Z Cafe & Bar

4.4
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306 Reviews
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$30 and under
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Californian
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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4.4based on recent ratings
4.4
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4.5
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4.1
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4.4
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89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great little gem in the neighborhood. The service was excellent, food was well prepared, very tasty. Our server, Mona, was outstanding . We will be back. In a historically older building . Great architecture. All around an excellent experience.

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SusanC
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very loud unfortunately.

Vegetables were just ok. Portion good but steamed vegetables are just ordinary.

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scooter46
San Francisco
31 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

As always, excellent food and service. A great neighborhood gathering place!

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vipOaklander
San Francisco
95 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Good neighborhood comfort food oriented restaurant. Lively bar scene. Courteous and professional wait staff.

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PeggyC
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always enjoy dining at Z's. It happens to be close enough for us to walk to, but if you have to drive, well worth getting there! A small neighborhood cafe with excellent food.

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arthurb
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional service and food!!!!! The staff is very attentive and the food was delicious. Well stocked bar.

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OaklandRez
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Service is getting worse by the day. Used to frequently visit this establishment. Will not be returning.

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BarbaraB
San Francisco
38 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very quiet , Sat 6:15 PM.
Loved the lobster ravioli and the eggplant parm stacks.
Salad good
Sautéed spinach fresh but oversalted
Veggie burger good but not amazing
Service was warm and attentive but not intrusive.
Easy street parking

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vipmari
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I accidentally went here for a birthday dinner. The food was great and it feels fancy without costing fancy. We returned the next weekend. This restaurant will definitely be on our rotation of favorites!

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CaramelqueenM
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience4

Service was slow but food was great

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Cliff
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience3

We went to this restaurant for Oakland Restaurant Week and had the $40 special. The appetizers and salads were good, but our pot roast entrees were very disappointing. The meat was on the dry side and stringy and there was minimal sauce to add some moisture. The mash potatoes tasted like it came out of a box.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Went there for Oakland Restaurant Week with 3 others and had a great time. Food was excellent especially the pot roast, apple walnut salad, chicken piccata and bread pudding. Lively atmosphere, extensive cocktail menu and awesome service. We'll definitely be coming back!

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vipKarynH
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Really enjoyed the good food and the ambiance. Not enough help for a Sat. night which might have been due to restaurant week.

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vipMarlene
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All three of us ordered different items and they were all very good. I'm sure I'll be back.

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AlfredA
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were a party of 8 celebrating a birthday and had a wonderful time.

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cheryl
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

visited for Oakland Restaurant Week with 3 friends and had the Mississippi pot roast and grilled salmon....delicious! I'm not one to get pot roast but Z Cafe and Bar made a flavorful, tender one that was definitely a generous portion.
The crab cakes with tarragon sauce was ok....i prefer a crunchier exterior and the breading was soggy BUT they use plenty of crab without a lot of filler which was a major plus....all the salads offered for the evening Caesar's, Z House Salad and the Fuji apple were wonderful...lightly dressed.

Drinks were on point! had the Blueberry lemon drop and it was FANTASTIC....reasonable HH pricing...even at regular pricing it was the best! highly recommend dining here and will return to try their infamous Lobster ravioli...

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vipEATS4BB3
San Francisco
168 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Did the Oakland Restaurant Week menu to get away from all of my old standbys. Had the Crab cakes and Bruschetta the Mississippi River Pot Roast, House Salad, and Flourless Chocolate cake. Everything was very good, surprised by the pot roast.

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vipDizzy
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience1

I was looking forward to dining at this restaurant with my family to Celebrate the beginning of the Christmas season (for us), but was disappointed. It's a sad place with no ambiance or character. Food and service were just acceptable.

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vipEATS4BB3
San Francisco
168 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had my usual Spicy Shrimp and Tito's and added the Pulled Pork with Roasted Garlic Fries...Great!!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service! Hope to visit again soon!

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DrNB
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Nice place for a quiet weekday dinner.

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vipRichardC
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good happy hour drink. Food was very tasty with a laid back atmosphere.

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vipAugust2014
San Francisco
70 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Reservation at 6pm, Place is busy......nice ambiance, friendly and attentive server, other than 2-4 people at 4-5 tables dining, there were two separate large parties celebrating (one party in a separate private room).....place has a nice bar.
my entree (blackened tilapia, veggies, balsamic rice) was yummy and I ate all my veggies as it had a garlic infused flavor to the mix of broccoli, cauliflower, zucchini, carrots..
My friend ordered bunless burger with fruits, and it was a good size burger, fruit looked fresh but I don’t know since it’s late season/November.

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KathaH
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have dined at the Z Café several times - always pleased with the food and service.

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Dodie
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Very nice and quick service

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Corky
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The waitstaff was wonderful, very attentive. We very much enjoyed our meals and would recommend this restaurant when dining in downtown Oakland.

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vipSteakAndGreens
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Great for a night out with friends. Classy casual. Food was delicious but restaurant is loud.

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vipChrisC
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Love the atmosphere, service, food, and reasonable prices.

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vipEATS4BB3
San Francisco
168 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All food was great!!!

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vipEATS4BB3
San Francisco
168 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Everything was GREAT

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viplove2eat
San Francisco
39 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious very reasonably priced food; wide range of choices; generous portions; friendly & attentive service.

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vipLaura
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

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.

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vipEATS4BB3
San Francisco
168 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was GREAT

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MarkN
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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

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AnneB
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall3food5service5ambience3

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.

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DavinaM
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

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!

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DelaDee
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipDee408
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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scooter46
San Francisco
31 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

EA
vipEATS4BB3
San Francisco
168 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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

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Z Cafe & Bar offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (510) 451-2905.

Z Cafe & Bar is rated 4.4 stars by 306 OpenTable diners.

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