Fabulous food once and very thoughtful, helpful staff.
Love everything about the place. Such wonderful food and such a great experience.
We had crispy prawns, mi quang and Pho. Food was good but on the oily side. Service was great. Definitely will be back to try other dishes.
Food was good. Unfortunately the service was so appalling and disappointing that it completely ruined my entire dining experience. I have been wanting to try this place for a while, and finally brought my husband for what I was hoping to be an enjoyable dinner. Instead, we were ignored, had to constantly go up to wait staff to ask for literally everything (to order, get glasses for water, check on our food, etc.) Not once did someone come over to our table for any of these things. When we got our entrees, one was missing. Since no one bothered to check up on us at any point, I had to go downstairs to the kitchen to get the status. After I was told that it was likely delivered to the wrong table (without an apology), I asked them to take it off my bill, paid, and left as I could not take it anymore. Also worth noting that there were 4 waiters this night and quarter of the place was empty. With plenty of options in Oakland and the Bay Area, there is no reason to patronize establishments that put zero effort in the most basic customer service. Will not be back.
New Fresh flavors in a fun and we'll appointed setting. I'd get there early with reservations as the line gets big.
I gave in to the buzz and booked a table to celebrate payday—always a special occasion, right? Temple Club is located in a renovated old building on International—think lots of exposed brick. Decor is funky and Asian/travel inspired—I liked it. The downside is that the old building doesn’t seem to have functioning heat, and it was uncomfortably chilly—this was during he recent cold spell. The menu had nothing on it that I recognized. Exciting! Sweetie and I ordered three things: a bright green shrimp starter that tasted like shrimp rolled in rice crispies (a very good thing—I could have eaten two servings), the roast chicken, which was sizzlingly crisp on the outside and perfectly juicy inside, and a pork stew that very much reminded me of Chile verde, but Asian style. The crowning glory of all the dishes were the Sauces—savory or spicy or sweet—you choose. Service was enthusiastic and friendly, but not so organized. And the total came to $44, which is totally affordable Bay Area standards. We’ll definitely be back.
Friendly helpful staff. Excellent food chef helpful.
Great food and culinary delight. Service was a bit slow but if you’ve the time, it’s worth the wait.
Innovative and hip take on SE Asian Cuisine. I eat a lot and this place is at the top of my list for cool, hip new places in Oakland.
overall very tasty interesting vietnamese food. they made accomodations for our vegan friends. bit of a wait with only 2 people in the kitchen.
Funky and fun dining spot with exceptional service.
Luckily the delicious food and service made up for it!
If given a choice definitely request a table downstairs. You feel a little too far removed dining upstairs.
No alcohol served yet but you can go down the street to purchase and bring back to the restaurant.
Food was very good, but we had to wait a very long time to get our entrees. Then they did not come out together. Looked like the staff was overwhelmed and were not able to churn out the complex (but delicious) dishes quickly enough. Understand that they just opened, hope things improve as it was very delicious.
It was great. We are going back in two days. Unlike any Vietnamese food we ever had. Fantastic!
Unbelievably delicious Vietnamese food we are so lucky find here in the US!!! Chef Geoffrey Deetz is remarkably hardworking and oh so creative to bring us this topnotch authentic food. His love and passion for elevated Vietnamese flavors is so apparent in the food His wife is as lovely as thw whole staff. Bravo!!!
The kitchen looks understaffed. We had a 7p.m. reservation, were seated by 8, the Maitre D blame it on Open Table for booking too many tables at the same time. We sat without food for another 30 min. The food is decent.
Fun. Good was adventurous and relish. Great add in sauces. Service slow but friendly.
We enjoyed Temple Club and found the people super friendly. We've been to Vietnam so were intrigued by reviews saying this would be like real Vietnamese food. We appreciated the use of traditional herbs like Shisu. We thought some of the dishes could be adjusted a bit - as flavors were more muddled than we would expect in Vietnam, where fresh ingredients always shine. The curry we had had veggies that were so overcooked we couldn't distinguish them as they broke down into the sauce, except for the pumpkin but it was near to falling apart. The fresh noodles with beef contained all the components you'd expect including some homemade fish sauce that was really good. The noodles didn't really absorb the sauce though so it was hard to get all the flavors together. The specialty of the chef had a great flavor of broth, nice and beefy.
With some time, perhaps they will be able to fine tune some of the dishes.
After the great write ups, perhaps my expectations were too high. But I went with two friends, both of whom have eaten a lot of Vietnamese food, and neither of them liked it either. Food was bland and uninteresting, the place was cold and noisy and while the people were pleasant, the service was lax. Not cheap either. Would not go back or recommend. There were a lot of people there though so I guess others like it.
Exquisite food with authentic flavors and creative combinations. Chef Geoffrey knows what is truly delicious. Wonderful!
Unfortunately, despite the restaurant's web page showing that it was open for Thursday lunch, and OpenTable taking a reservation for Thursday lunch, in fact the restaurant was CLOSED. Dinners only this winter!
The owner was apologetic and invited us back with special consideration. We will take him up on it!
We had our second meal at The Temple Club. It's unique cuisine. Mostly big flavors and textures - kind of lusty and a bit messy (especially the pork ribs with a sweet and vinegary and very thick glaze.) I have to say, not everything is to my liking (i was kind of meh on the pumpkin curry) but the overall value and creativity is really good. Get the pork ribs, breaded shrimp and the roast chicken.
Amazing food, and great service! Chef Deetz is amazing in proving authentic Vietnamese food in Oakland.
I had read about this restaurant from local newspapers and I was curious to try it. I was not disappointed. The food was very good, the ingredient super fresh and the whole experience was unlike any Vietnamese restaurant I had tried before.
There are options for everyone, from shy to adventurous (frog legs and pig ears in my case).
Service was very friendly and so were the prices.
I'll be back
Casual place with nice vibes. Our large group tried a lot of dishes, the most memorable ones were the beef soup noodles, the pastrami pho, and the veggie curry. Good spring rolls as well. Only dish that no one liked was the mi quang noodles, as said noodles were super al dente and almost crunchy. Service was friendly, but our table lacked the proper number of place settings for our group, not enough utensils, etc. These were small issues that didn’t detract from our experience. Also, on the mezzanine level there is a big chimney looking vent that was directly over our table, it blew cold air during the entire meal and that made some of our party feel chilly. The restaurant is also in a sketch area of Oakland, but lock your car, put away your valuables, and say hi to the working girls on your way to this yummy place.
Bland and twice the cost of the better, authentic Vietnamese spots right around there
Tremendous food in a cool little spot in an edgy part of town. Popular place.
Really unique, great tasting food from. Chef/owner who really takes pride in his work.
great spot. great service, byob, food was amazing, highly reccomend
This is such an incredible new addition to the Oakland dining scene. Chef Geoffrey Deetz has created a warm, inviting environment and some of the most delicious flavors I've had in my life. He does magic in the kitchen but he's very approachable and amicable. He wants you to understand and appreciate his authentic Vietnamese food and it's evident that he pours so much love into preparing it. I intend to regularly visit this place which is now a favorite.
I'm part of a study group that occasionally tries out spots where we can get food off the beaten path. Temple Club is our latest, and now favorite spot for noshing tourism.
A couple of us have lived in SE Asia & missed Vietnamese tastes. Some others have been and wanted a refresh. And one or two just wondered what it was all about. We were all happy. This is NOT your everyday Phở place; many tastes & preparations outside of our range. Just some tastes that people will recognize: shark, tamarind, squid, basil, mint, crab, durian. Every dish has a couple of unique tastes. Come as a group so you can sample many dishes!
We were a bit overwhelmed with the choices & asked Geoff to make a meal fit for 8 of us & we were all very happy.
Patronage was mixed between English- and Vietnamese-speakers. Spirits were high all around. This is not a white-tablecloth place—come for the food & fun, not to show off how much money you can throw around.
I'm writing this less than 90 days after it opened. There's no beer license yet — BYOB. Service got overwhelmed by people on 2 occasions. The paper napkins are flimsy. He's an experienced chef both in Oakland and Vietnam—ask to hear his story!—and I'm glad he's put his energy so far into the food & hope the service follows. We'll keep coming back regardless.
Terrific food - expected flavors but executed so perfectly that it’s really quite exceptional. Will definitely be coming back!
Very impressed with this hidden gem. We needed to find a restaurant close to oracle and Yelp definitely hooked us up with this one. The food is amazing, I mean it’s been 48 hours and I’m still thinking about that curry bowl with eggplant. Not to meantion I’m vegetarian and some plates have a Vegan option! I already love you. Restaurant ambiance is awesome, I love the artwork on the walls and the entrance door with the theatre vibe. Can’t wait to be back :)
Everything was wonderful about our dinner at the Temple Club: the novel and delicious food, the incredibly warm and personalized service, the lively and welcoming decor. Also so many gluten-free offerings! We had a great time and will be back.
The food here is incredible! Great atmosphere, friendly staff; and of course, the food is flavorful, authentic, and delicious. Tried the sea bass curry, pumpkin stew, and mushroom spring rolls; and I wish I knew more about food so I could describe it all accurately. But suffice to say, my girlfriend and I were blown away.
The place just opened, so we experienced some small service kinks. But the wait staff was very helpful, with both the slight delays and the menu.
Also, no liquor license yet, so BYOB. Or, try one of the fresh juices. Honeydew juice? Never had it before tonight, but it's amazing. A restaurant worth traveling for.
The Temple Club is beautifully decorated, but casual. The food is DELICIOUS, and very reasonably priced. Most of the dishes come in "American" size or "Street" size, so if you want to taste lots of things you can get the street version for half the price. Our first visit was on a Saturday night, just a couple of weeks after the restaurant opened. They weren't really prepared for a full house, but they had one, probably due to word of mouth. The small wait staff was professional and friendly, but I felt very sorry for them as they rushed up & down the stairs, trying to take care of everyone. Please, Temple Club, install a dumbwaiter! The chef was also friendly, even though he was working very hard. He answered our questions and made a few suggestions regarding condiments, as we weren't familiar with this type of food. I wish I could recommend specific dishes, but I have no idea about the names. Guess it doesn't really matter, though, since everything was great.
The restaurant is new and service kinks need to be worked out. It took over an hour for food to come out. Food came our sporadically.
I cant explain in words how bad our experience was here, and I literally never leave reviews like this. Our waitress completely forgot about our existence twice, leading to lies about our order being punched and sent to other tables (even though she asked us again what we had ordered).
When a few dishes did arrive about an hour and a half after we sat down, they were sloppy and just didn't taste good. A noodle bowl looked like it had been hacked to bits for infant consumption, I can only imagine the dregs of a package were used rather than opening a new box. On top of the chop job, the flavors just weren't that good at all. A decently competent home chef could do better.
The icing on the cake was when the chef delivered a dish that we had ordered and had not received to the neighboring table, with apologies for the wait. They had been sitting there half the amount of time as we had. With that, we didn't wait for the remainder of our meal. Huge disappointment.
I know they just opened recently. They’re still going through learning experiences. We waited 10 Munsters for a table even though we had reservations. We ordered Bun bo Hue, a mushroom roll and a grilled pork dish. Order seem simple enough but it took 45 minutes before we got our food. Food was good though my fiancé wasn’t impressed by the Bun Bo Hue, she’s Vietnamese. We’ll try again once they work out some of their issues.
Some of the most delicious food of any style I've ever had. Unusual flavors, interesting combinations, and obviously prepared with love. Chef Geoffrey Deetz knows REAL Vietnamese food and has perfected it. This place is a GEM!
Excellent and authentic Vietnamese food. The owner and chef lived in Vietnam for 16 years and is constantly changing the menu to reflect the different regional styles of Vietnamese food. If you have a chance to chat with him, he can tell you where the dish originates from and a little history about it. There is only one pho dish on the menu so don’t expect the usual Bay Area Vietnamese fare. On last night’s menu there were items such as jellyfish salad and entree with Mako shark! Come here for a culinary adventure where you will feel like you are in Vietnam!