Spice Monkey Restaurant & Bar

3.5
10 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Global, International
At Spice Monkey Restaurant and Bar we bring mouth-watering, globally inspired cuisine together with a warm-hearted service staff. We have a welcoming ambience, creative cocktails and a lively event schedule. Since opening in 2008, our unique, taste tempting flavors and seasonally changing menu has featured Spice Monkey’s own house-made spice blends, marinades and rubs.

Bar seating is available downstairs, with dinning tables, that can accommodate larger groups, in the upstairs loft. Throughout the month, the upstairs loft features live comedy and community gatherings.

During weekend nights, Thursday, Fridays & Saturday, reservations will be bar seating & high-top tables only.

Spice Monkey Restaurant is located on the corner of Webster and 17th, walking distance from BART and music venues The Fox Theatre and Paramount Theater.

More information about The Restaurant, Howden Market and Spice Monkey Brand Spices & Teas coming soon. G
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3.5
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3.4
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RE
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 1

This place is marketed as a restaurant when in fact it's a loud sports bar. Food was OK, service was bad, the table of screaming sports fans and screeching loud TV made for a poor start to an evening out.

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KJ
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 3

I enjoyed my experience, however I reserved a table for 5 on a Saturday night at 6 pm. When I arrived we had to sit at the high tables by the bar because they were seating for their comedy show and could not seat us upstairs. We debated going to another restaurant where we could get a proper table, but in the end decided to stay

. I think it should be mentioned when reserving that certain nights there is only bar seating available. I will definitely keep this in mind for the future if I consider dining here again.

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CS
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

The wait for food was ridiculously long even with a reservation! We ordered our food at 12pm and didn't start eating until 1:15pm. We weren't even comped a meal, just told we can text the event coordinator our food requests before coming and they'll start preparing it then. What a waste.

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LS
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 1

The service was terrible. We waited 25 minutes for a drink.

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b
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 3ambience 2

I am sorry to say we are not happy with spice monkey. I had a confirmed reservation for 8 people friday, dec 7. The restaurant did not receive our reservation from open table and therefore there was no room for my party. They did try to put us upstairs with 3 tiny tables right next to a jazz trio. It was an uncomfortable situation and we decided to leave the restaurant and eat else where. I was very disappointed and two of our party left for home. The restaurant staff did provide us with a complimentary drink while we waited. Unfortunately, It didn't help matters much. Open table completely dropped the ball.
On our previous visit for lunch, on a week day, the prices on the printed menu were incorrect. The actual price of a salmon add-on to a monkey bowl was higher than quoted.

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BF
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Average at best. Long wait despite no one there. Mediocre food.

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BG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A friend and I took our 5- and 6-year old sons to dinner here in the early evening prior to a kid-friendly show at the Paramount. The servers were so kind and patient with our kiddos, and the food was yummy and arrived quickly! I love the decor and ambience at Spice Monkey, and want to go back for adult beverages sometime soon. Great little downtown spot!

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R
San Francisco
30 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Spice Monkey was a super fun and welcoming restaurant in Downtown Oakland. Enjoyed a delicious "bowl" and added salmon on top. So good! I'll be going back to try the Fried Chicken Sandwich and fries next!

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F
San Francisco
91 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Nice little place downtown Oakland dump, we received a very friendly service, nice stain-glass window at the 2nd floor, quiet food is decent, had the lamb hamburger and arugula salad.
Price is decent, service was fast. good place for quick lunch business meeting.

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CF
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Spice Monkey is a great spot to get some creative Asian fusion food, or hang at the bar downstairs, before you check out Oakland Comedy on Friday nights.

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