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Sep 1, 2006 11:54 PM

The Warehouse Bar and Grill, Oakland?

My personal trainer was raving last night about the Philly cheese steak he had at the Warehouse Bar and Grill. It looks like kind of a divey place, but also like the kind of place that might very well have some good old-fashioned bar food.


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  1. The Warehouse is a cop bar which you can easily determine from the decor (and apparently the website). So if it appears divey it's because the patrons are off-duty cops looking to decompress from their shift ;) I've only had bar food when at the game to watch a sporting event. Give it a try and report back..

    1. Wow, I did not know there were any restaurants past Franklin in that area. The menu looks a bit pricy, but who knows? It could be good.

      The "live lingerie competition with prizes" starting at 5pm does make it look kind of seedy, though.

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      1. re: merle

        Yeah, but the new Sunday brunch might be something to check out

        "SUNDAY BRUNCH at theWAREHOUSE Bar and Grill starting July 16th. 11am to 3pm. Buffet including made to order omelets. $10.95. Mimosa and Champagne included. $14.95 includes roast beef and ham."

        Who says there are no more champagne brunches in the Bay Area.

        I don't see where you are getting the pricy vibe. The top priced sandwich is the Philly cheesesteak which comes with fries for $7.50. Most of the sandwiches are in the $5-$6 dollar range and come with fries.

        Oooohh ... I just noticed they have a Chicago dog. If they are open Labor Day that might be where I get my Labor Day hot dog.

        Also, the dinner prices (with soup or salad) seem really good ... $10.95 for a Friday prime rib dinner ... that includes listening to a live band... $6.95 for the special on other days.

        With all those cops, it should be a safe place, eh?

        And besides, "Talk Like a Pirate day" is being celebrated on Sept 19th ... and if you show up after 5 dressed like a pirate there's a free drink ... hmmm, cops dressed like pirates ... that has to be surreal.

        Actually there are a few restaurants in that area ... mainly coffee shops or delis, but more seem to be opening as condos and apartments get built in that area.

        - Rolanda’s Soul / Seafood (not sure on this. Just a sign & #)
        - Yia-Yia’s Café
        - Oakland Grill (haven't been for ages, looks the same)
        - Peerless where you can buy a "pepomint latte"
        - Cuckoo’s Nest
        - Sierra Deli - (and also sell banh mi)

        1. re: rworange

          Yeah, I thought it looked pretty cheap. And you're right: "surreal" is the only word for cops dressed as pirates.

          Cuckoo's Nest is pretty good, but Oakland Grill is surprisingly bad.

          1. re: Ruth Lafler

            I used to go to the Cuckoo's Nest for breakfast and lunch, as I worked nearby. Sometimes food can be a little greasy, but not too bad. Breakfast pastries were hit and miss- they outsource them and I'm not sure where they're from

            Coffee's pretty good, they have a frequent buyer card thing in place.

          2. re: rworange

            I guess I'm comparing the prices to northern downtown Oakland, where you would be hard pressed to spend $7.50 for a Philly cheesesteak. For the area it's in, that does seem decently priced. And I did just say "a bit" pricy: it's not bad, but I don't think I'll go out of my way to have lunch there.

            I thought there were several places with champagne brunches..? It has been a while since I looked, though.

            1. re: merle

              Not to be argumentative, but where are you getting cheesteaks that inexpensive. I was paying about that price in Richmond WITHOUT fries.

              I guess it might depend on portion size. If you get the small cheesesteak and fries from The Cheese Steak Shop it would cost a little over $5.50. A regular with a large fries would be a little over $8.


              It's just that I've been eating rather low on the hog lately and when I stop buy places like Cafe Fanny, the prices seem so expensive. These prices seem as low as, or even lower than a lot of the divy joints I've been frequenting.

              1. re: rworange

                Bellyroll Ben's (19th near Franklin) came to mind immediately; I think it's $5.50. I have no idea how it compares in terms of portion size, but it's quite ample for me for lunch (and comes with fries). There's another place near there that I am forgetting, but it's around $6.50 for the same.

                I was going to have mentioned IB's, but I believe that with fries it's about $7.50 as well.

                Prospect Park (17th and Broadway) has a cheesesteak, and they do have specials with fries and/or a drink, but I have never tried it there. I do know they have a burger/fries/drink for $4, so imagine the cheesesteak special would be competitive.

                And these *are* a bit divy, but they aren't bars with lingerie contests...

            2. re: rworange

              Sierra Deli used to have great made-to-order breakfast sandwiches. Prepared salads are also good, and they used to make some of their pastries in-house.