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iscover the buzz that has invigorated Oakland's vibe. Downtown has burst onto the nightlife scene in a big way. Scores of new restaurants, clubs and venues have sprung up and more are on the way.

These pages are your essential guide to downtown Oakland hot spots.

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Arsimona Bar & Lounge
Upscale restaurant & lounge serving lunch & dinner daily. DJ Fri & Sat. Live music twice a month. NFL ticket and NBA league pass. Comprehensive liquor menu including rare scotch and cognacs. "Arsimona a distinctive lounge experience." Arsimona Bar & Lounge 561 11th Street, 510-444-1158,
Daily 11a-2a
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B Restaurant
It's all about fresh and family! California Cuisine - All Organic.
499 - 9th St., 510-251-8770, Tu-F 11:30a-2:30p, 4:30-10p, Sa 5:30-10p, Su 10:30a-2:30p, 5-9p
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Opening in Summer 2011. Information forthcoming from restaurant.
1440 Broadway
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Authentic Cambodian cuisine. 2007-08 ZAGAT rated.
850 Broadway, 510-839-8815
M-Th 11a-3p, 5-9:30p; F-Sa 11a-3p, 5-10p
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Bay Fung Tong
Chinese food.
1916 Franklin St., 510-832-3298,
Daily Lunch and Dinner.
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A Pan-American menu that blends culinary currents from Europe and the Americas while using the best and freshest local ingredients. 55 Webster St., (Jack London Square) 510-444-1233
M-Th 11:30-3p; 5:30-10p; Fr & Sa 11:30-3p; 5:30-11p; Su 11:30-3p; 5:30-9:30p. Bar bites daily 3-5:30p.
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Breads of India
High quality ingredients used to create health-conscious classic cuisine from India.
948 Clay St, 510-834-7684,
Daily 11:30a-2:30p and 5:30-9:30p
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Buffet Fortuna
Dim Sum and seafood restaurant offering Cantonese-style dishes.
800 Broadway, 510-839-1688,
Daily 9:30a-3p, 5-9:30p
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Simple and elegant-legendary coffees, breakfast and lunch.
817 Washington St., 510-271-7965,
M-F 7:30a-4p, Sa 8a-3p
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Calvin's Eatery
Information forthcoming from restaurant.
1611 Telegraph Ave.
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Chef Edwards
Authentic Barbecue and Soul Food restaurant.
1915 San Pablo Ave., 510-834-9516,
Tu-Th 11a-8pm, F-Sa 11a-10p
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Chop Bar
In Oakland's Jack London Square neighborhood serving breakfast, lunch and dinner using the finest ingredients found in the Bay Area. 247 4th St., #111, 510.834.CHOP (2467)
M-F 7a-3p, Tu-Th 5:30-10p, F 5:30-11p, Sa 9a-3p & 5:30-11p, Su 9a-3p & 6-8:30p; Happy Hour Tu-F 4:30-6p
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Cocina Poblana
Mexican cuisine and Tequila bar.
499 Embarcadero West, (Jack London Square), 510-451-4700
M-F (lunch) 11a-3p, (dinner) 5-9p; Sa-Su (brunch) 10a-3p
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Cock-A-Doodle Café
Very inviting café atmosphere, attentive service and great tasting and varied food selection. New California cuisine with Latin influence. 719 Washington St., (510) 465-5400
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Commonwealth Cafe and Public House
Cafe & pub featuring British-style craft beers, pub food and always showing live European football matches. 2882 Telegraph Ave. 510-663-3001
M-Sa 9a-10:30p; Su 9a-3:30p
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Encuentro Cafe and Wine Bar
Organic vegetarian and vegan cuisine with organic wine and beer by the glass. 202 Second St., 510-832-9463
M-Sa 5-10p
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Everett & Jones BBQ
Real barbecue, real music, real good time!
126 Broadway, 510-663-2350,
M-Th 11a-10p, F-Sa 11-1a, Su 12-10p
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World Famous Falafel. Vegetarian food. If you don't like it, it's free. 588 14th St., 510-835-3500
Daily 10a-7p
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Farley's East
Coffeehouse with panini sandwiches featuring monthly artists, Wi-Fi, magazines and a comfortable atmosphere. (Opening June 18). 33 Grand Ave., 510-835-7898
M-F 7a-7p; Sa-Su 8a-7p
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Farmers Market Bistro
The Bay Area's freshest organic comfort foods. Featuring California cuisine. 1015 Clay St. 510-238-8780
M-F 11a-9:30p; Sa 11a-10p; Su 11a-6p
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Flora Restaurant - Bar
A swanky Uptown destination for great food and drinks. Classic Californian menu. 1900 Telegraph Ave., 510-286-0100
Tu-F 11:30a-2:30p; Tu-Th 5-9p; F-Sa 5-11p; Sa 9:30a-2:30p
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Fresh and Best Cafe
Information forthcoming from restaurant.
1428 Alice St.
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Ghazal Indian Cuisine
Information forthcoming from restaurant.
131 Broadway, (Jack London Square), 510-268-9550
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Golden Lotus
Chinese, Vietnamese, Vegeterian.
1301 Franklin St., 510-893-0383,
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Gourmet Delight Seafood Restaurant
Traditional Cantonese food. Listed in the East Bay Express' “Best of the East Bay” for Liveliest Live Seafood. 701 Webster St., 510-832-7661,
M-Su 9a-3p, 5-10p
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Grand Oaks Grill
Full-service restaurant, available for parties. American/California. 736 Washington St., 510-452-1258,
M-Th 11:30a-2p, M-Sa 5:30-9p
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Hahn's Hibachi
Fresh stir-fry hibachi cooking.
63 Jack London Square, 510-628-0717,
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Hawker Fare
New casual street food restaurant by James Syhabout slated to open in Spring 2011. Information forthcoming from venue. 2300 Webster St. 510-832-8896
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Modern Carribean/Creole cuisine
1745 San Pablo Ave., (at 18th St.) 510-444-2626
Su, M, W-Th 5:30-10p; F & Sa 5:30-11p; Tu closed
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Huynh Vietnamese Cuisine
Fine Vietnamese food served in a contemporary setting.
381 - 15th St., 510-832-5238,
M-F 11a-3p & 5-9p, Sa 5-9p
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Ichiro Japanese Sushi Bar
Fresh sushi and sushi combos with miso soup.
412 - 15th St., 510-452-1994,
M-Th 11:30a-2:30p & 5-9p, F 11:30a-2:30p & 5-10p, Sa 5-10p
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Il Pescatore Ristorante
Northern Italian seafood restaurant, and waterfront bar with Estuary view.
31 Webster St., (Jack London Square), 510-465-2188,
M-F 11:30a-10p, Sa 11a-10p, Su 10:30a-9p
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Kai's Japanese
Great sushi and Japanese cuisine.
801 Washington St., 510-893-5247,
Daily Lunch & Dinner
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Karibbean City
Caribbean cuisine ranging from Jerk Chicken to Plantains.
1408 Webster St., 510-251-0769,
Tu-Su 11a-10:30p
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Kimball's Carnival
Entertainment, good food and billiards. An appetizer menu featuring Southern classics to satisfy your hunger. 522 - 2nd St., 510-444-6401,
Open M-Sa, Hours vary
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Kincaid's Bayhouse
Jumpin' waterfront meeting place. Superb steaks and fresh seafood.
1 Franklin St., (Jack London Square), 510-835-8600,
M-F 11a-5p, Sa 11a-4p, M-Th 5-9:30p, F-Sa 4-10:30p, Su 11a-9p, Brunch 11a-2p
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La Borinquena Mex-icatessen & Specialty Shop
A Mexican culinary complex.
582 - 7th St., 510-444-9954,
M-Th 9:30a-5:30p, F-Sa 9a-6p
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La Cucina Italiana
A romantic eatery for the freshest most authentic Italian food. Available for special events and catering. 1410 Jefferson St., 510-452-2533
M 11a-4p, Tu-Sa 11a-9p
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La Furia Chalaca
The food is comfortable and easy! Peruvian Cuisine.
310 Broadway, 510-451-4206,
M-Th 11a-3p, 5-10p, F-Sa 11a-11p, Su 11a-9p, F-Sa Latin and Jazz
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Fabulous Vietnamese restaurant. Formerly known as Le Cheval.
1019 Clay St., 510-763-8495,
Daily Lunch & Dinner
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Legendary Palace
Dim Sum and Seafood Teahouse.
708 Franklin St., 510-663-9188,
Daily 8-12a
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Level Two Restaurant
A relaxing modern atmosphere perfect for a quick get-together or a tough business meeting. Serving updated California cuisine utilizing the freshest ingredients possible. 1001 Broadway, in the Oakland Marriott, 510-451-4000
6a-2p, 5-10p
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Levende East
Levende East offers casual fine dining, award-winning cocktails and warm ambience. Suitable for an intimate dinner for two as well as large groups. World fusion cuisine. 827 Washington Street, 510-835-5585
M-F 11:30a-2:30p & 5p-2a, Sa 10a-3p & 5p-2a
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Liege Spirits Lounge
Offering an extensive selection of spirits and brews, specialty crafted cocktails and a unique, regionally inspired menu of tapas and fondues. 481 9th St., in Old Oakland, 510-835-4343
Tu-Fr 4:30p-2a; Sa 6p-2a; Su 6p-1a
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Luka's Taproom & Lounge
This hotspot has a full bar with 16 beers on tap and specialty cocktails that will tame your thirst. Rotating art in downtown's hottest taproom. Restaurant features a menu inspired by the brasseries of France and Belgium 2221 Broadway, 510-451-4677,
M-F 11:30-2a, Sa 5:30p-2a, Su 5:30p-12a
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MŌNO Restaurant & Wine Bar
Globally-inspired small plate menu with wine pairing.
247 4th St., 510-834-0260
Opening Jan 2008: M-F 7-9:30a, 11a-2p. Dinner hours begin in March 2008.
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Mama Buzz Café
Original coffee house of the Uptown. Breakfast, lunch, bages, Vegetarian. Sustainable, organic and Fair Trade. Beer Patio, Free Wi-Fi, live music and your First Amendment Rights. 2318 Telegraph Ave., 510-465-4073
M-F 7:30a-9p, Sa-Su 9a-9p
Cash only
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Mama's Vietnamese Restaurant
Best Vietnamese cuisine in downtown Oakland. Near Kaiser Center.
365 19th St., 510-251-8878
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Max's Diner & Bar
Bad place for a diet, a good place for a diet. A great place to share a drink with friends. We have it all! 500-12th St., (City Center), 510-451-6297,
M-F 11:30a-7p
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A great place for fun! Caribbean and Southern cooking. Martinis & A Movie every W with free movie screening. Live Music F and Club Maxwell Sa. R&B, Jazz, Neo-Soul, World Music. 341 - 13th St., 510-839-6169,
W-Th 5p-12a; F-Sa 5p-2a; Sunday Brunch 10a-3p; Sunday Dinner 5-9p
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McGinty's Roadside Roadhouse
A family place. Serving American food. 401 2nd St.
401 2nd St. 510-465-8032
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Mexicali Rose
Great Mexican food.
701 Clay St., 510-451-2450,
Daily 10-1:30a
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MIMOSA Champagne Lounge
A champagne, raw foods and dessert lounge specializing in culinary aphrodisiacs and blissfully bubbly libations. 2355 Broadway 510-891-1005
Tu-Th 5-10p; F-Sa 5p-1:30a
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Miss Pearl's Jam House
There's always something going on at Miss Pearl's. Cajun-Creole cuisine.
1 Broadway, (Jack London Square), 510-444-7171

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Edgy art and sublime dining featuring Modern American cuisine.
2442 Webster St., 510-238-1100
M-Th & Su 4:30p-12a; F & Sa 4:30p-2a
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New Gold Medal Restaurant
Extensive Cantonese menu.
389 - 8th St., 510-465-1940,
Daily Lunch & Dinner
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Opening soon. Information forthcoming from restaurant.
2442A Webster St., 510-238-8224

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No Worries
The first Filipino vegetarian restaurant in the Bay Area! Healthy, delicious and sustainable cuisine. Opening in early July 2010. 1442 Franklin St., 510-219-1843,
M-Sa 11a-3p, 5-9p
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Oakland Grill
Breakfast, lunch and weekend brunch. Voted top 100 restaurants in USA.
301 Franklin St., 510-835-1176,
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Oasis Restaurant & Bar
American Lunch, West African Dinner, Reggae, R&B, Funk and House music.
135 - 12th St., 510-763-0404,
M-Tu 11a-4p, W-Su 11a-2a
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Izakaya Japanese dining with a full Sushi and Robata bar.
2251 Broadway, 510-286-9866,
M-Th lunch 11:30a-2p, dinner 5-10p; F lunch 11:30a-2p, dinner 5-10:30p; Sa 5-10:30p.
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Pacific Coast Brewing Company
Oakland's national award-winning pub and brewery.
906 Washington St., 510-836-2739,
Daily 11:30-1a
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Phnom Penh House
Family-friendly Cambodian dining.
251 - 8th St., 510-893-3825,
M-Th 11a-9p, F-Sa 11a-9:45p
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Pho 84 Restaurant
Quality Vietnamese food served by friendly, cheerful staff.
354 - 17th St., 510-832-1338,
M-F 11a-2:30p, 5-9p, Sa 12-9p, Su 5-9p
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A Taste of the South...New Orleans, Charleston, Gulf Coast, North Carolina, Texas and Mississippi fused with California. Gourmet Southern with a California twist. Paula Dean meets Alice Waters. Cosmopolitan/Southern ambiance. 2295 Broadway, 510-834-1000
M-Th 11:30a-2p & 5-10p; Fri 11:30a-2p & 5-11p, Sat 5-11p, Su Brunch 10:30a-3p & Dinner 5-9p; Bar M-F 2-5p
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Thoughtful, creative dishes made with the highest quality local ingredients.
2214 Broadway, 510-444-7586
5p-1a daily
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Randevu Cafe
Jazz band every Friday and DJ every Saturday.
2430 Broadway 510-893-1411
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Restaurant Peony
Hong Kong-style cuisine including crispy roast duck and live seafood.
388 - 9th St. #288, 510-286-8866,
M-F 11a-3p, Sa-Su 10a-3p, Su-Th 5:30-9:30p, F-Sa 5:30-10p
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Saigon Restaurant
Vietnamese food served in Frank Ogawa Plaza near Oakland's historic City Hall.
326 Frank Ogawa Plaza, 510-465-4545,
Daily 10a- 9p
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Scott's Seafood Grill & Bar
Best seafood restaurant and piano bar in town! Fresh seafood.
2 Broadway, (Jack London Square), 510-444-3456,
Daily 11a-10p
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Seison Restaurant Bar & Lounge
Contemporary fresh California cuisine with strong French and Spanish influences complemented by a full bar.
495 10th St., (510) 832-7449
M-Th 11:30a-2:30p & 5:30-9; F 11:30a-2:30p & 5:30-9:30p; Sa 5:30-9:30p
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Shan Dong Mandarin Restaurant
Handmade Northern-style Dim Sum and Mandarin cuisine.
328 - 10th St. #101, 510-839-2299,
Su-Th 10a-9:30p, F-Sa 10a-10p
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Siam Bay Authentic Thai Cuisine
Authentic Thai homemade cooking.
1009 Clay St., 510-452-1499,
M-F 11:30a-9:30p, Sa-Su 11:30a-10p
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Silver Dragon
Cantonese cuisine in the heart of Chinatown.
835 Webster St., 510-893-3748,
Open daily 11:30a-9p
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Souley Vegan
Serving 100% vegan soul food. No animal products or MSG are used. We are proud that we are keeping the soul and reintroducting the food! Aid your body in superior health aid in a superior train of thought! 301 Broadway, 510-922-1615
Tu-Sa 11a-9p
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Spice Monkey
A playful new café serving international cuisine with beautiful service. Relax with good food.
1628 Webster St., 510-268-0170,
M-F 11a-10p, Sa 5-10p,
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Spices 3
Taiwanese cuisine with an emphasis on spicy Sichuan-style food.
369 12th St., 510-625-8889,
M-Th 12p -11p, F-Su 12p-12a Cash Only
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Fresh sushi and more. Dine in or take out.
911 Washington St., 510-452-3167,
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Szechwan Restaurant
Chinese Mandarin.
366 - 8th St., 510-832-7878,
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Small-plate regional Mexican food.
468 - 8th St., 510-444-1944,
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TenChi Japanese Restaurant
Serving Japanese food including sushi.
578 14th St., 510-891-8889,
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The Fat Lady Restaurant and Bar
History, charm, food and fun. It's all here! American, Mediterranean. Jazz, Rock and R&B.
201 Washington St., 510-465-4996,
Daily Lunch, W/E Brunch, Dinner M-Sa
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The Home of Chicken and Waffles
Menu boasts dozens of combination plates with crispy fried chicken and waffles and tasty Soul Food side dishes.
444 Embarcadero West, 510-836-4446,
Su-Th 8a-12a, Fr-Sa 8-4a
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The Lake Chalet Seafood Bar & Grill
Indoor and outdoor dining on Lake Merritt, served with a view. Serving modern American cuisine and seafood.
1520 Lakeside Dr., 510-208-5253
M-Th 11a-10p; F 11a-11p; Sa 10a-11p; Su 10a-10p
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The Warehouse Bar & Grill
A fun establishment where you can toast with friends.
402 Webster St., 510-451-3161
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Tony Roma's
A place for ribs...and steaks.
55 Washington St., (Jack London Square), 510-271-1818,
Daily Lunch & Dinner
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A casual restaurant offering house-ground hamburgers and hand-spun milkshakes at affordable prices.
146 Grand Ave., 510-208-5678
M-F 11a-2:30p; Th-F 5-8:30p; Sa 11a-8:30p
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Uncle Dougie's New York Style Italian Heroes
Authentic New York-style heroes justl ike mama used to make.
362 17th St., 510-832-3131
M-F 11a-3p; F & Sa 9p-2a
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Uncle Willie's BBQ and Fish
If you want the best ribs, brisket, links, fish and gumbo, come dine with us! Winner of the 2007 Jack London Best BBQ in the Bay Area Cook Off.
614 14th St., 510-465-9200
Tu-Sa 11a-9p
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Uptown Cafe & Crepes
Bringing healthy and savory food options to the local Oakland community. The perfect gathering place for professionals, students and local residents wanting a healthy meal before work, during lunch or on the weekend. 410 21st St., 510-251-9090
M-F 7a-4p; SA 8:30a-2p
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Vien Huong Restaurant
Vietnamese noodles, soup and rice plates.
712 Franklin St., 510-465-5938,
Daily 7:30a- 6p Cash only
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Vo's Restaurant
Vietnamese cooking at its finest! Restaurant, bar and lounge. Happy hour weekdays 2:30-6:30p.
59 Grand Ave., 510-465-4600,
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1916 Telegraph Ave.
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Highlander Motel