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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

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

3.9

service

4.4

ambience

3.9

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

Casual (5)
Neighborhood Gem (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
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Pre/post Theatre (3)
Bar Seating (2)
Good for Birthdays (2)
Good for Anniversaries (2)
Fun (2)
Good for a Date (2)
Good for Groups (2)
Great for Lunch (2)
People Watching (2)
Business Meals (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Worth the Drive (1)
Comfort Food (1)
Cozy (1)
Creative Cuisine (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Healthy (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Live Sports (1)
Notable Wine List (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Special Occasion (1)
Great for Brunch (1)
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 4 days ago

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.

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food5
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Decided to try something new and it was fantastic! Super friendly server and great drink options. Super yummy food!

Tags: People Watching, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch
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food5
ambience4
service5
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 19, 2018

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.

Tags: Casual, Pre/post Theatre
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food4
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 19, 2018

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!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date, Hot Spot, Fun
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 16, 2018

Really nice - we will return

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food4
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 9, 2018

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.

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food5
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 9, 2018

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!

Tags: Great for Brunch, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Comfort Food, People Watching, Business Meals, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Gluten Free Options, Happy Hour, Cozy, Healthy, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Afternoon Coffee, Great for Lunch, Notable Wine List, Handcrafted Cocktails
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food5
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 19, 2017

Office party

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food3
ambience3
service4
value3

 
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 28, 2017

Cute place for a quick bite to eat -- okay but nothing special

Tags: Casual, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 7, 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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food4
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Food was excellent but the noise level was unbearable

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food5
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 29, 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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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 26, 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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food5
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 21, 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 1, 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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food4
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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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food5
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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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food5
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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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food5
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 18, 2017

This is one of my favorite restaurants. The food is always consistently good though not sophisticated.The service is always outstanding Consistently my go to restaurant on a regular basis 3

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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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food2
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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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food5
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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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food5
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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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vip
 (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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vip
 (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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vip
 (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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vip
 (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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vip
 (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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