About Plum Bar + Restaurant
PB+R does modern takes on classic, American food and drink. We make everything we can in our own kitchen — from the components in our handcrafted cocktails to the condiments, buns, and everything in between for our our award-winning PB burger. As with all the restaurants in the DPG family, we cook with only the best seasonal ingredients straight from our friends who grow them.
Oakland, CA 94612
Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service, American
Hours of Operation:
Monday - Thursday 3:30pm - midnight
Friday 3:30pm - 2am
Saturday 5pm - 2am
Kitchen open 4pm to 11
HAPPY HOUR! Monday - Friday 3:30pm - 5:30pm
West Grand Ave.
$30 and under
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
Walking distance to the Fox and the Paramount Theaters! Come before or after the show!
The free downtown bus shuttle stops right in front. We are a short walk from the 22nd Street Bart stop.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
Please call to inquire.
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Plum Bar + Restaurant Ratings and Reviews
As soon as I walked in the door, I was greeted graciously by a well dressed young lady and asked if I would like to go to my table. I told her that I was waiting for my son and I would like to sit at the bar. She escorted me to the bar and found 2 stools together and said that I could sit there. She was so nice that it made the rest of the evening extremely pleasant. As soon as I sat down, another charming bar tender asked me if I would like some water. She brought me the water and then asked if I would like something from the bar. This was such a change from most bars, where, before you sit down, someone immediately asks you what libation you want to drink. I ordered and my drink came almost immediately. A few minutes later, the bar tender asked me if my drink was satisfactory and if I would like an appetizer while waiting for my son. I ordered their special olives which were warm and delicious. After my son arrived we ordered a chicken bowl and a cheeseburger with fries. Everything was totally delicious. I wanted the hamburger medium rare and they complied perfectly. My son said that the chicken bowl was outstanding. During this time, I watched countless couples come in for dinner and drinks. When we left, we were thanked by everyone, and asked if there was anything more they could do for us. This is unlike most Bay Area Restaurants/Bars where no one takes a personal interest in your dining experience. What a great find for excellent, casual dining. My thanks to the management and staff for providing such a pleasant evening.
Been here 10+ times and always enjoy the food and cocktails. Unfortunately, my last couple of visits were marred by the place being incredibly understaffed. This time, our server was a delight, but she seemed to be the only one working the entire restaurant on a busy Thursday evening. Still, nice save by the staff: when our drinks had been forgotten (the place is mostly a bar, after all, so seemed odd that the food would arrive first), the server offered an apology and a free food item (we opted for the chocolate custard -- tres delish!), and a manager-type almost instantly appeared with the drinks (well worth the wait). Very generous response for something that wasn't a big deal. We'll continue to come here even without being bribed 😁, but better if they staff up to avoid these pitfalls in the first place.
I really want to like this place -I’m a huge oakland supporter (since I live and work here), the space is great, interesting crowd. But we had to wait a really long time to get anything to eat or drink. We waited at least 1/2 hour for a glass of wine and about an hour for dinner. And it was not that crowded. Food was ok to above average. I would go back again to sit at the bar and have a drink.
We had the Caprese cocktail and almost died and went to heaven! We are cocktail connoisseurs and this by far is top 5. Plum is a GEM and our favorite place to grab phenomenal drinks and snacks! Music is great, decor is warm and inviting, candle light everywhere. Love it here!
It took 20 minutes to get drinks after we ordered (and enquired several times) while the place was practically empty at 6pm on Saturday night. second round of drinks took just as long as the place was filling up and there were extra bartenders. luckily we were not in a hurry - otherwise would have walked out. no excuse - really bad bar service. drinks were small and expensive on top of bad service. menu very limited food was ok, server was sweet but inefficient (perhaps not her fault). will never return.
My mother and I had dinner here before heading to the Oakland Ballet show. The service was fast. She loved the salad with chicken and I really enjoyed my pre-show cocktail. This place is now my go to for pre-show dining. The food is great and the ambiance helps set the tone for a lovely evening.
We ordered at 6:30. By 7 PM we were asking someone who was not our waitress to please fetch our waitress. She arrived, said "I'll put a rush on your order." A rush? That seemed absurd after a half-hour, but great, thanks. She said "I feel your pain right now." Literally, she said that. She brought us some olives. 7:25 food arrived and we shoveled it in in order to get to our show. No conversation with my friend at that point, pure shoveling. Not how I like to enjoy a dinner out. Wedge salad was fine, far as I could tell in such a hurry, friend told me his grilled cheese sandwich was soggy. On our way out waitress said "Be well."
The drinks are wonderful, and they have lots of varieties of cocktails, all of which have been great. The food, on the other hand, has been hit or miss. The tofu bowl didn't have much flavor and the sauce tasted more like mayonnaise than coconut. I had the wedge salad which was quite good. My friend had the fRied chicken wings, which were crispy and delicious but the spicy broccoli wasn't very good. It was spicy but not very flavorful. Compared with other restaurants in the area, I don't think the food is as good.
Despite a 5:30 reservation and the fact that we got our table when the restaurant was almost empty, the staff soon got slammed. I got my food before my date, there was an error in the order, and we had to flag people to order a second drink and to eventually get our check. Wasn't very smooth...
I've been here a number of times over the years, and the cocktails are still great but the food menu is not as good as it was. The Happy Meal (burger, fries, whisky, beer) is a great deal, but WHY in the name of all that is holy would you put "quinoa falafel" on nachos?!? Sacrilege. I can't even...
We came with friends before Speakers Series. Food is good, but so few options. Seating is difficult. We have only ever been seated by the front door, where a cold burst of air comes in whenever the door is opened. Seating is hard wood chairs, no cushions available. Always crowded and high noise level. Am I just getting too old for this type of setting?
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