given I rate on a tough standard. We had a wonderful experience all around.

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San Francisco
44 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

We were hoping to have a romantic Valentine's evening at District. Unfortunately, no. While we had a lovely sofa seat, the combo started up and the music was so loud that we could not hear the waiter, nor could we carry on a good conversation. The windows were open, so I had to keep my coat on the entire evening - I was sitting in a place where that breeze was coming right in on top of me.

Food was good - especially liked the mushroom pizza. Don't bother with the octopus, though - way overdone. Brussell sprouts were excellent. It was too bad that loud and cold made the evening unpleasant. I know that restaurant owners like it really loud; not patrons - we want to be able to talk without yelling "what?"

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MR
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great selection of brown liquors, the $1 happy hour oysters were on point overall nice hangout spot

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Food was pretty good could be a little more interesting

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J
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Not too crowded, noise level reasonable so you can hear each other. Brunch food was SPOT ON despite it being a buffet.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 1ambience 5

Service was very, very slow

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O
Los Angeles
19 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place for a group dinner. Will definitely go back.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

District Oakland had a very nice set up for brunch, from the food selections to the different flavors of bottomless mimosas!

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KK
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was amazing! We had the Ahi Poke, French fries, and grilled octopus. Would definitely go back.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 2ambience 4

Food was very salty, this place is more of a bar scene.

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C
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was awesome-the staff was experienced and attentive. The food was good. Drinks were great. The noise level was way too loud. We had a group and could barely hear each other. If they could address this, it would be perfect.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Brunch was great!

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P
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Had a great time with friends at the District. Great service, awesome wine and drink list. Prices are good for the downtown area. Close to Bart and bus, also great for walking if you work in the area. Cozy atmosphere for happy hour, small birthday gatherings, couples who want to chill. They play great music, but no dancing. I look forward to going back soon. District you give Oakland another check point, thanks.

PJ

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EP
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Word to the wise. The brunch is a bit of scam. If come with a date, the bottomless mimosas and the bottomless brunch will be charged twice to the table. Share 1 plate if you can. Or you can get your $100 worth of brunch.

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LJ
San Francisco
38 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

District is a nice neighborhood restaurant for Sunday brunch. Nice deal is the bottomless mimosas for $16 more. Sunday brunch is buffet only and the buffet was fine, but nothing special. No fruit, salad greens only, nothing made to order but sufficient meat and carbs, i.e. grits, biscuits, bacon, sausage, dollar size pancakes, scrambled eggs, etc.

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N
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

The food was okay because many of the items were overcooked. Like the plantains and chicken sausage was over cooked.

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DK
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The food and drinks Are GREAT! Brought my nephews and they loved the food. That says a lot, since they are very picky.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent food & service! Just cold room and too many TV’s for date night.

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EM
San Antonio
2 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Need a place for date night. Hubby and I found District to be amazing. The service, food and ambiance was inviting and laidback. Enough noise to keep you engaged but not to much that you couldn’t have a personal conversation.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Really nice mommies night out with my friends. Loved the atmosphere. Not too loud, not too quiet. Food was good and affordable. Would recommend and return.

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BE
Nashville
2 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and drinks, good vibes.

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S
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

This has been one of my favorite places to go for brunch. I hadn't been in a while so I was a little disappointed that some of the food taste different. The plantains are my favorite and one of the main reasons that I go, but they were dry and my mom said the eggs were a little watery. I think they have a different cook. Other than that everything was good.

Please bring back the original recipe for the plantains

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