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Oakland Restaurant Week Jan 23-29, 2011

Oakland is offering special special prix fixe dinner menus at $20, $30 and $40 for Oakland Restaurant Week Jan 23-29, 2011. Lots of good places - what are people going to try?

# Amba
# Bay Wolf
# Bellanico Restaurant & Wine Bar
# Blue Oak at Oakland Museum of California RW Deal: $30 for three course dinner plus a glass of house red or white wine
# Bocanova RW Deal: $20 for a four-course family-style lunch $30 for a four-course family-style dinner
# Camino
# Chop Bar - RW Deal: $30 for three courses plus red or white wine.
# Encuentro
# The Fat Lady
# Flora
# Italian Colors
# Kincaid's
# Level 2 at Marriott Oakland City Center RW Deal: $30 for four courses
# Mimosa Champagne Lounge - RW Deal: $20 for three courses or $20 for one flavored Champagne cocktail, an appetizer and a dessert
# Miss Pearl's Jam House - RW Deal: $20 for three-course lunch, $30 for three-course dinner
# Monaghans on the Hill
# Montclair Bistro RW Deal: $40 for four courses
# Oliveto
# Ozumo
# Paragon at the Claremont Hotel RW Deal: $30 for three courses
# Pican
# Plum - RW Deal: $40 for four courses
# Scott's
# Seison Restaurant, Bar & Lounge at the Washington Inn
# Sidebar
# Trappist
# Yoshi's

Website here:
http://oaklandcvb.com/visiting_restau...

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Bay Wolf Restaurant
3853 Piedmont Avenue, Oakland, CA 94611

Montclair Bistro
6118 Medau Place, Oakland, CA 94611

Italian Colors Restaurant
2220 Mountain Blvd, Oakland, CA 94611

Bellanico
4238 Park Blvd, Oakland, CA 94602

Oliveto Cafe
5655 College Ave., Oakland, CA 94618

Seison
495 10th St, Oakland, CA

Fat Lady
201 Washington St, Oakland, CA 94607

Miss Pearl's Jam House
10 Washington St, Oakland, CA

Ozumo
2251 Broadway Avenue, Oakland, CA 94612

Pican Restaurant
2295 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94612

Bocanova
55 Webster Street, Oakland, CA 94607

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  1. Anyone going to try any from the list? Hope to read some reports back.

    9 Replies
    1. re: hhc

      I'm hoping to see some recc's too - a lot of places on the list, and I'm sad to say I haven't had much experience with most of them. Specifically any info on Wood Tavern's menu for the week, as I've wanted to try them for some time.

      1. re: rosetattoo76

        couldn't access wood tavern's menu. btw, they aren't on o-town's restaurant week.
        in the past, i've tried the ahi tuna tartare (12), pork belly(12), pricey for 2 pieces each, yep. 2 pieces. the tavern style boulabaise(?)18 was very tasty and filling with the bread.....

        heartell the pastrimi sammie is excellent. would skip the appetizers and go for the main course here.

        1. re: shanghaikid

          It seemed Wood Tavern got added to the list after I posted:

          # Wood Tavern BOOK IT
          # YaYu Ethiopian Restaurant - RW Deal: $20 for three-course dinner, $25 with wine
          # Yoshi's - RW Deal: $30 for four course dinner in the Dining Room BOOK IT

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          Wood Tavern
          6317 College Ave., Oakland, CA 94618

        2. re: rosetattoo76

          I called a few places without menus posted online. Wood Tavern is doing lunch- salad/Pastrami sandwich/sorbet. Oliveto is doing dinner- green salad or cup of minestre soup/ gnocchi with ragu/ roast chicken roulade/ vanilla ice cream with brandy sauce.

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          Wood Tavern
          6317 College Ave., Oakland, CA 94618

          Oliveto Cafe
          5655 College Ave., Oakland, CA 94618

          1. re: oaktowngirl

            What's the price for Wood Tavern? Their pastrami sandwich is only $10 and comes with a fabulous slaw that's half the reason I order it. That's a huge lunch in itself.

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            Wood Tavern
            6317 College Ave., Oakland, CA 94618

            1. re: oaktowngirl

              thanks for that info; I've been really curious what Wood Tavern's Oakland Restaurant Week offering is

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              Wood Tavern
              6317 College Ave., Oakland, CA 94618

          2. re: hhc

            We're hitting up Flora on Friday. Have done plenty of the choices before outside of restaurant week, but this will be our first time at Flora.

            Bocanova is definitely hit or miss, but if you want to enjoy some decent cocktails (of the tropical bent) while looking out at the Bay, it's a good, enjoyable place for a meal.

            Had a great meal at Pican last month, and would go during RW if I hadn't been there so recently.

            Camino will be good. Definitely a good time to try a great restaurant.

            First visit to Sidebar last week, and I'll be going again soon. Good drinks, the trout salad was alright. The cuban sandwich was fantastic in flavor and full of meat, but didn't strike me as very typical cubano. Love the cute idea of "classicist" cocktail and "locavore" version.

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            Pican Restaurant
            2295 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94612

            Bocanova
            55 Webster Street, Oakland, CA 94607

            1. re: selectiveomnivore

              Flora got a new chef recently, and the menu has changed quite a bit.

              I've been to Bocanova half a dozen times, and I think I've had only one dish I wouldn't order again (Dungeness crab deviled eggs with chipotle aioli).

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              Bocanova
              55 Webster Street, Oakland, CA 94607

              1. re: Robert Lauriston

                We're in agreement on the crab deviled eggs. I've found service to be very spotty at Bocanova, which is my chief complaint. The setting makes up for it.

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                Bocanova
                55 Webster Street, Oakland, CA 94607

          3. tried flora, pican, miss pearl's, sidebar, bocanova (fish not fresh, inattentive service) with mixed success, depends on what you order.
            otoh, bellanico and the fat lady had pretty good service with the food being way above average.
            chop bar, trappist, a tossup.
            oh, these weren't during o-town restaurant week.
            where i go depends on what's on the menu.....bay wolf comes to mind

            1. I haven't gone to any yet, but I've been reviewing their prix fixe menus where available on their websites.

              I wish the Oakland Visitors Bureau would require the menus ahead of time and post them along with this list! I'm gluten-free and I don't want to hit the Paragon or somewhere and find out that I can't eat or subsitute half of the menu.

              Plus, I like to compare with the prices on the regular menu and see what kind of deal I'm getting :) Most places that I looked, a $30 prix fixe involves a $7-$8 discount, which is pretty good. I was very surprised though to see that at I Squared, depending on what you pick (a choice of one of three salads, starters, etc.) you can actually spend MORE getting the prix fixe than you would spend on the exact same items a la carte. Can I have gotten that right?!

              Leaning toward Bay Wolf, Camino, or Bocanova right now, and waiting to hear what my friends want to eat too.

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              Bay Wolf Restaurant
              3853 Piedmont Avenue, Oakland, CA 94611

              Bocanova
              55 Webster Street, Oakland, CA 94607

              1. had a very nice meal at Plum last night .......http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/737525
                also posted some pictures.

                1. bocanova's $20 lunch menu
                  -peruvian black olives
                  -divrete boca (shooter of tomato+ tasting soup)
                  -shrimp & yuca fritters -micro cilantro
                  -garden lettuce salad
                  -panko crusted chicken breast
                  -kobe style bevette steak
                  -mexican rice
                  -roasted pineapple empanadas
                  *minibites of aforementioned dishes, all fresh and innovative. well worth $20
                  $30 dinner, seafood instead of chicken.

                  other insights jls:
                  -scott's
                  *comped homemade chips, shrimp salad or beer battered fish & chip, glass of 2008 merrymont? chardonnay, jack raspberry (dessert)

                  -pearl's
                  *choice of
                  * a first (mac cheese, clam chowder, and ?
                  *a 2nd (4 choices, forgot what)
                  *a 3rd(3 choices, also forgot)

                  -kincalds
                  *wedge lettuce salad + choice of bbq ribs or black tiger shrimp + ? (dessert?)