Deli in Oakland


If you want to eat outside on a sunny day, grab a sandwich from Ratto’s, a vintage Oakland grocery (since 1897) with a deli counter (and a few sidewalk tables) that attracts a devoted lunch crowd.
Californian in Oakland


Kick-back-chic Camino’s short daily-changing menu showcases the best of local organic produce and meats, most cooked over an open fire in slow-food-meets-California-now style. The tables are of recycled old-g…
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Wood Tavern

The daily-changing New American brasserie-style menu features what’s in season, with earthy, soulful dishes like pan-roasted lemon-rosemary chicken, chopped salads, cheese boards, charcuterie plates and a dam…
in Oakland


The carefully crafted antojitos (Mexican tapas) aren’t your usual Mexican fare. Expect flavor-packed spins on familiar dishes, like tostadas and tacos (try the shrimp), served in a stylish brick-walled space.…
Cafe in Oakland

Caffe 817

Bowls of steaming café au lait, poached eggs en croute (in pastry) and crunchy baguette sandwiches – if you’re looking for Paris in Oakland, you’ll find it at this deliciously unpretentious…
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Everett & Jones Barbeque

The smoked pork ribs are damn good at this simple, family-run spot with plastic red-checked tablecloths, occasional live music and slow service (stick around, it’s worth it).
Chinese in Oakland

Shan Dong

Hand-cut sesame noodles, giant pork buns, fresh dumplings – you can’t go wrong at this authentic Mandarin hole-in-the-wall with plastic chairs and fluorescent lighting. This is the real deal, so don’t expect fortune…
Sandwiches in Oakland

Bakesale Betty

An Aussie expat and Chez Panisse alum, Betty Barakat (in signature blue wig) has patrons licking their lips and lining up out the door for her heavenly strawberry shortcake and scrumptious fried-chicken sandwiches. …
Pizza in Oakland

Boot & Shoe Service

The name plays off its former identity as a cobbler shop, but the current patrons pack this brick-walled place for its wood-fired pizzas, original cocktails and creative antipasti made from sustainably sourced fresh…
Seafood in Oakland

Lake Chalet

Whether you stop by the long pump house view bar for a martini and oysters during the buzzing happy hour (3pm to 6pm and 9pm to close), feast on a whole roasted crab by a window seat in the formal dining room, or cr…