Has Valentine's dinner with their set menu. All the items were delicious. Waiter was very friendly, fun and attentive. It was a relaxing enjoyable evening.
Decided to try something new and it was fantastic! Super friendly server and great drink options. Super yummy food!
This was out 1st time to Z Cafe. The restaurant is very charming as previously part of an auto dealer. Very retro. Food was good & service very attentive. Tends to be quite loud as the restaurant fills up. Great place to stop Pre-theater.
I met a friend here for my "pre-birthday" celebration. The ambiance was great, our waiter was AMAZING and very loving and thoughtful. It was my pre birthday and he put a candle in my dessert. A diner next to me paid for my drink because she knew it was my birthday. This place is beautiful and amazing. I chose this restaurant during Oakland Restaurant Week because they are one of the few that donate proceeds to the Alameda County Food Bank and that really matters to me. This restaurant is a gem and great dining experience, please go!
Really nice - we will return
Had a great dinner here. The place was buzzing with a convivial crowd. I loved my cucumber basil martini. The waitress was great - friendly, with good advice and great timing. Refilled my ice tea frequently. Blackened chicken Alfredo was hearty & delish. The Star was the garlic prawn appetizer - the best version of this classic Spanish tapas dish I’ve had in the Bay Area. Order it spicy! I will definitely return.
Once again, beautiful service & accommodation for our group of six. Usually everybody only loves their own mom's meatloaf, but 5 of our 6 love the meatloaf - don't get me wrong, we all still love Moms' meatloaves too, but Z's meatloaf is yummy. Mashed potatoes & sauce and vegetable - perfect! Also, we are totally in love with the chicken tortilla soup. Next time I eat there, I am tempted to order 2 bowls - it is so fresh & delicious I really could eat at least 2 bowls. Did I ever mention the awesome & really good Manhatten? I always request extra cherry juice (graciously granted) and it is such a pretty, elegant drink. Great Happy Hour Menu too for drinks & appitizers. I love everything they serve but these days after the holiday eating, I am ordering the tortilla or tomato soup and the Apple Walnut Salad - romaine hearts, Fuji apple slices, blue cheese, glazed walnuts, raspberry vinaigrette - ALWAYS the very freshest ingredients. We often eat here with our adult children who both live in Oakland( they are semi-Millennials, and definitely foodies) and they always enjoy the dinners too!
Cute place for a quick bite to eat -- okay but nothing special
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.
Food was excellent but the noise level was unbearable
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.
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!
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.
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.