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Aug 27, 2009 01:46 PM

Staying by Oakland Airport - any decent restaurants close?

On our return from a few days in Napa, we are spending one night close to the Oakland airport for a very early flight the next morning. Wondering if there are any worthwhile restaurants nearby or if we are better of either driving into SF or eating one last meal in Napa before heading down. Since its the end of our trip, we will probably be looking for something lighter (tapas, maybe) but still want tasty, well-prepared food. Not interested in Chez Panisse on this trip. Thanks!

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  1. Alameda is a 15-minute drive and has many good options: Angelfish for sushi, Speisekammer for German, Acquacotta for Italian, Burma Superstar ...

    Same distance there's Oakland's Fruitvale if you're in the mood for Mexican.

    1. Can stop at either Cesar on the way from Napa to Oakland airport area

      Bar César
      4039 Piedmont Ave, Oakland, CA 94611

      Bar César
      1515 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA 94709

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      1. re: kc72

        The Berkeley branch tends to fill up and it's noisy. Plus the Piedmont branch is closer to the freeway and it's usually easier to park.

        There's also Barlata.

        4901 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA 94609

        1. re: Robert Lauriston

          What do you think about the bar bites at Adesso for the OP?

          1. re: kc72

            I wouldn't call the food at Adesso light.

            1. re: Robert Lauriston

              I feel all of Robert's Alameda suggestions(especially Angel Fish) are great and quite accessible from the Oakland airport.One other consideration off of 580 on Park Blvd in the Glenview district is Marzano with antipasti,pizza and secondi.They are bad at updating their website with the current stagionale(seasonal,now summer)menu.They are wildly popular so you may want to reserve.This is the winter menu but gives you an idea of their offerings:

              1. re: casalbore spirit

                Unfortunately, Park Blvd. is not easily accessible to the airport. You either have to cut through Oakland on city streets or get on 13 or 580 and go around to where they hook up with 880 and then backtrack.

                Angel Fish is probably the closest good restaurant to the airport. But if you take another few minutes and go into "downtown" Alameda you'll have a plethora of restaurants and can choose whatever strikes your fancy.

                1. re: Ruth Lafler

                  As someone who lives in the neighborhood and goes to OAK regularly,the route from Marzano would be Park Blvd westbound to a left onto MacArthur Blvd to a right on 38th Ave,rht on Foothill to left on 42nd straight to 880 south to airport exit.Freeway direct but not faster is Park westbound to 580 east to High St exit,go right to a left onto 880 south to OAK.My suggestion is based on tasty food not to end the trip on a mediocre note and not having to drive to SF with an early departure.Angel Fish(Japanese) is an excellent,more convenient option if that's what you your taste buds desire.I'm not a fan of most other Alameda restaurants.

                2. re: casalbore spirit

                  Marzano (on Oakland's Park Blvd., not to be confused with Alameda's Park St.) is a lot longer drive from the airport as Pizzaiolo or Dopo, which have similar menus and probably better food.

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          1. Thanks for all of the suggestions. Cesar, Barlata and Marzano all sound like great options for what we want. Angelfish sounds fabulous as well, but we have a non-sushi eater with us, so will have to save that for a different trip.

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            1. re: tarein

              If you have not been to Ubuntu, that would be a good choice if you wanted a last meal up that way.

              Another nice place on the way back that has some light options is Sea Salt in Berkeley.

            2. I know it's not light but It's good ribs and brisket at Great American BBQ. Go north on Doolittle and east on High St, about 4 miles.