Oakland Restaurant Week is an opportunity to experience the culinary scene everyone is talking about! From January 15—25, 2015, many restaurants offer special prix-fixe lunch and/or dinner menus at $20, $30 and $40 price points. For the full list and more information, link here. (If you happen to be on Twitter or Instagram then check out their hashtag #ORW2015 to see the latest culinary creations and reviews!)
We of course have been sampling some of Oakland’s newest restaurants. Here we list some of the best new eateries in Oakland, which all happen to be participating in #ORW2015. If you take advantage of the great deals during Restaurant Week, or happen to try them out in the future, let us know what your favorite Oakland restaurant is in the comments below!
Oakland, CA 94611
Cafe: Tuesday - Saturday, 8 am - 12 noon
Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday, 5 pm - close
Sunday Supper: 4:30 - 8:30 pm
Homestead is located in the heart of Oakland’s Piedmont Avenue. It is a casual neighborhood restaurant with an impressive menu and wine list. The fresh faced owners and chefs, Fred and Elizabeth Sassen, both worked at San Francisco’s Farallon and have a passion for creating unique dishes with local ingredients using the whole animal. (On one recent occasion we were treated to the butcher dismantling an entire hog!) They are talented chefs and Homestead's guests enjoy the ever changing, seasonal menu. Their wood burning brick oven lends itself to the warm, rustic atmosphere. While they are most known for their romantic, flavorful dinners, Homestead also boasts delectable doughnuts and pastries among other treats in their café Tuesday-Saturday mornings.
Oakland, CA 94612
Monday-Thursday 11:30am - 2:30pm, 5pm - 9pm
Friday 11:30am - 2:30pm, 5pm - 10:30pm
Saturday 5pm - 10:30pm
HAPPY HOUR: Monday-Friday 5pm-6:30pm
Located at the edge of Lake Merritt near Oakland’s Uptown this new restaurant has a casual yet chic interior with an open kitchen and full bar. Even the most jaded foodie who has a high bar for the rarely attained trifecta of ambience, menu, and service will be pleasantly surprised and impressed.
The menu is unique and succinct. The average Asian fusion restaurant often relies heavily on crowd pleaders like garlic noodles or butter soaked crab. Not the case at alaMar. There is clearly a nod to Vietnamese and Asian fusion cuisine with some of the delicate flavors used in the seafood heavy menu. However there is also a Caribbean/Cajun vibe with plantains, shrimp boils and tasty fried things. This interesting marriage is what alaMar's New York born Dominican chef, Chef German, dubs "Asian Cajun".
The flavors are exquisite while the presentation is playful. A few favorites? Oysters, shrimp lollipops, fried plantains, crab cakes, and fresh seasonal salads. Basically there is something for everyone on this menu which reflects the upscale but uber casual vibe of the restaurant. This is a great date night location, or spot for the entire family. Think fabulous cocktails amidst plastic crab bibs--getting your hands dirty, yet there is a sink right there for you to quickly wash them. That empty crab shell you just devoured? That. Never. Happened! Because it is whisked away, along with your cute paper placemat and plastic bib, by your attentive server. Now you can delicately sip that craft cocktail the expert mixologist created in the tucked away bar.
Jack’s Oyster Bar & Fish House
Oakland, CA 94607 Jack London Square
Monday - Thursday 11:30 - 9:30
Friday & Saturday 11:30 - 10:00
Sunday 11:00 - 9:00
Oakland’s Jack London neighborhood has a rich history, (did you know Oakland’s oldest bar, Heinhold’s First and Last, is located there?) Not to mention the energetic area houses a renaissance of artists, restaurateurs and techies alike in the modern condos, refurbished lofts, and work/live spaces. Jack London's Sunday Farmer’s Market along the water is inspiration for all the restaurants to boast seasonal menus. The epicurean scene is a mix of both new and established restaurants. One new kid on the proverbial foodie block is Jack’s Oyster Bar & Fish House. This casual yet upscale seafood restaurant is situated along the waterfront area. It features a raw bar, a dining space and outdoor waterfront seating.
There is a myriad of talented chefs involved: Chef Owner Rick Hackett, Executive Chef Peter Villegas (La Mar / Park Tavern), Chef de Cuisine Nate Gabriel (Luce / Limon), and Pastry Chef Paul Conte (Chaya / Bocanova). The menu highlights seafood and tasty accouterments. They boast an impressive raw bar featuring East and West Coast oysters and offering all the raw bar standards (clams, mussels, peel-and-eat shrimp and chilled lobster) to a wide array of fish-centric dishes, crudos, ceviches, salads, sandwiches, and mains. The bar features a selection of local wine and beer on tap, as well as an international wine list.
This is the perfect date spot or happy hour location to sit and watch the sunset outside while you unwind!
Oakland, CA 94607
Open daily 11am-close
We are always looking for the chupacabra of restaurants on game day; it is rare to find a place to watch a local Bay Area team on the big screen while also enjoying the food, ambience and cocktails. Forge is able to score big points in all of these requirements, however!
Forge has outstanding food. They have artisanal wood fired pizza, innovative salads, addictive fried cheese curds (trust us you will come back for more!) and an excellent beer and wine selection with a full bar. When local teams are playing, they always have a game on one of the big screens. They also have an outdoor patio with heat lamps and a fire pit which is perfect for when there is a chill in the air. This is a great casual spot for the entire family.