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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4.7based on recent ratings
4.6
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4.6
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4.7
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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

What a GREAT find! We were looking for something coming home from OAK airport at 5:30 to avoid traffic. We stepped into a beautiful old world charm restaurant decorated amazing for the the holidays. The food was great. Interesting cocktails. Safe parking across the street. We will definitely make the trip back here again!

C
Charlotte
5 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

So fun to visit during the holiday season.....Christmas in Iceland! Food was excellent. Service was attentive but not overwhelming. Loved it.

PC
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We were the nosiy ones due to cranky toddler. The staff were very kind, accomadating, and efficient. Lovely dining experience.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Oysters and cocktails were amazing and the food was even better! Such a romantic, cozy place !

BV
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

The place is awesome to look at and the food was great. Parking was easy and the environment was great.

D
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I had a wonderful dinner at The Fat Lady. We love looking at the unique and ever-changing decor of the restaurant and the small size and dim lighting made it feel very cozy and intimate. Our dishes, salmon and seafood pasta, were delicious and the service was spot-on. Our server, Jessica, was friendly and professional. We will go back soon!

DS
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our Opentable rsvp was in 30mins we arrived early and were seated right away. Food was on point. Despite a full house of dining customers... Flat Iron Steak grilled to perfection, Zuchinni Fries absolutely a must! Service was extremely pleasant and food was prompt and delicious!

D
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great location for anyone taking ferry to Chase center or Giants games 👍

O
San Francisco
46 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I believe Troy was our waiter and he was very attentive. We enjoyed our evening and the food selections were great.

A
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic in every way! Renee is lovely. The food is great. Amazing fries. Wonderful old school spot with terrific food!

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Inside decoration was so cute. Takes you back in the days I would say around the 70s-80s. The food is amazing. My friend got the pork chop (tried a piece and it was juicy, moister and the flavor was pretty good), I ordered the chicken Marsala and it was better than I expected and my bf ordered the seafood pasta with red sauce and that tasted good too. I would come back to try other dishes.

JW
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This hidden gem is a must-visit in Oakland for your next special occasion. The food was to DIE for, and the cocktails (made by a very quippy bartender) were delightful. We ordered ribeye and risotto with scallops (best scallops ever) and had dessert even though we were stuffed. The interior is a cross between a speakeasy and a harem - sparkly and dark and magical. GO! You will not be disappointed.

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Old fashioned service, good food great atmosphere. Wonderful holiday decorations

BB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Good food and ambience. Interesting and delicious salads.

PN
Denver
9 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous menu, food and environment are wonderful. The best of independent restaurants. I have been going for 4 years and it never disappoints.

SH
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very enjoyable place with quirky, fun décor and ambiance. Pleasant, down to earth staff. Very enjoyable food, although one or two plainer dishes might be nice. We had a dinner guest who has allergies to several things including spices and selection was a little difficult. The kitchen helped by leaving out an ingredient, so that was nice.

ND
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious and service was exceptional, as usual! Love going here with my family

BC
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely would recommend The Fat Lady when visiting Jack London Sq. in Oakland. Excellent food & our server, Alice, is top notch. Great location.

OL
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience3

Waitresses not very friendly. This place is old and tired.

MD
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A classic spot with a great vibe....will definitely return.

MS
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience5

The food and atmosphere is really great here but the service was pretty poor - we sat next to a ringing phone most of the night and no one ever seemed to answer it. I considered getting up and answering it myself at one point but eventually whoever kept calling finally gave up. Service was really slow - took about 15 minutes to be greeted and then another 15 to get the drinks we ordered. I ordered a second drink when the food came and it still wasn't there by the time I was done eating. The server came by and was all, "whoops, I forgot to order your drink, haha!" Nice that she admitted she forgot but a "sorry about that" would have been nice. We'll still definitely go back, but we'll ask for a table away from the ringing phone and hope for a more with it server.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

First time there and it was fun, festive, and yummy

M
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Always a fun time...good drinks, good crowd, fun people watching and the food is very good. We're often surprised how much we spend at the end of it but no complaints.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The energy and ambiance were delightful

R
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Consistently good. Enjoyed the Halloween deorations! Thanks

SM
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Our favorite neighborhood hangout. Enjoyed the Mai Tai and juicy tender thick pork chop, and the crab cakes were as good as ever. The waitress seemed somewhat inexperienced, which showed in her giving us the bill and forgetting to ask whether we wanted dessert (we didn't).

s
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

For more than 15 years I have been coming here for birthdays and special occasions-and I am never disappointed. This visit was no exception- excellent service and food. Go at 11:30 when they open— the noise level is low and you can get a great table. The interior decorations right now for Halloween are great! The staff is very nice. Can’t wait for my Christmastime visit!

FK
San Francisco
48 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

This is the time of year that we love to check out The Fat Lady with its Halloween décor. Plus, my daughter has to have their seasonal pumpkin entrée with risotto and scallops. She dreams of it all year! I enjoyed my salmon (sounds boring, but I assure you, it wasn't) set on a bed of nicely sauteed vegetables. Two people in our party had the seafood pasta and two had the hamburgers. I was surprised how large the hamburgers were! It seemed like the patty was a whole pound! And, of course, there's dessert. Enjoyed a very pleasant evening with my family.

TH
San Francisco
81 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always lives up to its reputation. Best restaurant in Jack London Square

CC
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Very good and tasty food. First time I've had fried Zucchini for an appetizer. I'll have that again for sure.
Date lady had Prime rib. Big enough to feed two people. I had Calamari steak. Okay but I've had better.
Lemon cream cake dessert was very good. Small place and crowed a little bit too noisy. Did not have any problem talking to my date lady though.

ST
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always love coming here!

MS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience5

Our server was overloaded with tables and could not cover everyone.
Food was great and the atmosphere was good and noise level not bad.
I would highly recommend and for food and atmosphere !

TH
San Francisco
81 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a gem. They close for three days to enable them to decorate for Halloween which, in Bay Area fashion, they take very seriously. Fabulous atmosphere, great vibe, comfortable and casual. Food is carefully prepared and the drinks are correctly crafted and delicious. Best French onion soup in the East Bay. New York style crème brûlée – yum. Love this place.

SW
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cool, eclectic restaurant. Lovely atmosphere and food!

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time at Fat Lady was perfect! Dinner and drinks were perfect. Looking forward to returning again.

BB
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience4

The waitress was awesome.
The food, for the price we expected much better. Not bad but value didn’t equal quality.
It was 90degrees outside and there was no A.C. inside. I do not enjoy sweating while trying to eat. Our table neighbors were also complaining. But again the waitress was awesome. I may try it a second time but will def NOT recommend to anyone else until I visit again ( not anytime soon)

JP
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Fat Lady offers a one of a kind ambiance with even better food. Highly recommended if you’re in Oakland.

LW
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We enjoyed the old style feel of this place. Its very unique. Tables are close together but it's not too bothersome. We could still have a normal conversation without feeling like people were listening or it was too loud. The service was great and the server was friendly talking sports with my son. We all enjoyed our meals although we thought the portions were a bit on the small side for the price.

RL
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

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
74 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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