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Dinner in Oakland - near Cathedral of Christ the Light

katkatf Mar 24, 2011 06:01 AM

Hi, my hubby and I are going to the Chanticleer concert at the Cathedral in Oakland Saturday night. I know nothing about Oakland or its restaurants. Are there any a short walk from the Cathedral so we could park once for dinner and the concert? Actually, come to think of it, I know nothing about Oakland parking either!

If there's nothing near the Cathedral, how about something between there and 580 (we're driving down from the North Bay) that has easy parking?

In any case, we love simple - burgers, pizza, really good soup, or "comfort food" - pot pie, meatloaf, etc.. Thai is also a favorite, as is Vietnamese. Good price performer preferred (I know, that's subjective).

Thanks for any input.

  1. mamachef Mar 24, 2011 06:18 AM

    You might consider Homeroom, located at 400 40th st. in Oakland. They're doing a beautiful macaroni and cheese menu, and it got a nice review in the East Bay Express this week.

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    1. re: mamachef
      Pius Avocado III Mar 24, 2011 10:32 AM

      That's ~20 blocks away from the Cathedral, and the same review cited potentially long wait times outside and additional waiting once seated; I wouldn't recommend it for someone wanting to park the car just once and make a showtime.

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      ohlenox1 Mar 24, 2011 06:39 AM

      You might want to consider Vo's RestaurantVo's Restaurant 59 Grand Avenue
      Oakland, CA 94612-3727 (510) 465-4600

      Atmosphere is a bit cold but the food is excellent and well priced. At the cornerof Grand and Webster -2 to 3 blocks. One more block. on the corners of Grand and Broadway there are 2 more good choices.

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      1. re: ohlenox1
        escargot3 Mar 30, 2011 02:58 PM

        I'm surprised by your experience. Perhaps Vo's is uneven. A few of us had a dreadful meal there: both food and service were really poor. But it's been about 2 years now.

      2. wolfe Mar 24, 2011 07:33 AM

        Trueburger, Ozumo, Pican, Luka's.


        2251 Broadway Avenue, Oakland, CA 94612

        Pican Restaurant
        2295 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94612

        146 Grand Ave, Oakland, CA 94612

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          zorrosf Mar 24, 2011 08:57 AM

          Luka's in a heartbeat. Great burgers, mac & cheese, draft beers. About three blocks north of the Cathedral up Grand Ave. Excellent oysters also.

          1. bbulkow Mar 24, 2011 09:30 AM

            Lots of good Korean there-abouts, if you like that as well. I'd probably send you to Vo's.

            Even though I like Luka's, I don't think you're looking for loud-busy-crammed tables.

            If it was me, I'd go to Mua. I'm curious and haven't been.

            1. Ruth Lafler Mar 24, 2011 09:42 AM

              It it were me, I'd probably go for Ethiopian at Enssaro. Parking in that neighborhood is not bad on a Saturday night -- should be street parking somewhere between the cathedral and your restaurant of choice.

              I didn't know there was a Chanticleer concert that night. Hmmm ....

              366 Grand Ave, Oakland, CA

              1. Robert Lauriston Mar 24, 2011 09:44 AM

                Jong Ga House, Old Place Seafood, Mua.

                Trueburger's first-rate in a fast-food way, kind of like a better version of In-N-Out with beer. Kind of zero atmosphere but clean and bright.

                How's Enssaro?

                Luka's can be really loud on a Saturday night and it's often a long wait without a reservation.

                Ozumo and Pican are kind of expensive.

                Ozumo Restaurant
                161 Steuart Street, San Francisco, CA 94105

                Old Place Seafood
                391 Grand Ave, Oakland, CA

                366 Grand Ave, Oakland, CA

                Jong Ga House
                372 Grand Ave, Oakland, CA 94610

                2442A Webster Street, Oakland, CA 94612

                2251 Broadway Avenue, Oakland, CA 94612

                Pican Restaurant
                2295 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94612

                146 Grand Ave, Oakland, CA 94612

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                1. re: Robert Lauriston
                  daveena Mar 24, 2011 12:24 PM

                  I noticed on my last visit that they'd hired a motley crew of new line cooks - don't know if these guys can cook Californian/New American as well as Jason Eng and Greg Low, but I dare say they cook better burgers and chili. I've always enjoyed the burgers, but I think they've improved with the current crew.

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                  ML8000 Mar 24, 2011 09:56 AM

                  There's the Terrace Room in the Merritt Hotel, nice art deco interior, American food/New Amircan, tops out around $20 per/entre.

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                  1. re: ML8000
                    Melanie Wong Mar 24, 2011 10:47 AM

                    And The Terrace Room is a nice place to grab a burger too. Enjoy the room and view, not expensive.

                    The Terrace Room at the Lake Merritt Hotel
                    1800 Madison St., Oakland, CA 94612

                  2. JasmineG Mar 24, 2011 10:37 AM

                    The Cathedral has its own underground parking lot, so you can always park there (I'm not sure how much it costs for an event), and there's also street parking around there, but it's often a pain on a weekend night. Right across the street from the Cathedral (on the Grand side) is Trueburger, which is great, and quick. Luka's is good too, but is a bit of a scene on a Saturday night (if you plan on Luka's, make a reservation). Also, if you pick a restaurant that's a few blocks from the Cathedral, and you're eating after the concert, I'd park near the restaurant and walk to the Cathedral for the concert, so your car is right near you when you're done with dinner (and vice versa if you eat first).

                    146 Grand Ave, Oakland, CA 94612

                    1. nicedragonboy Mar 24, 2011 01:35 PM

                      Sidebar has a good burger also and is just up the ways on Grand Ave.

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                        katkatf Mar 30, 2011 01:49 PM

                        Thanks, everbody, for all the great suggestions. We ended up at TrueBurger - really great burgers and yummy, hot, fresh fries. It was convenient, reasonably priced, and just what we needed at the time. I was a bit put off when we arrived by how small, loud and crowded it seemed, but it was a good choice.

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