Z Cafe & Bar

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$30 and under
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The best happy hour in Oakland featuring over 100 vodkas. Serves Scratch-made American Cuisine for Lunch & Dinner. Party Space. The menu changes seasonally to provide flavors at their peak. Z Cafe & Bar carries over 100 vodka selection and offer a variety of hand shaken specialty martinis.
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L
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

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.

EA
San Francisco
142 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was GREAT

MN
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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

AB
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 3

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.

DM
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

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!

DD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hidden gem, really great food. Great portions. Friendly staff. Happy hour until 10pm. Would come back again!

D
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Cafe / Bar. One of the best Happy Hours I have been to.

s
San Francisco
28 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, food and service were excellent. Recommend the meat loaf and the Caesar salad.

EA
San Francisco
143 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Caesar salad was great, they overcooked my shrimp, remade, and took off the bill.

MH
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place, excellent food. Quiet enough to talk comfortable with your friends while enjoying the food. Pleasant service

EA
San Francisco
143 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Crab Salad sandwich was GREAT as was the B.A.T. burger and fries. Spicy Shrimp app is ALWAYS good

k
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

OT
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a fabulous time. Always excellent. Thank you Mehdi.

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 3

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.

BB
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

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.

MM
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Good Happy Hour values, especially the cocktails. Service is also good. Food/menu selections are just okay. There are many better options in town.

EA
San Francisco
143 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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.

EA
San Francisco
143 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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.

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

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.

EA
San Francisco
143 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

"Z" Cafe delivers what is promised, sooo...I am working my way through the menu.

BN
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

AH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Celebrating a birthday. Service and food was great. Had no idea this place was nestled in here. We’ll be back!

s
San Francisco
29 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great beef special entree. And the ribs appetizer is excellent. With great ambiance and friendly, responsive staff this is one of our favorite restaurants.

AM
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Low key decent food, worthy of a another visit. But not a must to have to visit. Overall it was good.

SD
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

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!

s
San Francisco
29 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, the food and service was excellent (great martinis!) and the atmosphere relaxed. Great crab cakes!

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

O
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

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.

a
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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.

L
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great low-key dinner restaurant - tasty food and lucrative happy hour.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

Was a good option. Didn't blow me away. Middle of the road. Picked for proximity to business meeting.

B
San Francisco
48 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!!!

J
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

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.

D
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

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.

FA
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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!

OT
San Francisco
31 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

Service could’ve been better but the food was good

Y
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

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.

m
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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