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Oak + Violet - Park James Hotel

4.5
437 Reviews
$30 and under
Californian
PAYING HOMAGE TO CALIFORNIA’S FINEST INGREDIENTS
From seafood and meats to fruits, vegetables, grains, and spices, every item on our menu has a local origin and a story waiting to be told. Chef Simona Oliveri honors the region’s beauty and agricultural abundance, prepared and presented simply and masterfully. We like to think of it as pure passion brought to the plate; a celebration of the highest quality, hand-picked ingredients, renowned California wines, and craft beers.

Outdoor seating features heat lamps and fire pits.

Experiences

  • LIVE PERFORMANCE BY CARLOS REYES

    Jun 15 - Jun 29, 2021

    World-renowned harpist and violinist, Carlos Reyes, is performing during dinner each Tuesday in the courtyard at Oak + Violet! This Grammy Award-winning artist has played around the globe with legendary performers like Willie Nelson, Steve Miller, MC Hammer, and the Doobie Brothers. Carlos has been wowing audiences since his first public appearance at the age of 5! Originally from Paraguay, Carlos moved with his family to the Bay Area as a young child and debuted with the Oakland Symphony Orchestra when he was only 14 years old. Don’t miss this special opportunity to see Carlos perform at such an intimate venue, and prepare to be blown away by his sheer genius!
  • WINE WEDNESDAYS WITH FREDDY CLARKE

    Jun 9 - Jun 30, 2021

    Join us for Wine Wednesdays, where all of our amazing bottles of wines are 25% off! To sweeten the deal further, you can savor every drop while listening to Bay Area legend, Freddy Clarke perform on flamenco guitar!
  • FATHER’S DAY BRUNCH AND JAZZ WITH RICK VANDIVIER

    Jun 20, 2021 only

    Guitarist Rick Vandivier plays with the subtle sophistication of a jazz musician, the energy of a rocker, and the groove of a funkaholic. Rick’s passion for making life better by sharing music has taken him around the globe, playing at major music festivals from Berlin to Monterrey. Enjoy Rick’s music during Father’s Day brunch from 11-2 on June 20th!
  • BRUNCH WITH INDYGO RHYTHM SECTION

    Jun 27, 2021 only

    Enjoy a delicious brunch at Oak + Violet, while Indygo Rhythm Section jazzes up the courtyard! The band will play a variety of jazz styles, including swing, blues, Latin and funk from 11 – 2. Members include Christopher Badger on piano, Dominic Constantz on guitar, Max King on bass, Gavin Carlson on vibes, and Sebastian Najbjerg on drums. Reservations are highly recommended.
  • 4TH OF JULY WITH THE VINYL KINGS

    Jul 4, 2021 only

    Join us for a special July 4th Celebration, including dinner and live music with The Vinyl Kings, featuring lead singer and guitarist, Randy Cordeiro (AKA, Surreal Neil) of Super Diamond, Noam Eisen of Cosmo Alley Cats and Vince Littleton of Super Diamond! Enjoyed seating at one of our socially-distanced tables on our spacious courtyard while listening to favorites from the Vinyl Kings. A $20 per person entertainment fee will be added to your check.
  • GRAMMY WINNER, CARLOS REYES

    Jul 1, 2021 only

    World-renowned harpist and violinist, Carlos Reyes, is performing during dinner on the courtyard at Oak + Violet on July 1st! This Grammy Award-winning artist has played around the globe with legendary performers like Willie Nelson, Steve Miller, MC Hammer and the Doobie Brothers. Carlos has been wowing audiences since his first public appearance at the age of 5! Originally from Paraguay, Carlos moved with his family to the Bay Area as a young child and debuted with the Oakland Symphony Orchestra when he was only 14 years old. Don’t miss this special opportunity to see Carlos perform at such an intimate venue, and prepare to be blown away by his sheer genius!
  • SPECIAL SATURDAY WITH FREDDY CLARKE AND WOBBLY WOR

    Jul 3, 2021 only

    Join us for this special performance by Freddy Clarke and his band, Wobbly World, during dinner at Oak + Violet. As we celebrate America’s Birthday Weekend, Freddy’s band is a great example of how our big melting pot works so well. Members of the band are from all across the world, from Lebanon to Cuba, and come together to create a whole new sound that is vibrant, melodic and uplifting – proof that we are all better together.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
What 437 people are saying
Overall ratings and reviews
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4.5based on recent ratings
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4.4
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4.7
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4.1
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Menu was limited, but food was delicious

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food4service3ambience3

it was our second time visiting here , staff were nice but they were too busy, it took almost 30 mins to order drinks. after they get the orders from us, they got it everything in good speed , our waiter chris , he was nice .

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience3

Drinks we eh for 14$. Oysters were poorly shucked

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vipRealFoodie
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Impeccable service provided by Chris and the team. The fresh made pasta, lamb and Branzino were delicious. The Executive Chef Simona Oliveri and her kitchen team knocked it out of the park.

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Jaime
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The food was great and the ambiance was even better. They had live music the night we went and we sat at a table right in front of the musician. We ordered oysters and crab toast as appetizers and they were excellent. Our entrees and dessert were tasty too and the service was exceptional. This was our first time visiting and we will definitely be back!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The host kindly welcomed us and sat us immediately for our evening reservation. The energy of the staff along with live music was great! Will be back soon!

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vipTerri
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated a birthday and graduation at Oak & Violet and it was an outstanding experience. Our serve, Cesar, was exceptional - he provided recommendations and insight into the menu and ensured everyone enjoyed themselves throughout the meal. We had two guests with serious food allergies, Cesar worked with the kitchen so they did not need to worry about reactions. Selection and quality of the food was excellent I highly recommend dining at Oak & Violet.

Oak + Violet - Park James Hotel
Responded on June 4, 2021

Dear Terri, Thank you so much for your visiting us and for taking the time to share your feedback. It's been a pleasure serving you! Customer service is our top priority, and we really do strive to exceed our guest's expectations. Thank you also for the high marks for Cesar. I will personally deliver your compliment to him. Please let us know if you should need anything else, and thank you again for the support. Kind regards Simona Oliveri Executive Chef

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HaticeS
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my second time at Oak + Violet. They are always so nice and helpful when you need a change in ingredients or dishes. And, I think this is one of the best fancy restaurants in the south bay. Valet parking is complimentary.

Oak + Violet - Park James Hotel
Responded on June 4, 2021

Dear HaticeS, Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback. We are honored to receive such a great review. Our customers mean the world to us. It's been a pleasure serving you and we hope to welcome you back soon! Take care Kind regards Simona Oliveri Executive Chef

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vipLaTchatch
San Francisco
83 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great menu!! So much to choose from. Lovely setting and great service.

Oak + Violet - Park James Hotel
Responded on June 4, 2021

Dear LaTchatch, Thank you so much for your kind words! . We are glad to hear that you had a good time at Oak+Violet. We hope to welcome you back soon! Take care Kind regards Simona Oliveri Executive Chef

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vipBertE
Tahoe
4 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Food arrived not very hot. This is the second time this happened to us at this restaurant.

Oak + Violet - Park James Hotel
Responded on June 4, 2021

Dear BerE, Thank you for taking the time to share your honest feedback. We are so sorry to hear that we failed to meet your expectations. Every review helps us to get better and ensure better customer service, so Thank you for being part of the process. It's been a pleasure serving you. We hope to welcome you back and turn your previous experience into a better one. Kind regards Simona Oliveri Executive Chef

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vipCaroline
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Excellent cocktails by Jeremy!

Oak + Violet - Park James Hotel
Responded on June 4, 2021

Dear Caroline, Thank you for your review and the high marks for Jeremy! Yes, you are right, Jeremy is a gem! I will personally deliver your compliment to him. We hope to welcome you back soon! Take care Kind regards Simona Oliveri Executive Chef

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Food overpriced and crab toast was way too salty.
Nice cocktail menu.

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PurplePower
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Brunch menu was simple, classy, and satisfying. The cucumber gimlet was a standout cocktail with just the right touch of elderflower. Staff masked and courteous, environment. I would have preferred the meal to arrive sooner, as it seems they were waiting for us to finish the cocktail. If we had asked, I sense that they would accommodate these wishes. The environment was just quiet enough to enjoy a good conversation. This was a wonderful choice for my first time dining out. I'll be back for sure.

Oak + Violet - Park James Hotel
Responded on May 27, 2021

Dear PurlePower, We appreciate your comment, and we glad to hear that you had a good time at O+V! We are sorry that you had to wait too long for the food, we apologies for that. We will guarantee to improve our service and make the right adjustments. We hope to welcome you back to Oak+Violet! Kind regards Simona Oliveri Executive Chef

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Jeff
London
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

The food and service are pretty mediocre and the prices are steep. Steak was well cooked, but I when asked for fresh pepper, they brought me a pepper shaker. I expect a decent restaurant to have a pepper grinder. Drinks are OK but again prices are steep. Hard to find a glass of wine for <$15. Outdoor space was nice, but a bit loud. Seems like this place is designed more as a trendy spot for business gatherings rather than a restaurant striving to provide a good culinary excellence.

Oak + Violet - Park James Hotel
Responded on May 24, 2021

Dear Jeff, Thank you for taking the time to share your valuable comment. We are so sorry that the food and the service didn't meet your expectation. We take your input with serious consideration. Your honest feedback will definitely help us to get better and improve our performance. We hope to welcome you back and turn your previous experience into a better one. Best, Simona Oliveri Executive Chef

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vipDavidS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience3

We had a late reservation 8:30 pm - it took over 40 minutes to place an order for drinks so we ordered our food at same time. Main course of dinner arrived prior to our appetizers. No apology from anyone working there - almost like it is normal to serve dinner in reverse order.

Oak + Violet - Park James Hotel
Responded on May 24, 2021

Dear DavidS, Thank you for your feedback and support. We are so sorry that the service didn't meet your expectation. We take your input with serious consideration. We want to thank you for your honest feedback that will definitely help us to get better and improve our service. We hope to welcome you back and turn your previous experience into a better one. Best, Simona Oliveri Executive Chef

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vipScottL
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience5

Atmosphere is excellent - they have the best terrace in the business. We had many great meals in the past here - but the food seems to have slipped somewhat. The 6 dishes we ordered were kind of meh. Absolutely nothing wrong but not the expression of love we experienced in the past. Fingers crossed this was a one-off.

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Roc2u
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Exceptional service. Food was very good but not filling.

Oak + Violet - Park James Hotel
Responded on May 24, 2021

Dear Roc2u, We want to thank you for taking the time to share your honest feedback. We really do take these surveys extremely seriously and are always striving to enhance our guest's experience. Looking forward to welcoming you back soon. Kind regards Simona Oliveri Executive Chef

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vipVMeade
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Our Food Server Chris did a great job of making our evening fantastic!

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vipMITONELO
San Francisco
52 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience2

Truffle fries a must. Too much quinoa with the delicious wild salmon. Lamb great. If you visit between 5 and 7 be aware of sun shining on you inside and outside.

Oak + Violet - Park James Hotel
Responded on May 24, 2021

Dear Mitonelo, Thank you for taking the time to write a review. It means a lot to us, and we take your input with serious consideration. We will guarantee to improve our service and make the right adjustments. Looking forward to welcoming you back soon at Oak+Violet and turn your previous experience into a better one. Best, Simona Oliveri Executive Chef

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

This was our second visit. We returned because we enjoyed the courtyard setting, you can hear yourselves talk and the food is really good. Will definitely be coming back.

Oak + Violet - Park James Hotel
Responded on May 24, 2021

Dear Guest, Thank you for taking the time to write a comment. We appreciate your feedback so much. We are glad that you enjoyed your experience at Oak+Violet and we hope to welcome you back soon. Best, Simona Oliveri Executive Chef

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vipJack
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great outdoor area, service was fast and courteous, food was excellent. Would definitely go back there again.

Oak + Violet - Park James Hotel
Responded on May 24, 2021

Dear Jack, Thank you so much for your visit and the positive review! Your feedback means a lot to us. We are so glad to hear that you had a great experience. Looking forward to welcoming you back soon! Kind regards Simona Oliveri Executive Chef

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vipLaura
San Francisco
50 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a fabulous meal and evening at Oak + Violet. There was nice energy in their outside space, but plenty of room to feel comfortable. The wait staff was professional and friendly. The food by Chef Simona and her team was outstanding.

Oak + Violet - Park James Hotel
Responded on May 24, 2021

Dear Laura, Thank you for visiting us and taking the time to share your feedback. It's been a pleasure serving you. We hope to welcome you back soon! Kind regards Simona Oliveri Executive Chef

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Elle
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Amazing food! Gorgeous patio space with nice plants and great decor, ambience, etc. Friendly staff, but service was slow, though that might be due to pandemic-related challenges. Tables nicely spaced, so it felt safe outdoors. Live music was nice, if a little too loud.

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JacquelineI
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience, delicious food. Can’t wait to come back!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Service was very good. Outdoor seating was nice. Appetizers and drinks were yummy. Main course could be better. Lamb chops were very small. Beans were under cooked. In general it was a good experience.

Oak + Violet - Park James Hotel
Responded on May 24, 2021

Dear Guest, Thank you for your feedback and support. It means a lot to us. We are glad that you enjoyed your experience at Oak+Violet. We take your input with serious consideration and your feedback will definitely help us to get better and improve our performance. Thanks a lot for that! We hope to welcome you back soon. Kind regards Simona Oliveri Executive Chef

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Chamorroboy
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Excellent service, food and ambiance! I'll be back!

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Bridge
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

If you’re a lemon person, the meyer lemon pudding was great!

Oak + Violet - Park James Hotel
Responded on May 24, 2021

Dear Bridge, We appreciate your feedback! We hope to welcome you back to Oak+Violet! Kind regards Simona Oliveri Executive Chef

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

perfect date with good music and staff

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vipTerri
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great outdoor space and fantastic music by Freddy Clarke and works band. Not sure why there was a complaint about noise as it was not loud whatsoever. Good that facilities were fixed quickly and we were informed from the start. Wonderful evening and will be back on the weekend.

Oak + Violet - Park James Hotel
Responded on May 24, 2021

Dear Terri, Thank you for taking the time to write a comment and, most of all, for your understanding! We appreciate your feedback so much, and we are glad that we provide a wonderful evening for you and your guests. We do all our best to maintain a safe environment for all our guests and staff. We hope to welcome you back! Kind regards Simona Oliveri Executive Chef

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the beat Mother’s Day brunch ever! The food was so tasty! My parents are such critics but they kept complimenting the food. Also, the sun was moving around on this day and the servers were so accommodating and kept helping move us to avoid the sun. I just can’t say how pleasant this day was thanks to such a polite, friendly, professional team. Lastly the cucumber gimlet was AMAZING.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great everything! Terrific staff!

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CharlesF
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food. Excellent cocktails. A comfortable outdoor dining patio. Attentive staff. Will definitely be returning.

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience2

We came to celebrate a birthday which I had specifically said it was a birthday celebration. We got seated inside and started looking at the menu. Once we decided what we wanted the hostess heard us talking about the pizza on the menu and came over to say “sorry I forgot to mention we’re not serving pizza tonight.” So I decided on the pappardelle pasta which then I was told they ran out of the pasta for that certain pasta. The choice we were given was to order that dish but with shell pasta which was fine up until I tried the dish when it came out. The tomato sauce was so runny/watery with big chunks of tomato and was very very bland. For a $20 pasta you’d except the flavors to dance in your mouth but instead I couldn’t even finish it. Our server did not check on us not once the entire time we were there. We saw him when we ordered our food and when it was time to pay. In which they already included the gratuity for us. There was no way he would have gotten a 20% tip. Our drinks were empty and we wanted seconds. There was no desert with candle brought out to the birthday girl and at that point we just couldn’t wait to leave.

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HarisD
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, great experience! Absolutely recommended!

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vipJessicaA
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great vibe, great food, great service! There was a live band playing which was super fun, and they gifted us some free champagne and dessert since we were celebrating our anniversary. Can't wait to come back!

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vipJudithM
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous everything perfect

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JoyceH
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great ambience!

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vipKosi
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall4food4service2ambience4

Great venue! Enjoyed our meal but the service was very slow and inconsistent.
I am pretty sure it's a result of the labor shortage in CA - they are understaffed.
I do love this spot for cocktails and dinner.

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Andrew
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Wife’s birthday

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MichaelH
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great atmosphere, great food, and awesome venue. It picked up around 630-7pm, which was nice to see. The staff did a great job of making us feel comfortable, almost like it was pre-pandemic!

FAQs

Oak + Violet - Park James Hotel offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (650) 304-3880.

Oak + Violet - Park James Hotel is rated 4.5 stars by 437 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.