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Kingston 11, Oakland, CA

Kingston 11

4.4
4.4
364 Reviews
$30 and under
Caribbean
Kingston 11 Cuisine is an environmentally friendly, community-oriented, innovative restaurant. Our mission is to provide consistent high-quality, delicious blends of Jamaican and Californian cuisines using local and organic ingredients. We are a contemporary urban dining oasis known for great service, cultural exchange and the nexus of great relationships. Our goal is to use these qualities to positively transform the lives of our patrons, employees, and the greater community.

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2 people

10:00 PM


Booked 1 time today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Caribbean

  • Hours of operation

    Wed–Sat 12:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (510) 465-2552

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Nigel Jones

  • Private party facilities

    There’s always something happening at Kingston 11! We have live music Wednesday and Thursday nights and DJs spinning classic Roots & Reggae on Fridays. Check back and like us on Facebook to find out what’s up! Kingston 11 is also great place to celebrate your birthday, rehearsal dinner, retirement, engagement, the holidays or any other occasion! The restaurant is spacious enough to accommodate very large groups. We are open Tuesday through Sunday and are willing to book large groups while remaining open to the public. The restaurant can be booked when we are closed for a fee. Please email info@kingston11eats.com to begin planning your party today!

  • Neighborhood

    Oakland

  • Cross street

    23rd Street

  • Parking details

    Street parking is available at all times. Parking is free on Sundays.

  • Public transit

    19th Street Bart is walking distance from the restaurant.

  • Entertainment

    Live music once a week: DJ's perform two times a week on Wednesday's Latin music and Fridays Reggae music and Soul.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 364 people are saying

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4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 3.9Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • East Bay

    Good for groups

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 19, 2023

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    Food was good, particularly the curry, but a couple of people said the jerk chicken on the sandwich was a bit dry and could have been spicier. The service was a bit slow, but it was a Wednesday night with one server and one bartender. There were 2 to 3 other tables. Our group ordered a few bottles of Prosecco and they were all served unopened. We had to open and pour for ourselves. Also, when we arrived, they did not have our reservation that was made through OpenTable. Luckily it was not busy so they were able to accommodate us. I would call and confirm next time.
  2. B

    Baddkahrma

    San Francisco

    53 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    53 reviews

    Dined on December 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Came in for a holiday lunch with my team. Food was fantastic and service friendly and quick. Good value for the food and we’ll prepared.
  3. M

    Mike

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, great drinks, great service, go and enjoy
  4. JR

    JenR

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    1.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    I was really looking forward to trying this place but showed up for the reservation and it was dead closed. (Another lady was there to pick up an online food order that she'd already paid for!) What the?
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Been wanting to come to this Oakland institution for many years. Our dinner did not disappoint. We had the delicious oxtail stew and our server recommended the fish. It was all delicious and my cocktail packed a punch. We will have to return soon to work through the other menu items!
  6. CS

    CeatS

    San Francisco

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Get place for a group outing. The environment was welcoming. The service was friendly. The food was good and the drinks were great!
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    10 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    If I could rate the service as a 10, I would! Everyone was super attentive and welcoming! The food was absolutely delicious! We ordered the oxtail stew (so tasty that I wish I had more meat!), jerk chicken, and the Kingston Sunset cocktail. We will definitely be going back the next time we are in the Bay area!
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good healthy Caribbean food
  9. SJ

    SomeJess

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server Chevine (sp?) was very friendly & hospitable from the moment my party & I walked in. It was my family’s first time at Kingston 11 and they really enjoyed the atmosphere, food and rum punch.
  10. r

    riffilee

    Sacramento

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    The good reviews are what brought us here, and they were right. We wanted outdoor seating for a chilly Friday night. There were a couple of kinda ratty tables in front of the restaurant with heaters, so we figured this was our spot. Not so fast! Kingston also has a very cute, heated back patio they use for special events, and this was offered as there wasn't an event that night. So charming and kitschy! And, our server, from Jamaica (I cannot remember her name, sorry) was fun and professional. She reviewed several menu items with us, explaining if it was a Jamaican dish and/or how cooked. We ordered two jerk chickens that were fall-off-the-bone tender and so tasty with smoke and spices, one ackee and saltfish, and oxtail stew. Our friend pronounced the ackee dish as great and finished it off before we could grab bites, and the stew was also terrific. The stew arrived cold, but was reheated to perfection shortly. Finally, the wine list is small but well chosen. We will be back!
  11. KR

    KathyR

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 16, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Delicious drinks and great food. I enjoyed the jerk chicken that had a nice flavor and not too spicy. The rice and plantains were excellent. Attentive and cheerful service. Good atmosphere and something for my vegan cousin.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Third time there but first time eating inside - so yummy and fun!
  13. ST

    SherriaT

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love this place, love the service, and love that it is Black-owned. The food is delicious and the drinks are too. Three of us shared oxtails, green beans, chicken wings, and salmon and we each had the same drink (I can't remember the name, but it's the one with the tequila.) DELISH!!!!!!
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food at Kingston 11, is extremely delicious and the service is great. We had the pleasure of being served by MacKenzie this evening and we felt very well taken care of.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 30, 2022

    overall4food5service2ambience5
    Food was amazing! The ambience was great! It seems they were a understaffed as service needs improvement. Nevertheless definitely returning for the food.
  16. A

    Alwayshungry

    San Francisco

    73 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    73 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience3
    This is really an up-and-down place. My main course was fish fritters, and boy were they delicious. Really crispy on the outside, creamy on the inside ,great tamarind sauce. My husband had a blackened tofu that he loved as well. I had ordered a glass of Prosecco. It came at room temperature and in a martini glass. Not the way it should have been served. My side dish was smoky brussels sprouts. They came at room temperature and I had to send them back to be heated. Didn’t much like them, but that was more on me than on the prep. My husband had a sautéed green beans dish, and I kept stealing from him. Those were so good. Overall, this was an OK meal, but I shouldn’t have to be sending back items.
  17. T

    Thomasina

    San Francisco

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food, great service. Love it.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Heard about this place on TikTok of all places. When I saw that they had oxtail stew on the menu I knew we had try it and they didn’t disappoint. Great vide to the place as they have reggae music playing in the background. Had the meal on our table within 10 minutes. Would definitely recommend this place.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Indiana

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely loved my experience here! McKenzie was amazing!!!!
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service and food were excellent. Thank you!
  21. LD

    iLovesorbettoDilimone

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    Cool place with friendly service and good food. Service model is a little weird. Mains came first, apps next, drinks last. That’s a first for me. Server never checked back until we were done. I saw that style happen to the next group that came in so maybe that just the way they do it.
  22. AT

    feedmeATL

    Atlanta

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience3
    I just go for the oxtails and plantains. They are amazing. They fall off the bone and damn near melt in your mouth. The oxtails NEVER disappoint.
  23. LG

    LeahG

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience1
    The music was so loud we had trouble hearing our dinner companions. By the end of dinner our ears were ringing. The bill came out with prices that varied from the menu ,but it was so loud that we just wanted to get out of the restaurant. It did not matter that no one asked if we wanted dessert. Overall very uneven.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Ambience with good food was tasty the rice and peas were amazing waitress was very attentive drinks for a very strong and delicious
  25. CB

    CreoleBaby

    Los Angeles

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The best Jamaican food I’ve had stateside! Wonderful service, great drinks. A definite must have every time we come to the Bay!
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 3, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    The oxtails with rice and peas is always perfection
  27. GC

    GinoC

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall2food2service5ambience2
    It was so hot inside! Couldn’t wait to leave.
  28. AV

    AbbyV

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is my favorite restaurant in Oakland! Brought my parents here (visiting for the first time) and they loved it as well - best restaurant of their trip!
  29. CC

    CourtneyC

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love this spot! Great food! Family environment. It's an Oakland must!
  30. A

    Auri

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience1
    They are labeled as a brunch spot online and says they offer brunch on Saturdays. I went here because of the brunch they claimed to offer. They told us they don't offer brunch which was disappointing. They need to update their info online. The food was not great. I have rice with curry veggies and plantains. The rice was not cooked all the way and tasted very cheap. Some of my family got the jerk chicken and said it was overcooked and tough. They could barely cut it with a knife. The pina colada was really the only thing that was good. The waitress also kept telling us a lot of things on the menu were sold out and expired. That's concerning. Their menu is already tiny so not much to choose from.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    1.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Worst experience ever!
  32. F

    Foodlover6873

    Seattle

    23 reviews

    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great food! Friendly and attentive service!
  33. RF

    RandyF

    San Francisco

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love this spot!! The food is amazingly tasty and the ambience is fantastic. Very authentic flavors - I’ve been to Jamaica twice - with a super fun play list running. Fun cocktails too! The service is great friendly and prompt. Do visit Kingston 11 soon
  34. LB

    LindaB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The aroma as we stepped through the door was amazing! The service was excellent. The food was delicious! The restaurant was clean and inviting.
  35. SG

    SeanG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, love the jerk chicken. Rum punch is amazing too
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We love the Jerk Chicken with dirty rice and plantains. The wait staff is friendly and efficient. We are happy the restaurant requires proof of vaccination so we can feel comfortable eating indoors. The only down side is the noise level becomes challenging when some of the patrons become enthusiastic.
  37. M

    Mrrobinson

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was delicious! I had the goat curry stew and my husband had the jerk chicken and we shared an appetizer of plantains. It came out quick and fast, it was perfect. The ambiance is great, it casual, which is what I was hoping for. It reminded me of being in Jamaica with the wood furniture, picture of the mountains and the mural of Bolt. Would definitely come here again.
  38. DA

    DannyA

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This establishment never ceases to please our palates and tummies. Truly well prepared meals, in authentic Jamaican style, with the appropriate beverages. Make sure you try the "Old Jamaican" cocktail.
  39. BD

    BurlingameDiner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The meal was terrific. The wait staff was knowledgeable of the dishes and both the waiter and owner were attentive, checking in frequently. We had a great time
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was my mom’s first time in SF and she LOVES Jamaican food and Kingston 11 didn’t disappoint. The music took it on home for me. Loves

FAQs

Kingston 11 offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (510) 465-2552.

Kingston 11 is rated 4.4 stars by 364 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

10:00 PM


Booked 1 time today
Google Map for Kingston 11

2270 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA 94612

Additional information

  • Cross street

    23rd Street

  • Neighborhood

    Oakland

  • Hours of operation

    Wed–Sat 12:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Caribbean

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Street parking is available at all times. Parking is free on Sundays.

  • Public transit

    19th Street Bart is walking distance from the restaurant.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Nigel Jones

  • Entertainment

    Live music once a week: DJ's perform two times a week on Wednesday's Latin music and Fridays Reggae music and Soul.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (510) 465-2552

  • Private party facilities

    There’s always something happening at Kingston 11! We have live music Wednesday and Thursday nights and DJs spinning classic Roots & Reggae on Fridays. Check back and like us on Facebook to find out what’s up! Kingston 11 is also great place to celebrate your birthday, rehearsal dinner, retirement, engagement, the holidays or any other occasion! The restaurant is spacious enough to accommodate very large groups. We are open Tuesday through Sunday and are willing to book large groups while remaining open to the public. The restaurant can be booked when we are closed for a fee. Please email info@kingston11eats.com to begin planning your party today!

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