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Apr 7, 2009 05:55 PM

Downtown Oakland, pre-show dinner

I haven't been in Downtown Oakland in over 20 years... but 4 of us will be going to see Leonard Cohen at the Paramount next week. Is there anyplace nearby we can get a meal before the show?

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  1. Plenty of places these days. Depends on what you want, but there is Luka's tap room at Grand and Broadway (the Paramount is at 19th and Broadway). Flora is just a block or so away, Pican just opened across grand from Luka's. There is also Pho 84 on 17th between Franklin and Webster (about 2.5 blocks away).

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    1. re: skwid

      You might also consider Franklin Square Wine Bar, across the street from Luka's, and owned and operated by the same folks. Calmer than Luka's, if you're not into a loud, happening scene.

      Franklin Square Wine Bar
      2212 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94612

    2. Ozumo, Pican.

      Pican Restaurant
      2295 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94612

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        1. re: kc72

          You know it's doggone confusing. Even the Chamber of Commerce blurb announcing a dinner there says Ozuma in the heading and Ozumo in the body. Whatever, it's across Grand from Luka. The o is correct and I have inserted the link with the reviews.

        2. re: wolfe


          Luka's Taproom
          2221 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94612

          2251 Broadway Avenue, Oakland, CA 94612

        3. There's also Vo's. Wherever you go, make a reservation, nearby places are usually packed when there's something at the Paramount.

          Vo's Restaurant
          59 Grand Avenue, Oakland, ca

          1. thanks for the info; CHOWHOUND ROCKS, it never lets me down and very rarely steers me to a bad meal!!!

            1. Here's a related thread from a month or two back. The Fox is a block away
              from the Paramount:

              If you haven't been there in that long, sitting outside at Franklin Square with a
              glass of wine and a snack after the show will probably provide the most
              jarring "omg, what country am I in!?!" experience if the weather's nice.