Z Cafe & Bar
Great cocktails! Great service. Food varied by what we ordered. Loved the meatballs and fried green tomatoes. For dinner: I had the eggplant parmesan and it was amazing. Meatloaf was very good too. The blackened tilapia was a overpowered by the spices. Hard to taste the fish. Overall, a nice meal and cool atmosphere. Great spot for dinner before a show at the Fox or the Paramount.
Everything was GREAT
All went well. Noisy but could heat as well as necessary. Good food, nice place at the edge of a sketchy neighbourhood. I’d do it again
We were seated in the central dining room next to a table with six young women. They were literally screaming at each other for most of our dinner. A group line that should be seated in the back. We love the Cafe and often come before Temple.
Husband and I tried Z last weekend and were happily surprised at how nice it was inside. Looks are deceiving from the outside and we didn't expect much. Service and food were very good. Vegan options available. We will be back!
Hidden gem, really great food. Great portions. Friendly staff. Happy hour until 10pm. Would come back again!
Great Cafe / Bar. One of the best Happy Hours I have been to.
As always, food and service were excellent. Recommend the meat loaf and the Caesar salad.
Caesar salad was great, they overcooked my shrimp, remade, and took off the bill.
Great place, excellent food. Quiet enough to talk comfortable with your friends while enjoying the food. Pleasant service
Crab Salad sandwich was GREAT as was the B.A.T. burger and fries. Spicy Shrimp app is ALWAYS good
It was quiet for a Saturday, but we all agreed that the the choices were varied and many, and the value and food were exceptional. We plan on going back again. Soon.
We had a fabulous time. Always excellent. Thank you Mehdi.
Astonished that this place is still around given all the offerings in Oakland.. must be the value...because the food was mediocre at best...rotted salad greens are never acceptable and drowning them in dressing does nothing but try to hide the sins..portions were more than ample so that may be a draw for some but quantity never outweighs quality in my book.
From the time my party of 5 walked into the restaurant professional service. We felt welcome and the waiter was funny and very accommodating. This is a wonderful restaurant for great drinks and food. The crab cakes were the bomb. Thanks again for making my dear friend's birthday celebration great.
An OK place. I had the Caesar salad and the pork slider. Both were so-so. The pork was dry. The Happy Hour pricing is good—might be a good place to go for a drink.
Good Happy Hour values, especially the cocktails. Service is also good. Food/menu selections are just okay. There are many better options in town.
Tried the Chicken Picata and my usual Spicy Garlic Shrimp.
The chicken was tender and moist and if you like (I do) lemon caper sauce with lots of capers it was heaven.
Stopped in for the Spicy Garlic Shrimp app. Like them so much I just had a double order and no entre. Left there a happy man.
Had the famous Meat Loaf, guess I am NOT much of a MeatLoaf person. Have not had any in 40yrs. The shrimp app was great, as were my drinks.
"Z" Cafe delivers what is promised, sooo...I am working my way through the menu.
The Z Cafe experience is always a way for us to relax and enjoy during the weekends. The food selection is always deliciously consistent. I had the Rigatoni (special of the day) and husband had the salmon. We both enjoyed the food and ambiance at Z Cafe - one of the treasure of Oakland.
Celebrating a birthday. Service and food was great. Had no idea this place was nestled in here. We’ll be back!
Great beef special entree. And the ribs appetizer is excellent. With great ambiance and friendly, responsive staff this is one of our favorite restaurants.
Low key decent food, worthy of a another visit. But not a must to have to visit. Overall it was good.
Rich, textured, smoky mac n cheese (its’s difficult to find a good one)!! My date enjoyed a vegan burger & fried green tomatoes. Yummy, pretty drinks! Very friendly & attentive staff. I’m hard of hearing - but there wasn’t too much noise on a Wed eve. Plus there’s a patio for future visits!
As always, the food and service was excellent (great martinis!) and the atmosphere relaxed. Great crab cakes!
Forgot how good but noisy this place is. We loved it but ask for a quiet table if you want to talk. Otherwise just enjoy the party
We went on a Friday night. The place was full. Reservations a must. I had the ribs and crab cake appetizers and the apple/walnut salad. All three were good. My wife had a house salad and the Mac and cheese “happy hour” special. The latter came very late, which was voluntarily removed from our bill. Neither dish impressed my wife.
All and all the dinner was ok. Not bad and not great. If we were drinking we may have had a better time because they had a full bar and many happy customers.
I was notified of their special by email. The spicy chicken stew. Drove one hour to come to dinner!
It’s always a very tasty meal no matter what I’ve ordered it. It’s one of my favorite spots to visit when I come to the bay area.
Great low-key dinner restaurant - tasty food and lucrative happy hour.
Was a good option. Didn't blow me away. Middle of the road. Picked for proximity to business meeting.
We always have a delicious meal at Z'Cafe and Bar. The salmon and the chicken piccata are my favorites. But if you're in the mood for a great hamburger, go for it! Actually, we go fairly often and have tried many of the items on the menu at various times. Drinks are well made and prices are reasonable. It's going to be even more crowded once the various apartment buildings nearby are completed. Hope they will save a place for us!!!
Food was well above par for a fine dining experience but the prices were so reasonable for the bay! Cocktail menu was extensive and well made.
Went for restaurant week based on positive reviews. Husband got the special. His Fish was very overcooked. I had shrimp appetizer which was fabulous. Everything else was just so so. Mac and cheese very disappointing. Ut needed another type of cheese to pop up the flavor. added backn was just thrown on top. Service was good but overall it was nothing to write home about.
It's Restaurant Week, so it was crowded and noisy, but it was still very good! Our server was really hustling, and he made sure we were well taken care of! The food was very good, and because it was Restaurant Week, it was an excellent value too!
Service could’ve been better but the food was good
We had an outstanding meal here during restaurant week. We were both very impressed with the food selections and quality. I want to point out, however, the one thing that made this great experience a stellar experience. The restaurant was busy for restaurant week, and that can often create delays or service issues. Not in this case. The team supported each other, covered for each other, and made sure that my dining experience wasn't dragged out or delayed. And I still got friendly service! I really want to thank the team that was working that night - it was a great experience and we will be back!
We had a very enjoyable night out at Z Cafe for Restaurant Week. The food was good. While the server was very attentive and friendly, they were rushed and the kitchen pushed food out too fast so we felt rushed. We got over it. The ambiance is authentic old school and I love it. This would be a great place to meet up on a blustery afternoon and enjoy good drinks, good comfort food and good company. Not an intimate quiet 5 star restaurant but a solid good value venue worthy of repeat business.
Great drink menu. There is a great variety of food - something for everyone . There were 5 of us. Large portions, excellent value. Mashed potatoes excellent.