Oakland Restaurants

Twenty years ago, no one would have believed that Oakland would be a culinary destination for foodies from all over the Bay Area (and further!) looking to get a taste of the variety and high quality that can be found there. And yet, the number of restaurants of every kind and color continues to grow every year. One, Commis, was even the recent recipient of a Michelin star. Would-be snobs from across the bay in San Francisco and in wine country to the north can deny it no more: the food scene in Oakland has arrived.

Oakland has long been known as one of the most diverse cities in the U.S., and that fact translates into equal diversity of cuisines. In Chinatown, there are restaurants from all over the Asian continent. Cantonese, Malaysian, and Vietnamese restaurants can all be found within a block of each other. Or eat at one of the Italian restaurants in town, of which there are many.

Another food trend unique to Oakland is the ubiquitous presence of food trucks, carts, and stands. Much of the city's best food can be found on one of these mobile eateries, and although they tend to be relatively inexpensive many are also downright upscale. Oaklanders and visitors alike mark their calendars for when their favorite stand will be in town. Many such places are Mexican joints where hungry patrons can order up some of the most authentic and delicious tacos that can be found north of the border.

And like all over the rest of the Bay Area, Oakland is home to a growing population of modern American and fusion restaurants that are putting a focus on local, seasonal ingredients. In northern California, this means a wide range of meats, fish, and produce regardless of season.

Don't forget to order a bottle of wine to wash everything down, too. Many restaurants have a decently-sized wine menus designed to show off the plethora of options that come from being in such proximity to one of the world's best wine countries.


4869 Telegraph Ave

A royal feast of Korean cuisine... read more

Soi 4 Bangkok Eatery

5421 College Avenue

Takes Bangkok street food to a higher plane of existence... read more


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5484 College Avenue
North of Broadway between Taft and Lawton sts

Piquant French... read more

Taqueria San Jose INC

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3433 E 14TH St


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542 Grand Avenue

Luscious hamburgers, sleek cocktails... read more

Boot & Shoe Service

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3308 Grand Avenue

Don't Let The Name Fool You... read more

Montclair Bistro

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6118 Medau Place

Dining California style... read more

Wood Tavern

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6317 College Avenue

Casually trendy... read more

Café Colucci

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6427 Telegraph Avenue

Ethiopian treats... read more

Pizza Pazza

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3905 Piedmont Ave 

Delicious Pizza... read more

Pizza Rustica

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5422 College Ave

Casper's Hot Dogs

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5440 Telegraph Ave

Cuisine Restaurant

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1015 Clay St

Seasonal specialties... read more

Zachary's Chicago Pizza - Oakland

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5801 College Ave.
(Oak Grove Ave.)

Legendary stuffed pizza... read more

Phnom Penh House

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251 Eighth Street

Great find, great food... read more

Oliveto Café & Restaurant

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5655 College Avenue
Rockridge Market Hall

None better outside of Italy... read more

A Cote

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5478 College Avenue

Good wine at the bar!... read more

Café 817

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817 Washington Street

Great export... read more

Zza's Trattoria

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552 Grand Avenue

Kids rule... read more

The Terrace Room at the Lake Merritt Hotel

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1800 Madison St.

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