Penrose Oakland

4.6
56 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
Congratulations to Chef Rico and his family for buying Penrose. We will be changing our name to Almond & Oak very soon. We will keep you posted. Thank you so much for your patronage and we will see you soon. So much love - Penrose Staff.
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SM
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

The food/drinks was not as good as Penrose used to be, which is sad bc it used to be one of my favorite restaurants.

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CS
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

This restaurant offers a balanced menu, interesting wines, and a wonderful way to people watch, both customers and folks strolling along Grand Avenue. My mother loved her hamburger, and the stolen fries were delicious. Swordfish and green beans came out moist and crisp, respectively. Save room for dessert, as you won’t regret the indulgence.

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DT
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful restaurant, wonderful food and service. They embody the true meaning of "neighborhood restaurant." I try and make it there whenever I have the chance

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SK
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love the brunch here! The food is great, I usually get the seasonal veggie hash with poached eggs. The biscuits are so good too. Good coffee. I love the homemade fruit preserves and hot sauces, it's the extra little things that make it special! Nothing is more disappointing than crappy jam and coffee when you out for brunch, so I really appreciate the house made, seasonal accouterments. Good service too. I really like that you can make a reservation. I'm totally over waiting an hour for brunch. I know I am treating myself, and I like to have a proper restaurant experience on those days. I will say that it may be difficult for vegans to find suitable food here, and sometimes the meat selection is very pork heavy. Options for vegetarians. Easy to avoid cheese. Delicious sausages!

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious cocktails. Nice staff. Yummy eats.

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PR
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

The noise level was not energetic. It was intolerable. The food was erratic. One dish was not eaten. The burger was good. The other 2 meals were adequate not a wow.

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l
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was excellent awesome taste . The place it’s self it’s beautiful and somewhat romantic I would recommend it for every special occasion . I would definitely go back

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L
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

We enjoyed ourselves, had a great waiter who was very attentive without being intrusive, and always had a smile. The ambiance was a bit noisy for our tastes, but otherwise, comfortable. We ordered three dishes and dessert. The Oysters were fresh and briny, the crab cakes had a tad more filler than when I make them, but were packed with Dungeness, and the remoulade was good. Squid was well fried but over salted, and my husband loves salt. He commented on that. But otherwise, very flavorful and loved the artichokes in with it. Dessert, the lemon cake, was delicious, huckleberries a great contrast. The martini my husband ordered made him quite happy, too. And it was happy hour, so it came with a couple of oysters, prompting us to order more for the meal. We will return!

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MS
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This is a frequent date night spot for my husband and I. They have great cocktails and the food is always delicious. What I particularly like about Penrose is that there is plenty of space between tables so, unlike some of the other trendy dinner spots, you don't get bumped by people moving around, you aren't smushed up right against another party, and you feel like you're having a more intimate dinner.

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MM
Detroit
48 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The brunch was great every meal was well received and enjoyed and the staff took wonderful care of us. We’ll be back.

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f
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food
Great service
Nice setting

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m
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Phenomenal food and incredibly kind and generous service! My favorite spot to eat in the bay area, by a longshot! My mom came to visit and it's always the spot she wants to go :)

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JN
San Francisco
42 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Food was outstanding, close to fine dining. Service was superior. My only criticism is that the noise made it too loud to hear our conversations. Some baffling on the ceiling and/or walls would help to dampen down the noise.

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AB
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We always receive a welcoming reception from the host. The ambience is beautiful at night. However, the noise level is irritating and detracts from the overall experience. Menu offerings are imaginative and fresh. Service is attentive. Cocktails are imaginative.

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LT
San Francisco
26 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Spent my birthday brunch here. The food was very good to excellent. Good quality ingredients, well executed and with a creative twist. Had the shrimp & polenta and roast lamb eggs benedict. The former was similar to shrimp and grits but had ingredients which suggested gumbo. The lamb in the eggs benedict was perfectly done, and I do mean perfectly. Not for those of you who like your meat cooked until brown (or ask for it well done). Excellent flavor, tender and not greasy as one might expect. I would order it again.

We also ordered beignet which at first to me seemed a bit dense, but by the time I ate my second one I'd gotten to like them. So, no complaints there.

Restaurant is pleasantly sunny on a Sunday spring morning.

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E
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The swordfish was exceptional!!!

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JW
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best dining experiences we’ve had in a while. Can’t wait to go back!

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BR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The gnocchi is to die for! Since Rico took over Penrose the food is spectacular—- everything I’ve had has been delicious. I will definitely be back and I have already referred other friends there.

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D
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome! Food was excellent, service was friendly, ambiance was lovely.

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BL
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

I would love to be able to recommend that people go to Almond & Oak. I look forward to the change of name being reflected on the website, signage, etc. The meal was delicious and the service was fine. It is a loud place to begin with but when the combo started playing, it was impossible to have a conversation withou shouting. Luckily, we were done with our meal by then.

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CK
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous hamburgers and French fries! The change of name to Almond and Oak will be confusing, not because it will be new and different, but because, while I eat almonds, I do not eat acorns.

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S
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved this place! Fresh food that was delicious, with portion sizes that were neither skimpy nor giant. Wonderful timing of the service as well, we did not feel rushed at all as we were there to catch up with friends. The beignets were delicious, as was the benedict, the shrimp and polenta (thanks for NOT putting cheese in these grits btw! I love cheesy grits but not with seafood!), and the chive scrambled eggs were all fantastic. And the cocktails were again very delicious and a reasonable size! Such a fun spot. We will absolutely be back!

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EP
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Food is amazing, service is very friendly. Wish the amount of food was closer to a full sized meal but, that depends on what you order I guess. I ordered the Gnocchi which was amazing but, I was still hungry after. It’s a little silly to spend so much and then have to find something else to eat a little later.

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SL
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I visited Penrose, now Almond and Oak, for a special occasion dinner. A friend and I shared several dishes, including calamari, fish, brussel sprouts, and broccoli. The servings were generous and we had enough left over to take home and enjoy the next day. We made room for two scrumptious desserts : an olive oil orange sponge cake and a chocolate mocha souffle as well as a couple of mixed drinks. The wait staff was excellent knowing the ingredients of dishes and eager to please. Parking, even on a Saturday evening, was surprisingly easy with a parking lot across the street. The only down point was the noise level; with nameless music blaring in the background, high ceilings and a restaurant full of diners, it was difficult to hear my friend only 6 inches away. Nevertheless, I would return in a minute and highly recommend Penrose, aka Almond and Oak.

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OT
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hadn’t been here since new ownership, and the food was better than ever! So good. We will be going back soon. And excellent service as always. Our waiter even remembered us.

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OT
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

the space is awesome and we got to experience a mariachi band as well. All the service staff is personable and the food is really consistent. one of my favorite venues in Oakland

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

Awesome flavors and fantastic ambience. First time trying the deserts (orange olive oil sponge cake) and it was magical.

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

The food is creative and delicious. Good sized-portions. Wonderful staff. This is my favorite restaurant in Oakland.

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JJ
Las Vegas
6 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

With the food being so delicious I'd expect the customer service to be better. Not sure how closely the host and the servers work together but it seems like there is a disconnect. I had the understanding that making a reservation via OpenTable meant there would be a table available for you. Upon arrival, I was waiting longer than anticipated. On the plus side, Penrose had taken into account the order details I made on OpenTable. Water and coffee refills were very difficult to get.

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D
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Good food but inconsistent on each visit. The bacon flavor this weekend was odd. Still, I hope they gain some consistency in quality and preparation when the restaurant changes hands to the head chef. The ambience is super nice. Nice servers but they tend to disappear during busier times.

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MJ
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great food, great service, lovely atmosphere. A reliable place for dinner at the bar or for out of town guests.

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CT
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent food. Slower than usual service but we weren’t in a hurry and it was a slow night.

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AG
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

They have live jazz every Sunday from 8pm- 10pm. Everything was awesome, but the music was loud so if conversation is important, avoid the jazz, and go back to hear it another time!

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J
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Looking forward to returning soon!!

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LC
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food and service!! Amazing drinks. Love this place.

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S
San Diego
19 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very helpful server. A Tuesday night and it was packed. Always a good sign. The fish stew was fresh and delicious. If I lived in Oakland I’d be a regular like my friends who we went with are.

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l
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best brunch in Oakland!

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s
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Interesting good food, good drinks and a nice ambience but a bit loud when crowded. The staff is friendly and the food well prepared.

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p
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The Best Burger and Fries. The crunchy sweet pickled cucumber was delightful! Who needs tomato slices? Great Service!

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EG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was excellent and when I asked for a recommendation from our server they were helpful. I when with their recommendations and it was perfect.

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