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Z Cafe & Bar, Oakland, CA

Z Cafe & Bar

4.4
4.4
336 Reviews
$30 and under
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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Booked 3 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Californian, American

  • Hours of operation

    Mon 11:00 am–2:30 pm
    Tue–Fri 11:00 am–9:00 pm
    Sat 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (510) 451-2905

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Private party contact

    Mehdi Zarekari: (510) 828-6564

  • Neighborhood

    Oakland

  • Cross street

    27th street

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Public transit

    19th St Oakland BART Station

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Popular dishes

Menu

Happy Endings

  • Warm Blueberry-Lemon Bread Pudding$6.00

    chunks of ciabatta bread soaked in our lemon vanilla cream sauce, tossed with blueberries, baked in the oven, topped with a dab of our fresh whipped cream. Please allow at least 15 - 20 minutes for this order

    • Flourless Chocolate Cake$5.00

      half the sin but double the richness with mousse like texture, baked bain-marie style, drizzled with chocolate sauce

      • New York Style Cheesecake$6.00

        baked atop a traditional graham cracker crust, our cheesecake is a blend of cream cheese, cottage cheese & sour cream baked at low temperatures and chilled overnight

        • Tiramisu$6.00

          lady fingers soaked in a shot of McLaughlin's espresso, layered with a blend of mascarpone cheese, sweet marsala wine & fresh whipped cream. Topped with Pernigotti cocoa and chocolate

          • Gelatos & Sorbet

            Vanilla Bean, Dark Chocolate Blackberry Cabernet Sorbet

            • 1 Scoop$4.00
            • 2 Scoop$6.00

          Ports

          • Taylor Fladgate$9.00

            10 yr old Tawny

            • Sandeman$8.00

              Ruby Porto

              Last updated: February 3, 2022

              What 336 people are saying

              Overall ratings and reviews

              Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

              4.4
              4.4 based on recent ratings
              • 4.6Food
              • 4.5Service
              • 4.2Ambience
              • 4.5Value

              NoiseModerate

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              1. OT

                OpenTable Diner

                1 review

                5.0

                1 review

                Dined on April 24, 2022

                overall5food5service5ambience5

                Z Cafe is always on point … good food, good drinks, good service … been visiting this place for years & never been disappointed.

              2. C

                Carla

                San Francisco

                4 reviews

                5.0

                4 reviews

                Dined on April 18, 2022

                overall5food5service5ambience5

                Restaurant owner is always around to ensure high quality. Waiters are very nice. Salmon is delicious.

              3. D

                Dima

                San Francisco

                2 reviews

                2.0

                2 reviews

                Dined on April 18, 2022

                overall2food4service1ambience1

                Went on a lunch date in the middle of the day because photos on their site were great… what a disappointment! The exterior was graffitied, nobody met me to seat me, the wait staff was either overbearing or absent for prolonged periods of time. The one saving grace was the food. It was really good and I would recommend if they address the issues above.

              4. OT

                OpenTable Diner

                1 review

                5.0

                1 review

                Dined on April 3, 2022

                overall5food5service5ambience5

                Staff was incredibly welcoming and attentive throughout the meal. Food did not disappoint, especially the lobster ravioli. Don’t have a single complaint and will definitely be returning.

              5. M

                Mac27

                San Francisco

                4 reviews

                5.0

                4 reviews

                Dined on February 26, 2022

                overall5food5service5ambience5

                I was searching for a restaurant that was close to the Paramount. The Z Cafe & Bar came up. The reviews were good so I thought I would give it a try. The reviews did not do this place justice. This place was outstanding. We ordered appetizers and the crab cakes literally melted in my mouth and the ribs were falling off the bone tender. Yum! I also had cheese cake - delish. My friend ordered Tiramisu and I tried it and loved it.(And I don’t even like Tiramisu!) I can’t wait to go back! (Oh and the wait staff were superb!)

              6. SF

                SFFood4Me

                San Francisco

                21 reviews

                vip
                5.0

                21 reviews

                Dined on February 20, 2022

                overall5food5service5ambience4

                We loved it - food was so good, drinks off the chart! Our sweet server, he did an awesome job with such a busy restaurant. Keep up the great work team.

              7. OT

                OpenTable Diner

                San Francisco

                5 reviews

                vip
                5.0

                5 reviews

                Dined on February 4, 2022

                overall5food5service4ambience5

                Super friendly, delicious food, great outdoor seating. They kind of forgot about us but it was fine given we were enjoying a long lunch.

              8. RS

                RobS

                San Francisco

                14 reviews

                4.0

                14 reviews

                Dined on November 21, 2021

                overall4food4service5ambience5

                A gem of a spot with solid food and a great bar! The service is outstanding and the offerings are unique.

              9. EA

                EATS4BB3

                San Francisco

                284 reviews

                vip
                4.0

                284 reviews

                Dined on September 20, 2021

                overall4food3service5ambience5

                They need to work on some of the menu selections, there is a fall off on more than one item. was told ALL the cooks are new so we shall see.

              10. OT

                OpenTable Diner

                San Francisco

                2 reviews

                vip
                5.0

                2 reviews

                Dined on September 11, 2021

                overall5food5service5ambience5

                Love Lemar!! He’s always the best every time.

              11. OT

                OpenTable Diner

                San Francisco

                28 reviews

                4.0

                28 reviews

                Dined on September 2, 2021

                overall4food5service5ambience4

                Great food and service. Outside seating area needs to be swept of trash.

              12. EA

                EATS4BB3

                San Francisco

                284 reviews

                vip
                5.0

                284 reviews

                Dined on August 30, 2021

                overall5food5service5ambience5

                "Z" Cafe seems to be getting back on track, had Caesar Salad with Grilled shrimp and NO extra fish, was just right and the shrimp were tender. Then Garlic Fries with the "Z" Bacon Cheese Burger (medium rare), fries had LOTS of garlic and the burger was cooked as ordered. Happy Camper.

              13. OC

                OakCyn

                San Francisco

                99 reviews

                vip
                5.0

                99 reviews

                Dined on August 7, 2021

                overall5food4service5ambience4

                Great neighborhood spot with relaxed friendly atmosphere and fun cocktails

              14. OT

                OpenTable Diner

                San Diego

                1 review

                5.0

                1 review

                Dined on July 23, 2021

                overall5food5service5ambience5

                Loved it! Great food. Great service. Great location with plenty of free parking in the area. New favorite Oakland lunch place!

              15. OT

                OpenTable Diner

                San Francisco

                1 review

                5.0

                1 review

                Dined on July 17, 2021

                overall5food4service5ambience5

                First time here and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The service was excellent from the moment we walked in. I didn’t really enjoy the burger because it was too well done. When I mentioned it to our server, she immediately tried to find another option AND the owner also came out to personally apologize. That level of service deserves recognition. I will be back for sure.

              16. EA

                EATS4BB3

                San Francisco

                284 reviews

                vip
                4.0

                284 reviews

                Dined on July 14, 2021

                overall4food4service5ambience5

                Had my usual Spicy Shrimp and Salad with Grilled Chicken. Lots of water and a double shot of Tito's

              17. OT

                OpenTable Diner

                Tahoe

                1 review

                vip
                1.0

                1 review

                Dined on July 10, 2021

                overall1food1service5ambience3

                Terrible terrible food

              18. EA

                EATS4BB3

                San Francisco

                284 reviews

                vip
                5.0

                284 reviews

                Dined on June 21, 2021

                overall5food5service5ambience5

                Had Ceasars Salad with Shrimp that were perfectly cooked

              19. OT

                OpenTable Diner

                San Francisco

                1 review

                1.0

                1 review

                Dined on June 19, 2021

                overall1food2service1ambience1

                Our order was taken wrong. Appetizer was forgotten. Food cold due to delay with appetizer. Waitress didn’t write anything down. We had 3 different people serving us even though the place wasn’t that busy. Very noisy. Order arrived wrong as well. Good underwhelming for what we paid. Not fresh. Server never came back for drink refills. Poor experience and surprised it was like this on a non-busy night.

              20. JB

                JackieB

                San Francisco

                7 reviews

                vip
                5.0

                7 reviews

                Dined on June 17, 2021

                overall5food5service5ambience5

                Great service! Our waitress was super-friendly and accommodating. Food was delish.

              21. b

                bluecheese

                Chicago

                38 reviews

                vip
                4.0

                38 reviews

                Dined on June 16, 2021

                overall4food5service5ambience3

                Had lunch here with a friend. It's so nice to be able to eat inside again. Tables are spaced out. The menu isn't as huge as it used to and I get the issues. The quality of the food and portion sizes are outstanding. The service is top notch. They even served us bread and butter to start.

              22. TK

                TopKCat

                San Francisco

                3 reviews

                4.0

                3 reviews

                Dined on May 29, 2021

                overall4food4service5ambience3

                Very friendly service, food and drinks were good. Not a destination but if you are in the neighborhood, a great choice. The noise level due to the acoustics was the only down side to the place.

              23. EA

                EATS4BB3

                San Francisco

                284 reviews

                vip
                5.0

                284 reviews

                Dined on May 26, 2021

                overall5food5service5ambience5

                Eating my way through the menu, only had 2 dishes I did not like. Those were dishes I do not like but thought I would try. STILL do not like them.

              24. BB

                BlaiseB

                San Francisco

                1 review

                4.0

                1 review

                Dined on May 22, 2021

                overall4food4service4ambience4

                Food was delicious. Got good service. Would recommend to friends

              25. OT

                OpenTable Diner

                San Francisco

                2 reviews

                5.0

                2 reviews

                Dined on May 15, 2021

                overall5food5service5ambience5

                The restaurant took real good care of my group. We were a bit demanding but all of our needs were met beyond expectation!

              26. L

                Lemmonisms

                San Francisco

                13 reviews

                5.0

                13 reviews

                Dined on May 12, 2021

                overall5food5service5ambience5

                Crab cakes were superb! Everything, including martinis was fabulous with thoughtful fun server and delicious salad, burger, chicken Marsala. Top notch! Lots of room inside

              27. EA

                EATS4BB3

                San Francisco

                284 reviews

                vip
                4.0

                284 reviews

                Dined on May 11, 2021

                overall4food4service5ambience4

                Finally found a dish I did not like, do not know why I ordered the Chicken Marsala cause I do not like the wine. Everything else was its usual very good.

              28. OT

                OpenTable Diner

                1 review

                5.0

                1 review

                Dined on May 11, 2021

                overall5food5service5ambience5

                Mother’s Day

              29. NB

                NateB

                San Francisco

                3 reviews

                5.0

                3 reviews

                Dined on May 8, 2021

                overall5food5service5ambience5

                Beautiful and clean interior, delicious food, and warm service. I will definitely be coming back to this elevated, yet unpretentious restaurant. Five stars!

              30. EA

                EATS4BB3

                San Francisco

                284 reviews

                vip
                4.0

                284 reviews

                Dined on April 29, 2021

                overall4food5service5ambience5

                Tried the Crab Cakes with sauces on the side, very good. Also the Smothered Chicken and the Cheesecake with Strawberries. Usually do not have dessert but this was very good as was the chicken.

              31. EA

                EATS4BB3

                San Francisco

                284 reviews

                vip
                5.0

                284 reviews

                Dined on April 22, 2021

                overall5food5service5ambience5

                Tried to NOT order the Spicy Shrimp...FAILED. Also had the Blackened Tilapia which was very good. Slowly eating my way through the entire menu.

              32. EA

                EATS4BB3

                San Francisco

                284 reviews

                vip
                5.0

                284 reviews

                Dined on April 12, 2021

                overall5food5service5ambience4

                Tried the Rocky Chicken Breast Burger (not the chicken patty) T'was very good, also had the Special of the Day which was the Santa Fe salad with Avocado (too much dressing). The Spicy Prawns are always great,

              33. OT

                OpenTable Diner

                San Francisco

                1 review

                5.0

                1 review

                Dined on March 31, 2021

                overall5food5service5ambience5

                Came here on a whim after spending the day at the zoo. Our server Misty was fantastic, prompt, and friendly. The bartender (whom I don’t recall his name, but he had cornrows!) made speedy and well balanced cocktails, and would come back for those alone. The food was incredible-I recommend the garlic prawn appetizer and the lobster ravioli! I will definitely be back!

              34. EA

                EATS4BB3

                San Francisco

                284 reviews

                vip
                4.0

                284 reviews

                Dined on March 23, 2021

                overall4food4service5ambience4

                Had my usual Spicy Shrimp, the new cooks are good, they do NOT over cook the shrimp. Trying something new, the Chicken Picata with Garlic Mashed Potatos. Will have this dish again before moving to something else

              35. RA

                RobA

                San Francisco

                2 reviews

                4.0

                2 reviews

                Dined on March 12, 2021

                overall4food4service3ambience3

                Worth a little delay in getting seated, once we were seated service was excellent, food delivered fast and delicious, and an overall very good time.

              36. EA

                EATS4BB3

                San Francisco

                284 reviews

                vip
                4.0

                284 reviews

                Dined on March 12, 2021

                overall4food4service5ambience4

                Had my usual double Titos, Spicy shrimp, Bacon Cheese Burger and a side of Spinach. They have had to hire new cooks and my shrimp dish was better (not over cooked)

              37. OT

                OpenTable Diner

                San Francisco

                20 reviews

                vip
                5.0

                20 reviews

                Dined on March 7, 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.

              38. SC

                SusanC

                San Francisco

                10 reviews

                4.0

                10 reviews

                Dined on February 29, 2020

                overall4food4service5ambience4

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

              39. s

                scooter46

                San Francisco

                31 reviews

                4.0

                31 reviews

                Dined on February 28, 2020

                overall4food4service5ambience5

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

              40. O

                Oaklander

                San Francisco

                100 reviews

                vip
                3.0

                100 reviews

                Dined on February 22, 2020

                overall3food3service4ambience3

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

              FAQs

              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 336 OpenTable diners.

              Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

              Make a reservation

              2 people

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              Booked 3 times today
              Google Map for Z Cafe & Bar

              2735 Broadway Oakland, CA 94612

              Additional information

              • Cross street

                27th street

              • Neighborhood

                Oakland

              • Hours of operation

                Mon 11:00 am–2:30 pm
                Tue–Fri 11:00 am–9:00 pm
                Sat 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

              • Cuisines

                Californian, American

              • Dining style

                Casual Dining

              • Dress code

                Casual Dress

              • Parking details

                Street Parking

              • Public transit

                19th St Oakland BART Station

              • Payment options

                AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

              • Additional

                Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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