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Where to Eat and Drink in Uptown Oakland

A vetted guide to breweries, bars, and coffee galore in the neighborhood

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A neighborhood once occupied by high end department stores like Sears, I Magnin, and JJ Newbury's, and theaters like the Fox and Paramount, Oakland's Uptown district has long been a destination for entertainment. In most cases, only the beautiful art deco buildings remained after businesses began to vacate the area in the second half of the 20th century.

Now the neighborhood, which hugs the main drags of Telegraph Avenue and Broadway, roughly spanning 17th Street to West Grand, is experiencing a resurgence, with the proliferation of breweries, bars, and a diverse selection of restaurants. Use this guide to navigate the best that Uptown has to offer. (For more Oakland dining and drinking, check out Eater's guides to Northgate-Waverly, Temescal, and Fruitvale.)

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Starline Social Club

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645 W Grand Ave
Oakland, CA 94612
(510) 593-2109
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Part cocktail bar, part restaurant, and part dancehall, Starline caters to the diverse East Bay community. Partners Sam White (Ramen Shop) and artist Adam Hatch transformed this historic 123-year-old former Odd Fellows Hall into a classic. The short but appealing menu stays current and refined with items like Monterey squid with avocado and a plum vinaigrette, or a buttermilk fried soft shell crab BLT.

2. Farley's East

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33 Grand Ave
Oakland, CA 94612
(510) 835-7898
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Equipped with a parklet along Grand Avenue, Farley’s East offers a meeting place within a busy neighborhood for locals to congregate, hunker down with their computers, or meet with neighbors to enjoy a selection of sandwiches, pastries, and coffee.

3. Plum Bar

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2216 Broadway
Oakland, CA 94612
(510) 444-7586
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This Daniel Patterson Group-run bar has remained a steady neighborhood favorite. Always featuring housemade spirits and liqueurs in a hip setting, the bar also hosts an eclectic rotation of food pop-ups.

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4. The Gastropig

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2123 Franklin St
Oakland, CA 94612
(510) 817-4663
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The Gastropig is all about breakfast sandwiches. Despite its unfortunate name, the Baconslut is perhaps the most delicious breakfast sandwich in town, with bacon, a runny egg, cheddar, and aleppo aioli tucked into a brioche roll with thought and care. Of course, there’s more on offer at breakfast and lunch, plus Abstract Table, an artistic fine dining series, takes over in the evenings with rotating prix-fixe menus.

5. Hopscotch Restaurant & Bar

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1915 San Pablo Ave
Oakland, CA 94612
(510) 788-6217
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Dubbing itself an "upscale diner," Hopscotch draws inspiration for its menu from the many cultural influences of the Bay, with menu items like the soba bucatini with mascarpone and walnut pesto, classic fried chicken, and kimchi fried rice with a shoyu egg (available at brunch). Chef-owner Kyle Itani, a fourth generation Japanese-American, grew up in nearby Vacaville, but has spent extensive time traveling through Japan; his food is a personal narrative that reflects a mashup of those cultures.

6. Belly

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1901 San Pablo Ave
Oakland, CA 94612
(510) 839-0000
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Asian-Mexican fusion spot Belly specializes in tacos and burritos starring ingredients like shrimp tempura, sesame slaw, and pickled cucumbers. The must-order is the steak and eggs taco, loaded up with skinny fries and chipotle aioli, with a runny fried egg as the crown.

7. Little Giant Ice Cream

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1951 Telegraph Ave
Oakland, CA 94612

Unlike most scoop shops, Little Giant actually makes its own base and churns it on the premises. With stand-outs like the Coconauts (a coconut milk base stracciatella) or the Beez Cheez (honey, goat cheese, and black pepper), it’s easy to love this community favorite. There is also a "pup cup," made especially for furry friends.

8. Xolo

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1916 Telegraph Ave
Oakland, CA 94612
(510) 986-0151
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This self-proclaimed "Mission-style" taqueria features an addictive bacon-wrapped hot dog on the menu, as well as a vegan version of pozole that affirms its dedication to serving the community around it. The casual spot comprises of a patio, a mezzanine, and a dining room, offering selections of Mexican beers and six-ounce glasses of wine. Dress up or down as you head there pre-show or post-show, and be sure to check out sister East Bay restaurants Doña Tomas (Temescal) and Tacuyaba (Berkeley).

9. Fauna

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1900 Telegraph Ave
Oakland, CA 94612
(510) 289-0110
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Flora’s cocktail-focused counterpart is a separate operation filled with taxidermied animal heads, dim lighting, and craft cocktails. While the cocktails are the real stars here, Fauna’s bar bites and pressed sandwiches make it a destination all its own, opening earlier and staying open later than the adjacent Flora.

10. Flora Restaurant & Bar

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1900 Telegraph Ave
Oakland, CA 94612
(510) 286-0100
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No other restaurant in Uptown reflects the retro aesthetic quite like Flora, which is housed in the iconic Art Deco Floral Depot Building. The lavish Art Deco styling of the restaurant transports guests to another era, one where dining was as much an event as the shows in nearby venues. With classics like braised rabbit, flatiron steaks, and heirloom ratatouille, the nostalgia is met with a contemporary, firm duty to present locally-sourced ingredients.

11. Shinmai

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1825-3 San Pablo Ave
Oakland, CA 94612
(510) 271-1888
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A sleek izakaya serving ramen and cocktails has joined the burgeoning dining scene on San Pablo. Small plates like fried potato salad with tobiko, truffle aioli, and furikake, and chicken karaage with miso tartar are jazzed up versions of izakaya offerings, in a modern setting.

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12. Duende

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468 19th St
Oakland, CA 94612
(510) 893-0174
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Chef-owner Paul Canales draws upon Basque and Catalan cuisines to transport diners with wood-fire cooking, communal seating, a plethora of Spanish wines, and more than 15 sherries by the glass. Come with a group and share a paella or go the pintxos/tapas route and sample dishes from fried fava beans to the classic patatas bravas.

13. Emporium Oakland

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1805 Telegraph Ave
Oakland, CA 94612

A second location of this arcade game-filled bar has opened in Uptown Oakland, adjacent to the Fox Theater. Pinball, Pac-Man, Skee-Ball, and air hockey can all be found at this 21+ bar, where it’s BYOF (bring in or have food delivered from other restaurants).

14. Diving Dog Brewhouse

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1802 Telegraph Ave
Oakland, CA 94612
(510) 457-1148
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A BOP (brew on premise) location, Diving Dog is one part extensive taproom and one part educational classroom. Avid drinkers can stop by at night to taste 30 of the brewery’s beers on tap and Oakland-made wines; though there’s no food, guests are welcome to bring their own from neighboring restaurants. During the day, this brew haven provides the recipes, equipment, and knowledge to guide you through the brewing, bottling, and even labeling process of crafting your own beer.

15. Itani Ramen

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1736 Telegraph Ave
Oakland, CA 94612
(510) 788-7489
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Adding to the growing group of ramen spots in the bay, chef-owner Kyle Itani (Hopscotch) has put his stamp on the Japanese comfort food. With the need for late night food in Oakland in high demand, the contemporary, hip, and well-lit space is offering ramen, gyozas, rice bowls, and the must-try crispy pig’s ears. Bonus: there's a dessert vending machine.

16. The Punchdown

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1737 Broadway
Oakland, CA 94612
(510) 788-7877
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The Punchdown is one of Oakland’s top destinations for natural wine, prioritizing organic and biodynamic wines made with naturally occurring yeast and minimal intervention. The list constantly changes, with flights and half pours on offer so you can fully explore in a laid-back yet sophisticated space. There’s also a small food menu (charcuterie, cheese, sandwiches) and impressive selection of bottles to take home with you.

17. Drexl

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382 19th St
Oakland, CA 94612

The large bar gets packed on the weekends for its wide array of craft cocktails and beer from local breweries. The upstairs mezzanine is filled with cozy couches and skeeball to ensure that despite producing high-end cocktails, the bar itself doesn't take itself too seriously.

18. Modern Coffee

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381 19th St
Oakland, CA 94612
(510) 858-7601
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This women-owned coffee shop has quickly expanded across downtown Oakland, thanks to the winning combination of quality coffee, well-designed spaces, and free wifi where busy workers need it most.

19. Woods Bar & Brewery

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1701 Telegraph Ave
Oakland, CA 94612
(510) 761-8617
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Woods Beer Co. owner Jim Woods opened his third spot in 2014, offering over 12 taps of experimental, freshly-brewed beers. El Porteño provides empanadas, and the throwback decor features plenty of subway tile inside, with a fireplace on the patio for cool East Bay evenings.

20. Bar 355

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355 19th St
Oakland, CA 94612
(510) 451-3355

While swanky in aesthetic, Cafe 355 manages to maintain a dive bar appeal, with cheaper cans of beer offered alongside craft cocktails, leather lounge seating in the back, and a retro vibe. Here, you’ll find a mix of pre- and post-show crowds, or local bartenders and restaurant workers winding down after a long shift. Check out the space on different nights of the week for rotating DJs spinning from an array of old-school vinyls.

21. Parlour Restaurant

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357 19th Street, Oakland, California 94612
Oakland, CA 94612
(707) 888-8341
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From the owners of Bar 355 and chef Jason Tuley (Gitane), Parlour's large space features wood-fired pizzas, Italian fare, and housemade bread. While Italian at its core, the approach is Californian, with selections ranging from wood-fired margherita pizza to a whole wheat pappardelle with duck ragout and broccolini salsa verde. The approachable menu and comforting space make this a soulful Uptown spot.

22. Bar Dogwood

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1644 Telegraph Ave
Oakland, CA 94612
(510) 444-6669
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Despire opening in 2011, this bar is yet another spot in the Uptown scene that transports to another decade. With its exposed brick walls, reclaimed antiques, and classic cocktails, it's easy to imagine this bar during Uptown’s Golden Age. Sample from artisanal grilled cheeses, a cured meat plate, and craft cocktails while you wait for a show (Fox Theater is just across the street), or before you hit up Telegraph Avenue’s burgeoning nightlife scene.

23. Cafe Van Kleef

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1621 Telegraph Ave
Oakland, CA 94612
(510) 763-7711
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Before Uptown became the epicenter for craft cocktails and gastropubs, there was Cafe Van Kleef. The iconic spot, which serves the best greyhounds and salty dogs in the Bay, was officially born in 2004 when friends of then-owner Peter Van Kleef convinced him to turn the slow cafe into a full-fledged bar. Though Van Kleef passed away in 2015, his spirit remains in this special bar filled with his tchotchkes and stories.

24. Bar Shiru

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1611 Telegraph Ave suite 100
Oakland, CA 94612
(510) 920-0299
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Bar Shiru is styled after Japanese listening bars where vinyl and high-end sound systems compete with cocktails for attention. Craft coctkails, beer, and wine can be consumed in front of an impress wall of records, and very, very nice glassed-in sound system.

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25. Aburaya

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362 17th St
Oakland, CA 94612
(510) 502-7743
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Punk rock-themed Japanese fried chicken shop Aburaya is actually much more than fried chicken — though you’ll usually spot fried chicken on just about every table. Aburaya also functions as an extra chill, fast-casual izakaya with classics like okonomiyaki as well as creative small plates.

1. Starline Social Club

645 W Grand Ave, Oakland, CA 94612

Part cocktail bar, part restaurant, and part dancehall, Starline caters to the diverse East Bay community. Partners Sam White (Ramen Shop) and artist Adam Hatch transformed this historic 123-year-old former Odd Fellows Hall into a classic. The short but appealing menu stays current and refined with items like Monterey squid with avocado and a plum vinaigrette, or a buttermilk fried soft shell crab BLT.

645 W Grand Ave
Oakland, CA 94612

2. Farley's East

33 Grand Ave, Oakland, CA 94612

Equipped with a parklet along Grand Avenue, Farley’s East offers a meeting place within a busy neighborhood for locals to congregate, hunker down with their computers, or meet with neighbors to enjoy a selection of sandwiches, pastries, and coffee.

33 Grand Ave
Oakland, CA 94612

3. Plum Bar

2216 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94612
Plum Bar
Plum Bar

This Daniel Patterson Group-run bar has remained a steady neighborhood favorite. Always featuring housemade spirits and liqueurs in a hip setting, the bar also hosts an eclectic rotation of food pop-ups.

2216 Broadway
Oakland, CA 94612

4. The Gastropig

2123 Franklin St, Oakland, CA 94612

The Gastropig is all about breakfast sandwiches. Despite its unfortunate name, the Baconslut is perhaps the most delicious breakfast sandwich in town, with bacon, a runny egg, cheddar, and aleppo aioli tucked into a brioche roll with thought and care. Of course, there’s more on offer at breakfast and lunch, plus Abstract Table, an artistic fine dining series, takes over in the evenings with rotating prix-fixe menus.

2123 Franklin St
Oakland, CA 94612

5. Hopscotch Restaurant & Bar

1915 San Pablo Ave, Oakland, CA 94612

Dubbing itself an "upscale diner," Hopscotch draws inspiration for its menu from the many cultural influences of the Bay, with menu items like the soba bucatini with mascarpone and walnut pesto, classic fried chicken, and kimchi fried rice with a shoyu egg (available at brunch). Chef-owner Kyle Itani, a fourth generation Japanese-American, grew up in nearby Vacaville, but has spent extensive time traveling through Japan; his food is a personal narrative that reflects a mashup of those cultures.

1915 San Pablo Ave
Oakland, CA 94612

6. Belly

1901 San Pablo Ave, Oakland, CA 94612

Asian-Mexican fusion spot Belly specializes in tacos and burritos starring ingredients like shrimp tempura, sesame slaw, and pickled cucumbers. The must-order is the steak and eggs taco, loaded up with skinny fries and chipotle aioli, with a runny fried egg as the crown.

1901 San Pablo Ave
Oakland, CA 94612

7. Little Giant Ice Cream

1951 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA 94612

Unlike most scoop shops, Little Giant actually makes its own base and churns it on the premises. With stand-outs like the Coconauts (a coconut milk base stracciatella) or the Beez Cheez (honey, goat cheese, and black pepper), it’s easy to love this community favorite. There is also a "pup cup," made especially for furry friends.

1951 Telegraph Ave
Oakland, CA 94612

8. Xolo

1916 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA 94612

This self-proclaimed "Mission-style" taqueria features an addictive bacon-wrapped hot dog on the menu, as well as a vegan version of pozole that affirms its dedication to serving the community around it. The casual spot comprises of a patio, a mezzanine, and a dining room, offering selections of Mexican beers and six-ounce glasses of wine. Dress up or down as you head there pre-show or post-show, and be sure to check out sister East Bay restaurants Doña Tomas (Temescal) and Tacuyaba (Berkeley).

1916 Telegraph Ave
Oakland, CA 94612

9. Fauna

1900 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA 94612

Flora’s cocktail-focused counterpart is a separate operation filled with taxidermied animal heads, dim lighting, and craft cocktails. While the cocktails are the real stars here, Fauna’s bar bites and pressed sandwiches make it a destination all its own, opening earlier and staying open later than the adjacent Flora.

1900 Telegraph Ave
Oakland, CA 94612

10. Flora Restaurant & Bar

1900 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA 94612

No other restaurant in Uptown reflects the retro aesthetic quite like Flora, which is housed in the iconic Art Deco Floral Depot Building. The lavish Art Deco styling of the restaurant transports guests to another era, one where dining was as much an event as the shows in nearby venues. With classics like braised rabbit, flatiron steaks, and heirloom ratatouille, the nostalgia is met with a contemporary, firm duty to present locally-sourced ingredients.

1900 Telegraph Ave
Oakland, CA 94612

11. Shinmai

1825-3 San Pablo Ave, Oakland, CA 94612
Jeremy Chiu

A sleek izakaya serving ramen and cocktails has joined the burgeoning dining scene on San Pablo. Small plates like fried potato salad with tobiko, truffle aioli, and furikake, and chicken karaage with miso tartar are jazzed up versions of izakaya offerings, in a modern setting.

1825-3 San Pablo Ave
Oakland, CA 94612

12. Duende

468 19th St, Oakland, CA 94612

Chef-owner Paul Canales draws upon Basque and Catalan cuisines to transport diners with wood-fire cooking, communal seating, a plethora of Spanish wines, and more than 15 sherries by the glass. Come with a group and share a paella or go the pintxos/tapas route and sample dishes from fried fava beans to the classic patatas bravas.

468 19th St
Oakland, CA 94612

13. Emporium Oakland

1805 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA 94612

A second location of this arcade game-filled bar has opened in Uptown Oakland, adjacent to the Fox Theater. Pinball, Pac-Man, Skee-Ball, and air hockey can all be found at this 21+ bar, where it’s BYOF (bring in or have food delivered from other restaurants).

1805 Telegraph Ave
Oakland, CA 94612

14. Diving Dog Brewhouse

1802 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA 94612

A BOP (brew on premise) location, Diving Dog is one part extensive taproom and one part educational classroom. Avid drinkers can stop by at night to taste 30 of the brewery’s beers on tap and Oakland-made wines; though there’s no food, guests are welcome to bring their own from neighboring restaurants. During the day, this brew haven provides the recipes, equipment, and knowledge to guide you through the brewing, bottling, and even labeling process of crafting your own beer.

1802 Telegraph Ave
Oakland, CA 94612

15. Itani Ramen

1736 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA 94612

Adding to the growing group of ramen spots in the bay, chef-owner Kyle Itani (Hopscotch) has put his stamp on the Japanese comfort food. With the need for late night food in Oakland in high demand, the contemporary, hip, and well-lit space is offering ramen, gyozas, rice bowls, and the must-try crispy pig’s ears. Bonus: there's a dessert vending machine.

1736 Telegraph Ave
Oakland, CA 94612

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16. The Punchdown

1737 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94612

The Punchdown is one of Oakland’s top destinations for natural wine, prioritizing organic and biodynamic wines made with naturally occurring yeast and minimal intervention. The list constantly changes, with flights and half pours on offer so you can fully explore in a laid-back yet sophisticated space. There’s also a small food menu (charcuterie, cheese, sandwiches) and impressive selection of bottles to take home with you.

1737 Broadway
Oakland, CA 94612

17. Drexl

382 19th St, Oakland, CA 94612

The large bar gets packed on the weekends for its wide array of craft cocktails and beer from local breweries. The upstairs mezzanine is filled with cozy couches and skeeball to ensure that despite producing high-end cocktails, the bar itself doesn't take itself too seriously.

382 19th St
Oakland, CA 94612

18. Modern Coffee

381 19th St, Oakland, CA 94612

This women-owned coffee shop has quickly expanded across downtown Oakland, thanks to the winning combination of quality coffee, well-designed spaces, and free wifi where busy workers need it most.

381 19th St
Oakland, CA 94612

19. Woods Bar & Brewery

1701 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA 94612

Woods Beer Co. owner Jim Woods opened his third spot in 2014, offering over 12 taps of experimental, freshly-brewed beers. El Porteño provides empanadas, and the throwback decor features plenty of subway tile inside, with a fireplace on the patio for cool East Bay evenings.

1701 Telegraph Ave
Oakland, CA 94612

20. Bar 355

355 19th St, Oakland, CA 94612