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Nov 11, 2012 05:36 PM

Oakland Small Plate Lunch Options-Black Friday 2012

Hey Hounds,
GF is flying into OAK around noon and I am looking for lunch spot suggestions.
Our favorite lunch style is small plates or multiple appetizers to share with a glass of wine or a cocktail.
I recently had Friday lunch at Mua and I enjoyed the food, (bummed that they don't do marrow at lunch though), so I have that as a possibility, but I don't get out enough in that vicinity to know if there is a better option for what we like.
I don't want to go too much further north, because we will have to backtrack out on 580 to get home.
Thanks for your recs!

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    1. re: Robert Lauriston

      Thank you Robert, I will see if Korean fare meets approval with my date.

      1. re: KatoK

        Probably best to call to make sure they're open.

      1. re: Ruth Lafler

        Oh yeah, Bocanova's a good fit and they're definitely open.

        Chu is another possibility.

        1. re: Robert Lauriston

          Chu looks like the kind of place that I would love. How is the room itself? It is described as modern and sleek by their website. Is parking accessible?
          Thanks as always for your suggestions Robert.

          1. re: KatoK

            I never find street parking too difficult around there. There are a lot of meters and two-hour residential permit zones. There's a photo of the interior on their Web site:


        2. re: Ruth Lafler

          Thanks Ruth. I think that the Jack London location might offer the kind of fun ambiance that she would like. On the list!

        3. I like Barlata (Telegraph Ave. at about 43rd) and District (Old Oakland) for small plates, wine, and cocktails. I have only been for dinner and have not checked their hours for lunch, but both are in good locations in terms of reasonable parking and interesting neighborhoods..

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          1. re: pcdarnell

            Nice tapas menu at Barlata. It looks like the Happy Hour would be a great opportunity to try them out. Thank you for the rec.