These are the restaurants and bars that make Oakland what it is, and the places we’d send you first if you’re new to town.
Lani ConwayMarch 5, 2020
The 26 best places to grab food before or after you head to the lake.
Julia Chen & Lani ConwayApril 9, 2021
Friends and Family is a sexy bar that’s perfect for date night in Uptown Oakland.
Julia ChenFebruary 3, 2023
Viridian is an Asian American-inspired cocktail bar in Uptown Oakland with excellent desserts.
Julia ChenFebruary 2, 2023
Calabash in Oakland is an all-day spot serving feel-good Afro-Caribbean and Iranian dishes and cocktails in a plant-heavy spot.
Lani ConwayJanuary 12, 2023
Yonsei Handrolls in Downtown Oakland is serving solid temaki in a casual setting.
Cafe Colucci is a casual Ethiopian restaurant in North Oakland that doubles as a spice shop.
Lani ConwayNovember 4, 2022
This Uptown Oakland spot is churning out fantastic Nashville-style hot chicken sandwiches.
Julia ChenJune 2, 2022
Hi Felicia is a fine dining restaurant in Uptown Oakland that’s the opposite of pretentious, with a warm energy that feels just like a dinner party.
Julia ChenMay 19, 2022
Pomet is a literal farm-to-table restaurant in Oakland, from the people behind K&J Orchards.
Julia ChenApril 7, 2022
Joodooboo is a Korean deli in North Oakland serving banchan packs and house-made tofu.
Lani ConwayFebruary 10, 2022
Pizza is the main draw at Boot & Shoe Service, but it's also a great overall eating experience.
Written byTaylor Abrams
Head to Dyafa in Oakland for Middle Eastern food and great cocktails. Order a lot of pita and small plates.
Written byWill Kamensky
Shakewell is a Mediterranean spot in Oakland with good small plates.
Peter-Astrid KaneJune 11, 2021
Gay4U is a roving brunch spot in Oakland with lots of vegan options.
Temescal Brewing is one of the nicest places to drink beer outdoors in Oakland.
Pyeong Chang Tofu House is a Korean spot in Temescal with truly excellent soondubu.
Noah ChoMay 3, 2021
Fowl + Fare is a great fried chicken-focused pop-up in Oakland.
Julia ChenJanuary 13, 2021
The Trinidadian restaurant on High Street in Oakland makes amazing roti, pholourie, jerk chicken, and homemade fruit smoothies and juices.
Lani ConwayDecember 18, 2020
Bicycle Pies is an at-home pop-up serving excellent sweet and savory hand pies.
Julia ChenDecember 18, 2020
Shawarmaji is an excellent Jordan-style shawarma spot in Uptown Oakland.