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.Read More