The Fat Lady Bar & Restaurant
The Fat Lady offers parking validation which offers discounted rates in the public lots.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
Great Reuben sandwich. My friend had the prawn pasta and loved it. Wish they had beer on tap
Birthday celebration was amazing. Everyone loved their meals and bartender made great drinks.
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!
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!
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.
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!
It was a great evening. Service was exceptional.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Food is excellent. The pork chop is very succulent & tender. Servers & owners are very friendly and spot on with service
Fish special was great as was the Calamari steak
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.
Have been going to this restaurant for more than 30 years
Always great service
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.
Perfect night for two
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!
Pricey but very good. All of our food choices were excellent. The ambiance is wonderfully over the top.
It's a unique and charming environment. Servers are friendly and attentive. The food is good.
An old time, classic San Francisco restaurant... In the heart of Oakland! Great steaks & cocktails.
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.
Very enjoyable evening. Great food, friendly, efficient staff. Plan to return.
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?
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.
Amazing food amazing atmosphere and amazing service would recommend to anybody
This place is amazing! I went here for an anniversary dinner. The drinks, apps, entree, and desert were all great!
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!
Excellent food, old-fashioned decor could use revamp. Really unique establishment
I've never had a bad experience at The Fat Lady Restaurant. The pork chop is to die for.
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.
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.
I got a soda and steak
It was also my parents 31 years of meeting on that day
Great food and service, always make it before a Yoshis show...never disappointed
Great food and service. It is loud and noisy. Especially enjoyed the dessert. The waitress offered suggestions and recommendations.