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Plum Bar + Restaurant

4.2
239 reviews
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$30 and under
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Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service
Top Tags:
  • Vibrant Bar Scene
  • Cozy
  • Good for a Date

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About

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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service, American
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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
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Phone number
(510) 444-7586
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
West Grand Ave.
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Public transit
The free downtown bus shuttle stops right in front. We are a short walk from the 22nd Street Bart stop.
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Entertainment
Walking distance to the Fox and the Paramount Theaters! Come before or after the show!
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Special events & promotions
Please call to inquire.
Additional
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
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4.2based on recent ratings
4.0
food
4.4
service
4.4
ambience
4.2
value
Noise · Moderate
78% of people would recommend it to a friend
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2.0Dined on February 10, 2018

There was a much smaller menu than advertised online. Only a few bar snacks and sandwiches. Additionally, there was a onesie bar crawl happening in the area that made it very loud and service slow. Server was hustling but there were not enough people on to support the customers.

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4.0Dined on February 6, 2018

Thanks for the nice service and ambience--but I liked your old menu better--with a choice of green salad --with or without chix

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3.0Dined on February 3, 2018

Music volume was up, way too loud. Everyone was practically yelling - or lip-reading! Server was nice, but lacked any semblance of knowledge or food and beverages. She also stuck her thumb right on a plate in the middle when setting out appetizer plates! Gross!

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3.0Dined on February 3, 2018

Went for dinner with a small party for my wife’s birthday. We arrived on schedule for our reservation and were seated promptly. Food was great, everyone enjoyed their meals. However, we agreed the service lacked. It was awkward when the waitress took our menus after we placed an order for appetizers and drinks; I made dinner reservations not appetizer and drink reservations. Additionally, it took quite long for the bar to make a second drink for one of our party members. It was not crowded in the restaurant at all and the drink ordered came off their drink menu so it was very hard to understand what took 20 minutes to make one drink. Four party members ordered entrees that had French fries and we had to ask someone other than our waitress for ketchup. Overall the food was good but the lack of service will make me not recommend the restaurant or at least tell people to be warned about service before dining there.

One more thing, I mentioned it was my wife’s birthday in the comments of my reservation and at no point during dinner did they ask about it. I realize not all restaurants have a policy to do things for people’s birthdays but if I’m designating it a “special occasion” and say “it’s my wife’s birthday” I would expect to hear maybe “I hear someone’s celebrating a birthday. Happy Birthday!” at the very least. Plus they only had one desert on the menu so I’m not sure if they could afford to give one complimentary or not.

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5.0Dined on January 19, 2018

Super nice staff--they even held our table for 15 minutes (on a busy Friday night!) when I called to tell them my friend had been in a motorcycle accident and we were running late. Thanks so much! :)

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3.0Dined on January 19, 2018

Menu is extremely limited for folks that do not eat meat or foul. This bar and restaurant are entirely to close to each other. the bar crowd stands around the bar and their conversations and presence interrupts the dining experience.

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5.0Dined on January 17, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on December 31, 2017

Small but very intimate. All the Waite staff are very attentive and they remember you if you come more than once. The drinks are good too. The have s wide selection of top quality spirits, and I also enjoy the menu which has vegetarian & vegan options.

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3.0Dined on December 21, 2017

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.

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5.0Dined on December 12, 2017

Their food is SO good. Creative without being at all pretentious. It can get a bit noisy, but worth it for the wonderful eats.

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3.0Dined on December 2, 2017

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.

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4.0Dined on November 28, 2017

We were with a party of 4. Reservations were 5:45pm. We arrived late 6:00 pm. Three meals served a bit late. Last meal served at 7:30pm

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4.0Dined on November 25, 2017

Really interesting drink menu and the food was nice too!

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5.0Dined on November 10, 2017

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!

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3.0Dined on November 4, 2017

the food was awful (hard, cold fries, oily grilled cheese, too much cheese omg! soggy broccoli in a hot, flavorless sauce) - but a glass of bubbles, low lighting, good music, sweet. just don't eat the food.

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2.0Dined on November 4, 2017

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.

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5.0Dined on November 3, 2017

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.

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2.0Dined on October 31, 2017

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."

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5.0Dined on October 31, 2017

Terrific drinks, great food, attentive service

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5.0Dined on October 27, 2017

Husband’s 70th birthday before seeing Chris Rock at Paramount. Drinks were the best! Food was very good! Could have stayed there all night! We will return.

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3.0Dined on October 20, 2017

We had dinner here before a show at the Paramount. The menu is simple bar food and everything was good. The service was slow, so I'd leave plenty of time if you're seeing a show.

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3.0Dined on October 19, 2017

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.

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3.0Dined on October 18, 2017

Decent place to catch a bite before performance at either Fox or Paramount. Close. A little noisy if you are trying to actually talk.

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3.0Dined on October 18, 2017

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...

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4.0Dined on September 26, 2017

Thanks for the reserved seat, delicious Pino Noir & chicken salad. I'll be back!!

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5.0Dined on September 25, 2017

Came here after not finding any places serving Vegan options around Jack London Square. So happy to find this little gem. Had the Spicy Tofu bowl and it was out of this world. The ambiance was stellar. Will definitely be back!

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5.0Dined on August 25, 2017

Some of the best service I've ever had!! Food and drinks were delicious too. I can't believe it took me this long to come here.

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5.0Dined on August 25, 2017

Great vibe, aesthetic, tasty food, creative (and delicious) cocktails and wonderful service. A fun Friday night date spot that we will return to!

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4.0Dined on August 18, 2017

Great little spot for after work drinks and appetizers.

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5.0Dined on August 18, 2017

Our bartender was great. She was very attentive but not over bearing and wasfriendly. She poured nice drinks and had good suggestions for the menu.

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5.0Dined on August 12, 2017

I ordered the happy meal and was pleasantly surprised at the excellent quality of whiskey served with the meal. I don't normally drink whiskey so I really did appreciate the attention paid to serving quality beverage with the best burger in town.

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3.0Dined on August 11, 2017

Seems like they've given up. Dusty and empty shelves along the bar are off-putting. Chips and 'dips' was a mess of all three dips thrown into a bowl. Great tunes playing but they didn't fit the dinner atmosphere. Looks like no one is in charge.

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3.0Dined on August 4, 2017

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...

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4.0Dined on June 8, 2017

Food was great. Burgers could be a bit bigger for price. But, it was simple yet great burger.

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5.0Dined on May 26, 2017

We've been looking forward to Plum bar for quite some time and were not disappointed.
The deviled eggs are very good.
I just do not get the hype that every single food item needs to be enhance with zest....

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3.0Dined on April 14, 2017

Small venue, small food menu, good drink menu. Cold and noisy. Service was slow for a small place. Kinda disappointed overall.

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2017

It's a beautiful spot, small, chill, and has great food. It's also great value for what you get.

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3.0Dined on April 4, 2017

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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2.0Dined on March 22, 2017

Great service, but too too loud (had to really shout across the table) and lots of fried food available. Would love a healthier choice.

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4.0Dined on March 11, 2017

great location if you are going to "the sound room". small but very good menu. I would go again just for drinks on the great long bar and the brussel sprouts. service was quick.

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