The Fat Lady Bar & Restaurant

4.7
301 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
A family owned and operated business since 1970. The Fat Lady is known as one of Oakland’s finest lunch and dinner houses. We can accommodate private as well as semi-private banquet rooms. Formerly a brothel, the Fat Lady offers an ambiance that is warm, intimate and unique to the Bay Area.

The Fat Lady offers parking validation which offers discounted rates in the public lots.
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San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service, always make it before a Yoshis show...never disappointed

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m
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Great food and service. It is loud and noisy. Especially enjoyed the dessert. The waitress offered suggestions and recommendations.

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R
San Francisco
45 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This our, go to place in Jack London Square. The service is excellent, and food and drinks are always great. We have been coming here for many years. They have a very good variety on their set menu, but they always offer specials every night. Vodka Martini's to start. We had the Caesar Salad and split it between us. Not too garlicy, with Anchovy's. I had the scallops, and my wife had the ribeye. We both loved each others dinner. We were never rushed. There is moderate noise, but you can easily converse. It is a great place to go if you want lunch, dinner, or sit at the bar and have a couple of drinks.

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JM
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I went for the first time, during lunch, to celebrate my cousin's birthday.
The service was wonderful and the food was fantastic.
I definitely want to come back for brunch or dinner.
I would recommend making a reservation.

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L
New York Area
188 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a great find. We had drinks with our realtor and they set us at a quiet table. We also had dinner later that night with another couple. Great service, cocktails, wine selection. Calamari appetizer was outstanding as was the calamari steak entree. The special ravioli were excellent as well. Definitely a place worth checking out. I think it’s an undiscovered gem

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CW
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great dining experience from the atmosphere to the service to the food all absolutely perfect. Must-try their Meyer lemon pudding cake excellent

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MS
Milwaukee
4 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food with outstanding g service. The ambiance is nice as well.

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B
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Everything was excellent except that they were out of several wines on the list. Otherwise, 5 stars.

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NC
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food. service can be slow if they are busy but worth the wait just order another drink

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L
San Francisco
30 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice if eclectic setting for a get together. Good food, good service, nice drinks. Wanted to see their private dining room upstairs but it wasn’t open for viewing; maybe another time.

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BG
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and Service were both good. It is one of my favorites.

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M
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

A very cool and unique did it experience!

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NA
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

It's OUR spot for Girl's Night!!! We love it!!! We'd like more variety in the appetizers. While the ambiance is eclectic and delightful, the food is a bit serious.

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E
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our first visit to The Fat Lady was for my birthday and, as foodies, our fingers were crossed. We were delighted! The interior is fun (and reduces the noise level, I would think.) Our server, Stephanie, was terrific, and we enjoyed every bite of the Pate appetizer and the chicken and salmon dishes we ordered. It was a delicious dinner, and the décor made it fun and inspired memories of great old restaurants in San Francisco. We highly recommend The Fat Lady and have plans to come back for lunch next. Thank you!

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Date night

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JK
San Francisco
585 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Love the funky, escape-from-the-70's atmosphere! Solid, traditional, well-executed food with well-trained service. Make a reservation; popular place. A relief from the ubiquitous hipster-ism of all the other JLSquare places. Don't miss the fried zucchini, which will spoil you for all other restaurants' versions. Decent steak, good lamb chops, and love the calamari steak which is so hard to find these days. Also, a good brunch altho very popular. Parking on street or in city garage across the intersection.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Overall very good. The negative issues are how close the tables are to other dinners and the comfort level of the chairs.

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JC
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was amazing. Service was great. Our new favorite spot.

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TH
San Francisco
62 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the few family-owned restaurants left and the only family-owned restaurant in JLS. No cookie-cutter corporate environment here. Ambience and decor one-of-a-kind. Like walking into a unique New Orleans French Quarter bar. The food, though not unique, is perfectly prepared. Drinks are carefully crafted and properly served. Lovely place.

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MS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We has our 30th-33rd anniversary dinners here. A great classic place with good food, bar and classic ambiance. Lsolid place if you’re looking for a good steak dinner and a Moscow Mule to go with it.

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M
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time here and it certainly did not disappoint. Great atmosphere, wonderful food, and the right amount of service. Great energy.

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MR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the atmosphere and the staff was very accommodating and nice. The bartender, Brandon, was cool and they have a nice selection of wine. The food was delicious, we got French onion soup and Chicken Marsala.

Yelp usually takes down good reviews unless you pay them a lot of money, so hopefully this review stays up :)

I highly recommend this fun old school bar and restaurant at Jack London Square.

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PB
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Delight to dine somewhere where noise level very low Food n drinks were excellent Highly recommend

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HV
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

This was the second time that our visit to the Fat Lady was not up to par. For the past two visits, we have been seated back by the kitchen even though in both occasions we had reserved a table a week in advance. Was also disappointed to learn that for a party of five there is a gratuity charge; usually in my experience this type of charge is reserved for a party of six or more. In any case, the food as usual was very good though the service was a bit slow possibly due to understaffing. I will still frequent the Fat Lady but will request seating in the main dining area rather than in the back room.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

It need to be explained to your host that you should never say something like "Not to rush you, but there are other tables waiting," when there were three other open tables, we were not taking a considerably long time to finish dining. It ruined the nice dinner we were having with my aunt and uncle, and we will be hesitant to return.

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HK
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Homey, nutty, historic neo-brothel interior that's lots of fun, the food is excellent, and the people are friendly. A terrific neighborhood establishment.

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M
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great place for good conversation and/or hosting a parent from out of town.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So amazing from the food to the service everything was perfect

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Chicago
25 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thought this might be a touristy spot, but the menu was interesting, the food was really good and the service was wonderful. Had a delightful dinner, not too expensive, and interesting venue.

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HV
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent service, very good food, ambiance is unique.

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FF
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

This is a favorite restaurant. Keep coming back. Great staff, good food, interesting decor that changes seasonally and of course the jazz soundtrack. It's a little bit like going back in time.

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RD
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Really nice ambiance in here. Loads of authentic character. Food was good. Prices as expected. Would have been 5 stars except I ordered a dry gin martini up with olives and it came with a twist. When I told our waitress I asked for olives she said I’ll be right back, and brought me some on a pick. Does she not drink at all? Teetotal, perhaps? She totally missed the point. My drink tasted like a lemon grove. It should have been remade. I guess I could have insisted on that but sometimes I don’t wanna come across as a jerk. Otherwise great.

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OT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Delicious and perfect date spot!!!

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SM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never disappointing. always a favorite. will continue to love that place and share with friends family and coworkers

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a cool venue! Interestingly decorated and aesthetically appeasing. Had a special on the winter menu, gnocchi with goat cheese.. delicious!

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a
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Flat iron steak was excellent and the meyer lemon pudding cake was devine. Would have both of them again. Stephanie was so friendly and gracious.

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DG
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Service was excellent. Food was good to great, depending on what we ordered. Flat Iron steak was ordered medium rare and one end was medium rare while the other end was very rare (chewy). Please take better care to have head chef check food before it goes out the door. Thanks.

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SZ
Orange County
26 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

The restaurant nicely accommodated the change in group size which was appreciated. Not being willing to provide more than one check per table was a pain point. My meal was ok, the bread pudding was not great. The buss staff was super at keeping our water glasses full.

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KR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Had a great lunch today. The lamb shank was near perfect.

My whole group moved their meals.

Service was a bit slow at the end. Not a big deal but I had a meeting to get to and it was annoying to flag server down for the check.

Still, I’ll be back.

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OT
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Eceltic decor. Great food! The pork chop and Maine lobster ravioli were amazing! Small space, reservations recommended.

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