The Fat Lady Bar & Restaurant

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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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RL
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

I've dined at The Fat Lady several times now and each time I've been treated as a valued guest and feel quite at home in response to the personalized treatment the staff provided me. I will continue to patronize this fine establishment for many years to come.

L
San Francisco
68 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every dish was delicious and well prepared. Service was excellent. The decor is unusual and fun. Will definitely go back. Loved the risotto with scallops and chevre roasted tomato salad especially.

B
San Diego
36 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

The Fat Lady Restaurant and Bar was a nice place for dinner. The menu is limited but the dishes were tasty. The service and attention was good. It is popular as evidenced by the bar and tables being occupied all evening.

RB
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The food and drinks here are consistently amazing. There was an issue with fruit flies constantly buzzing us during our meal, but I'm guessing that is not a constant problem. Great location to dip over before seeing a movie.

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

Thank you so much Pat for the great experience in your house, not kidding, we really loved the stay and the contact to you people, it was simply awesome to be with you...

LD
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Reuben sandwich. My friend had the prawn pasta and loved it. Wish they had beer on tap

AK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday celebration was amazing. Everyone loved their meals and bartender made great drinks.

NM
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Having thought ahead to book a lunch reservation, it paid off by securing the cute alcove off the bar--really a plus on a busy Friday. The noise level was tolerable, was able to visit and catch up with an old friend, as well as enjoy a really nice lunch. I love their steak salad, the steak was perfectly prepared. My friend enjoyed the special lamb shank luncheon plate. The service is consistently good, which is one reason I enjoy coming back again and again. A cozy, gem of a place, close to home in Alameda!

MK
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

This is clearly a beloved gem that we’d never visited in all our years being in the East Bay. The decor is fabulous. The staff is professional and very capable. The vibe is lively and fun— though one patron cackling at insane decibels for 20 minutes straight was a little much. In any case, we really enjoyed our dinner on a recent Friday night. Got a last-minute reservation. Ordered the delicious scampi appetizer and a bottle of wine. Had two chicken entrees— the one on special and also the Marsala. They were good— not anything extremely inspired but definitely good and at a fair price. Finished with the decadent chocolate pudding. Overall, had a memorable dinner and would certainly return!

CJ
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great time at The Fat Lady. Their char grilled prime rib, mashed potatoes and veggies were delicious. We highly recommend having the Meyer Lemon cake for dessert! We will definitely go again in the future.

B
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The “Cheers” of Jack London Square. Long history of fine food and warm service from a family owned restaurant. Hope there is forty more years of business to come!

OT
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a great evening. Service was exceptional.

PE
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to The Fat Lady last week for the first time, curious to try it out, not sure what to expect. We were more than pleasantly surprised. We intend to go again-- and maybe again, etc.

OL
Seattle
80 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

This historic joint is near Jack London Square and quite a treat for a visitor to discover. Welcoming, attentive staff who take great care to assure you are enjoying your experience and meal. Decent wine list, great craft cocktail menu, lots of local cuisine including a superior Ceviche. Try the roasted fig and almond gelato too. I'll return when I am back in Oakland, which is about four times a year. Kudos!

LB
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

I have always loved The Fat Lady! This visit, however, was somewhat disappointing. As always, the menu was delightful and it was hard to choose.

I chose Scallops with a mixture of risotto, rice and a couple of other pastas. The presentation was lovely. However, the flavor (or lack thereof) was good; but not up to my previous visits. The scallops were overdone and a bit tough. The pasta had the consistency of paste.

When I perused the wine list ready to order a glass of white wine I was taken aback! There weren't more than a half dozen or so white wines and they were all chardonnays or sauvignon blancs and not appealing at all. The tiramisu I chose for dessert was okay; but again not particularly flavorful.

I'll go back once to give it one more chance. Perhaps the chef was on vacation or having an "off" night.

TH
San Francisco
74 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

If you live in the bay area and have not been to the Fat Lady, you must go. Funky, eclectic atmosphere with superb food and drinks. Such an unusual place. Makes putting up with Bay Area traffic bearable.

a
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is excellent. The pork chop is very succulent & tender. Servers & owners are very friendly and spot on with service

EA
San Francisco
143 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fish special was great as was the Calamari steak

CH
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

If you want an old school, traditional Oakland eatery, The Fat Lady is the place. Excellent service, great food (love the fried calamari appetizer!) and a fun setting. Always a delight.

JJ
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Have been going to this restaurant for more than 30 years

Always great service
Food

D
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

We were seated at the bar initially ~ we were a bit early but than were not seated til 40 minutes after our reservation time. It was explained but felt odd. Food is ok not outstanding ~ portions smallish.

RC
Sacramento
9 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect night for two

OT
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was fantastic!! My husband and I were in Oakland and chose this spot and I am so glad we did! Get the zucchini fries- I swear they are as good or better than any potato fries I’ve had! We also had great steak bruschetta (so tender and flavorful) as an appetizer to share. For our main dishes we ended up sharing the grilled lamb and chicken Marsala. The Marsala was absolutely delicious! Amazing flavor in the chicken and a delightful mushroom and red wine sauce.

Our waitress was super friendly and definitely made great suggestions when we weren’t sure what to do.

Ambiance is super fun and cool- it was a great time!

MC
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Pricey but very good. All of our food choices were excellent. The ambiance is wonderfully over the top.

L
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

It's a unique and charming environment. Servers are friendly and attentive. The food is good.

TF
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An old time, classic San Francisco restaurant... In the heart of Oakland! Great steaks & cocktails.

N
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I started with a bowl of clam chowder which was wonderful. Entree was the Calamari Steak which was very good. The staff was very friendly. It would a place I would go if I lived in the neighborhood.

HB
New England
6 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very enjoyable evening. Great food, friendly, efficient staff. Plan to return.

BL
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Restaurant was excellent... great food and fun decor. Easy parking.
Nice to book through open table but got email that you don’t get points from this restaurant. Why is it on your listing?

TH
San Francisco
74 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simply fabulous. I am never disappointed. Very consistent. One-of-a-kind atmosphere. Milieu best described as a conglomeration of New Orleans, 19th-century San Francisco and down-to-earth Oakland. Menu, though not unusual or edgy, is inventive. Perfectly made cocktails which are blended behind an original 19th century oaken bar. This place is a Bay Area treasure.

CW
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food amazing atmosphere and amazing service would recommend to anybody

CB
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

This place is amazing! I went here for an anniversary dinner. The drinks, apps, entree, and desert were all great!

j
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We went for our Anniversary dinner....the food was good and proportioned well.

My husband had the ribeye which he enjoyed immensely and I had the calamari steak which was flavorful and tender.

For desert we shared the Passion Fruit sorbet topped with champagne....yum!

CN
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Excellent food, old-fashioned decor could use revamp. Really unique establishment

RN
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

I've never had a bad experience at The Fat Lady Restaurant. The pork chop is to die for.

l
Philadelphia
66 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food.. fun, upbeat vibe, excellent service, and delicious meals. We were staying at nearby hotel, and liked the restaurant so much we went twice for dinner. Both experiences were terrific.

U
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 5ambience 4

We arrived at our reserved time only to be informed that since we had only recently reserved a table the only table available was going to a party that was late in arriving. We
Had to wait at the bar for twenty minutes. It was a pleasant enough experience, our waitress and then support staff were very good.

DT
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I got a soda and steak
It was also my parents 31 years of meeting on that day

AA
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

m
Chicago
9 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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