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…
Latin American in Oakland


Facing the water at sun-drenched Jack London Sq, you can people-watch from the outdoor patio or eat inside the chic industrial dining room lit by hanging glass lamps. The focus here is Pan-American cuisine, and stan…
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…
American in Oakland


Mac-n-cheese, the ultimate in American comfort food, gets a long-overdue ovation at this quirky restaurant modeled after a school. A menu of regionally focused options – including the Ivy Leaguer Truffle, Dungeness …
American in Oakland

Rudy's Can't Fail Cafe

A modern diner with tables crafted from board games and strange toys under glass, it has a goofy punk rock feel, possibly because an owner is the bassist from Green Day. Show up for huevos or tofu rancheros all day,…
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. …
Californian in Oakland


The only Michelin-starred restaurant in the East Bay, the signless and discreet dining room counts a minimalist decor and some coveted counter real estate (reservable by phone only) where patrons can watch chef Jame…
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…
Mediterranean in Oakland

À Côté

This small-plates eatery with individual and friendly communal tables is one of the best restaurants along College Ave. What the menu calls ‘flatbread’ is actually pizza for the gods. Mussels with Pernod is a signat…
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.