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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, has experienced 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.)

Health experts consider dining out to be a high-risk activity for the unvaccinated; it may pose a risk for the vaccinated, especially in areas with substantial COVID transmission.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Friends & Family

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468 25th St
Oakland, CA 94612
(510) 225-0469
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This explicitly women-led bar brings good food and craft cocktails — both classic and creative — to an inclusive, queer-friendly space in Uptown Oakland. Whimsically named cocktails, like the vodka-based Mom’s Rosy Cheeks, and small plates, like the Big Daddy Artichoke, are served in a cozy, soft-lit space full of antique touches, from the glassware to the table toppers.

Lindsey Shea

2. Kingston 11 Cuisine

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2270 Telegraph Ave
Oakland, CA 94612
(510) 465-2558
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Between the music, the tropical vibe, and the infectiously upbeat crowd, Kingston 11 is as much neighborhood dining hub as restaurant, with chef Nigel Jones’s Jamaican specialties remaining a draw after nearly a decade. Nibble on salt cod fritters with chimichurri or beef patties before main events like curried goat, jerk chicken, and oxtail stew, while sipping on rum-based cocktails.

3. Daughter's Diner

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326 23rd St Unit D
Oakland, CA 94612
(510) 309-1943
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Daughter’s Diner brings a California sensibility to classic diner food and a tongue-in-cheek attitude to the menu, which features customer favorites like the Beast Mode bagel sandwich; the Double B Homewrecker; and “princess pancakes” made with marzipan and house-made raspberry preserves. The dinner menu offers spruced-up diner staples as well, but you’ll be tempted to order breakfast for dinner — the whole menu is served all day.

4. 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.

5. Viridian

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2216 Broadway
Oakland, CA 94612

One of Uptown Oakland’s newest hotspots, Viridian is a photogenic dream, quickly becoming a destination for its stylish, cinematic space and Asian-inflected sweets — it boasts a dessert menu that’s twice as long as its dim sum menu. Gorgeous, savory cocktails like the Yuzu Bamboo — combining flavors like yuzu, sesame, and Shao Xing wine with vermouth and curaçao — balance out the sweets.

Patricia Chang

6. Shawarmaji

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2123 Franklin St
Oakland, CA 94612
(510) 397-9817
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Shawarmaji is the permanent location of chef Mohammad Abutaha’s crowd-attracting pop-up, a Jordanian-style chicken shawarma shop serving a menu of halal meat-packed wraps, loaded fries, and salads. The massive wraps are filled with fresh-sliced chicken, griddled to a golden crisp, and topped off with a hit of garlicky toum, the sauce so popular Shawarmaji sells it by the tub.

7. 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.

8. 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 affordable 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.

9. 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 standouts 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.

10. 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.

11. Palmetto

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1900 Telegraph Ave
Oakland, CA 94612
(510) 817-4002
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Palmetto is new to the Uptown cocktail scene, the latest project from Christ Aivaliotis and Matt Reagan, the guys behind Kon-Tiki. Pastel colors, neon lights, and lush plants transformed the old Flora space in the Oakland Floral Depot building, achieving a retro, Miami aesthetic and mellow setting to meet friends for rum cocktails and creative, steak-heavy food offerings.

Tarik Kazaleh

12. 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.

Jeremy Chiu

13. 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.

14. 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. The contemporary, hip, and well-lit space is offering ramen, gyozas, rice bowls, and the must-try crispy pig’s ears.

15. 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.

16. 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.

17. 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.

18. 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.

19. 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.

20. 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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21. 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. Friends & Family

468 25th St, Oakland, CA 94612
Lindsey Shea

This explicitly women-led bar brings good food and craft cocktails — both classic and creative — to an inclusive, queer-friendly space in Uptown Oakland. Whimsically named cocktails, like the vodka-based Mom’s Rosy Cheeks, and small plates, like the Big Daddy Artichoke, are served in a cozy, soft-lit space full of antique touches, from the glassware to the table toppers.

468 25th St
Oakland, CA 94612

2. Kingston 11 Cuisine

2270 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA 94612

Between the music, the tropical vibe, and the infectiously upbeat crowd, Kingston 11 is as much neighborhood dining hub as restaurant, with chef Nigel Jones’s Jamaican specialties remaining a draw after nearly a decade. Nibble on salt cod fritters with chimichurri or beef patties before main events like curried goat, jerk chicken, and oxtail stew, while sipping on rum-based cocktails.

2270 Telegraph Ave
Oakland, CA 94612

3. Daughter's Diner

326 23rd St Unit D, Oakland, CA 94612

Daughter’s Diner brings a California sensibility to classic diner food and a tongue-in-cheek attitude to the menu, which features customer favorites like the Beast Mode bagel sandwich; the Double B Homewrecker; and “princess pancakes” made with marzipan and house-made raspberry preserves. The dinner menu offers spruced-up diner staples as well, but you’ll be tempted to order breakfast for dinner — the whole menu is served all day.

326 23rd St Unit D
Oakland, CA 94612

4. 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

5. Viridian

2216 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94612
Patricia Chang

One of Uptown Oakland’s newest hotspots, Viridian is a photogenic dream, quickly becoming a destination for its stylish, cinematic space and Asian-inflected sweets — it boasts a dessert menu that’s twice as long as its dim sum menu. Gorgeous, savory cocktails like the Yuzu Bamboo — combining flavors like yuzu, sesame, and Shao Xing wine with vermouth and curaçao — balance out the sweets.

2216 Broadway
Oakland, CA 94612

6. Shawarmaji

2123 Franklin St, Oakland, CA 94612

Shawarmaji is the permanent location of chef Mohammad Abutaha’s crowd-attracting pop-up, a Jordanian-style chicken shawarma shop serving a menu of halal meat-packed wraps, loaded fries, and salads. The massive wraps are filled with fresh-sliced chicken, griddled to a golden crisp, and topped off with a hit of garlicky toum, the sauce so popular Shawarmaji sells it by the tub.

2123 Franklin St
Oakland, CA 94612

7. 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

8. Belly

1901 San Pablo Ave, Oakland, CA 94612

Asian-Mexican fusion spot Belly specializes in affordable 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

9. 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 standouts 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

10. 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.

1916 Telegraph Ave
Oakland, CA 94612

11. Palmetto

1900 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA 94612
Tarik Kazaleh

Palmetto is new to the Uptown cocktail scene, the latest project from Christ Aivaliotis and Matt Reagan, the guys behind Kon-Tiki. Pastel colors, neon lights, and lush plants transformed the old Flora space in the Oakland Floral Depot building, achieving a retro, Miami aesthetic and mellow setting to meet friends for rum cocktails and creative, steak-heavy food offerings.

1900 Telegraph Ave
Oakland, CA 94612

12. 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

13. 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

14. 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. The contemporary, hip, and well-lit space is offering ramen, gyozas, rice bowls, and the must-try crispy pig’s ears.

1736 Telegraph Ave
Oakland, CA 94612

15. 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

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16. 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

17. 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

18. Parlour Restaurant

357 19th Street, Oakland, California 94612, Oakland, CA 94612

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.

357 19th Street, Oakland, California 94612
Oakland, CA 94612

19. Cafe Van Kleef

1621 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA 94612

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.

1621 Telegraph Ave
Oakland, CA 94612

20. Bar Shiru

1611 Telegraph Ave suite 100, Oakland, CA 94612
Bar Shiru

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.

1611 Telegraph Ave suite 100
Oakland, CA 94612

21. Aburaya

362 17th St, Oakland, CA 94612

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.

362 17th St
Oakland, CA 94612

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