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.
Located in the heart of the chic Rockridge area, Wood Tavern is arguably one of Oakland's favorite restaurants. Saying that they have pretty good dishes is a vast understatement. The menu changes frequently but might include dishes like seared duck breast, steaks and freshly made pastas. While the restaurant tends to crowd up, especially during peak hours, an airy breeze (when weather permits) and a friendly staff help to cultivate a casual atmosphere. Equipped with a full cocktail menu and over 70 wines, you can even stop in just for an after-work drink and leave satisfied.
Blue Bottle Coffee takes its name from the first coffee house ever opened in Central Europe: The Blue Bottle. Like its name, the company practices old world coffee-making; you won't find any grande soy pumpkin spice lattes at this establishment, which prides itself on brewing coffee for people who actually want to taste their freshly roasted coffee. The establishment has now been operating for over ten years and has several cafes on the west coast. This Oakland shop on Webster Street was opened in 2009 in a beautiful brick warehouse that was build in 1923. Coffee-lovers can stop into the bright and cheerful space to indulge in some freshly pulled espressi or brewed coffee and snack on the gourmet pastries also on offer.
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.
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.
Awaken Cafe dons multiple hats as a performing arts venue, coffeehouse, beer and wine bar, gourmet snack joint and art gallery. There is always something going on here, whether it is a music and dance show or a fun karaoke session. Grab a fruit juice and listen to symphony orchestra, enjoy gourmet coffee with banana bread, marvel at contemporary art, watch live sports on television, listen to indie and pop beats at the concerts or participate in poetry slam. Mood lighting, WiFi access and happy hours only serve to accentuate the overall experience. Gastronomes will delight in the award-winning ice creams and espressos, organic food selection and Californian craft beer.
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.
Soulful Ramen as Chef Itani, owner of Itani Ramen likes to call it, this place is a delight for your taste buds. The main focus of the cuisine here is on the traditional Japanese flavors and on the Ramen culture. The menu offers authentic dishes such as Miso Pork and Shoyu being the specialties. The drinks menu includes beer and sake along with Shochu which is a traditional Japanese drink but served here with a modern mix. The ambiance here is relaxing with decor inspired from the Japanese culture and sketched canvases on the walls which add to the beauty and authenticity of the place.
In a classy and elegant atmosphere, savor fine American cuisine with a relish. Situated inside the Washington Inn Hotel, it is a good place to feast on delicious food. The entire menu is delectable, however, the most note-worthy is the Cioppino, Escalivada and the Miso Salmon. The fine ambience and pleasant attitude of the staff make for a memorable time, as the diner feels most comfortable here. The food portions are a bit small, so be sure to order accordingly. Seison is a good place to enjoy an intimate dinner, due to its low noise level.
The Cook and Her Farmer is a nice place to stop by for a casual breakfast or lunch. The small cafe is characterized by the open-kitchen and long redwood bar spanning the space. Watch as your oysters are expertly shucked, just before they're served. Serving a delightful selection of small plates, salads, sandwiches, seafood and delicious coffee it's a popular lunch spot. In the evenings, it's a nice place to relax over a glass of wine and some oysters. The menu focuses on serving up oysters in a delightful array of preparations, while there are other limited options available which change often.
Everything that the Spaniards love, comes together at Duende. Chef Paul Canales and owner Rocco Somazzi overlook the proceedings here as their passion for great Spanish food, flamenco music and art as well as excellent wines and beer take shape in the form of this rustic restaurant, which has a charming industrial vibe accented by furnitures made from reclaimed woods, cast iron lighting and colorful windows. You can select from a variety of options in tapas and entrees, which includes delicacies like Pork Belly Paella, Pork Chops and Albondigas. The bar is well-stocked with a variety of wines and beers to choose from. The cafe adjoining the bar is also a great spot for a cup of delightful coffee. Walk in for a great time.