Kingston 11

4.3
224 reviews
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$30 and under
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Caribbean
Kingston 11 Cuisine offers a unique dining experience with consistent high-quality and delicious blends of Jamaican and world cuisines, in an entertaining and pleasurable atmosphere. Our Jerk Meats are smoke roasted Jamaican style.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Caribbean
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Hours of operation
Sunday Brunch: 11:00am - 4:00pm
Lunch: Tuesday - Friday: 11:00am - 2:00pm
Dinner: Tuesday - Friday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm (Bar open until 11:00pm), Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
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Phone number
(510) 465-2552
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Nigel Jones
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
23rd Street
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Parking details
Street parking is available at all times. Parking is free on Sundays.
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Public transit
19th Street Bart is walking distance from the restaurant.
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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 Dining, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 224 People Are Saying
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TM
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorite restaurants. I’m so in love with this place. 😍😍

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l
San Francisco
53 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I came here for a quick bite to eat before the Maxwell Show. This is such a great place very energetic and the food is really good especially if you like Jamaican or Caribbean food. I always have to have the Jamaican Patties and the Wild Shrimp ( my go to dishes) it's a little spicy but not too much so if you don't like spicy ask the waiter how spicy a dish is or just skip it. You have to try the Rum Punch delicious it's my favorite drink there. I will be back!

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H
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 2

Excellent Food! all your favorite Jamaican dishes done perfectly! Crazy Friday night. Service was good until it came time to get the check....that took a long time. VERY!!! Loud. Impossible to have a conversation with friends at dinner. The restaurant could do some basic things to help that.....

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d
San Francisco
61 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent Jamaican food with good live music. Convenient to Paramount Theatre. NIce staff. Good vibe.

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C
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So glad the kitchen is back on top! The oxtails and service is divined!

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w
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Meal of oxtails with rice and plantins and a lime aid ended up being 30 bucks because apparently you only get the meat and the plantins. rice separate which is ridiculous and a veggie would be an eight books more.
What happen to a meat, starch and veggie as a meal??!ih yes, that’s on in the south.

Ripoff and not enuff value

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RD
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Authentic delicious Caribbean menu. Lively music in a friendly even loving environment. Very thoughtful attentive service. We could not have asked for better location for our birthday celebration. Thank you Kingston 11. Great evening!

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IW
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Great food. Very noisy. Turn and burn dining. Would go back. Goat curry AND oxtails on the sannys menu is rare. Kingston 11 did both very well. The jerk chock was a bit dry, though.

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JM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love going to Kingston 11. Great food and great people. I highly recommend the oxtail.

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YW
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Happy hour wasn’t that great. Not enough items or drinks on that menu. Other then that I enjoyed the service and food.

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TB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

Food = great
Service = sloooowwww and lacks an appropriate level of customer service. I have visited a couple of times and both times arrived at 5p on a weekday. Service during this time is good because that is when they open for dinner. However, one should forget about ordering a second glass of wine or second food items off of the menu if you expect to receive it in a timely manner. If you place an order after 6pm, you will be waiting a looonnggg time for your order without any follow-up from your server or other wait staff for that matte (let alone a courtesy explanation or apology for the delay). It makes you wonder if they flew to a kitchen in Jamaica to prepare your request. Kingston 11 management MUST do better staffing during their busier times. It is Jamaican Cuisine but the location is in Oakland,CA which isn't on "island time, mon". Highly disappointed with the service!

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TN
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Get the goat! So delicious! My one, and only, complaint is how loud it is. This is not the place to bring people with hearing losses. It is loud and tests even those of us who don't have hearing problems. I little insulation on the ceiling would help.

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OT
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good for a party

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A
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it!! Had the oxtails - delicious!
Can’t wait to go back with friends and family.

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KG
San Francisco
32 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Fantastic gulf shrimp, oxtail stew, and rum raisin ice cream!!!

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BS
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The good was excellent and the chicken season perfectly. Service was excellent The only disappointing item the chocolate was sold out by 0700pm which we wanted to sample b

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G
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Food is always great here. The service, could be better. We literally asked for a drink like 5 times and never got it. We ended up leaving early to go elsewhere to get drinks because no one ever brought us our drinks.

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K
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Food was OK. Service was quite slow. Server was very nice. Had to ask 3 times for a beer. We were told a dish not available and it was delivered to the table next to ours. Ordered a dish off the starter section of the menu and after waiting a very long time for the dish, we asked the server who told us, after checking with the kitchen, that the dish was only available as part of a meal.

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NL
Memphis
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 2

The Yelp reviews on the level of service turned out to be spot on! We went anyway a) because I like Jamaican food it was OK, but not what I wanted.
My date also ordered a mixed green salad that never arrived. "Oh, the kitchen informed me they only serve that with one of the mains", we were told. What we were never tld was why I had to order a Red Stripe from three different servers just to get one beer!
And I've no idea what was in the salt fish but we couldn't find much fish. The servers were friendly enough and they seem to do a good business but Jamaican time doesn't work well in Oaktown!

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M
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

parking is terrible but the experience was different. good for a fun experience.

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s
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Do it family style. Come hungry. Spectacular food.

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KL
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, yum cocktails and friendly staff. We ordered dishes to share and it was great to try a variety of dishes. Plantains are our favorites so waitress was very kind to make sure there was enough for our large party!

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DB
Denver
13 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

I’ve been a customer at Kingston 11 since they opened. The quality of food varies and is inconsistent. On my recent visit we were seated well after our reservation time. Many menu items, including basics such as plantains were not available. Our server forgot a couple items from our order. We also did not feel welcomed. I spoke with the manager, Hennessey and he was just rude. Not going back, nor will I recommend to others. Dining out should be enjoyable not frustrating and a disappointment.

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MW
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 1food 4service 3ambience 1

We didn't even eat here -- we arrived and the music was so unbelievably loud that it was impossible to hold a conversation. We had to shout at the waitress just to ask whether it was going to be like this the whole time. It was, so we left.

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CM
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 1

I think the music was waaaaay too loud. I'm glad people appeared to be having fun but it is unhealthy to the ears and digestion.

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A
San Francisco
82 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

Food was quite tasty. The rice and beans that came with the jerk chicken was excellent. Service was attentive but slightly off. Server forgot one entree and that entree was served when we were only 1/2 way through our salad.

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i
Las Vegas
8 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A taste of home right in Oakland. Can't wait to make this a regular spot fot me and friends

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PP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious food; cheerful service. The servers were energetic, friendly and knowledgeable about all the dishes.

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JT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Kinston offers authentic, loving & passionate food & spices.

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DJ
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place to eat before a concert. Looking forward to visiting again!

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Will return.

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ML
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food, fun atmosphere, very happy with the evening out.

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CK
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had a wonderful time. My friends and I celebrated my birthday. The food and service was excellent.
Thank you for your wonderful food and service.

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OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Jerk chicken was very good. Tables are too close together for me. I like the DJ music. Service is inconsistent but ok.

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B
San Francisco
50 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 2

I would recommend Kingston 11 for the food. We had the Goat Curry, Ox Tail stew and the Jerk Chicken salad. The food was great. The drinks were really good: Old Jamaican, Kingston Collada and Spiked Sorrel. The dessert, a fruit cake-like substance with a sort-of creme fraiche splash was okay. Wouldn't bother with that.

The service was really terrible. Although there were a lot of people on the floor, actually getting someone to come over was a chore considering that the restaurant was not that crowded. When the person finally came over, he was not very informed about the food, which was not helpful at all. Like saying, "on a scale of 1 to 10, it is between 1 and 10 (for heat)!" Let's just say the wait staff was basically clueless, that is, inexperienced at restaurant work. Here's a good one: I didn't have a fork. When I asked for one I was told that they must be washing them now! What! They ran out of forks! That also happened with the dessert, which was described one way by one person (a dark chocolate cake) and another (a fruit cake style). It was sort of neither. We finally got the desert with one spoon (there was three of us and we asked for three utensils). We finally got two espresso cup spoons, i.e., very small. Ridiculous! The spoons were delivered and the person left so quickly we couldn't even get their attention about it. Hard to eat cake with such a small spoon. I will say this about the service: once the drink order was place, they came out quickly. Then we ordered for the main courses and those came out quickly (stews, curries, salads mostly pre-made). But, we also ordered the Swiss Chard and it came out very late in the meal. When we asked for it, the waiter said, "we are behind on the chard orders." Matter of factly, "we are behind." Oh well. The food is good but not worth the lack of service. We'll check back in a year or so and see if they improve.

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OS
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this restaurant and the options that are available whether I am starving or just want small plates and a drink. Whenever my friends want to get together, I tend to think of this restaurant first because it is a laid-back, colorful place, and the staff is always great.

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OT
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 3

Great food. Okay service. We had to ask for our water to be refilled. The server walked by without checking in. I had to wave him down to get him to stop and interact with us. The service is not great here.

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GI
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Tasty original flavors. We’ll be back.

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M
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I had an amazing time on our bunch lunch date. Fantastic foods and we loved the Jack Daniel Red labor shots.

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CH
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Kingston 11 makes amazing food and treats their employees well, they are what's known as a High Road Employer. Service is just "okay", but 100% worth the trip!

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