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About Permanently Closed - Pican - Oakland
This restaurant is permanently closed. Permanently Closed - The tradition of the South. The sophistication of California cuisine. Vibrant, cosmopolitan energy. Picán is 'Southern...Unleashed!' Full service bar/lounge with hand-crafted cocktails, Southern "twists" and classic standards. The most comprehensive Bourbon portfolio in the Bay Area; a thoughtful selection of wines. An open kitchen serves as focal point in the casually elegant dining room.
Unique Southern flavors; seasonal produce and sustainably sourced meats and seafood. "Ultimate Southern Social Hour." See website for menus.
Private, luxurious dining rooms: The Bourbon Room seating up to 28 and Vieux Carré seating 40. Award-winning (Zagat, Bib Gourmand/Michelin) and consistently named "Top Oakland Restaurant" by Oakland/Alameda and Diablo Magazines.
Oakland, CA 94612
Hours of Operation:
Monday – Friday 11:30am – 2:00pm
Saturday Brunch 10:30am - 2pm
Sunday Brunch: 10:30am – 2:30pm
Sunday – Thursday 5:00pm – 9:00pm
Friday & Saturday until 10:30 pm
Sunday: 10:30am - 9pm
Monday - Thursday: 11:30am - 9pm
Friday: 11:30am - 10:30pm
Saturday: 10:30am - 10:30pm
$31 to $50
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Occasional live piano entertainment in the Lounge. See Facebook http://tinyurl.com/23nbz7h for updates!
Please see website for information.
Street parking; parking lots and garage close by.
19th Street BART, Oakland and Free Uptown Shuttle on Broadway.
Jerome "Spike" Williams
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
Private dining at Picán offers an elegant yet comfortable experience featuring delicious food, wine pairing and specialty craft cocktails. We work closely with you to create a memorable occasion. The result is a magical environment for celebratory events ranging from bridal showers and wedding receptions, to anniversary, graduation and birthday celebrations to uniquely refined corporate dining and entertainment.
The Bourbon Room features a high ceiling, chandeliers, and a built-in milled wood china cabinet filled with fine bourbons, antiques and rare books from a New Orleans mid-19th Century home. The Vieux Carré is a combination of a New Orleans traditional drawing room with a splash of sophisticated chic. A focal fireplace with dark stained wood surrounding a dramatic built-in 10 foot tall wine tower anchors the space.
Please contact Leigh at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Pican - Oakland - Permanently Closed Ratings and Reviews
When we arrived it took about 10 minutes before we were acknowledged by the host. After we were seated, it took another 10 minutes for our server to come over. He kept running past our table saying that he'll be right back. Our food came out relatively quickly, but my mom's food was cold. My brother had the mac 'n cheese but I would skip that. He said that it was like cheese was just thrown on the dish. I had the ribs and brussel sprouts. They were pretty good and my sister had an excellent ribeye. The piano player came over to our table and we told him that we were celebrating my sister's birthday. He played happy birthday...the traditional rendition, then the Stevie Wonder rendition. Overall, it was a nice experience, but they could certainly improve on service.
Had many friends urging me to try it for elevated comfort food, so I eventually socumbed and decided to give it a try. Pleased to say I was impressed with the quality food the kitchen put out, the topnotch hospitality service I received, and certainly not to be undone was the expertly concocted libations from the bar. Will definitely return.
I like the serving size of this spot. If you are looking for a healthy serving this is the place to go. We got an appetizer, Side Dish, and Two main dish + comp. cornbread were more than enough for us. We hardly touch our main dish there were my lunch for two days.
We had dinner for two last night at Pican, and our experience was great. Hostess immediately greeted and seated us, and drink orders promptly taken.
Food was delightful. For appetizer, we had the blue crab artichoke dip. This was very tasty and smooth going down. For entrees we had the salmon fillets and gator gumbo. And for desserts we had the banana pudding and tiramisu.
All dishes came were well paced and the serving sizes quite large. By the end of dinner, we were stuffed and were ready for a walk at Lake Merritt.
Kudos to the chefs for an excellent meal and the bartender for the excellent bourbon pairing!
We have wanted to try Pican for a while. Have seen reviews on Check Please several times. Food looked really good. We started with the blue crab dip and had the notorious fried chicken, the gumbo and the catfish ettouffe. The dip was excellent. The fried chicken with gouda mac and cheese was really tasty. The gumbo was great. We were not enamored with the catfish dish. We were actually after the catfish dish with the large shrimp which we saw on Check Please but they were not serving it the night we were there. We also tried our hand at Bourbon selection... The Revolver was a good recommendation from our server- I'll be having that again! Service was great. Had a great Date Night at Pican!
Food really just so-so at best. This was my first return visit, but don't think I'll rush to go back. Really disappointed with my duck legs - essentially tasteless. Service attentive and pleasant. They seemed to be stressed out that we stayed at out tablet long even though there were plenty of tables and our reservation was at 5. Shame shame. This turns people off.
As usual we had a commendable dinner at Pican. The restaurant gets its take on southern cuisine just right. The fried green tomato starter was outstanding (and large enough for two to share). All servings are generous. The restaurant focuses on bourbon drinks to complement its regional dishes, including bourbon flights featuring three selections. I like the Black Hand cocktail. We didn't have dessert this time, but they also are appealing.
Seems to be getting even better--and it's always been very good. Food was great; interesting take on Southern/Louisiana (having grown up in Louisiana, I must say I have never seen honey dripped over fried chicken as the waiter did at Pican). Service was excellent--very funny, social waiter; live piano music was a nice touch. Highly recommended!
Phenomenal Easter Brunch. Special event meals can sometimes be a recipe for disaster due to how busy it can get: not so for us at Picán ! We are still swooning about the fried chicken benedict, the shrimp and grits, the blue crab dip, and the desserts (beignets and banana parfait). My partner is a New Orleans native, and deemed our meal the most authentic that he's been able to find in the Bay Area.
My family requested a quiet corner in our reservation, which the restaurant honored very considerately: this note often gets ignored/forgotten, so I appreciate that the hostess had addressed this in advance. Service was on point: friendly, quick and responsive. Dishes came out promptly and well-timed. Much of the food is rich--no two ways around it--but a worthwhile indulgence. We were in a food coma for the rest of Easter, but it was absolutely worth it!!
I heard nothing but amazing things about the brunch here. I made reservations for Easter Sunday, my parents were visiting. Everyone was underwhelmed by their dishes. I was less than impressed with the fried French toast. I wouldn't have ordered it had the menu explained that it was made from corn bread. The description did not mention that.
My mother had the fried chicken Benedict, and was not into the strong mustard flavor in the sauce.
All in all, it was okay, but a big let-down after hearing such great things about their brunch.
I've been here once before, for dinner, and had a much better experience. I haven't given up on them, but I wouldn't go back for brunch.
Great food.. Had brunch on Easter and all the menu items were well prepared and tasty. The biscuits and gravey were especially tasty with slices of brisket. They also have a nice wine selection and good customer service. We will definitely return to try out other menu items. Also for maybe just drinks and appetizers...
I was really looking forward to this dinner and it was generally disappointing. The food was just so, so. I had the Jambalaya Rissoto which was crunchy, underwhelming and bland. The Shrimp and Grits were great and the Pork Belly Entree was tasty. Service was basically non-existent. We learned at the end of the night that our waitress was spread thin across multiple areas of the restaurant, but I've honestly had better, more attentive service from fast food cashiers. Other waitstaff came over to take our drink orders after we'd been seated and waiting for 20 minutes. On the plus side the drinks were pretty tasty.
I'm sure it was just an off night, but there are so many other great places to eat in the East Bay that I won't be in a rush to come back here.
Food was disappointing. The flavors were very timid, almost bland. The fried green tomatoes were rock hard. When we mentioned to the waitress that it wasn't our favorite dish, she just shrugged and took the uneaten portion away. The service pace was very off: appetizers came way before the wine. Entree came well before utensils were brought, dirty plates were left on the table between course changes.
However...the manager bent over backwards to correct everything, was very gracious, and he brought us a taste of short ribs to apologize. He was excellent!!!!
Continues to serve the best Southern cuisine in Oakland. Their modern take on jambalaya with risotto is filled with lots of shrimp, fish and chicken. Thrive fried green tomToes are crunchy and delicious. Even the cheese stuffed croutons on their Caesar salad are unique . The pianist in the background is a delight
We were at the private dining room and our waitress just came by a couple of times to check on us. We never got our iced teas and drinks refilled. The waiter got all our orders wrong, just plopping plates without verifying who's order it was. He even put a plate on an empty seat. The service was really bad.
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