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Tribune Tavern

3.9
396 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
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  • Good for Groups (400)
  • Vibrant Bar Scene (393)
  • Neighborhood Gem (380)

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About

A century ago, the Oakland Tribune used the tower’s ground floor as its “local room” —where reporters from different departments worked side by side and shared tips on the news of the day. It was a gathering spot for the great minds of Oakland, and a place where headlines were made. The Tribune Tavern will carry on that tradition—as a place for people to mingle over happy hour drinks, lunch meetings, or dinner—with authentic, nourishing comfort food that’s affordable enough for everyone to enjoy, and a bar stocked with the best locally-made beer and wine.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
American, Comfort Food
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Hours of operation


Lunch: M-F 11:30am-3:00pm

Dinner: M-Sun 5:00pm-9:00pm

Brunch: Sat and Sun 10:30am-2:00pm
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Phone number
(510) 452-8742
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Huw Thornton
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Franklin St.
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Parking details
Two public parking lots across the street with plenty of street parking.
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Public transit
Bart Downtown 12th Street
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wine
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3.9  based on all time ratings
3.8
food
3.9
service
3.9
ambience
3.7
value
Noise · Moderate
86% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
2.0  Dined on May 17, 2017

I want to like this place -cool space/location-but the food was not good

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foodie (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on May 14, 2017

Was not expect to have buffet only choice for lunch on Sunday. I was hoping to try their ala cart menu but because it was Mother's Day. Open table should have let me know when I booked for a table. Prime rib were delicious and the service was excellent.

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DanNo (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on May 11, 2017

Here is a great go to place for Oakland lunch downtown. Consistent tasty fresh. Get the soup of the day.
They counted me as absent on my OpenTable which I had to correct but otherwise flawless service.

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vipOpenTable Diner (New England)
2.0  Dined on May 9, 2017

They squeeze parties of 6 into booths made for 4 people. Incredibly uncomfortable. Food was sub-par

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vipBabs (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on April 22, 2017

Fun easy place with outstanding service and value for money!

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vipKaren (San Francisco)
2.0  Dined on April 13, 2017

I adjusted our reservation by phone from 12-16. That did not happen and our group had to be divided up. Very awkward.
Also why is nobody ever tending the front? I always have to wait and wait for anyone to acknowledge my existence. Almost hostile front service. Waitstaff always quite nice though.

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ds67 (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on April 4, 2017

This is the second time that I have had dinner here in the last month. Contrary to some of the reviews, the service was prompt and the food was very good. The burgers are good as is the meat loaf.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on April 4, 2017

First visit for several in our party of seven and everyone enjoyed it and will return.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on April 4, 2017

We were seated in back booth and very loud with open kitchen window nearby and they were running a blender for 5 min. Server seemed to forget about us once food dropped. No offer of dessert and had to flag for check after waiting 10 min. It's been better so hopefully just an off night

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Saundra (San Francisco)
2.0  Dined on April 2, 2017

Usually love this place. We had a big group this time and apparently a misunderstanding with the waitress. I wouldn't go back with a big group again. The food is good and brunch they have bottomless mimosas but I saw the bottom of my glass several times so that was kinda lame.

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vipDutch57 (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on March 27, 2017

I was pleasantly surprised at how good the food and service was. My only criticism would be that It felt a little grubby, which is why I was so pleasantly surprised at the rest of the experience. I would definitely go back. The restrooms are probably out of the Taverns control and need work.

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vipsdthrush (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on March 24, 2017

I met a friend at the bar for drinks at the bar. Then some friends joined us for dinner. We just decided to eat at the bar because the service was so great. Julian took care of us in superb fashion. Warm, friendly, timely service, and great scotch!

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vipCSdiner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on March 3, 2017

A Pleasant Surprise - We needed a place in Oakland near the Paramount Theater. It's about three blocks away and located in a historic building, casual, friendly, fun, young crowd. Menu was easy. We all had the chicken and mushrooms which was excellent, but there was certainly lots of other options. We enjoyed an excellent Pinot on tap.
I would definitely return.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on March 3, 2017

Very nice staff

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Barbara (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on March 3, 2017

We enjoyed our dinner here at the Tribune Tower before attending a show at the Paramount. We told our waiter we needed to get out by a certain time and he let us know what items on the menu would be problematic. They could use more vegetarian items. I had the fish and chips, great and abundant. NOTE: Don't park in the parking lot across the street if you plan on staying past 8:00pm.

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Terry (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on February 27, 2017

Food was excellent. Location is great. The restaurant noise level was loud due to poor acoustic abatement. I come here for business lunches and a quiet environment would be better.

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Walkers (Western NC)
5.0  Dined on February 19, 2017

Service was quick & reliable, very well managed by just one waiter for a reservation of 15 that swelled to 21. Everyone seemed to enjoy their meal. Many of us were from out of town, but I'm sure the locals discovered a new downtown gem. The noise was difficult to deal with — you may have to shout across the table to be heard. Also it was very dark — prepare to use your cellphone flashlight to read the menu.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on February 19, 2017

We had a few substitutions to a dish, and the waitress indicated that she could make it happen and charged us extra for the food. The food was okay, nothing to write home about. The mimosas were flowing, that's about all that was good about the brunch. I would not come again.

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vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on February 19, 2017

Great space in the historic Tribune Building with excellent, friendly service. Went for weekend brunch while working nearby, had very tasty shrimp and grits with spinach and eggs served at the bar. Great space, experience, and people.

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Stephanie (Sacramento)
3.0  Dined on February 16, 2017

Made reservations, still had to wait 10mins to sit. Was warned about kitchen being slow, but we showed an hour after opening. Food came in big gaps of time. Couldn't get drink refills, server was rarely by.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2017

I love this venue... The location is downtown and close to bart. The lighting/ambiance is a perfect combo of dim without being dark and our waiter had a great attitude/sense of style.

We had whiskey and Ice Cream.
Can/ would/will go again!

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
1.0  Dined on February 12, 2017

very bad bartender horrible service spilt 1/4 of my beer and then argued with me about changing it when i paying 20 dollars for each beer bottle and he spillt 1/4 of it !!!!!!!!! NEVER GOING BACK

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vipAVCM (San Francisco)
2.0  Dined on February 10, 2017

Food during lunch was decent, but the service was terrible.

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RJ12 (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 8, 2017

Taken many out of town guests. Everyone LOVES the place. Service is excellent!

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on February 8, 2017

Tribune restaurant is a great dining resource for downtown Oakland. Good food, good service. Place is sophisticated but not pretentious. Good ambience. Walking distance to Oakland's downtown office scene and to BART and AC bus service. Parking available nearby.

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Dennis (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on February 8, 2017

All was well up until the homeless guy came in off the street and asked for a donation. It's Oakland, keep someone full time at the greeter station. Our waiter was very professional and the salads we very well done.

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JuleneE (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on February 5, 2017

We made reservations with a note that the dinner was to be a birthday celebration. We arrived to find that the Tavern had changed to menu out for the night to Super Bowl bar food. As there were no other good choices open in the area that night we decided to stay and try and make the best of it. The management really stepped up by comping our meal, to make up for the failure to communicate the change in plans for the night.

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vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on February 4, 2017

First time here. The fried chicken sandwhich was VERY dry and not flavorful at all. My husband had to ask for ranch dressing to dip it in. It also had hardly any cole slaw on it. The meatloaf was not good either. Appetizers were just ok. No reason to go back. Very underwhelmed.

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WedNightDrinks (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 3, 2017

Great burger and service. Close to 12st BART so easy to get to.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
2.0  Dined on February 3, 2017

I eat here for business lunches about once a month. Normally the service is great. This time it took a half hour to even get drinks. And they didn't get them right. It took another 20 minutes to order our meals and they didn't know who ordered what. Then it took another 20 to get the waitress's attention to get ketchup. Princess is the only good waitress there.

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