Downtown Oakland/Ogawa Square - AT NIGHT?
- CarrieWas218 Dec 22, 2011 03:31 PM
I need to host a business dinner after an all-day office meeting near Ogawa Square in Oakland. We are too large of a party to try and get into cars to drive, but are also concerned there might not be any "nice" or even semi-nice places open in the evening to accommodate a group of about ten people.
Perhaps Flora? I'd prefer Plum personally, but Grand Avenue's a bit of a schlep on foot from Ogawa Plaza, so that may not fly.
I just did a business dinner for about 28 people at Faz; Very similar parameters to those in the OP; I chose Faz because it was very close to our meeting space (in City Center), and prices were within our budget. It was a success: service was good and so was the food, with generous portions. We did a fixed, limited menu with a shared appetizer plate, salad, choice of three entrees: a pomegranate chicken, a beef kabob, or the veggie kabob, and a dessert platter. Cost was mid-forties per person all included (tax, tip, service, etc.) I chose the beef kabob; was quite pleased that it came out medium rare, although I thought the veggie kabob looked the most appealing of the three dishes. My kebab came with bland rice pilaf. Dessert platter included cream puffs, so I was happy. Full bar (that was no host) made much of the group happy. Wine list has a good selection by the glass.
They put us in the atrium area off the lobby, which worked well (less noisy than the restaurant proper, and had the feel of a private room even though it is just a separated area of the room). While I didn't think the food was exciting by any means, I'd definitely recommend them for a business function, or for drinks and a snack after work.
If you want drinks afterward, head to Uptown which is on Telegraph Ave in the area near the refurbished Fox Oakland Theatre at 18th Street. Bar Make Westing (with 2 bocce ball courts), Dogwood, Cafe Van Kleef are all within a block or two of each other. Flora, which has been suggested, is at Telegraph and 19th Street.
Here's a link to an article about that area in the New York Times last month:
Non-threatening food: B, Pican, Flora, Disco Volante, Pacific Coast Brewing. Faz is supposed to open next week.
Pacific Coast Brewing Co
906 Washington St, Oakland, CA 94607
1900 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA 94612
B Restaurant & Bar
499 9th St, Oakland, CA 94607
2295 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94612
14th St Webster St, Oakland, CA 94612
1111 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94607
Another alternative you might try is oakland Chinatown. Peony is as set up for large groups as you can get, and you could even order a group dinner with a variety of dishes.
Spice Monkey is not too far (Webster between 16th and 17th). They have decent burgers, good salads, a pretty big menu.
I love Disco Volante's burger, but I've only been there at lunch.
1628 Webster St, Oakland, CA