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About Z Cafe & Bar

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.

2735 Broadway
Oakland, CA 94612
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Californian, American

Hours of Operation:
Monday: 11:00 AM - 2:30 AM, Tuesday - Friday: 11:00 AM - 10:00PM, Saturday: 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM. Closed Sundays.

Cross Street:
27th street

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(510) 451-2905

Website:
http://www.zcafeandbar.com/

Public Transit:
19th St Oakland BART Station

Private Party Contact:
Mehdi Zarekari: (510) 828-6564

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Z Cafe & Bar Ratings and Reviews

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4.1

service

4.2

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3.8

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

100% would recommend it to a friend

Casual (7)
Good for Anniversaries (3)
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Neighborhood Gem (3)
Bar Seating (3)
Business Meals (2)
Good for Birthdays (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Happy Hour (2)
Healthy (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Cozy (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Worth the Drive (1)
Creative Cuisine (1)
Fit for Foodies (1)
Good for Groups (1)
Live Sports (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Notable Wine List (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
Quiet Conversation (1)
Romantic (1)
Special Occasion (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
Comfort Food (1)
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 8, 2017

We had my step daughters engagement dinner here and we all really enjoyed our selected dinners. The only issue, and our newly trained waiter did the best he could, was he was the ONLY waiter that night. It all worked out, next time we stop in I'm sure he'll be the best waiter in the Z Cafe and Bar.

Tags: Bar Seating, Cozy, Pre/post Theatre, Comfort Food, Quick Bite, Happy Hour
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·Dined on October 8, 2017

Food was excellent but the noise level was unbearable

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Very inconsistent service but very sincere and cheerful. Food was really quite good. Dining room is very spacious and not crowded at all. Weirdly there were televisions, which sort of detracted from the fine-dining feel and gave it more of a sports bar ambience. Overall good but not what I would call high end.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 27, 2017

We frequently eat at the "Z" and have never been disappointed. Every dish we have tried , and that is many, is always very fresh and perfectly presented and delicious! The restaurant is always very clean and the setting is delightful! The pork chop is wonderful, always cooked to perfection, juicy and flavorful. The burgers are also very good - including the Z burger, vegan burger & topless burger. Tough choice to choose the salad I want - they are all great - so very fresh! Pastas - always yum. My GF sister can always find something she can eat ---- and enjoy, because Z never sacrifices on flavor just to make it gluten free. Z is definitely one of our favorite places!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 22, 2017

Salmon was fantastic, NOT shared.
Salad greens were crisp without too much dressing
Spicy Shrimp were great as usual, shared.
Dining companion would NOT share her Blackened fish.
Blueberry Bread pudding was a pleasent surprise, shared.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 3, 2017

This is a fairly ordinary restaurant with average food and very attentive service. The food isn't bad by any means; the menu is extensive; and the prices are quite reasonable. I just mean that it's ordinary. If you want a decent lunch at decent prices, go here. I'd go back.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 2, 2017

I have eaten at Z Cafe on a number of occasions. Although I would like more variety in their menu, I can usually find something to enjoy.

Tags: Happy Hour, Casual, Great for Lunch, Good Vegetarian Options, Neighborhood Gem, Disabled Access, Bar Seating
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 23, 2017

Food and drinks are always good. We go to Z's often and always have a great meal.

Tags: Live Sports, Handcrafted Cocktails, Casual, Comfort Food, Vibrant Bar Scene, Bar Seating, Good for Groups, Happy Hour, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 23, 2017

This is a good restaurant but nothing spectacular. Service is very attentive and prices are quite reasonable for the quality. I had tomato soup and grilled cheese, both fine. The small salad was perhaps the best part of the meal, although the bruschetta was also good. I would go back.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 13, 2017

Joined for business lunch break. Great food. Great service.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 11, 2017

Fantastic good, delicious drinks, wonderful service and great value!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fun
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 14, 2017

My dining companion said she was not very hungry. We shared the Spicy Shrimp appetizer (shrimp have gotten smaller), a side of Vegetables, and the Lobster Ravioli. The Mushroom Cream Sauce for the very tasty Lobster Ravioli was outstanding. Judy was our fabulous wait person, we were there for 3 hours with 3 Martinis and 2 Margaritas. A good time was had by all, Medhi included.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 3, 2017

the food was just OK. Mine was delivered lukewarm.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 2, 2017

Service was phenomenal. Atmosphere was nice. I could have a business meeting and still glance up at the Warriors game. The drinks were so-so but the burger was outstanding! I would definitely return for another burger.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Happy Hour
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 1, 2017

The menu is reminiscent of a Dennys-type place, with appetizers, salads, burgers, sandwiches and some entrees thrown in. Good service, but the food was just mediocre. Example: vegetarian vegetable soup was tasteless and so spicy as to be inedible, ribs were tender, but had not flavor. Blackened tilapia was the same. The green salad with chicken was better than anything else anyone had.

Not going back.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 28, 2017

Ample portions of classic dishes. Blackened fish was espegood

Tags: Casual, Bar Seating
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 (Seattle)·Dined on February 21, 2017

Excellent venue and food. Service was great. I will definitely go back.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 14, 2017

Love this place.

Tags: Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 14, 2017

Good food, very reasonable pricing for the quality. Good fish and a side of plenty of aldente vegetables, not drowning in butter. The Valentine's Day special (which are usually overpriced at most places) was actually a better deal than the regular menu. What a nice change! Service was good. Owner was very nice and accommodating. Not too noisy even though it has hard surfaces and high ceilings.

Tags: Romantic, Healthy, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 28, 2017

Overall all my friend and I had an okay experience. They seemed understaffed and overwhelmed with orders. It took 20 mintues before the wait staff offered us water and bread. The wait for our entree and cocktails went about the same. The little staffed they had seemed rushed and not that happy. Every thank you shared by my friend and I was answered with silence.

I was surprised the wait staff didn't return to ask if my friend and I wanted a second round on cocktails when we were done. The bartender who made my peach mojito, by far the best I had in awhile. it Dessert was the highlight of the entire night.

Again, underwhelmed by my dining experience. If staffing is an issue, I hope this gets addressed before the next dine about town week happens. If we go back, it will be for cocktails and dessert.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 28, 2017

Enjoy the value menu for Resturant week, it was a four coarse meal. Delicious!

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 26, 2017

My wife and I went there to celebrate our 48th anniversary and Oakland Restaurant Week. The food was delicious, with generous portions, the service was excellent, the servers friendly and helpful, and the cost very reasonable. We especially enjoyed the ribs, tilapia, and eggplant parmigiana. The Caesar salad contained anchovies in it like it was supposed to have. The restaurant itself was clean and attractive, yet it felt relaxed and comfortable. We plan to return sometime soon.

Tags: Happy Hour, Worth the Drive, Gluten Free Options, Good Vegetarian Options, Live Sports, Special Occasion, Outstanding Value, Good for Groups, Pre/post Theatre, Late-night Find, Notable Wine List, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Healthy, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Handcrafted Cocktails, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Sunday Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Quick Bite, Authentic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 24, 2017

For our first time here, we took advantage of Restaurant Week. We had a very nice meal with great cocktails and a nice bottle of wine. Price point was very reasonable and a good value. Service was very friendly. Had the feel of a "neighborhood place." We studied the regular menu and thought that we would like to return and try other things. Can't beat a cocktail hour that lasts from 4 to 10 pm. Would recommend it to others.

Tags: Quick Bite, Fun, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 24, 2017

Z's Restaurant Week menu was well-thought out and the food was quite good. For us, it was the best use of our time and money during our week of dining out. For $30, each diner got bread and butter, a 4-piece appetizer, a choice of salads, 4 choices of entree (how I love their eggplant parmesan), and a choice between two desserts. We'll be back.

Tags: Casual, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 10, 2017

I know I sound like a broken record but this restaurant is consistently perfect with yummy food, efficient friendly service , & great cocktails and extensive wine list. The owner is very involved in the business and the results are obvious . Everything flows smoothly & owner often stops by tables to say hello to everyone. The building is beautiful and is always spotlessly clean. We come monthly for theater , frequently with friends, and often with family . I cannot even think of anything that they could do to improve . They are awesome!

Tags: Happy Hour, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Fun, Casual, Afternoon Coffee, Pre/post Theatre
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 31, 2016

I love this place. It was a great way to selebrate the New Year! Great menu, signature cocktails, and the White Macaroni and Cheese is to die for!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Quiet Conversation, Happy Hour, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Healthy, Bar Seating, People Watching, Cozy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Live Sports, Comfort Food
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 28, 2016

Met a friend who had never been, she loved the Spicy Shrimp and the B.A.T. Burger along with her Ginger Martini. I had the Blackened Telapia which was NOT burned. All-N-All a very enjoyable meal.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Happy Hour, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 27, 2016

I hadn't been to my neighborhood restaurant in years , but have always enjoyed the food and service. So, brought some out of town guests. Evening was an embarrassing fail. Service was incredibly slow. Actually had to go the bar to get our drinks which had been sitting for at least 10 minutes. Food came out painfully slow as well. And when it came presentation was lacking and my pork chop appeared to have been cooked earlier and reheated. Very disappointing.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 9, 2016

We all enjoyed our food...very tasty and great serive.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Casual, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 18, 2016

Excellent service, delicious food, not too formal, but nice place to get all American food.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 31, 2016

Great food and drinks. We received wonderful service from the friendly staff.
I had the blackened fish topped with avocado salsa. Was a little spicy and very delicious. And the flourless chocolate cake was yummy.

Tags: Vegan, Kid-friendly, Special Occasion, Healthy, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Bar Seating, Happy Hour, Great Beer
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 31, 2016

Delicious food, draft beer, friendly service, very reasonable pricing , amazing cocktail list, I will be back

Tags: Good for a Date, Vegan, Kid-friendly, Outstanding Value, Great for Lunch, Business Meals, Happy Hour, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fun, Casual, Great Beer
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 28, 2016

It was an especially busy time. There was a huge party, maybe 25-30 people there and we were six with a time restriction. We were served with care and attention to our needs, in spite of this huge party. We were most grateful as we were hosting the dinner.

Tags: Authentic, Bar Seating, Happy Hour, Quick Bite, Comfort Food, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 15, 2016

we decided to try this place on a Saturday night. When we walked up to the door there was a sign saying they were closing at 8pm for a private party. The owner was very friendly and seated us right away and said that they would not kick us out. Our server was nice but not knock your socks off awesome. The food was fresh and tasty and we made the best of it. I would definitely recommend this place for happy hour/bar scene. Perhaps on a regular evening without a group in the private room and an upcoming closing for a private event, I would report a better overall experience. I think it would have been nice to get a phone call as well, since I had a reservation, informing us they were closing early for a private event. Would I return for dinner, probably not, but again would come back for the bar!

Tags: Happy Hour
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 11, 2016

Great manager & bar tenders. Located in a well accessed area. More intimate than most places. Good for Sports viewing. Its one of my neighborhood favorites.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Live Sports, Happy Hour, Disabled Access, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Outdoor Dining, Cozy, Good for a Date, Business Meals, People Watching, Quiet Conversation, Handcrafted Cocktails
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 3, 2016

Food is always good at Z Cafe and Bar. We came for lunch for a change. Usually go there for dinner. It has a nice lunch menu. Hamburgers always delicious - as are their salads, pastas, meats....

Tags: Quick Bite, Good for Groups, Comfort Food, Casual, Vibrant Bar Scene, Happy Hour
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 26, 2016

The food was great and the customer service was outstanding. I'll definitely return.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 15, 2016

Courteous, friendly service and delicious food. I'll be back soon!

Tags: Business Meals, Gluten Free Options, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 27, 2016

All the food and cocktails were delicious and pricing was reasonable. I'll be back!

Tags: Kid-friendly, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Late-night Find, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 7, 2016

NEVER ever disappointed. We Love "Z"! The food is predictably yummy. Salads always fresh & crispy and the restaurant is sparkly clean - every time!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Fun, Happy Hour
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