This famous Chicago-style pizza company is always packed with UC students, families and out-of-towners. No one seems to mind the 20-minute (or more!) wait for the stuffed masterpiece. The pizza is made as thick as a pumpkin pie (yes, you do need a knife and fork), and the ingredients are put on upside down with tomatoes on top, meat on the bottom. So filling and so delicious, count on bringing home leftovers. For those with a slightly lesser appetite, they also serve thin crust pizzas that are just as delectable.
Fenton's has been an Oakland institution for over 100 years, serving up homemade ice cream and deluxe toppings, along with all your classic American diner favorites. You can always get a juicy burger with fries, or cranberry turkey sandwich, but the real draw are the sweets. Fenton's serves up everything from your basic flavored ice cream cone to a super-deluxe sundae or an incredible milkshake. Besides high quality ice cream, the toppings are a huge favorite here, especially the marshmallow sauce.
Yoshi's is not just a place where you can catch mind-blowing jazz, but also a sushi bar with an excellent food. Eager music lovers pack the restaurant and the Jazz House on performance nights. It showcases the best talent and boasts of high tech acoustics in the Bay area. A full cocktail menu is available with items like sushi, appetizers, salads and desserts. The attire is causal and the atmosphere jazzed up. It has a top-notch restaurant that serves Japanese food, and is open for lunch and dinner.
A world renowned name in the culinary industry, Chez Panisse is known for their innovations in tastes and flavors.Started by Alice Walkers in 1971, it was named after the movie character Honore Panisse. Prepared with fresh, local produce, the restaurant is a spectacular specimen of fine dining. The menu changes daily and is curated keeping the seasonality of ingredients. Through the week, delicacies like Striped bass carpaccio with cardoons and Titone olio nuovo and Huckleberry and Meyer lemon ice creams meringata are served, to name a few. The wine list is extensive, featuring dozens of wines from across the world. With contributions like California style pizza to the ever changing culinary world, the Chez Panisse is no less than a legend.
The name's a bit misleading. Not only is there no ocean view, but this is not your ordinary diner. Though it has streamlined aluminum and black-and-white tile, and the fare is inspired by diner cuisine, the ingredients are the freshest available and the dishes are prepared with care and imagination. At breakfast, the cooks do wonderful things with the humble buttermilk pancake, and the scrambled eggs and tortilla chips are memorable, as well. At lunch, it is sandwiches and plate specials, which often feature a fresh fish filet. The to-go counter next door offers sandwiches and pizza slices.
Sometimes you want a Louisiana link that sends your tongue on a one-way trip to New Orleans, or a decent kosher frank. That is what the owner wanted when he opened up this small stand: a taste of New York's famous ethnic sausages from its German, Italian and Polish neighborhoods. And they ship bulk orders around the world, too! Not surprisingly, this joint is a hit with local students grabbing a quick bite between classes or a satisfying break during a late-night study session. Place your order at the front and hang out while waiting for your link. Lemon Chicken, Kielbasa and the turkey "Bird Dog" are among the several appetizing selections.
In a world filled with carnivores, Golden Lotus Vegetarian Restaurant stands out. Featuring vegetarian versions of chicken, beef, fish, shrimp and more, Golden Lotus is one vegetarian Vietnamese (and Chinese) restaurant that local veggies and carnivores alike swear by. Especially amazing are the "chicken" drumsticks, and the vegetarian pho. Golden Lotus aside from not using meat, also does not use eggs in any of their dishes, however not all dishes are Vegan. There is, however, a fair amount of vegan selections also.
Biryani Kabab Halal Indian & Pakistani Cuisine, the name of this spectacular restaurant is self-explanatory and gives you an idea what to expect when you stop-by for a leisurely meal. Situated in the bustling Downtown Oakland, lovers of Indian and Pakistani cuisine fill this restaurant to the last seat at all times of the day. Chicken Tikka Masala, Garlic Naan, Basmati Rice and Tandoori Chicken are few of their most popular dishes that are capable of tantalizing your taste buds. The menu also includes many dishes like Chana Masala, Daal, Aloo Palak and Malai Kofta that are suitable to the vegan and vegetarian lifestyle. Trying the exemplary food of Biryani Kabab Halal Indian & Pakistani Cuisine is a must while in the neighborhood.
Abura-Ya is a Japanese style restaurant that located in downtown Oakland. (In Japanese, Abura-Ya means "oil shop".) It serves authentic Japanese dishes such as teriyaki, onigiri and Japanese BBQ. Boneless, skinless and non-greasy fried chicken is Abura - ya's signature dish, and is highly recommended.
Located in Oakland's Chinatown, Spices 3 is a great neighborhood Chinese restaurant that serves delicious moderately priced food. Try a wide variety of amazing dishes, including seafood hot pot, Taiwanese pork chop over rice, and stinky fired tofu. Stop by or order take out today!
Howden Restaurant and Bar is nestled in the heart of Oakland and is a great place to grab a meal and some excellent entertainment. The lower level of the restaurant has bar seating while the loft has tables and features regular live music gigs, stand-up comedy acts, and other local events. The restaurant serves some delicious American fare and exceptional cocktails, a variety of beers both bottled and on tap, and other spirits. The decor is elegant yet minimalistic and the ambiance is always lively and is the perfect setting for a great experience.