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Where to Eat and Drink Near Jack London Square

The Oakland neighborhood is packed with restaurants, breweries, wineries, and more

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Not too long ago, Jack London Square was full of chains like T.G.I. Friday’s and Old Spaghetti Factory. Slowly, the neighborhood has undergone a massive transformation. Exciting, destination-worthy restaurants like Dyafa and Farmhouse Kitchen have recently moved in alongside a slew of urban wineries and breweries. At last, the Jack London district — with its history and waterfront location — is one of Oakland’s top places to eat and drink. Here are 17 great restaurants, bars, cafes, wineries, and breweries in the neighborhood.

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1. Sláinte

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131 Broadway
Oakland, CA 94607
(510) 823-2644
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Traditional Irish food — including all-day breakfast — meets classic cocktails and a cozy, warm atmosphere at Sláinte. This is a contemporary yet charmingly old-school Irish pub with brick walls, a fireplace, darts, and Guinness always on tap.

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2. Souley Vegan

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301 Broadway
Oakland, CA 94607
(510) 922-1615
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Before vegan diets swept the Bay Area, Souley Vegan was introducing plant-based versions of soul food staples to Oakland. Now, the restaurant’s Southern-fried tofu burger feels like a Town classic. First-time visitors can’t go wrong with the sampler plate, piled high with greens, yams, barbecued tofu, mac n cheese, cornbread, and more.

3. Everett & Jones BBQ

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126 Broadway
Oakland, CA 94607
(510) 663-2350
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An Oakland institution since 1973, Everett & Jones is still serving ribs, brisket, and most famously, beef links. Sadly, the restaurant’s matriarch and owner, Dorothy King, died in March 2021, but granddaughter Dorcia White is maintaining her legacy with the family’s three locations across Oakland and Berkeley.

4. La Santa Torta

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333 Broadway
Oakland, CA 94607
(925) 207-9275
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At La Santa Torta, one of the first taco trucks to popularize beef birria tacos in the Bay Area, friends Leo Oblea and Victor Guzman offer cheesy, juicy, “red tacos” made with Jalisco-style beef birria (see how they do it here). Check Instagram for the trucks’ daily schedule, but the Jack London truck is fairly consistent — and soon, they’ll have a standalone restaurant in West Oakland, too.

La Santa Torta

5. Crooked City Cider Tap House

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206 Broadway
Oakland, CA 94607
(510) 992-3656
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This dedicated cider taproom with 25 taps was one of the biggest developments for cider in the Bay Area when it opened in 2019, with selections ranging from great local ciders to famed European imports, plus some beers thrown in for good measure. There’s plenty of room to enjoy them all in a 2,800-square-foot industrial space, and while food options change, there are always vegan and gluten-free options available.

Crooked City Cider Tap House

6. Dragon Gate

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300 Broadway
Oakland, CA 94607
(510) 922-8032
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With a neon-lit, nightclub vibe, Dragon Gate is not necessarily where you’d expect to find excellent Taiwanese food in this slice of town. Regardless, the extensive menu covers all of the cuisine’s musts, including beef noodle soup, popcorn chicken, stinky tofu, and three cup chicken.

7. Understory Oakland

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Ohlone Territory, 528 8th St
Oakland, CA 94607
(510) 817-4356
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Understory opened in early 2021 as a worker-led restaurant and bar serving food inspired by the backgrounds of the workers running the kitchen. Moroccan, Filipino, and Mexican influences can be found in the form of snacks like ukoy fritters, small plates like cauliflower baja tacos, and sliders with fillings like kefta lamb or chicken tocino. There are a few cocktails on offer, as well as dessert.

8. Farmhouse Kitchen Thai Cuisine

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336 Water St
Oakland, CA 94607
(510) 419-0541

The Oakland location of the popular Mission district restaurant is full of flowers, pink, and festive fun. The attractively designed restaurant also dishes out excellent Thai dishes, including a mammoth beef short rib with Panang curry and crispy rice salad. Fair warning: The spicy dishes truly pack a punch.

Farmhouse Kitchen [Official Photo]

9. Minimo

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420 3rd St
Oakland, CA 94607
(510) 891-1024
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This adorable wine shop focuses on natural wines produced by independent small producers. Folks can drink any bottle at the shop’s long communal table and order snacks like local cheeses. Minimo also offers thematic wine tastings and wine flight specials, bottle service in the courtyard, and a reasonably-priced wine club.

10. Seabreeze on the Dock

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31 Webster St
Oakland, CA 94607
(510) 607-9140
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The still-new Seabreeze on the Dock is all about sourcing transparency — lobster, Dungeness crab, clams, mussels, shrimp, crawfish, and oysters are all labeled so there’s no mystery where your fish is from. Get them in boils, baskets, platters, and po’boys and enjoy on the cozy little waterfront patio at sunset.

11. Heinold's First and Last Chance Saloon

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48 Webster St #3721
Oakland, CA 94607
(510) 839-6761
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Oakland’s oldest bar, Heinold’s was built in 1883 and has remained a historic landmark in Jack London Square. The tiny, single-story shack is made of remnants of an old whaling ship, and the flooring remains steeply slanted after the 1906 earthquake. Most of the seating is outside, surrounded by palm trees.

12. Bicycle Coffee

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364 2nd St
Oakland, CA 94607

Bicycle Coffee can now be found in a few locations in Oakland (and one in LA), but this is the company’s first stand-alone cafe. It’s funky and warehouse-y with a real family-friendly, community vibe, amplified on Fridays when the baristas hand out free cold brew and pour overs.

13. Blue Bottle Coffee

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300 Webster St
Oakland, CA 94607
(510) 653-3394
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While there are bigger and more beautiful Blue Bottle cafes all over the Bay Area, it’s fun to visit the headquarters near Jack London Square. The large warehouse houses its cupping room and offices, but also has the usual Blue Bottle beverages. With minimal seating, they’re best enjoyed walking along the water.

14. Original Pattern Brewing Company

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292 4th St
Oakland, CA 94607
(510) 844-4833
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After opening in 2018, this brewery quickly established itself as one to watch in the East Bay. The emphasis is on Belgian and German styles, including saisons, sours, lagers, dubbels, and kolsch beers. But with its historic brick home, string lights, and comfy seating, it’s also a lovely place to just hang out.

15. Brooklyn West Winery

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201 3rd St
Oakland, CA 94607
(510) 879-7763
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This neighborhood is urban winery central. Try Brooklyn West Winery for an every-changing portfolio of small-batch, award-winning wines from Barbera to Zinfandel to Riesling. The industrial tasting room is a sleek, attractive place to sample a few wines — tastings are a reasonable $20 per person for a flight of 4 wines.

16. Chop Bar

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190 4th St
Oakland, CA 94607
(510) 834-2467
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A longstanding neighborhood favorite, Chop Bar moved into new, bigger digs on 4th Street in 2019. Serving American comfort food for brunch, lunch, and dinner, Chop Bar is known for having some of the tastiest breakfast sandwiches in town, and the burger remains a justifiable fixture on the menu after all these years.

1. Sláinte

131 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94607
Peter Lyons

Traditional Irish food — including all-day breakfast — meets classic cocktails and a cozy, warm atmosphere at Sláinte. This is a contemporary yet charmingly old-school Irish pub with brick walls, a fireplace, darts, and Guinness always on tap.

131 Broadway
Oakland, CA 94607

2. Souley Vegan

301 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94607

Before vegan diets swept the Bay Area, Souley Vegan was introducing plant-based versions of soul food staples to Oakland. Now, the restaurant’s Southern-fried tofu burger feels like a Town classic. First-time visitors can’t go wrong with the sampler plate, piled high with greens, yams, barbecued tofu, mac n cheese, cornbread, and more.

301 Broadway
Oakland, CA 94607

3. Everett & Jones BBQ

126 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94607

An Oakland institution since 1973, Everett & Jones is still serving ribs, brisket, and most famously, beef links. Sadly, the restaurant’s matriarch and owner, Dorothy King, died in March 2021, but granddaughter Dorcia White is maintaining her legacy with the family’s three locations across Oakland and Berkeley.

126 Broadway
Oakland, CA 94607

4. La Santa Torta

333 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94607
La Santa Torta

At La Santa Torta, one of the first taco trucks to popularize beef birria tacos in the Bay Area, friends Leo Oblea and Victor Guzman offer cheesy, juicy, “red tacos” made with Jalisco-style beef birria (see how they do it here). Check Instagram for the trucks’ daily schedule, but the Jack London truck is fairly consistent — and soon, they’ll have a standalone restaurant in West Oakland, too.

333 Broadway
Oakland, CA 94607

5. Crooked City Cider Tap House

206 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94607
Crooked City Cider Tap House

This dedicated cider taproom with 25 taps was one of the biggest developments for cider in the Bay Area when it opened in 2019, with selections ranging from great local ciders to famed European imports, plus some beers thrown in for good measure. There’s plenty of room to enjoy them all in a 2,800-square-foot industrial space, and while food options change, there are always vegan and gluten-free options available.

206 Broadway
Oakland, CA 94607

6. Dragon Gate

300 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94607

With a neon-lit, nightclub vibe, Dragon Gate is not necessarily where you’d expect to find excellent Taiwanese food in this slice of town. Regardless, the extensive menu covers all of the cuisine’s musts, including beef noodle soup, popcorn chicken, stinky tofu, and three cup chicken.

300 Broadway
Oakland, CA 94607

7. Understory Oakland

Ohlone Territory, 528 8th St, Oakland, CA 94607

Understory opened in early 2021 as a worker-led restaurant and bar serving food inspired by the backgrounds of the workers running the kitchen. Moroccan, Filipino, and Mexican influences can be found in the form of snacks like ukoy fritters, small plates like cauliflower baja tacos, and sliders with fillings like kefta lamb or chicken tocino. There are a few cocktails on offer, as well as dessert.

Ohlone Territory, 528 8th St
Oakland, CA 94607

8. Farmhouse Kitchen Thai Cuisine

336 Water St, Oakland, CA 94607
Farmhouse Kitchen [Official Photo]

The Oakland location of the popular Mission district restaurant is full of flowers, pink, and festive fun. The attractively designed restaurant also dishes out excellent Thai dishes, including a mammoth beef short rib with Panang curry and crispy rice salad. Fair warning: The spicy dishes truly pack a punch.

336 Water St
Oakland, CA 94607

9. Minimo

420 3rd St, Oakland, CA 94607

This adorable wine shop focuses on natural wines produced by independent small producers. Folks can drink any bottle at the shop’s long communal table and order snacks like local cheeses. Minimo also offers thematic wine tastings and wine flight specials, bottle service in the courtyard, and a reasonably-priced wine club.

420 3rd St
Oakland, CA 94607

10. Seabreeze on the Dock

31 Webster St, Oakland, CA 94607

The still-new Seabreeze on the Dock is all about sourcing transparency — lobster, Dungeness crab, clams, mussels, shrimp, crawfish, and oysters are all labeled so there’s no mystery where your fish is from. Get them in boils, baskets, platters, and po’boys and enjoy on the cozy little waterfront patio at sunset.

31 Webster St
Oakland, CA 94607

11. Heinold's First and Last Chance Saloon

48 Webster St #3721, Oakland, CA 94607

Oakland’s oldest bar, Heinold’s was built in 1883 and has remained a historic landmark in Jack London Square. The tiny, single-story shack is made of remnants of an old whaling ship, and the flooring remains steeply slanted after the 1906 earthquake. Most of the seating is outside, surrounded by palm trees.

48 Webster St #3721
Oakland, CA 94607

12. Bicycle Coffee

364 2nd St, Oakland, CA 94607

Bicycle Coffee can now be found in a few locations in Oakland (and one in LA), but this is the company’s first stand-alone cafe. It’s funky and warehouse-y with a real family-friendly, community vibe, amplified on Fridays when the baristas hand out free cold brew and pour overs.

364 2nd St
Oakland, CA 94607

13. Blue Bottle Coffee

300 Webster St, Oakland, CA 94607

While there are bigger and more beautiful Blue Bottle cafes all over the Bay Area, it’s fun to visit the headquarters near Jack London Square. The large warehouse houses its cupping room and offices, but also has the usual Blue Bottle beverages. With minimal seating, they’re best enjoyed walking along the water.

300 Webster St
Oakland, CA 94607

14. Original Pattern Brewing Company

292 4th St, Oakland, CA 94607

After opening in 2018, this brewery quickly established itself as one to watch in the East Bay. The emphasis is on Belgian and German styles, including saisons, sours, lagers, dubbels, and kolsch beers. But with its historic brick home, string lights, and comfy seating, it’s also a lovely place to just hang out.

292 4th St
Oakland, CA 94607

15. Brooklyn West Winery

201 3rd St, Oakland, CA 94607

This neighborhood is urban winery central. Try Brooklyn West Winery for an every-changing portfolio of small-batch, award-winning wines from Barbera to Zinfandel to Riesling. The industrial tasting room is a sleek, attractive place to sample a few wines — tastings are a reasonable $20 per person for a flight of 4 wines.

201 3rd St
Oakland, CA 94607

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16. Chop Bar

190 4th St, Oakland, CA 94607

A longstanding neighborhood favorite, Chop Bar moved into new, bigger digs on 4th Street in 2019. Serving American comfort food for brunch, lunch, and dinner, Chop Bar is known for having some of the tastiest breakfast sandwiches in town, and the burger remains a justifiable fixture on the menu after all these years.

190 4th St
Oakland, CA 94607

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