Best Restaurants in Oakland, California

Everyone enjoys eating out, especially when the food is delightful, the atmosphere is unforgettable, and the meal is shared with family and friends. Oakland has many laid-back, destination-worthy restaurants … whatever kind of food you want, it’s here. The diversity of eating experiences available in this city is amazing. Below, you’ll find some of the best dining experiences available in Oakland, offering you a wide variety of foods from which to choose.

Zachary’s Chicago Pizza

Chosen by California Dream Eater and Visit California as one of the go-to restaurants in the Bay Area, Zachary’s Chicago Pizza has been honored with more than 175 “Best Pizza” awards. Zachary’s offers stuffed or thin-crust pizzas made to order with their special tomato sauce blend. Each pizza begins with a thin layer of flaky, buttery dough which is then topped with the highest quality cheese, a combination of fresh toppings and another thin layer of dough. After being smothered with their zesty, diced tomato sauce, it’s slowly baked in the oven to create their award-winning pizza.

ZAGAT review states, “… Windy City-inspired pizzerias hawking amazing deep-dish and thin-crust pies topped with perfect sauce … loud and chaotic, but fans insist the delicious signature stuffed pizzas are worth it.”

  • Casual attire
  • Does not take reservations
  • Offers take-out but not delivery
  • The bar serves beer and wine only
  • A good place to take children

Wood Tavern

Delicately prepared and well-executed dishes are the foundation of the ideal dining experience at Wood Tavern. Offering an American brasserie experience, Wood Tavern is a contemporary and rustic neighborhood restaurant with a focus on local, sustainable ingredients.

Originally, a brasserie restaurant brews its own beer and serves food that has its roots in Alsace, France. Now, however, it has come to mean an informal restaurant that serves traditional foods usually served with larger portions.

ZAGAT review states, “Pick anything on the menu and you won’t be disappointed … divine gourmet comfort food … at a price that’s right … noise level that requires texting your dinner partner, but admirers are too busy eating to care … plan well ahead for reservations.”

  • Casual attire
  • $15 corkage fee for wine brought in
  • Reservations taken, even recommended
  • Doesn’t deliver or offer take-out
  • Full bar
  • Not recommended for children

Hopscotch

An upscale diner, Hopscotch serves seasonally inspired cocktails and regional American classics influenced by Japanese flavors and techniques.  Their menu is seasonal, sustainably sourced and changes often.

ZAGAT review states, “Brilliant Japanese-inflected takes on diner classics … lead to pure bliss … menu is simple yet creative … its proximity to a number of concert venues … [makes it] a popular option for pre-show dining.”

  • Casual attire
  • Reservations are taken
  • Offers delivery and take-out
  • Full bar and robust cocktail program
  • Not recommended for children

Yoshi’s

Yoshi’s, a well-known spot for sushi and live jazz, offers traditional Japanese and fusion-style cuisine and a full calendar of live performances.

ZAGAT review states, “Tasty sushi and world-class music make this date-night destination … a no-brainer, particularly if attending a show in the on-site jazz club (diners get priority seating for the performances) …”

  • Casual attire
  • Reservations recommended to avoid waits
  • Offers take-out but not delivery
  • Full bar with featured cocktails
  • Not recommended for children

Brown Sugar Kitchen

Best of the East Bay 2016 winner, Brown Sugar Kitchen, inspires patrons with new-style, down-home soul food made with locally grown, organic and seasonal ingredients.

ZAGAT review states, “Amazing fried chicken and a cornmeal waffle so ethereal you almost have to hold it down so it won’t float away … down-home dishes served with nouveau flair … soul food paradise …”

  • Casual attire
  • No reservations, customers served on first come, first served basis
  • Offers take-out but not delivery
  • A good place to take children
  • The bar serves beer and wine only

Belly

Belly is a laid-back café serving Mexican, Asian and American dishes like pork-belly tacos and tempura onion rings.

ZAGAT review states, “Tacos and burritos bursting with Asian-influenced flavors … make for exciting crowd-pleasers … prices are reasonable …”

  • Casual attire
  • Doesn’t take reservations
  • Offers take-out but not delivery
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Outdoor seating
  • Good place for children
  • The bar serves beer and wine only

Shinmai

Shinmai is a modern, minimalist eating establishment putting a California spin on ramen and izakaya served with whisky and sake. The menu includes recipes containing traditional and non-traditional ingredients. Beverages served focus on Japanese whisky, sakes and pilsner-style beers.

ZAGAT review states, “Izakaya and ramen come together … California spin on Asian recipes … served in modern, minimalist quarters.”

  • Casual attire
  • Takes reservations
  • Doesn’t offer delivery or take-out
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Not recommended for children
  • Full bar

Marica Restaurant

Marica Restaurant offers carefully prepared dishes like twice-cooked Maine lobster, mesquite grilled salmon and shrimp corncakes, all served in a warmly lit and cozy dining room. But their menu is not limited to seafood. You may also choose to enjoy one of their other menu items such as red wine braised oxtail, mesquite grilled rack of lamb or beef bourguignon.

ZAGAT review states, “… consistently excellent source of scrumptious seafood at affordable prices … popular and bound to be busy.”

  • Casual attire
  • Takes reservations
  • Offers delivery and take-out
  • Not recommended for children
  • Full bar

All these wonderful restaurants can be found in Oakland, but another gem awaits discovery in Oakland … Lake Park! Located in downtown, Lake Park is a beautifully maintained retirement community convenient to all the fine dining, culture and activity Oakland has to offer. This location is one of the major reasons why active seniors chose us. If you want to learn more, contact us today. We’ll be happy to answer any questions you may have and look forward to welcoming you to the Lake Park family.