District - Oakland

4.5
307 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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N
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

We were there for Happy Hour and dinner, great service but the house white wine was warm not cold, oysters were not as fresh as it used to be, disappointed, we ordered 4 dozen, some of the oysters were warm and taste fishy,

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

$1 dollar oysters during happy hour 4-6pm.
Big oysters too :)

h
San Francisco
36 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great music and wine flights/food.

KS
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Paige and Tori were amazing servers! They were very attentive and took time to talk to me about the happy hour menu as well as the wine and cocktail lists. They were friendly and personable. The food (chicken wings and truffle fries) was great, the wine was great, and I was able to sit alone and get a ton of work done!

RN
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Perhaps it was just our timing but we were seated at our table and waited for 20 or so minutes before I stood up and went over to the hostess to let her know that a server had yet to come to our table and then it took awhile to get our food and drinks. And it wasn't that busy, not that many people eating dinner yet at 6:00 p.m. on a Saturday. That was the only drawback but otherwise the food, drinks and ambiance was great.

H
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

Out waitress was awesome. In fact all except one staff member were great. The one guy who helps in the bar area and clears table responded very rudely when I said to him as he was cleaning some plates that we’d like to order more. His response was “I’m not your server.” No attempt to relay the message to our server just the “not my job” attitude and walk away. I did let our sever know so that this person might get a helpful hint that he’s in the service industry.

T
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 5food 2service 5ambience 5

I love the District. The atmosphere is always amazing! The service is great and the staff are friendly. The food at the buffet was cold and I got there when it opened so I was a little sad about that. But overall I had a great experience and will be back again

L
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great food, awesome service, overall good time! Everyone there is very attentive, helpful and happy. Highly recommend.

MG
Houston
34 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Place is great, food is fantastic, I would recommend management to staff the place. The servers do their best but is not enough and their are missing and opportunity.
I have been there twice and I would recommend to the barman to be more proactive and stop cleaning the same glasses over and over and take care of the customers.

JF
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Big fun time excellent service fairly good food and value

OT
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Service!

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 1food 4service 2ambience 3

I’ve dined her often for Sunday brunch and knowing how busy it gets, I always make a reservation thru Open Table.
The problem is you can have a reservation and show up early or on time and because don’t reserve tables for the reservations and don’t enforce their 90 minute rule for tables, you need up waiting for a table even though people are walking in and being seated (we did for 30 minutes and finally sat ourselves at the bar). The bartender (John) who is awesome, was very apologetic and took great care of us. The manager on duty, not so much. She only offered excuses and a weak apology.

MU
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 4food 1service 1ambience 3

Food was mostly burnt. Very high is salt and just okay overall!

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious dinner, good beer selection, friendly staff, A’s game on the TV. My date and I both had a great time! Highlights were deviled eggs and arugula salad

W
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The service was GREAT and very friendly.... with good choices on the buffet for brunch.. those potatoes tho... yessssssss

s
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really delicious small plates in a fun environments, with nice wines. We especially loved the octopus. The waitress was very attentive, and was kind to our son. We'll return :-)

A
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We had those most amazing time surprising my husband for his birthday here. The ambiance is always incredible. The service was outstanding! Our waitress was on top of all requests. She came back frequently without prompt and was patient while guests considered all of the menu options. Absolutely would host another party here. Only challenge is that I tried to book more than 8 guests and was unable to. When I called the place they didn’t return my call. Other than that, superb night!

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 4

The food was amazing. We went in for Sunday brunch. They waiters were running around maybe because it was busy. But I suggest they come around more often to see how tables are doing. Overall pretty good experience.

CC
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 4

The whiskey menu is long... but the service was very poor and the acoustics make it very difficult to talk without yelling.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Nice selection of food and drinks and a great add to the neighborhood. Only comment is that it is LOUD LOUD LOUD if you are seated under a speaker around the perimeter of the restaurant, so maybe better suited to sit at the bar if you plan on being chatty.

LV
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Makita was amazing! Very accommodating and helpful...

h
San Francisco
38 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

What an inviting place this is. Had a large table for a group of 5 and hung out for hours and the service was fantastic and they never made us feel like we should hurry up and leave. We loved watching the diverse parade of humans coming and going. They make a GREAT Manhattan, which I'm very particular about. My favorite dish was the fried curly corn, get it, it's fantastic! We plowed thru the 1st order and ordered a 2nd one. Great place to hang out with friends and share food and drinks. Parking lot across the street for only $10, certainly ain't SF prices!

P
San Francisco
34 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I haven't been to this restaurant for years so upon revisiting I was pleasantly surprised that the quality of the food and drinks (specifically the wine list) was still excellent. The staff was SO accommodating and thoughtful that I was impressed overall with everything. Would definitely revisit soon!

JH
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We just had drinks but it was a very nice date night ambience. Michelle really likes sweet cocktails and she said that her strawberry concoction was delicious!

f
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.

i
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 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.

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

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

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

Loved the food, whiskey flights and our server Paige.

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

Great food, great cocktails, and surprisingly local crowd.

E
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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

C
San Francisco
12 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.

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.

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.

N
San Francisco
12 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.

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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