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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4.6
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4.7
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NC
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We’ve been going to The Fat Lady for close to a a decade now and it consistently kicks butt. Go for the seafood. Go for the cocktails.

EA
San Francisco
167 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mushroom & Scallop Risotto.
New York Steak.
Calamari.
Belvedere Martini.
Class Azul.
Each dish was FANTASTIC.

C
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food, service, and ambience were great.

My guest was extremely satisfied with the total experience.

He said he will come again and bring his guests.

Conway

h
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Very cute restaurant! Appetizers (salads and cheese board) were excellent as were the steaks (NY strip). The pastas (gnocchi and cameroni) were very good. The deserts (parfait and cheesecake) were good but nothing to write home about. Still overall very good value for the price which was moderately high.

e
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great decor and good food. I brought my Midwestern parents and they loved it!

KD
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Always a treat to be at the Fat Lady. The Friday night prime rib is great and the ambiance second to none.

OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food was great, service acceptable, not too pricey.

a
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The fat lady is a a place every one should try , a hidden gem , it is a place of Intimate dinning stuck in a time we once knew.

JR
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I thoroughly enjoyed dining at The Fat Lady again on Monday 2/24/2020. I love the restaurant, the menu and the of course the service. I enjoyed the amazing, tender and flavorful pork chop while my guest enjoyed the cod.

Truly and amazing and historic place, dark, woody and very comfortable. Friendly and attentive service, prices great for the high quality of food.

J
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very cute place! Prime rib was exactly temperature ordered (mid rare) and well seasoned. Good marbling without overly excess fat caps. The interior is so kitschy but in a warm cozy way. Service was crisp but attentive and not brisk. Deserts are worth the stay. The humble cheesecake is amplified with a sour cream topping and wine reduction.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was pricey,but my steak was cooked to perfection and taste great.

JO
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dinner, great service, and even better environment. We have been here many times (although it had been a few years until our recent visit) and we feel welcome. The look of it really pushes it over the top.

n
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food2service5ambience3

Please keep in mind this review is for Valentine's Day. We made reservations completely unaware the menu would be entirely different because nothing was mentioned on the website. They did not have anything on their special menu I was interested in. We stayed but the couple next to us left after looking at the menu. I wish we had, too. We bought a $48 bottle of wine, 2 steaks, and a side of mushrooms that cost $200. The steak was good, but not what I was in the mood for and I regret paying that much for a meal I didn't want. I wish they had advertised the holiday menu. So be warned in the future.

m
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service are always great. One of our favorite restaurants in Oakland.

SH
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

LOVE the ambiance! Wonderful little gem, will definitely go back!

M
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great time! Really interesting place, great waiter, food was excellent, a really enjoyable time.

K
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had not dined at Fat Lady for many years and was Pleasant surprised. Loved the food and great service.

l
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Fantastic service for my husband’s birthday

AB
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food3service4ambience5

We honestly loved this place. The food is nothing special, but the ambiance and cocktails are!!

VW
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Restaurant had a sign on the door that it was closed. No notice. Update: actually they did give a notice in the morning of our reservation. I didn’t see it so I withdraw my negative comment.

MS
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First the atmosphere...the place has been in business for 50 years, but everything looks perfectly cared for and put together. The bar is beautiful and has hints of nostalgia from the rooms days as a brothel. There is an antique cash register behind and mirrors that look like they were cleaned and polished moments before we arrived. The rest of the room maintains this same feeling and attention to detail - everything is perfect.

The food and the service are the same - comfortable, friendly, sheik, and SO yummy! We had appetizers, drinks and dinner. Every item was mouth watering (try the Fat Lady Burger!!). We drove 30 miles to check it out and we can't wait to find an excuse to come back!

Something of note - the place was decorated like a winter wonderland!! Apparently they make a large investment to created incredible themes around Christmas and Halloween...it felt like we had walked on to a movie set - well done! It added so much to the experience!!

PN
Denver
11 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Each time I go I look forward to the food, unique atmosphere that changes seasonally, and wonderful service. The Fat Lady never disappoints. The experience at the bar is also wonderful. Put this one on your list

s
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Easily our fave place in the East Bay... and the Bay Area in general! It's wonderful. We keep coming back!

LR
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

We went to celebrate a birthday and had a very enjoyable time. We were seated and someone took our order right away. We returned ,after having an equally nice lunch ,on another occasion. We will go back again, and have mentioned the restaurant to others as a good choice for lunch.

SM
San Francisco
30 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Portions are small, and prices fairly high. I wasn't too crazy about my Mediterranean chicken pasta, which tasted sour, but I didn't want to pay$35 for a scallop dish. It has good atmosphere and good service. I prefer its brunch menu.

MM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cozy, fun, delicious and unique. A must! Highly recommend the pâté and lamb.

MM
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

We always love going to this restaurant. This time the service was slow and we were there for over 2 hours! One member of our party was late, but our server was very slow between check-ins and took so long to get our order for dessert that we just skipped it and went home. We enjoyed the evening but it was REALLY long and a lot of waiting for our server.

LF
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

LOVE this place!

FB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love The Fat Lady. The food is always good and if you hit it around a holiday they decorate like no other restaurant I have ever seen. Parking garage right next door. You can't go wrong here.

JG
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Had a business lunch. Food was good and service very attentive. My only suggestion is the need for an update. The menu and preparation style is dated and doesn’t really reflect current tastes.

S
San Francisco
27 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always terrific, great food, great service

LG
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Oh how we love this place. It is authentic, family owned, long lasting and wonderful. We have celebrated countless celebrations here. The brunch is terrific, dinners sooo good. The decor has many antiques and quirky pieces of art but it is especially fabulous during three holidays: Christmas, Valentines Day and Halloween. Those are the times that it is lavishly decorated...and differently each year with creative themes. We were there for a birthday this time, had a charming server (Alice) who is also a talented artist. The owner, Patricia, is almost always present to greet, seat and welcome people. At brunch you will start with a plate of complimentary mini-muffins, at dinner order the fried zucchini as a starter. This is definitely the "antidote" to all the chain restaurants and the slick modern spaces that open and only survive a few years. The Fat Lady has been in business for decades, and it combines tremendous character with delicious cuisine.

OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and drinks. Always decorated so well for the holidays. The Fat Lady never disappoints!

M
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The food was very good and the service excellent. Unfortunately, it was so loud that we could not hear each other talk without shouting. We probably won't go back unless it's a weekday.

EV
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was the first time at the FL for my 3 companions. They have lived in Oakland for years and didn't know about this gem! They were really impressed and sending pics to friends left and right. We had a great time.

S
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best place to celebrate the Holidaze with friends! Really the best place to celebrate anything. The service is perfect, attentive without interrupting our party. If you are slow to get into the season get yourself to the Fat Lady and get your winter wonderland spirit on.

SB
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, excellent service. An Oakland classic. A real gem.

A
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall5food4service2ambience5

The waitress we had was not cordial towards minorities, just the white person at our table of four (1 Chinese, 2 African Americans, and 1 Caucasian). I tried to ignore it, but it was obvious she was only comfortable with her own kind. Too bad.

R
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great evening in every way! The Holiday decorations gorgeous, wonderful meal, such fun!

S
Atlanta
10 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Yummy food in a fun and beautiful ambience. Copy and busy but not overwhelming, very enjoyable, great service!

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